Many of the diseases that affect the most disadvantaged populations across the world are conditions known collectively as neglected diseases. Including conditions that claim millions of lives each year – dengue, diarrhoeal diseases and rheumatic fever – these diseases have received relatively little funding, attention and profile compared to many of the common chronic conditions that affect high income countries.
Medical Innovation 2010 - a leading healthcare innovation conference - will bring together over 300 healthcare professionals, managers, policy makers and researchers for a two-day conference at the Said Business School in Oxford on 17-18 March 2010.
Australian research has confirmed substantial under treatment of patients who are at risk of cardiovascular disease. The new research shows that up to 70% of patients who are at a high risk of a heart attack or stroke in the next 5 years aren’t receiving the care required to prevent these conditions. Findings also show that 50% of older patients who have had a heart attack or stroke aren’t receiving the care or treatments they need to prevent a second attack.
Today, at the ‘Council on Health Research for Development’ (COHRED) and ‘The New Partnership for Africa's Development’ (NEPAD) meeting in Pretoria, South Africa, the Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi) and The George Institute for International Health release the report "Registering New Drugs: the African Context". The report issues new recommendations to strengthen regulatory authorisation processes in Africa for drugs against neglected diseases.
According to national guidelines, the best care for acute lower back pain is simple: stay active, avoid bed rest and take regular simple analgesics such as paracetamol. However new research has found that only 20% of patients receive this simple treatment approach. Instead many are referred for unnecessary imaging and prescribed more complex medicines such as ibuprofen.
New research shows that more than 70% of processed meats, cheeses and sauces contain unacceptably high levels of salt in Australia. Many other food products also had high levels of salt. These findings have been released by The George Institute to coincide with World Salt Awareness Week (1-7 February).
Key findings of the second G-FINDER report, an annual survey of investment into neglected disease R&D, were launched today in New Delhi, India. These show global funding for neglected disease R&D ground to a standstill in 2008.
Researchers at The George Institute have discovered that high consumption of coffee and tea is associated with a substantially reduced risk of type 2 diabetes. Lead author, Associate Professor Rachel Huxley, The George Institute, says that people who consumed on average three to four cups of coffee a day had one-quarter lower risk of developing diabetes compared to non-coffee drinkers.
New beef burger from Hungry Jack’s contains alarming levels of salt. The new Hungry Jack’s Double Angry Angus Burger contains 5.6g of salt - nearly one and a half times the recommended daily amount for adults.