...Sang the famous Spanish singer-songwriter Joaquín Sabina in 1992, “do not try the liqueurs of pleasure, build muscles from five to six, and watch your cholesterol.” Beyond his ironic lyrics about the exaggerated obsession with finding the elixir to prolong life, Sabina’s song alluded to a new reality: the increase in life expectancy and the implications that entails. … [Read more...] about If You Want to Live A Hundred Years…
A young woman in Mexico with Type II diabetes hears her phone buzz and sees a notification – “Rise in blood sugar detected – inject 6 units of rapid acting insulin now.” … [Read more...] about Three Impacts of Digital Health on Healthcare
Regulatory agencies around the world are continuously reviewing requests for the commercialization of new medicines and other health technologies in their countries. With globalization, technological advances and innovation, and the emergence of new types of treatments, such as biologicals, biosimilars, and cell and gene therapies, the volume and complexity of such requests … [Read more...] about Would a Regional Regulatory Agency for Health Technologies be Feasible?
Latin America and the Caribbean is aging at an accelerated and unprecedented rate. At present, 11 percent of its inhabitants are over 60 years old, a percentage that still does not amount to what is considered to be an aging population, as in the case of Europe (23.9 percent) or North America (20.8 percent). However, it is expected that by 2030 the population over 60 in Latin … [Read more...] about What is the Overview of Aging and Dependency in the Region?
Errors in diagnosing are very common, despite being one of the most important aspects of a physician’s role, and can result in avoidable delays in obtaining care, and even death. In the United States, medical error, which includes misdiagnosis and incorrect treatment, is the third leading cause of death. Studies in Latin American countries show that the rate hovers around 11% … [Read more...] about Tech that Improves Diagnosis to Save Lives