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Medical Fair Asia 2020 to go digital

Medical Fair Asia 2020 to go digital

September 22, 2020

Against the back of Covid-19 pandemic, travel and physical restrictions, exhibition organiser Messe Düsseldorf Asia says that the 13th edition of Medical Fair Asia, to have been held from 9-11 December at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore, will now take place as a digital edition from 9-18 December. More than 300 international companies are expected to participate in the digital edition. In addition, over 30 presentation and conference sessions will run concurrently […]

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Research

Unlike adults, children use both sides of the brain to process language

Unlike adults, children use both sides of the brain to process languages

A study which focused on language processing has revealed that very young children use both hemispheres of their brain to do so […]

Specific brain regions in charge of fatigue-moderating efforts

Specific brain regions in charge of fatigue-moderating efforts

Scientists have revealed that certain brain regions regulate bouts of fatigue […]

Participation from partners helps heart attack survivors stick to healthy, new habits

Participation from partners helps heart attack survivors stick to healthy, new habits

Heart attack survivors have a better chance of changing unhealthy habits or to form healthy ones […]

Protein-specific blood test may revolutionise diagnosis for Alzheimer’s disease

Protein-specific blood test may revolutionise diagnosis for Alzheimer’s disease

New research led by fellows at Lund University in Sweden, by way of an inexpensive blood test, could be accurate indicator of both plaques and tangles characteristic of Alzheimer’s […]

Transforming white fat into brown fat handy application to obesity treatments

Transforming white fat into brown fat handy application to obesity treatments

Out of the different fat cells in the human body, brown fat is more beneficial than white fat – scientists at the Joslin Diabetes Center (Joslin) in Massachusetts, US, have […]

Technology & Devices

World’s smallest ultrasound detector chances at super-resolution imaging

World’s smallest ultrasound detector chances at “super-resolution imaging”

An unconventional, new ultrasound detector – smaller than a red blood cell […]

Paper microneedle patch effortlessly monitors glucose levels in real-time

Paper microneedle patch effortlessly monitors glucose levels in real-time

A microneedle patch consists of a small polymer square studded with an array of tiny needles on its underside. It painlessly pierces the top layer of skin […]

Developers create world’s first portable MRI machine

Developers create world’s first portable MRI machine

US-based healthcare technology manufacturer Hyperfine have developed a new point-of-care (POC) magnetic […]

New brain decoding device controls prosthetic attachments much better than before

New brain decoding device controls prosthetic attachments much better than before

A team of innovators at Purdue University in Indiana, US, have created an experimental […]

Ozone therapy in compact, wearable device offers patients treatment on-the-go

Ozone therapy in compact, wearable device offers patients treatment on-the-go

A team of innovators at Purdue University in Indiana, US, have created an experimental […]

Pharmaceutical

Feline antiviral treatment found effective against COVID-19

Feline antiviral treatment found effective against COVID-19

A drug used to cure a fatal disease caused by a coronavirus in cats is suspected to be an effective treatment for humans, against SARS-CoV-2 […]

MIT designs double-barrelled needle for easier viscous drugs injections

MIT designs double-barrelled needle for easier viscous drugs injections

Biologic drugs can sometimes be difficult to inject through a standard needle as they contain highly concentrated, viscous substances. To help with administration and distribution in […]

Metabolic byproduct found to boost cancer, accumulates as we get older

Metabolic byproduct found to boost cancer, accumulates as we get older

Metastasising tumours, a process by which cancer cells detach from an initial tumour and form new tumours elsewhere in the body […]

Experimental drug reverses memory loss in mouse models of Alzheimer’s

Experimental drug reverses memory loss in mouse models of Alzheimer’s

A synthetic version of a naturally-occurring chemical compound has been found to reverse memory loss in mouse models of Alzheimer’s […]

New pressure treatment sans needles allows for safe, easy insulin administration

New pressure treatment sans needles allows for safe, easy insulin administration

Traditional Chinese topical treatments, including the ‘tuina’ therapy where pressure is first applied on skin and muscle […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

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

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

Stress can take a toll on person physically and psychologically, and may also lead to outward signs on the skin, hair and nails […]

New formulation better prevents biofilm formation on teeth, tooth decay

New formulation better prevents biofilm formation on teeth, tooth decay

Some bacteria in the mouth help digest food or control other microbes’ bioactivity, while some stick to teeth and produce acids that corrode tooth enamel […]

Yoga an effective alternate treatment for anxiety disorder

Yoga an effective alternate treatment for anxiety disorder

Generalised anxiety disorder currently affects an estimated 6.8 million Americans – it is characterised by chronic nervousness or worry, and many have sought to treat the […]

Inhibiting skeletal muscle enzyme could boost exercise performance, fat burning capacity

Inhibiting skeletal muscle enzyme could boost exercise performance, fat burning capacity

Most cells in the body prefer burning sugar as an energy source but can draw on other energy sources, including fats, as needed […]

Newly-found hair regrowth molecule could be faster treatment for baldness

Newly-found hair regrowth molecule could be faster treatment for baldness

There have been many leads looking into regrowing hair with the latest being the finding of a special molecule by North Carolina State University (NCSU) researchers that appears […]

Community health

Free COVID-19 vaccines planned for all Japanese; could prompt economic recovery by 2022

Free COVID-19 vaccines planned for all Japanese; could prompt economic recovery by 2022

According to the National Health Service, consuming 200mg or less of caffeine a day should not pose any significant risk in terms of miscarriage or growth of the baby while in the […]

Limited amounts of tea/coffee still acceptable during pregnancy

Limited amounts of tea/coffee still acceptable during pregnancy

According to the National Health Service, consuming 200mg or less of caffeine a day should not pose any significant risk in terms of miscarriage or growth of the baby while in the […]

South Korea’s COVID-19 response provides valuable insight

South Korea’s COVID-19 response provides valuable insight

South Korea started its control and prevention measures in response to the COVID-19 outbreak […]

Japan’s cultural strengths not enough to keep increasing coronavirus infections at bay

Japan’s cultural strengths not enough to keep increasing coronavirus infections at bay

Much can be learned from Japan in how it handled the initial coronavirus outbreak in the country, such as the widespread use of face masks and its […]

Aside from explosive devices, trained sniffer dogs can also detect coronavirus

Aside from explosive devices, trained sniffer dogs can also detect coronavirus

Sniffer dogs, with little training, are capable of identifying positive samples of the novel coronavirus with up to 94% accuracy […]

Health alert

Two tropical, mosquito-borne viruses linked to neurological damage, stoke

Two tropical, mosquito-borne viruses linked to neurological damage, stoke

A fraction of young people who display mild, transitory psychotic signs and symptoms at an early age will go on to develop a serious […]

Blood test predicts risk of developing psychotic disorders in childhood

Blood test predicts risk of developing psychotic disorders in childhood

A fraction of young people who display mild, transitory psychotic signs and symptoms at an early age will go on to develop a serious […]

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 […]

Other health News

Taiwanese assistive technologies to benefit ageing transformation

Taiwanese assistive technologies to benefit ageing transformation

September 18, 2020

According to the 2019 United Nation World Population Report, more than 703 million people were aged 65 years and over and the number is expected to double to 1.5 billion by the year 2050. The ageing transformation is classified when the ageing population becomes a proportionately larger share of the total population […]

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An eye on future vision: Taiwanese ophthalmic innovations

An eye on future vision: Taiwanese ophthalmic innovations

September 03, 2020

According to estimates from IEK Consulting of the Industrial Technology Research Institute, the global ophthalmic medical equipment market is estimated to reach US$58.4 billion by 2023. Armed with the strength of ICT/optical technology and scale of manufacturing capability, ophthalmic device […]

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Curious young minds drawn to explore, stockpile information over easy rewards

Curious young minds drawn to explore, stockpile information over easy rewards

August 24, 2020

“Exploration seems to be a major driving force during early childhood – even outweighing the importance of immediate rewards,” according to Dr. Vladimir Sloutsky, a professor of psychology at The Ohio State University, US. Dr. Vladimir and colleagues studied how children would jump at the chance to explore the unknown, instead of choosing the obvious “reward” path, as how many adults would […]

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Injecting healthy cells into eyes boosts vision in blind mouse models

Injecting healthy cells into eyes boosts vision in blind mouse models

August 19, 2020

Scientists studying engineered biomaterials at the University of Toronto (UT), Canada, have happened upon a technique that could one day treat blindness – they demonstrated how a new method of injecting healthy cells into the eyes could address vision loss similar to conditions like age-related macular degeneration (AMD) […]

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Older adults may not be “missing the picture” but interpreting it differently

Older adults may not be “missing the picture” but interpreting it differently

August 14, 2020

A professor from Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), Missouri, has looked at the brain activity of older adults through a slightly different set of tests than common ones for memory. Zachariah Reagh found that aging adults don’t necessarily have “quieter” memory – “It’s just different,” he said […]

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Placebos elicit genuine psychobiological effects when patients believe them

Placebos elicit genuine psychobiological effects when patients believe them

August 14, 2020

Placebo drugs can still work if the patient believes it will help, observed researchers who were conducting a new study at Michigan State University (MSU). They suggest “honest” or non-deceptive placebos could have a role in modern clinical practice. The researchers devised an experiment to test whether a non-deceptive placebo had any effects on emotional distress. […]

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