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Hong Kong confirms first case of Zika virus

Hong Kong has confirmed its first case of Zika, putting the Asian financial centre on high alert for any spread of the mosquito-borne virus that has wreaked havoc in Latin America, the Caribbean and beyond. At a media conference late on Thursday, Controller of the Centre for Heal

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Qatar, Saudi among countries with least disaster risk

Qatar and Saudi Arabia ranked among the five countries with the lowest risk of being hit by a disaster, researchers said on Thursday. Qatar, ranked 171st in the world, had the lowest disaster risk globally with a risk percentage(index) of 0.08, while Saudi Arabia claimed the 169t

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Pfizer to buy antibiotics unit of AstraZeneca

Pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has agreed to sell its small molecule antibiotics business to Pfizer in a deal that could be valued at more than $1.5 billion. AstraZeneca, which saw off a $120 billion takeover attempt by Pfizer in 2014, said the sale would allow it to focus on

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Hikma reports 24pc increase in revenue

Hikma Pharmaceuticals, a multinational pharmaceutical company, has reported a revenue of $882 million for the first half of this year, a 24 per cent increase over the same period last year. The group’s revenue includes the consolidation of four months of Roxane Laboratories

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NMC Health H1 net profit up 48pc

NMC Health, a leading integrated private healthcare network operator in the UAE, today reported an adjusted net profit attributable to shareholders of $67.8 million for the six months ended June 30, an increase of 48.2 per cent year-on-year. Revenues increased by 46.9 per cent ye

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US heart group sets limit on sugar for kids

The vast majority of children and teens should have less than six teaspoons of added sugar in their diet each day, according to the American Heart Association. Until age 2, children should consume no added sugars at all, and between ages 2 and 18 they should limit added sugars to

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Oman plans to restructure water sector

Oman has planned a major review of the water sector aiming to bring water resources, potable water, and wastewater under a unified structure, a report said. The review will help coordination across the different segments of the water sector which are currently managed by multiple

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Al Dawaa launches e-store on Souq.com in Saudi Arabia

Souq.com, a leading online retail and marketplace platform in the Middle East, has announced the launch of an exclusive e-store of the award winning Al Dawaa Pharmacies in Saudi Arabia. This collaboration will provide customers in Saudi Arabia a convenient access to an extensive

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Pfizer agrees $14bn deal for cancer drug firm

Pfizer, beating out numerous other bidders, said it agreed to buy US cancer drug company Medivation for $14 billion in cash, adding its blockbuster prostate cancer drug Xtandi to the company's growing oncology roster. Medivation shares jumped nearly 20 percent to close at $80

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Global green cleaning market to hit $51bn

The global market for green cleaning products is expected to reach $51 billion in value terms with a CAGR of 4 per cent by 2021, said the organisers of an upcoming cleaning technology summit in Dubai, UAE. According to media reports, the Middle East is expected to see 154,576 new

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