A new analysis of nearly 4 million scientific articles has found that global research is focused more on diseases that primarily afflict wealthy countries and less on diseases of the developing world.
|Scooped by Rajesh Singh|
The cause of various diseases and their treatment can vary vastly depending upon our genes. It is commonly known that different races on the globe have different genetic pools. Medical research has been funded by Big Pharma. To recover the investments in research, the studies are carried out on populations which have the ability to pay i.e. the Western World.
As a corollary, there is hardly any Big Money pouring into cure for diseases which plague the poor in the developing and under developed nations. Efforts to contain and cure Malaria, Kala Azar, Dengue, Chikungunya, etc. are all locally funded.
By the same argument the treatments prescribed for the Western population may not be the right one for other population groups because of genetic diversity.
To extend the argument further, it is ‘accepted’ that the ideal Blood Pressure should be 120 / 80 mmHg. But again these norms and test limits are for the Western world. There hasn’t been sufficient studies to establish these limits for other groups. Who knows that the range could be 110/70 for some and even 140 / 90 could be safe for others!