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City Cancer Challenge addresses urban cancer issues

City Cancer Challenge addresses urban cancer issues

October 8, 2018

The Union for International Cancer Control (UICC) recently launched the next phase of its global initiative, City Cancer Challenge, inviting cities from across Asia to take steps to increase access to quality cancer services. Speaking at the World Cancer Congress in Kuala Lumpur, Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, current President of UICC [...]

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Research

Scientists develop salivary glands from stem cells

Scientists develop salivary glands from stem cells

Researchers have grown three-dimensional salivary gland tissue that produces saliva like normal glands when implanted into mice. Scientists from Showa University and the Riken Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research in Japan used embryonic stem cells, which have the ability to transform into many types of cell to create an organoid. The revolutionary findings were published [...]

In ability to process manganese linked to scoliosis

In ability to process manganese linked to scoliosis

Researchers have linked scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, to the body’s inability to appropriately handle manganese. The study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found children with severe scoliosis are twice as likely to carry a gene variant that makes it difficult for their cells to take in and use manganese [...]

Biodegradable implant encourages nerve regeneration

Biodegradable implant encourages nerve regeneration

In a recent study conducted on rats, a wireless, biodegradable implant proved to be more effective than conventional surgery. Researchers at Northwestern University and Washington University School of Medicine developed a device the size of a quarter and thickness of a sheet of paper that delivers regular pulses of electricity to damaged peripheral nerves. According [...]

Researches find potential cure for osteoarthritis

Researches find potential cure for osteoarthritis

Researchers have found a new molecular target for the treatment of knee and spine osteoarthritis. Scientists at the Krembil Research Institute in Toronto researched rat and human tissue samples, and focused on a molecule called microRNA-181a-5p, which is believed to cause inflammation, cartilage destruction and collagen depletion. The findings were published in the Annals of [...]

Alpacas present a potential cure for cancer

Alpacas present a potential cure for cancer

Sometimes the answers to unsolved medical problems lie in the most unusual of places. This time, a solution to cancer has come about from the immune system of camelids. A collaborative study by the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), in Belgium, describes a number of therapeutic tools [...]

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

Scientists in Philadelphia develop promising vaccine against Ebola

Scientists in Philadelphia develop promising vaccine against Ebola

Scientists at The Wistar Institute Vaccine and Immunotherapy Centers have created a synthetic DNA vaccine that is showing immediate and long-term encouraging results against the Ebola virus in preclinical animal research. The vaccine targets a virus surface protein called glycoprotein, according the findings published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. First appearing in 1976, The [...]

FDA approves HPV vaccines for adults up to ages 45

FDA approves HPV vaccines for adults up to ages 45

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the expansion of the HPV vaccine to include men and women between 27 and 45, in an effort to protect more people from several types of cancer caused by the human papillomavirus. The vaccine, Gardasil 9, previously was approved for people ages 9 through 26. It was administered [...]

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 [...]

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

A curious case of pancake kidneys

A curious case of pancake kidneys

After an 18-year-old in India underwent a CT scan due to intestinal problems, doctors encountered condition called “pancake kidney.”. “The extraordinarily rare condition is almost exactly what it sounds like”, said Dr. Steven Chang, an assistant professor of surgery in the division of urology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Chang treats patients who [...]

Malaysia first regional country to eradicate mother-to-child HIV cases

Malaysia first regional country to eradicate mother-to-child HIV cases

Malaysia has become the first country in the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. “Thanks to Malaysia’s efforts over the past several years, parents can now ensure their babies are born free of HIV and syphilis and have a healthy start to life,” said Dr.Shin Young-soo, [...]

Hospis Malaysia initiates campaign to promote dialogue around serious illnesses

Hospis Malaysia initiates campaign to promote dialogue around serious illnesses

The diagnosis of a serious, life-threatening illness such as cancer, organ failure, HIV/AIDS, and certain degenerating neurological conditions can be overwhelming, not only to the patient, but often also to their loved ones. With the stress of treatments and caregiving needs, patients often bottle up their feelings of despair and sadness. Sometimes, denial of the [...]

Australia leads the way in eliminating cervical cancer

Australia leads the way in eliminating cervical cancer

Australia will become the first country to eliminate cervical cancer with the continued vaccination and screening rates, research shows. Australia’s current annual cervical cancer rate stands at seven cases per 100,000 people, about half the global average.It is predicted to be classified as a “rare cancer” in Australia by 2022, when it should drop to [...]

Malaysia may consider legalising medical marijuana

Malaysia may consider legalising medical marijuana

Malaysia is starting to discuss the legalisation of marijuana for medical use. If put through, it will be the first Asian country to do so. The debate comes about after the public outrage over a death penalty handed to a 29-year-old man for distributing medicinal cannabis oil. For now, the focus is on overturning a [...]

Health alert

Troubling rate of c-sections around the world, scientists say

Troubling rate of c-sections around the world, scientists say

Caesarean sections around the world are rising at a rapid rate, according to a report by an international team of doctors and scientists. Since 1990, C-sections have jumped from about 6% to 21%of all births, three studies report in medical journal, The Lancet. And there are no “signs of slowing down,” the researchers write in [...]

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 [...]

Other health News

World Cancer Congress 2018: Global leaders come together to fight cancer

World Cancer Congress 2018: Global leaders come together to fight cancer

October 3, 2018

At the recent World Cancer Leader’s Summit (WCLS) in Kuala Lumpur, global health leaders from across UN agencies, the non-profit and private sectors, and academia came together to discuss calls to action in increasing access to, and investment in, and affordable cancer services to improve early detection, treatment, care, and public health data. With new [...]

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Japanese scientists develop human eggs from blood cells for the first time

Japanese scientists develop human eggs from blood cells for the first time

September 26, 2018

Producing eggs and sperm from stem cells has long been a science goal. In 2012, Mitinori Saitou at Kyoto University and his colleagues reported they produced mature mouse eggs and sperm from stem cells, and used them to breed healthy mouse pups. But scientists have been stumped in their attempts to get even close to [...]

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Wearable ultrasound silicone patch for continuous blood pressure monitoring

Wearable ultrasound silicone patch for continuous blood pressure monitoring

September 24, 2018

Researches led by the University of California San Diego have invented a new wearable ultrasound patch that monitors blood pressure in arteries deep beneath the skin. The non-invasive method could help with the detection of cardiovascular anomalies. The work, published in the Nature Biomedical Engineering, reported that in tests, the patch performed as well as [...]

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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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Caffeine lowers death risk from kidney disease

Caffeine lowers death risk from kidney disease

September 20, 2018

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 [...]

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More rollercoasters, less kidney stones

More rollercoasters, less kidney stones

September 20, 2018

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 [...]

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How owls could help scientists understand ADHD

How owls could help scientists understand ADHD

September 17, 2018

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, [...]

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Going green: A vegetarian diet to save water

Going green: A vegetarian diet to save water

September 13, 2018

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 [...]

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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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Soaring growth of cancer around the world

Soaring growth of cancer around the world

September 13, 2018

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 [...]

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