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Q&A: Qualcomm Chairman Paul Jacobs Discusses the Tricorder XPRIZE and the Winners

After a five-year mission, the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE finalists are prepared to turn sci-fi into reality.
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The invention revolution has always been inspired by technology from fiction — how do we pluck a device out of TV science fiction and make it real? Back in 2012, the Qualcomm Foundation and the XPRIZE Foundation worked together to develop the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a Star Trek-inspired competition that set out to provide anyone with the ability to diagnose health conditions by using a real-world version of the Tricorder.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Report Finds Link Between A Population’s Health And A Growing Economy, Higher Incomes And Lower Unemployment

Moody’s Analytics uses the Blue Cross Blue Shield Health IndexSM to show how health impacts the economy
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CHICAGO, April 5, 2017 /3BL Media/ – The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) today released the second edition of a Moody’s Analytics report that finds a direct link between a population’s health and a growing economy, higher incomes and lower unemployment.

Bringing Health Services to Those Who Need It Most

by Cecile Willems Director, Global Public Sector
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Today, technology solutions are addressing the world’s most challenging problems. The medibus, Germany’s first vaccine vehicle, is one of those solutions.

It’s making life-changing impact on healthcare in rural communities that need it most.

Cancer in the Community: Understanding and Addressing Cultural Forces

By Chris Boerner, President and Head of U.S. Commercial
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Over the past four decades, we have seen an unprecedented increase in cancer care innovation.

While only half of diagnosed cancer patients survived beyond five years in the 1970s, more than two-thirds do today. As a result, there are now a record 14 million cancer survivors in the United States. 

CVS Health Foundation Awards Over $1 Million in Grants to Improve Americans’ Access to Quality Health Care

2016 NAFC grantees had meaningful impact on health outcomes in communities across the country
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WOONSOCKET, R.I., April 3, 2017 /3BL Media/ – The CVS Health Foundation today announced more than $1 million in grants to 33 Free and Charitable Clinics as part of a multi-year grant program with the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC). Over the past four years, the Foundation has donated nearly $5 million to NAFC to increase access to quality care and support the management of chronic disease.

A Show of Solidarity for the Arts in America

Donna Betts, PhD, ATR-BC, AATA President
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It’s a critical time for the arts and healthcare across the USA. In solidarity with Americans for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and dozens of arts organizations, the AATA was a proud National Partner for the 30th annual Arts Advocacy Day, March 20 and 21, 2017, in Washington, DC. Executive Director Cynthia Woodruff and I represented the AATA at the event’s National Arts Action Summit.

Better Health, Stronger Communities

Healthcare company Glovax joins Business Call to Action by expanding access to vaccinations in the Philippines
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QUEZON CITY, Philippines, March 30, 2017 /3BL Media/ – Glovax Biotech Corp., an integrated distributor and retailer of vaccines in the Philippines, has joined Business Call to Action (BCtA) with a commitment to provide 40 million vaccine doses to the country’s medium- and low-income communities by 2020, reducing the cost of vaccinations by 75 percent and preventing countless disease outbreaks.

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.”

GSK announces new scholarships to recognise retiring CEO Sir Andrew Witty’s contribution to global health

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- The Sir Andrew Witty GSK Scholarships will be funded by GSK and run by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
- 10-year agreement to fund 30 scholars from sub-Saharan Africa on a Master of Science programme

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- The Sir Andrew Witty GSK Scholarships will be funded by GSK and run by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
- 10-year agreement to fund 30 scholars from sub-Saharan Africa on a Master of Science programme

Improving Diagnostic Pathways for Rare Disease Patients

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It can take longer to diagnose rare diseases than many common diseases. On average, rare disease diagnosis takes 7.6 years in the U.S. and 5.6 years in the UK. Rare diseases such as the primary immunodeficiency (PI) disorders Gaucher disease, Fabry disease, and Hunter syndrome can be devastating, as they are difficult to detect and equally difficult to treat. 60,000 Our U.S. patient assistance programs reached approximately 60,000 patients. We have 37 programs in clinical development, the most robust pipeline in Shire’s history.

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