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Dispatches on the state of healthcare around the globe
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Six Reasons Hipsters Will Bite on Obamacare

Six Reasons Hipsters Will Bite on Obamacare | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
You’re a 26-year-old single dude, holding down a pair of part-time jobs tending bar and painting houses, and making ab
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With Obamacare's insurance exchanges set to go live October 1st, it may well be the case that its acceptance and uptake by young adults depends heavily on the effective marketing of affordable health insurance rather than ideological or political leanings.  

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Dirty medicine - Fortune Features

Dirty medicine - Fortune Features | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
The epic inside story of long-term criminal fraud at Ranbaxy, the Indian drug company that makes generic Lipitor for millions of Americans.
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Great read on the happenings in Ranbaxy. Not very surprising in my opinion as this is behaviour quite typical of sub-continental manufacturers. Regulation/Quality is just a hindrance hampering profits. The lack of value for human life within greater society even creeps into corporate policies & attitudes. The Indian generics industry has been pioneering in its efforts to supply low -cost affordable drugs to developed nations & low income countries alike - Ranbaxy leading from the front. An immense opportunity squandered. 

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India rejects Novartis patent plea

India rejects Novartis patent plea | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
India's Supreme Court rejects a plea by Swiss company Novartis to patent an updated version of its cancer drug, Glivec.
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KAISER PERMANENTE

'The Wellness Wall' - Interactive Signage Experience Anaheim, CA In support of Kaiser’s commitment to innovating and enhancing the health care experience for its…
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Cool interactive experience, Should these be at your doctors clinic? 

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OneStart - Oxbridge Biotech

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Great new £100K bio-eneterpreneur competition for UK & EU residents. 

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Does the BMI need correcting?

Does the BMI need correcting? | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
A new way of calculating Body Mass Index (BMI) has been proposed but does it really solve any of the BMI's well-known problems?
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An updated BMI measurement. Perhaps you are not as overweight as you thought. 

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U.S. Healthcare Reform

U.S. Healthcare Reform | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
An award-winner infographic on Obama's Healthcare Reform for GOOD magazine
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Here's a great "little" infographic on US healthcare reform. Definitely worth saving for easy reference,

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Let elderly people 'hurry up and die', says Japanese minister

Let elderly people 'hurry up and die', says Japanese minister | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
Taro Aso says he would refuse end-of-life care and would 'feel bad' knowing treatment was paid for by government
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Japan's finance minister thinks old people are simply a burden on the healthcare system. Do you think the elderly should refuse treatment & "hurry up & die"? 

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Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospitals

Narayana Hrudayalaya Hospitals | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
Narayana Hrudayalaya is Walmart meets Mother Teresa.The organization, a complex of health centers based in southern India (narayana hrudayalaya means "God’s compassionate home" in Sanskrit), offers low-cost, high-quality specialty care in a largely...
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Healthcare does not correspond with innovation very often. Glad to see this organisation in a list dominated by usual tech giants.

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Anti-vaccine book tells kids to embrace measles

Anti-vaccine book tells kids to embrace measles | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
A new children's book introduces kids to the "wonderful world of illness"
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The dark side of self-publishing - A slap in the face od decades of vaccine research.

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Antibiotics no more effective at relieving coughs and colds than a sugar pill

Antibiotics no more effective at relieving coughs and colds than a sugar pill | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
The winter may be peak season for coughs and colds but there is no point in taking antibiotics to shift them, experts say.
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In case you did not already know that antibiotics dont work against the common cold.....Have soup, get lots of sleep & stop harassing your doctor for meds.

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Progress in making NHS efficiency savings - National Audit Office

Progress in making NHS efficiency savings - National Audit Office | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
National Audit Office
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Latest figures on the NHS efficiency savings (2011-12). As anticipated, easiest cuts made first. What areas will come under scrutiny next? 

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Tiny, Implantable Telescope Restores Sight For Blind Patients

Tiny, Implantable Telescope Restores Sight For Blind Patients | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
Advanced age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of blindness in the U.S. in adults over the age of 60. It affects nearly 2 million people in the U.S., with half a million new cases diagnosed every year.
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Rock Health's new startups are tackling health care's most 'pressing problems'

Rock Health's new startups are tackling health care's most 'pressing problems' | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
Digital health accelerator Rock Health has selected its fifth class of startups. Given the burgeoning interest in the space, the team says this was its most competitive application process yet.
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The latest in Digital Health....Some of these ventures sound very exciting!

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Red meat chemical 'damages heart'

Red meat chemical 'damages heart' | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
A chemical found in red meat explains why eating too much steak, mince and bacon is bad for the heart, say US scientists.
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Biting a bullet to realise a dream

Biting a bullet to realise a dream | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
Drug trials in India have become controversial with some poor and illiterate victims lured by big money claiming they have ended up with severe medical conditions including cancer after testing medicines says Jalees Andrabi...
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First ever: UK scientists use 3D printer to print human stem cells

First ever: UK scientists use 3D printer to print human stem cells | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
Sure, 3D printing is cool and wonderful, and even can make awesome three-dimensional business cards. But can it save your life?
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Health InfoScape

Health InfoScape | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
When you have heartburn, do you also feel nauseous? Or if you're experiencing insomnia, do you tend to put on a few pounds, or more?
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Wow! Absolutely stunning data visualization showing correlations & relationships between various medical conditions. 

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SickKids Pain Squad iPhone App

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) in Toronto needed to find a way to encourage their young cancer patients to complete daily reports on their pain. W...
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Gamification finds use for recording pain scores. Time to extend this concept for Quality of Life score measurement as well. 

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Congress is Killing Medical Research - Forbes

Congress is Killing Medical Research - Forbes | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
The endless delays in approving the U.S. budget this year have already caused serious damage to biomedical research, and it is only getting worse. Congress doesn't want to do this, but they can't seem to help themselves.
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A great article on the downstream effects of bad politics. Cutting research funding has minimal impact on national budgets & is just bad economic policy - PERIOD.

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'Drug holidays' beat cancer defence

'Drug holidays' beat cancer defence | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
Introducing medication-free spells to cancer treatment may keep patients alive for longer, according to studies in mice with skin cancer.
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Can we crowdfund clinical research?

Can we crowdfund clinical research? | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
Current affairs, world politics, the arts and more from Britain's award-winning magazine
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Could crowdfunding play a role in the future of healthcare? I have my doubts towards the application of such a model to traditional clinical research, but I can see how it could work for funding specific healthcare delivery projects, patient support programmes , and alternative treatment pathways.

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Why do the NHS savings matter?

Why do the NHS savings matter? | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
The term efficiency savings seems rather innocuous, but for the NHS and the patients it cares for they are critical, says Nick Triggle.
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The first year of efficiency cuts has seen the NHS bill fall by £5.9 Billion. What impact would these measures have on the future of public patient care? 

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Could ePatient Networks Become the Superdoctors of the Future?

Could ePatient Networks Become the Superdoctors of the Future? | Healthcare Nexus | Scoop.it
There’s something seriously wrong with a health care system that makes patients wait a month or more just to get a doctor’s appointment.
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