August 11th, 2016

6 Ways Johnson & Johnson Is Helping to Create an HIV-Free World

By Seema Kumar, Vice President, Innovation, Global Health & Science Policy Communication

HIV Free World
Ensuring that every baby is born HIV-free is one of the goals of Johnson & Johnson’s HIV/AIDS initiatives around the world

Women are often referred to as the “chief medical officers” of families and communities around the world because they play a key role in family health. Empowering them through education and outreach can have a real impact on improving the health of an entire family.

Given this critical role that women play, Johnson & Johnson gears much of its global health support to initiatives that directly benefit women and girls. We have put a special focus on several areas where we can make a significant impact, like helping to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV.

Despite many advances in the field, HIV/AIDS remains a significant public health concern, and we recognize that we can’t “make HIV history” on our own. That’s why the recent 21st International AIDS Conference provided an excellent opportunity to touch base with global partners who work with us to benefit girls and women of all ages in the fight against HIV. 

6 Ways We’re Making a Difference for Women and Children
From education to empowerment, our partnerships take a multi-faceted approach toward our mission of realizing an HIV-free world.

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August 8th, 2016

Running the (Diabetes) Numbers: 4 People Share How a Type 2 Diagnosis Helped Them Take Charge of Their Health

By Ginny Graves

Every 19 seconds, someone in the U.S. learns they have type 2 diabetes. That’s three people every minute who face a dangerous road ahead: If left unchecked, diabetes can lead to heart attack, stroke, kidney disease, blindness—and even death.

One of the toughest things about managing diabetes is that it’s not a pop-a-pill-and-forget-about-it disease. It requires routine monitoring of blood glucose levels, along with diet and lifestyle changes to keep other core health indicators—blood pressure, cholesterol and weight—in check.

Daunting for sure, but it’s certainly doable. And it starts with giving your diabetes digits some TLC.

In fact, that’s the premise behind Imagine: Loving Your Numbers, a campaign and website aimed at helping people with type 2 diabetes better manage their condition. There’s even a quiz you can take to show you how, based on your personality and daily habits.

From an avid athlete to a woman with a family history of the disease, just look at these four patients who successfully took charge of their numbers.

RELATED: Meet the Man Who’s Inventing New Ways to Help Millions of Diabetes Patients

“I Didn’t Think You Could Be Fit—and Have Diabetes”

Art Cutting
When Art Cutting turned 50, he bought an $1,100 bike—“a midlife-crisis purchase triggered by the fact that I looked like an Oompa Loompa,” he says.

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August 5th, 2016

What One Behavioral Scientist Really Thinks of Pokémon GO

By Jennifer Turgiss, DrPH, MS, Vice President, Behavior Science and Analytics, Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions

Pokemon Go

If you haven’t yet heard of Pokémon GO, you might just be a “Diglett” (a Pokémon who lives underground). Since launching in the U.S. this summer, it has become the biggest mobile game in American history.

Over the years, critics have expressed concern that mobile games encourage everything from sedentary behavior to social isolation. Parents worry that kids aren’t developing essential social skills because of the time they spend engrossed in mobile games, and as the parent of two teenagers, I can definitely see their point.

But from a behavioral scientist’s lens, something quite remarkable is happening with Pokémon GO.

Rather than fostering isolation and a “couch potato” mentality, this viral game is doing the opposite and is offering a fascinating case study for all of us—whether we are psychologists, fitness experts, marketing professionals, game designers or simply one of the legions of Pokémon GO fans around the world.

The Power of Pikachu and Poké Balls
So why is this game so different? I can point to a few reasons:

Pokémon GO leverages a familiar and fun pastime. The mobile game takes user experience to a new level by having players interact with iconic Pokémon characters in our physical world—and it does so by tapping into the spirit of such beloved seek-and-search experiences as Easter egg hunts and games of “I Spy.”

The game gets people excited about moving.

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August 4th, 2016

The Yale Open Data Access Project: How Johnson & Johnson Is Leading the Way on Clinical Data Transparency

By Joanne Waldstreicher, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Advancing the science that can improve the lives of people around the worldThe New England Journal of Medicine is core to our mission at Johnson & Johnson. One of the many ways we believe we can do this is by sharing our data from clinical trials with external researchers, which is why, in 2014, we began partnering with the Yale Open Data Access (YODA) Project on a pioneering data-sharing model.

Under the agreement, YODA (led out of the Yale School of Medicine) serves as an independent body to review requests from investigators and physicians seeking access to our clinical trials data, and makes final decisions on data sharing.

Our partnership represented the first time any company had collaborated with a completely independent third party to review and make decisions regarding all requests for clinical data.

Today, I am pleased to report that The New England Journal of Medicine has published a perspectives article, “The Yale Open Data Access (YODA) Project—A Mechanism for Data Sharing,” that I had the honor of co-authoring with Harlan M. Krumholz, M.D., SM, leader of the YODA Project and Director of the Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation.

In the article, Dr.

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August 1st, 2016

Living with Psoriasis: “How a Painful Disease Inspired Me to Advocate for Others”

By Howard H. Chang

PsoriasisIt’s hard for a child to even begin to fathom the impact that being diagnosed with a chronic illness might have on him over the course of a lifetime. When I was diagnosed with psoriasis at eight years old, I only understood that life as I knew it had changed—and not for the better.

Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. And according to the National Psoriasis Foundation, it affects about 125 million worldwide.

Although it is not contagious, psoriasis can be associated with a host of other health conditions, including depression, anxiety, cardiovascular disease, cancer, arthritis and diabetes, among others.

Saturday cartoons and superhero action figures filled my life until psoriasis treatments took over. I hated the messy topical treatments—like awful-smelling coal tar—that I had to put on before bed. I also had to get phototherapy treatments three times a week, which required standing in a booth to expose the psoriatic skin to a dose of ultraviolet light—not exactly the way an elementary school boy wanted to spend his time.

Suffering Alone and in Silence
Psoriasis is a stigmatizing condition. On top of the physical symptoms and potential comorbidities, I faced all kinds of social rejection due to the red, flaky, inflamed, disfigured skin that covered my body.

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July 26th, 2016

Improving Lives Through Innovation: Meet the Man Who’s Inventing New Ways to Help Millions of Diabetes Patients

By Ginny Graves

Adrian Chernoff

Chernoff is Johnson & Johnson’s new Worldwide Vice President for Research & Development and Innovation in Diabetes Care

What do Disney theme park rides, rubber bands, NASA medical robots and electric vehicles all have in common?

Answer: The man who’s either helped invent or develop them.

Meet Adrian Chernoff, Johnson & Johnson’s new Worldwide Vice President for Research & Development and Innovation in Diabetes Care, who’s tasked with applying his prodigious inventiveness to designing simpler and more efficient insulin-delivery and glucose management systems.

It’s a need that’s acute: Fully half of all people with diabetes don’t take their medications as often as they should. And with nearly 30 million people in the U.S. suffering from diabetes—and 422 million worldwide—Chernoff’s innovation prowess has the potential to revolutionize their lives.

So we sat down with Chernoff, 44, to find out where his creative spark comes from—and how he plans to spin that into innovative, yet practical, solutions for people with diabetes.

When did you first realize you had a knack for inventing things?
Adrian Chernoff:
I started sketching and drawing ideas when I was 5 or 6. I remember looking at the batteries that went into one of my toys and thinking: Why is it shaped like that?

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July 22nd, 2016

3 High-Tech Healthcare Innovations That Could Improve Your Life

By Stuart McGuigan, Vice President, Chief Information Officer, Johnson & Johnson

People with diabetes can now monitor their blood glucose levels using a mobile app

Technology is transforming just about every industry—and healthcare is one of the most exciting new frontiers. If your current digital healthcare experience is a fun fitness app on your smartphone, you haven’t seen anything yet.

Unprecedented opportunities exist for technology to make a real difference in the health of people around the world. And, in doing so, technology is also poised to help stem rising healthcare costs.

I recently had the opportunity to speak at the Global ICT Summit in Tokyo, an annual event sponsored by Nikkei Inc. and Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications that focuses on new technology trends. Japan was a fitting setting for a discussion about healthcare technology, given that its citizens enjoy the world’s longest life expectancy.

But as senior citizens around the world work to stay healthy and active, many of them must also manage chronic diseases. In the U.S. alone, 86% of all healthcare spending in 2010 went to people with one or more chronic medical conditions, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So finding better and more cost-efficient ways to deliver and manage those medical resources is a key need worldwide—and a top focus area at Johnson & Johnson.

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July 21st, 2016

Home Away From Home: A New USO Center Opens at Newark Liberty International Airport

By Patrick Schumaker

Newark Airport Sign
Between flight delays, long TSA lines and jetlagged travelers rushing to catch connecting flights, most airports don’t exactly have a reputation for being the most warm and welcoming of places.

But that’s about to change for military service members visiting New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport, whether they’re preparing to deploy or waiting for a loved one to arrive home.

On July 21, the USO, with support from Johnson & Johnson, opened its newest comfort center for active service members and their families at the airport’s Terminal B. With the help of volunteers, the center is expected to eventually be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offer everything from refreshments to a computer station and a children’s play area.

Caring for Those Who Care for Their Country
Johnson & Johnson is the Official Healthcare Partner of the USO, so helping the new comfort center open its doors is just one way that the company has shown a commitment to improving the wellbeing of American service members and their families.

Among other programs, the company has also provided support for the USO Warrior and Family Center in Bethesda, Maryland, which hosts service members being treated at the nearby Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, along with their family members.

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July 20th, 2016

mhNOW: How Entrepreneurs, Companies and Organizations Are Coming Together to Improve Mental Health

By Bonnie Petrauskas, Executive Director, Worldwide Corporate Contributions

BasicNeeds, an mhNOW partner, organizes routine meetings with community members in Ghana to help address mental health needs

How many times have you have heard the phrase “mind over matter”?

It’s an expression that’s often used–even overused–in situations where people doubt their ability to achieve a goal, or perhaps experience physical pain.

Although this saying is intended to be a motivating force, it can be anything but that for people struggling with mental health conditions. In a mind-over-matter world, these people often hold back from seeking help for a variety of reasons, including stigma, denial and poor access to care.

This hesitancy to speak out about mental health is not surprising, given society’s tendency to assume that people can overcome mental barriers by simply trying harder. To put that into perspective, we would never consider challenging someone with a broken leg to climb a mountain.

Some disabilities aren’t easily visible–and mental health challenges can be formidable obstacles.

Fortunately, mental health advocates are gaining momentum, and the availability of robust scientific data is helping to elevate this overlooked challenge onto the global stage. In fact, mental health has been recognized as part of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals as an essential ingredient to achieving healthy lives and well-being for all.

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July 20th, 2016

2016 International AIDS Conference: What It Will Take to Achieve an HIV-Free World

By Jaak Peeters, Head of Johnson & Johnson’s Global Public Health organization

HIV Free World
Johnson & Johnson’s global public health strategy includes efforts to ensure that adolescents living in regions like Sub-Saharan Africa stay HIV-free

Sixteen years may not seem like a long time, but to the global community fighting HIV/AIDS, profound changes have occurred since the last time the International AIDS Society hosted its biennial conference in Durban, South Africa.

Looking back at the 2000 Durban conference, it’s easy to forget how different things were then. Until that point, an AIDS conference had never been held in a developing country, major governments were still denying the connection between HIV and AIDS, and millions of people lacked access to lifesaving treatments.

Ahead of the conference, more than 5,000 scientists came together to sign the “Durban Declaration,” which confirmed the overwhelming scientific evidence about the causes of AIDS.

This week, nearly two decades later, we are back in Durban for the 21st International AIDS Conference to build on our shared accomplishments and address new obstacles.

Our tools for preventing and treating the disease are more effective than ever: Mother-to-child transmission of HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa is nearly eliminated, anti-retroviral therapies allow people with HIV to live long and productive lives, and we are moving closer to developing a viable HIV vaccine.

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