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Exercise for people living with chronic pain

Exercise for people living with chronic pain

July 16, 2018

When done correctly exercise can improve pain and the quality of life for patients living with chronic pain, yet patients are reluctant to exercise. Exercising with pain might sound counterintuitive for patients who suffer from chronic pain. However, reducing exercise can in fact worsen, rather than improve the condition of patients living with chronic pain, [...]

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Research

WHO: Sex addiction is now an official mental illness

WHO: Sex addiction is now an official mental illness

Not recognised as a medical condition until now, in a landmark inclusion, the World Health Organization has officially classified compulsive sexual behaviour as a mental illness. Sexual compulsivity is now a part of the International Classification of Diseases list (ICD)-11 list. This has marked a turning point in the lives of those who are suffering [...]

Pollution-related illnesses rising in Asian megacities; led to 15,000 premature deaths in Delhi – study

Pollution-related illnesses rising in Asian megacities; led to 15,000 premature deaths in Delhi – study

About 15,000 people died prematurely in Delhi in 2016 from illnesses linked to fine particulate matter pollution, according to a new study by researchers from India, Singapore and Thailand that assessed pollution-related deaths in 13 megacities in south Asia and China. Heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, lung cancer among adults and upper respiratory tract illnesses [...]

Vitamins, supplements do not reduce cardio disease risks – researchers

Vitamins, supplements do not reduce cardio disease risks – researchers

The global natural health supplements market is predicted to cross nearly US$70 billion by 2024, owing to a growing demand amid rising incidences of lifestyle diseases, including cardiovascular  diseases.  With consumers seeking to eliminate heart diseases, through preventive approach, multivitamins and supplements are becoming popular antidotes. A new research is setting the record straight. Dr [...]

Lung Cancer Breakthrough: New blood test detects cancer

Lung Cancer Breakthrough: New blood test detects cancer

A revolutionary discovery by scientists has revealed a new way doctors can test whether a patient is likely to develop lung cancer. Research by the World Health Organisation’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) in France has made a breakthrough, claiming a simple blood test could be the key to detecting the cancer before [...]

Researchers, new guidelines for high blood pressure

Researchers, new guidelines for high blood pressure

Adopting new guidelines for high blood pressure (hypertension) would dramatically increase the number of people labeled as having the condition and being recommended for drug treatment, finds a study published by The BMJ today. The findings show that, if the guidelines were introduced in the US and China, more than half of those aged 45-75 [...]

Technology & Devices

Prostate cancer ultrasound treatment as productive as surgery or radiotherapy

Prostate cancer ultrasound treatment as productive as surgery or radiotherapy

Using high energy ultrasound beams to destroy prostate cancer tumours may be as effective as surgery or radiotherapy, but with fewer side effects.  A new study, carried out at six hospitals across the UK, tracked 625 men with prostate cancer who received a type of treatment called high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). The research, published in [...]

Scientists can predict intelligence from brain scans

Scientists can predict intelligence from brain scans

If you’ve ever lied about your IQ to seem more intelligent, it’s time to fess up. Scientists can now tell how smart you are just by looking at a scan of your brain. Actually, to be more precise, the scientists themselves aren’t looking at your brain scan; a machine-learning algorithm they’ve developed is. In a [...]

Presenting opportunities for the healthcare sector in Asia

Presenting opportunities for the healthcare sector in Asia

Also, download this story from the electronic issue here MEDICAL FAIR ASIA 2018 29-31 August, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore The healthcare industry in Asia Pacific is expected to grow at 11.1% in 2018, making it one of the fastest growing regions in the world, compared to the global healthcare average growth of 4.8% a year. The [...]

Quicker, accurate diagnoses for dangerous diseases and genetic disorders

Quicker, accurate diagnoses for dangerous diseases and genetic disorders

There is growing awareness of the valuable role that diagnostics can play, both in the early identification and treatment of dangerous or infectious diseases as well as genetic disorders. The early and accurate identification of one’s predisposition to cancer, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), diabetes, cardiac conditions, or the presence of underlying pathogens such as Zika, [...]

Blood test may detect early lung cancer – study

Blood test may detect early lung cancer – study

A test that analyses free-floating DNA in the blood may be able to detect early-stage lung cancer, a preliminary report from the ongoing Circulating Cell-Free Genome Atlas (CCGA) study suggests. The findings, from one of the first studies to explore whether sequencing blood-borne DNA is a feasible approach to the early cancer detection, were featured [...]

Pharmaceutical

Cancer “eating” drug

Cancer “eating” drug

Scientists have designed a special type of drug that helps the body eat and destroy cancerous cells. The treatment boosts the action of white blood cells, called macrophages, that the immune system uses to gobble up unwanted invaders. Tests in mice showed the therapy worked for aggressive breast and skin tumours, Nature Biomedical Engineering journal [...]

FDA approves epidiolex for severe forms of epilepsy

FDA approves epidiolex for severe forms of epilepsy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol) oral solution for treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome for patients age 2 years and older. The rare, genetic Dravet syndrome appears during the first year of life with frequent fever-related seizures; other types of seizures arise later, and status epilepticus [...]

Medicine protects neurons in Parkinson’s disease

Medicine protects neurons in Parkinson’s disease

Systemic treatment of animal models with israpidine, a calcium channel inhibitor, reduced mitochondrial stress that might cause Parkinson’s disease, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. These findings bode well for the STEADY-PD III study, a nationwide clinical trial testing isradipine in patients at Northwestern and over 50 other [...]

FDA approves first of new migraine drugs

FDA approves first of new migraine drugs

The FDA endorsed a new drug called Aimovig for prevention of migraines in adults. Migraine sufferers got some relief with the approval of the first of a new class of drugs for migraine prevention, through monthly self-injections. Aimovig is the first in a new class of drugs that work by blocking the activity of calcitonin [...]

Hepatitis on the rise in Vietnam

Hepatitis on the rise in Vietnam

More than three million Vietnamese are infected with Hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to the recent findings from the survery conducted by the Ministry of Health .  Meanwhile, 40% of the HCV patients may die due to HCV-related complications, including cirrhosis and liver cancer , the survey cited. Dangerous and in some cases, fatal, Hepatitis [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Health benefits of ginger

Health benefits of ginger

Ginger,  one of the healthiest spices in the world, is also loaded with many health benefits. For centuries, its healing powers have been embraced by countless cultures. This root packs a powerful nutritional punch and is loaded with minerals including potassium, manganese, copper, and magnesium. It is also high in vitamins C, A and E. [...]

Effective natural remedies for hair loss

Effective natural remedies for hair loss

Hair loss is a problem that people have been trying to solve for a long time. While recent studies suggest that pollution plays a role in inducing damage which can eventually lead to hair loss, those who lived during less industrialized times also suffered from thinning tresses. This is why various natural remedies are available [...]

Foods to keep your heart healthy

Foods to keep your heart healthy

A healthy diet is important for the good health of your heart. An expanding waistline, increasing weight is often the first indicator that you need to take a good look at your diet and make changes. Indulging in junk food, foods rich in sugar and carbs are often the reason for an unhealthy relationship with [...]

7 Superfoods you should know

7 Superfoods you should know

When you hear the term “superfoods,” you may think of foods like acai, goji berries and chia seeds. These foods do have nutritional attributes, but they also tend to be tough to find, expensive and difficult to incorporate into everyday meals. Fortunately, there are plenty of less exotic foods that are also super. Better yet, [...]

Mothers who follow a healthy habit may reduce risk of child obesity

Mothers who follow a healthy habit may reduce risk of child obesity

Children whose mothers stick to healthy lifestyle practices are less likely to be obese than children of less healthy moms, researchers report. “Living a healthy lifestyle can not only help adults to improve their health and reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases, but also can exert health benefits to their offspring,” Dr Qi Sun [...]

Community health

Norovirus outbreak in Shanghai university

Norovirus outbreak in Shanghai university

Health officials in Yangpu District, Shanghai are reporting a norovirus outbreak that sickened some forty students at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, according to a local media report. Norovirus was confirmed by laboratory testing in both vomit and feces samples. The university said it has disinfected all canteens, classrooms, dormitories and other public spaces, and also [...]

Tips on avoiding heat-related illness

Tips on avoiding heat-related illness

With Alabama summers being among the hottest in the United States, it’s important to be knowledgeable about what precautions to take to prevent heat related illnesses, which occur when one’s body cannot not adequately cool itself. Examples of heat-related illnesses include heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat rash, heat cramps and fainting. According to the Centers [...]

EU, US oncology groups urge gov’t action on cancer issues

EU, US oncology groups urge gov’t action on cancer issues

The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the world’s two leading organisations for oncology professionals issued a joint statement  calling upon governments to renew political commitment to improve cancer services and reduce cancer deaths. The statement was issued on the occasion of the United Nations Civil Society [...]

UAE lifts ban on fruits and vegetables from Kerala

UAE lifts ban on fruits and vegetables from Kerala

The UAE has lifted the ban on imports of fruits and vegetables from Kerala after the state confirmed itself free of the Nipah virus attack. The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) announced lifting the ban through micro blogging site twitter stating, ““#MoCCAE lifted import ban of all kinds of fruits & vegetables from [...]

E-biking for a healthy lifestyle in the Europe

E-biking for a healthy lifestyle in the Europe

A study of travel habits in seven European cities has found that people who ride their bikes daily have the lowest body mass index (BMI) of any class of transport user – unless the bicycle in question is an electric one, in which case they rank second only to motorists in terms of obesity levels. [...]

Health alert

Honey smacks linked to salmonella outbreak, 100 people infected

Honey smacks linked to salmonella outbreak, 100 people infected

US health officials have issued a blunt warning for people to avoid Honey Smacks, a popular breakfast cereal linked to a salmonella outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urged consumers: “Do not eat this cereal.” More than a million packets of the product were recalled by the manufacturer Kellogg’s in June after [...]

Sexually transmitted infection MG could become superbug, experts warn

Sexually transmitted infection MG could become superbug, experts warn

A little known sexually transmitted infection could become the next superbug unless people become more vigilant, experts are warning. Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) often has no symptoms but can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, which can leave some women infertile. MG can be missed – and if it is not treated correctly, it can develop resistance to [...]

Longer hours in working higher risk of diabetes in women

Longer hours in working higher risk of diabetes in women

Working overtime may help pay the bills, but it can be bad for your health. New research, published July 2 in BMJ Open Diabetes Research and Care, has shown that too much toiling may elevate diabetes risk in women. The study adds to a growing number of reports suggesting that overwork negatively affects well-being. Based on [...]

Increasing number of mental health problems among students

Increasing number of mental health problems among students

The Tuscaloosa County School System reports a significant number of its students face mental health issues. School officials said at a meeting Monday at least 1,000 of their students were dealing with this. Clinical Psychologist Dr. John Burkhardt said this is not a new problem, but a growing concern. He said children have a harder [...]

Skin cancer risk higher in military personnel

Skin cancer risk higher in military personnel

Kelsie Riemenschneider, M.D., from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., and colleagues conducted a systematic literature review to identify studies of melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer in military personnel. The researchers identified nine studies describing skin cancer incidence in the U.S. military, with four studies specific to melanoma. Overall, there was an increased risk for melanoma [...]

Other health News

Caffeine effects on children

Caffeine effects on children

July 11, 2018

Caffeine is a psychoactive substance widely consumed by kids as it is easy to get, is legal, and is contained within socially acceptable drinks. Children as young as 4 years of age are given caffeinated drinks regularly due to insufficient awareness of the effects of caffeine on the children’s physiology and behavior. Several studies suggest [...]

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Scientists successfully wiped out more than 80% of mosquitoes that carry dengue fever and Zika

Scientists successfully wiped out more than 80% of mosquitoes that carry dengue fever and Zika

July 11, 2018

In an experiment with global implications, Australian scientists have successfully wiped out more than 80% of disease-carrying mosquitoes in trial locations across north Queensland. The experiment, conducted by scientists from the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and James Cook University (JCU), targeted Aedes aegypti mosquitoes, which spread deadly diseases such as dengue fever [...]

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Using gene therapy to cure obesity and type 2 diabetes in mice, researchers report

Using gene therapy to cure obesity and type 2 diabetes in mice, researchers report

July 10, 2018

A research team from the UAB led by Professor Fatima Bosch has managed to cure obesity and type 2 diabetes in mice using gene therapy. A single administration of an adeno-associated viral vector (AAV) carrying the FGF21 (Fibroblast Growth Factor 21) gene, resulted in genetic manipulation of the liver, adipose tissue or skeletal muscle to [...]

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New HIV vaccine shows promise after clinical examination

New HIV vaccine shows promise after clinical examination

July 9, 2018

An HIV vaccine that has the potential to protect people around the world from the virus has shown promising results. The treatment, which aims to provide immunity against various strains of the virus, produced an anti-HIV immune system response in tests on 393 people, a study in the Lancet found. It also protected some monkeys [...]

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China’s organ transplant system feted despite transparency doubts

China’s organ transplant system feted despite transparency doubts

July 6, 2018

Just a few years ago, China was persona non grata in the transplantation world over its use of organs from executed inmates, some of them prisoners of conscience. But at the Transplantation Society’s annual congress in Madrid this week, the tables turned as 150 Chinese experts took part—an unprecedented number—and one-time critics endorsed the country’s [...]

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Gene therapy method developed to target damaged kidney cells

Gene therapy method developed to target damaged kidney cells

July 6, 2018

Gene therapy has gained momentum in the past year, following the federal government’s approval of the first such treatments for inherited retinal diseases and hard-to-treat leukemia. Now, research led by Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has shown, in mice, that genetic material can be delivered to damaged cells in the kidneys, a [...]

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Decrease in mean platelet counts seen during pregnancy

Decrease in mean platelet counts seen during pregnancy

July 6, 2018

Jessica A. Reese, Ph.D., from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City, and colleagues examined platelet counts throughout pregnancy in 7,351 women who delivered between 2011 and 2014. Platelet counts were compared with those of non-pregnant women included in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey from 1999 through 2012. The researchers [...]

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Study finds, ketogenic diet may boost targeted cancer therapy

Study finds, ketogenic diet may boost targeted cancer therapy

July 5, 2018

A very low carbohydrate, high-fat diet called the ketogenic diet may improve the effectiveness of an emerging class of cancer drugs, according to a study in mice by investigators at Weill Cornell Medicine, Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian. In a study published in Nature on July 4, scientists provide a possible explanation for [...]

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More nuts, higher sperm count, says study

More nuts, higher sperm count, says study

July 5, 2018

Men who ate about two handfuls of mixed almonds, hazelnuts and walnuts daily for 14 weeks improved their sperm count and had more viable “swimmers”, scientists found. The study comes amid a decline in sperm counts across the Western world, linked to pollution, smoking and diet. Researchers said there was growing evidence a healthy diet [...]

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No strong evidence that cannabis reduces chronic pain

No strong evidence that cannabis reduces chronic pain

July 5, 2018

A four-year study suggests medicinal cannabis is not as effective at relieving chronic non-cancer pain as commonly assumed. Researchers at UNSW Sydney who conducted one of the world’s longest community studies of its type have found no clear role for cannabis in treating chronic non-cancer pain. The study, funded by the National Health and Medical [...]

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