Immunization in Ghana under immense threat says NGO Health Consortium

GHANA – An NGO Consortium in health made up of Socio Serve-Ghana, Ghana Registered Midwives Association (GRMA) and the West Africa AIDS Foundation (WAAF), with Hope for Future Generations (HFFG) as the lead, said immunization in Ghana is under threat due to dwindling donor funding. In leu of this, the government has been advised to increase the overall health financing budget with a keen look into immunization allocations to sustain operations and more importantly to safeguard the lives of children across the nation. The consortium met to document successes and…

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Cognitive clock emerges as a revolutionary technique to monitor brain health

U.S. – Researchers from the Rush University Medical Center have developed a novel method to monitor the brain health of patients to improve the early diagnosis and treatment of certain diseases including Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.  This “cognitive clock,” which is the term that has been coined for this new screening technique, involves measuring an individual’s cognitive age, rather than their chronological age, to assess the patient’s risk of poor health outcomes. Pathological factors bear more weight on development of neurological diseases than a person’s chronological age. However much, aging…

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Moderna seeks full FDA approval for its Covid vaccine in a bid to reinforce fight against Covid-19

U.S – Moderna has applied for full approval of its Covid vaccine, a move that will see the drug maker attain rights to market the shots directly to consumers. The Moderna vaccine was granted emergency use approval by the FDA in December. The application by Moderna follows Pfizer’s application to have their vaccine granted a biologics license for use in people 16 and older in the U.S. Emergency use approval gives conditional approval based on two months of safety data whereas a biologics license application or a request for full…

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CARITEC® to be sold in India following a licensing agreement between Sun Pharma and Ferring Pharmaceuticals

INDIA – Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Limited today announced that one of its wholly owned subsidiaries has entered into a license agreement with Ferring Pharmaceuticals Pvt. Ltd. (Ferring), a subsidiary of Switzerland-based biopharmaceuticals MNC Ferring Pharmaceuticals, to commercialize a Room Temperature Stable (RTS) formulation of obstetric drug, CARITEC® (Carbetocin RTS) in India. CARITEC ® is an innovative obstetric drug for preventing post-partum hemorrhage. It is a Room Temperature Stable (RTS) formulation of Carbetocin and addresses limitations in refrigeration and cold-chain transportation CARITEC® is indicated for the prevention of excessive bleeding in…

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WHO renames covid-19 strains using letters in the Greek alphabet

SWITZERLAND – The World Health Organisation (WHO) has introduced a new system based on the letters of the Greek alphabet to name coronavirus variants in a bid to do away with labels associated with countries, places or people. The United Kingdom variant, called by scientists B.1.1.7, will now be Alpha. B.1.351, the South Africa variant, will now be Beta and the B.1.617.2 variant discovered in India will now be known as Delta. The variant first discovered in India has caused alarm around the world after being blamed for an unrelenting…

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Adenia acquires Africa Biosystems Limited to expand operations in East Africa

KENYA – Adenia Partners, a private markets investment firm committed to responsible investing and a sustainable Africa, has announced the complete acquisition of Africa Biosystems Limited (ABL). ABL is a distributor of state-of-the-art life sciences equipment and consumables for Eastern African markets. The company, which has been in operation for the past 22 years, has supplied various equipment used to conduct research and diagnosis. Their equipment which is used by government, non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, and the private sector sweeps across animal, human and crop science. This acquisition will facilitate…

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