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Want to Improve the Health of Millions of Americans? Lift the Embargo on Cuba

06-08-2015 Hits:1686

Want to Improve the Health of Millions of Americans? Lift the Embargo on Cuba

By reopening embassies, removing Cuba from the “terror list” and making it a bit easier for Americans to travel there, President Barack Obama’s White House has taken initial steps to put an end to a policy that has adversely affected the health of the American people for over half a century. The Senate Appropriation Committee’s action last week to even further ease restrictions on travel to Cuba by U.S. citizens and relax some provisions of the economic embargo, is welcome for a variety of reasons, but perhaps most urgently for the health of citizens in both countries. Forty years ago, when Jimmy Carter lifted the then-total ban on Americans traveling to Cuba, it became very clear to me as an adviser on health policy to the president, that no element of our two societies would benefit more from the free exchange of ideas than the health of our two peoples.  The announcement...

Cuba’s flag flies in Washington

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Cuba’s flag flies in Washington

Washington, D.C — In a ceremony attended by some 500 invited guests on July 20, the Cuban flag was raised over the Cuban Embassy in Washington, D.C., for the first time since 1961, when U.S. imperialism broke relations between the two countries. Other supporters successfully fought back right-wing forces who tried to disrupt the event. Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, foreign affairs minister of Cuba, told those gathered: “The flag that we revere … is the same that was hauled down here 54 years ago, which was zealously kept in Florida by a family of liberators and later on by the museum of our eastern city of Las Tunas, as a sort of premonition that this day would certainly come. “Flying once again in this place is the lone-star flag which embodies the generous blood that was shed, the sacrifices made and the struggle waged for more than 100 years by our people for their...

As Cuba-US Relations Thaw, Potential Medical Advances Grow

13-07-2015 Hits:1930

As Cuba-US Relations Thaw, Potential Medical Advances Grow

Recent US steps toward normalizing relations with Cuba after 5 decades may open doors in both countries to medical advances. In December 2014, President Obama reestablished diplomatic relations and eased travel restrictions. In April of this year, Congress removed Cuba from its terror list, and this month, the two countries are expected to resume diplomatic relations and reopen embassies in both countries. Mark Rasenick, PhD, professor of physiology, biophysics, and psychology and director of the biomedical neuroscience training program in the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine, travels to Cuba at least once a year and has testified before Congress on medical partnership possibilities. He told Medscape Medical News that some collaborations will be seen very soon, but new treatments and products will be available only if and when the trade embargo is lifted. One area in which Cuba can contribute expertise is brain mapping, Dr Rasenick said. Because widespread magnetic resonance...

Cuban Parliamentarian Supports Strengthening Russia-Cuba Cooperation

08-07-2015 Hits:1698

Cuban Parliamentarian Supports Strengthening Russia-Cuba Cooperation

Moscow, Jul 7 (Prensa Latina) Cuban parliamentarian and director of the National Center for Sexual Education of Cuba Mariela Castro Espin called today for strengthening cooperation between Cuba and Russia on health, during a meeting with Russian senators. Castro Espin said that the implementation of a joint project for the use, production and technological exchange related to the Cuban drug Heberprot could mean for Russia reduced costs valued at millions of dollars. In addition, she said that a comprehensive program regarding this subject guarantees an increase in life expectancy and quality of life of patients with diabetic foot disease, as well as reducing costs by Russian health system. Castro Espin reiterated that Cuba and Russia are united by historical ties of friendship, so that the joint implementation of the health program would be a new opportunity for strengthen them. For her part, counselor of the Cuban Embassy Natacha...

Type 11 diabetes cases expected to rise by 200mn globally over next two decades

24-03-2015 Hits:5271

Type 11 diabetes cases expected to rise by 200mn globally over next two decades

Diabetes is the catastrophe of the 21st century, remarked Sir Michael Hirst, the visiting President of the International Diabetes Federation (IDF) headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. This debilitating disease is a challenge to the world, to Sri Lanka and to every other country, he underscored. "No longer are those afflicted old people, even many teenagers are now diabetic". With a surge in Type 11 diabetes, the number is expected to rise by 200 million globally over the next 20 years, Sir Michael said in an interview with The Sunday Island on the sidelines of the recent launch of Heberprot-P, an innovative injectable drug in the treatment and cure of advanced diabetic foot ulcers, at the Ramada Hotel in Colombo. The majority four-fifth of these cases over the next two decades will be in the developing world, impacting people of working age. Diabetes is not just a health issue, but an economic development issue as...

Paris-based biotech ABIVAX launches pivotal clinical study on hep B candidate in Asia

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Paris-based biotech ABIVAX launches pivotal clinical study on hep B candidate in Asia

SINGAPORE--Paris-based clinical biotech ABIVAX said it has recruited its first patient for an Asia Pacific-based pivotal Phase IIb-III clinical trial of a potential vaccine therapy of chronic hepatitis B via a controlling viral load for a much longer period of time when compared to current options. The first patient in New Zealand is part of a study to see if the candidate, ABX203, can provide better treatment for chronic hepatitis B. Formulated as a solution for nasal sprays and subcutaneous injections, ABX203 is a therapeutic vaccine designed to induce immune responses similar to those occurring in patients with a self-resolving acute HBV infection. "We are confident that ABX203, our therapeutic vaccine against chronic hepatitis B, could be a major progress in the treatment of patients with this devastating disease," Hartmut Ehrlich, the CEO of ABIVAX, said in a press statement. ABIVAX is expected to file for marketing approval of ABX203 in certain...

As U.S. Bids to Renew Relations With Havana, Heralded Cuban Diabetes Drug Remains Off-Limits

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As U.S. Bids to Renew Relations With Havana, Heralded Cuban Diabetes Drug Remains Off-Limits

HAVANA – President Obama’s efforts to renew relations with Cuba may soon allow Americans to visit this island’s pristine beaches and start lugging home shopping bags filled with long-coveted cigars and rum. But for frustrated American physicians battling to save the feet and legs of tens of thousands of diabetic patients, it may be a long wait before a much-heralded limb-saving Cuban drug can legally make the 90-mile trip to U.S. shores. Because of the Cold War-spawned economic blockade against what Washington has long considered the Communist threat in the Caribbean, the developer of the medication, the Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in Havana, is forbidden to bring a nine-year-old drug, called Heberprot-P, to the U.S. for clinical trials and use. “I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I do know that it may be that American legs are being lost while Cuban legs are being saved because Washington agencies...

Heberprot-P benefits more than 31,000 Cubans

23-09-2014 Hits:5743

Heberprot-P benefits more than 31,000 Cubans

Cuba has reduced the risk of amputation caused by ulcers in diabetics by more than 78% thanks to the implementation of a comprehensive program across all provinces, directed toward treating patients suffering from the problem, including through the use of Heberprot-P. Developed by specialists from the Cuban Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology(CIBG), in collaboration with other entities, Heberprot-P is the only drug worldwide, capable of enhancing the healing of such complex lesions and which has benefited more than 31,000Cubans. In addition, for three consecutive years the diabetes mortality rate in the country has continued to decrease, while 84% of suffers reach the same life expectancy as non-diabetic Cubans (around 78 years). These remarkable results will be presented at the International Congress on the Control of Diabetes, which will be take place in Varadero from December 10-12. According to Mailyn Palmero Molina, member of the event organizing committee, confirmed to attend is Mr. Michael...

Cuban Program Improves Quality of Life of Diabetic Children

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Cuban Program Improves Quality of Life of Diabetic Children

Havana, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Around one thousand children under 15 years old currently suffer from diabetes in Cuba, where health authorities have implemented educational programs of coexistence that improves patients' quality of life.lista local. Havana, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Around one thousand children under 15 years old currently suffer from diabetes in Cuba, where health authorities have implemented educational programs of coexistence that improves patients' quality of life. Diabetes, which affects over 371 million people worldwide, is one of the greatest health challenges of the century as its prevalence increases. According to the International Diabetes Federation, given the current trend it is likely that by 2030 there will be some 500 million people suffering from this disease, which can cause blindness, heart attacks, kidney failure and amputations, among many other harmful effects. For over 20 years Cuba has had a national program for the care of diabetic patients, including pregnant women,...

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE CONTROLLING DIABETES AND ITS MORE SEVERE COMPLICATIONS CONGRESS

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INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE CONTROLLING DIABETES AND ITS MORE SEVERE COMPLICATIONS CONGRESS

CONTROLLING DIABETES AND ITS MORE SEVERE COMPLICATIONS CONGRESS 8th till 12 December 2014 Varadero Convention Center, Varadero beach, Matanzas province, Cuba In the last years the growth of diabetes prevalence to more than 371 millions of diabetic patients in the planet, has stimulated that governments, international health organizations and national health authorities target diabetes as a colossal threat focusing in set up appropriate strategies to prevent, control and diminish the menace that represent this pathology and its complications. Every year the celebration in almost all continents and territories of more than 70 International Congress targeting Diabetes, describes the global interest in controlling diabetes and minimizing its impact. The Organizing Committee of the 3rd Edition of the International Congress about “The INTEGRAL CARE OF DIABETIC FOOT ULCER PATIENTS” (http://hptcongress.cigb.edu.cu/ ) is pleased to inform you that our Congress have expanded its scope and from now their bi annual editions will be called:  CONTROLLING DIABETES...

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