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How remdesivir can save lives in nations with lower hospital capacity

New York – Amid news that the US has bought up virtually the entire global supply of remdesivir, a new study outlines how the drug could save lives in countries with a lower hospital capacity, such as South Africa, where Covid-19 is beginning to overwhelm intensive care units (ICUs). The …

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FDA issues emergency use authorization for COVID-19 antigen diagnostic test

Washington – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) for a COVID-19 antigen diagnostic test, the Becton Dickinson Veritor System for Rapid Detection of SARS-CoV-2. This is the second antigen test the FDA has authorized for the detection of SARS-CoV-2 antigens, reports Xinhua …

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US FDA commissioner refuses to offer Covid-19 vaccine timing

Washington – Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Stephen Hahn on Sunday refused to offer a timeline for COVID-19 vaccine, which U.S. President Donald Trump suggested could be available “long before the end of the year. I can’t predict when a vaccine will be available,” Hahn told …

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This ”human chip” may speed up screening of Covid-19 drug candidate

New York – In a fight against novel coronavirus, researchers have developed a human cell ”membrane on a chip” that allows continuous monitoring of how drugs and infectious agents interact with our cells. It may soon be used to test potential drug candidates for Covid-19. The study, published in the …

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US secures almost entire world stock of Covid-19 drug remdesivir

New York – The Donald Trump administration has secured nearly the entire world stock of antiviral drug remdesivir from US-based Gilead Sciences for the next three months, leaving hardly any stock of the key Covid-19 drug for the rest of the world. As a result of an agreement with the …

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Staring at deep-red light may improve declining eyesight

LONDON – Researchers have found that staring at a deep-red light for three minutes a day can significantly improve declining eyesight. The study could signal the dawn of new affordable home-based eye therapies, helping millions of people globally with naturally declining vision. “Our study shows that it is possible to …

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New eye drops to prevent common cause of blindness

New York – Researchers have developed eye drops that could prevent vision loss after retinal vein occlusion, a major cause of blindness for millions of adults worldwide. Published in the journal ”Nature Communications”, the study suggests that the experimental therapy — which targets a common cause of neurodegeneration and vascular …

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Excessive sugar intake linked to larger fat deposits around heart

New York – Want to stay healthy? Eating too much sugar won’t help as researchers have found that sugar consumption is linked with larger fat deposits around the heart and in the abdomen, which are risky for health. “When we consume too much sugar the excess is converted to fat …

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Chinese Covid-19 vaccine approved for military use

Beijing – China’s military has received approval for using a Covid-19 vaccine jointly developed by its research unit and CanSino Biologics Inc. The approval for the Recombinant Novel Coronavirus Vaccine (Ad5-nCoV) was granted by HealthBureau of the Logistics Support Department of China’s Central Military Commission on June 25, for one …

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Statin therapy linked to lower death rate in corona patients

Beijing – Using cholesterol-lowering drugs called statins is associated with a lower death rate in patients hospitalised with COVID-19, according to a large-scale study. The research, published in the journal Cell Metabolism, also showed that mortality risk and other negative outcomes were not increased by combination therapy consisting of statins …

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