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Ivermectin and COVID-19 Review: Updated January 2021

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As of January 2021, there are 43  on-going trials on Ivermectin  and COVID-19 registered on ClinicalTrials.gov. Ivermectin is an anti-parasitic medication widely used in low- and middle-income countries to treat parasitic worm infections in adults and children. It’s been used for decades for this purpose by over 3.7 billion people, and is considered safe and effective. It has an increasing list of indications due to its antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties, and is included on the WHO’s Model List of Essential Medicines. Ivermectin and COVID-19 Updates: Jan 23, 2021: Researchers at Oxford University are planning the first, large high-quality trial of Ivermectin that has been credited with dramatically reducing Covid-19 deaths in the developing world. The PRINCIPLE trial is aiming to find a drug that works soon after virus symptoms appear in a patient, and one that is most effective during the primary stages of the illness,  The Times reported . Jan 19, 2021: A pilot study publishe

Oxford University to test potential COVID-19 ‘wonder drug’ Ivermectin - PRINCIPLE

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LONDON: Oxford University researchers are planning to trial a drug that has shown signs of reducing COVID-19 deaths in developing countries. The Principle trial is aiming to find a drug that works soon after virus symptoms appear in a patient, and one that is most effective during the primary stages of the illness, The Times reported . The trial is assessing Ivermectin, a medicine used on livestock and people who have been infected by parasitic worms, which has been hailed by some as a “wonder drug” with the potential to save thousands of lives, the report added. Other scientists said the drug had not been assessed properly and that the full extent of its efficacy was not yet known. “It has potential antiviral properties and anti-inflammatory properties and there have been quite a few smaller trials conducted in low and middle- income countries, showing that it speeds recovery, reduces inflammation and reduces hospitalisation,” said Chris Butler, professor of primary care at Oxford and

10 Best Vitamin C Supplement Brands in Malaysia 2021

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Looking for the best vitamin C supplement brands in Malaysia? Can Vitamin C actually protect you against the flu virus or even the current coronavirus? Are you taking enough of vitamin C ? From the dozens of different brands and products, which one should you choose? Read more about vitamin C in this article. You might be surprised with what you may not know. Many varieties of vitamin C supplements are available online and offline at your local health stores and pharmacies such as Guardian and Watsons.  As consumers, we'd like to think that the vitamins and supplements we buy are almost the same. In reality, this isn't always the case. While supplements are regulated in Malaysia, they aren’t held to the same safety standards as pharmaceuticals. Thus, it’s important to purchase supplements from reputable companies. Some third-party organizations, such as NSF International, ConsumerLab and LabDoor test supplements for purity and label accuracy. You may want to choose a vitamin C

Is Niacin a Missing Piece of the COVID Puzzle?

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While vitamins C and D have garnered much attention in the fight against COVID-19, B vitamins can also play an important role, according to two recent papers — niacin (B3) in particular. The first, "Be Well: A Potential Role for Vitamin B in COVID-19,"1,2,3,4 was published in the February 2021 issue of the journal Maturitas. The paper is the result of a joint collaboration between researchers at the University of Oxford, United Arab Emirates University and the University of Melbourne, Australia. While no studies using B vitamins have been performed on COVID-19 patients, the researchers stress that, based on B vitamins' effects on your immune system, immune-competence and red blood cells (which help fight infection), supplementation may be a useful adjunct to other prevention and treatment strategies. As noted by the authors:5 "There is a need to highlight the importance of vitamin B because it plays a pivotal role in cell functioning, energy metabolism, and proper i

Coronavirus Vaccine Update 2021

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In 2020 - or the year that drew so many parallels to the dystopian sci-fi show Black Mirror that its creators  decided to write a comedy  instead - we were all in a race. A race to curb the novel coronavirus’ spread and “flatten the curve”; with dismal results. In 2021, we are yet in another race. A race to vaccinate the world. It was the news (or more likely, the miracle) we were eagerly waiting for: to have a functional vaccine against COVID-19 as soon as possible. And in less than a year since the WHO declared the state of pandemic, we have more than one such vaccine. Records  were broken in vaccine development rates , we have the hope we were looking for and the unspoken prophecy was fulfilled. Now, several vaccines are approved in many countries and even by leading healthcare authorities; with millions of people already having been vaccinated. But this is not enough. We need billions to get their shot, or  around 60-70% of the global population , to achieve herd immunity and stop