Breakthrough Patient Recruitment

Grateful for a Toilet: A Call for Sustainable Sanitation Awareness

There is a shortage of toilets in the world. To be more precise, about 2.5 billion people do not have access to a toilet. That is one in three people in the world who live without access to sustainable sanitation. I have four toilets in my house. To some, that may be a luxury, to others, a privilege. I have rarely worried about not being able to find a toilet. There have been times when I was annoyed about the "trouble" I had to go through to find a toilet while traveling. But I can… [Read More]

The Necessity of Partnerships in mHealth (as in Most Things)

At the recent HIMMS mHealth Summit in National Harbor, MD, nothing was made clearer to me than the importance of partnerships when it comes to advancing mHealth. Partnerships should be forged not only among the likely stakeholders, but across disciplines and sectors. But first, what is mHealth? The "m," as you may suspect, stands for "mobile," making mHealth "the use of mobile and wireless devices to improve health outcomes, health care services and health research." I was mostly f… [Read More]

Rare Diseases Rarely Receive the Attention They Should—Let’s Change That

According to, there are currently almost 17,000 clinical studies for heart disease, more than 10,000 studies for diabetes, almost 6,000 studies for breast cancer, and more than 4,000 studies for leukemia. For decades, we have been raising money for research for some of the world's most common diseases. And it worked (although there is still work to be done). Many people are living longer because of what we have learned from clinical studies of these diseases. … [Read More]


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