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Healthcare to meet technology at the 12th Medical Fair Asia in August 2018

Healthcare to meet technology at the 12th Medical Fair Asia in August 2018

November 15, 2017

The 12th Medical Fair Asia is set to happen on the 29th to 31st August  2018 in Singapore. The fair is a platform for both drivers and enablers to showcase the latest life-saving technologies. The 3-day exhibition is the region’s leading event for all those involved in medical and healthcare. Visitor will see technology come [...]

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Research

Molecular guardian defends cells, organs against excess cholesterol

Molecular guardian defends cells, organs against excess cholesterol

A team of researchers at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health has found a critical player in cholesterol metabolism that acts as a molecular guardian in cells to help maintain cholesterol levels within a safe, narrow range. Known as Nrf1, it both senses and responds to excess cholesterol, and could represent a [...]

Doctors attempt to gene-edit a living person’s DNA – a medical first

Doctors attempt to gene-edit a living person’s DNA – a medical first

Brian Madeux was born 44 years ago with a rare medical disorder called Mucopolysaccharidoses II, known as MPS II or Hunter syndrome, which causes progressive damage to the body’s cells. But good news may come his way: recently, in a medical first, he received an experimental in-body gene-editing treatment which might cure him of the disease. From Madeux’s [...]

Babies born by C-section more likely to become obese children

Babies born by C-section more likely to become obese children

A large new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has found that individuals born by caesarean delivery were 15% more likely to become obese as children than individuals born by vaginal birth—and the increased risk may persist through adulthood. Furthermore, individuals born via ceasarean delivery were 64% more likely to be obese than their siblings born [...]

Antibodies may offer protection against tuberculosis

Antibodies may offer protection against tuberculosis

Despite being one of the body’s first lines of defense against infection, the role of antibodies in tuberculosis (TB) has gone largely unstudied. Now, by harnessing a unique technology for rapidly analysing human antibodies, a team of researchers led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT, and Harvard University has [...]

Disaster causes elderly people more likely to develop dementia

Disaster causes elderly people more likely to develop dementia

A new study has found that elderly people tend t develop dementia in the aftermath of disasters, such as tsunami. Elderly people who were uprooted from damaged or destroyed homes and who lost touch with their neighbours after the 2011 tsunami in Japan were more likely to experience increased symptoms of dementia than those who were [...]

Technology & Devices

This skin cancer-detecting device bags 2017 James Dyson award

This skin cancer-detecting device bags 2017 James Dyson award

Four engineering graduates from Ontario’s McMaster University have created a skin cancer-detecting device, bagging them this year’s international James Dyson Award. The Skan is low cost and non-invasive andmade from widely available and inexpensive components and could make detection of the disease more accessible. The handheld device is The World Health Organisation says one in [...]

This smart jacket uses Bluetooth to diagnose pneumonia

This smart jacket uses Bluetooth to diagnose pneumonia

Ugandan inventor Brian Turyabagye knows all too well how pneumonia which is mistaken for something else can be fatal. The problem is particularly acute with infants. According to UNICEF, pneumonia kills half a million children under five each year in sub-Saharan Africa. Turyabagye‘s close friend and business partner, Olivia Koburongo, lost her grandmother to pneumonia – she [...]

Smartphone apps could help treat depression

Smartphone apps could help treat depression

Smartphone applications have been found to be a safe and accessible treatment option for people diagnosed with depression, according to an Australian-led research that examined the efficacy of smartphone-based treatments for depression. Mental health services all over the world are struggling to meet the demand for treatment for depression as it is considered the most [...]

ITE staff develop new mechanism to simplify kidney stone removal

ITE staff develop new mechanism to simplify kidney stone removal

An innovative device that can simplify the process of removing large or complex kidney stones has been developed by a team of staff from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE)in collaboration with the National University Hospital (NUH), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Invivo Medical. The mechanism, called a Percutaneous-Access-to-Kidney-Assist Device (PAKAD), can reduce [...]

Medical “pen” identifies cancerous tissue in 10 seconds

Medical “pen” identifies cancerous tissue in 10 seconds

A new handheld medical device can identify cancer in tissue in just 10 seconds, which could make surgery to remove a tumor quicker, safer and more precise, according to scientists at the University of Texas in the US. Tests suggest that the medical “pen”, called MasSpec Pen, is accurate 96% of the time. It takes [...]

Pharmaceutical

Top natural antihistamines

Top natural antihistamines

Histamine is a protein that causes all of the symptoms you associate with allergies — the sneezing and cold-like symptoms you despise. Antihistamines block histamine activity, seeking to stop the allergic reaction. The following are 3 natural antihistamines: 1.    Vitamin C Vitamin C is an easy-to-find natural antihistamine. It’s prevalent in many fruits and vegetables, [...]

Three in ten adults with type 2 diabetes resist insulin therapy

Three in ten adults with type 2 diabetes resist insulin therapy

Three in ten adults with type 2 diabetes resist the much-needed insulin therapy, a study has found. On average, these patients delay insulin for about two years, researchers report in Diabetic Medicine. “This matters to patients because insulin therapy is typically offered to patients with high blood sugar levels,” said senior study author Dr. Alexander [...]

New drugs specifically designed to treat migraine currently in the pipeline

New drugs specifically designed to treat migraine currently in the pipeline

Migraine is listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the third most prevalent illness in the world, behind only tooth decay and tension-type headaches. It affects over 38 million Americans, including approximately 28 million women, who are afflicted at a rate three times that of men. But despite its prevalence, migraine — the condition [...]

WHO calls on SEA nations to cooperate to make drugs, treatment accessible

WHO calls on SEA nations to cooperate to make drugs, treatment accessible

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on Southeast Asian countries to work together to make medical treatment and drugs more affordable for the citizens. The countries were asked to take bold action ensuring citizens access to safe efficacious, quality and affordable medical products. The WHO also wants more emphasis to be given on leveraging [...]

Novartis makes history with US approval of first “living drug” cancer therapy

Novartis makes history with US approval of first “living drug” cancer therapy

Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company Novartis made history as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its tailor-made “living drug” therapy against cancer. Dubbed “CAR-T”, the treatment is the first to redesign a patient’s own immune system so it attacks cancer. The drug is tailor-made to each patient, unlike conventional therapies such as surgery or [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

How to take care of your feet

How to take care of your feet

You need your feet to get to everywhere, so why not take care of them? 1. Keep an eye on them Your feet take a beating every day, and small problems can turn into big ones if you ignore them. Look over your feet each day for cuts, sores, loose or discolored toenails, swelling, or [...]

Some tips on how to wake up easier

Some tips on how to wake up easier

If you are not the type to easily wake up early, good news: here are some tips on how to do so. 1.    Place your alarm clock out of reach Unless you have another hour or 2 to sleep, hitting the snooze button won’t really help you feel less tired. But there’s another reason to [...]

How to treat lower leg pain

How to treat lower leg pain

Sometimes our lower legs can give us pain. It shouldn’t be that way, however. Below are some common ailments that strike our lower legs and how you can cure them. 1. Muscle cramp. It can strike in your sleep or in the middle of the day. This sudden, tight, intense lower leg pain is sometimes called a “charley horse.” [...]

5 benefits of coffee

5 benefits of coffee

Contrary to widespread belief, coffee is actually healthy. It is loaded with antioxidants and beneficial nutrients that can improve your health. The studies show that coffee drinkers have a much lower risk of several serious diseases. Here are 5 reasons to go for coffee: 1.    It perks you up Coffee can help people feel less [...]

5 simple steps to a PMS-free life

5 simple steps to a PMS-free life

1.    Eat a clean diet Cut out refined flour, sugar, and processed foods. Cut out caffeine and alcohol. Balance your blood sugar by eating protein, such as a protein shake, eggs, and nut butters, for breakfast. Eat evenly throughout the day and don’t skip meals. Don’t eat within three hours of bedtime. Cut out all [...]

Community health

China facing epidemic of heart disease, stroke

China facing epidemic of heart disease, stroke

An increase in blood pressure in China has most likely caused a 20-year rise cardiovascular disease (CVD) among its citizens, according to a study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Increasing body mass index (BMI), decreasing physical activity, a high prevalence of smoking, and unhealthy diet have also contributed to the growing burden of CVD—now the leading cause [...]

Mothers in poorer countries more likely to develop maternal depression than their wealthier counterparts

Mothers in poorer countries more likely to develop maternal depression than their wealthier counterparts

Mothers in low- and middle-income countries are more vulnerable to high rates of depression during pregnancy and following the birth of their babies, according to a study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The researchers found that one in four women experienced antepartum (before birth) depression and one in five experienced postpartum [...]

Could mental health training cut sick leave costs?

Could mental health training cut sick leave costs?

A four-hour mental health training program for managers could yield fewer employee sick days and a roughly 10-to-1 return on investment. “Across the developed world, mental health has taken over as the leading cause of long-term work absence,” said senior study author Samuel Harvey of the University of New South Wales Faculty of Medicine in [...]

Vatican bans sale of cigarettes

Vatican bans sale of cigarettes

Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican from next year because of health concerns. “The motive is very simple: the Holy See cannot be cooperating with a practice that is clearly harming the health of people,” spokesman Greg Burke said in a statement. He cited World Health Organization [...]

Greater political will needed to end tuberculosis: WHO

Greater political will needed to end tuberculosis: WHO

Global efforts to combat tuberculosis (TB) have saved an estimated 53 million lives since 2000 and reduced the TB mortality rate by 37%, according to the Global TB Report 2017, released by WHO. Despite these achievements, the latest picture is grim. TB remains the top infectious killer in 2016. TB is also the main cause of [...]

Health alert

Smokeless tobacco product snus increases risk of fatality among prostate cancer patients

Smokeless tobacco product snus increases risk of fatality among prostate cancer patients

Men with prostate cancer who take the smokeless tobacco product snus – used mainly in Sweden but also sold in the US – are more likely to die from the disease and prematurely from any cause, according to a study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The findings, which build [...]

Alertness, or vigilance, is developed through evolution

Alertness, or vigilance, is developed through evolution

Using a molecular method likely to become widely adopted by the field, researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health have discovered brain circuitry essential for alertness, or vigilance – and for brain states more generally. Strikingly, the same cell types and circuits are engaged during alertness in zebra fish and mice, species whose evolutionary [...]

Deaths by drinking methanol increase to 15 in Ecuador

Deaths by drinking methanol increase to 15 in Ecuador

The number of deaths in Ecuador from a spate of methanol (industrial alcohol) consumption has risen to 15, with 21 other people under observation, the Ministry of Public Health announced Monday. The first nine deaths occurred on last Thursday in Quito, when health authorities received an alert about suspected intoxications. Since then, the number has [...]

73 % total deaths in Malaysia due to NCD

73 % total deaths in Malaysia due to NCD

It is estimated that 73 % of the total deaths in Malaysia were due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and half of the number were caused by cardiovascular diseases. Malaysian Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said based on data from the National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS), it could be assumed that the [...]

Measles still claims 90, 000 lives annually despite global decline in deaths

Measles still claims 90, 000 lives annually despite global decline in deaths

In 2016, an estimated 90 000 people died from measles – an 84% drop from more than 550 000 deaths in 2000 – according to a new report published by leading health organizations. This marks the first time global measles deaths have fallen below 100 000 per year. “Saving an average of 1.3 million lives per [...]

Other health News

15 minutes of time alone increases happiness

15 minutes of time alone increases happiness

November 13, 2017

A new paper in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, a research team led by They-vy Nguyen at the University of Rochester, explains shows how 15 minutes solitude can have beneficial effects on our emotions. Their results suggest that if you want to lower the intensity of your emotions, positive and negative, time spent alone may be just [...]

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Being optimistic reduces early death among elderly women

Being optimistic reduces early death among elderly women

November 13, 2017

Elderly women who have an optimistic outlook of life – a general expectation that good things will happen – tend to live longer, a study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health says. The study found that women who were optimistic had a significantly reduced risk of dying from several major causes of death—including cancer, heart disease, [...]

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Pregnant women, urban poor among Malaysians increasingly hit by diabetes

Pregnant women, urban poor among Malaysians increasingly hit by diabetes

November 10, 2017

The number of Malaysians living with diabetes is alarming, particularly among pregnant women and the urban poor. In 2016, about 422 million (8.5%) of the world’s population above 18 years of age were diabetic patients. Of these, 199 million were women. In Malaysia, 3.6 million (17.5%) of the population aged 18 and over is a [...]

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Menopause hits women in their early to mid-50s the hardest; becomes easier later

Menopause hits women in their early to mid-50s the hardest; becomes easier later

November 10, 2017

Menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and night sweats impact on the quality of life for women in their early-to-mid-50s the most, a small U.S. study suggests. Women age 60 or older had better overall quality of life scores and fewer complaints about memory problems and physical symptoms, researchers report in Maturitas, but they still [...]

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Some findings on dementia

Some findings on dementia

November 9, 2017

New study has given some clues on dementia: Inflammation in middle age may increase the risk for brain shrinkage and dementia in old age. The researchers tested more than 1,600 people for five “biomarkers” of inflammation in their blood when they were, on average, 53 years old. About 24 years later, the participants were given brain [...]

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Dozens of new genetic regions found linked to breast cancer

Dozens of new genetic regions found linked to breast cancer

November 9, 2017

Two large genome-wide association studies of thousands of women have identified 75 new genetic regions that influence the risk of breast cancer. The findings—from an international team including Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health—add to the roughly 100 known breast cancer risk regions in the human genome, providing information that could help identify women at high risk [...]

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This technology can detect disease by smelling your breath

This technology can detect disease by smelling your breath

November 8, 2017

Like a super-sensitive human nose, an experimental technology can “smell” and identify the chemical composition of a person’s breath and then diagnose up to 17 potential diseases, according to the scientists who developed it. These researchers, led by Hossam Haick of the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, say their Na-Nose, which uses nanorays to analyze breath, can identify [...]

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Healthy lifestyle reduces heart attack, stroke risk after gestational diabetes: NIH study

Healthy lifestyle reduces heart attack, stroke risk after gestational diabetes: NIH study

November 8, 2017

Women who have had gestational diabetes may be able to reduce or even eliminate their risk for cardiovascular disease by following a healthy lifestyle in the years after giving birth, according to a study by researchers at the National Institutes of Health. The researchers analysed data from the Nurses’ Health Study II following health habits and [...]

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High brain glucose level means higher risk of severe Alzheimer’s

High brain glucose level means higher risk of severe Alzheimer’s

November 8, 2017

Scientists have found a connection between abnormalities in how the brain breaks down glucose and the severity of the signature amyloid plaques and tangles in the brain, as well as the onset of eventual outward symptoms, of Alzheimer’s disease. The breakthrough study was supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National [...]

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Dental crowns increase risk of root canal: study

Dental crowns increase risk of root canal: study

November 8, 2017

Over 37 million crowns are placed every year by dentists in the United States. Dental crowns are by far the most popular indirect procedure even though they require drilling approximately 75% of the tooth away, turning the tooth into a small peg, compared with drilling only 35% of the tooth away for a supra-gingival procedure (see [...]

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