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42% of Consumers Using Digital Health Data Say Their Data Goes Nowhere: HealthMine Report

42% of Consumers Using Digital Health Data Say Their Data Goes Nowhere: HealthMine Report | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
DALLAS, May 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 42% of Consumers Using Digital Health Data Say Their Data Goes Nowhere: HealthMine Report. 46% Say Doctors Ar
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Pharma Marketing Blog: Did Pharma Really Spend $3 Billion on Internet Advertising in 2015?

Pharma Marketing Blog: Did Pharma Really Spend $3 Billion on Internet Advertising in 2015? | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
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How a Former Enron Exec Is Getting Between Patients and Necessary Drug Treatments

How a Former Enron Exec Is Getting Between Patients and Necessary Drug Treatments | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
When someone gets sick and needs life-saving drug treatments, they might think it's as simple as their doctor prescribing the necessary medicine.
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Is Biogen Inc Setting Itself Up For an Acquisition?

Is Biogen Inc Setting Itself Up For an Acquisition? | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Biogen is reportedly planning a sale of its hemophilia business. Here's what can happen next.
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Want pharma website success? Make it about your audience

Want pharma website success? Make it about your audience.
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CVS Health Reports Dramatic Drop in Prescription Drug Trend to 5 Percent, Despite Rising Drug Prices | CVS Health

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Fat people now outnumber thin people

Fat people now outnumber thin people | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
More adults are obese than underweight worldwide – and one in five could be obese by 2025, a new study found.

Obesity in men has tripled and more than doubled in women, according to the research by scientists from Imperial College London who compared the body mass index (BMI) among almost 20 million men and women from 1975 to 2014.

More than one-quarter of severely obese men and nearly one-fifth of severely obese women live in the US, the researchers said. The US has 41.7 million obese men and 46.1 million obese women.

Professor Majid Ezzati, lead author of the study published in The Lancet medical journal, called it an "epidemic of severe obesity."

The study pooled data from adults in 186 countries and found that the number of obese people had shot up from 105 million in 1975 to 641 million in 2014

Meanwhile, the number of those underweight had climbed from 330 million to 462 million in the same period.

The proportion of underweight people fell from 14 percent to 9 percent of men and from 15 percent to 10 percent of women, according to the study.

Global obesity rates among men went up from 3.2 percent in 1975 to 10.8 percent, while among women they rose from 6.4 percent in 1975 to 14.9 percent.

This equates to 266 million obese men and 375 million obese women in the world in 2014.

People are divided into healthy or unhealthy weight categories based on their BMI -- a ratio of weight-to-height squared. A healthy BMI ranges from 18.5 to 24.9.

"Our research has shown that over 40 years we have transitioned from a world in which underweight prevalence was more than double that of obesity, to one in which more people are obese than underweight,” Ezzati said, the BBC reported.

"Although it is reassuring that the number of underweight individuals has decreased over the last four decades, global obesity has reached crisis point."

He said he hoped the findings will spur governments to develop and implement policies to address obesity.

"For instance, unless we make healthy food options like fresh fruits and vegetables affordable for everyone and increase the price of unhealthy processed foods, the situation is unlikely to change,” he said.

The probability of reaching the World Health Organization's global obesity target - which aims for no rise in obesity above 2010 levels by 2025 - would be "close to zero,” the BBC reported, citing the study.

The research also found that almost a fifth of the world's obese adults -- 118 million -- live in only six high-income English-speaking countries: the US, Australia, Canada, Republic of Ireland, New Zealand and the UK.

"There will be health consequences of magnitudes that we do not know," Ezzati told AFP.

"Obesity and especially severe and morbid obesity, affect many organs and physiological processes,” he said. "We can deal with some of these, like higher cholesterol or blood pressure, through medicines. But for many others, including diabetes, we don't have effective treatment."
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At long last (biosimilar) labeling | DrugWonks

Drugwonks.com is the web log of the Center for Medicine in the Public Interest (CMPI), a forum offering rigorous and compelling research on the most critical issues affecting current drug policy.
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Medicare to reimburse for Diabetes Prevention Program, including Omada's digital version

Medicare to reimburse for Diabetes Prevention Program, including Omada's digital version | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced today that Medicare will cover the Diabetes Prevention Program, including digital versions like Omada Health’s.
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Numbers show link between drug company payments and how doctors write prescriptions

Numbers show link between drug company payments and how doctors write prescriptions | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
A larger share of doctors in Florida have accepted freebies or payments from pharmaceutical and medical device companies than in all but seven other states, according to a new analysis by ProPublica.
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Report: Patients Are Increasingly Using Digital Health to Supplement Doctor Visits -

Report: Patients Are Increasingly Using Digital Health to Supplement Doctor Visits - | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Consumers reported an increased level of comfort in leveraging digital health tools to access medical advice and communicate with doctors.
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Products - Data Briefs - Number 237 - March 2016

Characteristics of Physician Office Visits for Obesity by Adults Aged 20 and Over: United States, 2012
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Answers to Health Questions: Internet Search Results Versus Online Health Community Responses

Journal of Medical Internet Research - International Scientific Journal for Medical Research, Information and Communication on the Internet
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Pharma Marketing Blog: Biogen's Desperate & Possibly Illegal Attempt to Improve Tecfidera Sales By Reaching Out to Consumers and Patients Directly

Pharma Marketing Blog: Biogen's Desperate & Possibly Illegal Attempt to Improve Tecfidera Sales By Reaching Out to Consumers and Patients Directly | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
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Theranos: How to Blow $9 Billion in 6 Months | Fox Business

Theranos: How to Blow $9 Billion in 6 Months | Fox Business | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
If you wanted to kill a company in short order, this is how you’d do it.
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The Female Viagra, Undone by a Drug Maker’s Dysfunction

The Female Viagra, Undone by a Drug Maker’s Dysfunction | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
Missteps by Valeant, along with aggressive accounting practices and unusual business relationships, derailed one of the most intriguing drugs in a generation.
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The truth about WebMD, a hypochondriac's nightmare and Big Pharma's dream

The truth about WebMD, a hypochondriac's nightmare and Big Pharma's dream | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
What you need to know about the most popular source of medical information online.
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With the Threat of an Ad Ban Looming, Pharma Is Fighting to Repair Its Reputation

With the Threat of an Ad Ban Looming, Pharma Is Fighting to Repair Its Reputation | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
When ex-Turing Pharmaceuticals CEO Martin Shkreli smirked his way through congressional testimony in February, refusing to answer questions about how his former company increased prices for Daraprim, a drug used to treat cancer and AIDS, by 5,000 percent, it (understandably) stoked Washington's and the general public's ire against the pharm
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Hospitals Brace for New Medicare Payment Rules

Hospitals Brace for New Medicare Payment Rules | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
The Obama administration’s bundled-payment initiative for Medicare takes effect on Friday for hip and knee replacements at nearly 800 hospitals.
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Novartis Heart-Failure Pill Hits Hurdles With Doctors

Novartis Heart-Failure Pill Hits Hurdles With Doctors | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
In July, Novartis won regulatory approval for a heart-failure pill, Entresto, that it called “one of the most remarkable drugs in cardiovascular medicine in the last several decades.” Since then, it has faced a problem: getting doctors to prescribe it.
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Does Digital Ad Exposure Influence Information-Seeking Behavior Online? Evidence From the 2012 Tips From Former Smokers National Tobacco Prevention Campaign

Journal of Medical Internet Research - International Scientific Journal for Medical Research, Information and Communication on the Internet
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How constipation cost the NHS £145m a year

How constipation cost the NHS £145m a year | Pharma & Medical Devices | Scoop.it
The NHS dealt with 48,409 unplanned emergency admissions to hospital where constipation was given as the primary diagnosis in 2014/15, official figures show.
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