Monday 8 February 2016

France curbs blood transfusions over Zika virus

Travellers coming back from any outbreak zones of the Zika virus will need to wait at least 28 days before giving blood to avoid any risk of transmission, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine said. Zika, which is rapidly spreading through the Americas and has been declared a g


Zeitz highlights corporate world's social responsibility

Jochen Zeitz, owner of Segera, a wilderness safari retreat in Kenya, recently addressed a gathering at the Capital Club in Dubai on the social and environmental responsibility of the corporate world. Zeitz, a rare breed of people who has operated at the very peak of the corporate world


Mega business deals signed during ADSW

Hundreds of millions of US dollars in sustainability-related strategic business deals and partnerships were struck across clean energy, water, and waste at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW) 2016, organizers said. Major partnerships included a collaboration between Abu Dhabi&rs


3,000 pregnant women hit by Zika virus in Colombia

More than 3,100 pregnant Colombian women are infected with the mosquito-borne Zika virus, President Juan Manuel Santos said on Saturday, as the disease continues its rapid spread across the Americas. The virus has been linked to the devastating birth defect microcephaly, which pr


Thumbay opens welcome centre at Sharjah airport

Thumbay Medical Tourism (TMT), the award-winning medical tourism initiative of UAE-basec Thumbay Group, has opened its welcome centre at the Sharjah International Airport. The kiosk, which is a first of its kind in the UAE, is intended to welcome medical tourists from different c


IMS Health acquires Dimensions Healthcare in UAE

IMS Health, a leading global provider of information and technology services to the healthcare and life sciences industries, has completed the acquisition of Dimensions Healthcare, a UAE company which provides high quality healthcare systems to payers, providers and regulatory bodies.


New policies on clinical research to be unveiled in Bahrain

New national policies and guidelines on clinical research will be unveiled in Bahrain next week. They have been drawn up by the National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) in co-operation with the Arabian Gulf University (AGU), said a report in the Gulf Daily News (GDN), our sister p


Inadequate testing thwarts efforts to measure Zika's impact

One major hurdle is thwarting efforts to measure the extent of the Zika epidemic and its suspected links to thousands of birth defects in Brazil: accurate diagnosis of a virus that still confounds blood tests.   Genetic tests and clinical symptoms have enabled s


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

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