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Scientists discover the genes which cause deadly pulmonary arterial hypertension

Scientists discover the genes which cause deadly pulmonary arterial hypertension

April 16, 2018

Pulmonary arterial hypertension claims half of those affected within five years. Until recently little was known on what cause the condition in people. However, scientists now have identified five genes that cause the deadly heart condition. Now experts say they have discovered five genes that cause the illness. The findings could lead to earlier detection [...]

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Too much green tea supplements can cause liver disease

Too much green tea supplements can cause liver disease

Consuming supplements which are high in green tea extracts can increase risk of liver damage, according to new research from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Tea infusions, as used for brewed tea, are still considered safe. Instant tea drinks are also fine as they contain lower levels of the antioxidants naturally present in green [...]

Tooth loss in middle-age could signal heart disease

Tooth loss in middle-age could signal heart disease

A U.S study suggests that losing two or more natural teeth in your middle age may signal an increased risk for coronary heart disease. “In addition to other established associations between dental health and risk of disease, our findings suggest that middle-aged adults who have lost two or more teeth in recent past could be [...]

Being overweight can cause liver problems

Being overweight can cause liver problems

A research has found that on in eight middle-aged adults are likely to have a serious form of liver disease due to being overweight. Scans of nearly 3,000 individuals from the UK Biobank research project showed that 12% had inflamed, fatty livers. The British Liver Trust said the “very alarming” findings were a ‘wake-up call’ [...]

Ketamine can be faster alternative to anti-depressants

Ketamine can be faster alternative to anti-depressants

A UK study has found that ketamine can provide as a better, faster alternative to antidepressants for people living with severe depression and suicidal thoughts. The study found use of the drug via a nasal spray led to “significant” improvements in depressive symptoms in the first 24 hours. The Royal College of Psychiatrists said it [...]

Infection by Epstein-Barr virus can cause lupus and other autoimmune diseases

Infection by Epstein-Barr virus can cause lupus and other autoimmune diseases

Scientists have always known that infections related to Epstein-Barr virus can trigger systemic lupus in patients, as well as a host of other autoimmune diseases, though further details were unclear. Now, a novel computational method shows that a viral protein found in EBV-infected human cells may activate genes associated with increased risk for autoimmunity. Scientists [...]

Technology & Devices

Gates joins malaria fight; backs gene-altering technologies

Gates joins malaria fight; backs gene-altering technologies

Philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder and Bill Gates is joining the fight against malaria by backing up gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes’ DNA. He said the technologies could prove critical in the fight against malaria, Bill Gates and ethical concerns should not block progress in such gene-modifying research. Speaking at the Malaria Forum conference in London, [...]

Evonik  opens research hub in Singapore; intensifies regenerative medicine research

Evonik opens research hub in Singapore; intensifies regenerative medicine research

German specialty chemicals company, Evonik has opened its first research hub for resource efficiency topics in Singapore, internationalising its research in the areas of functional surfaces and additive manufacturing. With the Biopolis-located research hub, Evonik is also expanding its collaboration with public and private research institutions and organisations in Singapore. Evonik has formed a partnership with [...]

Researchers developing new technologies to assist people with limb loss

Researchers developing new technologies to assist people with limb loss

It is a known fact that when you reach your hand out to grab an object, your brain signals certain muscles to move. Nerves for those muscles then send a message back to the brain about the movement. You don’t have to see your hand to know that you’ve grabbed the object. You can feel [...]

A non-invasive blood test that can detect eight types of cancer

A non-invasive blood test that can detect eight types of cancer

Scientists have developed CancerSEEK, a non-invasive blood test. The test can detect eight types of cancer long before any symptoms of the disease arise. The test can check for cancer of the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, oesophagus, colon, lung and breast. Together, these eight forms of cancer are responsible for more than 60% of cancer [...]

Scientists develop new lightweight brain scanner that can be worn as a helmet

Scientists develop new lightweight brain scanner that can be worn as a helmet

British scientists have created a groundbreaking lightweight and highly sensitive brain imaging device that can be worn as a helmet. This device enables patients to stretch, nod and even drink tea or play table tennis while their brain activity was being recorded, millisecond by millisecond, by the magnetoencephalography (MEG) system. Current MEG scanners are cumbersome [...]

Pharmaceutical

Scientists look into multiple clues for improved influenza vaccine design

Scientists look into multiple clues for improved influenza vaccine design

Scientists are looking into multiple clues for improved influenza vaccine design that can ward various illnesses. They found that influenza vaccines that better target the influenza surface protein called neuraminidase (NA) could offer just this: It acts against various influenza virus strains and lessen the severity of illness, according to new research published in Cell. [...]

Vaccines prevent the world’s poorest from dying and falling into further poverty

Vaccines prevent the world’s poorest from dying and falling into further poverty

For the world’s poorest, getting vaccinated is critical: it not only keeps them healthy, but also keeps them from falling further into poverty, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. They estimated that increased investments in 10 vaccines administered in low- and middle-income countries over a [...]

Thailand hands out vitamin pills, folic acid tablets amidst concerns over declining birth rates

Thailand hands out vitamin pills, folic acid tablets amidst concerns over declining birth rates

Whether by handing cash bonuses or tax incentives, Thailand has almost tried it all to encourage its citizens to have more children. This Valentine’s Day, the country is trying out a new approach: handing out vitamin pills. Like several other Asian countries, Thailand is ageing rapidly. Birth rates have dropped sharply from more than 6 [...]

Many people take too much ibuprofen, succumbing them to internal bleeding and heart attacks

Many people take too much ibuprofen, succumbing them to internal bleeding and heart attacks

Many adults who use ibuprofen and other so-called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs take too much, increasing their risk of serious side effects like internal bleeding and heart attacks, a U.S. study suggests. Ibuprofen is a medication in the nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug class that is used for treating pain, fever, and inflammation. This includes painful menstrual [...]

Sanofi sued in Philippines over dengue vaccine

Sanofi sued in Philippines over dengue vaccine

A Philippine government agency has recently filed a lawsuit against French drugmaker Sanofi demanding compensation for the parents of a 10-year-old girl the agency said had died as a result of receiving its controversial anti-dengue vaccine. The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) said Sanofi, several former and current health ministry officials and domestic distributor Zuellig Pharma [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

A new method that makes heart valve replacement safer

A new method that makes heart valve replacement safer

Scientists have developed a new and safer technique that prevents coronary artery obstruction during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a rare but often fatal complication. The method is called Bioprosthetic Aortic Scallop Intentional Laceration and prevents Iatrogenic Coronary Artery obstruction (BASILICA). It will increase treatment options for high-risk patients who need heart valve procedures. TAVR, [...]

Eating carbohydrates, the healthy way

Eating carbohydrates, the healthy way

Carbohydrates can be found in various foods: spaghetti, potatoes, bread, beans and milk are just some of foods containing carbohydrates. Foods high in carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet. Carbohydrates provide the body with glucose, which is converted to energy used to support bodily functions and physical activity. But carbohydrate quality is [...]

Lots of exercise in older age boosts immune system, protects against infection

Lots of exercise in older age boosts immune system, protects against infection

Scientists say that older people who do lots of exercise develop a strong immune system and are protected against infections. The scientists tracked 125 long-distance cyclists, some of whom are now in their 80s. They were found to have the immune systems of 20-year-olds. Prof Norman Lazarus, 82, of King’s College London, who took part in and [...]

If you are a smoker and a drinker, consuming very hot tea might increase your cancer risk

If you are a smoker and a drinker, consuming very hot tea might increase your cancer risk

If you smoke and also drink alcohol, consuming scalding hot tea might not be a good idea, as it is associated with an increased risk of esophageal tumours a Chinese study suggests. Among Chinese adults who drank at least one beer, cocktail or glass of wine daily, those who also consumed burning hot tea every [...]

Facial yoga joins the list of Botox and fillers as a new non-invasive anti-aging treatment

Facial yoga joins the list of Botox and fillers as a new non-invasive anti-aging treatment

Cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Murad Alam has added a new, low-cost, non-invasive anti-aging treatment to his services: facial yoga. Dermatologists measured improvements in the appearance of the faces of a small group of middle-age women after they did half an hour of daily face-toning exercises for eight weeks, followed by alternate-day exercises for another 12 weeks. [...]

Community health

‘World’s first urine test for cancer’ to start in Japan

‘World’s first urine test for cancer’ to start in Japan

A Japanese company is set to carry out the world’s first experiment to test for cancer using urine samples, which they hope would enable better screening for the deadly disease. Engineering and IT conglomerate Hitachi developed the basic technology to detect breast or colon cancer from urine samples two years ago. It will now begin testing the [...]

Damage to people’s health in China already done even as the country cuts smog

Damage to people’s health in China already done even as the country cuts smog

China is cutting its smog, but damage to millions of people’s health has already been done, the US-based research agency Health Effects Institute (HEI) said In its report, HEI said China faces about 1.6 million premature deaths a year as a result of air pollution, based on data going back to 1990. China cut concentrations [...]

Salmonella fears in the US cause 200 million eggs to be recalled

Salmonella fears in the US cause 200 million eggs to be recalled

The US is recalling nearly 207 million from nine of its state over the threat of Salmonella which has caused 22 people to fall ill, the federal Food and Drug Administration has said. It is the largest recall of eggs in the United States since 2010, the Food Safety News website reported. The eggs may [...]

Britain slaps sugar tax on soft drinks; aims to reduce obesity

Britain slaps sugar tax on soft drinks; aims to reduce obesity

Britain has introduced sugar tax on soft drinks as the country seeks to reduce obesity, particularly among the young. The tax, announced in March 2016, has already cut sugar content in drinks by 45 million kg per year, Britain’s Treasury said, as over 50 % of manufacturers have reformulated their products to be below the [...]

Hong Kong hospital probe: blood tool infected liver patient with Hepatitis C virus

Hong Kong hospital probe: blood tool infected liver patient with Hepatitis C virus

In a worldwide first, an investigation at Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong, has found that a common reusable blood collection tool could have led to the virus being spread from its source, a drug addict who later died. The hospital will screen 58 patients for hepatitis C to rule out an outbreak of the infectious [...]

Health alert

Bad air quality linked to heart and lung illnesses

Bad air quality linked to heart and lung illnesses

More people are admitted to emergency departments for heart- and lung-related illnesses and stroke, caused by poor air quality with high levels of tiny pollution particles known as PM 2.5, a US study suggests. Based on analysis of areas affected by the intense 2015 California wildfire season, researchers found that within a day of residents [...]

Beneficial to have pets in nursing homes, but it can also pose risks

Beneficial to have pets in nursing homes, but it can also pose risks

Having pets visit or live in nursing homes can bring delight and joy in residents, but it can also pose injuries and illnesses. In a survey of nursing homes in Ohio, nearly all the facilities allowed pets of all kinds to visit, but they rarely had policies or protocols to protect the residents as well [...]

Eating grilled meat, well-done fish can lead to hypertension

Eating grilled meat, well-done fish can lead to hypertension

Go slow on grilled meat and well-done fish because eating them can cause high blood pressure. “Among individuals who consume red meat, chicken, or fish regularly, our findings imply that avoiding the use of open-flame and/or high-temperature cooking methods, including grilling/barbecuing, broiling, and roasting, may help reduce hypertension risk,” Dr. Gang Liu of the Harvard [...]

Watch that sugar level – it might just cause you heart and kidney problems

Watch that sugar level – it might just cause you heart and kidney problems

People, beware. While a slightly elevated blood sugar cannot cause you diabetes, it can still increase your risks of developing heart and kidney disease, a U.S. study suggests. Diabetes has long been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Plenty of previous research also ties diabetes to an increased risk of kidney disease. Research [...]

Exposure to outdoor light at night increases breast cancer risk in women

Exposure to outdoor light at night increases breast cancer risk in women

Women exposed to high levels of outdoor light at night face higher risk of developing breast cancer according to a large long-term study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The link was stronger among women who worked “In our modern industrialized society, artificial lighting is nearly ubiquitous. Our results suggest that this widespread [...]

Other health News

Bioengineered human heart cells see improved performance

Bioengineered human heart cells see improved performance

April 16, 2018

Researchers can now utilise induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSC) to form a model of human adult-like cardiac muscle. They do this by introducing electric and mechanical stimulation at an early stage. Since this muscle is similar to the adult heart, it could serve as a better model for testing the effects of drugs and toxic [...]

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Sleep deprivation linked to higher risk of Alzheimer’s

Sleep deprivation linked to higher risk of Alzheimer’s

April 16, 2018

Researchers from a small study at the National Institutes of Health have found that even losing one night of sleep lead to an immediate increase in beta-amyloid, a protein in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s disease, In Alzheimer’s disease, beta-amyloid proteins clump together to form amyloid plaques, a significant feature of the disease. While acute [...]

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NIH researchers uncover clue behind rare bone disorder

NIH researchers uncover clue behind rare bone disorder

April 13, 2018

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health have made a ground-breaking discovery in uncovering the genetic basis of a “dripping candle wax” bone disease. The rare disorder, known as melorheostosis, causes excess bone formation that resembles dripping candle wax on x-rays. The results, appearing in Nature Communications, offer potential treatment targets for this rare disease, [...]

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Chronic irritability in teenagers linked to suicide risk

Chronic irritability in teenagers linked to suicide risk

April 13, 2018

Teenagers with chronic irritability, serious depression and anxiety are largely at risk of attempting suicide, says a major Canadian study. Based on records for 1,430 children followed for up to 17 years, researchers found that those who were particularly irritable and depressed or anxious between ages 6 and 12 were twice as likely as peers [...]

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Experts propose new definition of Alzheimer’s disease

Experts propose new definition of Alzheimer’s disease

April 11, 2018

In a new pioneering and radical move, experts have come up with a suggestion on how Alzheimer’s disease is defined, focusing more on biological changes in the body and less on clinical symptoms such as memory loss and cognitive decline. The new research framework, released recently by the Alzheimer’s Association and the National Institute on [...]

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The brain continues to develop new memory cells well into old age

The brain continues to develop new memory cells well into old age

April 11, 2018

Scientists say that the human brain continues to develop new cells important for memories and exploration well into our 70s. “These new brain cells sustain our abilities to make new memories, learn, and cope with the environment, and they are important for emotional responses,” Dr. Maura Boldrini from Columbia University in New York City said. [...]

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Antidepressants in pregnancy affect babies’ brains

Antidepressants in pregnancy affect babies’ brains

April 11, 2018

Taking antidepressants during pregnancy may lead to changes in babies’ brains, though experts are unsure of the exact changes. Researchers examined brain scans of 16 newborns whose mothers took medications known as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) for depression during pregnancy. They also studied 21 babies whose mothers had untreated depression during pregnancy, and 61 [...]

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Noisy workplaces expose people to high cholesterol and high blood pressure

Noisy workplaces expose people to high cholesterol and high blood pressure

April 9, 2018

People who work in noisy workplaces run the risk of having heightened blood pressure and cholesterol. “A significant percentage of the workers we studied have hearing difficulty, high blood pressure and high cholesterol that could be attributed to noise at work,” said study co-author Elizabeth Masterson of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health [...]

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Smartphones can aid in the management of Parkinson’s disease

Smartphones can aid in the management of Parkinson’s disease

April 6, 2018

A U.S. study has found that an experimental smartphone application can help doctors monitor the changes in the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease in patients. “Like diabetes, Parkinson’s has variability and symptom fluctuations, which can also vary the treatment. We can’t measure these fluctuations at home, and you can only do so many measurements in the [...]

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Generous servings of veggies tied to lower stroke risk in elderly women

Generous servings of veggies tied to lower stroke risk in elderly women

April 6, 2018

Elderly women who eat more vegetables may be less likely to develop hardening of the arteries, an Australian study suggests. Thinner artery walls and less plaque buildup are associated with a lower risk of heart attacks and strokes. Researchers surveyed 954 women aged 70 and older. They also used ultrasound to assess the thickness of [...]

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