Speculation is abundant that colossal international retailer Amazon intends to enter the world of pharmaceuticals. The claims are, however, based on little evidence. Much of the speculation is being fuelled by an extensive investigation by The Wall Street Journal. Amazon itself has yet to confirm whether or not they are planning an entry into … [Read more...] about Amazon to join the pharmaceutical market?
Consistently lowering levels of immunisation coverage amongst Europeans -- spurred on by vaccine scepticism -- is prompting some EU nations to introduce laws legally enforcing the vaccination of children. Public confidence in vaccination is currently lacking, with many parents in Europe opting out of having their children vaccinated. This … [Read more...] about Vaccination laws in EU nations set to cause conflict?
Are medicines still effective after their expiry date? Could they potentially be dangerous? The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) insist that taking medications past their expiry date is a risky practice; however, evidence appears to suggest this is not the case. An extreme example saw a box of prescription drugs being uncovered in the back … [Read more...] about FDA shelf lives driving up the cost of healthcare
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria has announced Peter Sands -- a former British banker -- as its new executive director. The move comes after a delayed and restarted selection process involving controversy and conflicts of interest amongst numerous candidates. The selection process has been delayed since February, during … [Read more...] about Global Fund welcomes Peter Sands as new Executive Director
England’s chief medical officer Prof Dame Sally Davies has warned of a “post-antibiotic apocalypse” that could potentially spell the end of modern medicine. It is no secret that antimicrobial resistance (AMR) has escalated considerably in recent years. It is now responsible for high numbers of deaths the world over. However, AMR is not receiving … [Read more...] about The “post-antibiotic apocalypse”
Donald Trump has made possibly his most controversial decision yet as President of the United States: withdrawing from the Paris Agreement on climate change. The decision has sparked an uproar from political leaders and the press worldwide - many of them condemning the move. Trump made the announcement on June 1, just days after completing his … [Read more...] about Trump withdraws from the Paris Agreement – global reaction
The London Family Planning summit has reportedly documented $5 billion in pledges to aid family planning services in developing nations, however, will the policies of the Trump administration hinder these efforts? On Tuesday, July 11, World Population Day was observed, with a timely theme: “Family Planning: Empowering People, Developing … [Read more...] about Mexico City Policy: Putting the US at odds with the EU?
Vaccination against influenza has never been a guaranteed safeguard against the disease; however, recent figures may show the efficacy of some vaccines may be on the decline. Figures from the Centres for Disease Control and prevention (CDC) indicate a 50 to 60 percent rate of protection as an average of the population against most forms of the … [Read more...] about Flu vaccine efficacy, a genetic uphill battle
On May 23, Dr. Tedros Adnahom Ghebreyesus was elected as the new Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO). He took office on July 1st, succeeding the outgoing Director General Dr. Margaret Chan, who has held the office since January 1, 2007. Dr. Tedros is the first director general to be elected by the 194 member countries as a … [Read more...] about Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, new WHO director-general
A potential HIV treatment raises troubling questions about gene technology, but do the benefits outweigh the risks? A promising new development in HIV research reveals a potential new avenue for treatment in the future. The proposed technique would utilise the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing method to remove sections of the virus’s genetic code, … [Read more...] about HIV treatment, CRISPR/cas9 and the safety of gene editing