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World Alzheimer’s Day 2018

World Alzheimer’s Day 2018

September 21, 2018

Named after German pathologist and psychiatrist Alois Alzheimer in 1906, Alzheimer’s disease affects approximately 50 million people worldwide, but World Alzheimer’s Day,held on the 21st of September every year, calls attention to the tragic effects of the neurodegenerative disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive and chronic neurodegenerative disease that destroys memory and other critical mental [...]

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Research

Caffeine lowers death risk from kidney disease

Caffeine lowers death risk from kidney disease

Consuming greater amounts of caffeine, including soft drinks, tea, and coffee, may help reduce the risk of death for people with chronic kidney disease, according to a study. The research, which was published in the journal Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation, attempted to associate the coffee consumption and mortality of those with the disease, matching previous research [...]

More rollercoasters, less kidney stones

More rollercoasters, less kidney stones

Research concluding the advantages of rollercoasters on kidney stones has won the Ig Nobel Prize for Medicine. Professor David Wartinger at Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine began the research after one of his patients returned from a trip to Walt Disney World in Florida.The patient reported that one of his kidney stones became [...]

How owls could help scientists understand ADHD

How owls could help scientists understand ADHD

A team at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore is studying barn owls in an attempt to understand the brain circuits that control attention. While owls are highly focused predatory birds, most people with ADHD are not. The team’s major goal is to figure out what goes wrong in the brains of people with attention problems, [...]

Going green: A vegetarian diet to save water

Going green: A vegetarian diet to save water

According to a new study, becoming vegetarian has a huge impact on water savings.By cutting down on meat an individual can save about 10%, and up 55% by getting on an altogether healthier diet. Shifting to a healthy diet is a “win-win situation”, say researchers.Citizens will be healthier and their food can be produced using [...]

Soaring growth of cancer around the world

Soaring growth of cancer around the world

As countries become wealthier, cancer diagnosis’ are becoming more related to lifestyle than to poverty. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) provides regular reports of the extent of cancer around the world, looking closely at 36 different cancers in 185 countries. The study anticipates that 18.1 million new cases of cancer and 9.6 [...]

Technology & Devices

Robotic pants to aid mobility

Robotic pants to aid mobility

Johnathan Rossiter’s new trousers are bright, colourful, Lycra, perfect for track and soon they will be robotic. A team of British researchers have started developing soft robotics in wearable tech. They are currently inventing robotic muscles – air-filled bubbles of plastic that can raise a leg from a seated to a standing position. “We are [...]

New robotic system for keyhole surgery to be released in the UK

New robotic system for keyhole surgery to be released in the UK

A British company has designed the Versius robot, a rival to the American da Vinci system.Built in Cambridge by CMR Surgical, the Versius is smaller and the company believes it will be more flexible than existing robots, allowing it to perform a wider range of operations. Versius has independent modular arms which are “quick and [...]

Medical Fair Asia 2018: No more eye strain for doctors

Medical Fair Asia 2018: No more eye strain for doctors

Japanese company Yamada Shadowless Lamp have unveiled their line of “Medical LED” operation lights.The IXM Series is fully equipped with “ultra-high colour rendering” LEDs that mimic natural light in order to lessen the strain on a doctor’s eyes. The lamp head has soft curves that are designed to put nervous patients at ease before their [...]

Medical Fair Asia 2018: Blood sampling made painless with a needleless laser system

Medical Fair Asia 2018: Blood sampling made painless with a needleless laser system

Secure methods for blood sampling have been a concern in modern medicine for a long time. Needles are costly, can cause infections and can be painful for many people, especially for patients with Type 1 diabetes and for people who are just generally afraid of needles and who are more sensitive to the pain. In view of this, South Korean medical R&D company LaMeditech [...]

Medical Fair Asia 2018: A refined approach to keyhole surgery

Medical Fair Asia 2018: A refined approach to keyhole surgery

American company Intuitive Surgical has introduced its fourth generation da Vinci surgical system, an FDA-approved robotic surgical system that allows the surgeon’s hand movements to be translated into smaller, precise movements of tiny instruments inside the patient’s body and perform complex minimally invasive surgical procedures with precision and accuracy. The system is an advanced robotic [...]

Pharmaceutical

Aspirin potentially dangerous for those over 70, study warns

Aspirin potentially dangerous for those over 70, study warns

Though there are proven benefits of aspirin for people after a heart attack or stroke, recent studies have shown that it could potentially be fatal to people over the age of 70 and increase the risk of internal bleeding. The Us and Australian based study described the results as very important and cautioned against self-medicating [...]

Welsh patients to test revolutionary insulin drug

Welsh patients to test revolutionary insulin drug

A new drug that helps regeneration of insulin-making cells especially in Type 1 diabetics has been developed. About 19,000 people live with Type 1 of the condition in Wales and 90% have less than 5% of these cells left.This means daily insulin shots but if the drug proves successful, it could reduce the dependency on [...]

The real deal with probiotics

The real deal with probiotics

One of the main questions surrounding probiotics is: what really reaches the gut? It’s fairly simple to determine how much probiotic bacteria is in a food or supplement (at least at the time of manufacture), but how many microbes take hold in the gut and become part of the microbiome? Immunologist Eran Elinav of the [...]

Common painkiller linked to increased risk of heart problems

Common painkiller linked to increased risk of heart problems

The commonly used painkiller diclofenac is associated with an increased risk of major cardiovascular events, such as heart attack and stroke, compared with no use, paracetamol use, and use of other traditional painkillers, finds a study published by The BMJ this week. The findings prompt the researchers to say that diclofenac should not be available [...]

Lorcaserin: Weight loss drug found to be safe in obesity

Lorcaserin: Weight loss drug found to be safe in obesity

A major study has found promising results for the safety of a weight-loss drug available in the US. The study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, says adults using the drug lorcaserin lost an average of 4kg (8.8lb) over 40 months. It says the drug, which works by suppressing appetite, does not put [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Amazing benefits of mushrooms for a healthy skin

Amazing benefits of mushrooms for a healthy skin

Mushroom contains Hyaluronic acid which is considered as the body’s internal moisturizer as it firms and plumps up your skin. It also contains a polysaccharide that is equally beneficial in hydrating your skin. Mushrooms contain compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants as well. This superfood promotes healing and fights inflammation. The extracts of mushrooms [...]

5 foods that keep your kidneys healthy

5 foods that keep your kidneys healthy

Your kidneys are a crucial pair of organs that are usually ignored. They play an important role in removing wastes generated from the food you eat. They are responsible for eliminating urea, wastes from dietary protein, along with minerals like sodium, potassium and phosphorus. So you can imagine if these organs become dysfunctional or slow [...]

Healthy diet linked to healthy cellular aging in women

Healthy diet linked to healthy cellular aging in women

Having a diet that is rich in fruit, vegetable and whole grain and low in added sugar, sodium and processed meat could help promote healthy cellular aging in women, a study of the University of Michigan (UM) showed. UM researchers used telomere length to measure cellular aging in the study. Age is the strongest predictor [...]

Use honey to treat cough instead of antibiotics

Use honey to treat cough instead of antibiotics

Honey and over-the-counter medicines should be the first line of treatment for most people with coughs, new guidelines recommend. Antibiotics should rarely be prescribed by doctors for coughs because in most cases they do little to improve symptoms, health officials say. Most of the time a cough will improve on its own within two to [...]

Consuming milk for breakfast to lower blood glucose

Consuming milk for breakfast to lower blood glucose

Milk consumed with breakfast cereal reduced postprandial blood glucose concentration compared with water, and high dairy protein concentration reduced postprandial blood glucose concentration compared with normal dairy protein concentration. Whether you pour a glass or have it with cereal, consuming milk for breakfast is the perfect energy boost your body needs to get you through [...]

Community health

5 foods to reduce breast cancer risk

5 foods to reduce breast cancer risk

The breast cancer mortality rate in India is dangerously high. There are various reasons why so many Indian women are increasingly becoming victims of breast cancer. Our bad lifestyle habits with regards to diet, sleep, smoking, alcohol consumption, stress, lack of exercise and also genetics can be blamed for breast cancer. It is imperative for [...]

Children in England to be banned from buying energy drinks

Children in England to be banned from buying energy drinks

The sale of energy drinks could be banned in England to anybody under 18, amid fears they are damaging children’s health, the prime minister has said. The government has launched a public consultation on its plans to make it illegal to sell the drinks to children. Energy drinks contain high levels of sugar and caffeine [...]

HPV vaccine is safe and effective, says health ministry

HPV vaccine is safe and effective, says health ministry

The health ministry has dismissed reports that the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine is dangerous to girls. Social media was awash with claims that the vaccine, which was introduced by the government in 2015, has a contraceptive component that can cause infertility. The reports said it had been banned in many parts of Europe, the US [...]

Major cholera outbreak in Yemen controlled by computer predictions

Major cholera outbreak in Yemen controlled by computer predictions

Cholera cases in Yemen have been slashed by a new system that predicts where outbreaks will occur. Last year, there were more than 50,000 new cases in just one week – this year, the numbers plummeted to about 2,500. The system has enabled aid workers to focus efforts on prevention several weeks in advance of [...]

Chinese diets contain too much salt intake

Chinese diets contain too much salt intake

According to an international study, 80 percent of the communities in China have a mean sodium intake greater than five grams per day. In a study published in The Lancet, an international research group has found that salt consumption by the Chinese is among the highest in the world. A high level of sodium salt [...]

Health alert

The rise of global hunger: UN warns of increasing number of undernourished

The rise of global hunger: UN warns of increasing number of undernourished

After years of decline, the past three years have seen an uptake in the number of people suffering from world hunger, the UN reports. According to the analysis, 821 million people globally were undernourished in 2017 – about one out of nine people, whilenearly 151 million under-fives – 22% of the global total – have [...]

Lack of exercise increasing disease risk globally

Lack of exercise increasing disease risk globally

More than a billion adults around the world are at risk of serious disease through lack of exercise, a study has shown. Investigators found that in 2016 more than a quarter of the global population – 1.4 billion people – were insufficiently active. As a result, they faced an increased risk of heart and artery [...]

How to protect yourself from laptop radiation

How to protect yourself from laptop radiation

Can you imagine your life without your laptop? Well, 90 per cent of the world’s population would say ‘No’. Laptops are the key productive devices used by students, professionals, homemakers and even by kids for entertainment. But at the same time, they are also one of the most significant sources of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) radiation, [...]

China’s African swine fever outbreak may spread to other parts of Asia, FAO warns

China’s African swine fever outbreak may spread to other parts of Asia, FAO warns

An outbreak of African swine fever in China may spread to other parts of Asia, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization warned Tuesday, as the world’s largest pork producer scrambled to contain the disease. China has culled more than 24,000 pigs in four provinces to stop the disease from proliferating, the FAO said in a [...]

Emotional stress causes heart attacks in women

Emotional stress causes heart attacks in women

Emotional stress triggers “spontaneous coronary artery dissection” (SCAD), a condition that causes around one-third of heart attacks in women under 60 years of age, researchers say. SCAD occurs when the lining of an artery supplying blood to the heart tears away from the artery’s outer layer. Blood leaks into the space between layers and forms [...]

Other health News

Medical show in Singapore closes on a high note

Medical show in Singapore closes on a high note

September 13, 2018

This year’s Medical Fair Asia and Medical Manufacturing Asia shows were the largest editions to date, with more than 14,000 trade visitors from 72 countries visiting the two symbiotic trade exhibitions for the medical, healthcare and medtech sectors – a 16% increase from 2016. Medical Manufacturing Asia 2018 registered some 6,000 visitors from 56 countries [...]

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MedTech forum to explore technological advancements in healthcare

MedTech forum to explore technological advancements in healthcare

September 6, 2018

Over 600 senior leaders in the healthcare sector, including global and regional leaders of medical device manufacturers, healthcare providers, policy-makers, regulators, government representatives, clinicians, startups, and SMEs, are expected to attend the upcoming Asia Pacific MedTech Forum. The theme “Technology in Healthcare: Empowering Patients; Driving Outcomes” will see a range of high profile speakers discuss [...]

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New sensor examines tears for signs of eye damage

New sensor examines tears for signs of eye damage

September 5, 2018

According to the researchers, this new rapid-sensing device can detect a key marker of eye injury in minutes, which is crucial for eye trauma. Eye injuries are pretty common and their treatment, if not done in time, can cause grave injuries and situations like blindness in some cases. However, a team of researchers from the [...]

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Zika virus reveals possible causes of brain pathology

Zika virus reveals possible causes of brain pathology

September 5, 2018

In healthy individuals, the Zika virus causes flu-like symptoms. If a pregnant woman becomes infected, the unborn child can suffer from severe brain abnormalities as a result of mechanisms that have not yet been explained. A study by the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry (MPI-B) shows that Zika [...]

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Antioxidants reduces risk for stroke

Antioxidants reduces risk for stroke

September 4, 2018

Doctors have long known that in the months after a heart attack or stroke, patients are more likely to have another attack or stroke. Now, a paper in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology explains what happens inside blood vessels to increase risk—and suggests a new way to treat it. Heart attacks in [...]

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Reduce the time between breakfast and dinner if you want to lose weight

Reduce the time between breakfast and dinner if you want to lose weight

September 3, 2018

A new study says if you reduce the time between your breakfast and dinner, which means have dinner at least half an hour early it can limit calorie intake and burn more fat. It is usually believed that if you have to lose weight you need to eat fewer calories and exercise more. However, scientists [...]

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Women should not sleep straight during pregnancy

Women should not sleep straight during pregnancy

September 3, 2018

Now, even a study done by researchers at University of South Australia confirmed that sleeping on your back during pregnancy can increase chances of stillbirth. Till now we had cautioned mothers from sleeping in the supine position during pregnancy, which means lying on the back with face and torso up. Now even a study has [...]

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Artificial intelligence could predict cancer evolution

Artificial intelligence could predict cancer evolution

September 3, 2018

Scientists have used artificial intelligence to predict how cancers will progress and evolve. This could help doctors design the most effective treatment for each patient. A team led by the Institute of Cancer Research London (ICR) and the University of Edinburgh developed a new technique known as Revolver (Repeated Evolution of Cancer). This picks out [...]

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Medical Fair Asia 2018: Digital “smart” underwear to aid incontinence

Medical Fair Asia 2018: Digital “smart” underwear to aid incontinence

September 3, 2018

Innovations from European companies have been given support to expand into Asian markets through a programme known as EU Business Avenues in Southeast Asia, an EU-funded initiative for several markets including Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Indonesia, Philippines and Thailand. The programme promotes collaborations with local companies, in the form of joint ventures, distributorships, or licensing agreements, [...]

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Gene-editing to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Gene-editing to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy

September 1, 2018

Scientists have for the first time used gene-editing to treat Duchenne muscular dystrophy in a large mammal, a significant step towards effective treatment for people with the disorder. The condition, which has no cure, leads to loss of muscle function and strength and ultimately an early death. But in a study on dogs, scientists were [...]

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