Tuesday 9 February 2016

Brazil confirms Zika infection from blood transfusion

Brazilian health authorities confirmed on Thursday a case of transmission of Zika through a transfusion of blood from a donor who had been infected with the mosquito-borne virus that is spreading rapidly through the Americas. The health department of Campinas, an industrial city


Diabetes management, challenges in focus at Dubai event

The ever increasing challenges and recent advances in the management of diabetes will be discussed at an international event that began today (February 4) in Dubai, UAE.   The sixth Emirates Diabetes and Endocrine Congress (EDEC) will run till February 6 at the


Cancer alert over ‘common gastric complaints’

Common gastric complaints could be signs of cancer and should not be ignored, warned an expert. Almost 20 per cent of such cancers globally are detected incidentally, with no early symptoms, said Aster MedCity India’s surgical gastroenterologist and bariatric surgeon Dr Prasad Krishnan,


Zika virus panic rises after US sex link

The World Health Organization voiced concern on Wednesday over the reported sexual transmission of the Zika virus in Texas amid worries that such infections could make battling it even tougher. There is no vaccine or treatment for Zika. The virus, spreading quickly across the Ame


Indian company working on two Zika vaccines

Indian biotechnology company Bharat Biotech said on Wednesday it was working on two possible vaccines to fight the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects in thousands of babies in Brazil. The virus is spreading rapidly in the Americas, and WHO officials on Tuesday exp


Seven $1bn-plus drugs to hit market in 2016

Drug companies are likely to launch seven "blockbuster" drugs in 2016, each with $1 billion-plus annual sales potential, led by new treatments for liver disease and HIV, according to a Thomson Reuters analysis. The assessment means the pharmaceuticals industry is on tra


US reports first case of Zika virus transmission

The first known case of Zika virus transmission in the US was reported in the state of Texas on Tuesday by local health officials, who said it likely was contracted through sex and not a mosquito bite, a day after the World Health Organization declared an international public health emergency.


GCC is urged to be on Zika virus alert

Countries in the Gulf are being urged to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the Zika virus, which is believed to be specifically dangerous to infants. The alert has been issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO), despite no cases of the virus being reported in the region


Zika virus ‘no threat to Bahrain’

The Health Ministry has reassured citizens and residents in Bahrain that there is no risk of Zika viral outbreak in the country as it’s free of the “aedes aegypti” mosquito that carries the disease. Bahrain is in touch with relevant international and regional organisations f


WHO declares Zika a global health emergency

WHO Director-General Margaret Chan told reporters that coordinated international action was needed to improve detection and expedite work on a vaccine and better diagnostics for the disease, but said curbs on travel or trade were not necessary. Chan, whose agency was assailed as

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