healthcare

August 18, 2018

The Department of Health - Abu Dhabi (DoH), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the emirate, has announced new standard requirements for emergency departments in hospitals.

According to the new standard, emergency divisions will be restructured into two distinct departments - emergency departments and urgent care centres.

The standard stipulates specific service requirements and criteria that all public and private general hospitals in Abu Dhabi must fulfil to obtain licencing, news agency WAM reported.

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August 17, 2018

SAB Biotherapeutics, Inc. (SAB), a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company, today announced that its anti-Ebola immunotherapy (SAB-139) provided “100% protection against a lethal dose of the Ebola virus” in a recent animal study published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. The study was conducted at the Integrated Research Facility, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health, United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Naval Medical Research Center (NMRC) and others. According to the World Health Organization, Ebola virus disease (EVD), formerly known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever, is a severe, often fatal illness in humans with an average fatality rate around 50%. Case fatality rates have varied from 25% to 90% in past outbreaks, and there is currently no licensed treatment proven to neutralize the virus. During recent outbreaks of EVD in West Africa, passive immunotherapy with convalescent plasma containing polyclonal antibodies from recovered patients was used as an effective treatment. However, the amount and availability of these medicines are limited by the number of survivors. SAB-139 was produced from SAB’s proprietary DiversitAb™ platform utilizing transgenic cattle (Tc Bovine™) to produce large amounts of natural human, rather than bovine, antibodies in response to an antigen—in this case EVD.......

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August 16, 2018

Hikma Pharmaceuticals reported a 36 per cent year-on-year rise in first-half core profit as Jordan's largest drug-maker increased its sales forecast for generic and injectable drugs.

The core profit – showing underlying performance of the group, excluding the exceptional items and other adjustments – attributable to the shareholders for the six-month period ending June 30 rose to $148 million, the company said in a statement posted on its website. Revenues climbed 11 per cent to $989m, it said.

Siggi Olafsson, the chief executive of Hikma, said all"...

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August 16, 2018

The UAE experienced a marginal decline in overall wellness during the past year while physical well-being also diminished slightly since 2017 with the sharpest decline observed in the ability to exercise regularly, according to a new survey.

The slight decline was driven by people having less personal time and concerns about meeting the needs of family members, as per the 2018 Cigna 360 Well-Being Survey - Future Assured which was released on Monday.

Factoring in the responses of the resident UAE population for the second consecutive year, the findings indicate that the overall well-being remains stable with residents more confident of their ability to manage current and future costs, and the"...

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August 15, 2018

From November 29th to December 2nd 2018, global-leading biomedical and technology institutes will gather in Taipei for the top healthcare and technology event in Asia - The Healthcare+ Expo - Taiwan. In line with the theme “Med X Tech”, a lineup of global leaders in technology will share the latest technology advancements and how technology create better solutions for future medical applications.

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August 15, 2018

If you meet 70-year-old Maria, a Nigerian national, you’d never know she has a dual chamber pacemaker to keep her heart beating well. Full of life and vigour, Maria came to the UAE to treat her atrioventricular (AV) block. An AV block is a serious heart condition where the heart beats irregularly and much slower than usual. It can cause loss of consciousness or complete collapse. Patients with this condition need to have a pacemaker - a small device that rests inside your upper chest and connects to your heart with special wires where it operates steadily and silently. As such, when doctors in her home country advised Maria for an implant, she knew that this procedure required the services of an expert. Without"...

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August 14, 2018

Amanat Holdings, the Dubai company that specialises in investments in healthcare and education assets, reported a 12.7 per cent increase in the second-quarter net profit thanks to higher income from its equity investments.

Net profit attributable to equity holders for the three months to the end of June rose to Dh13.4 million, the company said on Monday in a statement to the Dubai Financial Market, where its shares are traded. Total revenue for the period, though, fell 22.4 per cent year-on-year on lower income from deposits.

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August 14, 2018

(AETOS Wire) -- Masimo (NASDAQ: MASI) announced today the findings of a recently published study in which researchers investigated whether home pulse oximetry monitoring might be a useful initial screening method of determining which children with Down syndrome (DS) – who are at high risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) – be recommended to undergo multichannel sleep studies to diagnose the condition. The home monitoring was conducted using Masimo"...

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August 12, 2018

The UAE's Federal Tax Authority (FTA) has announced a new Tax Clinic campaign in the Northern Emirates as part of its efforts to communicate directly with businesses.

The Tax Clinic seeks to increase the number of registered taxable businesses and promote compliance with the timely submission of tax returns and payment of due taxes, state news agency WAM reported.

The campaign kicks off on August 12 in Ras Al Khaimah, before moving on to Fujairah and then the rest of the Northern Emirates over a duration of three months, where FTA representatives will be present"...

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August 8, 2018

The Gulf Medical University (GMU), one of the top 50 medical educational institutes in the region, has announced the launch of an Academic Thumbay University Hospital, two new colleges and new programmes.

Dr Thumbay Moideen, founder and president of Thumbay Group, has approved a budget of Dh1 billion to expand and transform the Thumbay Medicity into a comprehensive educational and academic hub.

The new programmes and colleges under the GMU were announced during a Press conference hosted by the university chancellor, Prof. Hossam Hamdy, at the GMU's headquarters.

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