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Cocoa found to ease walking pain in people with PAD

Cocoa found to ease walking pain in people with PAD

February 18, 2020

SPeripheral artery disease (PAD) patients are able to walk slightly further if they drank a beverage containing flavanol-rich cocoa three times a day for six months, compared to those who drank the same number/type of beverage without cocoa; the test patients had improved blood flow to their calves and some improved muscle function as well. Walking performance is usually poor in people with PAD, as they suffer from reduced blood flow from the heart to the legs, due to narrowed arteries. Pain, tightness, cramping, weakness, or other discomfort in leg muscles are therefore common when walking […]

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Research

Deleted DNA segment linked to ventricular enlargement in schizophrenia

Deleted DNA segment linked to ventricular enlargement in schizophrenia

Patients may suffer from what is known as “auditory hallucinations” in schizophrenia – they hear often distressing and distracting “voices” due to enlarged cerebral ventricles, which afflicts nearly 80% of schizophrenic individuals […]

Chemicals in drinking water supposed culprit for tooth decay in children

Chemicals in drinking water supposed culprit for tooth decay in children

Certain manufactured chemicals persist in the environment and cause may health grievances, including perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which was recently discovered to affect paediatric dental health. American scientists from the School of Dentistry at West Virginia University (WVU) have […]

Bilingualism can hold back Alzheimer’s symptoms, but only for so long

Bilingualism can hold back Alzheimer’s symptoms, but only for so long

A person can have many benefits from being bilingual, for the brain, it can shorten recovery times from stroke, stave off cognitive decline associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, and so on. Unfortunately, it seems that bilingualism can also significantly accelerate the deterioration […]

US university scientists finds Ebola virus gene can kill stray brain cancer cells

US university scientists finds Ebola virus gene can kill stray brain cancer cells

Recently, there was an exciting breakthrough in the Ebola virus research at Yale University, Connecticut – a gene taken from the Ebola virus was found to selectively target and destroy glioblastomas, a […]

First flu infection key to immune protection; new coronavirus needs more than travel-related screening

First flu infection key to immune protection; new coronavirus needs more than travel-related screening

Exposure to certain influenza viruses during childhood gives people partial protection for the rest of their lives against distantly related influenza viruses, according to a team of scientists at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). […]

Technology & Devices

Synthetic Rubber: Medical care improved with silicones

Synthetic Rubber: Medical care improved with silicones

Silicones, owing to their unique qualities, enhance the efficiency of advanced medical technologies […]

Acute respiratory distress syndrome: asymmetrical membranes to the rescue

Acute respiratory distress syndrome: asymmetrical membranes to the rescue

Patients suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) may need to be ventilated artificially in emergency situations […]

US scientists find promising new stroke treatment; are working on recovery assessment tool

US scientists find promising new stroke treatment; are working on recovery assessment tool

Trauma from an acute stroke can be quick and extensive – in less than 60 seconds, an ischaemic stroke kills 1.9 million brain cells. An analysis by a team at the University of Georgia’s Regenerative Bioscience Center (UGA-RBC) showed that brain cells near the site of the stroke injury starve […]

Aussie scientists report exciting pain relief breakthrough using human stem cells

Aussie scientists report exciting pain relief breakthrough using human stem cells

Hoping to offer a safer and less addictive alternative to opioid-based pain relievers, scientists at the University of Sydney have demonstrated the viability of a new type of pain-blocking neuron derived from human stem cells for the first […]

Long, damaged nerves can be regrown with new polymer-protein technology

Long, damaged nerves can be regrown with new polymer-protein technology

In the US, nerve damage affects more than 20 million people, including wounded soldiers and unfortunate civilians. Often, if a damaged nerve section is longer than a third of an inch, the nerve can’t regrow to its target and gets […]

Pharmaceutical

Powerful new antibiotic to fight deadly superbugs discovered by AI system

Powerful new antibiotic to fight deadly superbugs discovered by AI system

Medical science has always strived to stay ahead of bacteria as evolving antibiotic resistance could lead to a dismal future. Researchers at leading US universities – Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard – have just identified a powerful new antibiotic called halicin, using an artificial intelligence (AI) model. […]

Newly-discovered immune treatment can kill most cancer cells; leaves healthy cells alone

Newly-discovered immune treatment can kill most cancer cells; leaves healthy cells alone

There is an “unconventional method” in which the immune system can rid the body of cancer cells – scientists have found a specific immune cell receptor that can be harnessed to assess/eliminate a wide range of cancerous threats, such as those that lead to lung, breast, or skin […]

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 […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Low-fat milk could help with slower aging, seen by telomere length

Low-fat milk could help with slower aging, seen by telomere length

Different fat concentrations in your milk may affect aging, according toa team from Brigham Young University (BYU), Utah, who discovered a link between low-fat milk and longer telomeres that could equate to several more years of life. Telomeres are the protective caps […]

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 […]

Community health

Chinese university develops 15-minute test kit for coronavirus detection

Chinese university develops 15-minute test kit for coronavirus detection

China’s Nankai University expects its newly-developed coronavirus rapid test kit to be used in the epidemic prevention and control soon – the northern Chinese university’s Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV)[…]

Mainland China sees more than 100 new deaths from coronavirus over weekend

Mainland China sees more than 100 new deaths from coronavirus over weekend

The Chinese National Health Commission reported on Monday that the COVID-19 death toll in mainland China reached 1,770 as of the end of Sunday – therewere 2,048 new cases across mainland China, with more than 94% of the new cases on Sunday confirmed in the central province of Hubei, where the outbreak is concentrated; the province also saw about 100 deaths on Feb. 16.[…]

An infectious person estimated to pass the COVID-19 virus onto two others

An infectious person estimated to pass the COVID-19 virus onto two others

The number of cases related to the COVID-19, or the Wuhan coronavirus, suggests that the virus can spread via human-to-human transmission through droplets, contact or fomites, similar to the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) or the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). […]

Experimental HIV vaccine “deeply disappoints” in South Africa trial

Experimental HIV vaccine “deeply disappoints” in South Africa trial

An experimental vaccine trial of some 5,000 people in South Africa has just been stopped by The National Institutes of Health (NIH) as it found the jab did not prevent the HIV virus that causes the deadly acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). […]

Australian scientists first to recreate novel coronavirus outside China

Australian scientists first to recreate novel coronavirus outside China

Researchers at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity in Melbourne, Australia, have become the first to successfully cultivate the Wuhan coronavirus (Wuhan CoV) outside of China, which will provide crucial information to […]

Health alert

WHO concerned by global spread of COVID-19; China reports significantly fewer new cases

WHO concerned by global spread of COVID-19; China reports significantly fewer new cases

Despite a sharp fallin new deaths and cases of the coronavirus – in the Chinese epicenter Wuhan – on Saturday (US Central Time), new infections continued to rise in other countries, such as South Korea, Iran, Italy and Lebanon. The World Health Organization (WHO) warned against making predictions about the outbreak as it was deeply concerned about the worsening number of infections elsewhere, with no clear link to China. […]

Gloves Sector: A helping hand for Malaysian gloves growth

Gloves Sector: A helping hand for Malaysian gloves growth

Scarcity and viral infections may bring out the best and the worst in situations, but for Malaysia’s glove sector, it is the catalyst to its continued growth. When the Covid-19 (new coronavirus disease) epicentre, Wuhan in Hubei, China, was placed on cordon sanitaire, Malaysia was among the countries that responded to the call for medical supplies […]

WHO announces official name of novel coronavirus; hopes rapid infections will cease soon

WHO announces official name of novel coronavirus; hopes rapid infections will cease soon

The World Health Organization (WHO) has finally announced the official name of the deadly virus from China, “COVID-19” – “co” stands for corona, "vi" for virus and “d" for disease, while "19" was for the year, as the outbreak was first identified in late December 2019 […]

WHO calls coronavirus outbreak a global emergency; more cases reported outside of China

WHO calls coronavirus outbreak a global emergency; more cases reported outside of China

The novel coronavirus (2019-nCov) outbreak has been declared a global emergency recently, with World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus issuing a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) announcement[…]

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

Women seem to have faster aging blood vessels than men, accounts for earlier CV risk

Women have been thought to simply ‘catch up’ to men in terms of their cardiovascular risk, according to the Director of Public Health Research, Cedars-Sinai Smidt Heart Institute, Dr. Susan Cheng […]

Other health News

Anti-inflammatory “switch” could stop chronic inflammation and reverse aging

Anti-inflammatory “switch” could stop chronic inflammation and reverse aging

February 12, 2020

While inflammation is the body’s natural defense against threats, prolonged inflammation may lead to diseases like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cancer, multiple sclerosis (MS), and Type-2 diabetes. However, a molecular “switch” could essentially turn off unnecessary inflammation, potentially reversing these conditions and,maybe, even aging itself, according to researchers at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley) […]

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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 […]

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Medicated rods designed to help with targeted gum disease treatment

Medicated rods designed to help with targeted gum disease treatment

December 2, 2019

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 between a tooth and the inflamed gum tissue (gingival pocket) as these would work better than antibiotic pills […]

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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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