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Phl OK’s use of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine; detects first new virus variant case in Manila

January 15, 2021

The Philippines has given the green light to Pfizer BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use. According to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director-General Eric Domingo, the authorization was granted after a thorough review of currently available data by medical and regulatory experts.   The Pfizer BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, which based on Phase III trials data, has […]

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U of T researchers develop reusable, sustainable surgical mask

January 6, 2021

Researchers from the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine are developing sustainable personal protective equipment (PPE) under the initiative, the ROSE (Re-useable Open-Source Equipment) Project, helmed by  Associate Professor Denyse Richardson; and Lecturer, Reena Kilian. They worked with textile engineer, an architect, sewing experts, a knowledge translation expert and a medical student to develop a reusable […]

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Glowing liquid bandage monitors oxygen levels in transplanted tissue

December 28, 2020

Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), US, may have found a way around using wired oximeters to monitor tissue oxygenation: a liquid bandage that glows in response to the levels of oxygen in the tissue. A camera with a flash is used to excite the phosphorescent materials in the liquid bandage, which glows from red […]

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First coronavirus outbreak reported in Antarctica

December 27, 2020

The coronavirus has finally reached Antarctica,the last continent previously free from COVID-19. Chile’s armed forces have reported an outbreak among staff at a remote research station near the tip of a peninsula in northernmost Antarctica, including 26 army personnel and 10 civilian contractors conducting maintenance at the base. Research and military stations in Antarctica are […]

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India health minister: Don’t panic over new UK coronavirus strain

December 22, 2020

An Indian health minister has advised against panicking over a new virulent strain of the coronavirus which was recently identified in Britain. India, which has the second-highest number of cases after the US, does not currently mandate institutional quarantine for international travellers if they have a negative COVID-19 test result 72 hours before entering India.However, […]

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Japan’s domestic travel campaign linked to increased COVID-19 symptoms

December 10, 2020

There is a higher incidence of COVID-19 symptoms among Japanese who have participated in a domestic travel campaign promoted by the government, according to researchers from the University of Tokyo and the University of California, Los Angeles, US. Researchers and health experts suggest the travel campaign backed by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga is contributing to […]

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Almost 40% of Americans still plan to gather despite the coronavirus

December 4, 2020

According to data from the Coronavirus Resource Center, Johns Hopkins University, the US has recorded over 14 million coronavirus cases since the pandemic started early this year. The US is also the fastest country to have added new cases each day – this has not stopped Americans from planning large-scale gatherings over the holiday season. […]

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Longing for social contact akin to hunger cravings, scientists find

November 25, 2020

A lonely person looking upon people having fun together activates the same brain region that lights up when someone who is hungry sees a picture of a plate of food, according to neuroscientists from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US. Their findings provide a clue as to how social stress or social isolation affects people’s […]

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Malaysian cancer patients stand to receive better care with new NCSM partnership

November 5, 2020

A new cooperation agreement, announced by healthcare access company Axios International (Axios) and the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) will see better support for oncology (cancer) patients through improved diagnosis of the disease, access to treatment and patient adherence. Centered on a holistic approach, the agreement will address difficulties faced by patients: starting from disease […]

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Japanese residents to get COVID-19 vaccines free of charge

October 30, 2020

The Japanese government has approved a bill this past week to cover all costs to administer COVID-19 vaccination to all residents in Japan, in line with Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s pledge to secure novel coronavirus vaccines for everyone in the country within the first half of next year. The new bill further approves of compensation […]

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