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US FDA: Silicone, saline breast implants linked to rare form of cancer

US FDA: Silicone, saline breast implants linked to rare form of cancer

March 22, 2017

Both silicone and saline breast implants can cause a rare form of cancer, called anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The agency is looking into 350 reports linking the disease to both types of implants. “All of the information to date suggests that women with breast implants [...]

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Research

US doctor finds potentially effective treatment for fatal sepsis

US doctor finds potentially effective treatment for fatal sepsis

An intravenous vitamin and steroid infusion has demonstrated remarkable success in treating patients who at high risk of sudden death due to sepsis, a condition that leads to multiple organ failure and kills more people in the hospital than any other disease, according to a study at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in the US. [...]

Drug successfully reverses aging in animal trials

Drug successfully reverses aging in animal trials

Scientists say a drug has successfully reversed characteristics of aging in animal trials, where it rejuvenated old mice to restore their stamina, coat of fur and even some organ function. The team at Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands are planning human trials for what they hope is a treatment for old age. The [...]

Random DNA copying errors cause two-thirds of cancer

Random DNA copying errors cause two-thirds of cancer

Random, unpredictable mistakes that occur during cell copying cause almost two-thirds of the mutations that cause cancer, according to a new study by scientists at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center in the US. The data from the research is grounded on a novel mathematical model based on DNA sequencing and epidemiologic data from around [...]

Spider venom may protect against brain damage after stroke

Spider venom may protect against brain damage after stroke

A protein found in the venom of deadly Australian funnel web spiders could have the potential to protect a patient’s brain from damage or injury after a stroke, researchers from the University of Queensland and Monash University said. The scientists found that a single dose of the protein Hi1a worked on lab rats, showing “great [...]

Tea reduces cognitive decline, dementia in elderly persons by as much as 86%

Tea reduces cognitive decline, dementia in elderly persons by as much as 86%

Drinking tea every day lowers the risk of cognitive decline by 50% in the elderly and as much as 86% in older persons who are genetically at risk of Alzheimer’s, according to a recent longitudinal study involving 957 Chinese seniors aged 55 years or older. The study, led by assistant professor Feng Lei from the [...]

Technology & Devices

Medical devices come of age with TPEs

Medical devices come of age with TPEs

Also, download this story from the electronic issue here Incorporating TPEs in the manufacture of medical devices allows for easier processing, just like thermoplastics, and imitating the performance and feel of thermoset rubbers, as well as lower scrap rates, thus assuring end-users of safe, hygienic, light weight and cost effective medical and health management solutions. Market [...]

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 [...]

Pharmaceutical

New evolocumab drug more effective than statins in cutting cholesterol levels

New evolocumab drug more effective than statins in cutting cholesterol levels

A new innovative drug, called evolocumab, has been found to be more effective than the often-prescribed statins in cutting down the levels of bad cholesterol and lowering the risk of heart attacks and strokes. The positive results of the international trial means the drug could soon be used by millions of people. Around 15 million [...]

Two-part vaccine shows potential for long-lasting protection against Ebola

Two-part vaccine shows potential for long-lasting protection against Ebola

A two-part vaccine from Johnson & Johnson and Danish partner Bavarian Nordic has shown promising results in offering long-lasting protection against the deadly Ebola virus. The vaccine induced a durable immune response lasting a full year in 100% of healthy volunteers vaccinated, researchers reported. “The persistence of vaccine-induced immunity to one year post-immunization is truly [...]

HIV vaccine leaves five patients without need for daily drugs in early trials

HIV vaccine leaves five patients without need for daily drugs in early trials

A new development in the search for a functional HIV cure has been made in the early trials of a vaccine-based treatment that combines two new HIV vaccines with a drug usually used to treat cancer. The new treatment proved to be successful in suppressing the virus in five of the patients in what could [...]

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 [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Improved sleep quality leads to better health, well-being

Improved sleep quality leads to better health, well-being

Improving sleep quality offers benefits to one’s physical health and psychological well-being that is comparable to the health and happiness brought on by winning a lottery, according to a research by the University of Warwick in the UK. Dr. Nicole Tang in the Department of Psychology has discovered that working on getting a better night’s sleep can [...]

Prevent the formation of kidney stones with these four easy steps

Prevent the formation of kidney stones with these four easy steps

Kidney stones are formed when mineral deposits in the urine turn into hard crystals in the kidneys.Most stones are small enough to be passed out spontaneously in the urine, though this may take up to four weeks. Large stones can block urine flow and result in abdominal pain. One in 10 people will develop kidney [...]

6 foods to avoid for breakfast and some healthier alternatives

6 foods to avoid for breakfast and some healthier alternatives

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and most people agree that what you eat for breakfast will affect your eating habits and mood for the day. If you eat the wrong kinds of food for breakfast, you are more likely to overeat and have low energy throughout the day. Here are the [...]

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. [...]

Community health

Rare blood disorder adult patient first to be cured using stem cell transplant

Rare blood disorder adult patient first to be cured using stem cell transplant

A patient suffering from a rare blood disorder became the first one to be cured of the disease using a stem cell transplant technique that avoids the use of high-dose chemotherapy and radiation. Physicians at the University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System in the US were able to document the process. David Levy, [...]

Worst bird flu outbreak in China since 2009 records 161 deaths since October

Worst bird flu outbreak in China since 2009 records 161 deaths since October

Another 61 fatalities and 160 human infection cases from the H7N9 bird flu virus have been reported in China this February, bringing the total the death toll in this winter’s outbreaks to 161 since October. The Chinese government said that this outbreak’s figures are much higher than in previous years. While the total for last [...]

Singapore to invest S$24mn to fill 9,000 needed jobs in healthcare sector

Singapore to invest S$24mn to fill 9,000 needed jobs in healthcare sector

Singapore is investing S$24 million in various schemes to attract and encourage more citizens to take up jobs in the healthcare sector and fill the country’s need for 9,000 healthcare workers over the next three years, according to its Ministry of Health (MOH). Among the 9,000 additional staff needed, about half are Professional, Manager, Executive [...]

US CDC expresses concern on sudden spread of H7N9 bird flu in China

US CDC expresses concern on sudden spread of H7N9 bird flu in China

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said the sudden spread of the H7N9 bird flu in China is a “cause for concern”, infecting 460 people in the country. US CDC flu expert Dr. Tim Uyeki said it is by far the largest epidemic wave since 2013. The US CDC has been working [...]

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 [...]

Health alert

Chronic diseases in adults may be health, stress impact of childhood bullying

Chronic diseases in adults may be health, stress impact of childhood bullying

People who experienced bullying during their childhood may also be at risk of the lifelong health effects related to chronic stress exposure including an increased risk for heart disease and diabetes in adulthood, according to a research review. Recent advances in understanding of the negative health effects of chronic stress highlight a pressing need to [...]

Deadly, drug-resistant fungus poses healthcare concern in the US

Deadly, drug-resistant fungus poses healthcare concern in the US

A drug-resistant and fatal fungal infection is causing concern among healthcare authorities in the US as it has already infected more than 30 people in the country after warnings were issued in June 2016. The fungus, a strain of a yeast called Candida auris, has been spreading worldwide, infecting people in dozens of country since [...]

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 [...]

Other health News

Intensive medical treatment reversed type 2 diabetes in 40% of patients

Intensive medical treatment reversed type 2 diabetes in 40% of patients

March 20, 2017

A new landmark study has found that type 2 diabetes – a chronic health condition that causes a person’s blood sugar level to be too high –can be reversed in up to 40% of patients through intensive medical treatment. Type 2 diabetes is generally considered to be a chronic health condition that can’t be cured [...]

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Consuming fruits, vegetables could lower risk of lung disease for smokers

Consuming fruits, vegetables could lower risk of lung disease for smokers

March 17, 2017

Eating fruits and vegetables could help current and former smokers lower their risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a Swedish study suggests. The study involved more than 40,000 current and former male smokers. The current smokers who consumed five or more servings of fruits and vegetables every day were 40% less likely to [...]

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Experimental blood test detects 96% of autism cases, could speed diagnosis

Experimental blood test detects 96% of autism cases, could speed diagnosis

March 17, 2017

An experimental blood test is said to detect autism in more than 96% of cases across a broad spectrum of patients, offering the potential to diagnose the condition earlier, according to a study recently released by its developers. The findings are the latest effort to develop a blood test for autism spectrum disorder, which is [...]

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B vitamins may protect against impacts of air pollution, small trial suggests

B vitamins may protect against impacts of air pollution, small trial suggests

March 15, 2017

A small-scale human trial suggests that B vitamins could provide protection against the negative health impacts of air pollution. High doses of B vitamins may “completely offset” the damage caused by very fine particulate matter, researchers in the US have found. The scientists involved say the effect is real but stress the limitations of their [...]

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Biological therapies against cancer could benefit 1 in 5 women –study

Biological therapies against cancer could benefit 1 in 5 women –study

March 15, 2017

A new study by experts at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, a non-profit genomics and genetics research institute in the UK, suggests that targeted biological therapies that can help fight breast cancers caused by rare, inherited genetic errors like the BRCAmay also work in many other women who do not have these risky genes. The [...]

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Eat less salt, meat and more nuts, seafood to lower risk of heart disease

Eat less salt, meat and more nuts, seafood to lower risk of heart disease

March 10, 2017

Researchers at Tufts Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy in Massachusetts in the US have found that eating less salt and meat while eating more nuts and seafood could greatly lower the risk of heart disease. They came up with a list of which foods to eat less of and which to eat more [...]

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Caffeine found to boost enzyme that could help protect against dementia

Caffeine found to boost enzyme that could help protect against dementia

March 10, 2017

A study has found 24 compounds, including caffeine, which could potentially boost an enzyme in the brain that has been shown to protect against dementia. Researchers at the Indiana University Bloomington in the US conducted a research last year and discovered the protective effect of the enzyme called NMNAT2. “This work could help advance efforts [...]

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US chemists develop cheap, effective “nanodote” against snake venom

US chemists develop cheap, effective “nanodote” against snake venom

March 8, 2017

Chemists at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) in the US have developed a cheaper and more effective way to neutralize the venom from snake bites compared with traditional remedies. An estimated 4.5 million people are bitten worldwide annually, 2.7 million suffer crippling injuries, and more than 100,000 die, most of them farm workers and [...]

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Eating more soy could help lower death risk from breast cancer

Eating more soy could help lower death risk from breast cancer

March 8, 2017

A new study has found that consuming more soy could help lower the risk and prevent early deaths from breast cancer in women. Breast cancer patients who ate the most soy foods were 21% less likely to die over nine-and-a-half years than women who ate the least. The study also found that soy had no [...]

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Researchers discover 18 genes associated with autism

Researchers discover 18 genes associated with autism

March 8, 2017

A team of researchers at Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy organization in the US, analyzed the genes of people with autism and their relatives, and uncovered 18 genes that are associated with the disorder. The study adds to the considerable evidence that autism is a condition caused by genetics, and also adds to a growing [...]

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