President Barrack Obama seeks an additional $1.1 billion in the face of increasing death rates due to overdoses of heroin and opioids. The Obama administration has already split the amount and categorized them to focus on different aspects like increasing medical-assisted facilities, prescriptions of antidotes, plans for overdose prevention, etc. These facilities are to be rolled out to the rural areas as well.
Today, India's largest biotech company announced to have been able to make two vaccines for zika virus. A day before, France's Sanofi Pasteur planned to research on vaccine for the mosquito-borne disease.
Stryker just reached an agreement with Sage to acquire the company for $2.76 billion in an all cash agreement. The acquisition is expected to boost Stryker's revenue in the coming years and the company will also enjoy $500 million in tax benefit.
Abbott said that it has signed a definitive deal to acquire Alere for a net value of $5.8 billion in cash. Abbott expects the acquisition to be immediately accretive to its earnings per share upon completion.
E.coli outbreak which contaminated nationwide Chipotle restaurants last year will be declared over. However, CDC has not been able to find the source of the outbreak.
KFit, a fitness-sharing platform that based in Kuala Lumpur, has raised a $12 million Series A funding from Sequoia Capital, SIG, and Venturra Capital. The fund will be used to enlarge its services to cities in Asia. Offering a cheaper rate, KFit will compete with its Singaporean rival, GuavaPass.
Zika has appeared as a nightmare to many Latin American countries. The number of Zika infected has reached 4 million landmarks since reporting of the first case just eight months earlier. Absence of proper vaccine has made the situation much more terrible. Recently, scientists have escalated the fears revealing climate change may also contribute to the spread of Zika and other mosquito borne diseases.
WHO on Thursday has warned for probable spread of Zika virus across the North and Central American countries. Ahead of rising concerns for Zika spreading, drug makers and scientists have commented that manufacturing of an appropriate vaccine may even require a decade. These warnings has opened a huge business potential for Oxitec, an Intrexon subsidiary. Oxitec’s gene modified mosquitoes are capable of ensuring security against Zika for large populations.
Fitness trainer and guru overcharge numerous die hard fitness fans for using the app. Fans become furious over high prices and horrendous cancellation process.
Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles developed a non-invasive electric patch to treat the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The electric patch uses trigeminal nerve stimulation (TNS) technique to stimulate the nucleus tractus solitaries to produce pain killer compounds in the brain.
Childhood obesity has increased drastically worldwide and WHO seeks political involvement in handling the issue. About 48% of obese and overweight children aged 5 and below reportedly belong to Asia and Africa.
Aedes mosquitoes are the bearer of Zika virus which is available across the US. WHO warns the US for a probable Zika virus induced epidemic. Brazil has appeared as the most Zika affected country. The US and other governments have issued a travel alert for the pregnant women forbidding to visit the Zika prone region. The travel alert has offbeat the organizers of the Rio de Janeiro olympic scheduled to be held in August.
The healthcare industry has yet to see a service that could completely change the industry similar to how Uber and Airbnb change their respective industries. Industry professionals give their opinion on what could become the big game-changer for the healthcare industry.
Presence of lead beyond acceptable has plagued Ohio and as the aftermaths, the schools of this remain closed for the straight 3rd day. Before Ohio, Michigan has reported tumbled with the same issue. But after conduction of investigation, the Ohio EPA strongly believes that the operator in water treatment plant of Sebring village has presented falsified test reports. The agency has sought legal assistance from the US EPA’s Criminal Investigation Division.
Gavi, a world vaccine alliance, has made a $5 million deal with Merck regarding vaccine supply for future outbreaks. Merck has to provide 300,000 vaccines as a preparation to protect people from the next Ebola crisis.
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