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Ramadan fasting with diabetes is manageable with help

Ramadan fasting with diabetes is manageable with help

May 08, 2019

Fasting during Ramadan is obligatory for all healthy Muslim adults around the world, who refrain from eating and drinking between dawn and sunset. The daytime fast is usually broken with a communal meal at sunset and before sunrise the next day. But there are exemptions for the elderly, pregnant or those on regular medications […]

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Research

Nordic research exposes sad bullying outcomes

Nordic research exposes sad bullying outcomes

Bullying has long been associated with an increased risk of chronic physical and mental health complaints, but past research has not yet clearly tied painkiller use to bullying. On a grim note, a new study shows that bullied Icelandic youth were more than seven times as likely […]

Charcoal toothpaste may promote tooth decay

Charcoal toothpaste may promote tooth decay

Charcoal “whitening” is the latest fad over social media -a myriad of charcoal toothpastes/tooth powders are available, their packaging misleading in terms of “eco-friendly” or “antimicrobial” properties, as there is no scientific proof to back these claims […]

Young adults have higher bowel cancer rates, study finds

Young adults have higher bowel cancer rates, study finds

Colorectal cancer is common amongst the aged and seems to be an affliction for young adults as well – European studies highlight a sharp rise in 20 to 29-year-olds in the past two decades, probably because of poor diet and/or obesity […]

BPD is better defined, understood as a reaction to trauma

BPD is better defined, understood as a reaction to trauma

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a frequently misunderstood condition affecting millions globally. People with this condition are vulnerable, impulsive, and highly susceptible to criticism – ultimately being denied access to timely, quality care. BPD is characterised by emotional dysregulation, poor self-esteem, difficulty forming relationships, and repeated self-harming behaviours […]

Restaurant staff unaware of food allergies; says European study

Restaurant staff unaware of food allergies; says European study

Food allergies are commonplace – more than 10% of Europeans are reported to have a food allergy. The problem is easily identified and addressed at home, but when dining out, restaurant staff have been observed to show low levels of food allergy knowledge and negatively approach serving customers with food allergies […]

Technology & Devices

US scientists introduce brain-controlled hearing aid

US scientists introduce brain-controlled hearing aid

Hearing loss can prove challenging, especially when trying to make out a particular sound in a noisy/crowded space. Complete hearing loss is usually avoidable, but in the event of hearing difficulties, a new type of hearing aid may ease conversation through brain waves that channel sound while also drowning out background noise […]

US scientists reveal unique, quick bacteria-tracking device

US scientists reveal unique, quick bacteria-tracking device

Waiting days for a lab report to determine a bacterial infection could soon be a thing of the past, as scientists at Pennsylvania State University, US, have developed a device that considerably speeds up the process. The microtechnology-based device traps single bacteria cells which are later viewed under an electron microscope – the evaluation is immediate and safe […]

US medical centre first to use unmanned aircraft for organ transport

US medical centre first to use unmanned aircraft for organ transport

In a first-ever organ delivery operation, a drone has been used to transport a kidney needed for transplant at the University of Maryland Medical Centre (UMMC), US, where the specially-designed drone ended its 5km journey. A 44-year-old woman from Baltimore who was on dialysis for eight years received the kidney. […]

Israeli scientists 3D print “world-first” complete heart with human tissue

Israeli scientists 3D print “world-first” complete heart with human tissue

Heart disease is the primary cause of death in the US – most patients can only opt for a life-saving transplant, and donors are few. […]

Polymer coating to protect catheters from infections

Polymer coating to protect catheters from infections

A staggering 150 million intravascular catheters are implanted yearly in the US alone, and fatal infections can develop regularly. […]

Pharmaceutical

Scientists tease brain aneurysm treatment with cancer drug

Scientists tease brain aneurysm treatment with cancer drug

There may be a way to treat sensitive brain aneurysms, traditionally only addressed through delicate surgery and slim success, with an existing drug. The joint effort by scientists from UK’s University of Sussex and US’s University of Washington School of Medicine involves a receptor tyrosine kinase (TK) inhibitor – a class of drug currently used to treat cancer. […]

UK to develop new treatments for cancer drug resistance

UK to develop new treatments for cancer drug resistance

UK’s Institute of Cancer (ICR) recent £75million investment on a centre to develop drugs against treatment-resistant cancer could idealise a breakthrough within the next decade. The ICR’s new Centre for Drug Discovery at its south London campus is intended to bring together almost 300 scientists from different disciplines to overcome/redirect cancer evolution. […]

China HIV drug to control disease transmission

China HIV drug to control disease transmission

HIV remains a global health concern despite numerous treatment methods, but a new drug promises better outcomes over a similar treatment used for the past decade […]

WHO launches pilot malaria vaccine in Malawi

WHO launches pilot malaria vaccine in Malawi

Recent figures report a marked rise of deadly malaria cases after nearly a decade of fighting the disease – mostly in Africa, where more than 250,000 children die yearly; the WHO records a total of 435,000 malaria deaths worldwide in 2017. Numerous campaigns advocate for effective malaria treatment, thus, in a landmark immunisation project, according to Dr. Kate O’Brien, Director of Immunisation and Vaccines at the WHO, the world’s first malaria vaccine has been administered in Malawi. […]

Biotech companies to help with cancer research

Biotech companies to help with cancer research

Biotechnological innovations are the latest addition to the healthcare market with new therapies and drugs to treat cancer more effectively at a reduced cost, although the most common therapies remain immunotherapy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Daily nut servings may lower heart disease for diabetics

Daily nut servings may lower heart disease for diabetics

A daily diet of nut helpings may promise better heart health for diabetics - just one extra serving of nuts a week is associated with a 3% lower risk of developing cardiac conditions and 6% lower risk of dying from heart problems. […]

Healthy food prescription yields more benefits; less costly than meds

Healthy food prescription yields more benefits; less costly than meds

A rapidly ageing population and rising healthcare costs have led experts to estimate that healthcare spending will continue growing. However, the US has healthcare programmes that support certain groups of marginalised people, including those with limited income and resources. Medicare and Medicaid are the two largest healthcare […]

Mushrooms help stave off dementia in seniors

Mushrooms help stave off dementia in seniors

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is likely to develop in ageing, with symptoms such as forgetfulness and a gradual decline in cognitive functions including language, attention span and perceiving objects. Seniors who eat a more generous serving of mushrooms however, may not be as likely to develop MCI. […]

Practical steps to solve the sweet tooth dilemma

Practical steps to solve the sweet tooth dilemma

Sugar is an important consideration to the diet. Diabetes and other diseases are associated with increasing sugar consumption among other risk factors. Moreover, having a sweet tooth may also wreak havoc to one’s dental health. Heavy consumption of added/free sugars easily cause tooth decay such as fruit juices that have both added and intrinsic sugars. […]

Achieve better dental health in 2 minutes

Achieve better dental health in 2 minutes

Healthy teeth and gums help with overall hygiene and confidence while keeping diseases at bay. The usual advice is to brush twice daily and avoid excessive sugar, yet some of us need a filling at the dentist. But some experts say that a two minute dental care, twice daily is all it takes to achieve […]

Community health

Swine fever emergency in Vietnam, over 1mn pigs culled

UK trial results may banish stroke disability

Southeast Asia’s Vietnam has culled some 1.2 million farmed pigs on suspicion of infection by the African swine fever virus. It was first reported in the nation in February 2019 and has since spread to 29 provinces, including Dong Nai, a notable supplier of pork consumed in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s southern economic hub […]

UK trial results may banish stroke disability

UK trial results may banish stroke disability

Stoke is severely detrimental to most of its sufferers, who struggle to complete menial, everyday tasks. NHS England has identified stroke as the leading cause of disability in the UK. But an English clinical trial for stroke patients has shown promising results that may change conventional stroke treatment […]

Live tick found attached to US child’s eardrum

Live tick found attached to US child’s eardrum

TA 9-year-old American boy presented with an inflamed eardrum and persistent buzzing noises at Yale-New Haven Hospital, US, after playtime at school. It was later found out to be a tick in his ear, with its feeding apparatus burrowed into the[…]

WHO advocates no electronic screen viewing for infants

WHO advocates no electronic screen viewing for infants

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on stringent rules related to electronic screen time, where children under 12 months, especially infants, should not be exposed to electronic screens at all. […]

Controversial ‘three-person’ baby born in Greece

Controversial ‘three-person’ baby born in Greece

In “medical history” which could help infertile couples around the world, Spanish and Greek fertility doctors have genetically engineered a baby from three people bar a woman’s infertility. The baby boy was born a healthy 2.9kg (6lbs). The 32-year-old Greek woman had endured four unsuccessful cycles of IVF previously […]

Health alert

WHO reveals guidelines to cut dementia risk

WHO reveals guidelines to cut dementia risk

Dementia affects some 50 million people globally, either as a natural consequence of aging or from genetics/hereditary factors. Physical attributes include shrunken brain matter and abnormalities in/around nerve cells. Non-biological risk factors are modifiable,but the population remains strikingly unaware […]

Singapore reports rare monkeypox case, quarantines enforced

Singapore reports rare monkeypox case, quarantines enforced

Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed its first case of monkeypox infection, apparently brought in a 38-year-old Nigerian man who ate bushmeat prior to his arrival in the republic in late April. He is currently warded in isolation at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), and is reportedly in a stable condition […]

A bacon a day does not keep the doctor away!

Careless badminton players at risk of permanent eye damage

Badminton is a common sport in Asia, but has recently been tied to increasing consequences – the inexpensive outdoor activity is a leading cause of sports-related eye injuries in Southeast Asia and accounts for two-thirds of sports-related eye injuries in Malaysia. […]

A bacon a day does not keep the doctor away!

A bacon a day does not keep the doctor away!

Most people eat some form of meat but a recent study led by Oxford University and funded by Cancer Research UK (CRUK), has added to mounting evidence that eating red meat can be harmful. Data from some half a million people in the UK Biobank study noted […]

Irregular periods may signal worse consequences for women

Irregular periods may signal worse consequences for women

Irregular menstruation can be caused by various factors like hormones, pregnancy, poor sleeping schedules, dietary changes, and/or chronic stress. A normal cycle happens monthly, for around 21 to 35 days apart, and periods usually last for two to seven days. […]

New TB vaccine tested on mice shows promise

New TB vaccine tested on mice shows promise

Tuberculosis is a disease caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) bacteria, and is the world’s leading killer due to infection according to the WHO. […]

Other health News

Focusing on food for the elderly; a topic at ELDEX ASIA

Focusing on food for the elderly; a topic at ELDEX ASIA

April 10, 2019

With the steady growth of elderly consumers in the Asia Pacific region, Singapore’s trade and development agency, Enterprise Singapore, together with the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME), will be supporting about ten local food companies to exhibit at the Food for Elders Pavilion at the inaugural showing of ELDEX ASIA exhibition, to be held from 8-10 November […]

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Focusing on food for the elderly; a topic at ELDEX ASIA

New TB vaccine tested on mice shows promise

March 11, 2019

Tuberculosis is a disease caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) bacteria, and is the world’s leading killer due to infection according to the WHO. The BCG (bacille-Calmette-Guerin) vaccine – delivered by an intramuscular injection in the upper arm – is made to use against Mtb infections; […]

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Israeli company unveils world’s first microcomputer for atrial pressure

Israeli company unveils world’s first microcomputer for atrial pressure

February 19, 2019

Left atrial pressure (LAP) is a specific physiological indication for heart failure. Approximately 90% of cardiac patients admitted to the hospital have had pulmonary congestion related to elevated LAP- the earliest sign of impending heart failure exacerbation, long before clinical symptoms occur.[…]

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Diabetics are more prone to fractures, study says

Diabetics are more prone to fractures, study says

February 13, 2019

Diabetes has been linked to an increased risk of fractures. Both type-1 and type-2 diabetes involve failing insulin production, necessary to convert blood sugar into energy – the former typically develops in childhood or young adulthood, and the latter due to obesity and aging. Previous research is unclear on the exact role of blood sugar […]

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Experts insist on early cancer detection for World Cancer Day 2019

Experts insist on early cancer detection for World Cancer Day 2019

February 8, 2019

Millions of cancer cases were recorded last year and many could have been preventable. But, barriers exist even as early action is proven to reduce the cost and complexity of cancer treatment, whilst improving patient survival rates and quality of life. In 2018, there were more than 18 million new cases of cancer diagnosed, of […]

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Vaping may be precursor to tobacco use in teens

Vaping may be precursor to tobacco use in teens

February 8, 2019

Adolescents who used e-cigarettes or tried vaping before trying any other tobacco product were more likely to be smoking traditional cigarettes sooner than those who had never tried any, a US study team reported in JAMA Network Open. Andrew Stokes, senior study author of the Boston University School of Public Health has said that it […]

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Can you for go breakfast? Researchers say ‘maybe’

Can you for go breakfast? Researchers say ‘maybe’

February 8, 2019

Breakfast helps to jump start the day for most, but not necessarily if you want to lose weight. While breakfast eaters consumed more calories per day and gained 1lb more than those who skipped it, a healthy breakfast has benefits: Can be a good source of calcium and fibre Improves concentration and attention levels, particularly […]

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Expectant mothers must beware vs flu risk, says study

Expectant mothers must beware vs flu risk, says study

February 8, 2019

The flu virus is quite common and usually spreads via air droplets from coughing, sneezing or talking infected individuals; or picked up from surfaces like doorknobs, where these droplets can linger.Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, aches and pains, chills and fatigue. The flu strain H1N1 can affect anyone, but […]

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Custom pain creams do little to ease pain – Study

Custom pain creams do little to ease pain – Study

February 8, 2019

Compounded medicines are custom-made by pharmacists such that patients get a specific dose or formulation for pain relief, a better option than mass-produced creams, though more expensive. A US study focused on pain creams made from medicines often prescribed in pill form – muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs. Around 400 patients with […]

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Highly contagious measles outbreak in the Philippines

Highly contagious measles outbreak in the Philippines

February 7, 2019

There has been a recent surge of measles cases and deaths in Manila, Philippines, prompting authorities to declare an emergency outbreak. Compiled data marks a steep increase of cases in January 2019 as compared to the previous year, with more confirmed cases reported at the beginning of February. Children are especially vulnerable, but people have […]

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