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South Korea’s COVID-19 response provides valuable insight

August 12, 2020

South Korea started its control and prevention measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak fairly quickly. This vigilance has allowed South Korea to manage the coronavirus situation without paralysing its national health and economic systems. Researcher Jongeun You of the University of Colorado, US, has reviewed South Korea’s public health policy to learn how it […]

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Japan’s cultural strengths not enough to keep increasing coronavirus infections at bay

August 5, 2020

Much can be learned from Japan in how it handled the initial coronavirus outbreak in the country, such as the widespread use of face masks and its culture of hygiene. Then, Japan pushed for the economy too quickly, encouraging domestic events and travel. Japan is now unfortunately facing another ugly outbreak, with no clear end […]

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Aside from explosive devices, trained sniffer dogs can also detect coronavirus

July 30, 2020

Sniffer dogs, with little training, are capable of identifying positive samples of the novel coronavirus with up to 94% accuracy. A research team from the University of Hannover, Germany, who looked into the incredible sensitivity of dogs’ noses, hope that sniffer dogs can become a powerful screening tool in public spaces to help slow the […]

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Older adults show better emotional resilience, coping strategy during pandemic

July 28, 2020

Older adults were more emotionally resilient while younger adults were at greater risk for loneliness and psychological distress during the COVID-19 pandemic, so suggests a new study by the University of British Columbia (UBC), Canada. It upends previous misconception that older adults may face greater mental health challenges during this troubled time. Graduate student at […]

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Digital edition of CAREhab postponed to later date in July 2020

July 1, 2020

The digital edition of Asia’s annual healthcare platform CAREhab 2020 and conference element 6th Singapore Rehabilitation Conference, previously announced to take place live via the CAREhab GO platform from 10-11 July 2020, has been postponed due to the Singapore general elections. The live virtual edition of CAREhab – Singapore Rehabilitation Conference 2020 will now be held […]

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Philippines DOH warns public against “steam inhalation” to prevent COVID-19

June 29, 2020

The Department of Health (DOH) in the Philippines recently cautioned against the practice of “tuob” or steam inhalation with salt, lemon, and other ingredients,to prevent COVID-19 infection. Steam inhalation purportedly kills SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the deadly coronavirus disease. DOH Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said there is no scientific evidence proving that inhalation of […]

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Living environment can control men’s testosterone development, UK study finds

June 10, 2020

A study led by Durham University, UK, suggests that testosterone levels are heavily influenced by a man’s childhood environment – men who grow up in more challenging conditions are likely to have lower testosterone levels in later life than those who spend their childhood in healthier environments.The study found that Bangladeshi men who grew up […]

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New Ebola outbreak in Congo amid coronavirus relief spurs panic, concern

June 3, 2020

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have just announced that a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease is occurring in its northwestern port city of Mbandaka – of the six detected Ebola cases, four have died and two are alive and under care. Increasing surveillance activities are expected to identify more people with the […]

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Japan may lift coronavirus emergency ban earlier than expected

May 27, 2020

As the number of new coronavirus cases continues to decline in Japan, its government is likely to lift the state of emergency ban currently in place in Tokyo, Hokkaido, and nearby prefectures, by the end of May 2020. The emergency has already ended in 42 of the country’s 47 prefectures – Prime Minister Shinzo Abe […]

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Medical Fair Asia postponed to December

May 5, 2020

With the ongoing onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic globally, the Singapore-held 13th edition of Medical Fair Asia, originally scheduled for 9-11 September 2020, will be postponed to the last quarter of the year from 9-11 December 2020. Rescheduling the trade fair was necessary in view of the continuing fight against Covid-19 which includes ongoing travel […]

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