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Focusing on food for the elderly; a topic at ELDEX ASIA

Focusing on food for the elderly; a topic at ELDEX ASIA

April 10, 2019

With the steady growth of elderly consumers in the Asia Pacific region, Singapore’s trade and development agency, Enterprise Singapore, together with the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME), will be supporting about ten local food companies to exhibit at the Food for Elders Pavilion at the inaugural showing of ELDEX ASIA exhibition, to be held from 8-10 November 2019 at Suntec Convention […]

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Research

Drug-administering contact lenses, with sugar

Drug-administering contact lenses, with sugar

Researchers at Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Polymer Research IAP are working with Israeli and German partners to develop long-wearing contact lenses that can release medicine. The active ingredient is encapsulated in liposomes and bound to the inside of the contact lenses. This enables it to remain in the eye for longer. Sugars are added to make the contact lens particularly comfortable to wear.[…]

American researchers introduce healthy salt blend

American researchers introduce healthy salt blend

The US Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has noted that the consumption of salt is much more than necessary in typical American diets – the maximum recommendation per day should be less than 2,300 mg. The average American adult female consumes 2,980 mg per day, while males average a whopping 4,000 mg per day.[…]

Interval training for weight loss better than jogging

Interval training for weight loss better than jogging

Regular workouts comprising of various intense exercises with brief recovery periods in between have been observed to be more beneficial to weight loss compared to monotonous jogging or walking.[…]

UK researchers test male contraceptive pill

UK researchers test male contraceptive pill

In fertile men, new sperm cells are constantly made in the testicles, but a birth control pill to temporarily stop sperm production has been recently designed.The latest male pill is currently under testing by researchers led by Professor Christina Wang and colleaguesfrom the University of WashingtonSchool of Medicine, UK.[…]

Knee surgery is best for ailing knees, regardless of age

Knee surgery is best for ailing knees, regardless of age

Total knee replacement (TKR) surgery is an operation for the treatment of degenerative knee conditions– increasing TKRs are performed annually, after which most patients are relieved of their chronic pain and enjoy an improved quality of life. A Malaysian consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Gandhi Nathan Solayar, does not believe age should be adeterrent. […]

Technology & Devices

Israeli scientists 3D print “world-first” complete heart with human tissue

Israeli scientists 3D print “world-first” complete heart with human tissue

Heart disease is the primary cause of death in the US – most patients can only opt for a life-saving transplant, and donors are few. […]

Polymer coating to protect catheters from infections

Polymer coating to protect catheters from infections

A staggering 150 million intravascular catheters are implanted yearly in the US alone, and fatal infections can develop regularly. […]

digital scent technology

Japanese devices can help with odour management in hospitals

The digital scent technology market is expected to grow annually by 30% from 2017 to reach USD1 billion by 2023, with Asia-Pacific projected to grow at the fastest rate according to market research. Previously, many organisations were not as particular about this aspect of their facilities -but odour control in healthcare is notably […]

“Smart stickers” underway  for post-surgery monitoring

“Smart stickers” underway for post-surgery monitoring

An advanced sticker solution is in the works to monitor physical activity and alert for health risks, particularly useful for patients who self-check their health at home after a major surgery. Lead researcher Ramses Martinez, a Purdue University assistant professor of industrial engineering and biomedical engineering has said that the wearable sticker technology is a […]

Israeli company unveils world’s first microcomputer for atrial pressure

Israeli company unveils world’s first microcomputer for atrial pressure

Left atrial pressure (LAP) is a specific physiological indication for heart failure. Approximately 90% of cardiac patients admitted to the hospital have had pulmonary congestion related to elevated LAP- the earliest sign of impending heart failure exacerbation, long before clinical symptoms occur. But, the initiation of the Vector-HF First-in-Human (FIH) clinical trial, and the successful […]

Pharmaceutical

Biotech companies to help with cancer research

Biotech companies to help with cancer research

Biotechnological innovations are the latest addition to the healthcare market with new therapies and drugs to treat cancer more effectively at a reduced cost, although the most common therapies remain immunotherapy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. […]

New TB vaccine tested on mice shows promise

New TB vaccine tested on mice shows promise

Tuberculosis is a disease caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) bacteria, and is the world’s leading killer due to infection according to the WHO. […]

Jamaica receives medical support from India in new agreement

Jamaica receives medical support from India in new agreement

India’s pharmaceutical capabilities are reaching new heights – the country is likely to be amongst the highest ranking global markets in value terms by 2020. Indian High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Sevala Naik said that India has been recognised globally for producing quality medicines at affordable prices. In line with this, a memorandum of […]

New leukemia drug is more effective and easier to use

New leukemia drug is more effective and easier to use

A landmark study co-authored by a Loyola Medicine oncologist has found that a newer targeted drug is significantly more effective than standard therapy for treating elderly patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The drug, ibrutinib, attacks cancer cells without damaging normal cells, thus causing fewer side effects. The drug is taken as a pill once […]

Cheap common drugs may aid mental illness

Cheap common drugs may aid mental illness

Cheap and widely used drugs for diabetes and heart health have potential for treating severe mental illness, a study hints. It showed the number of times patients needed hospital treatment fell by up to a fifth when they took the drugs. The researchers at University College London say their findings have “enormous potential”. But they, […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Daily nut servings may lower heart disease for diabetics

Daily nut servings may lower heart disease for diabetics

A daily diet of nut helpings may promise better heart health for diabetics - just one extra serving of nuts a week is associated with a 3% lower risk of developing cardiac conditions and 6% lower risk of dying from heart problems. […]

Healthy food prescription yields more benefits; less costly than meds

Healthy food prescription yields more benefits; less costly than meds

A rapidly ageing population and rising healthcare costs have led experts to estimate that healthcare spending will continue growing. However, the US has healthcare programmes that support certain groups of marginalised people, including those with limited income and resources. Medicare and Medicaid are the two largest healthcare […]

Mushrooms help stave off dementia in seniors

Mushrooms help stave off dementia in seniors

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is likely to develop in ageing, with symptoms such as forgetfulness and a gradual decline in cognitive functions including language, attention span and perceiving objects. Seniors who eat a more generous serving of mushrooms however, may not be as likely to develop MCI. […]

Practical steps to solve the sweet tooth dilemma

Practical steps to solve the sweet tooth dilemma

Sugar is an important consideration to the diet. Diabetes and other diseases are associated with increasing sugar consumption among other risk factors. Moreover, having a sweet tooth may also wreak havoc to one’s dental health. Heavy consumption of added/free sugars easily cause tooth decay such as fruit juices that have both added and intrinsic sugars. […]

Achieve better dental health in 2 minutes

Achieve better dental health in 2 minutes

Healthy teeth and gums help with overall hygiene and confidence while keeping diseases at bay. The usual advice is to brush twice daily and avoid excessive sugar, yet some of us need a filling at the dentist. But some experts say that a two minute dental care, twice daily is all it takes to achieve […]

Community health

Controversial ‘three-person’ baby born in Greece

Controversial ‘three-person’ baby born in Greece

In “medical history” which could help infertile couples around the world, Spanish and Greek fertility doctors have genetically engineered a baby from three people bar a woman’s infertility. The baby boy was born a healthy 2.9kg (6lbs). The 32-year-old Greek woman had endured four unsuccessful cycles of IVF previously […]

Horrific discovery of live bees in woman’s eye

Horrific discovery of live bees in woman’s eye

He, a 29 year-old Taiwanese woman, was tending to a family member’s grave on tomb-sweeping day when she felt something enter her eye. Suspecting soil, she washed it out with water, but by night felt a sharp stinging pain under her eyelid, which had begun to water profusely and swell. […]

New bat-borne virus discovered in China

New bat-borne virus discovered in China

Bats are particularly well-known carriers of viruses which can be fatal to humans – the recent discovery of an Ebola-like virus by Chinese and Singaporean scientists in the liver of fruit bats in Yunnan Province, China, is therefore potentially dangerous. Bats are particularly well-known carriers of viruses which can be fatal […]

Women in Malaysia more prone to kidney disease

Women in Malaysia more prone to kidney disease

Kidney or renal function is typically measured by the glomerular filtration rate, with kidney failure and chronic kidney disease (CKD) staged accordingly: stages 1-3 do not show any symptoms; stages 4-5 requires maintenance of remaining kidney function; and patients at late stage 5 normally cannot survive without dialysis. […]

Singapore ‘Wheelchair Brigade’ ropes in seniors

Singapore ‘Wheelchair Brigade’ ropes in seniors

Wheelchairs are a key mobility device for frail seniors, who regularly need some help with their wheelchairs – sometimes dirt and hair is trapped in the wheel with regular use, or the tyres deflate, or the nuts and bolts loosen, or the wheelchair just doesn’t move well. […]

Health alert

Irregular periods may signal worse consequences for women

Irregular periods may signal worse consequences for women

Irregular menstruation can be caused by various factors like hormones, pregnancy, poor sleeping schedules, dietary changes, and/or chronic stress. A normal cycle happens monthly, for around 21 to 35 days apart, and periods usually last for two to seven days. […]

American research identifies cancer-fighting gut microbiome

American research identifies cancer-fighting gut microbiome

The American Cancer Society has cited metastatic melanoma as the deadliest form of skin cancer; only half of patients respond to immune checkpoint inhibitors in combination therapy, which may involve autoimmune-related side effects, limited durability of response or complete resistance to therapy. Mounting evidence supports […]

E-cigarettes pose potential seizure risk: FDA

E-cigarettes pose potential seizure risk: FDA

Seizures or convulsions are known potential side effects of nicotine poisoning and have been reported in relation to intentional or accidental swallowing of nicotine-containing e-liquids, according to a US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) statement. […]

Polluted city air poses lung, heart disease risks to Asians

Polluted city air poses lung, heart disease risks to Asians

The WHO has estimated that most Asian city dwellers breathe polluted air. Air pollution kills about 7 million people prematurely each year, with 1.5 million of those deaths in South and Southeast Asia. The health impact of air pollution is now equal to the effects of smoking tobacco, including lung cancer and heart disease. […]

Increased oesophagus cancer risk with hot tea or coffee

Increased oesophagus cancer risk with hot tea or coffee

The World Health Organisation (WHO) International Agency For Research has classified drinking “very hot” beverages – above 65 ° C, such as hot tea or coffee – as “probably carcinogenic” to humans. A recent study has suggested that hot tea drinkers risk oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma compared to those who drank cooler and less tea in general. […]

Other health News

Yoga-based intervention helps with remission of RA

Yoga-based intervention helps with remission of RA

February 14, 2019

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory condition – when the immune system thinks the body’s own tissues are foreign and attacks them. It affects approximately 1.3 million US citizens, with no known cure. Various medications are available, but recovery depends on physiological and psychological factors, such as depression. Dr. Rima Dada, Ph.D., a […]

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Diabetics are more prone to fractures, study says

Diabetics are more prone to fractures, study says

February 13, 2019

Diabetes has been linked to an increased risk of fractures. Both type-1 and type-2 diabetes involve failing insulin production, necessary to convert blood sugar into energy – the former typically develops in childhood or young adulthood, and the latter due to obesity and aging. Previous research is unclear on the exact role of blood sugar […]

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Experts insist on early cancer detection for World Cancer Day 2019

Experts insist on early cancer detection for World Cancer Day 2019

February 8, 2019

Millions of cancer cases were recorded last year and many could have been preventable. But, barriers exist even as early action is proven to reduce the cost and complexity of cancer treatment, whilst improving patient survival rates and quality of life. In 2018, there were more than 18 million new cases of cancer diagnosed, of […]

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Vaping may be precursor to tobacco use in teens

Vaping may be precursor to tobacco use in teens

February 8, 2019

Adolescents who used e-cigarettes or tried vaping before trying any other tobacco product were more likely to be smoking traditional cigarettes sooner than those who had never tried any, a US study team reported in JAMA Network Open. Andrew Stokes, senior study author of the Boston University School of Public Health has said that it […]

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Can you for go breakfast? Researchers say ‘maybe’

Can you for go breakfast? Researchers say ‘maybe’

February 8, 2019

Breakfast helps to jump start the day for most, but not necessarily if you want to lose weight. While breakfast eaters consumed more calories per day and gained 1lb more than those who skipped it, a healthy breakfast has benefits: Can be a good source of calcium and fibre Improves concentration and attention levels, particularly […]

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Expectant mothers must beware vs flu risk, says study

Expectant mothers must beware vs flu risk, says study

February 8, 2019

The flu virus is quite common and usually spreads via air droplets from coughing, sneezing or talking infected individuals; or picked up from surfaces like doorknobs, where these droplets can linger.Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, aches and pains, chills and fatigue. The flu strain H1N1 can affect anyone, but […]

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Custom pain creams do little to ease pain – Study

Custom pain creams do little to ease pain – Study

February 8, 2019

Compounded medicines are custom-made by pharmacists such that patients get a specific dose or formulation for pain relief, a better option than mass-produced creams, though more expensive. A US study focused on pain creams made from medicines often prescribed in pill form – muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs. Around 400 patients with […]

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Highly contagious measles outbreak in the Philippines

Highly contagious measles outbreak in the Philippines

February 7, 2019

There has been a recent surge of measles cases and deaths in Manila, Philippines, prompting authorities to declare an emergency outbreak. Compiled data marks a steep increase of cases in January 2019 as compared to the previous year, with more confirmed cases reported at the beginning of February. Children are especially vulnerable, but people have […]

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Millennials have greater risk for obesity and cancer, US study reports

Millennials have greater risk for obesity and cancer, US study reports

February 6, 2019

The chances of obesity increase as the population becomes more overweight, with some directly linked to cancer. The US has seen a marked rise in obesity in recent years, with obesity-related cancers further rising in millennials in their 20s and 30s,according to published findings by The American Cancer Society in The Lancet health journal. Researchers […]

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Scientists develop puffer fish pills for effective treatment delivery

Scientists develop puffer fish pills for effective treatment delivery

February 4, 2019

A puffer fish or blowfish naturally inflates to inedible sizes when threatened, filling up with water or air to evade predators. Certain species even have spines projecting outwards to make them less palatable. The concept is applied to create a similar soft, jelly-like pill designed from absorbent hydrogel particles with an inner protective membrane. The […]

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