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Thai doctors complete first brain surgery in Asia aided by robots

Thai doctors complete first brain surgery in Asia aided by robots

May 15, 2017

The first robotically assisted brain surgery ever performed in Asia has been successfully completed by the doctors at the Ramathibodi Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand on a 77-year-old man with a two-centimeter-diameter brain tumor. “It is a success for the field of medicine in Thailand as well as Asia that the team was able to apply [...]

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Research

Scientists to test Zika virus against brain tumor cells

Scientists to test Zika virus against brain tumor cells

Scientists in the UK are planning to use and test Zika virus against brain cancer cells in an effort to find new ways in combatting an aggressive type of cancer. Zika causes severe disability in babies by attacking developing stem cells in the brain – but in adults, whose brains are fully formed, it often [...]

CVDs account for one-third of deaths worldwide

CVDs account for one-third of deaths worldwide

A scientific study that examined every country over the past 25 years has found that cardiovascular diseases (CVD), like stroke and heart diseases, cause one-third of deaths globally. Countries with the greatest number of cardiovascular deaths, after accounting for population size, are found throughout Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Middle East, South America, sub-Saharan Africa, [...]

Way to create unlimited supply of healthy blood cells discovered

Way to create unlimited supply of healthy blood cells discovered

An innovative way to create an unlimited supply of healthy blood cells from blood-forming stem cells has been discovered by researchers at New York’s Weill Cornell Medicine in the US. This breakthrough achievement marks the first time that any research group has generated such blood-forming stem cells. “This is a game-changing breakthrough that brings us [...]

Superbug’s antibiotic resistance mechanism uncovered

Superbug’s antibiotic resistance mechanism uncovered

Scientists involved in an international study led by Australia’s Monash University have made a significant discovery that moves the global fight against antibiotic-resistant bacteria one step forward. They have discovered the molecular mechanism that makes the deadly superbug “Golden Staph” impervious to antibiotic treatments. Superbugs are bacteria that are resistant to commonly used antibiotics, making [...]

Tai chi could help treat sleep loss in breast cancer survivors

Tai chi could help treat sleep loss in breast cancer survivors

Researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the US has found tai chi, a form of slow-moving meditation, to be just as effective as talk therapy in treating sleep loss or insomnia in breast cancer survivors. For the 30% of breast cancer survivors who have insomnia, sleepless nights can lead to depression, [...]

Technology & Devices

Wales receives UK’s first proton beam machine

Wales receives UK’s first proton beam machine

Proton Partners International (PPI), a Wales-based private company that provides innovative cancer care, has received the key component that will fire the UK’s first high-energy proton beam machine at its Rutherford Cancer Centre. Currently, only low-energy treatment is available in the UK for rare eye cancers. But PPI said the UK’s “most-advanced piece of cancer [...]

Capsule robot could make colonoscopies easier for patients

Capsule robot could make colonoscopies easier for patients

A new 18-mm magnetized capsule colonoscope which is guided by an external magnet attached to a robotic arm has been shown to successfully navigate and perform intricate maneuvers inside the colon. Researchers are hoping the new technology could help make the life-saving screening test easier and less uncomfortable for patients. They are also hoping the [...]

Pelican BioThermalunveils Series 22 Universal for CRT shipments

Pelican BioThermalunveils Series 22 Universal for CRT shipments

Pelican BioThermal, a global leader in cold chain and temperature-controlled packaging solutions for the life sciences industry, has launched its Series 22 Universal system for Crēdo shippers at Temperature Controlled Logistics in Biopharmaceuticals USA located in Princeton, New Jersey. Series 22 Universal is one of two options for Pelican BioThermal controlled room temperature (CRT) cold [...]

New tech that could monitor drug levels may prevent under-, overdosing

New tech that could monitor drug levels may prevent under-, overdosing

Engineers have developed a new drug delivery tool that has the potential to help monitor and maintain drug levels in the body. If the experimental medical technology successfully works in humans, it could help deliver the optimal dose of life-saving drugs and prevent harmful overdosing or underdosing. Each person processes medication differently. One person’s perfect [...]

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 [...]

Pharmaceutical

US FDA approves first ALS drug treatment in over 20 years

US FDA approves first ALS drug treatment in over 20 years

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug to treat the fatal neurological disorder ALS, becoming the first such regulatory approval in the US in more than 20 years. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), sometimes known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rare condition that affects between 12,000 and 15,000 Americans, according [...]

US prescription drug spending forecasted to reach US$610 bn by 2021

US prescription drug spending forecasted to reach US$610 bn by 2021

US spending on prescription drugs is expected to rise by 4-7% through 2021, reaching US$580 to US$610 billion, according to a report released by Quintiles IMS Holding, lowering its previous forecast. Drug makers are facing increasing pricing pressure and competition in the market. In addition, 2016 saw fewer new medicines being approved than prior years. [...]

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 [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Five foods to avoid if you need a steady stream of energy during a busy day

Five foods to avoid if you need a steady stream of energy during a busy day

Our energy level throughout the day is not just affected by our sleeping habits, but also by the food that we consume. Some people might still find themselves hit by the afternoon energy slump even though they had a good night’s sleep because of what they ate. Here are five foods you can avoid, and [...]

Eat these 10 fruits to get healthier, glowing skin

Eat these 10 fruits to get healthier, glowing skin

There are tons of skin care products – scrubs, toners, creams, moisturizers – out there in the market, giving consumers an endless array of options to choose from when it comes to keeping the skin always looking young and fresh. However, the most effective way to make sure your skin is looking healthy and radiant [...]

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 [...]

Community health

WHO expects 300,000 cholera cases in Yemen within six months

WHO expects 300,000 cholera cases in Yemen within six months

The World Health Organization (WHO) said it is expecting as many as 300,000 cases of cholera in Yemen within six months and an “extremely high” number of deaths. “We need to expect something that could go up to 200,000-250,000 cases over the next six months, in addition to the 50,000 cases that have already occurred,” [...]

G20 health ministers agree to take on antibiotic resistance

G20 health ministers agree to take on antibiotic resistance

Health ministers from the G20 major economies met for the first time and agreed to cooperate in tackling issues such as antibiotic resistance. They also agreed to begin executing national action plans by the end of 2018. Germany, which holds the G20 presidency this year, said it was an “important breakthrough” that all nations had [...]

CDC: Growing opioid epidemic drives hepatitis C infection surge in the US

CDC: Growing opioid epidemic drives hepatitis C infection surge in the US

The US has seen an almost three fold increase in the new hepatitis C infection cases in the past five years due to the growing opioid epidemic in the country, particularly people’s sharing of needles used to inject drugs, federal health officials said. In a new report, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [...]

Major chocolate, candy companies agree to cut calories in sweets sold in US

Major chocolate, candy companies agree to cut calories in sweets sold in US

Five major candy and chocolate companies have jointly agreed and committed to cut calories in many of their products sold in the US, marking a rare example of cooperation in a competitive industry and testament to the rising consumer distaste for sugar. The US is the world’s largest consumer of sweeteners and obesity, diabetes and [...]

Southeast Asia tightens smoking regulations over medical cost, health issues

Southeast Asia tightens smoking regulations over medical cost, health issues

Southeast Asian countries are beginning to tighten tobacco use regulations as concerns rise over increasing medical costs and the health effects of passive smoking. Southeast Asia has historically been lenient on the issue of smoking. However, governments are now finding it harder to ignore the costs of smoking, in terms of both public health and [...]

Health alert

People with non-O blood type have slightly higher risk of heart attack, stroke

People with non-O blood type have slightly higher risk of heart attack, stroke

People with a non-O blood group have a slightly increased risk of stroke and heart attack, scientists say, due to higher levels of a blood-clotting protein present in the A, B and AB blood groups. The findings could help doctors better understand who is at risk of developing heart disease, the researchers said.But a heart [...]

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 [...]

Other health News

Improved AIDS drugs increase life expectancy of HIV patients in US, Europe

Improved AIDS drugs increase life expectancy of HIV patients in US, Europe

May 12, 2017

According to researchers, improved modern AIDS drugs – also known as antiretroviral therapy (ART) – have increased the life expectancy of young HIV-positive adults in the US and Europe by 10 years, meaning many patients can now expect to live as long as those without HIV. The scientists said the improvements in the drugs were [...]

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Groundbreaking medical scans reveal babies’ brain development

Groundbreaking medical scans reveal babies’ brain development

May 10, 2017

The first batch of groundbreaking medical scans that show the step-by-step process of human brain development in babies has been released by a team of UK scientists from the King’s College London, Imperial College London, and the University of Oxford. The data can be used by researchers all over the world to understand what healthy [...]

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Mother’s education can act as “social vaccine” against malaria in children

Mother’s education can act as “social vaccine” against malaria in children

May 10, 2017

A new study conducted in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by researchers from the University of Alberta in Canada and the Université Catholique du Graben in the DRC has found that a mother’s education could act as a “social vaccine” against malaria infection in children. The study tested 647 children in the DRC between [...]

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ADB, JICA team up to improve health security in rapidly aging Asia Pacific

ADB, JICA team up to improve health security in rapidly aging Asia Pacific

May 8, 2017

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) are partnering to improve health security and promote universal health coverage (UHC) in a rapidly aging Asia Pacific. ADB President Takehiko Nakao and JICA President Shinichi Kitaoka signed the strategic partnership agreement during a host country event at the 50th Annual Meeting of [...]

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Oxford University student develops synthetic retina for the visually impaired

Oxford University student develops synthetic retina for the visually impaired

May 8, 2017

A student from the University of Oxford in England has developed a soft, synthetic retina, offering the visually impaired a new hope. Until now, all artificial retinal research has used only rigid, hard materials. The new research, by Vanessa Restrepo-Schild, a 24-year-old DPhil (PhD) student and researcher at the Oxford University, Department of Chemistry, is [...]

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Pelican BioThermal opens two new service centers in Belgium, Puerto Rico

Pelican BioThermal opens two new service centers in Belgium, Puerto Rico

May 5, 2017

Cold chain global leader Pelican BioThermal has opened two new service centers in Belgium and Puerto Rico that will serve as additional depots for the company’s Crēdo on Demand rental program. Serving the global pharmaceuticals sectors, the new facilities in Belgium and Puerto Rico complement Pelican BioThermal’s existing and expanding global portfolio of facilities and [...]

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Roche, Novartis give financial backing to French gene therapy start-up Vivet

Roche, Novartis give financial backing to French gene therapy start-up Vivet

May 5, 2017

Swiss drugmakers Roche and Novartis have provided financial backing French gene therapy start-up Vivet Therapeutics, with the latter raising EUR37.5 million (US$41 million) in an initial financing round. The funds will be used by Vivet to advance a diversified pipeline of gene therapy programs targeting rare, inherited metabolic diseases, including Wilson Disease, progressive familial intrahepatic [...]

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WHO to bring cheaper biosimilar versions of cancer drugs to poorer countries

WHO to bring cheaper biosimilar versions of cancer drugs to poorer countries

May 5, 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) is moving to bring cheaper biosimilar versions of expensive biotech cancer drugs to poorer countries in order to make such medicines more widely accessible to patients. WHO is launching a pilot project this year to assess cheap copies of two such drugs on its essential medicines list, Roche’s Rituxan and [...]

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Malaria can be eliminated in India, Asia Pacific region by 2030 –APLMA

Malaria can be eliminated in India, Asia Pacific region by 2030 –APLMA

May 3, 2017

The Asia Pacific Leaders Malaria Alliance (APLMA) is standing behind their conviction that malaria can be eliminated in India and across the whole region of Asia Pacific by the year 2030. Malaria is endemic in India with approximately 14% of the population or 184 million people in India at high risk of malaria transmission, according [...]

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Philippines passes first mental health bill in the country

Philippines passes first mental health bill in the country

May 3, 2017

The Philippine Senate has approved the country’s first mental health policy that seeks to integrate mental health services and programs in the public health system. Senate Bill No. 1354, or the Philippine Mental Health Law, mandates the government to put up basic mental health services at the community level. It also seeks the establishment of [...]

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