Posts by Mel Tan

Why Preventing Cardiovascular Diseases is Essential

Preventing Cardiovascular Diseases

According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death globally, taking an estimated 17.9 million lives each year. Generally affecting the heart and blood vessels, CVDs include coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, rheumatic heart disease and other conditions. 80% of CVD deaths are as a result of heart attacks and strokes…

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World Health Organization and International Labor Organization Sound Alert on Long Working Hours

According to new estimates from the World Health Organization and the International Labour Organization (ILO) published in Environment International earlier this month, long working hours were a contributing factor to 745 000 deaths from stroke and ischemic heart disease in 2016, a 29 per cent increase since 2000.The first global study analyzing the loss of…

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Key Ways to Manage Allergies

Allergies can be tricky to manage and if left unchecked or untreated, can cause a lot of discomfort. However, there are a few options that can manage symptoms and maintain your quality of life. One just needs to look for the treatment that works for the allergy and fits the patient’s lifestyle and wallet. The…

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COVID-19 Boosts Telehealth Globally

Telehealth is not a new trend but it has seen a revival during COVID-19 as more patients prefer to seek out medical advice from their doctors virtually. However, there are certain medical conditions which still require an in-person consultation, even though research shows that patient outcomes in telemedicine consultations are not inferior to those in…

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COVID-19 continues to disrupt essential health services in 90% of countries, finds the World Health Organization

Some signs of recovery seen but a concerted effort is required to restore and strengthen health services A 2nd survey by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed that one year into the COVID-19 pandemic, there are still significant disruptions to healthcare services, as reported by 90% of countries indicating they experienced one or more disruptions…

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Insurance Giant AXA Partners Microsoft to Develop Digital Healthcare platform

AXA is joining hands with its technology partner Microsoft to create a digital health platform that will enable customer’s healthcare journey and provide access to a fully integrated ecosystem. A pilot program with self-assessment tool, teleconsultation and a medical concierge was successfully launched in late 2020 for AXA customers in Germany and Italy. Following the…

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COVID-19 Vaccine Passports –The Next Big Thing

With COVID-19 vaccines being rolled out globally, there has been intense discussion on what happens next. Travelling (be it for business or leisure) is viewed as a big step in getting back to a state of normalcy and having a vaccine certification would certainly help in conversations around resuming international flights. A vaccine certification is…

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Google Cloud Unveils New AI and Machine Learning Tools in Fight Against COVID-19

Google recently announced a slew of new artificial intelligence and machine learning tools to assist in the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines across the United States. Based in the cloud, these tools will be able to provide key information, conduct eligibility screening, scheduling appointments, distribution and analytics, to forecasting and modelling COVID-19 cases. Known as the Intelligent…

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Google to help make vaccines more accessible globally

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc across the world. As of January 2021, the global cases have exceeded 100 million. Tech giant Google has announced that it will aid in efforts to fight the pandemic amid the highly anticipated rollout of vaccines. During the pandemic, the company has helped provide relevant information that people needed to know.…

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Three Major Technologies Shaping the healthcare industry in 2021

Healthcare has evolved rapidly in 2020, driven by the on-going COVID-19 pandemic which has accelerated the development of treatments, including vaccines. For 2021, technology is expected to feature prominently as it helps healthcare streamline on a monumental scale. With the advent of technology in healthcare, stakeholders in the ecosystem are benefiting, from patients to technology…

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