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KPJ Healthcare Berhad introduces Watson for Oncology, the first artificial intelligence system for cancer management in Malaysia

KPJ Healthcare Berhad introduces Watson for Oncology, the first artificial intelligence system for cancer management in Malaysia

December 4, 2017

KPJ Healthcare Berhad recently launched Watson for Oncology, a cognitive computing platform that assists oncologists in the management of cancer. It is the first artificial intelligence system for cancer management in Malaysia and was developed by IBM in collaboration with Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. KPJ is the first provider of [...]

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Research

How Zika causes nerve disorder

How Zika causes nerve disorder

New findings are shedding light on how the mosquito-borne Zika virus causes a rare neurological condition. Experts say this discovery can have implications on how companies develop Zika vaccines. The Zika outbreak that swept through the Americas in 2015 and 2016 showed the virus could, in rare cases, cause Guillain-Barre, an autoimmune disorder in which [...]

Head and neck cancer affect the cognitive functions of survivors in the long run

Head and neck cancer affect the cognitive functions of survivors in the long run

Survivors of head and neck cancers are more likely to see their cognitive abilities decline, a recent study suggests. The findings are drawn from cognitive assessments for 80 survivors of these tumours and a control group of 40 otherwise similar people who didn’t have these malignancies. Two years after cancer treatment, 38 % of the [...]

Motorcycle passengers have higher head injury risks than motorcycle drivers

Motorcycle passengers have higher head injury risks than motorcycle drivers

A study in the U.S has found that motorcycle passengers are less likely than drivers to wear helmets which increases their risk to suffer traumatic brain injuries in crashes. Researchers studied almost 80,000 motorcycle drivers and nearly 6,000 passengers who were involved in crashes between 2007 and 2010. Two-thirds of the drivers were wearing helmets, [...]

Postmenopausal women should not use hormone therapy to prevent chronic medical conditions

Postmenopausal women should not use hormone therapy to prevent chronic medical conditions

Postmenopausal women should not use hormone therapy to prevent chronic medical conditions. Experts say this is because the risk of significant side effects outweighs the unclear evidence of a benefit. Most chronic conditions – coronary heart disease, dementia, stroke, fractures, and breast cancer, for example – are more common with increasing age, but there is [...]

Nutritionists attract users to their food blogs by their credibility

Nutritionists attract users to their food blogs by their credibility

Consumers like healthy eating blogs written by nutritionists who seem credible and who interact with their readers, a small study in Canada suggests. The researchers looked at what properties of a food blog are most likely to encourage readers to make healthy changes in eating behaviour. They also found that references and links to extra [...]

Technology & Devices

FDA proposes new fast path to market for certain medical devices

FDA proposes new fast path to market for certain medical devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently proposed creating a new fast track to market for certain medical devices and a potential reduction in the amount of safety data required for approval. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced the proposal in a blog posted on the FDA’s website. If implemented, it could save device companies millions of [...]

Having menstrual cramps? Try acupuncture mobile apps

Having menstrual cramps? Try acupuncture mobile apps

Women with intense menstrual cramp pain may get more relief from smartphone app-guided acupressure than with typical medical treatments like painkillers, a recent study suggests. Some previous research has linked acupressure – which uses precise finger placements at pressure points throughout the body to relieve pain – with reduced discomfort from menstrual cramps. To see [...]

These drones scatter mosquitoes to fight diseases such as malaria

These drones scatter mosquitoes to fight diseases such as malaria

Technology company WeRobotics are developing drones that scatter mosquitoes to help fight diseases such as malaria and Zika. Sterile male mosquitoes cannot produce offspring when they mate with females. By crowding out other males, they reduce the mosquito population. But spreading them is difficult in areas without roads, so technology organisation WeRobotics has been developing [...]

This skin cancer-detecting device bags 2017 James Dyson award

This skin cancer-detecting device bags 2017 James Dyson award

Four engineering graduates from Ontario’s McMaster University have created a skin cancer-detecting device, bagging them this year’s international James Dyson Award. The Skan is low cost and non-invasive andmade from widely available and inexpensive components and could make detection of the disease more accessible. The handheld device is The World Health Organisation says one in [...]

This smart jacket uses Bluetooth to diagnose pneumonia

This smart jacket uses Bluetooth to diagnose pneumonia

Ugandan inventor Brian Turyabagye knows all too well how pneumonia which is mistaken for something else can be fatal. The problem is particularly acute with infants. According to UNICEF, pneumonia kills half a million children under five each year in sub-Saharan Africa. Turyabagye‘s close friend and business partner, Olivia Koburongo, lost her grandmother to pneumonia – she [...]

Pharmaceutical

Eye injection Aflibercept proves effective in Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy (PCV), common in Asia Pacific

Eye injection Aflibercept proves effective in Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy (PCV), common in Asia Pacific

Pharmaceutical and life sciences company Bayer recently announced that its anti-VEGF treatment aflibercept solution for injection into the eye is effective as monotherapy in patients who have Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy (PCV). PCV is a subtype of wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) that is particularly prevalent in Asia Pacific. Wet AMD is a leading cause [...]

200 drugs in race to beat cancer

200 drugs in race to beat cancer

The race to develop new immunotherapy treatments against cancer has sparked an unprecedented explosion in the oncology drug pipeline, with more than 2,000 immune system-boosting agents now in development. The result is a scramble for patients to enrol in clinical trials, duplication of effort and the likely ultimate failure of many projects, according to experts. [...]

Top natural antihistamines

Top natural antihistamines

Histamine is a protein that causes all of the symptoms you associate with allergies — the sneezing and cold-like symptoms you despise. Antihistamines block histamine activity, seeking to stop the allergic reaction. The following are 3 natural antihistamines: 1.    Vitamin C Vitamin C is an easy-to-find natural antihistamine. It’s prevalent in many fruits and vegetables, [...]

Three in ten adults with type 2 diabetes resist insulin therapy

Three in ten adults with type 2 diabetes resist insulin therapy

Three in ten adults with type 2 diabetes resist the much-needed insulin therapy, a study has found. On average, these patients delay insulin for about two years, researchers report in Diabetic Medicine. “This matters to patients because insulin therapy is typically offered to patients with high blood sugar levels,” said senior study author Dr. Alexander [...]

New drugs specifically designed to treat migraine currently in the pipeline

New drugs specifically designed to treat migraine currently in the pipeline

Migraine is listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the third most prevalent illness in the world, behind only tooth decay and tension-type headaches. It affects over 38 million Americans, including approximately 28 million women, who are afflicted at a rate three times that of men. But despite its prevalence, migraine — the condition [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Protect yourself with vaccines before vacations – Dr. Tabassum Khan

Protect yourself with vaccines before vacations – Dr. Tabassum Khan

By Dr. Tabassum Khan, Managing Director, AJ Pharma Holdings With the upcoming year end holidays, most people will be gearing up to spend a week on fun activities or trips with family and friends. This is the perfect opportunity to take time off and head to an exotic destination to relax and unwind from the [...]

20 minutes of weight training can trim belly fat in men

20 minutes of weight training can trim belly fat in men

Healthy men who did twenty minutes of daily weight training had less of an increase in age-related abdominal fat. This is compared to men who spent the same amount of time doing aerobics activities. The study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) found that combining weight training and aerobic activity led to the most [...]

How to take care of your feet

How to take care of your feet

You need your feet to get to everywhere, so why not take care of them? 1. Keep an eye on them Your feet take a beating every day, and small problems can turn into big ones if you ignore them. Look over your feet each day for cuts, sores, loose or discolored toenails, swelling, or [...]

Some tips on how to wake up easier

Some tips on how to wake up easier

If you are not the type to easily wake up early, good news: here are some tips on how to do so. 1.    Place your alarm clock out of reach Unless you have another hour or 2 to sleep, hitting the snooze button won’t really help you feel less tired. But there’s another reason to [...]

How to treat lower leg pain

How to treat lower leg pain

Sometimes our lower legs can give us pain. It shouldn’t be that way, however. Below are some common ailments that strike our lower legs and how you can cure them. 1. Muscle cramp. It can strike in your sleep or in the middle of the day. This sudden, tight, intense lower leg pain is sometimes called a “charley horse.” [...]

Community health

Seasonal flu more fatal globally than previously thought

Seasonal flu more fatal globally than previously thought

Seasonal flu claims the lives of at least 646, 000 people annually, U.S health officials warn, more than previously thought. Global death rates from seasonal influenza are likely between 291,000 and 646,000 people each year, depending on the severity of the circulating flu strain, they said. That is up from a prior estimate range of [...]

Indonesia to ramp up fight against deadly diphtheria which has claimed at least 32 lives

Indonesia to ramp up fight against deadly diphtheria which has claimed at least 32 lives

Indonesian health authorities will launch an immunization drive next week to contain a sharp rise in cases of diphtheria, which has killed at least 32 people, including many children, in the world’s fourth most populous country this year. The health ministry said at least 591 cases had been reported since January, a 42 % increase [...]

World gathers in Nairobi to tackle global menace of pollution

World gathers in Nairobi to tackle global menace of pollution

More than 4,000 Heads of State and government, Cabinet ministers, business leaders, United Nations officials and civil society representatives have gathered in Nairobi at the 3rd UN Environment Assembly to discuss ways to tackle the global menace of pollution. “Our collective goal must be to embrace ways to reduce pollution drastically,” said Dr. Edgar Gutirrez, [...]

Sanofi dengue vaccine faces problem: approved but not launched in 8 countries

Sanofi dengue vaccine faces problem: approved but not launched in 8 countries

The World Health Organization said it hopes to review safety data on Sanofi’s dengue vaccine this month, while the Philippines ordered an investigation of its now suspended massive immunization programme after the French drugmaker said it could actually worsen the disease in some cases. It is approved but not yet launched in Malaysia, Honduras, Australia, Argentina, Venezuela, [...]

Social support needed to heal trauma of women who experience sexual harassment

Social support needed to heal trauma of women who experience sexual harassment

The recent wave of accusations of sexual harassment and assault involving high-profile, powerful men – including the recent news about Matt Lauer - shares a common thread: Women remaining silent about the abuse for years, sometimes decades. A Geisinger clinical psychologist who specializes in women’s issues believes women wait to come forward because, typically, women in the [...]

Health alert

Three ways to cut risk of heart disease and stroke among obese people

Three ways to cut risk of heart disease and stroke among obese people

Controlling blood pressure, serum cholesterol, and blood glucose may substantially reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke associated with being overweight or obese, according to a study from a worldwide research consortium led by a team from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), Imperial College London, and the University of Sydney. Among the three [...]

Smokeless tobacco product snus increases risk of fatality among prostate cancer patients

Smokeless tobacco product snus increases risk of fatality among prostate cancer patients

Men with prostate cancer who take the smokeless tobacco product snus – used mainly in Sweden but also sold in the US – are more likely to die from the disease and prematurely from any cause, according to a study led by researchers at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The findings, which build [...]

Alertness, or vigilance, is developed through evolution

Alertness, or vigilance, is developed through evolution

Using a molecular method likely to become widely adopted by the field, researchers supported by the National Institutes of Health have discovered brain circuitry essential for alertness, or vigilance – and for brain states more generally. Strikingly, the same cell types and circuits are engaged during alertness in zebra fish and mice, species whose evolutionary [...]

Deaths by drinking methanol increase to 15 in Ecuador

Deaths by drinking methanol increase to 15 in Ecuador

The number of deaths in Ecuador from a spate of methanol (industrial alcohol) consumption has risen to 15, with 21 other people under observation, the Ministry of Public Health announced Monday. The first nine deaths occurred on last Thursday in Quito, when health authorities received an alert about suspected intoxications. Since then, the number has [...]

73 % total deaths in Malaysia due to NCD

73 % total deaths in Malaysia due to NCD

It is estimated that 73 % of the total deaths in Malaysia were due to non-communicable diseases (NCDs), and half of the number were caused by cardiovascular diseases. Malaysian Deputy Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Hilmi Yahaya said based on data from the National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS), it could be assumed that the [...]

Other health News

Kids who are physically active more likely to get better grades

Kids who are physically active more likely to get better grades

December 11, 2017

Students who get extra physical activity may pay more attention in school and do better in subjects like reading and math, a research review suggests. The study team analyzed data from 26 previously published studies with a total of more than 10,000 children between 4 and 13 years old. All of the prior studies measured [...]

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Childhood cancer survivors likely to face blood pressure problems later on

Childhood cancer survivors likely to face blood pressure problems later on

December 8, 2017

More than one in 12 adult survivors of childhood cancers may have undiagnosed high blood pressure, a U.S. study suggests. High blood pressure, or hypertension, can be a particular problem for childhood cancer survivors because many of them have heart damage as a result of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Even when they do get diagnosed [...]

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Young people are not protecting themselves from STDs during oral sex – research

Young people are not protecting themselves from STDs during oral sex – research

December 7, 2017

Adolescents and young adults regularly engage in oral sex but seldom use condoms to prevent the spread of sexually transmitted diseases, new research shows. That didn’t surprise the researcher who headed the study. “Many studies show that adolescents and young adults are unaware of the health risks associated with oral sex,” said Giuseppina Valle Holway, [...]

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Half of type 2 diabetes sufferers in ‘watershed’ trial  recover after consuming 200-calorie drinks

Half of type 2 diabetes sufferers in ‘watershed’ trial recover after consuming 200-calorie drinks

December 7, 2017

In what they consider a “watershed trial”, doctors in Glasgow and Newcastle says nearly half of patients with type 2 diabetes have recovered after spending up to five months on a low-calorie diet of soups and shakes to trigger massive weight loss. Isobel Murray, 65, who had weighed 15 stone, lost over four stone (25kg) [...]

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Smartphone addiction creates imbalance in brain

Smartphone addiction creates imbalance in brain

December 4, 2017

Young people who are addicted to their smartphones and the internet have been found to have an imbalance in brain chemistry, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). According to a recent Pew Research Center study, 46 % of Americans say they could not live without their [...]

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Food safety is important for people with HIV or AIDS

Food safety is important for people with HIV or AIDS

December 4, 2017

Dec 1 was World’s AIDS day and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to remind those living with HIV or AIDS about their resource guide on protecting oneself from foodborne illness and safely handling food. Anyone preparing food should also follow these steps to reduce their risk for foodborne illness: Clean: Wash hands and surfaces [...]

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Married people have lower risk of getting dementia compared to their single counterparts

Married people have lower risk of getting dementia compared to their single counterparts

November 29, 2017

A new study has found that being married reduces the risk of getting dementia. Levels of social interaction could explain the finding, experts have said, after the research showed that people who are single or widowed are more likely to develop the disease. Experts conducted an analysis of 15 studies which held data on dementia [...]

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Europe’s HIV epidemic growing at alarming rate, WHO warns

Europe’s HIV epidemic growing at alarming rate, WHO warns

November 29, 2017

The number of people newly diagnosed with HIV in Europe reached its highest level in 2016 since records began, showing the region’s epidemic growing “at an alarming pace”, health officials said on Tuesday. That year, 160,000 people contracted the virus that causes AIDS in the 53 countries that make up the World Health Organization’s European [...]

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Eating healthier costs more but reduces health spending in the long run

Eating healthier costs more but reduces health spending in the long run

November 29, 2017

The healthiest diets cost about US$1.50 more per day than the least healthy diets, according to new research from Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). The finding is based on the most comprehensive examination to date comparing prices of healthy foods and diet patterns vs. less healthy ones. “People often say that healthier foods are more [...]

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Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) more likely to become obese

Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) more likely to become obese

November 29, 2017

Women with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) gain weight more rapidly and are more likely to be overweight or obese than women without the disorder, researchers at Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health ound. It is the first study to look at the relationship between PTSD and obesity over time. One in nine women will [...]

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