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Medical Fair Thailand 2017 to focus on rehabilitative care, connected healthcare

Medical Fair Thailand 2017 to focus on rehabilitative care, connected healthcare

April 19, 2017

Innovation and value creation will take center stage in Thailand’s medical and healthcare industries as the country’s economic model, Thailand 4.0, continues to further enhance its dynamic positioning as a leading medical and healthcare hub in the Southeast Asia region. In line with this, Medical Fair Thailand 2017, the exhibition’s 8th edition, will focus on [...]

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Living near green areas, nature linked to longevity, better mental health

Living near green areas, nature linked to longevity, better mental health

Living in or near nature and greener areas can help women live longer and improve their mental health, according to a study that involved more than 108,000 women in the US. The participants were enrolled in the Nurse’s Health Study – a nationwide investigation into risk factors for major chronic diseases in women – from 2000 to [...]

Most dramatic rise in breast cancer rates seen among Asian-American women

Most dramatic rise in breast cancer rates seen among Asian-American women

Asian-American women, particularly those of  South Asian (Indian and Pakistani), Vietnamese, and Southeast Asian (Cambodian, Laotians, Hmong, and Thai) descent, have showed the most dramatic increase in breast cancer rates over the past 15 years, according to a study released this month. Researchers say it calls attention to the need to understand how different health [...]

Cycling cuts cancer, heart disease risk in half, study says

Cycling cuts cancer, heart disease risk in half, study says

Cycling to work helps reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease by half, according a five-year study in the UK that compared people who had an “active” commute with those who were mostly stationary. The five-year study of 250,000 UK commuters also showed walking had some benefits over sitting on public transport or taking [...]

Poor posture while using smartphones may cause neck, upper back pain

Poor posture while using smartphones may cause neck, upper back pain

Poor posture during prolonged use of smartphones and other handheld devices may be related to the increase in patients suffering from neck and upper back pain noticed by spine surgeons, a recent report said. Some patients, particularly young patients who shouldn’t have back and neck issues yet, are reporting disk hernias and alignment problems, the [...]

Common backyard Asian tiger mosquito could help spread Zika virus

Common backyard Asian tiger mosquito could help spread Zika virus

Researchers recently reported that common backyard mosquitoes can be infected with the Zika virus, adding to worries that the Asian tiger mosquito, scientifically known as Aedes albopictus, could help spread the virus as mosquito season hits temperate regions of the world. Although the study doesn’t prove that tiger mosquitoes can spread Zika, which causes severe [...]

Technology & Devices

US FDA approves handheld device designed to treat cluster headaches

US FDA approves handheld device designed to treat cluster headaches

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a handheld device that is designed to treat a rare form of headache, known as cluster headaches, which affect mostly men. The device is a vagus nerve stimulator. However, it’s still not entirely clear how it works. The idea is to disrupt signals that run along [...]

Smart bandages with real-time 5G tech could be trialed within next 12 months

Smart bandages with real-time 5G tech could be trialed within next 12 months

Smart bandages that would use real-time 5G technology to monitor what treatment is needed, keep track of a patient’s activity levels, detect how a wound is healing, and send messages back to doctors could be trialed within the next 12 months, scientists said. The work is being led by Swansea University’s Institute of Life Science [...]

Evonik’s healthcare unit opens new applied technology lab in Thailand

Evonik’s healthcare unit opens new applied technology lab in Thailand

Evonik Health Care, a part of global specialty chemicals company Evonik, opened a new applied technology laboratory in Bangkok, Thailand for the development of oral formulations for drugs and dietary supplements. The new facility is the latest addition to Evonik’s global network of Health Care laboratories, and is the first laboratory in Southeast Asia for [...]

Elon Musk’s new medical research company to create neural lace technology

Elon Musk’s new medical research company to create neural lace technology

Tesla chief executive Elon Musk has confirmed the launch of his new startup company, Neuralink, which is aimed at developing technology that will connect brains to computers. The company, which Musk says is registered as a “medical research” firm and is still in its very early stages, will develop so-called “neural lace” technology which would [...]

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 [...]

Pharmaceutical

UK scientists find drug that could stop neurodegenerative brain diseases

UK scientists find drug that could stop neurodegenerative brain diseases

Scientists at the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) may have found a drug to stop all neurodegenerative brain diseases, including dementia. In 2013, a UK MRC team stopped brain cells dying in an animal for the first time, creating headline news around the world. But the compound used was unsuitable for people, as it caused [...]

Huge progress made in fight against neglected tropical diseases –Bill Gates

Huge progress made in fight against neglected tropical diseases –Bill Gates

The world has made a huge progress in its fight against neglected tropical diseases, and efforts have been ramped up since a key meeting in London five years ago, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says. The London meeting resulted in a pledge to control or eliminate 10 neglected tropical diseases – including guinea worm, [...]

Malaria vaccine developed by Australian scientists passes early human trials

Malaria vaccine developed by Australian scientists passes early human trials

A new malaria vaccine developed by Australian scientists has passed early human trials, marking a world-first breakthrough in vaccine development for the mosquito-borne disease that kills up to half a million people each year. The vaccine, called PlasProtecT, developed by researchers at Queensland’s Griffith University consists of inactivated human malaria parasites which have been prevented [...]

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 [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

5 simple tips to stop mindless eating and avoid the extra calories

5 simple tips to stop mindless eating and avoid the extra calories

Many health and weight loss problems stem from mindless eating or snacking. Being mentally present and engaged while making food decisions and eating is important to avoid making unhealthy food choices, rushing through meals or overeating. Here are five simple ways to avoid mindless eating and lay off the extra calories 1.       Listen to your [...]

6 health benefits of embracing veganism and saying goodbye to meat, dairy

6 health benefits of embracing veganism and saying goodbye to meat, dairy

Veganism is receiving more and more attention lately as the world becomes more aware not just of the issues surrounding animal cruelty but also of the health and wellness benefits of the vegan diet and lifestyle.  As a matter of fact, over the last five years, online searches for the term “vegan” have increased by [...]

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 [...]

Community health

Chinese scientists one step closer to developing major weight loss drug

Chinese scientists one step closer to developing major weight loss drug

Scientists in China moved one step closer to the possible future development of a major weight loss drug as they identify the chemical mechanisms of celastrol, which they call one of the most potent natural weight-loss agents. The compound is extracted from the roots of thunder god vine, a toxic herb used in Traditional Chinese [...]

Millions of Americans exposed to risk of hearing loss due to work, guns

Millions of Americans exposed to risk of hearing loss due to work, guns

Millions of Americans are at risk of hearing loss due to dangerously loud sounds at work and some recreational activities as most of them don’t wear ear plugs or take necessary measures to prevent hearing loss, a recent US study suggests. Almost 49 million adults work in very noisy conditions, and more than one-third of [...]

India passes bill ensuring equal rights for those with HIV/AIDS

India passes bill ensuring equal rights for those with HIV/AIDS

India’s parliament has passed the HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill to ensure equal rights for those living with HIV/AIDS and make it illegal to discriminate against people living with and affected by HIV. It is the first of its kind in South Asia, and will make India the largest country in the world [...]

Sri Lankan health services crippled by island-wide protest of doctors

Sri Lankan health services crippled by island-wide protest of doctors

Sri Lanka’s health services system was crippled by an island-wide protest by local doctors who were demanding for the closure of a private medical college. The protest left thousands of patients unattended and threatened the investment climate. Hundreds of doctors and thousands of medical students protested last week after the government refused to close the [...]

US FDA approves first home DNA test for 10 diseases

US FDA approves first home DNA test for 10 diseases

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the country’s first at-home DNA test that lets people find out their genetic risk for certain diseases. Following the approval, home DNA test company 23andMe will be able to directly market its gene tests for 10 diseases, including Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and some rare blood diseases. “These [...]

Health alert

Daily consumption of diet sodas increase dementia, stroke risk by three times

Daily consumption of diet sodas increase dementia, stroke risk by three times

Consuming diet sodas every day increase the risk of dementia and stroke by three times, according to a study, providing more evidence that diet drinks are not a healthy alternative for sugary drinks. While the findings do not prove that diet drinks damage brains, they support other studies that show people who drink them frequently [...]

Smoking-related deaths worldwide jumped 4.7% over 25-year period

Smoking-related deaths worldwide jumped 4.7% over 25-year period

More than 6.4 million deaths all over the world in 2015 were smoking and tobacco-related, according to a new study. This figure shows a 4.7% increase in the number of tobacco-related deaths in over 25 years, from 1990 to 2015. The Global Burden of Diseases report was based on smoking habits in 195 countries and [...]

Spotting the signs of food poisoning and quick tips to treat it

Spotting the signs of food poisoning and quick tips to treat it

Most people have suffered through food poisoning in their lives at one time or another. Here are some tips to spot the signs of food poisoning and what to do to treat it. The technical term used in most food poisoning cases is gastroenteritis – an irritation of the stomach and intestines. It’s typically caused [...]

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 [...]

Other health News

Trans fat ban in New York results in lower stroke, heart attack cases

Trans fat ban in New York results in lower stroke, heart attack cases

April 14, 2017

New York has seen a more than 6% drop in the number of stroke and heart attack cases three years after some counties banned trans fats. A national ban on trans fats will begin in 2018 in the US, and the study by a team at Yale University shows it may not only cut deaths, but non-fatal [...]

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Komodo dragon blood could hold the key to new antibiotics in the future

Komodo dragon blood could hold the key to new antibiotics in the future

April 12, 2017

Komodo dragon blood could hold the key to developing new antibiotics in the future as scientists have found that it contains a significant compound that could provide new treatment for infected wounds. The reptile’s saliva contains many different types of bacteria, which somehow do not affect the dragon. Scientists at George Mason University in the [...]

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People with stroke, heart disease risk factors may be in danger of Alzheimer’s

People with stroke, heart disease risk factors may be in danger of Alzheimer’s

April 12, 2017

People with risk factors for heart disease and stroke are also in danger of developing changes in the brain that could lead to Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study. So-called vascular risk factors, including obesity, diabetes, smoking, high cholesterol and elevated blood pressure,  have been previously linked to higher odds of dementia, cognitive decline [...]

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UK doctors develop innovative flu, viral infection test to speed up treatment

UK doctors develop innovative flu, viral infection test to speed up treatment

April 10, 2017

Doctors and researchers from the University of Southampton in the UK have developed a new way of utilizing a swab test to rapidly diagnose flu and other viral infections in patients with severe respiratory condition, shortening courses of antibiotics and reducing time spent in the hospital. Developed by Dr. Tristan Clark, an associate professor in [...]

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WHO: 86 million people in Southeast Asia affected by depression

WHO: 86 million people in Southeast Asia affected by depression

April 7, 2017

As the world celebrates World Health Day, the World Health Organization (WHO) South-East Asia Regional Office revealed that around 86 million people the Southeast Asia region are affected by depression. Noting that depression can lead to suicide, which is the second highest cause of death among people of age group 15-29 years in the region, [...]

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HPV vaccine led to 90% fall in cases among Scottish women, research shows

HPV vaccine led to 90% fall in cases among Scottish women, research shows

April 7, 2017

A vaccine against the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus (HPV) – which is thought to account for about 90% of cervical cancers – has led to a significant drop in the number of reported cases among Scottish women, researchers found. Scientists hope the drop in HPV cases will lead to a significant drop in future [...]

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WHO: New MERS coronavirus outbreak in Saudi hospital affects 10 patients

WHO: New MERS coronavirus outbreak in Saudi hospital affects 10 patients

April 5, 2017

Ten patients in a hemodialysis unit in a hospital in Saudi Arabia have been infected by the potentially fatal Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus in a new outbreak, the World Health Organization said. Details of how the virus was able to spread within the hospital were not disclosed. MERS is thought to be carried [...]

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Zika-related birth defects hit 10% of babies of infected women, US CDC says

Zika-related birth defects hit 10% of babies of infected women, US CDC says

April 5, 2017

Visible birth defects caused by the Zika infection have been seen in at least 10% of babies of infected women in the US, and 15% of women infected during the first trimester of pregnancy end up with affected babies, the team at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported. Some of the [...]

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Fiber optic lung probe could cut unnecessary use of antibiotics in ICUs

Fiber optic lung probe could cut unnecessary use of antibiotics in ICUs

April 5, 2017

A lung probe that uses a fiber-optic tube could help cut the unnecessary use of antibiotics in intensive care units, UK researchers say. The probe, developed by scientists at the universities of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt and Bath, works by diagnosing bacterial infections in the patient’s lungs within 60 seconds and helping doctors know whether a patient [...]

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US, UK biotech firms, researchers team up against world’s deadliest superbugs

US, UK biotech firms, researchers team up against world’s deadliest superbugs

April 3, 2017

Eleven biotech firms and research teams from the US and UK are joining together to speed up the development of new antibiotics that will be powerful enough against the world’s deadliest superbugs. The new US-UK alliance known as Combating Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Biopharmaceutical Accelerator or CARB-X was awarded up to US$48 million in funding for [...]

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