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Steps should be taken to save people from NCD: Experts

Strong measures including strengthening existing tobacco control law, should be taken to save lives of people of the country from the Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) in the country, experts said. Such recommendations have come from an august gathering of Member of Parliaments (MPs), economists, cultural figures, journalists and public health experts during a webinar titled “Covid-19 and the Need for Strong ...

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World failing people with dementia: WHO

Dementia, which robs people of their “memories, independence and dignity”, is on the rise worldwide but few countries are equipped to fight it, the World Health Organization (WHO) warned Thursday. In a report, the WHO said dementia, caused by a variety of diseases and injuries that affect the brain such as Alzheimer’s or stroke, affects more than 55 million people ...

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North Korea rejects offer of 3 million Sinovac vaccine

North Korea has rejected roughly three million COVID-19 vaccine doses of China’s Sinovac Biotech (SVA.O), saying they should be sent to severely affected countries, the UNICEF said on Wednesday. The isolated country’s public ministry pointed to the limited global supply for vaccines and continuing virus surges elsewhere, according to the UN children’s agency that manages the supply for the COVAX ...

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WHO monitoring new coronavirus variant named ‘Mu’

The World Health Organization has said it is monitoring a new coronavirus variant known as “Mu”, which was first identified in Colombia in January. Mu, known scientifically as B.1.621, has been classified as a “variant of interest”, the global health body said in its weekly pandemic bulletin. The WHO said the variant has mutations that indicate a risk of resistance ...

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Brazilian viper venom may become tool in fight against Covid-19: Study

Brazilian researchers have found that a molecule in the venom of a type of snake inhibited coronavirus reproduction in monkey cells, a possible first step toward a drug to combat the virus causing COVID-19. A study published in the scientific journal Molecules this month found that the molecule produced by the jararacussu pit viper inhibited the virus’s ability to multiply ...

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New Zealand reports 1st death linked to Pfizer COVID vaccine

New Zealand on Monday reported what authorities said was the country’s first recorded death linked to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. The information was released by the health ministry following a review by an independent COVID-19 vaccine safety monitoring board of the death of a woman after receiving the vaccine. The ministry’s statement did not give the woman’s age, reports Reuters. ...

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Japan detects more Moderna vaccine contamination

Japan’s Okinawa region suspended the use of Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine on Sunday after another contamination was spotted, the local government said, reports AFP. It comes a day after the Japanese health ministry said it was investigating the death of two men who received shots from tainted Moderna batches — though the cause of their death is unknown. The Okinawa prefecture, ...

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50% of patients still have issues after a year: Study

Around half of the patients hospitalised with Covid-19 in the Chinese city of Wuhan in 2020 had health problems including muscle fatigue, shortness of breath and depression 12 months after their discharge, a year-long study has found. Overall, their health was weaker a year after recovery compared to those who were not infected with the virus, a study published in ...

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Covid jab antibody immune response absent for some

Some patients with impaired immune systems have a low or absent antibody response after receiving two doses of Covid vaccine, a UK study has found. Experts do not yet know what that means for protection, but say booster shots are probably a good idea for certain immunosuppressed people. It includes those with vasculitis who are taking a strong medicine called ...

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Japan stops use of 1.63 million Moderna doses over contamination

Japan will halt the use of 1.63 million doses of Moderna’s Covid vaccine after reports of contamination in several vials, drugmaker Takeda and the health ministry said Thursday. Takeda, which is in charge of sales and distribution of the Moderna shot in Japan, said it had “received reports from several vaccination centres that foreign substances have been found inside unopened ...

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