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Singapore to host Asia’s first international gathering of disaster medicine and relief experts

Singapore to host Asia’s first international gathering of disaster medicine and relief experts

August 15, 2016

By John Battersby South East Asia’s (SEA) tragic history of natural disasters which have included some of the most destructive typhoons, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, and volcanic eruptions in recent times made it the obvious choice for organisers of the first Disaster and Military Medicine (DiMiMED) conference to be held outside of Germany; where the specialist [...]

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Research

‘Lab-on-a-stick’ offers fast detection of antibiotic resistance

‘Lab-on-a-stick’ offers fast detection of antibiotic resistance

Academics at Loughborough University and the University of Reading in the UK have developed a portable, power-free test for the rapid detection of bacterial resistance to antibiotics. The new test called Lab-on-a-Stick is an inexpensive microfluidic strip, that consists of tiny test tubes about the size of a human hair, capable of identifying bacteria found [...]

Simple eye test could detect Parkinson’s before symptoms show

Simple eye test could detect Parkinson’s before symptoms show

Scientists at the University College London (UCL) Institute of Ophthalmology in the UK have shown that changes in rats’ retinas can predict Parkinson’s disease before visible symptoms like muscle tremors and stiffness start to occur. If this same technique proves successful in humans as well, it would offer a cheap and non-invasive way to detect [...]

Being sole breadwinner is bad for men’s mental health, says study

Being sole breadwinner is bad for men’s mental health, says study

A new study suggests that being the sole breadwinner has negative effects to a man’s mental and physical health while sharing the financial burden brings long-term benefits to their well-being. On the other hand, being the only provider benefits women’s mental health. Their overall well-being and emotional health are seen to decline as they contribute [...]

Virus infections are ‘more successful’in the morning, new study suggests

Virus infections are ‘more successful’in the morning, new study suggests

A University of Cambridge study suggests that viruses are more dangerous when they infect their victims in the morning. The study findings showed that the viruses were 10 times more successful if the infection started in the morning. The animal studies also found that a disrupted body clock was locked in a state of vulnerability. [...]

Dog sperm study could hold the answer to drop in human fertility

Dog sperm study could hold the answer to drop in human fertility

Over the past three decades, sperm quality in dogs has rapidly fallen. This has been found by researchers in a study which could explain the purported decline in human fertility. Their findings highlighted a potential link between fertility and environmental contaminants, after the scientists discovered chemicals which had a detrimental effect on sperm function in [...]

Technology & Devices

Medical breakthrough helps chronic paraplegics walk again

Medical breakthrough helps chronic paraplegics walk again

A group of patients paralyzed by severe spinal cord injuries have regained the ability to voluntarily move their leg muscles and to feel touch and pain in their paralyzed limbs with the help of brain-controlled systems. Behind this medical breakthrough is the Walk Again Project (WAP), a non-profit international research consortium based in Sao Paulo, [...]

MyDoc, AXA Insurance offers live chat, video call consultations via new app

MyDoc, AXA Insurance offers live chat, video call consultations via new app

A new health app that easily connects users with Singapore-based general practitioners (GP) for high-quality medical advice via live chat or secure “face-to-face” video call anytime and anywhere in the world has been recently launched. This first-of-its-kind mobile app, called My AXA Health, is a result of the collaboration of My Doc Pte Ltd (MyDoc) [...]

New scanning tech may improve treatment of millions of lung disease patients

New scanning tech may improve treatment of millions of lung disease patients

A new four-dimensional lung scanning platform, developed at Australia’s Monash University by Professor Andreas Fouras, offers the potential to transform treatment for millions of people with lung disease in the country and around the world. The technology, commercialized by Prof. Fouras’s medical technology company 4Dx, is now giving new insights into improved treatment to a [...]

Treating chronic diseases by controlling nerve cells

Treating chronic diseases by controlling nerve cells

A range of diseases including arthritis, asthma and diabetes could be treated by sending electric pulses and controlling the human nerve cells. This technique will be used by a new company, called Galvani Bioelectronics, to bring in new treatments for the said conditions within seven years. The company was formed by GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Verily [...]

Nanotechnology replaces traditional ice packs in managing orthopaedic injuries

Nanotechnology replaces traditional ice packs in managing orthopaedic injuries

Doctors, caregivers and patients have long been looking for pain/ inflammation management options for musculoskeletal injuries and post-surgical care which will both reduce the intake of pain medication and also improve patient ambulation, accelerating their return to full function. The solution, according to Jacob Drapkin, the Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing at [...]

Pharmaceutical

Painless diabetic treatment may be possible with new insulin pill

Painless diabetic treatment may be possible with new insulin pill

Less painful treatment alternatives are now emerging to help patients manage their blood sugar levels. Scientists are developing a new way of administering the medicine orally with tiny vesicles that can deliver insulin where it needs to go without a shot. The researchers recently presented their work and in vivo testing results at the 252nd [...]

Pfizer to buy biopharma firm Medivationin US$14 bn deal

Pfizer to buy biopharma firm Medivationin US$14 bn deal

Pfizer is acquiring the cancer drug maker Medivation in a US$14 billion definitive merger agreement. The deal values Medivation at US$81.50 per share, a notable premium to the $52.50-per-share offer Sanofi had made earlier this year. In April, Sanofi went public with its US$9.3 billion bid for the company. Medivation rejected that bid but it [...]

Chinese group to acquire Australian vitamin firm Vitaco in A$314 mn deal

Chinese group to acquire Australian vitamin firm Vitaco in A$314 mn deal

Australian vitamins maker Vitaco Holdings has caught the attention of a Chinese group led by drugmaker Shanghai Pharmaceuticals Holding Co Ltd and private equity firm Primavera Capital. An agreement between the two parties has been made for the complete sale of Vitacofor A$313.7 million. In a recent statement, Vitaco said the Chinese group would buy [...]

‘Anti-evolution’ drugs against cancer cells targeted by scientists

‘Anti-evolution’ drugs against cancer cells targeted by scientists

Plans to develop new ‘anti-evolution’ drugs to stop tumor cells from developing resistance to treatment is the new strategy scientists are devising in the war on cancer. According to Britain’s Institute of Cancer Research (ICR), one of the world’s top cancer centers, its initiative was the first to have at its heart the target of [...]

Vietnamese pharmaceutical market to grow 13.8% by 2020, says report

Vietnamese pharmaceutical market to grow 13.8% by 2020, says report

Vietnam’s 2015 pharmaceutical market value of US$3.5 billion will grow to an estimated US$6.6 billion by 2020, with a compound annual growth rate of 13.8%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. According to the company’s latest report, the increasing elderly population, widespread preference for imported branded drugs, rising government support for the healthcare sector [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Not losing weight? Here are some reasons why

Not losing weight? Here are some reasons why

1. YOU’RE EATING HIDDEN SUGARS Eating “healthy” convenience foods like breakfast cereal, low-fat yogurt, protein bars, ready-made soups and bottled juices could mean consuming more sugar than is good for you.While you may not be eating foods that have obviously high amounts of sugar in them, you should be watchful of hidden sugars. Always check [...]

Greenpeace urged by Nobel laureates to end GMO opposition

Greenpeace urged by Nobel laureates to end GMO opposition

The international environmental group Greenpeace was recently called on by more than 100 Nobel laureates to end its opposition to genetically modified crops, saying there is a scientific consensus they are safe and can benefit society. In particular, the scientists cited in a news conference the value of a genetically modified rice used to prevent [...]

Nutrition tips for healthier, more active kids

Nutrition tips for healthier, more active kids

Kids are naturally active and full of endless energy. Giving them the right nutritious foods will help keep their energy levels up and fuel their busy days. But it can tricky for parents to know what foods their kids should be consuming to stay full of life, so here are some tips to keep in [...]

The perfect plan to gain weight

The perfect plan to gain weight

Struggle with weight loss is something we all hear about quite often, but it is the struggle to gain weight that’s heard less about. You’d be surprised to know that it is, indeed a sore point for many. At the outset, a weight gain program may seem like an opportunity for indulgence. Just grab some [...]

Staying fit during pregnancy

Staying fit during pregnancy

Regular exercise helps you to maintain your health during pregnancy, and having a regular exercise routine can improve your posture (thus reducing lower back and hip pain), help you avoid excessive pregnancy weight gain, alleviate discomforts such as backache and fatigue, and improve your prenatal fitness level and strength. In order to accomplish this, it is [...]

Community health

First Zika case in Hong Kong confirmed

First Zika case in Hong Kong confirmed

Health authorities in Hong Kong are now investigating the city’s first case of the Zika virus infection. The victim is a 38-year-old woman expatriate woman who traveled to the Caribbean just this month. She is currently in an isolation ward United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong and in stable condition. The woman, who is a [...]

Thailand’s MoPH pushes for ehealth advancements with VMware solutions

Thailand’s MoPH pushes for ehealth advancements with VMware solutions

Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) is working with VMware, Inc., a US-based company specializing in cloud infrastructure and business mobility, to enable better health for the local population. As part of its eHealth strategy to transform the delivery of healthcare services in Thailand, MoPH deployed two VMware virtualization platforms, vSphere and VMware Horizon, to [...]

UN has moral responsibility to help Haitian cholera victims, says chief

UN has moral responsibility to help Haitian cholera victims, says chief

United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon believes that the global organization has a moral responsibility to help Haiti’s cholera victims and their families. He is currently working to develop material assistance for those affected by the disease, according to his spokesman. The UN recently acknowledged its possible involvement in the introduction of cholera to Haiti [...]

Health concerns rise over use of toxic chemicals by Cambodian farmers

Health concerns rise over use of toxic chemicals by Cambodian farmers

Cambodia has seen a spike in the demand for food in recent years due to growing population and rising incomes. To respond to the rising demand, farmers in the country have increased the use of pesticides, some of which are illegal, to boost agricultural production. But experts are raising concerns and warnings about the negative [...]

Illegally smuggled used clothes worth RMB11 mn seized in Shenzhen borders

Illegally smuggled used clothes worth RMB11 mn seized in Shenzhen borders

A ship has been seized off the coast of Shenzhen, China and six people have been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle around 549 tons of used clothes by boat into the country through Hong Kong. The seized items were worth more than RMB11 million (HK$12.8 million), according to the China Coast Guard in Shenzhen. [...]

Health alert

WHO warns of challenges posed by shortage of HIV testing

WHO warns of challenges posed by shortage of HIV testing

Experts from the World Health Organization (WHO) warn of the problems being presented by the shortage of HIV testing against global efforts to diagnose and treat people with the infection. They looked at the responses to the annual surveys sent by the WHO to 127 countries between 2012 and 2014 asking about capacity and usage [...]

Cancer now main cause of death in 12 EU countries

Cancer now main cause of death in 12 EU countries

Diseases of the heart and blood, also known as cardiovascular diseases (CVD), are still the main cause of death in people worldwide, with 17.3 million victims globally. But in 12 European countries, cancer has overtaken CVD for that top spot. New data on the burden of CVD in Europe for 2016 show that CVD caused [...]

HK watchdog found carcinogenic substances in soy sauce samples

HK watchdog found carcinogenic substances in soy sauce samples

The Hong Kong Consumer Council has found a possible human carcinogen in 11 of 40 soy sauce samples they have tested. The substance, called 4-methylimidazole, is thought to cause cancer if consumed in large amounts. Soy sauces and seasonings are common condiments in Chinese dishes, but more than one in four samples tested by the [...]

Zika virus also linked to limb joint deformities in babies

Zika virus also linked to limb joint deformities in babies

Aside from causing microcephaly, a birth defect in which the brain doesn’t develop fully resulting in a smaller head size, new research suggests that the Zika virus may also be linked to acongenital joint condition called arthrogryposis. Researchers looked at medical records of seven Brazilian infants who were infected with Zika while still in the [...]

Three ‘neglected’ tropical diseases targeted by scientists

Three ‘neglected’ tropical diseases targeted by scientists

Three neglected tropical diseases have recently been the target of scientists from various institutions and they say they are closer to providing effective treatmentsafter making a chemical which can kill the parasites that cause the illnesses. The tropical diseases, Chagas disease, leishmaniasis and human African trypanosomiasis (also known as sleeping sickness), affect 20 million people [...]

Other health News

Polio is back in Nigeria, two children left paralyzed

Polio is back in Nigeria, two children left paralyzed

August 17, 2016

The global effort in eradicating polio was met by a huge disappointment as Nigeria reported two recent cases of children paralyzed by the disease. The country has previously gone on two years without reporting a case. Prior to the announcement by the World Health Organization, the polio virus was thought to only be circulating in [...]

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US babies born to opioid-addicted moms tripled in 15 years, says CDC

US babies born to opioid-addicted moms tripled in 15 years, says CDC

August 15, 2016

In a 15-year span, the number of opioid-addicted babies being born in the US increased 300%, according to the most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC said that the true problem is likely underestimated in the findings which are based on hospital data. [...]

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New asthma pill shows ‘promise’, could be game-changer

New asthma pill shows ‘promise’, could be game-changer

August 11, 2016

An early study of an experimental pill could potentially help adults with severe asthma. Patients who were given the drug, Fevipiprant, in the small trial had less inflammation in their airways. Patients with uncontrolled asthma felt that their symptoms improved. More than five million people in the UK have asthma, a long-term condition that affects [...]

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US NIH plans to lift chimera research ban, opens talkon policy revisions

US NIH plans to lift chimera research ban, opens talkon policy revisions

August 10, 2016

The National Institutes of Health (NIH), an agency under the US Department of Health & Human Services, is mulling over lifting the ban that blocked funding for experimentation that involves human stem cells and animal embryos. It has called on the public for comments on their proposed revisions to the guidelines for human-animal chimera research. [...]

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Seattle healthcare company gets US$101 mn investment, expands in Asia

Seattle healthcare company gets US$101 mn investment, expands in Asia

August 8, 2016

Columbia Pacific Management, a Seattle-based healthcare company, has received a US$101 million investment from one of the world’s largest trading companies, Tokyo-based Mitsui & Co. Columbia Pacific will use the funds to expand its network of hospitals throughout Asia and continue serving Asia’s rapidly growing middle class. The company said in 2014 that it was [...]

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GM mosquitoes may be the new tool to fight spread of Zika and other viruses

GM mosquitoes may be the new tool to fight spread of Zika and other viruses

August 8, 2016

Trials for genetically modified mosquitoes in Florida have been cleared by US health authorities. These engineered mosquitoes have the potential to reduce mosquito populations and fight the local spread of Zika and other viruses. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) confirmed that a field trial testing of Intrexon Corp’s genetically modified mosquitoes would not [...]

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Portable device designed to produce biopharmaceuticals on demand

Portable device designed to produce biopharmaceuticals on demand

August 5, 2016

A portable production system that manufactures biopharmaceuticals on demand has been designed and developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), with funding from the funding from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). Biopharmaceutical drugs, which are used in a wide range of therapies including vaccines and treatments for diabetes and cancer, [...]

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Wendy’s to ban use of chickens with antibiotics by 2017

Wendy’s to ban use of chickens with antibiotics by 2017

August 5, 2016

The fifth largest US fast food chain by revenue, Wendy’s Co., will be stopping the use of chickens raised with antibiotics important to human health by 2017, according to a recent report. Public health experts, consumers and share holders are growing concern that the overuse of these antibiotics may be contributing to the rising numbers [...]

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Health Minister: Malaysia’s healthcare industry to bring in RM13 bn this year

Health Minister: Malaysia’s healthcare industry to bring in RM13 bn this year

August 4, 2016

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr. S.Subramaniam said that Malaysia’s healthcare industry is expected to generate a revenue of nearly RM13 billion this year. The medical devices sector, a key segment of the industry, is expected to contribute RM11 billion in exports, saying that the country manufactures beds, dental chairs and orthopaedic implants in addition to [...]

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Eating lots of red meat could increase mortality risk

Eating lots of red meat could increase mortality risk

August 3, 2016

According to a recent study, eating lean proteins like nuts, fish and chicken could reduce a person’s mortality risk compared to a diet high in red meats, eggs and dairy. The findings confirm that diets high in red meat and fatty proteins like eggs and cheese were not linked to a higher risk of dying [...]

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