Scholar, Scientist, Physician, Public Servant

Margaret A. Hamburg is a graduate of Radcliff College and received a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Her research was in neuroscience at Rockefeller University in New York, and she studied neuropharmacology at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Hamburg was raised by prominent physicians. Her friends were related to the medical profession. Her expertise is in community health. She is also an expert in a field not usually associated with the medical profession in the areas of biodefense, and preparedness for nuclear, biological, and chemical threats.

Because of Dr. Hamburg’s expertise in appreciating the danger of these threats, she supported a foundation devoted to public safety, the Nuclear Threat Initiative, which appointed her as the vice president for biological programs.

Dr. Hamburg has focused on AIDS research, serving as the assistant director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases), from 1989 to 1990. Further, she has been associated with the U.S. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.

From 1991 to 1997, Dr. Hamburg served as health commissioner for New York City. She developed cutting-edge programs for containing the proliferation of tuberculosis and AIDS. The TB rate fell by 86 percent for the most resistant strains.

In 1997, she was appointed by President Clinton to be assistant secretary for policy and evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 2009, President Obama appointed Dr. Hamburg as the commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Dr. Hamburg is a member of the board of the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy. She has been heralded to have a wealth of experience in science, health care, and regulatory affairs.

The Parker Institute has forged a collaborative relationship with outstanding scientists, clinicians, and industry. The Parker Institute coordinates the cancer immunotherapy research effort. Its primary goal is the advancement of the understanding of immune therapies capable of curing cancer.

As a board member of the Parker Institute, Dr. Hamburg, in 2015, was appointed the foreign secretary of the National Academy of Medicine (NAM). Dr. Margaret Hamburg has now been named as the president-elect for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Her term will begin in February 2017.

On top of all this dedication to public service, Margaret Hamburg’s most precious accomplishment is a mother of two children, while she gave birth while employed as New York City Health Commissioner.

 

Annual 10k Supports National Kidney Foundation

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Healthy Kidney 10K is a race that happens annually. It is organized by the New York Roadrunners with support from the UAE Embassy in Washington, DC. The proceeds will go to the National Kidney Foundation. Last year, which was the 12th year, the event honored the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan who is the founder and the first president of the UAE. He was one of the beneficiaries of the professionalism, knowledge, and expertise of the United States institutions and doctors.

How many people participate in the race?
More than 10,000 people participate in the popular race that attracts even some of the world’s best athletes, top-ranked professional runners and a delegation of athletes from the UAE. There is a cultural festival during the race, which gives the participants an opportunity to learn about the UAE.

Last year winners
Last year, the Kenyan delegation took five out of the six podium spots with Lucas Rotich winning the men’s top spot in 28:29 while Cynthia Limo won the women’s top spot in 31:39. Both of them received a $25,000 check – tied for the largest first-place prize of any 10K race in the world. NYRR Young Runners presented the check to them.

UAE Healthy Kidney 10K 2017
It will be the 13th annual event that will offer something for everyone. This includes performances by world’s top athletes, finisher medals, a great event to inspire people, great giveaways such as t-shirts to participants, and awesome raffle prizes.

Social media
The event hashtag will be #UAEHK10K. You can use it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts. There will also be live unofficial results on liveresults.nyrr.org. Its features are map tracking, leaderboards and individual runner search that you can share on social media. The system works well on mobile devices so your friends and family can follow your progress. They will also be able to get unofficial results!

Fee and registration
You should put in mind that your price for the Healthy Kidney 10K takes care of the race and the administrative expenses. To ensure you are supporting the mission fully, you can add an extra donation while registering for the contest.

New Gene Therapy for Cancer Offers Hope

Dimas Padilla thought he was dying for sure.

He’d been through the wringer with a type of blood cancer called non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. First, he tried chemotherapy, and then, when the cancer came back a year and a half later, he underwent a bone marrow transplant.

But last year, when it came back again, he believed he was out of options.

“I was losing my battle against cancer,” Padilla, a 43-year-old sales representative, told NBC News.

Then he found out about an experimental therapy that’s a step beyond bone marrow transplants.

Called chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy — CAR-T for short — it involves taking a samples of T-immune cells called T-cells from a patient, genetically engineering them, and putting them back in to fight the cancer.

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Source: nbcnews.com

Former FDA Commissioners Oppose Importation Of Prescription Drugs

An article in The Washington Post, dated March 17, 2017, describes the effort to legalize the importation of drugs from other countries into the United States. Its headline points out that the four recent commissioners of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have come out in opposition to this effort. The thrust of their objections center around the safety of prescription drugs that are not produced within the rules and regulations of the FDA.

The former commissioners are Robert Califf and Margaret Hamburg, both of whom hold this position while Barack Obama was President. They are supported by Andrew von Eschenbach and Andrew McClellan, whose time was during the administration of President George W. Bush. Their opposition to importation of drugs from outside the United States came to light in a letter to members of Congress. The letter was sent in response to legislation introduced to allow importation from licensed agencies in Canada, and perhaps later, from Europe.

The purpose of the letter was twofold. One was to inform members of Congress of the opinions of the former commissioners, and to encourage them to not support the legislation. The other purpose was to inform the public, and hopefully encourage the American people to contact their members of Congress, and urge them to not support this bill. The commissioners made clear their opposition to importation. The FDA regulates drugs in the United States, but has no way to regulate or guarantee the safety of drugs imported from other countries. The former commissioners consider this to be a public safety issue.

The impetus behind the legislation is the cost of prescription medicines. In other countries like Canada, the same drug is much less expensive than in the United States. Of course, that is the heart of the former commissioner’s objections. They say that there is no guarantee than the drug that purports to be the same is really the same. It is really a question of quality control, or lack thereof.

Backers of the legislation say that the safety concerns can be met with appropriate regulations, and that the drugs would only come from reputable sources. The former commissioners counter that such regulations would drive up the price of imported drugs, and thus cancel out any savings.

This argument which pits safety against lower prices is not likely to be settled by this letter, and will be one that will be continued to be debated in the future.

The UAE Makes Polio Eradication a Top Priority

Poliomyelitis, or infantile paralysis, is an infectious disease most often referred to as Polio. Polio mostly affects the leg muscles but can also occur in the muscles of the head, neck, and diaphragm. The disease was widely spread in Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Pakistan but it was estimated in August 2015 that polio cases are down 75% YTD in Pakistan. In Nigeria and Afghanistan however, the disease remains endemic.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has made the complete eradication of polio its mission. Since 2011, there has been a partnership between UAE and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Together they have been working on spreading awareness of the crippling disease internationally, fundraising resources to producing and distributing vaccines against polio.

In 2013, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Bill Gates hosted the very first Global Vaccine Summit in Abu Dhabi. During the event, Bill Gates announced that polio eradication was close and very much an achievable goal. The event was attended by a representative from each of the polio-affected countries and a number of organizations such as the World Health Organization, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, UNICEF and Rotary International – all part of the GPEI.

Over $100 million have been geared towards supporting the immunization process. In order to spread awareness of the undertaken action, a documentary was filmed that showcases the vaccination efforts of healthcare workers in Pakistan. The documentary is called Every Last Child and is produced by Image Nation Abu Dhabi.

The UAE/Pakistani assistance in the eradication of polio has produced amazing results. In May 2015, estimates show that over 86.6 million vaccination doses have been administered and more than 20.6 million children under the age of five have received vaccination and have been protected from the polio virus. In 2013, The United Arab Emirates have also contained the polio outbreak in Syria. In Nigeria there has not been a single case of polio since 2014, proving that a polio-free world can be achieved.

With only Pakistan and Afghanistan left the effort continues. In addition to working with the Gates Foundation, the UAE has also partnered with USAID and a number of nongovernmental organizations. These partnerships will continue the fight to eradicate the polio virus from Pakistan and Afghanistan by continuing to spread awareness worldwide and raise resources for vaccines.

The real cause behind drug shortages

Group Purchasing Organization’s (GPO’s) have been under attack from some in the medical device community that stand to benefit financially by hindering them. For more than ten years, through misinformation about GPO’s, this small group of medical professionals have behaved very unprofessionally by trying to blame every health care crisis, including medicine shortages, on GPO’s.

According to research by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and other government agencies, GPO’s are not responsible for drug shortages. Documented facts show that problems with production, quality control and difficulties with bringing new suppliers online is the reason for shortages. GPO’s work towards healthy competition in the market to relieve this situation, not make it worse as some would claim.

Contracts with GPO’s are voluntary, not forced, and hospitals are still entitled to purchase off contract if they choose. The savings, administration and business policies of GPO’s have been completely reviewed by the U.S. Government Accountability Office as well as nearly every hospital in the U.S. Apparently, Physicians Against Drug Shortages don’t have the experience needed to successfully manage a supply chain.

Phil Zwieg, the Director of Physicians Against Drug Shortages, has even tried to bully academics whose research puts GPO’s in a more positive light and force them to change their opinions. Zwieg has even gone so far as to try to have them punished by their universities if they don’t cooperate and recant. No, it isn’t any GPO responsible for drug shortages. The answer to that question can be found in those working against them.

Perhaps if Phil Zwieg and his supporters shifted their focus from trying to destroy GPO’s to one of cooperation instead, this problem of drug shortages would fade away. Or maybe not, but one thing is certain. For as long as politics and medicine are mixed, it’s the patient who is going to suffer the most.

Nail Polish: The New Date Rape Detector?

Nail polish is something that a lot of women enjoy wearing, especially when they can experiment with different colors, styles and designs. It makes us feel pretty, unique and most of all, shows off how awesome our nails look. But how much more would we love nail polish if it could save our lives? That’s what four students from North Carolina State University are hoping to do with Undercover Colors (https://twitter.com/undercovercolor?lang=en), a company they created while in school, to help women determine if their drink contains a date rape drug (https://news.engr.ncsu.edu/2015/10/more-than-a-nail-polish/).

The idea came out of a senior design project in their department at NC State. The four students, Tyler Confrey-Maloney, Stephen Gray, Ankesh Madan and Tasso Von Windheim, wanted something that could alert women that they were in danger without bringing attention to them if they were in a sensitive situation, such as with a guy at a bar or at a party. And they thought, instead of trying to create something new, how about using a product that women are already familiar with and transferring it into something that could potentially save their lives.

Undercover Colors nail polish stickers will serve as an early warning system to women to protect themselves and to be aware of their surroundings as all these young men know someone who has been sexually assaulted and wanted something that would prevent sexual assault from happening to anyone else. The nail polish itself will be clear and when dipped into a drink, will change color if the drink contains a drug such as Rohypnol. The hope is that this company will not only bring awareness to sexual assault, but also serve as a deterrent for predators who want to take advantage of women and see alcohol as a perfect vehicle to do just that. This nail polish will serve as a preventive measure and will turn women into survivors, not victims.

With the funding and worldwide recognition Undercover Colors has received, it is now a fully-formed company with seven employees. And it won’t be long until we’re seeing their polish on store shelves across the country—look for Undercover Colors nail polish stickers next year.

Trans-fat end in sight, thanks to FDA

The Food and Drug Administration has announced a new plan to require food manufacturers to phase out the use of artificial trans-fats. Trans-fats, or partially hydrogenated oils, are the result of an industrial process that adds hydrogen to vegetable oils to make them more stable. Foods cooked with trans-fats tend to have a longer shelf-life, which makes the process very attractive for food manufacturers. Unfortunately, trans-fats have a long standing association with an increased risk of heart disease. The ban has been long fought for and follows on the success of individual states enacting similar bans. New York passed a ban on trans-fats in 2007 and California passed a ban in 2011.

Before the ban, which former Commissioner Margaret Hamburg helped to put in place, the FDA allowed companies to report trace amounts of trans-fats (less than 0.5 of a gram) as having no trans-fats at all. The ban now requires foods to be completely trans-fat free after 2018. The ban only applies to artificial trans-fats; that is, oils that have undergone the industrial treatment process to stabilize them. Some foods, such as beef and dairy, contain small amounts of naturally occurring trans-fats and are not impacted by the ban.

While the FDA has already issued warnings for consumers to limit intake of trans-fatty foods, the new ban provides motivation for food manufacturers to find alternative cooking methods. Some manufacturers have already taken measures to remove trans-fats from their products; Crisco reformulated their products in 2007 to eliminate trans-fats entirely. The FDA estimates that nearly 80 percent of U.S. foods have already made the move to eliminate trans-fats.

In the end, consumers come out ahead in the battle against trans-fats. The dangers of trans-fats were not well known until achieving widespread popularity. Misinformation about the dangers of trans-fats has made it difficult for consumers to make healthy eating choices. The FDA ban helps spread correct information about the health risks of trans-fats as well as eliminating it from widespread use in consumer food production.

New Blood Flow Promoting Gel Mask Released in Japan

Mannatech, Incorporated (mannatechscience.org), a high tech, innovative company that makes it their business to develop health, fitness, skin care and weight loss products with the help of their extensive knowledge in nutritional science. They also work to help improve and promote childhood nutrition which is so important in this modern world.

You can find Mannatech’s different health products around the globe from the United States and Canada, also South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Other countries include Austria, Germany, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and the Netherlands. A few more are the United Kingdom, Taiwan, Japan, Singapore, Finland, Estonia, and the Republic of Ireland, the Czech Republic, and the Republic of Korea. Then there is Mexico, Spain, Namibia, and Hong Kong. Only using state of the art technology they continue to amaze the market with new products.

Good health, being in shape and having pretty young looking skin is more and more in demand these days. On top of this trend, Mannatech recently released a “Gel Mask”. This high tech mask uses a highly concentrated CO2 gas to help adapt to the skin thus also helping to reduce the signs of aging. This new technology is only available in Japan at this time. It can be applied to the face and neck to help support cell revival, making you look younger with shiny moisturized healthy skin. It also promotes blood flow which is another key factor in good skin care.

Mannatech is a multinational multi-level marketing firm engaging in research, development and distribution of glyconutrients. Mannatech Incorporated was founded in November of 1993 by Samuel L. Caster. It is presently operating in 24 countries and employs 310 people full time with over 229,000 active dependent sales associates around the world.

You may be interested in purchasing these top of the notch products for you own use and for your family, but you could take it a step further and become part of the worldwide sales force that is getting out the word and making money while benefitting thousands with good healthy options. So one way or the other Mannatech is an interesting company that could be a good thing for you as a consumer or salesperson. We don’t believe you will be disappointed!

The Essential Woman’s Guide to Dating Safely

The dating world can be a fun, exciting, and sometimes terrifying experience for a single woman. Is it possible for you to feel safe and enjoy yourself without dragging around bodyguard? Yes, there are actually many ways you can ensure your safety without going to extremes. Making smart choices before heading out enables you to unwind without sacrificing your safety.

  1. Make a plan

Tell a close friend where you are going and what time you plan to return. Update your friend immediately if your plans change so they know exactly where to find you. If you are wanting to meet people at a bar, choose a couple close friends to be your wing-woman (yes that is a thing). Keep your cell phone with you at all times and remain in contact with your friends. Although it might seem a little outdated and archaic, stepping into the bathroom to check in with a friend is sometimes the smartest trick in the book.

  1. Pace yourself

Resist the urge to pound a few drinks for the sake of trying to relax. Slowly sip your drink and abstain from any type of drinking game that encourages fast consumption of alcohol. Avoid drinking on an empty stomach so your body is able to process the alcohol.

  1. It’s not personal, it’s biology

Men are able to process slightly more alcohol than women because they possess a higher amount of an enzyme called Dehydrogenase. This enzyme breaks down approximately one drink an hour for women and about two drinks an hour for men. Remember that a drink consists of either 1.5 ounces of liquor, five ounces of wine, or twelve ounces of beer.

  1. Be aware

When the cute guy at the end of the bar offers to you buy a drink, feel free to politely decline! However, there is no harm accepting one if you are able to watch the bartender make it. Never lose eye contact with your drink or leave it sitting on the table without your supervision. It only takes a few seconds for someone to tamper with your drink without anyone noticing. In fact, up and coming date rape prevention products like Undercover Colors are getting a lot of media attention. While not available to the public yet, Undercover Colors is in the process of creating nail stickers that detect the presence of drugs in when the product is submerged in a drink.

Being a single woman out on the town should be a fun experience, and following these tips will you give the peace of mind to enjoy it!