New Study Shows High Mercury Levels in Indigenous Latin American Women

Women in three Latin American countries who rely on fish for protein and live in proximity to gold mining activity have been found to have elevated mercury levels, according to a new study, Mercury Exposure of Women in Four Latin American Gold Mining Countries. The study was conducted by the International Pollutants Elimination Network (IPEN) together with Biodiversity Research Institute.

Can community-based interventions help to close the epilepsy treatment gap?

More than 50 million people have epilepsy; about 80% live in lower- or middle-income countries, where diagnosis and treatment can be difficult or impossible. The percentage of people with epilepsy that is not receiving treatment is known as the treatment gap; in some countries, this gap exceeds 90%.

Securing Radiological Sources on the Go

Radioactive materials are a critical tool in a number of industrial applications particularly oil and gas drilling and welding. While these sources are safe and well-regulated for their intended use; if lost or stolen the materials could be used by terrorists to make dirty bombs. The Department of Energy’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed and licensed a technology system to keep track of and secure radiological material on the road or at job sites.

ISPOR Latin America 2019 Announces Program Focused on Data and Value in Healthcare

ISPOR—the professional society for health economics and outcomes research—announced plenary sessions and speakers for ISPOR Latin America 2019, “Data and Value in Healthcare: 2020 and Beyond,” that will be held on 12-14 September 2019 in Bogotá, Colombia.