HIV SELF-TEST PRICES TO BE SLASHED IN HALF IN 135 COUNTRIES

Thu 29 April 2021: Poorer countries are set to see their access to HIV self-tests increase dramatically following a deal to slash prices in half and boost production, Unitaid said Wednesday. The international health agency said it had closed a deal with US-based global healthcare company Viatris that will see blood-based HIV self-tests made available […]

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BREAKTHROUGH AS SCIENTISTS FIND ‘MORE EFFECTIVE’ MALARIA VACCINE

Sat 24 April 2021: A potential new malaria vaccine has proved highly effective in a trial in babies in Africa, pointing to it one day possibly helping reduce the death toll from the mosquito-borne disease that kills up to half a million young children a year. The candidate vaccine, developed by scientists at Britain’s University […]

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MORE RISKS TO PREGNANT WOMEN, THEIR NEWBORNS FROM COVID-19 THAN KNOWN BEFORE – STUDY

Fri 23 April 2021: Researches at the UK’s University of Oxford have found that pregnant women and newborns face higher risks of health complications associated with COVID-19, according to a fresh study. “A study of more than 2,100 pregnant women across 18 countries worldwide has revealed that COVID-19 is associated with a higher risk of […]

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WHO CALLS FOR BAN ON SALE OF LIVE WILD ANIMALS IN FOOD MARKETS

Tue 13 April 2021: The World Health Organization on Tuesday called for a halt to the sale of live wild mammals in food markets to prevent the spread of disease. The statement comes after a WHO team visited Wuhan in China to investigate the origins of COVID-19. The most likely scenario is that the virus originated […]

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HOW THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IS AFFECTING MENTAL HEALTH

Sat 27 March 2021: The World Health Organization has warned the coronavirus pandemic could have a years-long effect on mental health. In the year since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the coronavirus a pandemic, billions of lives around the world have been upended. Experts have warned of the mental health toll amid an increase […]

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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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GLOBAL RECYCLING DAY-18 MARCH: REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE

Thu 18 March 2021: Today is Global Recycling Day. The day assumes even more significance amid the pandemic as recycling items has taken a big hit and people are using more disposable things for safety. According to a report in news agency Reuters, “From Wuhan to New York, demand for face shields, gloves, takeaway food containers and bubble […]

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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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