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Stress and Your Adrenal Glands

Stress and Your Adrenal Glands

November 14, 2016

By Ron Burg, CAM Formulas Introduction We live in a stress-filled world. Stress is all around us. For many people, the daily stresses of life are compounded by intense work pressures and the stress of an unproductive relationship. When you are under stress, you are attacking your adrenal glands. On top of this, many people [...]

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Research

Risk of major heart attack is eight times higher for younger adults who smoke

Risk of major heart attack is eight times higher for younger adults who smoke

A UK study has found that smoking in young adults increases their risk of having a major heart attack by eight-fold compared to their peers who never smoked or who already gave it up. Older adults also have a higher chance of getting a heart attack compared to non-smokers their age, the researchers said. Dr. [...]

Asia to overtake Europe as second largest healthcare market by 2025 –report

Asia to overtake Europe as second largest healthcare market by 2025 –report

As the global healthcare industry is set to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.6% to reach US$2.69 trillion by 2025, Asia is expected to replace Europe as the second largest healthcare market in the world by the same year. This is according to the new analysis, “Vision 2025 – Future of [...]

Nestle’s new techcan cut 40% sugar in chocolate without changing taste

Nestle’s new techcan cut 40% sugar in chocolate without changing taste

Swiss transnational food and drink company Nestle says they have come up with a new technology that will allow them to cut the amount of sugar in some of their chocolate bars by up to 40% without changing the quality of its taste. Nestle, whose chocolate products include KitKat, Aero and Yorkies, said it has [...]

Platypus venom could hold the key to the future of diabetes treatment

Platypus venom could hold the key to the future of diabetes treatment

Researchers at the University of Adelaide in Australia have found that a longer-lasting form of the hormone glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) – which promotes the release of insulin, lowering blood sugar levels – in platypus venom. This discovery could pave the way for new treatments for type 2 diabetes in humans. GLP-1 is normally secreted in [...]

Improved CRISPR allows scientists to study all stages of cell development

Improved CRISPR allows scientists to study all stages of cell development

A more controllable and efficient version of the CRISPR gene editing platform called sOPTiKO has been created by researchers from the Welcome Trust Sanger Institute, a British non-profit genomics and genetics research institute, and the University of Cambridge in the UK. According to the team, the freely available single-step system works in every cell in [...]

Technology & Devices

New drug delivery system could transformtreatment of cancer, other diseases

New drug delivery system could transformtreatment of cancer, other diseases

A new implantable device that could change the way medicines are delivered for the treatment of cancer and other diseases has been developed by Lyle Hood, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), in partnership with Alessandro Grattoni, chair of the Department of Nanomedicine at Houston Methodist Research [...]

Singapore scientists develop new tech to monitor cancer treatment response

Singapore scientists develop new tech to monitor cancer treatment response

A team of scientists at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (Smart) and Mechanobiology Institute at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have developed a new technology that offers the potential to aid doctors in determining how well a patient responds to cancer treatment. Instead of looking at the tumors themselves, the scientists decided [...]

China takes lead in CRISPR gene-editing race with first human trials

China takes lead in CRISPR gene-editing race with first human trials

Taking the lead in using the groundbreaking gene-editing technology CRISPR-Cas9 in human trials, scientists at Sichuan University in Chengdu, China are the first in the world to inject CRISPR-modified cells into a patient with aggressive lung cancer in an effort to make the patient’s immune system more effective at combating cancer cells. The researchers, led [...]

UK scientists developed a USB stick that could diagnose HIV in 30 minutes

UK scientists developed a USB stick that could diagnose HIV in 30 minutes

Scientists in the UK have developed a new HIV test device, similar to a USB memory stick, which could be plugged into a computer and produce accurate results in just 30 minutes. The researchers claim that the disposable technology can detect the virus in a drop of blood placed onto a spot on the USB [...]

New implantable brain-spine device helped paralyzed monkeys regain leg use

New implantable brain-spine device helped paralyzed monkeys regain leg use

A new implantable device has made it possible for two paralyzed monkeys to regain the use of their legs by transmitting brain signals wirelessly, bypassing their spinal cord lesions, according to a new study released in the journal Nature. The device, called a neuroprosthetic interface, was developed by an international team led by researchers at [...]

Pharmaceutical

Australian high school students recreate Shkreli’s US$750 drug for only US$2

Australian high school students recreate Shkreli’s US$750 drug for only US$2

A group of 11 high school students in Australia has successfully recreated the life-saving drug Daraprim for a mere US$2 a pill, according to scientists from the University of Sydney. In September 2015, biotech executive Martin Shkreli became widely reviled for hiking the price of Daraprim by more than 4,000% overnight, to US$750 per pill. [...]

New diabetes drugs from rivals Novo, Sanofi both approved by US FDA

New diabetes drugs from rivals Novo, Sanofi both approved by US FDA

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two new combination drugsaimed at the treatment of diabetes from rival global healthcare companies Novo Nordisk and Sanofi. Novo’s Xultophy and Sanofi’s Soliqua both combine a long-lasting insulin with a so-called GLP-1 medicine that stimulates insulin production in the pancreas.Officials at the Danish and French companies [...]

World’s first VLP-based influenza vaccine has been developed in India

World’s first VLP-based influenza vaccine has been developed in India

The world’s first influenza vaccine to be based on virus-like particle (VLP) technology, called Cadiflu-S, has been developed in India by CPL Biologicals Pvt Ltd, a joint venture biotechnology company between Indian multinational pharmaceutical firm Cadila Pharmaceuticals Ltd and US-based clinical-stage vaccine company Novavax Inc. A facility at Dholka near Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India has [...]

Asia Pacific countries pledge to fight antimicrobial resistance

Asia Pacific countries pledge to fight antimicrobial resistance

Representatives from countries in Asia Pacific have pledged to take immediate action to combat the further spread of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), as part of a global response and joint effort in line with the World Antibiotic Awareness Week. The pledge reaffirms a wider commitment to combat AMR and increase awareness about the scale of the [...]

GSK tops other pharma companies in improving access for the poor –report

GSK tops other pharma companies in improving access for the poor –report

British pharmaceutical company Glaxo Smith Kline (GSK) was ranked as the top drug maker for the fifth time to improve access to medicine in developing countries, according to the Access to Medicine Index report, which ranks 20 of the leading pharmaceutical companies very two years. GSK was followed by Johnson & Johnson, Novartis, and Merck KGaA. [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

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 [...]

Manulife-Sinochem rewards customers’ healthy lifestyles with free insurance

Manulife-Sinochem rewards customers’ healthy lifestyles with free insurance

An innovative life insurance program that rewards customers with free insurance coverage for taking steps to stay healthy and active has recently been launched in China by Manulife-Sinochem, the first Chinese-foreign joint-venture life insurance company established in the country. The launch of the MOVE program in mainland China is part of Manulife’s strategy of changing [...]

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 [...]

Community health

Bird flu outbreaks causing alarm across Asia, Europe

Bird flu outbreaks causing alarm across Asia, Europe

Public health officials across Asian countries are alarmed at the rising number of recent bird flu outbreaks in the region, reminiscent of the fatal H5N1 strain that has taken the lives of more than 450 people since the mid-2000s. For the first time in nearly two years, Japan is culling around 310,000 chickens at a [...]

S. Korea culls thousands of birds as H5N6 avian flu outbreak cases rise to four

S. Korea culls thousands of birds as H5N6 avian flu outbreak cases rise to four

Two more poultry farms in South Korea has reported confirmed cases of an outbreak of the highly pathogenic bird flu on November 22, according to the country’s Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs, resulting in the culling of some 22,000 ducks in Muan, South Jeolla Province and 8,500 in Cheongju, in North Chungcheong Province. [...]

Non-profit volunteers help to fight tuberculosis in the slums of Peru

Non-profit volunteers help to fight tuberculosis in the slums of Peru

Home to the highest rates of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis in the Americas, there are at least 30,000 people living in Peru infected with the ancient disease that killed 1.8 million globally last year – more than AIDS-related and malaria deaths combined. Despite being a curable disease, tuberculosis still thrives in the poorest corners of the [...]

Terminally ill teen now cryogenically preserved after winning court case

Terminally ill teen now cryogenically preserved after winning court case

A 14-year-old British girl, who was terminally ill with cancer, won a historic legal fight shortly before her death to have her body cryogenically preserved in the hopes that she will be cured and resuscitated in the future. Writing to the judge who oversaw the case, the girl explained that she wanted to “to live [...]

WHO: Funds secured to roll out world’s first malaria vaccine in Africa

WHO: Funds secured to roll out world’s first malaria vaccine in Africa

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently confirmed that the pilot projects of the world’s first malaria vaccine will be rolled out in sub-Saharan Africa in 2018 as global funding has been secured for the program’s initial phase. The vaccine – known as RTS,S and marketed as Mosquirix –was developed through a partnership between British [...]

Health alert

WHO: Zika no longer an international emergency, still a global health threat

WHO: Zika no longer an international emergency, still a global health threat

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently declared that Zika virus is no longer an international emergency. However, the organization stressed that it still remains as a global public health threat and so a long-term effort to address the virus is still needed. Officials on WHO’s Emergency Committee warned the virus, which has been found [...]

Sixty percent of under-five deaths found in 10 Asian, African countries

Sixty percent of under-five deaths found in 10 Asian, African countries

Sixty percent of the 5.9 million children under five years old who died last year were in 10 countries in Asia and Africa, according to a recently published study, which prompted calls for action to reduce the mortality rate. The inequality in children’s death among the 194 countries studied was highlighted in the study’s data, [...]

People with health anxiety more likely to suffer from heart diseases

People with health anxiety more likely to suffer from heart diseases

Those who worry too much about their health have a higher risk of developing heart diseases, according to a new study in Norway. A nationwide cardiovascular research project was conducted in Norway where researchers analyzed data from over 7,000 Norwegians who did not have any heart disease prior to the study. Over the next 12 [...]

600,000 child deaths every year is caused by high air pollution, UNICEF says

600,000 child deaths every year is caused by high air pollution, UNICEF says

Around 300 million children worldwide, or almost one in seven kids, live in areas with high levels of outdoor air pollution and they are the most vulnerable to the damage, according to the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the children’s agency under the United Nations (UN). Areas where outdoor pollution was highest, mostly in South [...]

WHO IARC asked panel not to release weedkiller review documents

WHO IARC asked panel not to release weedkiller review documents

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the specialized cancer agency under the World Health Organization (WHO), advised its academic experts on one of its review panels not to release documents regarding a 2015 review of the weedkiller glyphosate. The agency said the request was made to protect its work from external interference and [...]

Other health News

Injectables, implants may be the future of HIV prevention

Injectables, implants may be the future of HIV prevention

November 30, 2016

Scientists are getting ready to start large-scale trials next month using injections to protect vulnerable groups against HIV for at least two months, in a step that will take HIV prevention to the next level. The scientists are also hoping to produce matchstick-sized implants containing slow-release drugs – similar to existing under-the-skin contraceptive devices – [...]

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“Predatory bacteria” may be the new weapon against superbugs

“Predatory bacteria” may be the new weapon against superbugs

November 28, 2016

Researchers from the UK are testing the effectiveness of “predatory bacteria”, which eat others of its kind, as the new weapon in the fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria, also known as “superbugs”. Scientists all over the world are trying new approaches to battle the growing levels of bacteria that are resistant to drugs. But a team [...]

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Scientists discover how a human antibody prevents Zika infection

Scientists discover how a human antibody prevents Zika infection

November 28, 2016

As part of their efforts to identify a possible therapeutic candidate, a team of researchers at Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, in collaboration with scientists from the University of North Carolina(UNC) in the US, have discovered how a human antibody called C10 prevents Zika infection at a cellular level. C10 has been previously identified to [...]

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Potential new stroke drug limits and repairs brain damage

Potential new stroke drug limits and repairs brain damage

November 28, 2016

An anti-inflammatory drug, interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1Ra), offers the potential to become a new treatment for stroke patients after researchers at The University of Manchester in the UK discovered that it limits the number of brain cells destroyed by stroke and then helps to repair the damage. Stroke is a major cause of death and [...]

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Nearly 1,500 new virus species discovered by international research team

Nearly 1,500 new virus species discovered by international research team

November 25, 2016

Almost 1,500 new virus species was discovered by a team of international researchers led from Australia and China. The study significantly expands the existing catalogue of known viruses and also indicates that these viruses have existed for billions of years. The international team of scientists surveyed a group of animals called invertebrates – a group [...]

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Avoid germs while traveling with these five simple tips

Avoid germs while traveling with these five simple tips

November 23, 2016

As the holiday season approaches and people are getting ready to travel to tourist spots or go back to their hometowns for their vacations, the risk of carrying and spreading disease also increases. According to studies, germs can travel easily on an airplane, where people are packed together like sardines. For example, a woman on [...]

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Blood plasma from human teens found to have anti-aging effects on old mice

Blood plasma from human teens found to have anti-aging effects on old mice

November 18, 2016

A series of new trials have found that blood plasma from young people can rejuvenate the body and brain of old mice, improving physical activity, cognition and memory. According to Sakura Minami of Alkahest, the company behind the work, the method has the potential to be developed into a treatment for people. Minami and her [...]

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OIE: New cases of highly contagious bird flu strain expected in US, Europe

OIE: New cases of highly contagious bird flu strain expected in US, Europe

November 16, 2016

Europe and North America, especially the US, are advised to prepare for a severe and highly contagious new strain of bird flu as more outbreaks are expected to occur in the next few weeks during the southward migration of the wild birds believed to transmit the virus, according to Matthew Stone, Deputy Director General of [...]

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High blood pressure affects more than 1.1 billion people worldwide -study

High blood pressure affects more than 1.1 billion people worldwide -study

November 16, 2016

In 40 years, the number of people all over the world living with high blood pressure has almost doubled to 1.13 billion in 2015, according to the findings of a new study published in The Lancet, with the majority of them in low- and middle-income countries. In the largest study of its kind analyzing blood [...]

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LG Household & Health Care is venturing into the DNA testing business

LG Household & Health Care is venturing into the DNA testing business

November 14, 2016

LG Household & Health Care, a major South Korean company engaged in the manufacture of household goods, cosmetics and beverages, is entering the growing market for genetic testing products and services. The goal is to launch health management services using personal genetic data. The cosmetics powerhouse is teaming up with Macrogen, a Seoul-based biotechnology startup [...]

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