Next big COVID-19 treatment may be manufactured antibodies

As the world awaits a COVID-19 vaccine, the next big advance in battling the pandemic could come from a class of biotech therapies widely used against cancer and other disorders - antibodies designed specifically to attack this new virus.  FILE PHOTO: A Lab technician works at Sorrento T


Trials for phase III of coronavirus vaccine starts in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi’s health authority SEHA initiated Phase III clinical trials for an inactivated coronavirus vaccine, state news agency WAM reported.The trials are being conducted by Sinopharm’s China National Biotec Group in alliance with the Abu Dhabi government and artificial intelligence com


UK scientists: COVID-19 may be ‘here forever’

Senior British scientists have warned that COVID-19 may be “here forever,” despite unprecedented global spending and efforts to develop vaccines and antibody cures for it.Prof. Sir John Bell, regius chair of medicine at Oxford University, made the warning at a meeting with UK politicians


UK vaccine frontrunner could be available in first half of 2021

A leading British scientist has said a Covid-19 vaccine could be rolled out across the country as early as the first half of next year. Professor Robin Shattock leads the team working on Imperial College London’s vaccine, one of the UK’s two most promising research programs. He told Sky


Oxford University has seen ‘right sort of immune response’ in potential COVID-19 vaccine trial

A leading scientist behind the University of Oxford’s potential COVID-19 vaccine said on Wednesday the team has seen the right sort of immune response in trials, which have entered the Phase III clinical stage.Speaking at a parliamentary hearing, Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at the


China Approves Potential Coronavirus Vaccine

A potential coronavirus vaccine, Ad5-nCoV has been granted limited approval in China. The vaccine was jointly produced by Chinese biopharmaceutical firm CanSino Biologics Inc and Institute of Biotechnology under the Academy of Military Medical Sciences. The drug has received approval for a year an


In-home antibody test shows promise; recovering surgery patients at risk from coronavirus

The following is a brief roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. In-home COVID-19 antibody test shows high accuracy A small study of a COVID-19 antibody test that can be don


Voodoo leaders in Haiti concoct ‘secret remedy’ for COVID-19

Haiti’s voodoo leaders have trained priests of the Afro Caribbean religion to concoct a secret remedy for the novel coronavirus and to prepare the sacred initiation chambers of their temples to receive patients. In Haiti, where Western healthcare services are scarce and too expensive for many


Gilead to work with partners to ramp up production of potential coronavirus treatment

Gilead Sciences Inc, maker of the closely-watched experimental coronavirus drug remdesivir, on Thursday said it will work with international partners to expand production of the potential COVID-19 treatment.The company said it still expects to have more than one million remdesivir treatment courses


Coronavirus treatment: What drugs could work and when can we get them?

To fight the new coronavirus, researchers are investigating more than 60 drugs, including remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine and brand new ones. Here’s a breakdown of progress so farEYES tight with worry above white surgical masks, more than 300 people slowly boarded the waiting 747 cargo plane


Medication fog can mimic or worsen dementia in the elderly

Claire Dinneen’s daughters thought that worsening dementia was causing her growing confusion, but her doctor suspected something else. Dr. Pei Chen asked them to round up medicines in the 89-year-old woman’s home and they returned with a huge haul. There were 28 drugs ordered by various


Saudi Arabian entrepreneur creates smart device to fight opioid crisis

Joanne Serrieh A 24-year-old Saudi Arabian entrepreneur has created a smart pill dispenser to help save lives amid an ongoing opioid crisis that has hit hard the US and various countries over the past 10 years. Yossuf Albanawi worked part-time at a rehab center, while a student at Wake Forest Univ


South Africa to launch advanced new HIV drug

Johannesburg - South Africa on Wednesday 11-27-2019 said it was introducing an affordable, cutting-edge drug to fight HIV in the country with the largest number of people living with the AIDS-causing virus. Hailing the new anti-retroviral drug as “the fastest way to reduce HIV viral load&rdqu


How do antidepressants affect intestinal bacteria?

By Leonard Manson  A new study reported by Medical News lists a number of bacteria associated with certain substances that interact with the nervous system and affect the likelihood of developing depression.   Recent studies support the role of intestinal microbiota on psychiatric sta


Xanax is being recalled in the U.S. over possible contaminant — is it still safe to take it?

Rachel Grumman Bender    The popular anti-anxiety prescription drug Xanax is being recalled over the “potential presence” of a “foreign substance,” according to a statement by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Mylan Pharmaceuticals has issued a nationwide re


Opioid crisis: Aberration, or logical outgrowth of for-profit US healthcare system?

By Helen Buyniski    Four major drug companies have reached a partial settlement over their role in the opioid epidemic, dodging a federal trial. The drug plague is less of an accident than an inevitable consequence of a for-profit healthcare system.US drug distributors AmerisourceBergen


The Conversation : This overdose-reversal medicine could reduce opioid deaths – so why don’t more people carry it?

Prodita Sabarini Forty-seven thousand Americans died of opioid-related overdoses in 2017 – similar to the number of deaths from car accidents and gun violence. That number could have been much lower had more people received naloxone, a medication that reverses opioid-related overdose. Nalox


Avoid daily aspirin unless your doctor prescribes it, new guidelines advise

For decades, a daily dose of aspirin was considered an easy way to prevent a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular event. Then came a string of recent studies challenging that assumption. With this latest research in mind, a new set of guidelines to help people stay heart-healthy is advising





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