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Issue 05/2019

Health and environment at risk

Chemical plant fire highlights necessity of drastic safety measures in Ex areas, as advocated by IECEx

The incident at the Lubrizol chemical plant in Rouen, France, is a powerful reminder that the most drastic safety measures are a must in explosive (Ex) environments.

Issue 05/2019

Have you taken your medication today?

The safety of healthcare wearables starts with high-quality electronics, thanks to IECQ

As far back as 2003, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimated that only about 50% of patients with chronic diseases living in developed countries follow treatment recommendations with particularly low rates of adherence to therapies for asthma, diabetes, and hypertension. Why would patients eschew taking their medication? Health conditions, particularly in older people, may be a factor, but poor health literacy, cost of prescription medicine, lack of trust between patient and healthcare provider or simply forgetfulness may also play a role in non-adherence to medication.

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Issue 06/2018

How secure is your medical device?

Technology advances and the rising awareness of fitness are driving the smart medical devices industry

In 2007, when cautious doctors replaced a former US Vice President’s heart defibrillator, a battery-powered device placed under the skin to monitor heart rate, they modified it so it couldn't be hacked by terrorists, by having the manufacturer disable the wireless feature.

Issue 02/2018

A new era for solar PV

Technology cost reductions contribute to global growth of photovoltaic power applications

The International Energy Agency (IEA) Renewables 2017 Report highlights that new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity grew globally by 50% in 2016, reaching over 74 GW. It also notes the significant point that for the first time, solar PV additions rose faster than any other fuel, surpassing the net growth in coal.