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Reduce intake of caffeinated, high-fat dairy products to ease GERD symptoms

Reduce intake of caffeinated, high-fat dairy products to ease GERD symptoms

February 22, 2017

People suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may find that staying away from certain foods, especially high-fat dairy products as well as caffeinated and carbonated drinks, could help ease their symptoms. GERD is a very common chronic digestive disorder affecting people of all ages, from infants to older adults. It occurs when acidic stomach juices, [...]

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Research

Genetic inheritance partly responsible for child obesity, new study finds

Genetic inheritance partly responsible for child obesity, new study finds

A new international study carried out by the University of Sussex in the UK has found that child obesity can be inherited from parents, regardless of the country of residence. The research studied 100,000 children in six different countries worldwide – the UK, the US, China, Indonesia, Spain and Mexico – and found that the [...]

New method to make compounds for disease-fighting drugs developed

New method to make compounds for disease-fighting drugs developed

A team of researchers at the Cardiff  University in the UK has developed a new “highly-efficient” method of making disease-fighting compounds used in drug treatments. The team said their method is able to synthesize sesquiterpenes – found in spicy foods, plants and beer, and used to battle colds, cancer and malaria – more quickly and [...]

Vitamin D could boost immune system and protect against flu, colds

Vitamin D could boost immune system and protect against flu, colds

Researchers say vitamin D supplements could help protect around 3 million people each year in the UK against colds or flu as the sunshine vitamin is not just essential for healthy bones, but also has a role in strengthening the immune system. The analysis argues food should be fortified with the vitamin. Although Public Health [...]

Controversy still high on palm oil’s carcinogenic components

Controversy still high on palm oil’s carcinogenic components

Results of a study published in January 2017 showed that palmitic acid (a major part of palm oil) boosts metastases (spread of cancer) through CD36 — a specific protein found in cancer cells that is responsible for taking up fatty acids. In May 2016, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) claimed in a statement that [...]

Only 3% of people spread most of Ebola cases in the world’s largest outbreak

Only 3% of people spread most of Ebola cases in the world’s largest outbreak

An analysis suggests that almost two-thirds or 61% of cases in the world’s largest Ebola outbreak were caused by only 3% of infected people who were likely to have been “super-spreaders”. More than 28,600 people were infected with Ebola during the 2014-15 outbreak in West Africa and around 11,300 people died. Researchers hope that further [...]

Technology & Devices

Pelican BioThermal introduces new reusable pallet shipper system

Pelican BioThermal introduces new reusable pallet shipper system

Pelican BioThermal launched its advanced new pallet shipper system, Crēdo Cargo. This reusable system, specifically designed to accept a full ISO pallet, will help revolutionize the temperature-controlled bulk shipper market. Following an intensive design, testing and qualification process, the Crēdo Cargo is now available to buy and rent for the first time. The production version [...]

Boston Scientific launches online training portal for interventional cardiology

Boston Scientific launches online training portal for interventional cardiology

Boston Scientific, a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices, has launched the EDUCARE Virtual Training Institute (VTI) for interventional cardiology, a non-commercial e-learning platform for procedural training of physicians, technicians and nurses from more than 100 countries. The launch of the educational portal for interventional cardiology expands the company’s current offerings of endoscopy, [...]

UK doctors are leading the way in the use of compact neonatal MRI scanners

UK doctors are leading the way in the use of compact neonatal MRI scanners

Doctors at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital – located in Sheffield, South Yorkshire in England – are paving the way for the use of a compact neonatal MRI scanner designed for imaging the brains of premature babies. The machine at the Sheffield hospital is one of only two purpose-built neonatal MRI scanners in the world.So far [...]

Blood-repellent titanium surfaces could be the future of medical implants

Blood-repellent titanium surfaces could be the future of medical implants

Engineers at the Colorado State University in the US may have the key to the future of medical implants – a titanium surface that’s extremely repellent to blood. Medical implants like stents, catheters and tubing introduce risk for blood clotting and infection which are problematic for patients. The “superhemophobic” material specially grown by the engineers [...]

Scientists develop robotic sleeve to help failing hearts continue to pump

Scientists develop robotic sleeve to help failing hearts continue to pump

A robotic sleeve that help failing hearts continue to pump blood has been developed by scientists based in Harvard and the Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts in the US in collaboration with scientists based in Leeds in the UK. In their early study, the scientists have shown the concept to work on pig hearts. The [...]

Pharmaceutical

CEPI urges fast-tracking of vaccines for three potential disease outbreaks

CEPI urges fast-tracking of vaccines for three potential disease outbreaks

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), a public-private coalition that aims to derail epidemics by speeding development of vaccines, has committed US$460million to speed up vaccine development for MERS, Lassa fever and Nipah virus – three relatively little-known diseases scientists think could cause the next global health emergency. Aiming to have two new experimental [...]

US CDC finds superbug resistant to all kinds of antibiotic

US CDC finds superbug resistant to all kinds of antibiotic

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report has confirmed that a 70-year-old woman from Nevada in the US has died after being infected with a superbug that is “resistant to all available antimicrobial drugs”. The victim broke her right leg during a long stay in India and had repeatedly needed hospital treatment [...]

Guardant Health partners with top pharma companies to speed clinical trials

Guardant Health partners with top pharma companies to speed clinical trials

Guardant Health, an oncology-focused company based in California in the US, is partnering with leading international pharmaceutical companies to create a 500-plus-gene liquid biopsy panel that will help drug companies accelerate clinical trials and the development of targeted cancer drugs and immunotherapies. The company has entered into separate agreements with British-Swedishbio pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, American [...]

Novartis invests in potential cardiovascular therapies from Ionis

Novartis invests in potential cardiovascular therapies from Ionis

Basel, Switzerland-based multinational pharmaceutical company Novartis International AG has entered into a collaboration and option agreement with Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc. and its subsidiary Akcea Therapeutics Inc. to license two experimental cardiovascular treatments. The investigational antisense therapies – called AKCEA-APO(a)-LRx and AKCEA-APOCIII-LRx – from the US-based companies have the potential to significantly reduce cardiovascular risk in [...]

US judge favors Amgen Inc. in patent lawsuit against Sanofi, Regeneron

US judge favors Amgen Inc. in patent lawsuit against Sanofi, Regeneron

A federal judge in the state of Delaware in the US has favored California-based multinational biopharmaceutical company Amgen Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit filed against Sanofi SA and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. over a cholesterol drug. U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson in Delaware ordered a ban on the sales of Praluent, a cholesterol drug from [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Get firmer, more flat abs when you eat these 11 foods every day

Get firmer, more flat abs when you eat these 11 foods every day

After the back-to-back holiday celebrations of the New Year, Valentine’s Day is already around the corner. If you’re busy getting in shape for a romantic holiday getaway, here are a list of 11 foods to incorporate into your daily diet to help you get firmer, more flat abs. According to Ella Magers, author of The [...]

Timing of meals, calorie intake could be the key to weight loss –study

Timing of meals, calorie intake could be the key to weight loss –study

A new study has found evidence that suggests when you eat matters more than what you eat when it comes to weight control. The study has found that people who finished eating all their meals by early afternoon had smaller fluctuations in hunger and burned slightly more fat than people who ate throughout the day. [...]

Reduce stress by munching on superfoods, not comfort foods

Reduce stress by munching on superfoods, not comfort foods

The holiday season is one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year. During these times, many turn to traditional comfort foods like chocolate and ice cream to help them reduce their stress. However, research suggests it’s actually not the high-fat and high-sugar comfort foods that do the trick, but rather, it’s superfoods. [...]

Making child play safer

Making child play safer

Also, download this story from the electronic issue here Certain chemicals that enhance properties of toys are found to expose children to health risks. Are there solutions available to make toys safer, asks Angelica Buan in this article. Recalls due to lead-based paint and other chemicals Appraised to value US$135 billion by 2020, the global toy [...]

Cardinal Health expands in Asia with powder-free gloves, disposable gowns

Cardinal Health expands in Asia with powder-free gloves, disposable gowns

Cardinal Health, a leading global, integrated healthcare services and products company, is introducing its powder-free gloves product line to Hong Kong while further penetrating the disposable drapes and gowns segment in Asia as part of its expansion plans in the region. A proposed ban on powdered gloves was announced by the US Food and Drug [...]

Community health

China approves four H7N9 bird flu vaccines for clinical trials

China approves four H7N9 bird flu vaccines for clinical trials

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), the country’s top drug regulator, has recently approved four kinds of vaccines for the H7N9 strain of bird flu virus to proceed to clinical trials, according to the Beijing Food and Drug Administration. The CFDA will continue to provide assistance and guidance for clinical trials of the vaccines [...]

Shortage of health professionals in the Philippines, a growing concern

Shortage of health professionals in the Philippines, a growing concern

FOR the Philippines, at the heels of its well performing economy and a GDP anticipated to hit 6.9% this year, it can be quite perplexing to hear that it is at a crux of healthcare crisis due to a deficit of health professionals in the local healthcare system. Experts at the recently concluded Healthcare Asia [...]

Scientists uncover how Zika virus causes microcephaly

Scientists uncover how Zika virus causes microcephaly

After being a major health concern worldwide in the past two years, the mechanisms behind how the Zika virus alters brain development in babies and causes microcephaly have been uncovered by a multidisciplinary team from The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in the US. There are currently 70 countries and territories reporting active Zika [...]

South Korea eyes local foot-and-mouth vaccine manufacturing plant by 2020

South Korea eyes local foot-and-mouth vaccine manufacturing plant by 2020

As part of its efforts to combat the outbreak of the contagious viral animal illness, foot-and-mouth disease, it is planning to set up a manufacturing plant to locally produce vaccines by 2020. Asia’s fourth-largest economy currently relies on imported vaccines from manufacturers such as animal health business Merial to regularly inoculate its livestock and to [...]

US healthcare costs, spending expected to grow over next decade

US healthcare costs, spending expected to grow over next decade

Overall growth of healthcare spending in the US is expected to outpace the growth of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) as the cost of medical care in the country is also forecasted to grow at a faster rate over the next decade, according to the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The [...]

Health alert

Foot-and-mouth disease alert status in South Korea raised to highest level

Foot-and-mouth disease alert status in South Korea raised to highest level

South Korea has raised the country’s alert status for the foot-and-mouth disease to the highest level after a second strain of the disease was confirmed three days after a first outbreak was reported, Seoul’s agriculture ministry said. Kim Kyeong-kyu, deputy minister for food industry policy, said the A-type strain of the disease was discovered at [...]

British Heart Foundation warns of risks of sudden death due to faulty gene

British Heart Foundation warns of risks of sudden death due to faulty gene

A charity organization has warned people of the risks of developing coronary heart disease or even sudden death due to a faulty heart gene, saying that an estimated 620,000 people in the UK have the gene but most are unaware. The figure was said to be 100,000 more than had been originally thought and could [...]

US FDA finds toxic substances in certain homeopathic teething products

US FDA finds toxic substances in certain homeopathic teething products

Consumers are being warned by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) against the use of certain homeopathic teething products after it has found high amounts of a toxic substance called belladonna in some of the products, posing potential risk to infants and children. Laboratory analysis found amounts of belladonna that sometimes far exceeded the [...]

Spread of cancer cells reduced by 75% in immunotherapy study on animals

Spread of cancer cells reduced by 75% in immunotherapy study on animals

The spread of deadly cancer cells has been reduced by 75% in animal experiments conducted by scientists at the Sanger Institute in Cambridge in the UK, giving new insight into how tumors spread and may lead to new treatments. Around 90% of cancer deaths are caused by the spread of cancer – known as metastasis [...]

Scientists create genetically modified mosquitoes resistant to dengue

Scientists create genetically modified mosquitoes resistant to dengue

Mosquitoes are considered one of the deadliest animals in the world and one of the biggest killers of the human race as they are the primary vectors for major human diseases such as yellow fever, malaria and dengue fever. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, more than 50% of the world’s population is [...]

Other health News

Cardiovascular disease costs in the US to hit US$1 tn by 2035, new study says

Cardiovascular disease costs in the US to hit US$1 tn by 2035, new study says

February 15, 2017

A new study conducted by RTI International for the American Heart Association projects that cardiovascular diseases, if left unchecked, will have a crushing economic and health burden on the US financial and health care systems by the year 2035. Mostly driven by the aging of the population in the next two decades, the number of [...]

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Intensive BP control could save 100,000 lives in the US each year

Intensive BP control could save 100,000 lives in the US each year

February 15, 2017

Intensive blood pressure measures could help save 100,000 lives in the US each year, according to projections by researchers. Adam Bress, University of Utah assistant professor of population health sciences, said that the adoption of intensive treatment in the right patients has enormous public health impact. Bress and his fellow experts from institutions across the [...]

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Brazilian peppertree berries could pave the way in ‘disarming’ superbugs

Brazilian peppertree berries could pave the way in ‘disarming’ superbugs

February 13, 2017

A noxious weed that is considered as one of the worst pest plants in the state of Florida in the US may hold the key to fighting the antimicrobial resistant “superbugs”, according to researchers. The red berries of the Brazilian peppertree make a compound that is able to disarm methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the team [...]

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South Korea to import 4.8 million doses of foot-and-mouth disease vaccine

South Korea to import 4.8 million doses of foot-and-mouth disease vaccine

February 13, 2017

In an effort to prevent further spread of the viral foot-and-mouth disease in South Korea, the country will import 4.8 million doses of vaccine against the disease by the end of the month. Six cases of foot-and-mouth have been found in the latest outbreak since the first case was confirmed a week ago.  As of [...]

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Corn, milk protein layers make medicine better-tasting, safer for children

Corn, milk protein layers make medicine better-tasting, safer for children

February 13, 2017

Making medicines for the use of infants and children can be really challenging as safety is just as important as taste and texture. A new drug delivery method that uses layers of corn and milk proteins to make medicine safer, tastier and easier to swallow is currently being developed by South Dakota State University pharmaceutical [...]

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Landmark mental health research explores negative side effects of therapy

Landmark mental health research explores negative side effects of therapy

February 10, 2017

The unexplored territory of the negative side effects of psychological treatment is the focus of a groundbreaking research project from the Stockholm University in Sweden. Therapy has long been known to be an effective treatment for different forms of mental illness. However, there is not much known about whether certain patients can actually get worse [...]

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Researchers develop minuscule 3D spheres to study tuberculosis infection

Researchers develop minuscule 3D spheres to study tuberculosis infection

February 10, 2017

A new minuscule 3D system has been developed by researchers at the University of Southampton in England to study human infection in the laboratory. The team, which includes infection researchers, engineers and bio-informaticians in Southampton and University College London, have used an electrostatic encapsulation technique to make tiny 3D spheres within which human cells are [...]

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Green tea compound may have life-saving benefits, biomedical engineers say

Green tea compound may have life-saving benefits, biomedical engineers say

February 8, 2017

A team of engineers at Washington University in the US and their German collaborators say a compound found in green tea may have life-saving potential for patients suffering from multiple myeloma and amyloidosis who face often-fatal medical complications associated with bone-marrow disorders. Jan Bieschke, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at the School of Engineering & [...]

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Experimental male contraceptive gel successful in monkey trials

Experimental male contraceptive gel successful in monkey trials

February 8, 2017

An experimental new type of contraceptive for males that blocks sperm flow with a gel has been successful in monkey trials. Vasalgel acts as a physical barrier once injected into the tubes that sperm would swim down to the penis. The company behind it says a two-year trial shows the gel works and is safe [...]

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Laser technology could help oncologists remove brain cancer

Laser technology could help oncologists remove brain cancer

February 8, 2017

A study has shown that lasers could aid surgeons in quickly analyzing brain cancers and deciding how much tissue to remove during surgery as taking too little leads to the cancer coming back, while too much could lead to disability. The technique, called SRS microscopy, has been tried on more than 360 patients at the [...]

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