It was a cry for help that inspired entrepreneur Eric Coly to launch his startup. The former investment banker was approached by a close friend who confided to him that she needed counseling, but she couldn’t find a therapist. Or more specifically, she couldn’t find an African-American therapist. She wanted someone who could understand her experience as a woman of color. advertisement advertisement Coly, a Senegal native diagnosed with depression, understood her frustration too well. He had also experienced the gap between the counseling needs of minorities and the availability of the services. It’s a common issue: Of the 100,000 therapists in the U.S, 86% are white, 5% Hispanic, 5% Asian, and 4% African American. Meanwhile, the American landscape looks far more diverse: The population is 62% white and 38% racial/ethnic minority, with the latter expected to grow to the majority by 2050. “Take aside the stigmatization and the lack of access … [Read more...] about This app matches marginalized communities to therapists who share their background
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The widespread practice of payments for prescriptions, where pharmaceutical companies pay doctors in cash or kind, to generate prescriptions and increase sales, continues unabated, as the government drags its feet to bring in a stringent regulation.A study co-authored by Dr Arun Gadra and Dr Archana Diwate, titled 'Promotional Practices of the Pharmaceutical Industry and Implementation Status of Related Regulatory Codes in India', documents unethical practices and failure of regulations while also offering suggestions to improve the exiting regulatory framework.The study is based on 50 in-depth interviews conducted across six cities, primarily involving medical representatives who are the front-line key persons on the field promoting drugs to doctors.Close It highlights direct deals between pharma companies and doctors, citing some cases, for instance, where pharma companies pay installments on a doctor's car purchase. There were extreme cases, where a few doctors even … [Read more...] about Pharma wrap: Why we need to give teeth to regulation to curb unethical pharma marketing practices
Viswanath PillaMoneycontrol News Habil Khorakiwala, chairman of Wockhardt on Thursday welcomed the Union Budget 2018 and its emphasis on healthcare spending.Khorakiwala who heads the Rs 4,000-crore turnover Mumbai-based company which is into pharmaceutical and hospitals, however, expressed apprehension over the government's track record of implementation.Close In an exclusive telephonic interview to Moneycontrol, Khorakiwala gave 6.5 points out of 10 to the Budget, said chronic shortage of medicines, lack of infrastructure and skilled manpower could pose challenge in rolling out the ambitious National Health Protection Scheme (NHPS) that aims to provide Rs 5 lakh health insurance to 10 crore poor families. related news 373 infra projects show cost overruns of Rs 3.89 lakh cr Zomato looks to become profitable by end-2020 Five of top-10 most valued firms add Rs 56,877 cr in m-cap Below are edited excerpts of the interviewWhat is your overall view on the … [Read more...] about Habil Khorakiwala welcomes govt health proposals, but cautions against brouhaha
In clinics around the world, a type of artificial intelligence called deep learning is starting to supplement or replace humans in common tasks such as analyzing medical images. Already, at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, “every one of the 50,000 screening mammograms we do every year is processed through our deep learning model, and that information is provided to the radiologist,” says Constance Lehman, chief of the hospital’s breast imaging division. advertisement advertisement In deep learning, a subset of a type of artificial intelligence called machine learning, computer models essentially teach themselves to make predictions from large sets of data. The raw power of the technology has improved dramatically in recent years, and it’s now used in everything from medical diagnostics to online shopping to autonomous vehicles. But deep learning tools also raise worrying questions because they solve problems in ways that humans can’t … [Read more...] about Machine learning could transform medicine. Should we let it?
I’ve been trying to avoid any more Takes on TNR, Chris Hughes‘ trap/neuter/release program for white men, but The New Yorker Dot Com (“The D.C.!™“) just published Ryan Lizza‘s TNR Take and it’s Friday so what the hell. Scroll down to “Hillary Frey told T.N.R. in late November…,” since everything before that is just a kind of laborious retelling of backstory. Choire accurately arranged 40 more TNR takes for you, but especially don’t miss his #2 pick, James Kirchick‘s deranged “The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple“, which should have been subtitled “When Gay Hitler Married Gay Satan.” advertisement advertisement Speaking of Takes, and thanks to Jessie doxxing the Tabs Take Tree yesterday, let’s check in and see what the Take Tree has for us today. “People who care about things are dumb,” said the tree.(art by … [Read more...] about Today in Tabs: The Take Tree