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Greek Doctor George Papanicolaou Saved Countless Lives with Pap Smear

Georgios Papanikolaou, born in Kymi, Euboea in 1883 and the son of a doctor, invented the ‘Pap smear’ in 1943 and has saved the lives of countless women.

Study Says Humans May Live to Be 130 by the End of the Century

A recent study suggests that it may be possible for human beings to live to the age of 130 by the end of this century. Researchers have studied the biological lives of over 3,800 Italian 'semi-super-centenarians,' or people who have...

The Black Death in Greece and the Byzantine Empire

In the fourteenth century, the Black Death spread rapidly throughout Asia and Europe, including in Greece and across the Byzantine empire. The Black Death is the most fatal pandemic ever recorded, as an estimated 75 to 200 million people died...

Pfizer’s Albert Bourla Receives Top Greek Honor

Pfizer's Albert Bourla received the Greek top honor by the President of the Hellenic Republic, Katerina Sakellaropoulou, in a special ceremony at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday. The Thessaloniki-born scientist was awarded the Golden Cross of the Order of the...

Deltacron: What We Know of the New Coronavirus Variant

Deltacron, a hybrid of delta and omicron, is the new coronavirus variant detected in mid-February. There are now over 60 logged, across Cyprus, France, the Netherlands, Denmark, the US and the UK. Will deltacron displace omicron? Will the variant...

Cancer Has a Smell — and Technology May Soon Be Able to Sniff It Out

Throughout our homes, we have electronics that can hear and see us, but we don't yet have technology that can smell. However, even this may be changing. And what if we could detect cancer by smelling it? The science...

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla Says a Fourth Booster Shot is “Necessary”

Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said on Sunday that it will be necessary to receive an additional fourth booster shot against Covid-19. During an interview on CBS he said that "It is necessary, a fourth booster right now...The protection that you...

First Person to Receive a Pig Heart Transplant has Died

David Bennett Sr., the first man to receive a heart transplant from a pig, passed away just two months after the historic procedure on Tuesday. He was 57 years old. Bennett received the historic transplant, which used a genetically modified...

One Alcoholic Drink a Day Linked With Smaller Brain, Study Says

Alcohol and the human brain don't have a healthy relationship. People who drink heavily undergo alterations in brain structure and size, both of which are associated with cognitive impairments, a new study released on Friday suggests. Even modest alcohol consumption, which...

Brain Scan Suggests We Play a “Last Recall” of Life Events Before Death

In the first ever recording of a dying brain, scientists say we may actually relive our most important life events just before death, a University of Louisville research paper suggests. Published on Tuesday, the paper recounts how scientists accidentally captured...

New Book “The Vaccine” Chronicles Race to Create First Coronavirus Shot

The new book "The Vaccine" recounts the desperate race to develop the world's first authorized coronavirus shot, spearheaded by a brilliant married couple whose work has taken them to the pinnacle of scientific achievement. Winners of the Paul Ehrlich Prize...

Changes Similar to Alzheimers Take Place in Covid Patients’ Brains

Brain alterations similar to those found in Alzheimers patients are occurring in Covid patients' brains as well, according to a new study out of New York City's Columbia University. Reuters reports in a summary of several recent studies on the...

Pfizer Made $36.8 Billion from Covid-19 Vaccine in 2021

Pfizer, the international pharmaceuticals giant helmed by Thessaloniki-born Dr. Albert Bourla, made a staggering $36.8 billion on its first-in-the-world coronavirus vaccine last year. First authorized for emergency use in December of 2020, just nine months after the virus began to...

Greece Donates More than 1.3 Million Covid Vaccines to Ethiopia

Greece donated 1,346,400 coronavirus vaccines to Ethiopia through a team of EU member states, the Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry announced on Wednesday. “Greece supports the people of Ethiopia in their efforts to fight the Covid-19 pandemic,” wrote the Ministry, adding...

Greece to Offer Novavax Vaccine Starting in March

Novavax, the protein-based coronavirus vaccine produced by the US company of the same name, will begin offering its inoculations to the people of Greece in early March. The Gaithersburg, Maryland-based pharmaceuticals firm, which earned emergency authorization for its vaccine in...