Chinese cancer patient livestreams to pay medical bills

At least once a week, Su Lingmin films herself singing, sharing health tips and chatting with hundreds of fans from her hospital bed. “Now I’m a professional livestreamer,” she said with a smile in a video last week. “What else can I do?”

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Global Health Community Says The U.S. Is Picking Big Business Over Patients Again

The global health community has once again found itself in a familiar position: fighting the U.S. on a policy previously seen as a no-brainer. The fight against tuberculosis, the world’s top infectious killer, has been consuming United Nations negotiators for the last two months as they prepare for the first U.N.

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Giving shape to the TB fight

Tuberculosis (TB) is one of the world’s biggest global health crises; 1.7 million people died of the disease in 2016. New data suggest that the global scope of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is much larger than previously estimated, in turn requiring concerted international efforts in combating this deadlier form of the disease.

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Three in five HIV-carriers now have access to drugs: UN

Almost three in five people infected with HIV, or 21.7 million globally, took antiretroviral therapy in 2017 – a new record for anti-AIDS drug access, the UNAIDS said on Wednesday. There were 36.9 million people living with the immune system-attacking virus in 2017, of whom 15.2 million were not getting the drugs they need – the lowest number since the epidemic exploded, the joint UN programme on HIV/AIDS reported.

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Three in five HIV-carriers now have access to drugs: UN

Almost three in five people infected with HIV, or 21.7 million globally, took antiretroviral therapy in 2017 – a new record for anti-AIDS drug access, the UNAIDS said on Wednesday. There were 36.9 million people living with the immune system-attacking virus in 2017, of whom 15.2 million were not getting the drugs they need – the lowest number since the epidemic exploded, the joint UN programme on HIV/AIDS reported.

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IP, AI, Health Commitments Mere Footnotes In Quarrel Between G6 And Trump? – Intellectual Property Watch

Leaders at the G7 Summit tried to mitigate tensions by taking on some US favourites in their final communiqué like “forced technology transfers,” a topic brought up only recently by the United States at the World Trade Organisation.

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TRIPS Council Debates IP Improving Lives, Competition Law To Increase Medicines Access – Intellectual Property Watch

Whether intellectual property rights are improving lives or whether they should be reined in by tools such as competition law to increase access to medicine, education, and innovation, was debated this week at the World Trade Organization committee on intellectual property.

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Addressing the antibiotics crisis | Letters

I read with interest your article (Antibiotics crisis made worse by shortages in supply, 1 June) on the Access to Medicine Foundation report into this topic. Its excellent report highlights an important problem. A failing supply chain along with a lack of investment in new antibiotics is already causing major health problems across the world, and this will only get worse.

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Delhi’s proposal to cap drug costs worries Indian hospitals industry

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Indian authorities have proposed capping medical costs at private hospitals in the capital to help millions of people, but the plan would deal a blow to the multi-billion-dollar healthcare sector already grappling with price control policies.

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Shortage of important form of penicillin affecting 39 countries, including India: AMF

NEW DELHI: Shortage of an important form of penicillin is currently affecting at least 39 countries, including India, according to a new white paper by an Amsterdam-based foundation. The organisation also claimed that antibiotic supply chains are on the “brink of collapse”, putting basic healthcare at risk.

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Fragile Antibiotic Supply Chain Causes Shortages And Is A National Security Threat

As a practicing infectious disease physician, I become acutely aware, on occasion, of shortages of antibiotics or essential medical supplies, such as saline (salt water) solutions. For years, I’ve been concerned that the availability of these medicines should be regarded as a national security issue, but that issue appears to have received little attention.

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Another antibiotic crisis: fragile supply leads to shortages

LONDON (Reuters) – Shortages of some life-saving antibiotics are putting growing numbers of patients at risk and fuelling the evolution of “superbugs” that do not respond to modern medicines, according to a new report on Thursday.

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