The nation’s rocky economic ride following a collapse of the Soviet Union disrupted its research rubric and impoverished its healthcare system. Now, nevertheless, the country’s leadership is spearheading numerous initiatives to reverse the problem. One of these, the US-Russian Scientific Discussion board, established two years ago by a bilateral presidential commission, hopes to bring improvements by facilitating public-private study in biomedicine and innovative drugs. The Discussion board, which on the Russian aspect is definitely represented by the country’s Ministry of Social and Health Advancement and the Russian Academy of Sciences, among others, held its inaugural arranging meeting in late April in Moscow.Annals of Oncology. 2007; 18: 581-92. 7. Wilking N and Jonsson B. A Pan-European comparison regarding patient usage of cancer medicines. Karolinska Institute in collaboration with Stockholm College of Economics, Stockholm, Sweden, 2005.. Carter Schwartz: New proposed living wage could significantly impact UK care sector The new proposed living wage will have a damning effect on the care sector, forcing many independent operators out of business and departing a large number of people without support, says leading health insurance and social care management advisers Carter Schwartz. Adam Carter, controlling director at Carter Schwartz explains: Many care home operators already struggle to pay the minimal wage and continued regional funding cuts are putting higher stress on budgets and limiting resources.3bn by 2020, the introduction of the living wage will only exacerbate the problem.