MORE DEATHS, NO BENEFIT FROM MALARIA DRUG IN VA VIRUS STUDY

Wed 22 April 2020: (AFP) A malaria drug widely touted as a potential cure for COVID-19 showed no benefit against the disease over standard care — and was in fact associated with more deaths, the biggest study of its kind showed Tuesday. The US government funded analysis of how American military veterans fared on hydroxychloroquine […]

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NOVARTIS, FDA AGREE TO START TESTING HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE IN COVID-19 TREATMENT

Tue 21 April 2020: The Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis said Monday it has reached an agreement with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to proceed with a Phase III clinical trial of hydroxychloroquine in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 disease. “Trial is designed and implemented quickly to address the need for science-based investigation following early […]

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HOW IBN SINA’S WORK BECAME A GUIDING LIGHT FOR SCIENTISTS FACING CONTAGIONS

Sun 19 April 2020: As the coronavirus strangleholds the world, we look back in time, into Ibn Sina’s scientific discoveries. With expertise in many fields, from medicine and astronomy to mathematics and theology, Ibn Sina was a Muslim polymath and the father of early modern medicine. Also known as Avicenna in the West, he was […]

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DOCTOR’S NOTE: CORONAVIRUS AND HEART DISEASE

Fri 17 April 2020: Heart disease puts people at higher risk of complications from COVID-19, but the virus can also trigger heart problems. The link between cardiovascular (heart) disease and the COVID-19 virus is an interesting one because it is a double-edged sword. A significant proportion of the population has underlying cardiovascular disease or cardiac […]

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COVID-19 TO HAVE ‘PROFOUND’ MENTAL HEALTH FALLOUT

Thu 16 April 2020: (AFP) The coronavirus pandemic is likely to have a “profound and pervasive impact” on global mental health as billions struggle to cope with isolated living and anxiety spikes, experts warned Thursday. In a paper published in Lancet Psychiatry, a panel of 24 specialists call for more funding for research into the […]

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OMAN TO BAN SINGLE-USE PLASTIC BAGS FROM NEXT YEAR

Mon 16 March 2020: Oman will ban single-use plastic bags starting next year as part of efforts to reduce pollution and protect the environment, Muscat announced on Sunday.  “Companies and establishments are prohibited from using single-use plastic bags with the aim to protect the Omani environment,” the ministry of environment and climate affairs said in a statement.  It warned that […]

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WATCHES, RINGS AND LONG NAILS COULD RENDER SANITISERS USELESS AGAINST CORONAVIRUS: EXPERTS

Thu 12 March 2020: London: As deadly coronavirus continues to spread, people are being urged to regularly wash their hands. Soap and water is the best method for keeping them clean but many have stocked up on hand sanitizers while on-the-go. However, experts have warned that wearing a watch or rings could render alcohol rubs useless […]

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NESTLÉ TO REDUCE VIRGIN PLASTICS USE BY ONE THIRD

Wed 11 March 2020: Nestlé, a multinational food and drink processing conglomerate, has signed the European Plastics Pact reinforcing its commitment to reduce the use of virgin plastics by one third by 2025. The pact will also help Nestlé achieve 100% recyclable or reusable packaging, the company said.   The European Plastics Pact, initiated by […]

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AIR POLLUTION ‘PANDEMIC’ SHORTENS LIVES BY 3 YEARS: STUDY

Tue 03 March 2020: (AFP) A ‘pandemic’ of air pollution shortens lives worldwide by nearly three years on average, and causes 8.8 million premature deaths annually, scientists said Tuesday. Eliminating the toxic cocktail of molecules and lung-clogging particles cast off by burning oil, gas and coal would restore a full year of life expectancy, they […]

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