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Are you tired of waiting in line just to see a doctor?

August 01, 2020

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Clinical guidelines about COVID-19’s impact on the body beyond the lungs published

Clinical guidelines about COVID-19’s impact on the body beyond the lungs published

July 24, 2020

When COVID-19 first gained traction in the US, in early March 2020, there was little clinical guidance on treating the effects of the disease. Physicians on the frontline of the outbreak in New York quickly realised that COVID-19 was more than just a respiratory infection, and have since published a comprehensive review of the disease’s widespread effects on organ systems beyond the lungs […]

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Research

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

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

A professor from Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), Missouri, has looked at the brain activity of older adults through a slightly […]

Placebos elicit genuine psychobiological effects when patients believe them

Placebos elicit genuine psychobiological effects when patients believe them

Placebo drugs can still work if the patient believes it will help, observed researchers who were conducting a new study at Michigan […]

Healthy young men manage occasional calorie over indulgence remarkably well

Healthy young men manage occasional calorie over indulgence remarkably well

Young, healthy men have been found to keep their metabolic control even after consuming twice as much pizza than usual. Researchers with the Centre for Nutrition, Exercise and Metabolism (CNEM) at the University of Bath […]

Specific virus species prey on bacteria to clear diabetic foot ulcer infections

Specific virus species prey on bacteria to clear diabetic foot ulcer infections

Bacteriophages (phages) are tiny viruses that infect and replicate inside bacteria. In the fight against bacterial infections so far […]

Patterns of brain activity in newborns similar to adults within days of birth

Patterns of brain activity in newborns similar to adults within days of birth

Understanding how an infant’s brain – which is more adult-like than assumed – works may be key to identifying […]

Technology & Devices

Electric cooker offers an effective decontamination method for N95 masks

Electric cooker offers an effective decontamination method for N95 masks

Researchers have found out that electric cookers, such as rice cookers, are able to decontaminate N95 respirator masks inside out while also maintaining their filtration and fit […]

Breakthrough 3D imaging device can scan inside blood vessels

‘Drawn-on-skin’ electronics can better track sensitive data in moving subjects

Wearable bioelectronics monitors physiological information as a means to prevent and treat illness and injury. But even the most flexible wearables are unable to move precisely with the skin […]

Breakthrough 3D imaging device can scan inside blood vessels

Breakthrough 3D imaging device can scan inside blood vessels

A team of scientists and engineers from the University of Adelaide, Australia, and the University of Stuttgart, Germany, have developed a novel imaging device so small that it can navigate the blood vessels of mice. […]

Scientists invent electrical scaffolding-like material to help heal broken bones

Scientists invent electrical scaffolding-like material to help heal broken bones

Current implants or scaffold materials that mimic the body’s own electrical field, to stimulate bone cells into reproducing, are bulky, inconvenient and need to be surgically removed once the broken bone has healed […]

MIT’s innovative surgical tape can patch up wet organs and peel off harmlessly

MIT’s innovative surgical tape can patch up wet organs and peel off harmlessly

Last year, a team of MIT engineers developed an impressive alternative to sutures – a surgical adhesive or double-sided tape that could stick to the wet surfaces of organs and even attach implantable medical […]

Pharmaceutical

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 […]

“Inactive” drug compounds thought to cause unintended psychological effects flagged

“Inactive” drug compounds thought to cause unintended psychological effects flagged

Some biologically inactive compounds contained in drugs, called excipients, may lead to more unanticipated side effects than previously assumed […]

Israeli clinical trial shows the efficacy of microdosing THC to treat chronic pain

Israeli clinical trial shows the efficacy of microdosing THC to treat chronic pain

Minute doses of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) – essentially the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis – have been shown to reduce pain sensation in a recent clinical experiment, without inducing psychoactive side effects […]

Powerful coronavirus-neutralising antibodies successfully tested in animals, human cell cultures

Powerful coronavirus-neutralising antibodies successfully tested in animals, human cell cultures

Scientists have recently discovered very potent antibodies in the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients that provide powerful protection against SARS-CoV-2 by neutralising the virus's ability to […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

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 […]

Academic performance of schoolchildren improves with regular physical activity

Academic performance of schoolchildren improves with regular physical activity

A recent study led by Japanese professors at the University of Tsukuba and Kobe University suggests that physical activity is linked to better cognitive ability in school-age […]

Some new habits from staying at home to avoid coronavirus optimal for putting on weight

Some new habits from staying at home to avoid coronavirus optimal for putting on weight

The “quarantine weight gain” thanks to the coronavirus-induced sedentary lifestyle and convenient food deliveries is a growing concern for many people. According to Dr. Shim Kyung-won, a family physician at Ewha Women’s University […]

Children develop unique cognitive offloading strategy to simplify thinking

Children develop unique cognitive offloading strategy to simplify thinking

Children as young as 4 years old tend to use various cognitive aids – including notepads and apps – to simplify tasks as necessary, according to a recent study from the […]

US study finds living environment, socioeconomic status greatly impact longevity

US study finds living environment, socioeconomic status greatly impact longevity

A living environment that supports healthy aging is more likely to influence longevity rather than good genes. According to a new study conducted at Washington State University’s (WSU) […]

Community health

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 […]

Older adults show better emotional resilience, coping strategy during pandemic

Older adults show better emotional resilience, coping strategy during pandemic

Older adults were more emotionally resilient while younger adults were at greater risk for loneliness and psychological distress during the COVID-19 pandemic […]

New graphene-modified facemasks to offer more effective protection against coronavirus

New graphene-modified facemasks to offer more effective protection against coronavirus

A consortium of Spanish scientists and companies are working on the development of new and safer prophylactic facemasks to combat the viral coronavirus. […]

Health alert

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 […]

Understanding how COVID-19 affects children vital to slowing infectious diseases’ spread

Understanding how COVID-19 affects children vital to slowing infectious diseases’ spread

A recent commentary reveals a small percentage of children infected with COVID-19 can become seriously ill – researchers thus caution that it is critical to understand how the virus affects children to model the pandemic accurately, limit the disease’s spread, and hopefully treat infected […]

World may face pandemic as epicenters of rapidly spreading coronavirus appear outside China

World may face pandemic as epicenters of rapidly spreading coronavirus appear outside China

COVID-19 cases inside China have for the first time been surpassed by fresh cases elsewhere this past week, with Italy and Iran emerging as epicenters of the rapidly spreading illness as well as the first reported infection in Latin America, Pakistan, Sweden, Norway, and Romania […]

Other health News

Sino-US startup develops blood test for early detection of cancers

Sino-US startup develops blood test for early detection of cancers

July 22, 2020

A new type of blood test has been shown to detect five types of cancer years before standard diagnoses – the test found cancers in 91% of people who initially showed no symptoms but were later diagnosed with stomach, oesophageal, colon, lung or liver cancer. The technique, co-developed by researchers at the University of San Diego (UCSD) and Singlera Genomics, is designed […]

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New cell type could forewarn of rheumatoid arthritis flare-ups

New cell type could forewarn of rheumatoid arthritis flare-upss

July 20, 2020

Researchers have noticed an accumulation of never-before-seen cells in the blood during the week prior to rheumatoid arthritis (RA) flare-ups. The mysterious cells have an RNA profile which resembles those found in joints and not freely circulating in the bloodstream. The cells would also strangely disappear at the moment of swelling or inflammation typical with RA […]

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Nanoparticle-based injection to retina restores vision to blind rats

Nanoparticle-based injection to retina restores vision to blind rats

July 10, 2020

Many instances of age-related vision loss is related to degradation of the retina – an impressive way to restore retinal function, without using electrodes or implants, is by injecting specifically-engineered nanoparticles to create a working artificial retina. A single injection of nanoparticles by scientists at the University of Granada (UGR), Spain, was able to restore vision to blind rats for at least 8 months without the need […]

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US study links air pollution to infant mortality in sub-Saharan Africa

US study links air pollution to infant mortality in sub-Saharan Africa

July 07, 2020

Air pollution from traffic and industrial activities has come up again, but a new Stanford-led study highlighted that air pollution, even from natural sources e.g. dust which travels thousands of miles from sub-Saharan Africa, is critical in determining infant mortality and overall child health around the world. The Stanford researchers found that a roughly 25% increase in mean dust particulate concentrations in West Africa caused […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Are doctors oblivious to mental health illness?

EXCLUSIVE: Are doctors oblivious to mental health illness?

June 26, 2020

Depression, a mental health disorder, is a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It is a common illness, which has affected millions globally, and the numbers continue to rise. While there have been known and available treatments for mental disorders, access to mental health care is lacking and inadequate training to recognizing signs of underlying signs of mental illness is resulting in inaccurate […]

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Moderate drinking also bears severe consequences, more so for men

Moderate drinking also bears severe consequences, more so for men

June 26, 2020

A new study by researchers at the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, showed that limited alcohol consumption did protect women from death from heart attack, but not for men, “who experienced harm at all drinking levels […]

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