High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines

United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines calls for New Deal to close the Health Innovation and Access Gap

Whether it’s the rising price of the EpiPen, or new outbreaks of diseases, like Ebola, Zika and yellow fever, the rising costs of health technologies and the lack of new tools to tackle health problems, like antimicrobial resistance, is a problem in rich and poor countries alike.

According to a High-Level Panel convened to advise the UN Secretary-General on improving access to medicines, the world must take bold new approaches to both health technology innovation and ensuring access so that all people can benefit from the medical advances that have dramatically improved the lives of millions around the world in the last century.

The Paradoxical Struggle of Homeopathy in Spain

By Aina Marti, PhD Candidate in Comparative Literature, University of Kent

The study of homeopathy in Spain is going under a period of challenges as many institutions, which offer postgraduate studies in homeopathy, are facing strong pressure to cancel their courses due to, what the medical establishment calls, lack of scientific proof. Last March 2016, the University of Barcelona was surrounded by polemics regarding the cancellation of its MA in Homeopathy, which had been running for thirteen years, alleging reasons of ‘lack of scientific base’. Soon after, the Spanish College of Physicians cancelled its homeopathic studies after having been active for twenty-five years.

Integrative Medicine – who and what is integrated how and where to?

By Nora Laubstein

Currently everyone is talking about the term „Integration“: You have to integrate!

If we want to think about integration and naturopathy as one thing, we have to speak verbosely. The keywords associated are: national health system, health economy, USA, university, complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), evidence-based medicine (EBM), and specialization and health professions.

There is a loud call in politics and the media for an urgently needed integration of so far foreign experiences. At the same time it is talked about a so-called dominant culture. We are able to recognize this dominant culture if we transfer this development to the section of health policy: the national health system and the health economy became the measure of all things for the EU-countries with clear rules and regulations.

Swiss to recognize homeopathy as legitimate medicine

Mar 29, 2016 - By Swissinfo.ch ↗

The interior ministry has announced plans to give five complementary therapies including homeopathy the same status as conventional medicine.

Homeopathy, holistic medicine, herbal medicine, acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine will acquire the same status as conventional medicine by May 2017 when it comes to health insurance. After being rejected in 2005 by the authorities for lack of scientific proof of their efficacy, complementary and alternative medicines made a comeback in 2009 when two-thirds of Swiss backed their inclusion on the constitutional list of paid health services.

UK NHS Considers Rule Banning Doctors from Prescribing Homeopathy

Ministers are considering whether homeopathy should be put on a blacklist of treatments GPs in England are banned from prescribing, the BBC has learned. The controversial practice is based on the principle that "like cures like", but critics say patients are being given useless sugar pills. The Faculty of Homeopathy said patients supported the therapy. A consultation is expected to take place in 2016.

The total NHS bill for homeopathy, including homeopathic hospitals and GP prescriptions, is thought to be about £4m. Homeopathy is based on the concept that diluting a version of a substance that causes illness has healing properties. So pollen or grass could be used to create a homeopathic hay-fever remedy. One part of the substance is mixed with 99 parts of water or alcohol, and this is repeated six times in a "6c" formulation or 30 times in a "30c" formulation. The end result is combined with a lactose (sugar) tablet.

Question and answers on the carcinogenicity of the consumption of red meat and processed meat, WHO

October 2015 

1. What do you consider as red meat?

Red meat refers to all mammalian muscle meat, including, beef, veal, pork, lamb, mutton, horse, and goat.

2. What do you consider as processed meat?

Processed meat refers to meat that has been transformed through salting, curing, fermentation, smoking, or other processes to enhance flavour or improve preservation. Most processed meats contain pork or beef, but processed meats may also contain other red meats, poultry, offal, or meat by-products such as blood. Examples of processed meat include hot dogs (frankfurters), ham, sausages, corned beef, and biltong or beef jerky as well as canned meat and meat-based preparations and sauces.

Evidence-based medicine and acupuncture: old bias for new perspectives in clinical context

by Mariateresa Tassinari MPhil, PhD Candidate1 and Paolo Roberti di Sarsina MD2,3
1Member, 2President, Charity for Person Centred Medicine-Moral Entity, Bologna, Italy, 3Researcher, Observatory and Methods for Health, Department of Sociology and Social Research, University of Milano-Bicocca, Milano, Italy

From the moment that evidence-based medicine (EBM) was accepted by the predominant medical-scientific community, it has increasingly represented a refuge for medicine, which has voluntarily chosen to regard the validity of a theory and the truth in the same way. The introduction of placebo in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) serves as such [1]; in order to analyse the reality by dividing it into two poles, the true and the false and, by tertium non datur principle, effectively excluding any other possibility.

All of this was legitimized by means of a methodic rigour, which not only excluded but also deprived value, resulting in everything that was either impossible to measure or standardize as unjustifiable [2]. If this measure of purification has permitted important and useful discoveries, it has, on the other hand, also deprived medical practice of a vision which does not fit into a characteristically pharmaceutical-centred one; for the present circumstances, the certainties on which that paradigm is based are weakening and creak like the floor upon which Ptolemy founded his theory.

"Medical Science in crisis. Ways of errors and ways to overcome them."

Plenary Speech, TCM Kongress Rothenburg 2015, 14.05.2015
Dr. Andrea Hellwig, President of the AGTCM

Good morning fellow colleagues and most welcomed guests of the TCM Kongress Rothenburg 2015, today I would like to talk about perspectives and paradigms about obstacles and opportunities. How western science and western medicine see the world - their perspective and the set of ideas they use to understand and explain that world - this paradigm will greatly effect the success of western medicine and western healthcare systems.

How many of you out there, agree we are faced with a medical crisis in the western world? Dr. Sean Murphy described this crisis and the challenges our European healthcare system faces at the ETCMA general assembly in Prague this year:

He said, "The rates of common diseases, such as diabetes, overweight and obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, etc. in European countries, are increasing dramatically, the patient's satisfaction with conventional medical care is decreasing and at the same time, we are looking at a future with steadily increasing health care costs. "

We are in a medical crisis.


And I would like to talk about the real roots of the crisis, the true core from what our healthcare systems and our understanding of adaequate health-care is suffering itself and how this problem could be solved...
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