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Over 5 lakh sharks could be killed for COVID-19 vaccine

29 Sep 2020

Over 5 lakh sharks could be killed for COVID-19 vaccine

While the entire world is looking forward to positive news about a COVID-19 vaccine, global vaccination could mean the death of half a million sharks, an advocacy group has warned.

AstraZeneca halts coronavirus vaccine trial after volunteer falls ill

09 Sep 2020

AstraZeneca halts coronavirus vaccine trial after volunteer falls ill

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca announced on Tuesday that it was halting late-stage trials of the coronavirus vaccine, developed in collaboration with the University of Oxford, after a volunteer fell ill.

COVID-19 vaccine developers to pledge against rolling out shots prematurely

06 Sep 2020

COVID-19 vaccine developers to pledge against rolling out shots prematurely

In light of the havoc wreaked by COVID-19, governments around the world have become more than willing to fast-track regulatory approvals and launch promising vaccines, anti-virals, and tests for their citizens.

#VaccineTracker: Early COVID-19 vaccine results expected by September 15

04 Sep 2020

#VaccineTracker: Early COVID-19 vaccine results expected by September 15

As the COVID-19 crisis is deteriorating with every passing day, all the hopes are pinned on the development of a safe and effective vaccine.

Is Abbott's rapid COVID-19 test the biggest game-changer?

28 Aug 2020

Is Abbott's rapid COVID-19 test the biggest game-changer?

In a major move, the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared a game-changing 'rapid antigen test' for COVID-19.

US approves new 'saliva test' for COVID-19: Details here

16 Aug 2020

US approves new 'saliva test' for COVID-19: Details here

In a major development, the US Food and Drug Administration has approved SalivaDirect, a novel test that can detect a COVID-19 infection using nothing but your saliva.

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine goes into final human trial stage

27 Jul 2020

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine goes into final human trial stage

In a major development, the COVID-19 vaccine developed by biotech giant Moderna Therapeutics has gone into the third and final stage of clinical human trials.

Study identifies 21 existing drugs that could treat COVID-19

25 Jul 2020

Study identifies 21 existing drugs that could treat COVID-19

A recent study identified 21 existing drugs that could be used to treat COVID-19. The drugs can notably stop the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, the study found.

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine: Final trials to begin on July 27

15 Jul 2020

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine: Final trials to begin on July 27

Moderna Therapeutics has come a long way with its candidate vaccine to prevent COVID-19, the novel coronavirus disease.

Coronavirus: Testing negative probably isn't the free pass you think

22 Jun 2020

Coronavirus: Testing negative probably isn't the free pass you think

Over the past six months, the novel coronavirus pandemic has infected nearly ninety lakh people and killed over 4.6 lakh worldwide.

Remdesivir reportedly approved for COVID-19 treatment in India

02 Jun 2020

Remdesivir reportedly approved for COVID-19 treatment in India

Remdesivir has been approved by India's top drug regulator for "restricted emergency use" on COVID-19-infected adults and children.

Why the vaccine for COVID-19 is still several months away

22 May 2020

Why the vaccine for COVID-19 is still several months away

In a matter of months, a never-seen-before coronavirus originating from China has turned the whole world upside down.

Donald Trump says he is taking anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine

19 May 2020

Donald Trump says he is taking anti-malarial drug Hydroxychloroquine

United States President Donald Trump made a surprising revelation on Monday, saying that he has been taking the anti-malarial drug, Hydroxychloroquine, for a week and a half now.

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine gets FDA nod for phase 2 trial

08 May 2020

Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine gets FDA nod for phase 2 trial

Moderna Therapeutics, one of the select few companies trialing a COVID-19 vaccine, has received US Food and Drug Administration's approval to move into the second phase of the tests.

NASA's FDA-approved ventilator will be licensed to manufacturers for free

01 May 2020

NASA's FDA-approved ventilator will be licensed to manufacturers for free

A new high-pressure ventilator developed by NASA has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for emergency use.

New COVID-19 drug has 'clear cut' positive effect: Dr. Fauci

30 Apr 2020

New COVID-19 drug has 'clear cut' positive effect: Dr. Fauci

The US government's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that a new COVID-19 drug has proven to be quite a 'good news' in clinical trials.

Hit by coronavirus, US could start reopening in May

13 Apr 2020

Hit by coronavirus, US could start reopening in May

Battered by the coronavirus pandemic, the United States is looking at reopening some parts of its economy by May, the government's expert on the infectious disease hinted on Sunday.

On Hydroxychloroquine, Trump ditches threatening tone, says 'Modi was great'

08 Apr 2020

On Hydroxychloroquine, Trump ditches threatening tone, says 'Modi was great'

Hours after he threatened India with retaliation if Hydroxychloroquine, a drug considered important in the battle against coronavirus, is not exported, United States President Donald Trump took a softer tone saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was "great".

Trump threatens retaliation if India doesn't export Hydroxychloroquine to US

07 Apr 2020

Trump threatens retaliation if India doesn't export Hydroxychloroquine to US

US President Donald Trump has declared India might face retaliation if New Delhi doesn't clear the export of Hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug that the United States President has touted as a "game-changer" in the battle against coronavirus.

US approves 5-minute 'rapid' test for coronavirus disease

28 Mar 2020

US approves 5-minute 'rapid' test for coronavirus disease

In a major development, a US-based medical device manufacturer has won Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) approval for a new 'rapid' coronavirus test.

China approves use of arthritis drug Actemra against coronavirus infections

05 Mar 2020

China approves use of arthritis drug Actemra against coronavirus infections

China is hoping to put a decade-old drug to use as it grapples with an outbreak of the deadly novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19.

FDA allows new technologies to ramp up coronavirus testing efforts

01 Mar 2020

FDA allows new technologies to ramp up coronavirus testing efforts

In a bid to ramp up testing efforts for coronavirus, the US Food and Drug Administration has allowed the induction of new diagnostic technologies.

Smart contact lenses are coming. But, what are they?

18 Jan 2020

Smart contact lenses are coming. But, what are they?

As market-ready AR glasses continue to evolve, a new kind of device appears to be mushrooming on the block - smart contact lenses.

Cipla's new strawberry-flavored medicine can save kids from AIDS

02 Dec 2019

Cipla's new strawberry-flavored medicine can save kids from AIDS

In a bid to save thousands of children from HIV AIDS, Indian pharmaceutical company Cipla has introduced a revolutionary new drug called Quadrimune.

GSK recalls popular antacid Zinetac amid concerns over cancer-causing substance

26 Sep 2019

GSK recalls popular antacid Zinetac amid concerns over cancer-causing substance

Amid an ongoing probe into Ranitidine's reported cancer-causing impurities, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals Limited (GSK) has recalled Ranitidine-based antacid Zinetac (150mg and 300mg) in India and other markets.

Scientists may have found the secret to reverse aging

10 Sep 2019

Scientists may have found the secret to reverse aging

Since, well, forever, humans have tried to find ways to make them look and feel younger; homemade face packs, makeup, botox, exercise, etc., which don't truly deliver the desired effect.

Why India is blocking JUUL, the popular fruity-flavored nicotine vape

30 Aug 2019

Why India is blocking JUUL, the popular fruity-flavored nicotine vape

Recently, India's Health Ministry proposed a ban on the production and import of electronic cigarettes, citing health hazards.

At Rs. 14cr, this gene-therapy is world's most expensive drug

25 May 2019

At Rs. 14cr, this gene-therapy is world's most expensive drug

Swiss drugmaker Novartis' new gene therapy, which recently received US approval, may be the world's most expensive drug, priced at an exorbitant $2.125 million (approximately Rs. 14cr).

Now, detect ear infections with an app and paper cone

19 May 2019

Now, detect ear infections with an app and paper cone

Soon, you'll be able to detect infections in the ear of your kid using an app.

Xiaomi Mi A1, OnePlus 5T emit most radiation; OEMs decline

12 Feb 2019

Xiaomi Mi A1, OnePlus 5T emit most radiation; OEMs decline

A day after it was reported that certain Xiaomi, OnePlus smartphones had fared poorly in a radiation test, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer has issued a clarification.

China disciplines 80 officials linked to major 2018 vaccine scandal

03 Feb 2019

China disciplines 80 officials linked to major 2018 vaccine scandal

China's corruption watchdog yesterday said it had disciplined more than 80 officials linked to a vaccine scandal last year that inflamed public fears over the safety of domestically produced drugs.

Now, a male birth control gel is on its way

07 Dec 2018

Now, a male birth control gel is on its way

A lot of couples in the world face the problem of unintended or unplanned pregnancy.

US: First FDA-approved marijuana drug available across all US states

02 Nov 2018

US: First FDA-approved marijuana drug available across all US states

The first marijuana-based medication approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Epidiolex, is now available as prescription medicine across all 50 US states.

Natural Cycles: A mobile app that's legally a contraceptive

14 Aug 2018

Natural Cycles: A mobile app that's legally a contraceptive

While there exist several smartphone apps that track periods, and presumably fertility, one app, Natural Cycles, has received the nod to legally market itself as a 'birth control' app in the US.

With new drug's help, India can eliminate malaria by 2030

22 Jul 2018

With new drug's help, India can eliminate malaria by 2030

India's fight against malaria, which it aims to eliminate by 2030, has received a major boost after the US' Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new drug called Krintafel (tafenoquine) to treat P. Vivax cases.

The birth of Viagra and revolution that followed

28 Mar 2018

The birth of Viagra and revolution that followed

20 years ago, Viagra was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration and it answered the prayers of many men suffering from erectile dysfunction.

Maharashtra: Sale of gutka to become non-bailable offense with 3-year-imprisonment

07 Mar 2018

Maharashtra: Sale of gutka to become non-bailable offense with 3-year-imprisonment

The Maharashtra Government has told the Legislative Council that sale of gutka -banned in the state- would be made a non-bailable offense.

US start-up making skin patches for delivering medicines into body

20 Feb 2018

US start-up making skin patches for delivering medicines into body

Life sciences start-up Avro is developing a method to deliver medication through the skin.

Radiation from mobile phones not harmful to humans: Study

04 Feb 2018

Radiation from mobile phones not harmful to humans: Study

Studies conducted by the US government reveal that radiations from mobile phones are not really harmful to humans.

Maharashtra bans sale of food items at tobacco selling shops

25 Jan 2018

Maharashtra bans sale of food items at tobacco selling shops

Maharashtra government on Wednesday banned the sale of tobacco and food items under the same roof. The state becomes the first to implement the move after the Union ministry of health and family welfare issued an advisory in September, 2017.