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New kidney test device to improve access to early detection for Singapore patients

New kidney test device to improve access to early detection for Singapore patients

December 31, 2020

Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is the sixth most common cause of death in Singapore and will likely rise further with the Republic’s increased prevalence of diabetes and ageing population. Yet, only 10% of those with CKD know they have it; combined with limited screening options available many patients in Southeast Asia never come to medical attention […]

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Research

Covid-19 vaccine trials excluded nursing mothers, says org

Covid-19 vaccine trials excluded nursing mothers, says org

Nursing mothers who are vaccinated against Covid-19 are not advised to stop breastfeeding but they must discuss the risks and benefits of the vaccine with their healthcare […]

Cancer drug delivery made more potent with microbubbles

Cancer drug delivery made more potent with microbubbles

University of Leeds research has shown how microbubbles deliver powerful cancer drugs can be guided to the site of a tumor using antibodies […]

Study: arthritis drugs’ promising result in recovery, reduced mortality from Covid-19

Study: arthritis drugs’ promising result in recovery, reduced mortality from Covid-19

New findings from the study undertaken by experts from the Imperial College London have shown that arthritis medications tocilizumab and sarilumab, both IL-6 receptor antagonists can potentially improve survival outcomes […]

Study: immunity post-Covid-19 infection lasts up to 8 months

Study: immunity post-Covid-19 infection lasts up to 8 months

Australian researchers have revealed that people who have been infected with the Covid-19 virus have immune memory to protect against reinfection for at least eight months […]

New studies bare teen vaping and mental fog link

New studies bare teen vaping and mental fog link

Two new studies from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) found a link between vaping and mental fog, including difficulty concentrating […]

Technology & Devices

Philips to acquire Capsule Technologies to expand patient care solutions offering

Philips to acquire Capsule Technologies to expand patient care solutions offering

Dutch health technology company Royal Philips has signed an agreement to acquire Capsule Technologies, a Massachusetts-headquartered global provider […]

Enhanced blood test monitoring with new lab-on-chip technology

Enhanced blood test monitoring with new lab-on-chip technology

Stanford researchers have developed a new device that can continuously sense levels of virtually any protein or molecule in the blood […]

Portable ultrasound probe offers quick, wireless imaging

Portable ultrasound probe offers quick, wireless imaging

US-based medical device company Vave Health Inc. has created a portable ultrasound probe (Vave) that can be […]

Smart jewellery concept design helps monitor blood glucose levels

Smart jewellery concept design helps monitor blood glucose levels

Instead of frequent finger pricks to analyse blood glucose levels, a student from England has designed an earring that would track blood glucose levels via the earlobe […]

Manage glaucoma with an injectable, natural polymer-based hydrogel

Manage glaucoma with an injectable, natural polymer-based hydrogel

In glaucoma patients, the main opening through which fluid, or aqueous humour, within the eye drains is sometimes blocked. It leads to pressure buildup, which in turn will press […]

Pharmaceutical

Cheap lice drug claims potential treatment vs Covid-19

Cheap lice drug claims potential treatment vs Covid-19

For as low as £1.50 per treatment, this lice treatment drug may be used to help Covid-19 patients, according to a Dr Andrew Hill […]

Malaysian pharma firm to manufacture Sinovac vaccine by March

Malaysian pharma firm to manufacture Sinovac vaccine by March

Malaysia’s largest integrated pharmaceutical company, Phamaniaga Bhd is manufacturing two million doses/month of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine starting this March. The deal between the two companies is for the supply of 14 million doses of the vaccine to be carried out for fill and finish activity […]

Thailand preps for Sinovac Covid-19 shots; FDA warns no documents, no approval

Thailand preps for Sinovac Covid-19 shots; FDA warns no documents, no approval

Thailand is underway to receive some 200,000 doses of Chinese-made Sinovac next month, according to news reports; Medical front liners […]

EC ok’s US-made Covid-19 vaxx use in Europe; secures 160 mn doses

EC ok’s US-made Covid-19 vaxx use in Europe; secures 160 mn doses

The European Commission has granted a conditional marketing authorisation (CMA) for Covid-19 vaccine […]

Thailand secures 2 mn Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines; gets first 200K in Feb

Thailand secures 2 mn Sinovac Covid-19 vaccines; gets first 200K in Feb

Thailand is reportedly getting its first 200,000 Covid-19 vaccines from Sinovac Biotech next month […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Kids' physical fitness should focus on endurance and skill improvement

Kids' physical fitness should focus on endurance and skill improvement

A child’s cardiorespiratory endurance – a measure of how well the body handles long periods of exercise – is a more important aspect of physical education (PE) than losing […]

Blood glucose better controlled with diabetes-friendly diet and meal replacements

Blood glucose better controlled with diabetes-friendly diet and meal replacements

Some diabetics grapple with proper management of blood glucose, especially keeping to a diabetes-specific diet, which might lead to the onset of complications such as blindness, kidney disease and heart disease. […]

Key protein protects blood stem cells from premature aging

Key protein protects blood stem cells from premature aging

Haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) produce other blood and immune cells, and ramp up production when an infection strikes […]

Active older adults have comparatively better physical and mental health

Active older adults have comparatively better physical and mental health

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), there are nearly 16.9 million cancer survivors in the US today; they are also part of a rapidly […]

In plain sight: how your nails can show signs of stress and disease

Unexpected discovery of salivary glands deep inside the human head

A pair of previously unknown salivary glands has been discovered nestled deep in the back of the visible throat (nasopharynx). This new discovery may help prevent overlooked damage or complications […]

Community health

 Phl OK’s use of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine; detects first new virus variant case in Manila

Phl OK’s use of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine; detects first new virus variant case in Manila

The Philippines has given the green light to Pfizer BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use. According to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director-General Eric Domingo […]

 U of T researchers develop reusable, sustainable surgical mask

U of T researchers develop reusable, sustainable surgical mask

Researchers from the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine are developing sustainable personal protective […]

 Glowing liquid bandage monitors oxygen levels in transplanted tissue

Glowing liquid bandage monitors oxygen levels in transplanted tissue

Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), US, may have found a way around using wired oximeters to monitor tissue oxygenation: a liquid bandage that glows in […]

 First coronavirus outbreak reported in Antarctica

First coronavirus outbreak reported in Antarctica

The coronavirus has finally reached Antarctica,the last continent previously free from COVID-19. Chile’s armed forces […]

 India health minister: Don’t panic over new UK coronavirus strain

India health minister: Don’t panic over new UK coronavirus strain

An Indian health minister has advised against panicking over a new virulent strain of the coronavirus which was recently identified in Britain […]

Health alert

Six cases of new coronavirus variant found in India

Six cases of new coronavirus variant found in India

India’s Health Ministry has found positive cases of the more infectious strain of the novel coronavirus in six people who returned from Britain in recent weeks […]

Inter-arm differences in blood pressure increases cardiovascular disease risk

Inter-arm differences in blood pressure increases cardiovascular disease risk

An expansive study led by researchers at the University of Exeter, UK, is the first to find that increasing differences in the blood pressure between each arm is linked to poorer […]

Poor sleep can accelerate progression of Alzheimer’s

Poor sleep can accelerate progression of Alzheimer’s

Disrupted sleep can accelerate the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, say scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM). […]

WHO: health harms from prolonged sitting can be offset by exceeding weekly recommended physical activity levels

WHO: health harms from prolonged sitting can be offset by exceeding weekly recommended physical activity levels

New research involving some 44,000 people across four countries highlights a grim reality: a high daily tally of […]

Growing assault on lung health when cooking with wood, researchers find

Growing assault on lung health when cooking with wood, researchers find

Cooking with biomass fuel such as wood or dry brush causes significant lung damage compared to cleaner-burning […]

Other health News

Digital edition of Medical Fair to feature top healthcare professionals

Digital edition of Medical Fair to feature top healthcare professionals

December 01, 2020

The first digital edition of Medical Fair Asia 2020, which will take place 9-18 December, will include a line-up of daily technical presentations and conferences by regional and international experts in their fields. Top speakers include leading virologist Professor Peter Piot, one of the discoverers of the Ebola virus, who has recently recovered from Covid-19, as well as award winning cancer […]

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Taiwan healthcare event featured online in Malaysia

Taiwan healthcare event featured online in Malaysia

November 30, 2020

Taiwan’s medical industry is well-known for its precision equipment, professional medical teams and medical treatments that rival the best of the world. These days, more people from Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia, and even the US and Canada, seek medical services in Taiwan. Against this backdrop the Taiwan Expo 2020 in Malaysia kicked off online on […]

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World-first 3D colour hand-and-wrist scanner sent to trial

World-first 3D colour hand-and-wrist scanner sent to trial

November 23, 2020

New Zealand-based Mars Bioimaging Ltd. (MBI) has introduced a new, high-resolution CT scanner that creates striking three dimensional (3D) images in colour instead of flat black-and-white. The 3D scanner can diagnose hand or wrist bone fractures and monitor healing, and is set to be used in a larger international trial […]

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Gum disease associated with diabetes and other serious inflammatory conditions

Gum disease associated with diabetes and other serious inflammatory conditions

October 23, 2020

In a robust study led by researchers from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, severe periodontitis, or gum disease, is found to exacerbate conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even Alzheimer’s disease. According to the researchers, heightened production of a type of immune cell in people with periodontitis can initiate a […]

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Children with autism, ADHD visit the doctor more during infancy

Children with autism, ADHD visit the doctor more during infancy

October 20, 2020

According to research, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects approximately 1.5% and 11% of children in the US, respectively; ADHD symptoms also present in up to 60% of children with ASD. Duke Health researchers have found that children who are later diagnosed with ASD or ADHD are […]

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Aging reduces capillary growth in muscle in postmenopausal women

Hybrid yarn from collagen, synthetic fibres form artery substitute

October 02, 2020

Scientists have successfully knitted new artery grafts out of collagen and polylactic acid-based fibres to replace damaged coronary arteries. The scientists, from North Carolina State University (NCSU), US, looked into “tissue-engineered vascular grafts” as an alternative method for heart attack patients, who usually have to do with replacement veins from elsewhere in their bodies […]

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