PFIZER SEEKS TO EXPAND VACCINE BUSINESS BEYOND CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – CEO

Thu 25 March 2021: Pfizer seeks to expand its vaccines business and become a leader in gene-based technologies beyond its partnership with Germany’s BioNTech through which it delivered the coronavirus shots, Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday. Pfizer scientists have gained a decade’s worth of […]

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1 IN 3 COVID SURVIVORS SUFFER LONG-TERM HEALTH ISSUES: REVIEW

Mon 22 March 2021: At least one in three patients hospitalised with Covid-19 suffer long-term health issues including multiple organ problems and deteriorated mental health, according to a review of studies looking at the lasting impact of the disease. Published in the journal Nature Medicine on Monday, the review looked at the frequency of symptoms […]

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SAMRC TO CONDUCT SOUTH AFRICA’S FIRST GLOBAL TOBACCO ADULT SURVEY

Tue 16 March 2021: The South African Medical Research Council will soon implement the country’s first Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS). GATS is a global standard household survey aimed to enhance countries’ capacity to develop, implement, and monitor tobacco control interventions through systematic monitoring of adult tobacco use and tracking of key tobacco indicators. “The […]

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MULTILAYER MASKS MOST EFFECTIVE AT PREVENTING AEROSOL GENERATION: STUDY

Sat 06 March 2021: Multilayer masks are most effective at preventing aerosol generation, says a new study conducted by a team led by researchers at Bengaluru-based Indian Institute of Science (IISc). The study was carried out in collaboration with scientists in UC San Diego and University of Toronto Engineering. According to IISc, when a person […]

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OBESITY A DRIVING FACTOR IN COVID-19 DEATHS, GLOBAL REPORT FINDS

Sat 06 March 2021: The majority of global COVID-19 deaths have been in countries where many people are obese, with coronavirus fatality rates 10 times higher in nations where at least 50% of adults are overweight, a global study found on Thursday. The report, which described a “dramatic” correlation between countries’ COVID-19 death and obesity […]

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ANTIBODIES, VACCINES LESS EFFECTIVE AGAINST CORONAVIRUS VARIANTS: STUDY

Fri 05 March 2021: COVID-19 antibody-based drugs and vaccines developed so far may become less effective as new variants of the novel coronavirus spread widely, according to a new study. The research, published in the journal Nature Medicine, noted that the three fast-spreading variants of the coronavirus first reported in South Africa, the UK and […]

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FROM OUT OF THE BLUE COMES A BETTER BLADDER-CANCER DETECTOR

Thu 25 February 2021: Decades ago, blue lights helped shoppers scope out sales. Today they’re helping urologists scope out cells, specifically those of non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer. UW Medicine urologists with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance possess a mechanism that makes the tumors glow bright pink. All the better to see them.   “Seventy percent of bladder […]

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