There is an interesting article in the New England Journal of Medicine today (as authoritative as medical journals get), entitled Untangling the Web — Patients, Doctors, and the Internet. It addresses the issue of the changing flow of information between doctor and patient. The article states that, from a clinical practice perspective, the internet has… » read more
The historical struggle in Washington about Health Care Reform went mostly under the horizon of the European mainstream press, lastly. One understands why. The procedure got stuck, last autumn, in the dark alleyways of US decision-making on the f…
A troubling thought: are the pro-innovation policy wonks talking to the cost-containment pencil pushers? Doing the rounds of innovation conferences in Brussels, it’s clear that a huge section of the EU’s political and industry machinery is convinced we need to be more innovative. The logic will be familiar to most: we can’t compete with Asia’s… » read more
Today at the European Business Summit in Brussels a workshop was organized focusing on health entitled “Ageing and health: Pay for the grey”. The distinguished panel included Androulla Vassilliou, European Commissioner for Health, AGE, the European Older People’s platform, and the Japanese ambassador to the EU and last but not least industry representatives. Not surprisingly,… » read more
Sir, Regarding ‘MEPs back new rules on nanomaterials in cosmetics‘: The era of nanomaterials has arrived. Let’s not make the same mistake as we did with industrial chemicals, where we passed them off as safe on the back of animal tests, only to discover that many are very dangerous to human health. Today we can… » read more
The following interview with Dr John Atkin was conducted at FFA 2009 at Biblioteque Solvay, Brussels. Dr Atkin is Chief Operating Officer of Syngenta and was discussing food security.