May 17, 2020

44 Ways Pharma Companies are Fighting to #EndAIDS

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A number of children living in the Village of Pomerini are affected by AIDS.
In the United States alone there are more than 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS and 15.8 percent of those are unaware of their infection, accordi...

In the United States alone there are more than 1.1 million people living with HIV/AIDS and 15.8 percent of those are unaware of their infection, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The CDC identified the first five cases of HIV/AIDS in 1981 and since then multiple advancements have taken place.

Since antiretroviral treatments were approved in 1995, HIV/AIDS related deaths in the United States have dropped by 83 percent. This has resulted in a 32 percent decline in HIV/AIDS-related hospitalizations, improving overall care and reducing the cost burden.

Antiretroviral treatments have also extended the lives of HIV/AIDS patients by 15 years, according to a University of Chicago study.

“Over the past 35 years, HIV/AIDS has gone from a death sentence to a chronic, manageable disease thanks in large part to advances in biopharmaceutical research,” said PhRMA President and CEO John J. Castellani. “Despite the progress that has been made, researchers are continuing the fight against HIV/AIDS and, with more than 40 medicines in the pipeline, there is more hope than ever that a cure can be achieved.”

Biopharmaceutical companies are currently focused on improved treatment regimens, more effective therapies and preventive vaccines that are either clinical trials or awaiting review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The 44 vaccines and medicines in the development pipeline include 25 antivirals, 16 vaccines and three cell/gene therapies, according to PhRMA.

According to the group, examples of the 44 medicines and vaccines include:

  • A first-in-class medicine intended to prevent HIV from breaking through cell membrane;
  • A cell therapy that modifies a patient’s own cells in an attempt to make them resistant to HIV;
  • And a therapeutic vaccine designed to induce responses from T cells that play a role in immune protection against viral infections. 

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Jun 21, 2021

Dubai's new smart neuro spinal hospital: need to know

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The brand new Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre has opened in Dubai. We take a look at what this smart hospital offers. 

We take a look at Dubai's new smart hospital. 

What: The Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre is a new hospital featuring state-of-the-art technology for spinal, neurosurgical, neurological, orthopaedic, radiosurgery and cancer treatments. The 700 million AED hospital, (equivalent to £138 million), has 114 beds, smart patient rooms, and green spaces for patient rehabilitation, and is four times the capacity of its former premises in Jumeirah.   It is also the UAE’s first hospital to have surgical robots. 

Where: The hospital is located in the Dubai Science Park. Founded in 2005,  Dubai Science Park is home to more than 350 companies from multinational corporations in life sciences, biotechnology and research; over 4,000 people work here each day. 

Who: The UAE's Neuro Spinal Hospital and Radiosurgery Centre was first established in Jumeirah in 2002 by Dr. Abdul Karim Msaddi, as the first as the first "super-specialty" neuroscience hospital. 

Why: With advanced diagnosis and robotics, the hospital will provide care across neuroscience, spine, orthopaedics and oncology for people residing in the UAE, as well as international patients.  

Prof. Abdul Karim Msaddi, Chairman and Medical Director of the hospital, said: “We are proud to bring world-class healthcare services to Dubai and believe our  next-generation hospital will be a game-changer for the emirate’s and the region’s medical industry.

"It will not only significantly increase the availability of specialist neuroscience and radiosurgery treatments and provide better patient care but help attract and develop local and international talent. Investing in the new centre represents our continued faith in the resilience of the region’s economy, as well as a testament to our ongoing drive towards healthcare innovation in the UAE.”

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