Global Health Trends According to Consumer Research Platform

Sep 14 - 4 min read

health [ helth ]

the general condition of the body or mind with reference to soundness and vigor.

“Money doesn't mean anything to me. I've made a lot of money, but I want to enjoy life and not stress myself building my bank account. I give lots away and live simply, mostly out of a suitcase in hotels. We all know that good health is much more important.” - Keanu Reeves

Introduction

What’s been going on in the health industry? Are there any new big players in the game? Are there any improvements when it comes to diagnosis and treatment? Let’s take a closer look at the global health industry in the light of data provided by Trends feature of Kimola’s Consumer Research Platform.

1. New blood test for prostate cancer is highly-accurate and avoids invasive biopsies

New research by the Queen Mary University of London suggests a new and simple blood test has been found to accurately detect the aggressive prostate cancer, the most common cancer in Western men. In combination with the current prostate-specific antigen test, which has low specificity, the new test could help men avoid unnecessary and invasive biopsies, over-diagnosis and over-treatment.

2. Oldest members of Homo sapiens had a surprisingly modern skull

According to a model created by Cambridge University professor Marta Mirazón Lahr and CNRS researcher Aurélien Mounier of the Histoire Naturelle de l'Homme Préhistorique laboratory (CNRS / Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle), the oldest members of Homo sapiens had a surprisingly modern skull, even though they lived 300,000 years ago. 

3. Breast cancer cells stick together to spread through the body during metastasis

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center have discovered that a cell adhesion protein called E-cadherin, allows breast cancer cells to survive as they travel through the body and form new tumors. Their conclusions help explain how this process (metastasis) works in the most common form of breast cancer, invasive ductal carcinoma. The finding may lead to new ways to prevent breast cancers from recurring in patients.

4. Scientists find hidden differences among cells that may help them evade drug therapy

Researchers from the University of Maryland have found that cells which seem identical may use different protein molecules to execute the same function. This variability is called "functional mosaicism," and it's expected to be a big help for the development of therapeutic treatments.

5. Prenatal HIV exposure linked to decreased infant immunity

Although antiretroviral therapies successfully help to stamp down the risk of HIV being passed from mother to child, globally, HIV-exposed uninfected infants are a vulnerable population characterized by increased morbidity and mortality, higher rates of hospitalizations and childhood infections with more severe outcomes. The latest development on the topic is that concrete evidence linking the specific immune responses in HIV-negative babies to the HIV-positive status of their mothers have been provided by scientists at the University of Rhode Island. 

6. Eyes can help determine the risk of Alzheimer’s

Scientists at University of California San Diego School of Medicine say that measuring how quickly a person's pupil dilates while they are taking cognitive tests may be a new method which is low-cost and low-invasive but still helpful in measuring the genetic risk for Alzheimer’s disease. With further developments, scientists say, the high-risk individuals may be detected before cognitive decline begins.

7. Commonly used antibiotics may lead to heart problems

It’s been thought that there may be a link with certain antibiotics and heart diseases for some time. For the first time, scientists have managed to show a connection between two types of heart problems and one of the most commonly prescribed classes of antibiotics. The tests found that current users of fluoroquinolone antibiotics face a 2.4 times greater risk of developing aortic and mitral regurgitation, compared to users of amoxicillin, which is a different type of antibiotic. 

8. Forbes announces Top Wealth Advisors list for 2019

The list includes 250 advisors who manage $910 billion in client assets. Jeff Erdmann from Merrill Private Wealth Management of Greenwich, Connecticut leads the list with $8.6 billion in total assets under management, while Brian Pfeifler from Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management of New York ranks second with $5.2 billion.

Keep up with the latest global health trends with Kimola

If you’d like to track what's trending in the global health industry continuously, Kimola Trends can be a big help for you. Trends is a feature of Kimola’s Consumer Research Platform which uses entity extraction technology to show the popular concepts on a specific subject. It allows brands to see what is popular in their field.

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