July 15, 2018


Can Mobile Payments Improve Healthcare Access in Africa?

The popularity of mobile commerce in Africa is a well-known — and ongoing — story. Now, global health experts are paying more attention to the prospect of using mobile payments, perhaps bundled with insurance services, to make it easier for people to get well. Africa has relatively low rates of health insurance, and the amount spent on healthcare in the continent is also low. But mobile payments are emerging as a promising candidate to help reverse such trends, especially when it comes to low-income consumers. Mobile could form the foundation upon which any lasting improvement in healthcare via digital technology would be built. Mobile Expansion Kenya — the country that serves as the anchor for much of these trends — still represents one of the best examples of the continent’s embrace of mobile payments and commerce. Recent news indicates the path of mobile development......

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July 14, 2018


Health Education England and St. George’s University Reach Agreement on New Program to Fill Postgraduate Medical Training Programmes in England

(AETOS Wire)-- At a ceremony in Grenada, leaders of Health Education England (HEE), part of the National Health Service (NHS), and St George’s University (SGU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enable SGU School of Medicine graduates to undertake postgraduate training in England, with the first intake expected in the autumn of 2018. SGU School of Medicine is the only Caribbean medical school in a direct agreement with Health Education England for the first 18-month program"...

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July 12, 2018


ResMed, Verily to Form Joint Venture to Help Reach Millions of Untreated Sleep Apnea Sufferers

ResMed (NYSE: RMD, ASX: RMD), a global leader in sleep apnea treatment and connected health solutions, and Verily, an Alphabet company, today announced their agreement to form a new joint venture.

Combining ResMed’s expertise in sleep apnea and Verily’s advanced health data analytics technologies, the U.S.-based joint venture will study the health and financial impacts of undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea, and develop software solutions"...

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July 11, 2018


President Clinton to Deliver Closing Keynote Address on Eliminating Preventable Deaths in Hospitals at the 7th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit

For the seventh year in a row, U.S. President Bill Clinton will address healthcare leaders and deliver the closing keynote remarks at the 7th Annual World Patient Safety, Science & Technology Summit, to be held in Huntington Beach, California, on January 18th and 19th, 2019.

President Clinton, the Founder of the Clinton Foundation, 42nd President of the United States and a New York Times bestselling author, continues to provide unwavering support"...

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July 10, 2018


Takeda Receives Clearance from the United States Federal Trade Commission for the Proposed Acquisition of Shire plc

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Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited (“Takeda”) announces that it has received unconditional clearance from the United States"...

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July 10, 2018


Celgene and Acceleron Announce Luspatercept Achieved Primary and All Key Secondary Endpoints in Phase III ‘BELIEVE’ Study in Adults with Transfusion-Dependent Beta-Thalassemia

Celgene Corporation (NASDAQ: CELG) and Acceleron Pharma Inc. (NASDAQ: XLRN) today announced results from a phase III, randomized, double-blind, multi-center clinical study (BELIEVE). Luspatercept achieved a highly statistically significant improvement in the primary endpoint of erythroid response, which was defined as at least a 33 percent reduction from baseline in red blood cell (RBC) transfusion burden with a reduction of at least 2 units during the protocol-defined period of 12 consecutive weeks, from week 13 to week"...

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July 10, 2018


Boehringer Ingelheim Invests More Than €200 Million to Establish Strategic Production Center for Veterinary Public Health in France

(AETOS Wire)-- Boehringer Ingelheim today announced an investment of more than €200 million into a new strategic production center for Veterinary Public Health. The company will establish the new site in the French Rhône-Alpes region, which is known as the European “vaccine valley”. With this investment, Boehringer Ingelheim’s Animal Health division will be able to respond to the growing global demand for foot-and-mouth disease and Bluetongue virus control.


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July 6, 2018


Morinaga Milk Obtains Self-Affirmed GRAS Status for Its Proprietary Immunogenic Ingredient LAC-Shield(TM)

Morinaga Milk Industry Co., Ltd., (TOKYO:2264) today announced it has attained self-affirmed GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status in the United States for LAC-Shield, a unique immunogenic ingredient. This development opens the door for manufacturers of dietary supplements, functional foods and beverages in the U.S. to include LAC-ShieldTM in products designed to enhance immune function. Thanks to mounting research demonstrating the positive health benefits of probiotics, the probiotics market has experienced explosive growth over the past decade. In fact, according to Nutrition Business Journal, probiotics posted 17 percent year-over-year growth from 2015 to 2016 in the United States — the highest of any supplement category. BCC Research predicts the global market will grow to USD $50 billion in 2020, as people’s awareness of and interest in healthful products continues......

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July 5, 2018


Competition Commission to rule on SA’s private healthcare system

The Competition Commission will finally release its findings into private healthcare costs and the operations of medical aid societies across the country on Thursday, after a delay of more than six months.

The findings of the Healthcare Market Inquiry will examine the differences between public and private healthcare, the system of medical aids and their administration as well as how the big players in the private sector hospital network operate"...

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July 5, 2018


High hopes for private healthcare industry report

The Health Funders Association (HFA) is hopeful that a new report into the private healthcare sector‚ which will be released on Thursday‚ will serve the best interests of all South Africans.

The Health Market Inquiry (HMI) is a detailed report conducted by the Competition Commission of South Africa. According to the commission‚ it is a general investigation into the state of competition in the industry.


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