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January 11th, 2012

New ennTV Episode

The new episode of ennTV is out!  EnnTV is a new video news series for Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies employees, hosted by employees.  In the spirit of social media, we’ve been making the series available externally so that employees can share it with their friends and families, to give them an inside look at some of the things happening around the world in the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.  Employees who have appeared in the series so far have been sharing the episodes on their social networks, and have found that it’s a great way to answer the question from their families “What do you do at work?”

Stories in this episode include an interview with Tina Sharkey, Global President and Chairman of BabyCenter, LLC, about the shared commitment to mothers and children and the new MAMA partnership;  a look at a high tech 3-D navigation system from one of our operating companies that provides views of the heart’s electrical activity; and the answers to the question posed to our worldwide employees in the last ennTV episode:  how do you hope people will describe the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies in the future…in three words or less?

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December 7th, 2011

Providing Access to Clean, Safe Drinking Water in the Central African Republic

 

By Abraham Wright, Senior Project Engineer, Product Development, DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., a Johnson & Johnson company

Water is essential to daily life: we use it to wash our dishes and clothes, to take a shower, and to drink. For me, I’m lucky to have access to clean water every day, which is pumped directly into my home, so all I have to do is turn on the tap. Cheap Apcalis Oral Jelly Tadalafil 20mg without prescription For many people living in the Central African Republic, water is gathered in springs, rivers, ponds and even puddles, and carried in buckets for miles, and is not sanitary.

About six years ago, I became involved in a non-profit organization, Integrated Community Development International, which attempts to change this situation by drilling wells in the Central African Republic with the aim of providing pure, safe drinking water. new inexpensive drug against impotence avana  These wells use a hand pump to bring the water out of the ground.  Unfortunately, due to low water tables in central Africa, some of the wells are 300 to 400 feet deep and the hand pumps that are commercially available are not sufficient.

Installing the pipe for one of the new wells

In response to this problem, I engaged a group of engineers that I work with at DePuy Orthopaedics, part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies, along with engineers in Ohio and Kansas, to volunteer their time to develop a pump that could provide access to clean water when the water is too deep for standard hand pumps.

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December 5th, 2011

Healthy Minds: Unlocking the Secrets of the Brain

 

From Husseini K. Manji, M.D., Global Therapeutic Area Head for Neuroscience, Janssen Research & Development, LLC.

We’re on the cusp of a golden age for neuroscience. We’re probing deeper into the intricacies of the brain and beginning to see novel ideas translate into better lives for millions of people.

But to discover the next revolutionary idea, we need to come together as a field – government, academia and industry – and share knowledge, buy cheap cialis super force online data, tools and models to enhance our understanding of disease biology, identify new treatment targets, develop new diagnostics and improve outcomes for patients with disease.

I’ve been involved in neuroscience research for more than 18 years, first at the National Institutes of Health and now at J&J, and I have experienced firsthand the decline in federal and industry support and the fragmentation of research between industry and academia, both of which have slowed the pace of progress. Order eriacta in our online pharmacy without a prescription The science continues to be complicated and difficult, and navigating the road to solutions will require greater collaboration and cooperation. What is clear is that no single entity can get to the next great breakthrough working alone.

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December 1st, 2011

World AIDS Day, 2011: Our Commitment to Prevention, Detection, Education and Treatment

 

December 1st is World AIDS Day. With 2011 marking  30 years since the Centers for Disease Control made the first mention of the disease  that would come to be known HIV, this anniversary is especially poignant. Johnson & Johnson and our Family of Companies remain committed to the prevention, detection, education and treatment of HIV/AIDS, and I wanted to share with you some of those ongoing efforts.

In our commitment to HIV prevention, care and support, Johnson & Johnson’s Corporate Contributions group partners with organizations working both globally and locally in over 100 programs.  For example:

•    Employing HIV-positive mothers to mentor newly-diagnosed HIV-positive pregnant women in South Africa.
•    Enhancing the leadership and management skills of domestic AIDS Service Organizations to improve service delivery.
•    Teaching kids in Zimbabwe about HIV prevention through fun and engaging soccer drills. Linking HIV-positive individuals to care in China.
•    Using village savings and loan groups in Malawi as a forum to teach men and women about HIV/AIDS and health.
•    Supporting orphans and vulnerable children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS in communities around the world.

These are just a few of the innovative and meaningful domestic and global programs that Johnson & Johnson supports.

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November 11th, 2011

A Veteran’s Day Reflection on Mental Health

From Bill Weldon, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Johnson

Each Veterans Day, Americans take a collective pause to express our gratitude for those who so honorably serve in the Armed Forces. We say a silent thank you for all who sacrificed their lives in the cause of freedom, and applaud the heroism and bravery of returning veterans whose visible wounds often bear witness to their time on the front lines. But this Veterans Day, many of our young men and women in uniform are struggling with less visible wounds: traumatic injuries that don’t require a prosthetic or wheelchair – yet leave deep and lasting scars on the mind.

The challenge of treating and curing diseases and injuries to the brain is more critical than ever.  After nine years of frequent deployments, today’s combat veterans are increasingly suffering not only traumatic brain injuries but also the emotional and psychological wounds of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and other mental conditions including addiction, depression and suicide. A 2011 study of returning soldiers conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse found that one in five active duty and more than four in ten reserve soldiers had been diagnosed as needing mental health treatment.

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November 10th, 2011

Remembering Our Veterans

From Russell Clayton, Sourcing Manager—PLDP, Johnson & Johnson World Headquarters, Co-Chair, Veterans Leadership Council

Veterans Day holds a special place in my heart. For nine years, I served as a Captain in the United States Army, Corps of Engineers and participated in Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003.The diverse experiences I’ve had in the military have played a tremendous role in my life both personally and professionally. In the military, Order Cheapest Kamagra soft 100mg Without Prescription Sildenafil Citrate I learned not only about the value of discipline and teamwork in reaching a common goal, but also how to lead others. Today, as the co-chair of the Veterans Leadership Council (VLC), one of our affinity groups here at Johnson & Johnson, I can also say with great pride that Johnson & Johnson has a long legacy of serving and empowering its many employees who have served, and continue to serve in the military.

Johnson & Johnson employees volunteering through military service is a tradition that began in 1898 with the Spanish American War when two employees in the U.S. volunteered to serve in the military. One of those employees had just been hired at the Company, but felt it was his patriotic duty to serve his country, which the Company supported fully–even paying the employee’s salary while he served (today the Company pays the difference between the J&J and military salary).

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November 10th, 2011

Health and Economic Growth at APEC

From Clifford Holland, Corporate Vice President, Government Affairs and Public Policy, Johnson & Johnson

Today I begin my first day at the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit, which brings together more than 1,500 business and government leaders from the 21 APEC member economies.  The purpose of the summit is to facilitate economic cooperation and the development of frameworks for trade, investment and regulatory policy in the region. In this global economic climate, there is a sense of urgency as leaders from the APEC countries convene to discuss prospects for recovery and long-term sustainable economic growth. Collaboration among the APEC economies is vital to creating the business environments that fuel growth and innovation. I know that at Johnson & Johnson we share the concerns of these leaders, and look forward to working together to seek solutions.

This week’s meetings will, of course, focus on policies more conducive to business investment, such as those that reduce barriers to trade and level the competitive playing field. However, it is important to note that development in the APEC economies is also tightly linked to the state of a nation’s health, or more specifically, its people’s health

Restoring and sustaining growth requires policies that recognize the role of health care as the largest sector of the global – and APEC – economies, and a prime driver of growth.

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November 9th, 2011

Shedding Light on Driving in the Dark

From Gary Esterow, Senior Director, Public Relations, VISTAKON® Division of Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc.

On November 6, we turned our clocks back an hour in the United States. For those of us who drive, the end of Daylight Savings Time means more time driving in the dark.

We may not be conscious of it, but when we are behind the wheel, our eyes are constantly on the move – looking at cars ahead and to the side, reading traffic signs, and checking the rearview mirror.  Then our eyes shift to objects a bit closer such as the speedometer, global navigation system and the radio. When it’s dark, these tasks can become much more difficult for some drivers.

As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed little changes when I am driving in low-light conditions.  I notice that glare from headlights seems to bother me a bit more and I just get this feeling that my vision could be a bit sharper. I recently went for my annual eye exam and discussed this with my optometrist. A comprehensive eye exam confirmed that my eyes were healthy.  After he checked my vision, we agreed to try a slight change in my contact lens prescription to improve my distance vision.

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November 7th, 2011

Addressing Stroke Risk in Patients with Atrial Fibrillation

By Peter M. DiBattiste, M.D., Global Therapeutic Area Head, Cardiovascular and Metabolism, Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical Research & Development, L.L.C.

As a cardiologist and music lover, the heart’s constant and rhythmic beat has always been a passion of mine. I’m fascinated by the way that it speeds up when a person is exercising or excited, and the way it slows down during periods of rest.

Sometimes, though, the heart does not contract the way that it should. The beat can become very fast and irregular, in a condition known as atrial fibrillation. This is the most common cardiac rhythm disorder, affecting more than 2.2 million people in the United States, and may leave patients feeling weak, faint, and short of breath. Some patients may not feel any symptoms at all. The irregular heartbeat also leaves people with atrial fibrillation vulnerable to forming blood clots in the heart’s atria, which can potentially travel to the brain, resulting in a stroke.  

Patients with atrial fibrillation are at a five-fold increased risk for stroke compared with the general population. Recommended treatments are available to help reduce this risk of stroke, including medications that thin the blood to help prevent the formation of clots. Despite these recommendations, studies show that nearly half of patients with this condition do not receive appropriate medication.This is important to think about, because the results of stroke are potentially devastating, and take a serious physical, emotional, and financial toll on both the patients and their families.

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November 1st, 2011

Our Statement on Baby Shampoo Ingredients in the News

From Jay Kosminsky, Vice President, Worldwide Communication and Public Affairs, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company Division of Johnson & Johnson Consumer Companies, Inc.

Today a coalition of groups known as the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is issuing a report critical of some of the ingredients in JOHNSON’S® Baby products. The first and most important thing to know is that the products they mention are safe – up to our own high standards and approved by regulators in the U.S., EU, and China. Still, because we know that some consumers are concerned, we have made a number of changes to our product line over the past two years. You can read more about the actions we’ve taken on the JOHNSON’S® Baby site, by clicking here.

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