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Successful, long-term results reported for experimental asthma vaccine

May 18, 2021

A unique asthma vaccine has been developed that is able to generate antibodies against the inflammatory molecules known to cause severe asthma. Researchers from French-based Inserm, Institut Pasteur and Neovacs, who tested the vaccine in animal models, report a high level of antibodies in the subjects; the neutralising antibodies were still present even one year […]

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Experimental new vaccine blocks COVID-19 and other coronavirus variants

May 11, 2021

A pan-coronavirus vaccine developed by members of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI), from the Duke University School of Nursing, NC, has proven effective in protecting monkeys and mice from a variety of coronavirus infections such as SARS-CoV-2, the original SARS-CoV-1 and related bat coronaviruses. Its success in primates is highly relevant to humans and […]

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Drug found to increase mouth salivation

May 3, 2021

Chronic mouth dryness caused by inflammation of the salivary glands is a condition that can negatively affect a person’s general health, the health of their teeth and gums, and their ability to taste, chew and swallow food. It can be caused by various medical conditions, treatment regimes and medications, or may simply occur as part […]

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Repurposed dietary supplement tackles schizophrenia in mice

April 25, 2021

Scientists at the University of Tokyo, Japan, have chanced upon a dietary supplement that appears to treat mice with a genetic mutation that causes schizophrenia. The drug known as betaine – originally intended to treat those with an inherited metabolic disease called homocystinuria – works by safeguarding the construction of the cellular skeleton of neurons […]

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Experimental oral pills auto-release insulin as needed

April 12, 2021

People with diabetes can manage their condition with daily subcutaneous injections, but they can be difficult to administer and unpleasant. Researchers from New York University Abu Dhabi (NYU Abu Dhabi) have developed novel insulin capsules that can survive the trip through the stomach to the bloodstream, and only release their payload when glucose levels are […]

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Johnson & Johnson’s new single-shot COVID-19 vaccine approved in the US

March 1, 2021

The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine – developed by pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson (J&J) – has been approved for emergency use authorisation (EUA) by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Unlike the first two mRNA-based COVID-19 vaccines approved for use, by Pfizer and Moderna respectively, the Janssen vaccine is proven effective after only a single […]

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Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine now stable at warmer temperatures

February 23, 2021

The mRNA COVID-19 vaccine developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech late last year was advised to be kept at ultra-cold temperatures to prevent degradation – the ultra-cold storage requirement has inevitably been a difficult and expensive problem to overcome in many parts of the world. However, new company data from Pfizer suggests its vaccine […]

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First shipment of COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Malaysia

February 22, 2021

The first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19  vaccine arrived in Malaysia on Sunday – 312,390 doses that were flown to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang are part of a total of 32 million doses Malaysia is procuring from US pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc to battle the pandemic. The next batch is scheduled to […]

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Cheap lice drug claims potential treatment vs Covid-19

January 20, 2021

For as low as £1.50 per treatment, this lice treatment drug  may be used to  help Covid-19 patients, according to a Dr Andrew Hill, who led the research on the potential of Ivermectin in treating Covid-19 patients. Ivermectin was discovered in the 1970s and has fast become an essential medicine for a vast number of parasitic infections, […]

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Malaysian pharma firm to manufacture Sinovac vaccine by March

January 13, 2021

Malaysia’s largest integrated pharmaceutical company, Phamaniaga Bhd is manufacturing two million doses/month of  Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine starting this March. The deal between the two companies is for the supply of 14 million doses of the vaccine  to be carried out for fill and finish activity. According to Pharmaniaga’s Managing Director Datuk Zulkarnain Md Eusope, the vaccine […]

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