Healthcare & Life Science Talking Points | 4 December 2018

In today’s talking points, US and China reach an agreement regarding the classification of synthetic oploids, low-protein, high carbohydrate diet best for longevity, healthy brain ageing, Industry leaders and Pfizer to enter into strategic partnership, and Extreme temperatures are more detrimental to our mental health than we thought.


US and China reach an agreement regarding the classification of synthetic opioids

The U.S appears to have an exponential problem with synthetic opioid abuse, particularly associated with the drug Fentanyl. The US experiences large incidences of death from overdosing every year. China, on the other hand, has been deemed one of the largest sources of illicit Fentanyl or other Fentanyl-based drugs.

During the G20 Summit held in Bueno Aires, it was reported that both President Trump and President Xi were able to come to an agreement in relation to this issue. Yet, despite this, clarity of the exact terms specifically agreed to by both leaders remains non-existent.

Consequently, whilst enduring bilateral cooperation may be necessary to effectively curtail this health issue and thereby reduce the number of overdoses from Fentanyl in the U.S, China, and worldwide, it appears that the necessary policy frameworks are being initiated in an effort to further regulate this substance.

Source: Time


Low-protein high-carbohydrate diet best for longevity, healthy brain ageing: Aussie study

According to a recently published study conducted by the University of Sydney, a low-protein and high-carbohydrate infused diet similar to the Mediterranean and parts of Japan may be the best choice for longevity and delaying brain aging.

Lead author Devin Wahl said there are no effective drugs for dementia, and consequently,  identifying diets that affect brain aging can help us study and eventually mitigate the incidence of these diseases. “It shows a lot of promise that we have been able to replicate the same kind of gene changes in the part of the brain responsible for memory that we also see when we severely restrict calories.” he added.

Further, the study cited Japan’s average life expectancy, being the second highest in the world, as a statistic that directly reflects this relationship between diet and longevity.

Source: China Daily


Industry leaders and Pfizer to enter into strategic partnership

It was announced last week that China’s predominant healthcare platform,, had manifested a newfound d partnership with U.S based pharmaceutical leader, Pfizer, thus combining their individual successes to further benefit China’s healthcare sector.

It is reported that three key areas of focus for this relationship will include retail, hospital services, and internet healthcare platforms.

The Jianke Doctor framework contemporarily has over 100,000 doctors who perform approximately 300,000 consultations on a daily basis, and yet the Jianke CEO, Xie Fangmin, highlights that both the quality and efficiency of consultations will be a by-product of partnering with Pfizer.

This unprecedented alliance between two global healthcare giants appears to signify a new era of healthcare proficiency in China.

Source: Mobil Health News


Extreme temperatures are more detrimental to our mental health than we thought

A report was released recently by a paper published in The Lancet and The Medical Journal of Australia that illustrated how increased temperatures can have as negative an effect on our minds as unemployment. This report claimed that there is a distinct link between increasing temperatures and suicide.

Due to the effects of climate change there has been an increase and amplification of the heatwaves we have been experiencing in Australia. To investigate the effect of this researchers looked at the mean maximum temperatures for each state and territory as well as suicide rates during these periods. What was found reflected what has been found in many other parts of the world, that the hotter the temperature was the higher the suicide rate was. However, in the cooler states (ACT and Tasmania) suicide rates increased during the coldest periods.

An expert Professor Barry hypothesised that people find it psychologically challenging to adapt to extreme temperatures, pollution and environments. The measure of what is deemed to be extreme is relative to what we subjectively experience as our normal. The paper stressed the need for Australia to reduce its carbon emissions in an attempt to minimise its contribution to climate change.

Source: SBS