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Iñaki Martínez Nimatuj and Mónica Garcia Asensio: A pharma free medical conference

6 Aug, 14 | by BMJ

Iñaki Martínez NimatujOsatzen is the Basque Family Physicians Scientific Society and part of the federation semFYC (the Spanish Family Physicians Society). It is composed of 900 GP partners who pay an annual fee of €66. Our main goal is to generate and share scientific knowledge, and—for that reason—we prioritise transparency, objectivity, and autonomy in both our own scientific activities and in those we attend.

In Spain the presence of Big Pharma is very common at most medical congresses, where in exchange for funding they choose the space, time, and content of their lecture, in which their speakers seldom declare their existing conflicts of interest. more…

Aser Garcia Rada: The resurgence of HIV/ AIDS in Europe—let’s focus on priorities

23 Jul, 14 | by BMJ

Aser García Rada_BMJI was recently invited to a meeting on HIV/AIDS that was hosted in Athens by the European Commission. Although the grass is greener on the EU side, the epidemic still poses relevant challenges. Contrary to the overall global decline in new HIV infections, 29 381 people were newly diagnosed across the EU in 2012, 1% more than in 2011. Late presenters represent 49% of new diagnoses. In the WHO European region—which includes Central Asia—131 202 new cases were reported (8% higher than in 2011). On the whole, 2.2m people live with HIV in the European region, with around half of those people unaware that they are infected. more…

Georg Roeggla: Nobel laureates meet young scientists

10 Jul, 14 | by BMJ

georg_roegglaThe 64th meeting of Nobel laureates in the field of medicine and physiology ended on 4 July, 2014. Thirty seven Nobel laureates and more than 600 selected young scientists from 80 countries participated in this week in Lindau, Bavaria. The objective of this meeting was to bring Nobel laureates and young researchers together to exchange ideas. Therefore, the main focus was the discussions of the Nobel laureates with the assembled young scientists, and embedded into this were a variety of speeches on hot topics in international research. more…

Michael Seres: A patient included conference with a difference

25 Jun, 14 | by BMJ

Michael_seresOften health events, conferences, and meetings say that they include patients and they do. Well, sort of. They have patients there except they are not really there. The Doctors 2.0 & You conference is different: it really is a patient included conference. What strikes you from the moment it starts is that patients are an integral part of every session, workshop, and keynote.

Day one opened with a series of workshops that ranged from startup pitches, to the quantified self and e-patients, to one on the quality of data, which I chaired.

Arguably, the standout moment came when The BMJ‘s very own Tessa Richards talked about the journal’s patient panel. I was sitting next to Larry Chu (@larrychu) from Stanford Medicine and the MedX conference. Larry turned to me and said that he could never imagine an American journal of the standing of The BMJ doing the same. So there is my challenge to you guys on the other side of the pond. When will your leading medical journals establish a patient panel? more…

Rhys Davies: Women’s Rights are Human Rights

16 May, 14 | by BMJ

“How many women does it take to change a light bulb?

One, but she may need to get a ladder or stand on a chair first.”

As a straight white male, I am, as writer John Scalzi puts it, playing life on easy mode. I don’t have to look for long to see how much more difficult this great game can be. Here are just a few glimpses of what life can be like as a woman in 2014.

In Nigeria, the militant group Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 girls from their school last month. Nigerian women began the hashtag #BringBackOurGirls to raise the issue in the West, but I’m not sure that David Cameron holding it up on a sign on Sunday morning television is quite the result they were going for. more…

Richard Smith: We need “disease” to make us healthy

23 Dec, 13 | by BMJ

Richard SmithHealth, says the WHO, is a state of complete physical, mental and social wellbeing and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. But could it be that some sort of infirmity is essential for being healthy? more…

Anne Winter: The drive for universal health coverage

20 Dec, 13 | by BMJ

anne_winterIn 2000, the whole of sub Saharan Africa had fewer telephone lines than Manhattan, and less than 3% of rural villages had access to land line telephones. Six years later, 45% had GSM coverage and connectivity is now a given across the continent. So it may be with healthcare.

As momentum gathers around efforts to achieve universal access to healthcare and countries across the world embark on healthcare reforms, there is a real opportunity to bypass conventional approaches—often based on Western models that are ill adapted to other contexts and needs—and to adopt new ways of delivering healthcare that can offer better value to users.   more…

Tessa Richards: Leadership matters—lessons from Lithuania

26 Nov, 13 | by BMJ

Tessa RichardsAt this year’s European Health Forum Gastein, the wannabe Davos for health, a call went out for “stronger leadership on health.” Europe needs health ministers who can advocate to protect the health of its citizens as effectively as their counterparts in finance and industry speak up for and guard it’s economic interests. Tweets from the meeting included the following tongue in cheek plea: #EHFG2013 Could the UK borrow the current Lithuanian health minister? Vast improvement on what we’ve got!

It’s not hard to see why Vytenis Povilas Andriukaitis, who has been in post less than a year, has gained a reputation as one of Europe’s foremost leaders on health. Born in a Gulag camp in Siberia, he has long been politically active; he was arrested by the KGB in 1976. His recent book, which warns against “re-framing” Lithuania’s turbulent recent history, has been praised by critics. He is also a doctor, and he worked as a cardiac surgeon between 1975 and 1993. more…

Tiago Villanueva: Is active travel good for health?

14 Nov, 13 | by BMJ

Tiago_VillanuevaIf you thought Australia was the envy of the rest of the world in terms of having the most physically active people, think again. Peter McCue, executive officer for the New South Wales Premier’s Council for Active Living, recently gave a talk entitled, “Walk hand in hand: health and transport collaborations,” organised by C3 Collaborating for Health. According to him, Australia is actually a car based society comparable with the United States rather than with countries like the Netherlands or Denmark, where active travel (walking or cycling to work) is quite established, or with cities like London, where run-commuting (running to work) is popular. more…

David McCoy: Ecology, politics, economics, and violence—the wider role of health professionals

13 Nov, 13 | by BMJ

david_mccoyLast Saturday saw more than 250 people attend a Medact conference on the interfaces between health, politics, ecology, economics, and violence. There were about 30 speakers including well known figures from the world of health (Richard Horton, Iain Chalmers, Allyson Pollock, Andy Haines, John Lister, and Jacky Davis). But there were also speakers from other worlds such as Jim Welsh from Amnesty International, Charlie Kronick from Greenpeace, John Hilary from War on Want, Maya Foa from Reprieve, and Peter Burt from the Nuclear Information Service.

Thus we had students, doctors, nurses, and other health professionals talking with and learning from lawyers, economists, human rights experts, and political scientists about the wider determinants of global health. The discussion was serious, but the space buzzed with energy. more…

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