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Covid-19: Children more susceptible than previously assumed

Covid-19: Children more susceptible than previously assumed

May 28, 2020

Despite affecting more adults than children in general, new studies are showing that children are more susceptible to the novel coronavirus than previously thought. One study for example, titled ‘Characteristics and Outcomes of Children With Novel coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Infection Admitted to US and Canadian Pediatric Intensive Care Units’, published in the journal JAMA […]

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Research

Researchers find dementia gene mutation doubles risk of severe COVID-19 infection

Researchers find dementia gene mutation doubles risk of severe COVID-19 infection

An international team of researchers from the University of Exeter Medical School (Exeter), UK, and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine (UConn Medicine), US, have found high risk of severe COVID-19 infection among[…]

Antibody in the blood of SARS survivor may help in the fight against COVID-19

Antibody in the blood of SARS survivor may help in the fight against COVID-19

Scientists have identified an antibody from the blood sample of a person who recovered from severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) which appears to neutralise the virus that causes COVID-19, SARS-CoV-2 […]

Hair regrowth trial results show promise with stem-cell topical solution

Hair regrowth trial results show promise with stem-cell topical solution

A stem-cell-based topical treatment has been found to regrow hair in both male and female subjects with age-related baldness – at least half of men and women over the […]

Drunkorexia: A third of female uni students believed to save calories for binge drinking episodes

Drunkorexia: A third of female uni students believed to save calories for binge drinking episodes

Researchers at the University of South Australia (UniSA) have found that a majority of female Australian university students – out of nearly 480 university students aged 18-24 […]

Protein cross-links make mucus thicker in respiratory illness patients

Protein cross-links make mucus thicker in respiratory illness patients

Sufferers of chronic respiratory illness like asthma, cystic fibrosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) tend to have thicker and excessive mucus – the slimy substance which is normally produced in our bodies […]

Technology & Devices

Flexible electronic sensor patch tracks vitamin C and other nutrients via sweat

Flexible electronic sensor patch tracks vitamin C and other nutrients via sweat

To gauge a person’s vitamin C levels – vitamin C supports the immune system and notably helps with wound healing – scientists from the University of California-San Diego […]

Smartphone snap of the eyelid can detect signs of anaemia

Smartphone snap of the eyelid can detect signs of anaemia

Diagnoses of blood disorders usually eat up time, but new software has been developed to ease the process – using a smartphone camera, the software assesses levels of haemoglobin in red blood cells to check […]

Necklace ECG enables fast and easy monitoring for a trial fibrillation

Necklace ECG enables fast and easy monitoring for a trial fibrillation

A trial fibrillation – essentially an abnormal heart rhythm – is a major, often symptomless cause of strokes. An experimental new necklace designed by scientists at the […]

Sensors within prosthetic arm makes it “feel” like a natural limb

Sensors within prosthetic arm makes it “feel” like a natural limb

A new neuromusculoskeletal prosthesis is said to imitate a natural limb almost exactly, because users can control it with their own minds in a realistic way; it also feeds the sensation of touch back to the user’s brain. […]

VITAL COVID-19 ventilator prototype developed in less than 40 days by NASA

VITAL COVID-19 ventilator prototype developed in less than 40 days by NASA

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in US have come up with an easy-to-build, inexpensive high-pressure ventilator to help with the unexpected shortage due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Ventilator Intervention Technology Accessible Locally (VITAL) prototype was […]

Pharmaceutical

Roche’s Tecentriq-chemotherapy combo now approved for treating aggressive type of lung cancer

Roche’s Tecentriq-chemotherapy combo now approved for treating aggressive type of lung cancer

The Singaporean Health Sciences Authority (HAS) has recently approved of global pharmaceutical giant Roche’s new immunotherapy treatment […]

Stomach acid-withstanding peptide pills could be a new type of oral drug

Stomach acid-withstanding peptide pills could be a new type of oral drug

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) have recently developed a novel method of testing and creating peptides that can survive degradation by stomach acids – these could potentially make up oral drugs for chronic inflammatory diseases of the […]

New Ebola vaccine effective against all four virus species dangerous to humans

New Ebola vaccine effective against all four virus species dangerous to humans

Infectious disease scientists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre (CCHMC) in Ohio, US, have recently tested a novel vaccine candidate for Ebola in animals, which seems to be effective against all four species of Ebola that infect humans […]

International team finds trial drug that blocks early COVID-19 infection

International team finds trial drug that blocks early COVID-19 infection

A trial drug that appears to block the cellular door SARS-CoV-2 – the virus responsible for COVID-19 – uses to infect its hosts has been identified by a team of researchers from Canada, Spain and Sweden. The drug could very well stop […]

Australian scientists find possible coronavirus treatment in FDA-approved drug

Australian scientists find possible coronavirus treatment in FDA-approved drug

A present-day anti-parasitic drug has been shown to kill the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which is responsible for the COVID-19 pandemic currently, in just two days. As observed by scientists at Monash University’s Biomedicine Discovery […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Intraday hunger because of fasting may strengthen immune system against COVID-19 virus

Intraday hunger because of fasting may strengthen immune system against COVID-19 virus

A Turkish internal medicine and gastroenterologist specialist claimed that time-restricted eating practices such as fasting, strengthens the body’s immune system […]

Using soil may form a wound-sealing plug that also prevents blood loss

Using soil may form a wound-sealing plug that also prevents blood loss

A surprising new discovery by scientists at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada, suggests that sanitised soil could be used to halt bleeding – while regular dirt contains many microorganisms that may cause […]

Safely managing coronavirus treatment –before emergency services – at home

Safely managing coronavirus treatment – before emergency services – at home

Managing and overcoming the coronavirus pandemic has left little room for anything else in our lives – family members can easily fall ill as the virus is highly contagious. Although it is rare for an infected patient to remain at home […]

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 […]

Community health

Japan may lift coronavirus emergency ban earlier than expected

Japan may lift coronavirus emergency ban earlier than expected

As the number of new coronavirus cases continues to decline in Japan, its government is likely to lift the state of emergency ban currently in place in Tokyo, Hokkaido, and nearby prefectures, by the end of May 2020 […]

Taiwan, the Vatican collaborate to provide 100,000 facial masks to Africa

Taiwan, the Vatican collaborate to provide 100,000 facial masks to Africa

The Holy See will donate 100,000 surgical face masks provided by Taiwan – which arrived in the city-state along with two infrared thermal imaging cameras – to certain African countries to help them combat the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Taiwan’s Ambassador to the Vatican, Matthew Lee […]

People with heart conditions have increased risk of a severe COVID-19 infection, South Korean cardiologist claims

People with heart conditions have increased risk of a severe COVID-19 infection, South Korean cardiologist claims

A 21-year-old woman in Daegu, South Korea, was the first case of a heart disease linked to COVID-19 – the young woman had noprior medical conditions but suffered an acute myocarditis (inflammation of the heart muscle) […]

Japanese healthcare system feared to collapse amid a wave of new COVID-19 cases

Japanese healthcare system feared to collapse amid a wave of new COVID-19 cases

As the coronavirus outbreak in Japan worsens, its doctors have warned that the country's medical system could collapse due to the extra burden caused by the virus […]

Face masks are a surprising hazard even as they protect against COVID-19

Face masks are a surprising hazard even as they protect against COVID-19

Almost all countries and territories around the globe have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak since the first case was reported in Wuhan, China, late last year. The COVID-19 virus is easily transmissible, so societies have rightfully […]

Health alert

Adults with dysfunctional childhoods more at risk of heart disease, health issues

Adults with dysfunctional childhoods more at risk of heart disease, health issues

A high level of childhood family environment adversity has been shown to increase a person’s risk of having heart disease in their 50s and 60s. Children who experience […]

S. Koreans on alert over possible rise in coronavirus cases after 2020 general election

S. Koreans on alert over possible rise in coronavirus cases after 2020 general election

Following South Korea’s general election this past week – the world’s first nationwide election held during the COVID-19 pandemic – health authorities are concerned that new infection clusters could pop up and again contribute to […]

Maintaining mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Maintaining mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Loneliness and social isolation may increase the risk of premature death by nearly 50%, according to two meta-analyses from Brigham Young University in Utah, US, in 2017. However, as many people’s freedom of movement is now severely limited thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Understanding how COVID-19 affects children vital to slowing infectious diseases’ spread

Understanding how COVID-19 affects children vital to slowing infectious diseases’ spread

A recent commentary reveals a small percentage of children infected with COVID-19 can become seriously ill – researchers thus caution that it is critical to understand how the virus affects children to model the pandemic accurately, limit the disease’s spread, and hopefully treat infected […]

World may face pandemic as epicenters of rapidly spreading coronavirus appear outside China

World may face pandemic as epicenters of rapidly spreading coronavirus appear outside China

COVID-19 cases inside China have for the first time been surpassed by fresh cases elsewhere this past week, with Italy and Iran emerging as epicenters of the rapidly spreading illness as well as the first reported infection in Latin America, Pakistan, Sweden, Norway, and Romania […]

Other health News

Medical Fair Asia postponed to December

Medical Fair Asia postponed to December

May 5, 2020

With the ongoing onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic globally, the Singapore-held 13th edition of Medical Fair Asia, originally scheduled for 9-11 September 2020, will be postponed to the last quarter of the year from 9-11 December 2020. Rescheduling the trade fair was necessary in view of the continuing fight against Covid-19 which includes ongoing travel restrictions […]

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Covid-19: Navigating cancer during the pandemic

Covid-19: Navigating cancer during the pandemic

April 29, 2020

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, cancer patients may feel worried about how the virus might affect them. It is only natural to feel that way as they are at a higher risk of infection due to their weakened immune system[1]. Below is advise given by Dr. John Low, Consultant Clinical Oncologist […]

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Social distancing is the way to go to tackle COVID-19

Social distancing is the way to go to tackle COVID-19

March 20, 2020

The social-distancing measures announced this past week by Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has elicited much uncertainty, fear and panic. However, despite the abrupt decision, health professionals agree that such measures will save lives in the long run. Malaysia imposed social-distancing movement restrictions later than many other countries after the current pandemic […]

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New vaccine delivery system eases transport to remote areas

New vaccine delivery system eases transport to remote areas

March 09, 2020

Transporting vaccines to remote or developing regions comes with a host of problems, with solutions including keeping them in sugary gels, freeze-drying them so they can be stored at room temperature and putting them in a state of suspended animation. A new delivery method from scientists at University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), US, preserves the living strains of viruses in a thin, lightweight film without the need for refrigeration – the film can be taken orally and rapidly dissolves […]

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Covid-19: Pandemic has huge impact on mental and emotional health

Covid-19: Pandemic has huge impact on mental and emotional health

April 27, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a huge impact on many areas of society. One particular area is the mental and emotional health of everyday people, regardless whether they have pre-existing mental health issues before or otherwise. Academicians from various universities, including those in England and Sweden, in their paper ‘Multidisciplinary research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic: […]

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Deleted DNA segment linked to ventricular enlargement in schizophrenia

Deleted DNA segment linked to ventricular enlargement in schizophrenia

February 26, 2020

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. Uncovering the biological origins of auditory hallucinations is the first step to reducing the overall disease burden of schizophrenia – developmental neurobiologists at St. Jude […]

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