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Better Hearts Better Cities: Launching a Multisector Effort to Combat Hypertension in Low-income Urban Communities

Making our cities into places of wellbeing, exciting growth and opportunity will require every sector to join forces on urban health, says Dr. Ann Aerts, Head of the Novartis Foundation.
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By Dr. Ann Aerts, Head of the Novartis Foundation

Walking through the wealthier streets of cities like Geneva, London or New York, it seems that health and fitness is an international obsession. National food chains boast of fresh ingredients, light options, and low-fat meals. Shelves are stacked with the trendiest superfoods – quinoa, chia seeds, kale and avocado.

Novartis Foundation and Partners Launch Initiative to Tackle Hypertension and Its Root Causes in Low-Income Urban Communities

Better Hearts Better Cities is an initiative to improve cardiovascular health in low-income urban communities by addressing the prevention, management and control of hypertension
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  • Better Hearts Better Cities is a Novartis Foundation initiative to improve cardiovascular health in low-income urban communities by addressing the prevention, management and control of hypertension.
  • Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including cardiovascular disease, are a growing health crisis with 75% of NCD deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries; this is compounded by rapid urbanization.
  • The innovative approach is being tested on three continents: in Mongolia, Senegal, and Brazil.

Investment in Health Care Rises Despite AHCA Bill - The Minute

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Investors in hospital stocks and bonds don’t seem scared off by the House’s American Health Care Act. Although the AHCA could cost the health care industry billions in revenue, it appears that investors believe the bill has no chance of becoming actual law, according to a report in Modern Healthcare.

Novartis Access and Government of Pakistan Sign Memorandum of Understanding

Novartis reaches agreement with Pakistan to supply medicines that address the rapid rise of chronic illness among poor people in the world's sixth most populous nation.
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May 12, 2017 /3BL Media/ -- We are pleased to announce that Novartis and the Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to implement Novartis Access in Pakistan. Novartis Access medicines will be made available to the poorest population through hospitals under the Prime Minister’s National Health Insurance Program.

How Foundation Leaders Can Create Impact in the Uncertain U.S. Health Landscape

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These are uncertain times for the future of health in the U.S. The context continues to shift with amendments to the original failed American Health Care Act (AHCA) bill under constant discussion, and swirling speculation about a vote on a new bill this week before Congress goes on recess.

Gilead Publishes Year in Review 2016

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FOSTER CITY, Calif., May 1, 2017 /3BL Media/ - Gilead Sciences, Inc. today announced that it issued its Year in Review 2016 report, a combination of the company’s Annual Report and Corporate Social Responsibility report. This report provides an in-depth look into Gilead’s commitment to develop and deliver innovative therapies that change lives.

The report focuses on four key areas: giving and access, people, products and environment as well as a financial overview. Highlights include:

Astellas To Present on Challenges to Health Innovation at Milken Institute Global Conference

Astellas Americas President Jim Robinson to discuss the importance of listening to patients in tackling health decision-making, financial burden and transparency in care
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NORTHBROOK, Ill., April 27, 2017 /3BL Media/ -- Astellas today announced that Astellas Americas President Jim Robinson will participate in a panel entitled "Getting Our Health Priorities in Order: Prevention, Research, and Treatment" from 8 – 9:15 a.m. PT Monday, May 1 at the 20th Annual Milken Institute Global Conference in Los Angeles.

A Prescription for a Sick Healthcare System - The Minute

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Ever wonder why everyone agrees that the current US healthcare system is seriously sick, but that nobody seems to agree on the remedy? A commentary by the editorial director of Modern Healthcare, Merrill Goozner, lays out a diagnosis and the prescription for a cure in direct terms.

VSP Global and U.S. Conference of Mayors Partner for Second Year to Provide Access to Eye Care to Communities in Need

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RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., March 30, 2017 /3BL Media/- San Francisco resident Mounir Ebdellaoi has depended on his glasses to see since age 14. Ebdellaoi lives in one of the city’s most distressed neighborhoods and was recently mugged and his eyewear was destroyed in the altercation. “You don’t know what it’s like not to see,” Ebdellaoi explained. “I could not function without glasses, psychologically even, not just crossing the street and all that, but you just don’t feel the same. You’ve got to be able to see.”

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