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CAREhab-SG Rehab Conference 2020 dedicated to “elevate Asia’s healthcare standards”

CAREhab-SG Rehab Conference 2020 dedicated to “elevate Asia’s healthcare standards”

January 08, 2020

Asia’s CAREhab is back again this year – the 2020 run will be held in conjunction with the 6th Singapore Rehabilitation Conference (14th to 15th February) at Singapore EXPO’s Max Atria. Partnering with SingEx Exhibitions and Singapore’s Society of Rehabilitation Medicine (SRMS), the CAREhab-Singapore Rehabilitation Conference looks set to bring together the entire healthcare community to address industry challenges, showcase good practices and encourage collaboration, particularly in the SEA region […]

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Research

Breakthrough UK study finds lack of key brain protein affects schizophrenia

Breakthrough UK study finds lack of key brain protein affects schizophrenia

Researchers have thought all along that synaptic dysfunction causes the debilitating cognitive symptoms seen in schizophrenia; however, new imaging data suggests that these symptoms, such as loss of abilities to plan and remember, are instead caused by the lack of a brain protein that facilitates communication between […]

US research finds aspirin fights back against cancer growth and proliferation

US research finds aspirin fights back against cancer growth and proliferation

Aspirin is marketed as a ‘miracle drug’ because of its potential to keep chronic inflammation in check; however, taking too much aspirin may severely damage the fine […]

Egg yolk-based insulin could extend shelf life, mean cheaper treatment for diabetics

Egg yolk-based insulin could extend shelf life, mean cheaper treatment for diabeticsa

Australian researchers have recently developed a stable, egg yolk-derived insulin that could significantly change a diabetics’ treatment – the product is known as glycoinsulin and does not form fibril […]

Larger, fattier tongues found to be affecting obstructive sleep apnoea

Larger, fattier tongues found to be affecting obstructive sleep apnoea

Researchers have singled out an unexpected cause for sleep apnoea – fatty tongues. Sleep apnoea is a disorder which can leave people snoring loudly and gasping […]

US research finds new trigger for Type-2 diabetes in fatty acids

US research finds new trigger for Type-2 diabetes in fatty acids

New research from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), sheds light on a possible trigger for the overproduction of insulin in type-2 diabetes: another, separate molecular pathway stimulated by fatty acids appears to boost insulin production […]

Technology & Devices

New Swiss tech keeps livers alive outside the body, rejuvenates damaged livers for transplant

New Swiss tech keeps livers alive outside the body, rejuvenates damaged livers for transplant

A group of surgeons, biologists and engineers from Zurich, Switzerland, have developed a new machine that can keep donor livers alive outside the body for up to a week. The new perfusion machine’s primary function is to preserve organs set for transplantation by feeding them oxygen and nutrients, but can also restore damaged livers to full function after a matter days […]

Google AI system found to identify breast cancer more accurately than radiologists

Google AI system found to identify breast cancer more accurately than radiologists

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK – about one in seven women in the UK develops breast cancer during their lifetime, contributing to around 55,000 […]

Tooth-on-a-chip device enables better dental observation of cavities

Tooth-on-a-chip device enables better dental observation of cavities

Yet another organ-on-a-chip device – used in medical settings to gauge how a full organ might react to medication or toxins […]

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 […]

Pharmaceutical

Universal flu vaccine that protects against 6 influenza viruses tested in mice

Universal flu vaccine that protects against 6 influenza viruses tested in mice

There is promise for a universal influenza vaccine as scientists from the Institute for Biomedical Sciences at Georgia State University, US, have developed a […]

Roche’s Tecentriq-chemotherapy combo against lung cancer wins FDA approval

Roche’s Tecentriq-chemotherapy combo against lung cancer wins FDA approval

Swiss drugmaker Roche’s new immunotherapy solution, Tecentriq, has received the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) approval for use along with Celgene’s Abraxane and carboplatin chemotherapy to treat metastatic non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), with no EGFR or ALK mutations […]

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. […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Early companionship with “man’s best friend” shown to lessen the risk of developing dementia

Early companionship with “man’s best friend” shown to lessen the risk of developing dementia

Early life exposure to pet cats and dogs have been said to alter the human immune system through various means, including pet-induced stress reduction. A study from US-based Johns Hopkins Medicine now suggests that being around a dog […]

Why organic baby food and feeding?

Why organic baby food and feeding?

Baby food options can be overwhelming when it comes to nutrition for children. There is a lot of advice floating around when it comes to what you should feed your baby. In the current dynamic […]

Scientists use honey in surgical meshes to fight post-op infection

Scientists use honey in surgical meshes to fight post-op infection

Honey has been touted as a healing agent due to its antibacterial and antiseptic properties – most recently, an international team has incorporated honey into a surgical mesh coating that could help prevent post-operative infections […]

Specific protein tag may help immune system fight disease

Specific protein tag may help immune system fight disease

Cells need proteins to carry out various biological functions, usually tagged to determine/modify their cellular activity. Now, scientists from the University of Iowa, US, who studied proteins tagged ISG15, have developed a novel method to […]

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 […]

Community health

US scientists’ adenosine-harvesting bandage offers healing “boost” to broken bones

US scientists’ adenosine-harvesting bandage offers healing “boost” to broken bones

In a typical bone fracture or break, the body produces adenosine to provide internal healing, but the substance is metabolised by the body just as quickly. As such, scientists at North Carolina’s Duke University (Duke) designed a prototype bandage to absorb and retain adenosine […]

Research paper alleges China CRISPR babies have “unintended mutations”

Research paper alleges China CRISPR babies have “unintended mutations”

Dr. He Jiankui’s revolutionary approach to gene-editing may have created problematic “off-target” mutations instead of conferring natural HIV resistance, according to a manuscript released recently. Dr. He’s paper, made public for the first time, contains “a litany of flaws […]

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 […]

Health alert

SEA ramps up checks at entry points following viral pneumonia outbreak in China

SEA ramps up checks at entry points following viral pneumonia outbreak in China

Southeast Asia is on high alert after Singapore reportedly registered its first case of a mysterious viral pneumonia this past week – a 3-year-old female Chinese national has been warded and isolated after developing symptoms similar to the disease, which has affected scores of people in Wuhan, China […]

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 […]

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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