Reflecting on World Asthma Day

By Mark Steedman, PhD, Manager, Centre for Health Solutions

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I woke up in late March with a severe cough and could hear myself wheezing with each breath. It was worrying. The London Marathon was just over a month away, and I had spent the previous two months training for it; the next month was going to be critical. I needed to recover quickly to get back to training if I wanted to participate in the race. Similar asthma-like symptoms had been brought on by a cold a few years before, and although I know that I don’t suffer from asthma, I knew from experience it would be an uphill battle to get back to full strength. It also made me more sensitive to those people I know who do have asthma. For the next two weeks I struggled with intermittent coughing, sleepless nights and a general feeling of dread that I wouldn’t recover in time. However, as you learned from last week’s blog, I finished the marathon, but I also learned a lot about asthma and other respiratory diseases along the way. Earlier this week was World Asthma Day, so this week’s blog looks at the impact asthma has on people around the world.

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Posted on 10/05/2019 | 0 Comments

Diabetic retinopathy: The future’s greatest eye health challenge

By Mark Steedman, PhD, Manager, Centre for Health Solutions

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This week’s blog returns to our series on eye health, which we began in advance of the launch of a global report on eye health at the November 2018 World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH). Our first blog in the series focused on glaucoma, while our second blog examined new treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This blog focuses on diabetic retinopathy, a complication of diabetes that can damage the back of the eye and lead to blindness if left undiagnosed and untreated.

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Posted on 22/02/2019 | 0 Comments

Five strategies that could help biopharma firms get more ROI bang for their R&D buck

By Greg Reh, vice chairman, US and Global Life Sciences leader, Deloitte LLP

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This week’s blog, by Deloitte’s global Life Sciences leader Greg Reh, first appeared on the US Center for Health Solutions blog site.1 The blog presents his take on the findings from our 2018 Measuring the return from pharmaceutical innovation 2018 report, and what strategies pharma can use to improve their return on investment from R&D.

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Posted on 01/02/2019 | 0 Comments

Bright future: A new vision for eye health

By Mark Steedman, PhD. Research Manager, Centre for Health Solutions

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This week’s blog is the third in our series focusing on eye health, which we developed in support of a global policy report that was launched this week at the World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH). Our first blog in the series focused on glaucoma, while our second examined new treatments for age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This latest blog focuses on the main findings and recommendations of the full report Bright future: A new vision for eye health.

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Posted on 16/11/2018 | 0 Comments

World Alzheimer’s Day

By Mark Steedman, PhD. Manager Centre for Health Solutions

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In the late 1970s, Earth, Wind & Fire released one of their biggest hits – September – with an opening line that has become an internet meme and is widely recognised around the world.

“Do you remember the 21st night of September?”

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Posted on 21/09/2018 | 0 Comments

Envisioning a world without blindness: New treatments for AMD

by Mark Steedman, PhD

Eye

This week’s blog is the second in a series focusing on eye health, which we are writing in advance of the launch of a global report on eye health at the November 2018 World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH). Our first blog in the series focused on glaucoma. This blog examines in more detail another leading cause of eye morbidity that affects millions of people around the world – age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

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Posted on 10/08/2018 | 0 Comments

Focusing on eye health for World Glaucoma Week

by Mark Steedman, PhD

Eye

This week is World Glaucoma Week, aimed at raising awareness around glaucoma – a group of eye diseases that lead to damage to the optic nerve and can cause permanent vision loss. World Glaucoma Week encourages people to have regular eye checks to detect glaucoma (and other eye diseases) early and pursue treatment to preserve their vision.1

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Posted on 16/03/2018 | 0 Comments

Remember, remember the month of Movember: It’s always good to talk

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Discussing a long standing health concern is difficult for anyone. However, men have a more difficult time in firstly realising they may have a health issue and secondly discussing it in an open way which would benefit their treatment. Crucial to improving the long term health of men is increasing public education on often understated issues in men’s health, and fostering an environment in which health issues can be discussed openly and without ridicule. This week’s blog, by Amen Sanghera, one of two analysts here at the centre, looks into the issues men have regarding discussing health concerns and the work charities, such as Movember, do to raise awareness for key issues in men’s health.

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Posted on 10/11/2017 | 0 Comments

No time to rest - a brief history of raising awareness for dementia in the UK

Dementia

World Alzheimer’s Day, held every year on 21 September, is an opportunity for organisations and individuals around the world to raise awareness, highlight issues faced by people affected by dementia and explores how to help people live well with dementia. Globally, dementia is one of the biggest challenges we face, with nearly 50 million people living with dementia; a number is growing by 10 million every year (or a new case every three seconds).1 Moreover, an increasing number of surveys show that dementia is the most feared disease amongst adults. However, it is possible to live well with the condition if the needs of people with dementia are upheld and dementia continues to be recognised as a public health priority.2 Tackling the global challenge of dementia requires investment in research, effective collaboration and a willingness to adopt evidence based good practice. This week Deloitte and the Alzheimer’s society hosted a panel discussion on dementia which I was privileged to participate in. Given the importance of the subject, I’m using this week’s blog to share the content of my presentation to help maintain the profile of this unrelenting challenge which touches most people’s lives in some way.

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Posted on 06/10/2017 | 0 Comments

Healthcare innovation in rural Nicaragua: an on-the-ground perspective

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We’ve often written blogs about the adoption of innovation and how innovation and technology is helping to support healthcare providers to work differently but it can often feel a little remote to our everyday experiences. This week I’m delighted to share with you a blog written by one of our Monitor Deloitte colleagues who took a sabbatical in late 2015 from her role as a Strategy Consultant in order to support the development of micro-enterprises in rural Nicaragua.

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Posted on 22/04/2016 | 2 Comments