Tag: COVID-19

Two doses of Sinovac vaccine found insufficient against coronavirus variant

December 16, 2021

The Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine will remain as part of Singapore’s national vaccination programme as a three-dose regime, inspite of recent findings by the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) and the Ministry of Health (MOH). The joint study has found that people who received two doses of the Sinovac-CoronaVac vaccine have lower protection against severe […]

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Intranasal vaccination more effective against respiratory viruses, study finds

December 15, 2021

New preclinical research at Yale University suggests intranasal vaccines (delivered through the nose) may generate stronger immunity against air-borne viruses compared to more conventional injection-delivered vaccines. Not only is an inhalable nasal spray a much easier vaccine delivery system to administer but may even promote immunity against more than just the single viral strain in […]

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New ear sensor safely monitors COVID-19 patients at home

October 18, 2021

Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are harnessing the power of telemedicine for continuous and remote monitoring of COVID-19 patients. They have designed an in-ear sensor that measures vital indicators of patients at considerable risk of severe disease: these patients will be evaluated by a team of doctors at a telemedicine centre for […]

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Moderately ill COVID-19 patients at risk developing of dangerous blood clots

October 12, 2021

COVID-19 patients who were not critically ill have been found to develop a life-threatening blood clot, or a venous thromboembolism (VTE), according to a European study. Despite coming into hospital emergency rooms with mild or moderate COVID-19, patients were noted to have developed VTE after only four weeks – 1 of every 200 mildly ill […]

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Adjusting to the new “normal” after lockdown

October 12, 2021

Countries are slowly easing lockdown regulations as COVID-19 becomes endemic and many people will soon go back to their normal lives – but what constitutes “normal” after nearly two years of isolation and lockdown routines? Associate Professor Kristin Naragon-Gainey from the University of Western Australia expects people to be more stressed and anxious as they […]

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New, rare nanomaterial fabric effective against COVID-19 and other threats

October 12, 2021

Researchers have developed a type of material that can protect its wearer from various biological and chemical threats, including the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. Developed by a team from Northwestern University in Illinois, US, the rare nanomaterial i.e., metal-organic framework (MOF)/fibre composite that can deactivate all kinds of toxic agents and be restored and reused after […]

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Experimental pill for home treatment of COVID-19 passes clinical trials

October 4, 2021

An investigational oral antiviral treatment for SARS-CoV-2 has been shown to significantly reduce a person’s risk of hospitalisation or death from COVID-19, according to clinical trials conducted by pharmaceutical giant Merck, referred to as MSD outside of the US and Canada. The oral drug known as molnupiravir, which works by inhibiting the replication of SARS-CoV-2, […]

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COVID-19 vaccination safe for mothers-to-be, says Malaysian fertility specialist

October 1, 2021

Amid a robust COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia, there are still people who are wary of the vaccine, pregnant mothers and those trying to conceive included. Dr. Sumithra Devi Valiapan, fertility specialist at Kuala Lumpur-based Sunfert International Fertility Centre (Sunfert), citing multinational safety data on COVID-19 vaccination in pregnant women, said vaccination is the best […]

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COVID-19 and its impact on cancer care in Asia Pacific?

September 30, 2021

Cancer patients are a high-priority group vulnerable to severe complications and even death from an unsuspecting COVID-19 infection, no thanks to their compromised immunity from cancer itself. Despite the fear and anxiety surrounding COVID-19 – the incidence of which is thankfully under control in parts of the world, after nearly two years – healthcare professionals […]

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3D-printed origami technology under development for improved pandemic treatment

September 28, 2021

Technology replicating the distinctive folding of Japanese origami craft is under development to help in the fight against COVID-19, as well as ease healthcare costs and delivery. Currently, researchers at Canada’s Simon Fraser University (SFU) Additive Manufacturing Lab are working on a novel mechanical ventilator system that is purported to assist a person’s breathing by […]

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