August 26th, 2015

Contact Lens Health Week: Healthy Habits Means Healthy Eyes

By Millicent Knight, Head of Professional Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, North America

Contact lenses

Can you imagine what the world would be like if you couldn’t see? It’s nearly unimaginable. Over the years I’ve been fortunate to use my expertise as an optometrist to help patients who don’t have access to eye care. Every time it’s profoundly moving to witness and share their joyful experience of being able to see clearly – sometimes for the first time in their lives – when their vision is corrected.

But for many, sight is easy to take for granted, and practicing healthy eye care habits falls by the wayside. Life gets busy and you postpone making your annual eye exam appointment, or you’re in a hurry and forget to wash your hands before handling your contact lenses. Unfortunately, those unhealthy behaviors can sometimes lead to eye health problems – issues that could likely be avoided.

As an eye care professional, I’m passionate about educating patients to take care of their eyes. I’m proud that Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. has the same passion. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), along with other eye health care partners, to sponsor Contact Lens Health Week, Aug.

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August 26th, 2015

Working on smart solutions to combat nasty bugs

By Hanneke Schuitemaker, PhD, Vice President, Head Viral Vaccine Discovery and Translational Medicine, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines, Janssen

Doing research is wonderful.  And making steps forward, even small ones, is always rewarding.  Rewarding because of the potential impact on thousands, if not millions, of people.

When I had to choose what I wanted to be in life, I knew the field of medicine was for me.  At that time I also knew that I was too impatient to be a treating physician yet wanted to have a significant impact on people’s lives.  My biology teacher agreed with my self-diagnosis and recommended medical research.

Worldwide there are 1 billion cases of influenza, including 3-to-5 million cases of severe illness and 300,000 to 500,000 deaths every year.  Influenza remains one of the most serious public health challenges and new therapeutic and preventative solutions are needed.

Yesterday, Science published results from pre-clinical research conducted by a team of Janssen scientists at the Janssen Prevention Center led by Jaap Goudsmit, in conjunction with The Scripps Research Institute, to determine whether it may be possible to develop a single “universal” vaccine against influenza strains.

This very early-stage and exciting research underscores the novel and diverse approaches we are taking across our therapeutics and vaccines research and development program to address serious respiratory infections such as influenza.

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August 25th, 2015

#ILookLikeAnEngineer

By Kathryn E. Wengel, Vice President, Johnson & Johnson Supply Chain

#ILookLikeAnEngineer

First row, left-right: Annette Russo (peeking out), Jackie Maestri, Patricia Watson, Marion van Werven-Franssen; Second row, left-right: Veronica Smith, Tammie Champlin (partially visible), Heather Rodriguez, Joy Ntombura; Back row, left-right: Jim Breen, Brian Francis

Who do you think of when you think of an engineer? I think of the eight thousand engineer colleagues we have here at Johnson & Johnson.  These are the men and women who make it possible for J&J to provide the healthcare products and services that enable millions of people to live healthier, happier lives every day. Recently I came across the provocative #Ilooklikeanengineer on Twitter.  One of the things that excites me about social media is its ability to foster and maintain connections. #ilooklikeanengineer has inspired thousands of tweets reinforcing the notion that there’s no place for stereotypes when pursuing your passion, and that in any profession, diversity makes for a stronger workplace.  Count me among those who look like an engineer – educated, trained and leading the Johnson & Johnson Global Supply Chain today.

For me, it was an obvious choice to study engineering, even though there were not a lot of women in the field at that time.

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July 28th, 2015

What Sustains Us, We Sustain

Editor’s Note: Our Chairman and CEO, Alex Gorsky, recently shared some thoughts with our employees about why exercise is important to him and what gets him out of bed for a workout every day.  Below is his message.

By Alex Gorsky, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Johnson & Johnson

In a recent New York Times Well blog post, health columnist Jane Brody talks about her personal motivation for getting in daily workouts. You might be surprised to hear she isn’t driven by weight loss or even overall health goals. Jane focuses on the immediate benefits of exercise – like greater energy, a clear head and an overall preparedness for the day’s tasks.

According to the article, people who focus on the long-term, ironically, spend the least amount of time exercising. Studies show that the instant effects of exercise, such as increased energy, are better motivators than long-term goals like physical fitness, health and weight loss.

I couldn’t agree more with Jane’s approach and this philosophy. I start each morning at 5:00 A.M. with an hour workout of both cardio and weight training. Even on my busiest days I never skip a workout because it makes me feel energized and ready for the day ahead.

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July 28th, 2015

J&J Launches the Consumer Experience Center

By Josh Ghaim, Ph.D., Chief Technology Officer, Johnson & Johnson Family of Consumer Companies

Consumer Experience Center

I often remind my team to keep our consumer purpose at the center of everything that we do. To me, our purpose centers on caring for people around the world by anticipating their needs, creating solutions and experiences that help them and those they care for live healthy, vibrant lives.

Today’s launch of the Johnson & Johnson Consumer Experience Center is all about that consumer purpose. The center is a state-of-the art research & development (R&D) hub focused on gaining holistic insights about the millions of consumers we serve every day.

Our R&D teams get to interact with our volunteer consumers in ‘labs’ designed to replicate how people live and use our baby, over-the-counter (OTC), beauty and oral care products. The center’s testing rooms allow us to simulate real-life consumer interactions with our products, including the shower, the tub and the vanity sink within a bathroom, a dental lab and a hair and color cosmetics station.

Many people on our team have been working diligently to bring the vision of an on-site consumer laboratory to life. With the realization of this hard work and the opening of this state-of-the-art center, our internal research teams will now work more cohesively to engage each other and the consumer for brainstorming, as well as observations in home-like settings.

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July 20th, 2015

We can and We Must #MakeHIVstory

By Brian Woodfall, M.D., Head of Development and Global Medical Affairs, Infectious Diseases and Vaccines at the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

As I arrived at the International AIDS Society conference this weekend, my mind wandered to the last time the IAS conference was in Vancouver in 1996.

Back then, HIV was still a mysterious and invariably fatal disease. It was also a divisive one, with patients frequently marginalized and the event itself scathingly labelled an “AIDS Circus Comes to Town” by some in the Canadian media.

Yet that 1996 conference provided a watershed moment: the arrival of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). This ground-breaking method of combination therapy literally changed HIV treatment overnight and meant patients with months to live suddenly faced the prospect of surviving for many years.

Fast forward to today and our world is very different. There is still much to do, particularly in places like Africa, Eastern Europe and Latin America, but in many cases, new and improved therapies have turned HIV from a death sentence to a chronic, treatable condition. As people with HIV increasingly enjoy normal lifespans, at Janssen we continue to seek out and collaborate with the best scientists to develop potentially even better, more convenient treatments.

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July 9th, 2015

Relentless. Forward. Motion.

Editor’s Note: Starting on July 14, ultra-endurance brothers Scott and Rhys Jenkins from Wales, United Kingdom, hope to set the World Record for the ‘Fastest Double Crossing of Death Valley on Foot’ by attempting to run 10 marathons in four days. The pair is also hoping to raise £10,000 or $14,000 for Save the Children and Operation Smile – two signature partners of Johnson & Johnson. In addition to raising funds on their own, the brothers are supporting the charities by raising funds through the Johnson & Johnson Donate a Photo app and the Charity Miles app. Scott, who works for our DePuy Synthes business, shares his trepidation about the almost impossible race terrain and his motivation to help children around the world.

 

By Scott Jenkins, Sales Consultant for DePuy Synthes in Great Britain

On Tuesday (July 14), my younger (and in his humble opinion, better looking) brother and I will be attempting to run a double crossing of Death Valley in California, trying to set a new world record in the process. Rhys and I have aptly named this challenge the Death Valley Double. To date, only eight individuals have attempted such a feat and only three have managed to complete it.

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July 7th, 2015

Using Technology to Take The Guesswork Out of Upper Respiratory Symptoms

By Sumeet Narula,  Digital Brand Manager, McNeil Consumer Healthcare

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Many of us tap into the knowledge of our communities for restaurant recommendations, parenting advice, checking the weather, and staying on top of the most talked-about stories of the day. But what if we could also utilize our communities to stay better informed about our health?

That’s what our team at McNeil Consumer Healthcare asked as we considered how to better serve people who suffer from upper respiratory illnesses – symptoms such as cough, runny nose, or itchy eyes. We know is that it’s confusing for people to determine the source of their symptoms — allergies, a cold or the flu – which is crucial for determining the best treatment option. We also know that there are various triggers for respiratory symptoms, including pollen, viruses, and weather changes.

Clearing up this confusion and helping people track the environmental factors that aggravate upper respiratory illness was the inspiration for our new HEALTHYDAY App. Using a patent-pending algorithm, HEALTHYDAY aggregates anonymous health data from the same trusted sources that doctors and hospitals use. It combines this data with anonymous social mentions of illnesses or symptoms in real time to help users see if other people in their community are suffering from upper respiratory illness – and what is causing their symptoms.

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June 24th, 2015

Sports Injury Prevention Programs Help Keep Kids Moving

With the school year coming to an end, more of our days are spent out on the soccer field or in right field. Unfortunately, with an increase in sports activity parents worry more about their children’s risk of sports injury. More than 2.6 million children and adolescents are treated in the emergency department each year for sports and recreation-related injuries.[1] In fact, children aged 15-17 experience the highest emergency room visits for sports injuries, many of which are preventable.[2] These injuries are not limited to contact sports; in fact as many as 70 percent of anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) knee injuries involve little or no contact with the other player.[3]

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DePuy Synthes Mitek Sports Medicine has worked with sports medicine orthopedic practices and Safe Kids Worldwide™ for nearly a decade to host educational clinics throughout the country to keep kids moving. This program, called PASSION2PLAY™, educates parents, coaches and young athletes about the importance of preventing sports-related injuries through sponsored educational clinics featuring clinical experts as well as tips for proper warm-up routines, injury prevention strategies and when it might be necessary to seek appropriate medical attention for injuries.

The latest PASSION2PLAY event with Safe Kids Worldwide featured professional football player Rueben Randle, who joined local teens in Waldwick, New Jersey and shared his experience with sports injury in the NFL and the importance of stretching and warming up.

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June 16th, 2015

Cancer and Clots: An Unrecognized and Under-Researched Patient Burden

By Paul Burton, MD, PhD, Vice President, Medical Affairs, Janssen

More than one-third of all men and women in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer over the course of their lives. Living with cancer, the treatments and their side effects are significant burdens on their own. What many people with cancer often don’t realize is they are up to five times more likely to develop life-threatening blood clots than people the same age without cancer. These clots can occur deep in the veins in many parts of the body and sometimes travel to the lungs, a condition called venous thromboembolism (VTE). This risk is even more pronounced when patients with cancer undergo chemotherapy.

Blood clots are the second-leading cause of death in patients with cancer. We need a better understanding of how we can treat and prevent them, particularly for a large number of the one million patients who are treating their cancer outside the hospital.

That’s why the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, in conjunction with Bayer HealthCare, are furthering our commitment to addressing the most important unmet medical needs of our time by initiating a new research program: CALLISTO. CALLISTO is aimed at generating new evidence in the prevention and treatment of blood clots in patients with a wide range of cancer types.

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