• The FDA Revokes Its Emergency Use Authorization for Hydroxychloroquine

    After months of debate and intense research concerning hydroxychloroquine, FDA officials on Monday revoked their Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the antimalarial drug that President Donald Trump has promoted in the fight against Covid-19. When the EUA was issued in late March, no high-quality studies of the drug’s ability to prevent and treat Covid-19 were yet available. Now, a handful of randomized trials have failed to find any benefit associated with hydroxychloroquine use.

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    On the basis of the current research, hydroxychloro­quine “may not be effective to treat Covid-19,” and its “potential benefits for such use do not outweigh its known and potential risks” wrote Rear Admiral Denise Hinton, the FDA’s chief scientist, in a letter revoking the EUA.


  • Battle pontianaks, jiangshi, and other supernatural creatures in this Singapore Diablo-inspired game

    Ever wanted to battle supernatural creatures? Well, now you can.

    A video game inspired by Southeast Asian folklore is currently under works and the demo has just been released.

    Titled Ghostlore, the story revolves around the protagonist battling supernatural spirits to protect their town.

    The demo allows players to choose one of three classes (Reaver, Hitman, and Arcanist) and take on their first assignment: Investigate Moguis (which is the Cantonese term for evil spirits) and destroy a monster Rafflesia to protect the town of Seaport.

    Battle the world’s largest and stinkiest flower in Ghostlore. IMAGE: SciNews and YouTube.

    In an interview with Coconuts, Ghostlore‘s developer Andrew Teo said the game began as a personal project at the beginning of 2019 to introduce Southeast Asia to other gamers worldwide.

    “I didn’t want to do another game that was about what we always see in fantasy settings that have

  • Samsung rolls out smartwatch blood pressure tracking in South Korea

    Samsung has released its Health Monitor app in South Korea, enabling blood pressure tracking for the Galaxy Watch Active 2 smartwatch. The rollout is slightly ahead of schedule; Samsung previously said the app would be released in the third quarter of this year after getting approval from South Korea’s Ministry of Food and Drug Safety in April.

    The Galaxy Watch Active 2 still won’t work as a full-on replacement for a traditional blood pressure cuff; in fact, you need to use one to calibrate the app every four weeks. That’s really for the best, though — optical-based sensors can technically only measure the change in blood pressure rather than give an accurate reading by themselves. With a traditional reading as a baseline, Samsung’s app should be more useful for tracking trends over time or between visits to the doctor.

    Samsung says the Health Monitor app will also support