The more, the merrier: why a combination of biomarkers is better than one

You have probably heard the word “biomarkers” many times, but do you know what it means? Biomarkers, or “biological markers”, have been defined by WHO as “any substance, structure, or process that can be measured in the body or its products and influence or predict the incidence of outcome or disease”. In essence, biomarkers are […]

Why user insights are crucial for successful clinical trials

“You’ve got to start with the customer experience and work back toward the technology – not the other way around.” That was the view of Apple’s late CEO Steve Jobs – and it seems to work, with 1.3 billion iPhones sold worldwide and more than 100 million people using Macs. Yet when it comes to […]

The valuable side effects of keeping people healthy

Keeping people healthy is a good investment – a healthy population is essential for a thriving society and economy. People with health problems are more susceptible to unemployment, lower earnings, sickness absence and lower household income. And, for us as individuals, good health is crucial to enable us to handle day-to-day stress and live a […]

Why healthcare needs to be inclusive

Accusations of healthcare inequalities have been hitting the headlines again in recent weeks, with renewed media interest in analysis by The Lancet last year that showed black women have a 43% higher risk of pregnancy loss than white women. They are also four times more likely to die in childbirth and are vulnerable to long-term […]

What is health?

What is health? It’s a simple question – but scientific advances mean the answer is becoming rather more complex…