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Worst meningitis outbreak in Nigeria since 2009 kills at least 140 people

March 29, 2017
Worst meningitis outbreak in Nigeria since 2009 kills at least 140 people

A recent outbreak of meningitis in several states of Nigeria has killed at least 140 people, making it the worst outbreak of the disease since 2009 when it killed 156 people, according to officials. Meningitis causes an acute inflammation of the outer layers of the brain and spinal cord. The disease has been reported over [...]

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Survey helped FDI World Dental Federation bust dental health myths

March 27, 2017
Survey helped FDI World Dental Federation bust dental health myths

An international survey conducted in 12 countries helped the FDI World Dental Federation bust the myths about what people around the world believe to be good oral health practices. The results from the survey, conducted by YouGov on behalf of FDI, exposed a significant gap between what people believe to be good oral health practices [...]

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Rare blood disorder adult patient first to be cured using stem cell transplant

March 22, 2017
Rare blood disorder adult patient first to be cured using stem cell transplant

A patient suffering from a rare blood disorder became the first one to be cured of the disease using a stem cell transplant technique that avoids the use of high-dose chemotherapy and radiation. Physicians at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System in the US were able to document the process. David Levy, [...]

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Worst bird flu outbreak in China since 2009 records 161 deaths since October

March 13, 2017
Worst bird flu outbreak in China since 2009 records 161 deaths since October

Another 61 fatalities and 160 human infection cases from the H7N9 bird flu virus have been reported in China this February, bringing the total the death toll in this winter’s outbreaks to 161 since October. The Chinese government said that this outbreak’s figures are much higher than in previous years. While the total for last [...]

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Singapore to invest S$24mn to fill 9,000 needed jobs in healthcare sector

March 10, 2017
Singapore to invest S$24mn to fill 9,000 needed jobs in healthcare sector

Singapore is investing S$24 million in various schemes to attract and encourage more citizens to take up jobs in the healthcare sector and fill the country’s need for 9,000 healthcare workers over the next three years, according to its Ministry of Health (MOH). Among the 9,000 additional staff needed, about half are Professional, Manager, Executive [...]

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US CDC expresses concern on sudden spread of H7N9 bird flu in China

March 6, 2017
US CDC expresses concern on sudden spread of H7N9 bird flu in China

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the sudden spread of the H7N9 bird flu in China is a “cause for concern”, infecting 460 people in the country. US CDC flu expert Dr. Tim Uyeki said it is by far the largest epidemic wave since 2013. The US CDC has been working [...]

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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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