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Health and wellness news from the Middle East. All the important stories, plus authoritative opinion and analysis.

A biobank is a type of biorepository that stores biological samples, usually human), for use in research

UAE to open first robotic biobank in 2023

Al Jalila Foundation, a member of the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives, will establish the UAE’s first robotic biobank, in partnership with the Mohammed Bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences (MBRU) and the Dubai Health Authority (DHA).  The collaboration will advance medical research in the areas of genetic disorders, cancer and […]

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Age is just a number – and that number is $33trn

As companies join the global race to prolong life, the Gulf is positioned to lead the way in preventative medicine “Live long and prosper” may be a quote from science fiction, made famous by a Star Trek movie in 1979, but its sentiment is driving real growth in today’s global scientific economy. The global longevity […]

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Pharma giant Teva trims revenue estimates on currency volatility

Israel-based Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, which continues to forge legal settlements in US opioid cases, reported as expected first-quarter profit and trimmed 2022 revenue estimates due to currency fluctuations. The world’s largest generic drugmaker said on Tuesday it earned 55 cents per diluted share excluding one-time items in the January-March period, down from 63 cents a […]

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Chinese coronavirus vaccine candidate to have UAE trial

China’s Suzhou Abogen Biosciences Co said its coronavirus vaccine candidate using the messenger RNA (mRNA) technology and targeting the Omicron variant has obtained clinical trial approval in the United Arab Emirates. With Friday’s announcement, Abogen joins Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna in trialing candidates modified specifically against Omicron, a highly transmissible variant with increased resistance to antibodies […]

Actual COVID death toll near 15 million

The official death toll from the first two years of the coronavirus pandemic is about 5.4 million. But according to a new World Health Organization report, the actual number is around three times higher than that. The U.N. body said on Thursday there were 14.9 million excess deaths associated with COVID-19 by the end of […]

NMC administrators sue EY in UK for alleged negligence

The administrators of NMC Health have filed a lawsuit against EY in the United Kingdom for alleged negligence on the audit work it did for the troubled hospital operator between 2012 to 2018, a spokesperson said. NMC, which used to be listed in London, ran into trouble in 2020 and went into administration after it […]

China’s airlines post heavy losses on coronavirus curbs

China’s three biggest airlines have reported heavy first-quarter losses as prolonged coronavirus curbs weighed on travel demand and a weakening Chinese currency and rising fuel prices inflated costs, trends which persist in the current quarter. Analysts expect another year in the red for Chinese airlines as Beijing sticks with its zero-coronavirus policy to stop the […]

Hong Kong eases coronavirus rules for aircrews

Hong Kong will shorten mandatory hotel quarantine for passenger flight crews to three days from seven, while cargo crews will be exempt, modest steps at unwinding coronavirus curbs that have turned the city into one of the world’s most isolated places. The changes, which take effect in May, give the global financial hub’s aviation trade […]

Huge surge in measles as Covid hits jab campaigns

Measles cases jumped by 79 percent in the first two months of this year compared to 2021, after COVID-19 and lockdowns disrupted child vaccination campaignsaround the world, according to data from UNICEF and the World Health Organisation (WHO). In January and February, there were 17,338 measles cases reported worldwide, up from 9,665 in the same […]

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Saudi Arabia, France pledge $30m for Lebanon aid

France and Saudi Arabia announced a joint development fund for crisis-hit Lebanon on Tuesday, pledging an initial $30 million to support food security and the country’s crippled health sector, a French embassy statement said. The funds will be routed to humanitarian projects to provide emergency aid, including food, to the most vulnerable populations in Lebanon, […]

Erdogan ready to lift all coronavirus measures in Turkey

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that Turkey is ready to lift all measures against the coronavirus, adding that mask wearing will no longer be obligatory indoors. Speaking after the final meeting of the advisory science council, Erdogan said masks will still be mandated on public transport and in medical institutions until daily new cases […]

Britain to allow poultry outside as bird flu threat recedes

A mandatory housing order for poultry and captive birds in Britain is to be lifted, effective May 2, with the threat of bird flu now decreasing after the country’s worst-ever outbreak. The four chief veterinary officers, with responsibilities for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, announced the move in a joint statement on Monday, opening […]

UnitedHealth to sell claims business for $2.2bn

UnitedHealth Group has agreed to sell Change Healthcare’s claims editing business for $2.2 billion in a move some analysts say could ease regulatoryhurdles in the way of an $8 billion merger between the healthcare companies. Earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) sued to stop the acquisition for giving UnitedHealth access to competitors’ data, forcing the companies to […]