Garching n. Munich, Germany, 26-Nov-2018 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — OncoBeta® GmbH, a commercial stage Medical Device Company specialized in innovative epidermal radioisotope therapies for Non-Melanocytic Skin Cancers (NMSCs), announced today that Prof. Mike Sathekge from the University of Pretoria, Steve Biko Academic Hospital Nuclear Medical department and his clinical team has treated the first non-melanocytic skin cancer patients in South Africa with the innovative Rhenium-SCT® skin cancer treatment System. This next-generation radionuclide therapy technology applied by the nuclear medicine physician offers a new singles session, painless treatment for patients suffering from Basal Cell – and Squamous Cell Carcinomas (BCCs and SCCs).
The global incidence of non-melanoma skin cancers has drastically increased over the few past decades. Depending on the source, it is estimated that there are over 5 million non-melanoma skin cancer cases reported globally each year. Approximately 80% of non-melanoma skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas or squamous cell carcinomas with South Africa having one of the highest incidence rates in the world.
Prof. Mike Sathekge and his team at the University of Pretoria, Steve Biko Academic Hospital are focused on providing patients with personalized care using state-of-the-art technology that can deliver high-precision therapy and diagnostics with minimal side effects. The specialized team of experts in the nuclear medicine and medical physics, work closely with other disciplines within the university hospital, referring physicians, and other institutions, to ensure patients receive the best possible treatment for their specific type of cancer.
Martin Magwaza, CEO of Tautomer (PTY) LTD Oncobeta®’s distribution partner for the Rhenium-SCT® in Africa, is dedicated to providing South Africans with new innovative and effective therapies across the continent, coordinating with representatives from all levels of government and state for the health care landscape.
“The start of the Rhenium-SCT® in South Africa is a significant milestone in the international expansion of our ground-breaking treatment for BCCs and SCCs.,” said Shannon D. Brown III, CEO and Managing Director of OncoBeta® GmbH. “Our vision of bringing a revolutionary affordable skin cancer therapy to physicians and patients all over the world has come one step closer today”.
Research shows that the best time to take action to reverse pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes is when you are at the stage of managing these conditions.
Vancouver, BC, Canada, 2018-Nov-06 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — November is world diabetes month. When people are diagnosed type 2 diabetic, the first line of defense is the use of prescription drugs in order to manage the diabetes. But what victims of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes are not aware of is that research performed by Just For Diabetics website founder, Ernest Quansah, shows that when patients are managing their pre-diabetes or type 2 diabetes, it is the best opportunity for them to reverse it and be weaned off the prescription drugs. The research results are evidence based. Many doctors and institutions now agree that this is the case. Recently, the University of British Columbia, in conjunction with Pharmasave, a drugstore chain, began offering obese people and type 2 diabetics a diet plan aimed at reversal of pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes. The cost of their plan is $500 a month. The diet plan calls for no consumption of refined sugar, potatoes, fruit, fruit juices, sweet drinks of any kind, rice, bread, and consumption of cooked vegetables for lunch, cooked chicken breast for dinner and so on. Many of the participants are seniors, the overweight, or obese. After several thousand of dollars spent, many participants lose weight and their doctors take them off their diabetes drugs.
Quansah’s program includes a specialized diabetes exercise regime along with vitamin therapy and a carefully designed tasty menu cycle. He himself completely reversed his severe case of type 2 diabetes after compiling this program, which was the culmination of thorough research. This research included the advice of several physicians. Quansah, founder of Just For Diabetics and the author of Diabetics Journey says: “For several years, I have been educating people about how type 2 diabetes and pre-diabetes can be reversed through the program offered on my website. Now we see that one of Canada’s finest Universities and a drug store chain are doing the same.”
The website, justfordiabetics.com offers a free weight-loss program, a free diabetes reversal program, as well as an inexpensive paid program. The extensive program includes a full menu regime, exercise videos, tutorials, in addition to a cooking video demonstration, all for less than $180. Quansah wisely suggests that those on the program be monitored by their doctors.
Quansah’s research and findings have been published in the WebMD Diabetes magazine in the article “Secret recipe: How a Chef Cured His Type 2 Diabetes”, as well as on the WebMD website. There is hope for reversing pre-diabetes, type 2 diabetes (the type that does not require insulin injections,) and for overcoming being overweight.
“Misinformation about type 2 diabetes is rampant. For diabetics to heal, they need a complete change of attitude and way of thinking. This means, they should not just accept managing their condition, but rather, understand that they can be healed. Further, complacency about pre-diabetes leads to full-blown diabetes, which can lead to heart disease, blindness, liver failure, impotence, limb amputations and early death,” cautions Quansah.
Quansah has been asked to be guest speaker at the Diabetes and Healthcare Conference being held in Helsinki, Norway, in November 2018 and to be keynote speaker at the Diabetes Care Conference being held in Malaysia in May of 2019. His speech topic will include how to help diabetics heal and resultantly reduce healthcare costs.
DUBLIN 2, Ireland, 30-Oct-2018 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — Fact.MR has recently announced the launch of a new research study that delivers key market insights on kidney stone management management devices. The comprehensive report on kidney stone management devices market offers actionable intelligence, offering volume and value projections for a 10 year timeline (2018-2028).
Free sample of the kidney stone management devices market report is available on the below link.
United States remains the largest market for kidney stone management devices, accounting for over 88 percent of global sales in 2017
Eastern Europe and United Kingdom led demand for kidney stone management devices in Europe during 2018 and the trend is likely to continue in the future as well
Sales are encouraging in EU-4; growth is relatively slower than UK and Eastern European countries. EU-4 is likely to create significant opportunities for market players
Hospitals are the key sales channel, accounting for nearly 50% of total sales in 2017
Higher end user preference for lithotripsy devices, particularly extracorporeal variants prevails – lithotripsy devices will remain the top-selling segment in 2019 and beyond
Lithotripsy Devices Lead the Rally
Fact.MR reveals that sales of extracorporeal lithotripsy devices accounted for over 73 percent of the lithotripsy sales and over 60 percent of overall kidney stone management device sales in 2017, surpassing those generated from ureteroscopes and nephroscopes.
The demand for lithotripsy devices across developed countries of the United States and the EU-4 is projected to expand at a significant pace in the coming years. Sales of kidney stone management devices in United States alone are likely to cross US$ 200 Mn by end of 2018-end, maintaining the status quo of the country as the most attractive market.
The US remains a lucrative market for stakeholders, reflecting a 1.5x lead in sales over EU-4 combined and a 1.2x lead over China, India and ASEAN in 2018.
Medical Tourism Hubs in Asia: The New Growth Frontiers
Kidney stone management devices are likely to witness increasing traction among emerging economies in the Asia Pacific, such as China and India, albeit at a lower base. China remains lucrative, maintaining a 1.5X lead over India in 2018. India and ASEAN currently account for less than 10% share of the global market; however, opportunities abound as these countries position themselves as global medical tourism hubs.
For direct purchase of the kidney stone management devices market report, please click on the link below:
DUBLIN 2, Ireland, 18-Oct-2018 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — The European home diagnostics industry is realigning to foster integration with the broader customer-centric healthcare services. Growing consumer preference for home-based diagnostics, combined with innovation in online platforms, is creating sustained opportunities in this dynamic landscape. Riding on the coattails of these factors, the US$ 1.4 billion Europe home diagnostics market is likely to grow at 3.4% CAGR during the period 2018-2026.
Consumer Preference for Non-Invasive Glucose Monitoring Devices Still Remains Unmet
Glucose monitoring kits and devices remain the top-selling product, accounting for over 80% revenue share of the Europe home diagnostics market. The burgeoning demand for home-based glucose monitoring devices and kits can be attributed to growing prevalence of diabetes in Europe, which is increasing across all ages according to the WHO. The Fact.MR study opines that digital devices will remain the preferred choice over cassettes among European consumers.
The broader trends pertaining to non-invasive and painless diagnostics are driving innovation in glucose monitoring device development. According to the Fact.MR study, non-invasive glucose monitoring devices are likely to witness increasing penetration in Europe, albeit at a slow pace. The report also finds that broader innovation in non-invasive devices can drive healthcare consumerism across Europe.
The Fact.MR study remains optimistic on the future growth in Europe’s home diagnostics market, however, challenges prevail. “Self-testing, especially for people with type 1 diabetes, who require daily or frequent testing, remains a painful and inconvenient process. Over the decades, the innovation in glucose monitoring devices hasn’t really addressed the invasive part of the self-testing”, says Mr. Santosh Kumar, Senior Consultant at Fact.MR. “There is an urgent need for non-invasive glucose monitoring testing,” adds Mr. Kumar.
The Fact.MR study finds that home diagnostics manufacturers are aware of the evolving demand. Investment and research into developing minimally or non-invasive home diagnostics devices is gaining ground. “The realization that digital, and non-invasive devices are the future is dawning upon manufacturers. Market leaders, such as Siemens Healthcare and Abbott Technologies are leveraging wearable technologies and IoT to develop innovative products,” says Mr. Kumar.
Growth in Pregnancy and Ovulation Predictor Test Kits Sales Encouraging
Although glucose monitoring devices and kits will account for the majority of sales, encouraging trends in other self-test kits continue to complement market growth. Pregnancy test kits and ovulation predictor test kits are likely to witness surging demand, as an increasing consumer base feels confident about self-testing. Gains are also encouraging, albeit miniscule, in other home diagnostics products, such as urinary tract infection kits and male infertility test kits.
UK Maintains its Numero Uno Position, Germany and France Remain Lucrative
The Europe home diagnostics market remains concentrated in the UK, Germany, and France. These three markets collectively account for a market share of nearly 60% revenue share of the Europe home diagnostics market. The Fact.MR study opines that these three markets will witness increasing proliferation of next-gen home diagnostics devices.
Fact.MR study on the home diagnostics market brings interesting insights to the fore. According to the report, UK remains Europe’s largest market for home diagnostics, with revenues to the tune of US$ 280 million in 2017. The study opines that UK will maintain its numero uno position throughout the course of the forecast period 2017-2026. Germany and France will follow suit, however, sales will grow at a sluggish pace in the former.
The report also finds that home diagnostics devices that use urine and blood for testing will continue to remain pervasive in the Europe home diagnostics market. Samples devices and kits that use semen and breath are expected to witness growth during the course of the forecast period.
DUBLIN 2, Ireland, 10-Oct-2018 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — IBM Watson Services continue to get significant traction from end-users, with over 72% respondents in Europe affirmative on using IBM Watson language services, according to a Fact.MR survey. The survey is part of the comprehensive research study on IBM Watson services market which tracks the adoption of this platform across key sectors. The Fact.MR survey also reveals that use of IBM Watson vision services attracted the minimum interest, with only 48% of respondents in Europe affirmative about using it.
Fact.MR’s IBM Watson services market survey gathered data from over 500 respondents in 10 European countries. These respondents represented large-scale, SMEs, and micro organizations, with a collective IT spending budget of over US$ 50 billion. The findings of the survey were in sync with the overall expectations and use of IBM Watson services, which are highly reliant on revenue generated from language services.
Growing Realization that Cognitive Technologies Can Empower Decision-Making
The survey indicates that mitigating the gaps that exist in IT vendors’ execution from data collection to action remains the key concern of organizations. There is an increasing realization among IT vendors that cognitive technologies can empower decision-makers to make sense of colossal structured and unstructured data. The survey offers encouraging insights on the growing use of advanced analytics and cognitive computing in today’s data-driven economy, as over half of the respondents in the survey agreed to using insights- and speech-services of IBM Watson.
“Today, the requirements of organizations are multi-pronged – from gaining a holistic customer view to agile data-to-execution operations, organizations need to invest in cognitive computing and advanced technologies to stay competitive,” says Shambhu Nath Jha, Senior Consultant at Fact.MR and co-author of the study.
“IBM Watson services have been positively disrupting and reforming operations across sectors, especially healthcare. From screening patient’s structured and unstructured data to regulatory requirements and medications, IBM Watson services are witnessing extensive adoption in the healthcare sector,” added Mr. Jha. The growing adoption of IBM Watson services in healthcare is further substantiated by Fact.MR’s findings that the sector currently accounts for nearly 21% revenue share, representing a market value worth US$ 318 Mn.
Improved Business Agility and Seamless Customer Service Identified as Key Advantages
The Fact.MR survey further reveals that improvement in business agility is the most prominent motivation driving investment in IBM Watson services. Nearly 84% of respondents currently using IBM Watson services said that there was a marked improvement in business agility since the introduction of platform in their organization. An additional 82% said IBM Watson services helped their organizations in improving and transforming customer service.
“Customer service has often remained a key concern for organizations; despite the proliferation of advanced technologies and pervasiveness of smartphones, nearly 50% of customer support calls remain unresolved,” says Shambu Nath Jha. “The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) can mitigate this challenge, and offer seamless support for Tier 1 queries. The system can also effectively gauge the queries that require human intervention, and escalate those queries to a customer support executive if necessary,” adds Mr. Jha.
Effective decision-making, handling colossal structured and unstructured data, and sales assistance are among the other key advantages of using IBM Watson services, according to the Fact.MR survey. “Effective decision-making entails a deep understanding of the unique needs and requirements of customers. Today, businesses are hard-pressed to understand the unique characteristics of their customers, and effectively map their existing and upcoming products to meet the overt and covert needs. IBM Watson can provide sophisticated recommendations that can facilitate effective decision-making,” Mr. Jha added.
Fact.MR’s report on the global IBM Watson services market projects a surge in investments to mitigate cybersecurity risks. According to Fact.MR, a majority of organizations have some level of cybersecurity apparatus in place. However, as Mr. Jha concludes, “tackling the potent cybersecurity threats will require a comprehensive ecosystem, rather than a symbolic front-line defense.”
The IBM Watson Services Market Report is Available for Direct Purchase at
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia, 21-Sep-2018 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — The latest study published in the World Journal of Urology (Comparison between erbium‑doped yttrium aluminum garnet laser therapy and sling procedures in the treatment of stress and mixed urinary incontinence – https://doi.org/10.1007/s00345-018-2445-x) provides further confirmation that Fotona SMOOTH® laser technology is a safe, effective and minimally-invasive solution for stress and mixed urinary incontinence (SUI and MUI). The article, written by Dr. Nobuo Okui, compares Fotona’s minimally invasive IncontiLase® Er:YAG laser therapy with the more conventional TVT and TOT surgical sling procedures.
Asian Study Confirms Favorable Results of Fotona SMOOTH® Laser Therapy for Urinary Incontinence
In the study performed by Dr. Okui, 50 Japanese women were treated either surgically (tension-free vaginal tape – TVT or transobturator tape – TOT) or with a Fotona laser. The 1-h pad test, ICIQ-SF, and overactive bladder-symptom score were used to assess the patients before and 12 months after treatment. Laser therapy was performed by first applying a local anesthetic to the vaginal wall and then inserting a probe into the vagina. Laser irradiation was performed for 20 min with an Er:YAG wavelength of 2940 nm (Dynamis XS, Fotona) for a total of three treatments (alternating every month). Results of the 1-h pad test and ICIQ-SF showed comparable improvements in SUI in the sling and laser therapy groups, while some of the patients with MUI in the TVT and TOT groups showed exacerbation. In conclusion, the TVT and TOT procedures and the laser therapy are comparable for SUI; however, laser therapy is superior in terms of MUI and complications. The study thus once again confirms the safety and efficacy of Fotona SMOOTH® laser therapy for urinary incontinence.
Urinary Incontinence Treatment Options
Conventional treatment options for urinary incontinence are surgical, and include TVT or TOT sling procedures, which involve inserting a synthetic material. Problems often arise with artificial meshes that require new treatment methods. With the Fotona SMOOTH® Er:YAG laser thermotherapy (also known as IncontiLase®), the goal is to provide a minimally invasive therapy based on vaginal collagen hyperthermia followed by collagen remodeling and new collagen synthesis, which results in overall regeneration of aged or stressed vaginal tissues and subsequently greater support to the bladder.
Unique Fotona SMOOTH® Technology for Maximum Safety
Patient safety is the primary concern and, for this reason, the patented Fotona SMOOTH® technology holds a very unique position within the spectrum of gynecological treatment options. It is a non-surgical procedure (no incisions) and without implants or appliances. The Fotona SMOOTH® method of dual-tissue regeneration is completely non-ablative and therefore minimally invasive to the vaginal wall. The treatment involves an additional superficial heat-shocking mechanism of tissue regeneration, and a unique self-regulating safety feature. These dual-tissue regeneration characteristics of the Fotona SMOOTH® Er:YAG laser allow for an exceptionally high degree of safety and efficacy in thermotherapy of the vaginal wall. This is what makes Fotona SMOOTH® a significantly safer alternative to many widely used and more-invasive procedures.
Evidence-Based Laser Medicine
Over the past few years numerous (over 35) other studies on Fotona SMOOTH® laser therapy have been published by distinguished gynecologists from around the globe in some of the most trusted and renowned international scientific journals, all with favorable results (https://www.laserandhealthacademy.com/en/practitioners/recommended-reading/gynecology/). One such noteworthy clinical paper published in March 2018 by Dr. Adolf Lukanovic and Dr. Mija Blaganje is the first randomized controlled trial study (on 114 premenopausal parous women) to evaluate the efficacy and safety of non-ablative Er:YAG laser therapy as an alternative non-invasive treatment of SUI and the improvement of sexual gratification (published in the European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Reproductive Biology. 2018 (224): 153-158). The results from this study indicate that a single session of IncontiLase® treatment improves the impact of SUI symptoms on quality of life and sexual function in premenopausal parous women significantly better than placebo.
In another Asian study, Dr. Yi-Wen Tien et al. from the Chang-Hua Hospital in Taiwan examined the effects of laser treatment for female SUI on pad weight, urodynamics, and sexual function in 35 women (published in the International Urogynecology Journal. 2017; 28(3): 469-476). The study reveals that the effect of IncontiLase® treatment for mild SUI was moderate at the 6-month follow-up. Moreover, it improved LUTS, quality of life, and the sexual function of both partners. The authors conclude that the IntimaLase® procedure is very effective in the treatment of SUI and is not associated with any severe adverse effects.
Similarly, Dr. Yi-Hao Lin et al. from the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan obtained favorable results. Their study investigated the effects of non-ablative laser treatment on overactive bladder (OAB) syndromes, SUI and sexual function in 30 women with urodynamic stress incontinence (published in the Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. 2017 (56): 815-820). The results showed that IncontiLase® treatment can resolve SUI and coexistent OAB symptoms three months after therapy, while repeated laser therapy may be necessary after six months. The results also revealed that sexual gratification improved, while no major adverse effects were noticed.
The quantity and quality of the studies performed with Fotona SMOOTH® laser therapy is such that Fotona’s Dynamis has been cleared in the European Union for SUI (IncontiLase®), vaginal laxity – vaginal relaxation syndrome (IntimaLase®), genitourinary syndrome of menopause – GSM (RenovaLase®) and pelvic organ prolapse (ProlapLase®), giving women the option to choose a safer and less-invasive treatment alternative. In Asia, the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration has already cleared Fotona Dynamis for mild to moderate SUI, and the Singapore Health Sciences Authority has cleared the Dynamis for the treatment of SUI and GSM.
Marrongelli selected for her expertise in Botanical Drug Development
LONDON, Jun-16-2018 — /EPR Healthcare News/ — As a leading expert in her field, Dr. Christina Marrongelli, PharmD has been chosen by the World Congress on Pharmacology & Chemistry of Natural Compounds to moderate their 2018 conference: Exploring New Trends & Innovations in Pharmacology and Natural Compounds. The conference is being held in Paris, France on June 18, 2018.
Dr. Marrongelli, who is an adjunct professor at the Medical University of South Carolina in the department of drug discovery and biomedical sciences will also present “Developing and Marketing Botanical Drugs in the United States”.
The United States, which has the largest pharmaceutical market in the world, demonstrates a strong demand for the use of botanicals as medicine. However, to date only two prescription botanical drugs are currently approved for use in the USA: Veregen® (sinecatechins) and Mytesi™ (crofelemer).
Marrongelli attributes this disconnect between supply and demand to hidden barriers. She notes that with the worldwide herbal drug market is expected to reach nearly $86.74 billion by 2022, businesses must identify and address these barriers so that heterogeneous botanical drug products can obtain the approvals necessary to meet the consumers growing expectations and demands for botanical medicines.
To further explain the barriers to regulation of botanicals, Marrongelli points to the Botanical Drug Development Guidance for Industry from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) that was last updated in 2016. According to publication, regulation of botanicals in the U.S. is different from regulation in the rest of world. The U.S. does not have a separate regulatory category for traditional or herbal medicines: A botanical product may be classified as a food (including a dietary supplement), drug (including a biological drug), medical device, or cosmetic under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FD&C Act). Whether an article is a food, drug, medical device, or cosmetic depends in large part on its intended use.
To learn more about the issues and barriers to the development of botanical drugs, please contact Dr. Marrongelli at Marronge@musc.edu or DrM@pharmD.expert.
VANCOUVER, B.C., May-31-2018 — /EPR Healthcare News/ — The mission of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) is to promote diabetes care and cure worldwide. Type 2 diabetes, once thought only to afflict African descends, other minorities, and the less educated, is now an ignored pandemic afflicting over 450 million people from diverse academic backgrounds and races, worldwide. Health Department budgets allocated for managing diabetes in developed nations each year is staggering; far exceeding the GDP of most other countries. In a new book titled Diabetic’s Journey, diabetes survivor and expert, Ernest Quansah, demystifies how type 2 diabetes can be cured.
In his book, Quansah chronicles circumstances that led him to crave and heavily indulge in sugar, one day awaking to find a sticky, whitish substance in the corners of his eyes and on his tongue. Upon reviewing Quansah’s blood tests, his doctor used these words: “Do you know the danger you have put yourself in? You are not far from going into cardiac arrest. The whitish substance is sugar build-up in your body trying to find a way out.”
Quansah’s research uncovered two lifesaving pieces of information:
Type 2 diabetes is caused by consumption of refined sugar; a fact confirmed by Dr. Sanjay Basu, Ph.D., of Stanford University.
Said Quansah, “My doctor supported Dr. McInnes’s findings when he said to me: ‘Type 2 diabetes is cured using several approaches all working together. The diabetes is cured if it does return two years after reversal.’ Reversing type 2 diabetes costs less than $200.00 per diabetic, a fraction of what is spent each year managing diabetes for the rest of one’s life. This is not taking into account the added cost of the onset of other diseases resulting from the diabetes. Best of all, the victim’s life will be saved when he or she is cured. One becomes type 2 diabetic when sugar builds up in the body and converts into fat. Some of the fat finds its way into the bloodstream. It coats red blood cells preventing them from absorbing sugar and transporting it to the muscles to be used as energy. The pancreas still works; however, the insulin it secretes is not able to transport the excess sugar. The excess sugar buildup causes heart disease, kidney failure, nerve damage, blindness, etc.: Diabetes simply forecasts these pending diseases. The solution is simple. To reverse type 2 diabetes, the sugar buildup in the body and the fat coating the cells must be expelled, allowing for normal cell function.”
A customized weight-reducing menu cycle
A customized fat and sugar burning exercise routine
A vitamin/supplement regime to protect the heart
When asked about his own response to his program, Quansah said, “Within a month of applying the above factors, my energy level surged. My doctor ordered another blood glucose test. ‘Look at your test results,’ Dr. Robinson said. ‘Congratulations. You are no longer a diabetic.’ My life was saved. I told him that I must write a book to help other diabetics. He replied, ‘that’s an excellent idea.’”
Proof that type 2 diabetes can be reversed: WebMD, the leading healthcare information provider to doctors and consumers, interviewed Quansah and published an article about his diabetes cure methodology in WebMD Diabetes Fall 2016 issue, page 19, and on their website. The article was titled, Secret recipe:How a Chef Cured His Type 2 Diabetes . Additionally, Clyto Access contacted him to produce a video presentation on How Type 2 Diabetes Can be Cured to be presented at the International Diabetes and Degenerative Disease conference. His paper titled, The Case Against Managing Type 2 Diabetes is posted on Academia.edu and has been viewed and downloaded by researchers worldwide.
Quansah’s book’s subtitle, How Type 2 Diabetes Can be Reversed and Cured, amplifies what doctors say. Quansah says, “The mission of the Just for Diabetics website is to promote diabetes care and cure by offering pre-diabetics and type 2 diabetics the tools to reverse and cure themselves. Proceeds provide funding to humanitarian efforts and for developing products for diabetics.”
BRUSSELS, Belgium, 20-May-2018 — /EPR Healthcare News/ — On Thursday May 3, the first edition of the European Silver Economy Awards has celebrated its winners under the patronage of Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, and Markku Markkula, First Vice-President of the Committee of the Regions. The ceremony took place at the Committee of the Regions in Brussels and has been designed as an event that brings together key speakers and innovators from both the public and private sector.
The first prize in the category Public Authorities has been awarded to the Health Innovation Centre of Southern Denmark (Denmark) for their Generic Telemedicine Platform. The Fraunhofer Institute Portugal (Portugal) submitted a tool for fall prevention and detection (GoLive Solutions) and was the winning Non-for Profit Organisation. Introducing a smartphone solution (RAY Solutions) for visually impaired people, ProjectRay (Israel) has won in the category For Profit Organisation.
The Silver Economy Awards have been launched to recognise and reward innovative ICT solutions from all sectors, to raise awareness of the potentials of this section of the economy and to bring together European stakeholders under a common goal: supporting and improving the quality of life of older persons in society. On behalf of Commissioner Gabriel, Cabinet Member Manuel Mateo Goyet described the first Silver Economy Awards as representing a “milestone on our way towards becoming a truly age-friendly Europe”, and promoted the ceremony as “a unique occasion to send a very positive message on how we see the future of ageing” showing “the true value of collaboration in Europe”.
Celebrating the nine finalists and their dedication to making Europe an age-friendlier place, Markku Markkula, host and moral patron of the Silver Economy Awards, declares his acknowledgement: “I want them in my region”. More than 95 applications coming from 22 countries have been submitted for consideration in three awards categories referring to the type of organisation. Over 40 Silver Economy experts were involved in the three-staged evaluation process to determine Winner, Second and Third.
Los Angeles, California, 2018-Mar-26 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — Bristl combines proven science of light therapy with sonic vibration to improve oral care. The company also offers a subscription service to replace brush heads, so having the best oral health is also convenient.
Available on Kickstarter on Monday, March 26th at 9am (PST)
The combination of Bristl’s features, convenience, and style make for true market disruption:
Visible Red light (620–750 nm in wavelength) has been clinically proven to heal gum tissue and prevent inflammation. The same technology is often used in skincare; Bristl is bringing it to the everyday tooth brushing routine.
Visible blue light (450–495 nm in wavelength) has been clinically proven to kill and prevent oral bacteria that causes gingivitis and other gum disease. This safe and natural blue light is proven to be effective, and Bristl is proud to bring it to market.
Get Rid of Plaque
Bristl has three sonic vibration modes: regular, gentle, and off. Sonic vibration is recommended by dentists as it has the highest cleaning ability without damaging gums. The brush head is also particularly designed to reach in crack and crevices while letting light pass through the bristles.
A Few Stats
According to a study published in the Journal of Periodontology and Implant Science (Vol. 44: pp. 280-287), Bristl’s technology (even with only red light) was effective in achieving the following:
86% reduction in bacteria that causes destruction of tooth supporting tissue
117% improvement in PPD (Periodontal Pocket Depth) which indicates gum health
80% improvement in CAL (Clinical Attachment Level) which is another metric for gum health
The Bristl Science team consists of a group of innovators and scientists looking to use advanced technology to improve everyday lives. While we of course wish to build a successful business, we are doing so responsibly; Bristl has committed to donating a percentage of every sale to America’s Toothfairy to provide underserved children with dental care. Whether a customer or an underserved child, we’re on a mission to maximize oral health everywhere.
This is just the beginning. The Bristl Science team will work tirelessly to innovate and build products that improve lives, maximize health, and promote good. The Bristl light therapy toothbrush is just the first step toward a healthier future.
Clinical backing, photos, founders quotes, and more information can be found in our Media Kit: http://bit.ly/2HtKTJ8
SOMERSET, N.J. / LONDON, UK, 19-Mar-2018 — /EuropaWire/ — Alliance Life Sciences, a leading global life sciences consulting, pricing data and technology provider, announced that it is a sponsor at the World Pharma Pricing and Market Access Congress 2018 taking place March 20-21 in London, United Kingdom. As part of the largest pharmaceutical commercialization organization that services more than 300 of the industry’s top pharmaceutical, biotech and medical device companies, Alliance will present its expanded portfolio of pricing and market access services. The focus will be on pricing and reimbursement data managed by PricentricOne and pricing governance, reference and tender pricing software manage by PriceRight.
Now in its 12th year the World Pharma Pricing and Market Access Congress brings together the most innovative leaders and organizations to discuss all aspects of evidence, access and pricing. This year’s event will feature over 150 speakers and a greater range of topics being covered including Big Data & AI, rare diseases, advanced therapies and other emerging, innovative areas.
Alan Crowther, President of Global Markets noted “Alliance Life Sciences is pleased to be a sponsor of the World Pharma Pricing & Market Access congress, particularly this year. We have made a number of investments in our people and infrastructure in Europe. Our acquisition by Water Street partners in 2017 allowed us to offer enhancements in our Market Access offerings too. Europe continues to be our focus market and World Pharma Pricing & Market Access congress is a great venue to showcase our expended capabilities”.
LONDON, Dec-3-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — On December 5-6, 2017, 200 high-level experts from government, academia, biopharmaceutical developers and patient organisations convene in London (UK) to address the mounting challenge of accessibility and patient access to high-value, high-cost medical therapies.
The not-for-profit executive forum is organised by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and analytica|LASER, a global research consultancy, to investigate topical questions around drug policy, global health systems sustainability and innovation funding through a combination of case studies, panel sessions, and roundtables. Delegations are registered from over 70 public and private organisations, including the World Health Organization, as well as health systems representatives from Belgium, England, Estonia, Croatia, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, the United States and Wales. Multiple patient organisations support the meeting to ensure that the patient voice is reflected in all deliberations.
“Access to life-saving drugs is not a new challenge. The paradigm of accessibility was changed completely in the face of the deadly HIV epidemic. This time, however, accessibility concerns almost every domain of medicine such as cancer, auto-immune diseases and rare diseases. We must act now,” says Prof Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and former head of UNAIDS.
“There is an incredible challenge for the sustainability of health systems across the world”, says Prof. Lucien Abenhaim, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and Chairman of Analytica Laser. “It is critical that drug developers and health system engage on actionable proposals that address concerns around value, cost and overall access to innovation for the patients who need it. We are at an inflection point – the paradigms of the 1990’s can no longer guide us,” he adds.
The main plenary on December 6th features scheduled remarks by over a dozen authorities in the field, including Professor Baron Peter Piot (Director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and former Head, UNAIDS), Dr. Olivier Brandicourt (Chief Executive Officer, Sanofi), Dr. Sarah Garner (World Health Organization), Prof. Dominique Le Guludec (President, French HAS), Sir Andrew Dillon (Chief Executive, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence UK) and Dr. Harold Paz (Chief Medical Officer, Aetna). The plenary is preceded by a scientific seminar on December 5th which gathers globally renowned academics to explore new frontiers on the methodology for the appraisal and valuation of high-value medicines.
Lebanon, OH, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — Community members and resident families are invited to attend an open house at Cedarview Healthcare Center on Dec. 5th from 5pm-7pm. The guests will be provided a tour of the facility and enjoy music and light refreshments at the event.
“We are all very excited at the facility for the changes and to share these improvements with our residents, the community and employees,” says Elliott Polsky, Administrator of CedarView Healthcare Center.
The renovations to the facility include our updated rehab unit, including a new rehab gym. The rehab unit has 8 private suites. The lobby was completely embellished including new furniture in the lobby and throughout the entire community. Cedarview HealthCare Center is an 83-bed skilled nursing home that caters to the residents of Lebanon.
Cedarview Healthcare Center is a skilled nursing community, located in Lebanon, Ohio, that offers a living alternative for those who need more support than they would receive in their home. The community offers a wide array of health rehabilitation, dietary, and social services for both short term rehabilitation and long-term stays.
Cedarview Healthcare Center has a Pulmonary Unit that is equipped to care for Resident’s with Trach’s, Vent’s and High Flow Oxygen needs. The facility is licensed by the State of Ohio Department of Health, and is staffed with a team that is equipped to meet the individual needs of each resident. Cedarview Healthcare Center is certified by both Medicare and Medicaid.
“I think when you visit you’ll be amazed at the modern surroundings and how accommodating the facility is for the residents,” says Lacrisha Crawford, Director of Admissions at Cedarview HealthCare Center.
For more information in regards to Cedarview Healthcare Center Pavilion please call (513) 932-1121 or visit our website at www.cedarviewhc.com.
BASEL, Switzerland, Aug-28-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Global brand leader Invacare brings next generation technology to powerchairs, following extensive trials and consumer-led insights. Touch screen technology is used daily on devices such as smartphones and tablets and thanks to Invacare, this smart technology has now been encompassed into powerchairs.
The innovative REM400 remote has an impressive 3.5” colour touch screen that puts the user in complete control. Its features include:
• Swipe or tap operation
• Direct or menu navigation access to profiles and functions
• Adjustable brightness
• Glove mode setting
• Screen lock out function
• Configured for left or right handed use
And it doesn’t end there. The REM400 has built-in Bluetooth which allows connection to PC’s, laptops and Macs. Its integrated mouse mover with on screen mouse clicks lets users connect to their world through their remote.
One of the great benefits of a touch screen remote is that there are no fixed buttons. This makes the REM400 suitable for those with more complex physical and cognitive needs.
To see the REM400 in action, checkout the new video.
CARDIFF, United Kingdom, Aug-24-Aug-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — Global brand leader Invacare is once again raising the bar in the powerchair market, following on from the successful launch of the LiNX control system last year. Invacare has taken the smart technology a step further with a new touch screen remote, in-built Bluetooth technology, enhanced programming features and a range of specialist controls, all available on the remarkable Invacare LiNX powerchair range.
Touch screen remote
Introducing next generation technology to powerchairs, Invacare is pleased to present the REM400 remote with its 3.5” interactive screen that requires minimal force to operate. Following extensive customer-insight research, this innovative remote can be configured to a users’ physical and cognitive ability, thanks to its extensive functional capabilities. Also available is a REM500, a display only version of the REM400. Both remotes can be used with a wide range of specialist controls.
The REM400 and REM500 controls have built-in Bluetooth technology to allow users to connect to their PC, Mac and compatible Android devices that have built-in HID functionality.
Enhanced programming features
The LiNX system now allows professionals to mix and match the drive, seating and environmental controls in order to customise the display to suit the user’s lifestyle. E.g. The profiles can be customised by names such as Home, Outdoor and Work, with functions specific to each one. Profiles can also be set by user input options i.e. head control.
Another new feature is the ability to adjust the joystick commands. The basic commands on a powerchair are forward, reverse, left and right but there are also other commands such as tilt, recline, lights, horns etc. to consider. The REM400 and REM500 allow these commands to be changed to suit the user, based on frequency or even by accessibility.
To maximise a user’s control and independence, the REM400 and REM500 allow a selection of specialist user inputs to be used on Invacare’s remarkable powerchairs. They range from head controls, chin controls, Sip ‘n’ puff systems, joystick options, proximity switches and dual controls, allowing Invacare to provide a control solution for many powerchair users. To help professionals select the best control for a powerchair user, Invacare has put together a useful app with five simple steps to assist with the process. Take a look at the app by visiting www.linx4you.com plus it can downloaded from the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.
TDX SP2 base updates
The above offering is available on all Invacare LiNX powerchairs, with a selection of the specialist controls only compatible with the TDX SP2 Ultra Low Maxx – and it is with this chair that Invacare is now able to fully enter the complex rehab market. For more information on the TDX SP2 Ultra Low Maxx, visit www.invacareULM.com. As well as feature heavy, the TDX SP2 base itself can be customised thanks to the 10 contemporary shroud and rim insert options available which sit nicely on its new black tyres and castors. There is a new single sided fork option on the front and rear castors.
Alpharetta, Georgia, US, 2017-Jun-13 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — The Heartfulness Institute will mark the International Day of Yoga on 21 June with public events in various locations globally (www.heartfulness.org). The events will be held at the Institute’s meditation and retreat centres and also at other community venues in partnership with civil society and yoga organizations and Indian diplomatic missions.
Every year on 21 June the United Nations invites the global community to celebrate the life-enhancing practices of Yoga. In establishing the International Day of Yoga, the United Nations underscored the need for building better lifestyles, recognizing that Yoga provides a holistic approach to health and well-being. The UN also called for the wider dissemination of information about the benefits of practising Yoga.
On the International Day of Yoga, the Heartfulness community, led by its youth, will bring together hundreds of thousands of people with the theme ‘Connect. Integrate. Become One’, in Chennai, Singapore, Hyderabad, Paris, New York, London, Toronto, Sydney and in other major metropolitan centres, as well as in many smaller cities, towns and rural areas globally. The core practices of Heartfulness are self-development tools for a modern lifestyle and for people from all walks of life. They include relaxation, heart-based meditation, cleaning and inner connection. There is no dogma or prerequisite of any kind, and no financial requirement; only the willingness and interest to try the simple, effective Heartfulness practices.
Since the beginning of 2017, the Heartfulness Institute has been offering free masterclasses in meditation, led by its global guide, Kamlesh Patel, also known as Daaji. More than one million people around the world, including educational, business and professional groups, have experienced the free masterclasses that are available at http://en.heartfulness.org/masterclass/.
Heartfulness is an approach to the Raja Yoga system of meditation called Sahaj Marg, founded at the turn of the 20th century and formalized into an organization in 1945. More than seventy years later, ongoing Heartfulness meditation training can be found at 2,500 schools and colleges, and over 100,000 professionals are meditating in over 3,000 corporations, non-governmental and government organizations.
Heartfulness Centres, known as HeartSpots, exist in 130 countries, supported by thousands of certified volunteer trainers. There are over 5,000 HeartSpots and over 300 retreat centres around the world where thousands of people gather to meditate (http://www.heartfulness.org/).
About Kamlesh D. Patel
Known to many as Daaji, Kamlesh D. Patel is the fourth guide in the Heartfulness tradition of meditation. He is a prolific speaker and writer, and you can read his latest writings at http://www.daaji.org/.
About Heartfulness Institute
Heartfulness Institute is a non-profit organization that promotes well-being and self-development through meditation, research and training. The Institute offers programs for individuals, local communities, corporates, government departments and the armed services, schools and colleges, rural communities and civil society groups worldwide, supported by certified trainers who are volunteers and who offer their time and expertise in this social cause.
Spain, 04-May-2017 — /EuropaWire/ — After many years of operating successful MEDLAB events around Africa, Asia and the Middle East, Informa Life Sciences Exhibitions, the worlds leading publishing and exhibitions company, has announced that the MEDLAB Series will be expanding its presence into Europe. Taking place at the Barcelona Congress Centre in Barcelona, Spain, from 13-15 September 2017, more than 3,000 industry professionals are expected to attend Europe’s leading event for laboratory management and diagnosis.
With the European In-Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) market expected to reach USD 15.5 billion by 2024, a platform such as MEDLAB presents a huge opportunity for global laboratory industry leaders, including manufacturers, dealers and distributors, to make inroads into the European market. Housing international exhibitors and covering 2,000 sqm of exhibition space, MEDLAB Europe will give visitors from across the world an opportunity to access cutting-edge laboratory products, next-generation technology, innovative services and world-class educational content.
According to Tom Coleman, Group Exhibition Director, MEDLAB Series: “The launch of MEDLAB Europe is in line with our global expansion strategy for our MEDLAB series of events. The increasing prevalence of chronic diseases, rising geriatric population coupled with the rising awareness towards early diagnosis, has positioned the European IVD and medical laboratory market as a critical market for manufacturers, services providers, and dealers and distributors from across the globe. MEDLAB Europe will generate substantial value for our customers and partners by driving further product innovation and deeper engagement in these specific markets.”
Over the four-day event, MEDLAB Europe will also offer a multi-disciplinary congress tackling current challenges and developments key to the European market, and leveraging the true potential of laboratory testing to dramatically improve patient outcomes across the continent.
The conference programme covers five main tracks including Point of Care Testing (POCT), Histopathology, Lab Management, Microbiology and Haematology. From new methods of effective lab management to the development of techniques in detecting diseases, the conferences will also review the expanding role of the laboratory medicine and discuss partnership between a clinician and a lab professional in providing delivery of care to every patient.
“The scientific programme at MEDLAB has been carefully designed in collaboration with some of the brightest minds in the medical laboratory industry in order to have a real impact on improving the health and wellbeing of patients across the region,” said Coleman.
For more information about the MEDLAB Europe Exhibition & Congress, please visit: www.medlabeurope.com.
GERMANY, Mar-30-2017 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — Ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease are the most common inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD). Globally, more than 4 million people suffer from recurring inflammation of the intestinal mucosa. To date, non-invasive methods have not been able to detect these forms of IBD reliably. Researchers at the University Hospital Erlangen (Germany) have now shown for the first time how Multispectral Optoacoustic Tomography (MSOT) can more reliably detect early stages of inflammation when compared with other non-invasive diagnostic methods. These results have recently been published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Evaluating the inflammatory activity of the intestines early and accurately helps to prevent complications associated with IBD and guide an optimal therapy regime. Currently, doctors frequently rely on an invasive endoscopy procedure to assess the intestinal mucosa of patients with IBD. Additionally, non-invasive imaging methods are increasingly used in the clinic. For example, ultrasound allows clinicians to examine the structure, thickness and blood perfusion of the intestinal wall with changes in perfusion patterns indicating an onset of inflammation.
“With the MSOT procedure, we additionally use laser light, by which we can detect inflammation earlier than previously possible with ultrasound”, explains Prof. Dr. Maximilian Waldner, Professor at the University Hospital Erlangen. “The earlier we detect signs of an upcoming flare – i.e., a change in blood content – the quicker we can react and start a preventive treatment”. The MSOT technology was developed by iThera Medical in Munich, and was first used on IBD patients last year.
The researchers of the University Hospital Erlangen have recently published their results in the renowned New England Journal of Medicine. “We examined 108 patients with Crohn’s disease using the MSOT technology and compared the results to established non-invasive diagnostic procedures as well as endoscopy and histology”, says Prof. Waldner. “We were able to demonstrate that hemoglobin values in the tissue measured with MSOT indicate very accurately the inflammatory activity in the intestines. The method appears to be superior to other non-invasive procedures, as MSOT for the first time was able to detect even low levels of inflammation without having to perform endoscopy”.
Dr. Ferdinand Knieling, a physician at the University Hospital Erlangen, adds: “We are hoping that this principle can be applied to many applications and, in particular, also be used to enable safe evaluations of children and adolescents. With this new examination method, many of the currently invasive procedures might become obsolete.”
In optoacoustic imaging, the physician scans the intestines transabdominally through the skin, applying pulsed laser light in the near-infrared region. The energy of the light absorbed in tissue is converted into acoustic signals which are then acquired by an ultrasound detector. Christian Wiest, CEO of iThera Medical, comments: “MSOT is a new diagnostic imaging modality that can detect changes in tissue composition associated with a variety of diseases, without the use of contrast agents. The technology has already been applied in other clinical feasibility studies, e.g. for the detection of melanoma metastasis in sentinel lymph nodes or for the assessment of suspicious breast lesions”.
The results of the IBD study at the University Hospital Erlangen were published on March 30th 2017 in the New England Journal of Medicine (Volume 376, Issue 13, pg.1292-1294).
Cambridge, England, 2017-Feb-14 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — Resveratrol and lycopene are the compounds known for anti-ageing and cardio-protective properties. Mediterranean diet based, among others, on consumption of big quantities of lycopene-rich vegetables coincides with a longer lifespan, lower incidence of CVDs and reduced occurrence of some forms of cancer among the population of Mediterranean region. High resveratrol consumption is considered a factor in “French Paradox”, where epidemiological data show low incidence of CVDs, despite high consumption of saturated fats. Consumers have enormous choice of food supplements including lycopene and resveratrol, but key information is often missing: what happens to the substance once consumed and how much of it is really absorbed?
Resveratrol – the powerful anti-ageing, antioxidant polyphenol
Resveratrol is a phytochemical from polyphenols family, compounds known for their antioxidant properties. It is produced by plants in response to different stresses from their surrounding environment and found mainly in the peel and seeds of red grapes, also in peanuts and berries. High resveratrol consumption is considered a factor in “French Paradox”, where epidemiological data show apparent disconnect between the incidence of cardiovascular diseases in French population and high consumption of saturated fats. It is thought to be related to high consumption of red wine that contains resveratrol. There is significant scientific research on the beneficial effects of resveratrol relating to anti-ageing and longevity – activation of sirtuin enzymes, support of mitochondrial metabolism, protection of telomeres, antioxidant properties. It also supports cardiovascular health and influences glucose metabolism management.
Lycopene – great contributor to healthy skin
Lycopene belongs to family of plant-derived substances – carotenoids. Due to their strong antioxidative properties carotenoids help protect plants from oxidative damage caused by various stressing factors. Scientific interest in lycopene originates from the phenomenon of the Mediterranean diet and its’ cardio-protective and longevity promoting properties. The Mediterranean diet is based, among others, on high consumption of tomatoes and other vegetables that contain high levels of lycopene and other carotenoids. The population of the Mediterranean region has a longer lifespan, lower incidence of cardiovascular diseases and lower occurrence of some forms of cancer. Because of its’ antioxidative properties lycopene helps fight against free radicals in the skin, reduces its’ sensitivity to UV radiation, reduces mitochondrial DNA damage, lowers the risk of heart diseases.
Carocelle® presents best in class lycopene and resveratrol anti-ageing supplement
The main challenge of resveratrol supplementation remains its’ bioavailability. As quickly as it is absorbed from intestinal tract to bloodstream most of it is transformed into inactive compounds. New Carocelle® Lycopene & Resveratrol formulation delivers superior bioavailability, proven in clinical trials. Carocelle® technology makes resveratrol over +500% more bioavailable than other products on the market and provides its’ outstanding concentration that would normally be difficult to obtain from other available sources.
Pharmacokinetic tests for Carocelle® Lycopene have also confirmed 2x higher concentration of lycopene in the bloodstream (bioavailability) in comparison to reference brand available on the market, with the same dosage of the compound.
Carocelle® Technology behind compounds’ superior bioavailability
Vesicle-micellisation helps carotenoids become more resistant to degradation in the highly acidic stomach environment. This ensures that more active lycopene and resveratrol can pass to the intestines and be absorbed. The vesicle-micelle format is easily transformed in the intestines by bile acids to the mixed micelles. This guarantees optimal absorption of fat-soluble ingredients, like lycopene and resveratrol. The result is increased delivery of active lycopene and resveratrol to the intestine for maximum absorption, improved bioavailability and remarkable bioactivity. Chaperone compounds in Carocelle® Lycopene & Resveratrol vesicle-micelles additionally contribute to increased bioavailability of both lycopene and resveratrol.
There are currently 3 SKUs within Carocelle® range:
Carocelle Cambridge Micelle Technology™ was founded in 2015 in collaboration with UK biotech firm Lycotec, headed by Dr. Ivan Petyaev. The company invents proprietary formulations and products that are scientifically tested and proven in laboratories in Cambridge, UK. Carocelle Cambridge Micelle Technology™ has its headquarters in Cambridge and operates a network of partnerships with research and commercial partners around the world.
DR. IVAN MIKHAILOVICH PETYAEV, MD, PHD
Dr. Petyaev is a medical doctor, researcher and author of scientific publications and inventions with applications in diagnostics, analytics, prevention and treatment of a variety of diseases. He spent his research years at MRS and Cambridge University in the Department of Pathology. To take his discoveries into innovative healthcare products he left University and set up his own company, Lycotec Limited. Dr Petyaev has wide experience of driving his innovations through the product development phase, clinical validation and in the setting up of industrial production of the successful prototypes. His projects have been supported by Cambridge University, the MRC, Papworth and Addenbrooke’s Hospitals, the British Heart Foundation, the Department for Trade and Industry and the Eurostars Eurica Project.
NEW YORK, NY, 2017-Jan-14 — /EPR HEALTHCARE NEWS/ — As the Iraq War’s official end in December 2011 marks its fifth anniversary, many questions remain on its fallouts. New York’s French-American community is one of them, as it remembers its blacklisting when France opted out of attacking Iraq.
Choosing diplomatic pressure rather than “shock and awe” ignited fury for many in New York. The call for anti-French boycotts resonated in tabloids as pictures of New Yorkers spilling wines in gutters vied with accusations of an ally’s betrayal and cowardice. Information can be found by searching for “New York’s anti-French boycotts and Iraq,” and “Freedom fries.”
How effective were the boycotts? “Very much so, even devastating,” says French consulate’s official physician and mental health coordinator at the time, Gérard Sunnen, MD, “the French-American community of New York was stunned by their virulence and persistence. Why, many wondered, did they materialize only in New York, in striking contrast to the rest of the country?”
“Targeted were all manner of French-American businesses, from Air France to bakeries, as rosters of marked companies circulated widely. Earliest felled were restaurants, whose sales plummeted by as much as half. Like dominoes, they closed their doors, dismissing their workers. Called by many the “consulate’s darkest hour,” it went on for interminable months, years, and still resonates today.”
“As layoffs mounted,” Dr. Sunnen added, “so did their mental health consequences, from all manner of stress reactions to self-destructive depressions. And workers suddenly out of work could not find employment because no one would take them. The consulate’s social services department work load soared to levels never attained before.”
Faced with this onslaught, the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) was repeatedly contacted to lend the community its medical and mental health assistance. In addition, New York State and city top officials were insistently asked to add their voice to call off the boycotts. All appeals remained unanswered and, for reasons of non-assistance and abandonment of responsibility, this matter was eventually reported and filed in New York and Federal courts.
Dr. Sunnen, who also cites his experience as a Vietnam-era U.S. veteran, concludes, “history needs constant reckoning, otherwise it can remain a fable. These events are now brought to light so that long-term allies can better understand and appreciate the meaning of their special relationship.”
Gérard Sunnen, MD, www.triroc.com/sunnen
Supreme Court, State of New York, No. 102194/2012
U.S. District Court, Southern District of NY 12 Civ. 3417
U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit 13-465cv
U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) 1:13-cv-1242
New York State Division of Human Rights (NYSDHR) No. 10181422
National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) No. DCA96MA070