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Consultancy firm: senior care market to grow exponentially in Asia; new technologies to boost market

Consultancy firm: senior care market to grow exponentially in Asia; new technologies to boost market

December 06, 2019

New Delhi, India, has been reporting high air pollution levels after successive periods of poor air quality. According to a recent study, Delhiites might lose up to 17 years of their lives if pollution levels continue to cross the ‘danger’ mark – people in the city are currently breathing air which is 25 times more toxic than the permissible limits issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO). […]

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Research

Study: Poor cholesterol control in young people leads to heart problems later on

Study: Poor cholesterol control in young people leads to heart problems later on

A recent study has found that people 45 years and younger with high levels of bad cholesterol have higher cardiovascular risks, including strokes. The “comprehensive” study highlights the long-term risk between cholesterol levels and cardiovascular diseases, by looking at non-HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol […]

Finnish study finds link between antibiotic exposure and Parkinson’s disease

Finnish study finds link between antibiotic exposure and Parkinson’s disease

Around 10 million people worldwide have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD), a condition which affects the area of the brain related to movement; its patients also stand to develop symptoms of depression, sleep disruption, urinary difficulties and constipation, among others […]

UK study highlights link between inflammation and mental sluggishness

UK study highlights link between inflammation and mental sluggishness

The ‘sluggishness’ or ‘brain fog’ that most people feel alongside a chronic illness may have more to do with inflammation – according to scientists at the Centre for Human Brain Health (CHBH) at the University of Birmingham, UK, inflammation specifically affects brain activity related to maintaining alertness […]

Sleep deprivation has more dangerous affects than on just attention span, US study finds

Sleep deprivation has more dangerous affects than on just attention span, US study finds

A recent sleep study by Michigan State University’s (MSU) Sleep and Learning Lab has uncovered a greater impact of sleep deprivation on cognitive function than thought previously. Psychology Professor Kimberly Fenn said that sleep deprivation doubles the odds of placekeeping errors and nearly triples the number of lapses in attention […]

US researchers find “undead” neurons causing Parkinson’s troubles

US researchers find “undead” neurons causing Parkinson’s troubles

A new lead has opened up in the study of Parkinson’s disease (PD) – its seemingly “dead” neurons have not only stopped working but can induce surrounding healthy neurons to stop working as well. Uncommon to the nerve cells of the brain, the affected dopamine neurons, which regulate motivation, memory and movement[…]

Technology & Devices

Life-saving injectable magnetic fluid could staunch blood loss

Life-saving injectable magnetic fluid could staunch blood loss

In treating most accident victims, first responders struggle to control bleeding especially with deep or wide open wounds – a team at America’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), […]

Fibrous membrane designed in Switzerland to protect heart pacemakers

Fibrous membrane designed in Switzerland to protect heart pacemakers

As useful as pacemakers may be, they do need to be surgically replaced every few years and may sport a layer of fibrous tissue on its surface by then, which could complicate the removal process, risk infections and so on. However, scientists from the Swiss ETH Zurich Research Institute (ETH Zurich) have designed a new pouch-style membrane that surrounds the pacemaker […]

US researchers design wireless, wearable sensor to monitor babies’ blood oxygen

US researchers design wireless, wearable sensor to monitor babies’ blood oxygen

A flexible, wireless optical sensor could soon be used to remotely monitor a sick baby’s blood oxygen level s – created by engineers at Massachusetts’ Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), the Band-Aid-sized gadget measures the amount of oxygen dissolved in the blood in real time, which is a more accurate […]

US scientists add working blood vessels into 3D-printed skin

US scientists add working blood vessels into 3D-printed skin

The advent of 3D-printing technology has enabled the bioprinting of living skin grafts as temporary wound coverings – scientists have now gone one step further by including blood vessels into these bioprinted skin grafts so that they remain viable and are eventually incorporated into a patient’s own skin. […]

Double-sided tape invention provides alternative to surgical sutures

Double-sided tape invention provides alternative to surgical sutures

Sutures are the go-to method to close up wounds within the body but scientists at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have recently developed a special double-sided tape – inspired by nature’s glue, produced by spiders – to instead finish the job. Spiders usually secrete charged polysaccharides which absorb water from insect […]

Pharmaceutical

Novartis trials new drug that delays breast cancer progression

Novartis trials new drug that delays breast cancer progression

A breast cancer diagnosis is usually distressing to patients across all age groups, especially for the younger ones who have much of life to experience. In fact, advanced breast cancer (ABC) in pre-menopausal women is more aggressive– it is the leading cause of cancer death in women aged 20–59 years old […]

Medicated rods designed to help with targeted gum disease treatment

Medicated rods designed to help with targeted gum disease treatment

Scientists from Germany’s Martin Luther University (MLU) have fashioned biodegradable rods to help patients with gum disease and tough-to-treat oral infection. The scientists, along with colleagues at the Fraunhofer research institutes, developed flexible polymer rods to be inserted the space that develops […]

New schizophrenia drug shows promise in US clinical testing

New schizophrenia drug shows promise in US clinical testing

Acute psychosis in schizophrenic patients may soon be treated with a new drug, KarXT that has reported positive results from a placebo-controlled clinical trial. Karuna Therapeutics’ new drug combines xanomeline and trospium, new compounds designed to interact with muscarinic receptors across the body. […]

Neuromodulation therapy made easier with injectable electrodes

Neuromodulation therapy made easier with injectable electrodes

Implanted electrodes, for conditions that require nerve-stimulating treatment, are rigid, costly and usually involve surgery. However, a new “injectrode” (injectable electrode) solution could provide a much simpler, and cheaper, alternative to traditional implants […]

Sound waves used to safely treat metastatic breast cancer

Sound waves used to safely treat metastatic breast cancer

A breast cancer diagnosis is difficult to accept, but prompt treatment is necessary before cancer cells break away from the original tumour and travel through the lymphatic system to other parts of the body and form new, fatal, tumours. While current treatments for lymph node metastases are highly invasive and have severe side effects […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Daily avocado intake reduces “bad” cholesterol, promotes eye health

Daily avocado intake reduces “bad” cholesterol, promotes eye health

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), US, have recently found that eating an avocado a day led to lower levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) – specifically small, dense LDL particles – and oxidised LDL in adults classed as overweight or obese. Highlights of the study showed that avocados were capable of reducing the […]

Single, antibody-based injection reduces effects of peanut allergy for weeks

Single, antibody-based injection reduces effects of peanut allergy for weeks

Soon, treatment for peanut allergy could be made possible through a single injection – medical scientists at Stanford University, in California, US, found that an (etokimab) injection alone ensured those with severe allergies could stomach peanuts for a time. By controlling immune […]

Books read may determine how we process/organise language

Books read may determine how we process/organise language

Language is thought to shape most of our perception and understanding – additionally, being able to speak two or more languages might reduce the risk progressive neurodegenerative conditions. Research data by The State University of New York (SUNY), in US, and the University of Manitoba (UM), in Canada, now highlights that a specific kind of language […]

Parkinson’s sees promising new treatment, thanks to US scientists

Parkinson’s sees promising new treatment, thanks to US scientists

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder characterised by symptoms such as tremors and slow movement – experimental treatments for genetic disorders have so far targeted mutated proteins/enzymes, but scientists from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Northwestern Medicine) […]

Heart patients and bachelors/spinsters benefit significantly from dog ownership

Heart patients and bachelors/spinsters benefit significantly from dog ownership

Pets have been known to ease some health concerns but it has been recently proven that dog owners live longer, and this is especially true for heart disease patients or the ones living alone. Dr. Caroline Kramer at the Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes (LSCD) in Ontario, Canada, found dog owners to have lower […]

Community health

Samoa’s unvaccinated citizens to show red flags in country-wide vaccination against measles

Samoa’s unvaccinated citizens to show red flags in country-wide vaccination against measles

The tiny Pacific nation of 200,000 is to widen its vaccination programme against measles, a highly infectious and deadly disease outbreak. Previous efforts were concentrated on children, who marked most of the dead, but will now include the entire population in a new vaccination campaign. […]

South Korean study finds air pollution may be causing hairfall

South Korean study finds air pollution may be causing hairfall

Particulate matter (PM) is the term used to denote solid particles/droplets found in the air and their respective diameters. Major pollutants like PM10 and PM2.5, then, would cause serious health conditions – various concentrations of PM10-like dust and diesel particulate […]

US scientists discover the nervous system’s role in extending life

US scientists discover the nervous system’s role in extending life

A protein, which has been known to regulate genes, has now been found to also affect the nervous system and could potentially slow ageing. Scientists at Harvard Medical School (HMS), US, suggest that the newfound knowledge of this protein and its relationship to neural activity begets […]

US scientists use mild electric current to treat infections from dental implants

US scientists use mild electric current to treat infections from dental implants

Dental-implant based fungal infections still persist with sturdy materials – titanium implants, for example, may be strong, light and corrosion-resistant but can lead to nasty infections and subsequent removal of the implant. However, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh’s (Pitt) Swanson School of Engineering, in the US […]

Malaysia advocates “smoking act” to monitor e-cigarette use

Malaysia advocates “smoking act” to monitor e-cigarette use

Malaysia is looking to impose strict regulations on the sale and use of electronic cigarettes, vaporisers and tobacco products that have all proven harmful to health and led to youth addiction. The Tobacco Control and Smoking Act has been submitted to the attorney-general for a final review and will hopefully be tabled next year […]

Health alert

Independent testing confirms no asbestos in Johnson’s Baby Powder

Independent testing confirms no asbestos in Johnson’s Baby Powder

US healthcare corporation Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has announced that its widely-used consumer product, Johnson’s Baby Powder, was free of asbestos following allegations by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of trace amounts of the material found in a bottle purchased online. According to J&J, the FDA’s reported results could […]

Dementia risk associated with childhood cognitive ability

Dementia risk associated with childhood cognitive ability

A person’s cognitive ability is expected to change over the course of their life – new research suggests that cognitive ability during childhood may indicate future risks of dementia. Dementia is a form of cognitive decline that can impede a person’s ability to solve problems, remember, speak, and think […]

Specific gut bacteria species could increase bowel cancer risk, research suggests

Specific gut bacteria species could increase bowel cancer risk, research suggests

Recent research presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) in Glasgow, UK, highlights a significant relationship between a specific type of gut bacteria and an increased risk of colorectal/bowel cancer. The new research is the first to use an analytical method known as the “Mendelian randomisation” to reveal that a specific type of bacteria […]

German study suggests shorter people are at higher risk of type-2 diabetes

German study suggests shorter people are at higher risk of type-2 diabetes

Height could predict the risk for diabetes, as a short stature is associated with a higher risk of type-2 diabetes,with each 10cm difference in height corresponding to a 41% decreased risk of diabetes in men and a 33% decreased risk in women. The European Association for […]

Promising malaria treatment “kills” deadly parasite

Promising malaria treatment “kills” deadly parasite

Malaria affect almost 200 million people globally, but the threat of malaria could potentially be reduced to nil as researchers from the Kenyan Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) have recently – and successfully -killed the parasite that causes the disease […]

Other health News

Mental Health at the Workplace Forum

Mental Health at the Workplace Forum

November 21, 2019

Qualitas Medical Group organised a forum titled “Mental Health at the Workplace: The Unspoken Truth” at the Sime Darby Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur. The main target of the panel session was to increase awareness of the issues of mental health amongst employees, insurance companies, employers, healthcare providers, as well as the government. Representatives from the Ministry of Health, […]

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Positive outlook for the inaugural edition of ELDEX Asia

Positive outlook for the inaugural edition of ELDEX Asia

November 08, 2019

Taking place from 8 – 10 November at Suntec Singapore, Halls 405/406, Eldex (Eldercae Exhibition & Conference) Asia, the region’s most dedicated exhibition for the rapidly growing eldercare industry, will feature pavilions from Taiwan, Singapore, and Japan, the country of honour for the inaugural edition. Majority of the exhibitors come from the lifestyle and wellness, healthcare and rehabilitation, and technology segments. The show will be open to […]

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Blood pressure pills for heart health work better at night, Hygia Trial research finds

Blood pressure pills for heart health work better at night, Hygia Trial research finds

October 28, 2019

Patients usually take their blood pressure medication at the start of the day, but, new research suggests that nighttime ingestion of these medications results in better blood pressure control and greatly reduces the likelihood of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, such as a heart attack or stroke. Patients who routinely took their antihypertensive medication at bedtime had a 45% lower risk of dying from or experiencing CVD complications […]

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Japanese team identifies neurons that make people forget dreams

Japanese team identifies neurons that make people forget dreams

October 14, 2019

Vivid dreams that occur during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep are quickly forgotten due to a cluster of neurons that become active at this time. The recent findings from research by Nagoya University, Japan, could put an end to assumptions as to why people forget dreams. Light sleep, or REM sleep, happens when the body rests but the brain is still active, while deep, non-REM sleep, […]

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Focusing on the needs of the geriatric sector in Asia

Focusing on the needs of the geriatric sector in Asia

October 8, 2019

The Asia Pacific (APAC) region is the fastest ageing region globally. By 2050, the population of older persons (aged over 60) would have reached 1.3 billion. Major issues that are confronting the elders, from nutrition and wellness to access to affordable healthcare. In the region, geriatric healthcare cost is already forecast to reach to US$20 trillion by 2030. Thus, to improve access to quality healthcare and cost healthcare, innovative solutions are created […]

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Malaysia’s Sunway Medical Centre sets sights on Sunway Velocity

Malaysia’s Sunway Medical Centre sets sights on Sunway Velocity

September 9, 2019

West Malaysia’s Cheras/KL South communities will see a new tertiary care private hospital in Sunway Medical Centre Velocity (SMCV) by the end of 2019, as part of the Sunway Group’s extensive RM320 million (US$77 million) healthcare expansion plan. Encompassing Sunway Velocity’s five key aspects – retail, healthcare, residential, hospitality, education and commercial – the medical centre will provide various facilities, amenities and services, such […]

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Thai research deploys natural killer cells against cancer

Thai research deploys natural killer cells against cancer

June 25, 2019

Natural killer cells are a component of white blood cells, which are crucial to our immune system’s detection/destruction of abnormal cells before they develop into cancerous tumours. Recently, Thai researchers have successfully used these natural killer cells in their national cancer therapy, for high-risk leukaemia (blood cancer) patients […]

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