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Saudi Arabia tackles MERS virus, still hunting source
November 22, 2014

Saudi Arabia has not yet traced the source of a mysterious camel virus, leaving many questions about a disease that has killed 346 people in the Kingdom.


The lack of scientific evidence about how camels contract the virus, which causes an often fatal illness called Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in people,"...

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Phyathai Nawamin International Hospital Thailand Now Offers Spinal Surgery with Advanced Technology of Decompression
November 21, 2014

Phyathai Nawamin International Hospital’s Spine and Brain Center now offers the newest and updated medical treatment technique for Spinal Surgery with Advanced Technology of Decompression, supported by Phyathai Group of hospitals, an established name as a leading health care provider in the Kingdom of Thailand.


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New data show dabigatran-specific antidote idarucizumab* restores blood clotting mechanism in humans
November 19, 2014

  • Idarucizumab, which was granted Breakthrough Therapy Designation by the FDA, was shown to restore the blood clotting mechanism in healthy volunteers1,2
  • This is the first time that such an effect was shown in humans for a NOAC antidote
  • RE-VERSE AD™ Global Phase III study in patients in the clinical setting already initiated in 29 countries worldwide3

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Two new, large scale real-world analyses show fewer major bleeds and strokes with Pradaxa® than with warfarin
November 19, 2014

  • American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2014: Latest real-world data once again reinforce benefits from Pradaxa®1,2
  • Two new analyses involving over 60,000 US patients in total show that Pradaxa® was linked to fewer major bleeds and strokes than warfarin1,2
  • Results shown in RE-LY® clinical study supported by data from different patient populations in general practice1-4

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Muqrin opens eHealth conference
November 19, 2014

Deputy Crown Prince Muqrin told participants of the Fifth Saudi eHealth Conference on Tuesday that the King Saud bin Abdulaziz University for Health Sciences (KSAUHS) has harnessed the electronic health system for the greater benefit of individuals and society.

The prince also opened an exhibition which would run concurrently with the conference for the next two days.

Expressing his delight over the exemplary performance of the KSAUHS, the prince said the fact that the conference is being held for the fifth consecutive...

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Oral OTEZLA® (Apremilast) Showed Sustained Clinical Response over Two Years in Patients with Active Psoriatic Arthritis
November 19, 2014

ACR 20 response rates sustained with continued OTEZLA treatment through 104 weeks - 65.3 percent and 61.4 percent in PALACE 1 and 4, respectively

Eighty four percent of patients who completed one year of treatment with OTEZLA continued on OTEZLA through week 104 in both trials

The rates of most commonly reported adverse"...

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Apollo Hospitals Group sets up patient services office in KSA
November 18, 2014

Apollo Hospitals Group-India, in partnership with Dr. Varghese Moolan of Moolans Inc., announced the establishment of an Apollo Information Center in Saudi Arabia during its 31st anniversary celebration held recently. Moolans Inc. is one if the leading spice exporters from India to GCC and has presence in over 30 countries. Speaking at the occasion, Dr.Prathap C Reddy, Chairman of Apollo Hospitals Group, said “such engagements are the need of the hour and it adds to Apollo’s vision of making India the healthcare destination...

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Saudi Arabia needs 30,000 medics by end of year
November 18, 2014

The Saudi health sector will need over 10,000 doctors and 20,000 nurses by the end of the year, according to a recent report issued by the Ministry of Economy and Planning, Makkah daily reported.


Health institutions in all regions continue to be in dire need of doctors and nurses, the report said.


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Merck Announces Global Strategic Alliance with Pfizer on Anti-PD-L1 to Accelerate Presence in Immuno-Oncology
November 17, 2014

  • Merck and Pfizer will jointly develop and commercialize Merck’s anti-PD-L1
  • Joint investment and combined strengths and capabilities will further maximize potential of Merck’s asset in the highly competitive anti-PD-1 / anti-PD-L1 space
  • Up to 20 high priority immuno-oncology clinical development programs expected to commence in 2015, including pivotal registration studies
  • Alliance accelerates Merck’s entry into the US oncology market

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Global Survey Finds That Pancreatic Cancer, a Leading Cause of Cancer Deaths, is Virtually Unknown by Many in Europe and US
November 13, 2014

While it may not be surprising that breast and lung cancers are top of mind when people hear the word “cancer,” 60% of respondents to a recent six-country survey about cancer awareness know almost nothing about pancreatic cancer, a leading cancer killer. Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US and is projected to be the second highest cause of death from cancer in the US by 2020. The overall five-year survival rate"...

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