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Healint Announces Research Showing Increase in Anxiety and Depression

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 23 agosto 2018

Healint, the developer and owner of Migraine Buddy©, the world’s largest migraine tracking and research platform used by more than one million people, today announced new insights on the prevalence of anxiety and depression in conjunction with migraine in the US. These insights are an extension of the study on the impact of migraine on work productivity, presented together with Novartis Pharma AG at the Fourth Congress of the European Academy of Neurology (EAN) on June 16, 2018, and based on the self-reported data-points shared by Migraine Buddy© application users.Migraine is a debilitating neurological condition that affects 39 million women, men and children in the U.S. and 1 billion individuals worldwide. “Clearly, migraine is a very common condition but unfortunately has been significantly underestimated and often ignored,” says Francois Cadiou, founder and chief executive officer of Healint. “Supported by our one million person strong Migraine Buddy© community, we are studying the link between migraine, depression and anxiety with leading researchers on a global scale. Innovative technology, as implemented in Migraine Buddy©, can help patients and their doctors better understand, diagnose and treat this complex condition for the best possible outcomes. Uncovering just how much migraines affect such a large part of the population can help shed light on this global burden.”
To further support people living with migraines, Healint has formed a global alliance with Novartis Pharma AG which includes joint support of the Migraine Buddy© mobile application to support the patient-physician conversation which may ultimately lead to a better patient care.
Additionally, Novartis has launched a pilot program in Switzerland which includes free migraine coaching and access to an exclusive version of the Migraine Buddy© application to its employees for the purpose of symptom tracking and delivery of digital coaching elements, including personalized health and lifestyle advice.Early results from an experimental study conducted by Healint show that a combination of lifestyle and dietary interventions can lead to up to 60 percent reduction in monthly migraine days in people receptive to known migraine food triggers, such as amines, salicylates and glutamate.

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Lessons today’s banks should take from Great Depression Chicago

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 25 maggio 2016

Natacha Postel-Vinay

New research from the University of Warwick serves as a warning to banks not to over invest in mortgages. The study was conducted by Dr Natacha Postel-Vinay who examined the state of banks in 1920s Chicago, the city which had the highest urban bank failure rate in the Great Depression. Dr Postel-Vinay who is based at the University’s Department of Economics said: “Chicago had been known by historians as undergoing a severe real estate boom and bust in the 1920s – but no-one had actually undertaken to quantitatively test the link between this real estate boom and the bank failures. “A majority of banks failed in Chicago which makes it particularly important to study if one wants to find out about causes of bank failures generally.” Her research is released the same month that Britain’s biggest building society, the Nationwide, announced it is increasing the maximum age of its mortgages to 85 and Barclays bank introduces a 100% mortgage – the first since the banking crisis.For her study Dr Postel-Vinay analysed hand-collected bank balance sheet data from 1923 to 1933. Her paper, ‘What caused Chicago bank failures in the great Depression? A look at the 1920s’ has been published in the June edition of the Journal of Economic History. In it she shows that mortgages mattered for banks more from an illiquidity point of view than from a quality point of view. In the Great Depression banks did not make any significant losses on these loans as their sizes were small relative to property prices. Nevertheless their lack of liquidity (due to long maturities) posed a significant problem for banks when they came to face a liquidity crisis.In the 1920s Chicago underwent a significant real estate boom and bust. Dr Postel-Vinay’s paper highlights that banks that invested too much in mortgages in the 1920s were more likely to fail in the 1930s depression. Dr Postel-Vinay believes that this is of significance to today’s banks. She states that because although we know that in the recent banking crisis real estate was an important cause of bank trouble, few people know this was already the case in the Great Depression. By suggesting some continuity between the 1930s events and the 2000s, her paper lends further support to the idea that there may be strong connections between bank health and real estate investments. Although in the recent crisis banks actually made losses on mortgages, their inherent lack of liquidity was also a source of weakness.Dr Postel-Vinay added: “The general lesson I draw for banking supervision policy is that ‘liquidity risk management matters:’ although today real estate loans have gained in liquidity thanks to securitisation, they are still fundamentally less liquid than other types of investment – therefore banks should think twice before loading up on those in good times.” (photo: Natacha Postel-Vinay)

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Matisse: 1917-1941: Solo show

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 8 giugno 2009

odalisqueMadrid until 20/9/2009 Paseo del Prado, 8. Palacio de Villahermosa Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza Matisse’s career can be divided into three major periods: the years running from the end of the 19th century up to 1917; a middle period from 1917 to 1941; and a final period from 1941 until the artist’s death in 1953. The present exhibition focuses on the middle period, which is the longest and the least well understood. Marked by the shadow of World War I and by forebodings of the next worldwide conflict, this period can be divided into two very different halves; the first one, spanning the 1920s, was characterised by the growing acceptance of modern art both by society and institutions, a process in which Matisse was the leading figure together with Picasso; and the second half, which was dominated by the world financial crisis of 1929, the Depression, the serious social and political tensions the 1930s, and finally World War II.  When Matisse returned to his -painting of intimacy- in 1934 the historical climate had changed and his investigations became increasingly self-absorbed and inward looking. He gradually abandoned his intention to express volume and space through colour, and his compositions now concentrated on line. When the German army occupied France in 1940 Matisse decided to remain in the country, unlike many other artists and writers who moved to the United States. In 1941 he underwent a major operation and was almost on the point of death. The artist never fully recovered and from then onwards had to remain in bed for most of his time. This did not, however, prevent him from working, submerging himself in his creative activities and focusing on a series of drawings that he entitled The’mes et variations. The exhibition concludes with this endeavour, which for Matisse marked the end of an era. (Image: Odalisque)

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Millions with mental disorders

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 12 aprile 2009

In the developing world are deprived of necessary treatment and care WHO calls for urgent scaling up of services for mental disorders More than 75% of people suffering from mental disorders in the developing world receive no treatment or care. Across Africa for example, nine out of ten people suffering from epilepsy go untreated, unable to access simple and inexpensive anticonvulsant  drugs which cost less than US$5 a year per person. WHO is now calling on governments, donors and mental health stakeholders to rapidly increase funding and basic mental health services to close this huge treatment gap. The programme, Mental health Gap Action Programme (mhGAP): Scaling up care for mental, neurological and substance use disorders asserts that with  proper care, psychosocial assistance and medication, tens of millions could be treated for diseases such as depression, schizophrenia, and epilepsy and begin to lead healthy lives– even where resources are scarce. The mhGAP focuses on the gap between what is needed to treat a range of priority disorders and what is actually available worldwide. In the majority of countries, less than 2% of health funds are spent on mental health. In any one year, one-third of people living with schizophrenia, more than half of those suffering from depression, and three-quarters of those with alcohol use disorders are unable to access simple and affordable treatment or care. Worldwide, every 40 seconds, one person dies of suicide that is one of the leading causes of death among young adults. Suicide is a condition that is preventable.  It does not have to be this way. In Chile, the national primary care programme now includes treatment of depression for all who need it bringing much needed care to hundreds of thousands of people. An epilepsy project in China which integrated a model of epilepsy control into local health systems achieved excellent results. This confirmed that epilepsy could be treated with an inexpensive anti-convulsant medicine by health professionals who had undergone basic training. The project which started in six provinces has now been extended to 15 provinces and tens of thousands of sufferers have been treated.  The extra cost to scale up services for mental disorders is not too large. A study conducted by WHO  showed that in low-income countries, scaling up a package of essential interventions for three mental disorders – schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression – and for one risk factor – hazardous alcohol use – requires an additional investment as low as $US 0.20 per person per year. People with mental disorders are stigmatized and are subject to neglect and abuse. “The proper care of mental, neurological and substance use disorders should not only be evidence based but also value based,”  said Dr Benedetto Saraceno, Director of WHO’s Mental Health and Substance Abuse Department.. “We need to ensure that people with these disorders are not denied opportunities to contribute to social and economic life and that their human rights are protected.” The programme sets out a number of cost-effective strategies to tackle the treatment gap for mental, neurological and substance use disorders. These include: assessing countries needs and resources; developing sound mental health policy and legislation; and increasing human and financial resources. The programme relies on partnerships to scale up services with the objective of reducing the burden of mental, neurological and substance use disorders.

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