7 days in healthcare (March, 20th-26th, 2023)



From the point of view of Biomedicine, the journal Nature reveals the role of mitochondria in the process of tumor growth.

Regarding Global Health, editorial of The Lancet on Water and Health. Although in developed societies this may seem like a secondary issue, the truth is that a quarter of the world’s population suffers tensions with water and it is an area in which governance over water management is needed. Tuberculosis is rebounding throughout the world, as has not been seen for more than ten years.

Regarding International Health Policy, despite the fact that the covid has caused many problems (including 6.7 million deaths, confinements of entire countries and serious economic problems), this has not affected the global happiness of humanity, according to an international study on the subject. Mysteries of human nature. The American transplant system with long waiting lists, which permanently affects more than 100,000 Americans, of whom about 17 per day die waiting. In this field, Spain could probably teach some lesson. The health of adolescents, a great concern for the American Surgeon General, since the cases of suicides between 10 and 19 years have risen in a very striking way in recent years. China approves the first covid vaccine with mRNA technology, after permanently denying permission to the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. In France, a bill is being discussed to protect children from screens. New health law in Croatia, which introduces concepts such as integration of care, complex patients, coordinated care and hospital without walls, as well as a reinforcement of Primary Care.

If we talk about National Health Policy (Spain), the incidence of covid drops slightly. Darias is preparing to leave the Ministry without having fulfilled the commitment to publish the report on the management of the pandemic, in contrast to what has been happening in many other countries, without going any further in the United States. A true national shame. In the motion of no confidence debated this week, the candidate Ramón Tamames favors a refounding of public health and pleads for something similar to what the Abril Martorell Report represented in 1981, thus joining many opinions in the sector. Demonstrations on public health continue, this time in Asturias, Andalusia and Madrid. The Complutense University, under the auspices of ASPE, publishes a report on the consequences of what it calls “low cost” health insurance. The real problem is that practically, to a greater or lesser degree, all health insurance is “low cost” and is based on low compensation for hospitals and doctors, which makes the system very unstable. The Roche Institute, which is directed by Federico Plaza and which is making so many valuable contributions to the health system, publishes an interesting report on the Health of the Future and Personalized Precision Medicine. The Supreme Court endorses the euthanasia law. However, seen with hindsight, it contrasts the scant citizen and professional debate that took place on this law in Spain, comparing it with what is happening in France with something similar, with the involvement of President Macron himself. It seems that this time the biomarkers are going to be introduced into the National Health System, without which there can be no advances in precision medicine.

In the field of companies, internationally, the effect of the release of some pharmaceutical patents is estimated at 30 billion euros. In Spain, the beginning of the evaluation of the authorization of the HIPRA covid vaccine stands out, which will be called “Bimervax”. AstraZeneca is going to make a very significant investment in research in Barcelona. The doctors of the Vizcaya IMQ are massively inclined towards the sale to Adeslas, which will control 75% of this insurer.


Global Health

International Health Policy

National health policy