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China approves four H7N9 bird flu vaccines for clinical trials

February 22, 2017
China approves four H7N9 bird flu vaccines for clinical trials

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), the country’s top drug regulator, has recently approved four kinds of vaccines for the H7N9 strain of bird flu virus to proceed to clinical trials, according to the Beijing Food and Drug Administration. The CFDA will continue to provide assistance and guidance for clinical trials of the vaccines [...]

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Shortage of health professionals in the Philippines, a growing concern

February 21, 2017
Shortage of health professionals in the Philippines, a growing concern

FOR the Philippines, at the heels of its well performing economy and a GDP anticipated to hit 6.9% this year, it can be quite perplexing to hear that it is at a crux of healthcare crisis due to a deficit of health professionals in the local healthcare system. Experts at the recently concluded Healthcare Asia [...]

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Scientists uncover how Zika virus causes microcephaly

February 20, 2017
Scientists uncover how Zika virus causes microcephaly

After being a major health concern worldwide in the past two years, the mechanisms behind how the Zika virus alters brain development in babies and causes microcephaly have been uncovered by a multidisciplinary team from The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in the US. There are currently 70 countries and territories reporting active Zika [...]

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South Korea eyes local foot-and-mouth vaccine manufacturing plant by 2020

February 20, 2017
South Korea eyes local foot-and-mouth vaccine manufacturing plant by 2020

As part of its efforts to combat the outbreak of the contagious viral animal illness, foot-and-mouth disease, it is planning to set up a manufacturing plant to locally produce vaccines by 2020. Asia’s fourth-largest economy currently relies on imported vaccines from manufacturers such as animal health business Merial to regularly inoculate its livestock and to [...]

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US healthcare costs, spending expected to grow over next decade

February 17, 2017
US healthcare costs, spending expected to grow over next decade

Overall growth of healthcare spending in the US is expected to outpace the growth of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) as the cost of medical care in the country is also forecasted to grow at a faster rate over the next decade, according to the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The [...]

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Brazilian peppertree berries could pave the way in ‘disarming’ superbugs

February 13, 2017
Brazilian peppertree berries could pave the way in ‘disarming’ superbugs

A noxious weed that is considered as one of the worst pest plants in the state of Florida in the US may hold the key to fighting the antimicrobial resistant “superbugs”, according to researchers. The red berries of the Brazilian peppertree make a compound that is able to disarm methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the team [...]

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South Korea to import 4.8 million doses of foot-and-mouth disease vaccine

February 13, 2017
South Korea to import 4.8 million doses of foot-and-mouth disease vaccine

In an effort to prevent further spread of the viral foot-and-mouth disease in South Korea, the country will import 4.8 million doses of vaccine against the disease by the end of the month. Six cases of foot-and-mouth have been found in the latest outbreak since the first case was confirmed a week ago.  As of [...]

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WHO urges early cancer diagnosis, treatment to increase survival rate

February 6, 2017
WHO urges early cancer diagnosis, treatment to increase survival rate

The World Health Organization (WHO) wants to step up the efforts in diagnosing and treating cancer to increase the chances of survival of patients. Late diagnosis of the disease, the WHO said, leads to millions of people enduring needless suffering and premature death. WHO said in a recent report that it wanted to improve chances [...]

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Lychee found to be the cause of death of hundreds of children in Indian town

February 3, 2017
Lychee found to be the cause of death of hundreds of children in Indian town

Researchers from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and India’s National Centre for Disease Control said they have found that eating lychees, locally known as litchi, on an empty stomach was the reason behind a mysterious illness that caused the deaths of hundreds of children in the town of Muzaffarpur in Bihar, [...]

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Japan set to make Tokyo smoke-free for the 2020 Summer Olympics

February 1, 2017
Japan set to make Tokyo smoke-free for the 2020 Summer Olympics

As the host of the upcoming 2020 Summer Olympics, Japan is set on making the public places in its capital city of Tokyo smoke-free in accordance to International Olympic Committee (IOC) rules that call for a healthy games. According to Japanese Health Minister Yasuhisa Shiozaki, the government is eager to ban smoking in public by [...]

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