Create/ Elizabeth Jameson

How does your artwork navigate the divide between science and art? My artwork lives at the intersection of science, art, and technology. Connecting these communities has given me so much joy and enabled me to challenge how so many people looking at disease from various perspectives see themselves, their work, and their community. I am…

How Female Consumership is Changing the Future of Cannabis

With increasing access to medical and recreational cannabis across the United States, the face of cannabis users is undergoing a rapid transformation. The notion of the traditional stoner is shrinking; Sean Penn's Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High or Brad Pitt's couch-bound character in True Romance are now only a microcosm of the…

Disrupting the 15 Billion Dollar Menstruation Industry

Menstruation.  Uncomfortable? That’s a common response. This widespread taboo has allowed the “feminine hygiene” industry to operate without governance or pressure to innovate for the last 85 years. The conversation, however, is opening up, and a revolution is beginning in an industry that has been stagnant for too long. Menstruating women were ostracized in biblical times.…

Shazi Visram on the Future of Food

It’s no surprise that Shazi Visram, founder of Happy Family brands, foresees a bright and healthy future for consumers. Happy Family is a leading baby food company devoted to providing families with nutritious and organic alternatives. While today’s food industry revolves around convenience, Shazi is hopeful that there will be shift toward focusing on health…

Patient Centricity: A Manifesto

Currently, in healthcare, the term “patient centricity” is commanding significant thought and attention. While this, by and large, is a good thing, it is by no means uncomplicated or without nuance. Tracking the phrase means coming to terms with its complicated history and contested deployment. In one sense, patient centricity is nothing if not a…

Madeline Stuart on the Future of Beauty Standards

At only 19 years old, Madeline Stuart is revolutionizing the modeling industry by challenging traditional beauty standards. Stuart aspires to change the way disability is perceived, not just by the beauty industry, but by the public in general. Stuart, who has Down syndrome wears her disability with pride, and in doing so, inspires other young women…

Women and Integrative Medicine

Integrative Medicine is the umbrella term used to describe a healthcare approach that incorporates a wide range of health modalities – including Ayurveda, manual therapies, Chinese medicine and acupuncture, anthroposophic medicine, herbal supplements, chiropractic, yoga, and holistic nutrition – into conventional biomedicine. Integrative medicine as a field arises from the frustrations of physicians who feel they…

Why Self-Care Makes for Better Caregivers

Caregivers come in all shapes and sizes – paid and unpaid, experienced and inexperienced, young and old – yet those who are family carers and who are put into the role due to unforeseen circumstances often go unnoticed and/or their efforts go undervalued. According to the 2015 AARP “Caregiving in the United States” Report, an estimated…

Redefining Value with Leo Innovation Lab and #trustpharma

This month, the eyeforpharma conference in Barcelona puts the spotlight on pharma companies that are breaking new ground in healthcare. One of these companies is LEO Pharma. MISC talked to Kristian Hart-Hansen, CEO of LEO Innovation Lab, to find out just how they are putting patients at the center of their solutions. Leaders from across…

5 Assumptions about Patient Centricity that are Leading you Astray

Those who have been paying close attention to developing trends in healthcare have undoubtedly heard of “patient centricity.” Though not without skepticism and ambiguity, the term has become a key focus and a driving ambition for articulating the future of healthcare as both an intellectual and actionable agenda. Intellectually, patient centricity is approached as a philosophy…

A Reason to Cross the Final Boundary of Skin: What Can Healthcare Learn From a Cyborg Professor?

Dr. Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics at The University of Reading, England, is a researcher and experimenter working at the limits of our tolerance for adapting our bodies and breeching the boundary of the skin. Initially trained as an engineer, Dr. Warwick has conducted research at the cutting edge of the integration of technology into…

The Necessity of Pleasure and Finding the Pleasure of Necessity

In times when the rights to freedom are becoming more nuanced, desire and health remain two apparently incompatible quests. Could the future hold opportunities to transform this dichotomy into an alliance of unexpected, valuable, and meaningful synergies? At first glance, desire and health may seem to be almost opposites. Desire is often seen as an uncontrollable, mostly emotional, and sometimes physical power. Health is mostly associated with the medical and mental state of the body, a consequence…