August 13th, 2014

Janssen Healthy Minds Program Explores Major Depressive Disorder

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As there is significant public discussion right now about depression, Janssen Research & Development, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson Company, is posting its Healthy Minds segment about major depressive disorder ahead of its planned release in October to help provide some additional resources on this disorder. Major depression, a largely misunderstood disease, is expected to be the number one cause of disability worldwide by 2030, and tragically there are more than 38,000 suicides in the United States each year.

Featured in the video series is Dr. Husseini Manji, a psychiatrist and neuroscientist, and Global Therapeutic Area Head for Neuroscience at Janssen R&D. The Healthy Minds video series is hosted by Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist Vicki Mabrey.

Across the globe, approximately 450 million people suffer from a mental or neurological disorder, yet nearly 60 percent who have a known disorder never consult a doctor to better understand their mental health. Lack of awareness and stigma are frequently noted as the reasons those suffering do not seek help. The video series aims to assist in familiarizing these disorders with viewers and reducing the stigma associated with them.

The first video, A Discussion about Brain Health, is available on the Johnson & Johnson YouTube channel and the J&J Corporate Blog.

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August 4th, 2014

Education about Brain Disorders Benefits Us All

By Vicki Mabrey, Guest Contributor to JNJ Blog

Editor’s Note: Emmy-award winning journalist Vicki Mabrey is the host of Healthy Minds, a new digital news program about brain health from Janssen Research & Development, LLC, a Johnson & Johnson Company. 

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Recently, it was my pleasure to learn more about the brain and disorders of the brain when I interviewed Janssen’s Global Therapeutic Area Head for Neuroscience, Dr. Husseini Manji. Dr. Manji shared his knowledge with me for the new Healthy Minds video series, which is launching this week on the Johnson & Johnson You Tube channel. It will cover general brain health, bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder, Alzheimer’s disease and schizophrenia. Working on the Healthy Minds series helped me to better understand the complexities of the brain and gain insights into diseases we hear about every day because our mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, and neighbors are suffering from them.

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Throughout the world, about 450 million people suffer from a brain disorder, and in the US about one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental illness. That calculates to almost 60 million people.  Despite the prevalence and impact of these illnesses, nearly 60 percent of those affected do not consult medical professionals for treatment.

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August 4th, 2014

The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout Station Debuts in Biddeford, Maine

By Chris Jordan, Director of Exercise Physiology, Human Performance Institute Division of Wellness & Prevention, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company 

7Minuteworkout0804This summer the City of Biddeford, Maine, working with Johnson & Johnson, launched a 7 Minute Workout Station, providing the local community and visitors the opportunity to get a simple, fast, science-based workout for free. The station is a freestanding structure that is modeled after the Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout, and includes instructions on how to execute each exercise using the station. It was an exciting day for me – a high point that’s been many years in the making.

As an exercise physiologist for almost 20 years, I am passionate about promoting physical activity and making it accessible to everyone.  Several years ago, as part of my role as Director of Exercise Physiology with the Human Performance Institute, I created a simple, fast, and effective workout that requires nothing more than a floor, a wall, and a chair, and can be done by almost anyone, anywhere, anytime.

The workout comprises a circuit of 12 bodyweight exercises, each performed for 30 seconds with minimal rest between exercises. One circuit, therefore, takes approximately 7 minutes.

In May 2013, my co-authored article providing the science behind this workout was published in the peer-reviewed American College of Sports Medicine’s Health & Fitness Journal.

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August 1st, 2014

Our Path to 60: A Journey of Product Stewardship at Johnson & Johnson

by Brian K. Boyd, Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety & Sustainability, Johnson & Johnson

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A core tenet of Johnson & Johnson’s citizenship and sustainability commitments is our focus on safeguarding the planet. As my colleague Shaun Mickus recently discussed, our company has been guided by Our Credo since 1943, which is when the notion of sustainability got its formal start at Johnson & Johnson. Environmental responsibility is as important to us today as it was back then.

As head of environment, health, safety and sustainability at Johnson & Johnson, I’m accountable for ensuring our operations and products live up to the promise explicitly expressed in Our Credo: We must maintain in good order the property we are privileged to use, protecting the environment and natural resources. This has been a powerful motivator for the people at Johnson & Johnson to focus on improving the footprints of our products, primarily by reducing the environmental impacts associated with their lifecycle.

In 2009, we developed and launched Earthwards®, which has subsequently become Johnson & Johnson’s companywide approach to product stewardship and sustainability. Today, the Earthwards® approach empowers our product teams to work together on identifying the most significant environmental impacts of individual products, continually innovate better solutions to address these impacts, and ultimately create more sustainable products for our customers.

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July 28th, 2014

World Hepatitis Day — Why We Should All Think Again

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By Kris Sterkens, Company Group Chairman, Janssen, the pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, Asia Pacific

Today is World Hepatitis Day, one of only four disease-related awareness days officially endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO).  This year’s theme is ‘Think Again’, calling upon policy-makers, health workers and the public to re-think viral hepatitis.

It’s a critically important day because more than 500 million people, many unknowingly, are affected by viral hepatitis globally. And more so for us here in Asia Pacific where recent data showed that 70% of the 1.4 million annual global deaths associated with the disease occur.

It’s why the Coalition to Eradicate Viral Hepatitis in Asia Pacific (CEVHAP) launched the ‘One Million Lives Lost’ social media campaign last year – drawing attention to the fact that every 30 seconds, one person dies from these devastating diseases in Asia Pacific countries.

Driven by our commitment to patients, we have developed some of the first new medicines for hepatitis C in nearly a decade. These are today positively impacting thousands of patients affected by hepatitis C.  But we don’t stop there.  We want to further transform how viral hepatitis is treated.  This is why we maintain a strong and robust research program in both hepatitis B and C.

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July 24th, 2014

A WISER Path to Employee Volunteerism

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Editor’s note: Johnson & Johnson has more than 128,000 employees around the world.  Throughout 2014, we’re going to bring you their unique stories.  Whether they are employees who work with a nonprofit, mentor children, or simply volunteer at their local soup kitchen, we want to show that small acts of kindness can make big changes in the world we live in. These stories have inspired us, and we hope they’ll inspire you, too.  
 
“Those who can lead have an obligation to do so, in the realm of citizenship….”  General Robert Wood Johnson, 1949 
 

By Carrie Arndt, Director of the Management Comprehensive Action Plan at Advanced Sterilization Products, Johnson & Johnson

A successful professional cannot exist in a vacuum. The business side of one’s life must be integrated with family and social facets in order to create a well-rounded individual.  I have been involved as a volunteer since childhood — first as a Girl Scout leader while in high school, then as a parent volunteer in my children’s school and extracurricular efforts.  Volunteerism was modeled by my parents and I have modeled it for my children.

In the fall of 2006, I received a phone call from my son, Mike Arndt, then a freshman at Duke University, that dramatically changed my life.

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July 18th, 2014

Our Statement on Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17

By Paul Stoffels, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer, Johnson & Johnson and Worldwide Chairman, Janssen

We are profoundly shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life from the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine.

Our grief is compounded by the news that many of the passengers on the flight were members of the HIV community traveling to the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.  This includes many close friends and longtime partners of Johnson & Johnson, including visionary HIV researcher Dr. Joep Lange with whom I have personally worked with for more than 20 years.

In Joep we have truly lost a hero in the fight against HIV.  An uncompromising champion for patients, in particular for women and children infected with HIV or at risk for HIV infection, Joep made a significant contribution to advancing the scientific field through his own work in developing new approaches to treatment and prevention. His leadership in supporting expanded access to treatment for those least able to afford it has saved countless lives all over the world.

We join the global HIV community in extending our sincere condolences and deepest sympathies to the families and friends of all those who lost their lives in this terrible disaster and, in particular, to our friends and fellow members of the HIV community.

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July 18th, 2014

Making a Difference at the FIFA World Cup™

Throughout the FIFA World Cup™, Johnson & Johnson was proud to make a difference on and off the field. Now that the tournament has concluded, take a moment to learn about how Johnson & Johnson cared for the health and well-being of all those involved, as well as throughout Brazil.

TOUR DO CARINHO AND WORLD BLOOD DONATION DAY: Caring for Families in Brazil

FIFA via Action Images / Peter Cziborra

FIFA via Action Images / Peter Cziborra

The Johnson & Johnson Tour do Carinho (Caring Tour) culminated at the end of May, becoming one of the largest blood donation campaigns in Brazil.

In conjunction with the company’s CARE INSPIRES CARE™ campaign and FIFA World Cup™ sponsorship, Tour do Carinho encouraged individuals across Brazil to celebrate and engage in caring actions, and save lives by donating blood.

We are pleased to announce that since the campaign’s launch in March, more than 23,000 blood donations were collected, a total that will potentially save up to 93,000 lives. This exceeded our goal of collecting 20,000 bags of blood.

FIFA via Action Images / Peter Cziborra

FIFA via Action Images / Peter Cziborra

Demonstrating its commitment to inspiring care, Johnson & Johnson leveraged LED boards surrounding the field at each of the four games on June 14—World Blood Donation Day—to encourage blood donation.

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July 7th, 2014

Why I Raced to Brazil

By Peter Monk, Senior Account Manager, Janssen Immunology UK

My great passion is football — and helping those less fortunate than myself.

Despite my obvious physical disability in only having one arm, I consider myself lucky.  I do not live in poverty or have cancer, and I want to help people as an employee of Johnson & Johnson, but also through my personal contribution as an individual.

Volunteering and being able to give back to others really matters to me because we can touch people’s lives by making a difference, however big or small. That is why I was proud to stand along my UK colleagues and get involved in the Race to Brazil – our UK corporate company-wide, event to collectively cover 5,462 miles (the distance from London to Brasilia) on June 26. The goal was to use various sporting activities to raise more than $100,000 (£60,000 ) for our partner, Save the Children, and our local UK site charities. We are still collecting the miles, hours and money raised, but early results show that we smashed our targets!

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Yet Race to Brazil was not just about the miles. UK employees were also asked to volunteer at least one hour to a charitable cause during June – Johnson & Johnson’s Global Care Month – to reach 5,462 hours of total volunteer time.

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July 3rd, 2014

Sustainability and Health: How Our Environmental Stewardship Helps Create Healthier Lives

By Jane Griffiths, Company Group Chairman, Janssen EMEA and Executive Sponsor, Janssen Sustainability Council

I see a strong relationship between a healthy environment and human health — it is something I think about often both at home and in my work.

Protecting the environment for future generations is something that I am personally passionate about, and in my day-to-day life, I’ve made many small changes – from increasing recycling to turning down the heating and switching to a smaller, more fuel-efficient car.

At work, I’ve collaborated with our UK facilities and fleet teams to reduce waste and cut down our fleet CO2 emissions. Several years ago, as I became interested in carbon footprinting, we started a project with one of our products that eventually led to collaboration with the Carbon Trust, the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry and a number of pharmaceutical companies. The result was the development of a new carbon footprint tool for pharmaceutical products.

I believe this commitment to responsibility and environmental stewardship is fundamentally aligned with our principles at Janssen. It’s only natural that a company that spends billions of dollars on research to improve human health would embrace citizenship and sustainability. And sustainability is rooted in our Johnson & Johnson heritage, written into Our Credo:

We must be good citizens – support good works and charities and bear our fair share of taxes.

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