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Taiwan’s Digital Healthcare, A Rising Star

Taiwan’s Digital Healthcare, A Rising Star

October 20, 2020

In the age of digitalisation, healthcare is rapidly becoming safer, smarter, and more accurate. In large, the combination of AIoT and medical equipment has paved way for the rise in smart medical technology. Taiwan, leading the charge in the development of smart medical technology, currently has an annual healthcare industry export that exceeds US$3 billion. To attract the more people to experience Taiwan’s innovative healthcare, Taiwan Excellence has planned a series of online healthcare product launches, namely Smart Medical Express. On 16 October 2020 […]

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Taiwan’s smart dental materials, leading the dentistry industry

Taiwan’s smart dental materials, leading the dentistry industry

October 06, 2020

With the rapid development of AI and ICT, medical care has become more intelligent and user friendly. Benefiting from the advancement of medical technology, Taiwan’s medical care and equipment have grown to become world class. Coupled with proficiency in mechanic parts and metal processing, Taiwan has achieved amazing results in the development of smart dental materials. To give international businesses more insight on the ongoing research and […]

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Research

Shocking 14% global vaccine hesitancy even with COVID-19 endemic threat, researchers note

Shocking 14% global vaccine hesitancy even with COVID-19 endemic threat, researchers note

New research by Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health suggests that the COVID-19 virus could become endemic i.e. common enough to produce recurring […]

Children with autism, ADHD visit the doctor more during infancy

Children with autism, ADHD visit the doctor more during infancy

According to research, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects approximately 1.5% and 11% of children in the US, respectively; ADHD symptoms also present in up to 60% of […]

New antimicrobial molecules engineered from wasp venom

New antimicrobial molecules engineered from wasp venom

Overuse of antibiotics over decades has resulted in ahoard of antibiotic-resistant bacteria; these could be responsible for up to 10 million deaths a year by 2050 if left without intervention. As part of the desperate search for new drugs and […]

High fructose diet found to exacerbate inflammatory bowel disease

High fructose diet found to exacerbate inflammatory bowel disease

According to the US-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of adults receiving an inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) diagnosis in the country […]

Faulty gene and an autoimmune condition linked to severe COVID-19

Faulty gene and an autoimmune condition linked to severe COVID-19

The way that SARS-CoV-2 can cause a quiet, symptom-free infection in some people, or kill some others in a matter of days has left many puzzling […]

Technology & Devices

Ear, tongue stimulated simultaneously to treat tinnitus

Indian researchers create magnetic bandage that heats, destroys skin cancer cells

Scientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISC) have made an impressive leap in cancer treatment by developing a non-invasive […]

Ear, tongue stimulated simultaneously to treat tinnitus

Ear, tongue stimulated simultaneously to treat tinnitus

A new device by Dublin, Ireland-based Neuromod Devices simultaneously zaps a patient’s tongue and delivers sound to their ears […]

Electromagnet remote control controls blood sugar, fights diabetes

Electromagnet remote control controls blood sugar, fights diabetes

Scientists are inventing new and convenient ways to manage common diseases such as diabetes – type 2 diabetes, in particular […]

Electronic blood vessels replace damaged ones, boosts healing, and more

Electronic blood vessels replace damaged ones, boosts healing, and more

Electronic blood vessels have been bioengineered by a group of scientists from China and Switzerland to facilitate the flow of blood […]

Cell-loaded bandage “considerably” boosts bone healing

Cell-loaded bandage “considerably” boosts bone healing

Scientists at King’s College London (KCL), UK, have developed a flexible “bone bandage” that is coated in a protein that naturally […]

Pharmaceutical

Trio awarded Nobel Prize for Medicine for hepatitis C discovery

Trio awarded Nobel Prize for Medicine for hepatitis C discovery

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology for Medicine has been awarded to research scientists Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for first identifying and then […]

Anti-flu drug prevents coronavirus better than hydroxychloroquine

Anti-flu drug prevents coronavirus better than hydroxychloroquine

Treatment with a high dose of the anti-flu drug favipiravir has been found to have a more potent antiviral effect than hydroxychloroquine […]

Injectable hydrogel vaccine found to be more effective than liquid vaccine types

Injectable hydrogel vaccine found to be more effective than liquid vaccine types

Vaccines, obtained from a dead virus, confer resistance to infectious diseases by stimulating the immune system into producing antibodies that work against […]

Feline antiviral treatment found effective against COVID-19

Feline antiviral treatment found effective against COVID-19

A drug used to cure a fatal disease caused by a coronavirus in cats is suspected to be an effective treatment for humans, against SARS-CoV-2 […]

MIT designs double-barrelled needle for easier viscous drugs injections

MIT designs double-barrelled needle for easier viscous drugs injections

Biologic drugs can sometimes be difficult to inject through a standard needle as they contain highly concentrated, viscous substances. To help with administration and distribution in […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

In plain sight: how your nails can show signs of stress and disease

In plain sight: how your nails can show signs of stress and disease

Stress can take a toll on person physically and psychologically, and may also lead to outward signs on the skin, hair and nails […]

New formulation better prevents biofilm formation on teeth, tooth decay

New formulation better prevents biofilm formation on teeth, tooth decay

Some bacteria in the mouth help digest food or control other microbes’ bioactivity, while some stick to teeth and produce acids that corrode tooth enamel […]

Yoga an effective alternate treatment for anxiety disorder

Yoga an effective alternate treatment for anxiety disorder

Generalised anxiety disorder currently affects an estimated 6.8 million Americans – it is characterised by chronic nervousness or worry, and many have sought to treat the […]

Inhibiting skeletal muscle enzyme could boost exercise performance, fat burning capacity

Inhibiting skeletal muscle enzyme could boost exercise performance, fat burning capacity

Most cells in the body prefer burning sugar as an energy source but can draw on other energy sources, including fats, as needed […]

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 […]

Community health

India creates cheap and quick test for coronavirus

India creates cheap and quick test for coronavirus

Indian researchers have developed a cheap paper-based test for the coronavirus which would hopefully help millions across the country detect and keep infections […]

Health development of young children significantly affected by poverty

Health development of young children significantly affected by poverty

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have found that disparities arising from poverty can affect the health of children from as young as 5 years old […]

Pharmacists sought after for healthcare advice, especially in the UK

Pharmacists sought after for healthcare advice, especially in the UK

Pharmacists play a critical role as front-line health professionals during COVID-19, so says the area managing Director for Northern Europe […]

Sneaky nanoparticle slips past cancer’s defences to kill cancer

Sneaky nanoparticle slips past cancer’s defences to kill cancer

A team of scientists from Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have developed a novel “Trojan horse” […]

Cancer continues to be leading cause of death in Taiwan

Cancer continues to be leading cause of death in Taiwan

Statistics by the Taiwanese Ministry of the Interior (MOI) has shown that cancer, or malignant tumours, still remain the top cause of death in Taiwan […]

Health alert

People with Parkinson’s more likely to die from COVID-19

People with Parkinson’s more likely to die from COVID-19

New analysis based on patient data in the TriNetX COVID-19 research network in the US suggests that patients with […]

Two tropical, mosquito-borne viruses linked to neurological damage, stoke

Two tropical, mosquito-borne viruses linked to neurological damage, stoke

A fraction of young people who display mild, transitory psychotic signs and symptoms at an early age will go on to develop a serious […]

Blood test predicts risk of developing psychotic disorders in childhood

Blood test predicts risk of developing psychotic disorders in childhood

A fraction of young people who display mild, transitory psychotic signs and symptoms at an early age will go on to develop a serious […]

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 […]

Other health News

Aging reduces capillary growth in muscle in postmenopausal women

Aging reduces capillary growth in muscle in postmenopausal women

October 01, 2020

Postmenopausal woman unfortunately have significantly reduced ability for angiogenesis – the formation of tiny blood vessels, or capillaries – in skeletal muscle tissue, compared to younger, premenopausal women. These women were also unable to increase the number of capillaries after a period of aerobic exercise, according to a study at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition[…]

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Taiwanese assistive technologies to benefit ageing transformation

Taiwanese assistive technologies to benefit ageing transformation

September 18, 2020

According to the 2019 United Nation World Population Report, more than 703 million people were aged 65 years and over and the number is expected to double to 1.5 billion by the year 2050. The ageing transformation is classified when the ageing population becomes a proportionately larger share of the total population […]

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An eye on future vision: Taiwanese ophthalmic innovations

An eye on future vision: Taiwanese ophthalmic innovations

September 03, 2020

According to estimates from IEK Consulting of the Industrial Technology Research Institute, the global ophthalmic medical equipment market is estimated to reach US$58.4 billion by 2023. Armed with the strength of ICT/optical technology and scale of manufacturing capability, ophthalmic device […]

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Curious young minds drawn to explore, stockpile information over easy rewards

Curious young minds drawn to explore, stockpile information over easy rewards

August 24, 2020

“Exploration seems to be a major driving force during early childhood – even outweighing the importance of immediate rewards,” according to Dr. Vladimir Sloutsky, a professor of psychology at The Ohio State University, US. Dr. Vladimir and colleagues studied how children would jump at the chance to explore the unknown, instead of choosing the obvious “reward” path, as how many adults would […]

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Injecting healthy cells into eyes boosts vision in blind mouse models

Injecting healthy cells into eyes boosts vision in blind mouse models

August 19, 2020

Scientists studying engineered biomaterials at the University of Toronto (UT), Canada, have happened upon a technique that could one day treat blindness – they demonstrated how a new method of injecting healthy cells into the eyes could address vision loss similar to conditions like age-related macular degeneration (AMD) […]

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

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

August 14, 2020

A professor from Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL), Missouri, has looked at the brain activity of older adults through a slightly different set of tests than common ones for memory. Zachariah Reagh found that aging adults don’t necessarily have “quieter” memory – “It’s just different,” he said […]

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