How does the COVID-19 Saliva Test work?

09 December 2020

Lab Chat

Last month, the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) announced it is launching a new COVID-19 diagnosis test, capable of returning accurate results within a maximum of 24 hours using only a saliva sample. The test is now available to anyone at a price of AED 150 (€34) across all DHA facilities in the emirate.

Aimed at children between the ages of three and 16 years old, the test is less invasive tha...


DUBAI is ready to welcome back the “WORLD OF SCIENCE & CHEMICALS"

01 December 2020

Lab Chat

ARABLAB+ 21

STATEMENT

The Organisers of ARABLAB+ 2021 have rescheduled the exhibition dates to now take place on 15 – 17 NOVEMBER 2021.

Dubai does provide a very safe and secure venue for the Exhibition.

However, the current travel restrictions applying to many countries from which exhibitors and visitors originate, are preventing many participants from making their travel plans.

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How is the UAE treating COVID-19?

15 November 2020

Lab Chat

Our knowledge of coronavirus continues to grow with each passing day. At the beginning of the outbreak, doctors in the UAE and abroad were trying everything they could to counter the symptoms and stem the spread of the disease, but 10 months on, medical expertise surrounding the subject has come a long way.

By observing the efficacy of different treatment plans and sharing their experiences ...


How is the Pandemic affecting MENTAL HEALTH?

08 November 2020

Lab Chat

A hotline set up to help people cope with the psychological fallout from COVID-19 has received well over 700 calls since its inception, indicating that the pandemic has had a significant impact on mental health. With social interactions reduced to a minimum and many people confined to their homes for weeks or months on end, it’s little surprise that hundreds of Emiratis were feeling the strain....


Could Saliva Tests improve CORONAVIRUS Detection?

29 October 2020

Lab Chat

As a highly contagious and potentially fatal disease that has already claimed the lives of over one million people worldwide, coronavirus must be stopped from spreading among the population. Identifying who is already infected and quarantining them until the virus has been overcome by their immune system is key to limiting its propagation.

Thus far, the gold standard for diagnostic testing h...


How will COVID-19 affect FLU SEASON?

21 October 2020

Lab Chat

As flu season begins to get underway, hospitals, clinics and medical centres across the UAE have experienced an unprecedented surge in demand for flu vaccines. Normally beginning in October, concerned residents have been enquiring about the jab earlier and in greater numbers than ever before.

It’s believed that this is in part due to a concerted awareness raising campaign conducted through t...


Why has the UAE been praised for its COVID-19 response?

20 October 2020

Lab Chat

The editor-in-chief of one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals has praised the UAE government for its response to coronavirus. Richard Horton, who has occupied the top job at The Lancet journal for the last 25 years, showed particular appreciation for the country’s “strong leadership” and an approach which values the opinion of scientists highly.

To date, the UAE has witnesse...


SARS-CoV-2 antibody rapid tests in Africa

20 October 2020

Lab Chat

‘KNAUER Wissenschaftliche Geräte GmbH’ and its new subsidiary 'Das Labor. GmbH' cooperate in a development partnership with the ‘Deutsche Gesellschaft für internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH’ to produce reliable Corona antibody tests in Sub-Saharan Africa. The new production unit in Côte d’Ivoire will be one of the first facilities in Africa to produce SARS-CoV-2 antibody rapid tests for u...


Why did UAE Oil Production rise in August?

07 October 2020

Lab Chat

The UAE’s oil output rose to 2.693 million barrels per day in August, according to data confirmed by Energy Minister Suhail al-Mazrouei. The increase in production was brought on by hot weather during the Emirati summer and a greater tendency for the population to stay at home due to coronavirus, thus causing them to use air conditioning more often.

The final total for August outstrips the q...


Where does Dubai rank for MEDICAL TOURISM?

01 October 2020

Lab Chat

Dubai has been named as the top location in the Middle East for medical tourism, according to the latest analysis released by the International Healthcare Research Centre (IHRC). It’s the second time running that the emirate has finished top of the pile regionally, having supplanted Israel in the 2016-17 edition of the Medical Tourism Index.

Globally, Dubai also fares favourably. It came six...


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