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Asia’s senior citizens largely uninformed about cataract, survey finds

Asia’s senior citizens largely uninformed about cataract, survey finds

October 9, 2017

The Alcon More to See Survey, released in conjunction with the celebration of World Sight Day on October 12th, has found that most senior citizens are largely uniformed about the eye problem cataract. The survey showed that 62% of Asians over the age of 60 believe cataracts can be prevented. When it comes to treatment, [...]

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How to focus better

How to focus better

In this age of social media, it is hard not to get distracted. Here are some expert tips on how you can get back your focus. 1.    Avoid social media at work If you still feel the urge to check out your Facebook, do it during lunch breaks. 2.    Set aside specific time to reply [...]

Your nose can reveal your brain health

Your nose can reveal your brain health

The better your sense of smell is, the more likely your brain is healthy, recent studies show. A growing body of research suggests that the two are strongly linked, though researchers are just starting to figure out how and why. In a recent study, researchers found that a simple smell test may predict your chance [...]

Spanish company develops low-fat avocado

Spanish company develops low-fat avocado

Avocados are all the rage nowadays. Most of us enjoy it and the news keep getting better: Isla Bonita, a Spanish company, has developed low-fat avocados. The company claims Avocado Light has up to 30% less fat than ordinary fruits. They also say it ripens faster, and oxidises – or goes that weird shade of [...]

The chewing of betel nut leads to mouth cancer in Papua New Guinea

The chewing of betel nut leads to mouth cancer in Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is struggling to cope with its soaring number of mouth cancers. The cancer is caused by the chewing of betel nuts, a long tradition in this small country. Once reserved for sacred events, now almost half of Papua New Guineans chew betel nut. It is common for children as young as six [...]

Cancer scientists decipher the complete genetic map of durian

Cancer scientists decipher the complete genetic map of durian

Scientists from the Humphrey Oei Institute of Cancer Research, National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) and Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore have achieved a world’s first by deciphering the complete genetic map of durian – a prized tropical fruit delicacy known in Asia as the “king of fruits”. The Singapore team’s efforts were driven by both innate [...]

Technology & Devices

Smartphone apps could help treat depression

Smartphone apps could help treat depression

Smartphone applications have been found to be a safe and accessible treatment option for people diagnosed with depression, according to an Australian-led research that examined the efficacy of smartphone-based treatments for depression. Mental health services all over the world are struggling to meet the demand for treatment for depression as it is considered the most [...]

ITE staff develop new mechanism to simplify kidney stone removal

ITE staff develop new mechanism to simplify kidney stone removal

An innovative device that can simplify the process of removing large or complex kidney stones has been developed by a team of staff from the Institute of Technical Education (ITE)in collaboration with the National University Hospital (NUH), the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Invivo Medical. The mechanism, called a Percutaneous-Access-to-Kidney-Assist Device (PAKAD), can reduce [...]

Medical “pen” identifies cancerous tissue in 10 seconds

Medical “pen” identifies cancerous tissue in 10 seconds

A new handheld medical device can identify cancer in tissue in just 10 seconds, which could make surgery to remove a tumor quicker, safer and more precise, according to scientists at the University of Texas in the US. Tests suggest that the medical “pen”, called MasSpec Pen, is accurate 96% of the time. It takes [...]

745,000 Abbott pacemakers confirmed to have cyber-security issues

745,000 Abbott pacemakers confirmed to have cyber-security issues

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has confirmed that 465,000 pacemakers, manufactured by global healthcare company Abbott, have cyber-security issues. There were a further 280,000 devices elsewhere that are affected, the company said. The cyber-security flaws could theoretically be used to cause the devices to pace too quickly or run down their batteries. However, [...]

New smartphone app could detect pancreatic cancer with just a selfie

New smartphone app could detect pancreatic cancer with just a selfie

Doctors may be able to detect pancreatic cancer and other diseases earlier in people with just a snap of a smartphone selfie using a mobile app developed by researchers at the University of Washington in the US. BiliScreen uses a smartphone camera, computer vision algorithms and machine learning tools to detect increased bilirubin levels in [...]

Pharmaceutical

Three in ten adults with type 2 diabetes resist insulin therapy

Three in ten adults with type 2 diabetes resist insulin therapy

Three in ten adults with type 2 diabetes resist the much-needed insulin therapy, a study has found. On average, these patients delay insulin for about two years, researchers report in Diabetic Medicine. “This matters to patients because insulin therapy is typically offered to patients with high blood sugar levels,” said senior study author Dr. Alexander [...]

New drugs specifically designed to treat migraine currently in the pipeline

New drugs specifically designed to treat migraine currently in the pipeline

Migraine is listed by the World Health Organization (WHO) as the third most prevalent illness in the world, behind only tooth decay and tension-type headaches. It affects over 38 million Americans, including approximately 28 million women, who are afflicted at a rate three times that of men. But despite its prevalence, migraine — the condition [...]

WHO calls on SEA nations to cooperate to make drugs, treatment accessible

WHO calls on SEA nations to cooperate to make drugs, treatment accessible

The World Health Organization (WHO) has called on Southeast Asian countries to work together to make medical treatment and drugs more affordable for the citizens. The countries were asked to take bold action ensuring citizens access to safe efficacious, quality and affordable medical products. The WHO also wants more emphasis to be given on leveraging [...]

Novartis makes history with US approval of first “living drug” cancer therapy

Novartis makes history with US approval of first “living drug” cancer therapy

Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company Novartis made history as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved its tailor-made “living drug” therapy against cancer. Dubbed “CAR-T”, the treatment is the first to redesign a patient’s own immune system so it attacks cancer. The drug is tailor-made to each patient, unlike conventional therapies such as surgery or [...]

Drug combination found to be highly effective against heart diseases

Drug combination found to be highly effective against heart diseases

Scientists in a major international study has found that the combination of two drugs – rivaroxaban and aspirin – is more effective in preventing further heart complications in people with cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) as compared to only aspirin or only rivaroxaban. Rivaroxaban, often known by the brand name Xarelto, is an anticoagulant, aspirin is an [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

What to pack in your allergy relief kit

What to pack in your allergy relief kit

These are some essential items to pack in your allergy relief kit: 1.    Eye drops Use eye drops when your eyes get red and itchy. Eye drops ease inflammation so your eyes don’t itch, tear up, or swell. Use antihistamine drops with ketotifen in them before you go outside to prevent symptoms. Try artificial tears [...]

Some tricks to combat flight anxiety

Some tricks to combat flight anxiety

1.    Avoid alcohol. If you think drinking alcohol before or during flight will tackle your flight anxiety, think again. It is no fun trying to navigate the airport system or communicating with airport personnel while plastered. You are also most likely to be robbed when drunk. 2.    Distract yourself If you know you are going [...]

The best foods for a healthy liver

The best foods for a healthy liver

1.    Oatmeal Food with lots of fiber can help your liver work at its best. Want one that’s a great way to start your day? Try oatmeal. Research shows it can help you shed some extra pounds and belly fat, which is a good way to keep away liver disease. 2.    Broccoli Add lots of [...]

Ladies, try these superfoods

Ladies, try these superfoods

Healthy eating is good for everybody, but certain health issues such as brittle bones, pregnancy and breast cancer are related only or more to women. Therefore ladies, check out these superfoods to boost your health. 1.    Edamame These tasty soybean pods are full of fiber, good fats, and estrogen-like compounds called isoflavones. Isoflavones can be [...]

How to eat healthy while on a strict budget

How to eat healthy while on a strict budget

1. Plan your meals When it comes to saving money at the grocery store, planning is essential. Use one day each week to plan your meals for the upcoming week. Then, make a grocery list of what you need. Also, make sure to scan your fridge and cabinets to see what you already have. There [...]

Community health

3 Americans awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for body clock studies

3 Americans awarded the Nobel Prize for Medicine for body clock studies

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was recently awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash and Michael W. Young on Monday. They had made discoveries about the molecular mechanisms controlling the body’s circadian rhythm. The three scientists used fruit flies to isolate a gene that controls the rhythm of a living organism’s daily life. [...]

WHO not to partner with Philip Morris-funded smoking foundation

WHO not to partner with Philip Morris-funded smoking foundation

Leading tobacco company Phillip Morris International has set up a foundation that will focus on researching ways of reducing harm from smoking. But the World Health Organization (WHO) said it will not partner with the foundation and urged governments to do the same. The UN health body said there was a conflict of interest in [...]

Singapore develops healthier, “diabetic-friendly” noodles

Singapore develops healthier, “diabetic-friendly” noodles

Singapore’s Health Promotion Board (HPB) and the Food Innovation Research Centre at Singapore Polytechnic have co-developed “diabetic-friendly” noodles that could be used to cook healthier versions of the popular noodle dishes mee rebus and cheecheong fun. Mee rebus, which literally means “boiled noodles, is a popular noodle dish in Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Chee cheong [...]

Spread of “super malaria” in Southeast Asia a serious global health threat

Spread of “super malaria” in Southeast Asia a serious global health threat

A dangerous form of the malaria parasite, called “super malaria”, is spreading across Southeast Asia and causing alarm as it poses a serious global health threat. The team at the Oxford Tropical Medicine Research Unit in Bangkok said there was a real danger of malaria becoming untreatable. The new form of the parasite is resistant [...]

Only a fifth of the UN health goals are likely to be met, global review says

Only a fifth of the UN health goals are likely to be met, global review says

A global health review has revealed that not a single country, out of the almost 200 that were reviewed, were on track to meet the UN goal of eliminating new tuberculosis infections by 2030. They also found that less than 5% of countries were likely to reach the UN goal of reducing suicides, road deaths [...]

Health alert

Obesity predisposes people to  13 types of cancer

Obesity predisposes people to 13 types of cancer

There’s a link between obesity and 40 % of all the cancers diagnosed in the United States. That doesn’t mean too much weight is causing all these cancer cases, just that there’s some kind of still-to-be explained association, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Still, the study findings suggest that being obese or overweight was associated with cancer cases involving more than [...]

Avoid alcohol if you’re pregnant

Avoid alcohol if you’re pregnant

Experts are conflicted on the effects of alcohol on pregnancy, therefore the National Health Service (NHS) has advised pregnant women to stay away from consuming alcohol altogether. What happens when I drink alcohol while pregnant? Alcohol passes from your blood through the placenta and to your baby. A baby’s liver is one of the last [...]

Mental disorders, poor diet rank as greatest causes of ill health globally

Mental disorders, poor diet rank as greatest causes of ill health globally

Mental health disorders and poor diets are among the greatest causes of ill health globally, while heart disease and tobacco are ranked along with violence and conflict as the world’s biggest killers in 2016, according to a large international study. The Global Burden of Disease (GBD) study found that while life expectancy is increasing, so [...]

Thailand bans infant formula milk, baby food ads to encourage breastfeeding

Thailand bans infant formula milk, baby food ads to encourage breastfeeding

Thailand has passed a new law that bans manufacturers, importers and distributors from advertising and marketing infant formula milk or powdered milk and other food products for toddlers. Department chief Dr. Wachira Pengchan said that the law is meant to ensure that baby food marketing is appropriate and that it meets international standards to prevent [...]

Chronic lung diseases due to smoking, pollution killed 3.6 mn in 2015

Chronic lung diseases due to smoking, pollution killed 3.6 mn in 2015

Around 3.6 million people all over the world were killed by two of the most common chronic lung diseases in 2015, according to a study. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), caused mainly by smoking and pollution, was responsible for 3.2 million deaths, while 400,000 people died from asthma. COPD is a group of lung conditions [...]

Other health News

How to choose the right vitamins

How to choose the right vitamins

October 12, 2017

The easy part is deciding that a daily multivitamin is right for you; the challenge is selecting one from among the hundreds that line the drugstore shelves. So before you buy, do a little comparison shopping. Bring along your reading glasses, and take a few minutes to review the percent of Daily Values (DV) for [...]

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Some tips to remain healthy while travelling

Some tips to remain healthy while travelling

October 12, 2017

While travelling can be fun, it can also be stressful, especially when one undergoes long commutes. Here are 5 quick tips on how to maintain your health while travelling: 1)    Exercise: Get a hotel with a fitness center or purchase a temporary pass at the local gym.  If not, you can always work out in your room (pushups, sit ups, [...]

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High-sugar diet can even harm livers of healthy men

High-sugar diet can even harm livers of healthy men

October 9, 2017

A new study published on Oct. 5 in the journal Clinical Science has found that a diet high in sugar can even harm the livers of otherwise healthy men. British researchers found that a sugar-rich diet was associated with unhealthily high levels of fat in both the blood and the liver. The bottom line, said lead researcher Bruce Griffin, is [...]

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UK researchers: Vitamin D supplements may cure asthma

UK researchers: Vitamin D supplements may cure asthma

October 9, 2017

A team of researchers from Queen Mary University of London has found that people who take vitamin D supplements alongside their asthma medication are half less than likely to end up in hospital for treatment, than those who do not. The researchers believe that this is because vitamin D helps protect against the body’s immune [...]

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How to be a healthy vegan

How to be a healthy vegan

October 6, 2017

Vegan diets contain only plants, and therefore excludes food from animals such as milk and dairy. Eat at least five portions of a variety of fruit and vegetables every day. Base meals on potatoes, bread, rice, pasta or other starchy carbohydrates. Choose wholegrain where possible. Have some dairy alternatives (such as soya drinks and yoghurts). Choose [...]

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Hepatitis C patients postpone treatment due to high cost, study finds

Hepatitis C patients postpone treatment due to high cost, study finds

October 6, 2017

“Hepatitis C In America,” a new Health Union national survey of 609 individuals diagnosed with chronic hepatitis C infection, shows that more than one-third of uncured respondents were not currently under the care of a healthcare provider (HCP), typically due to financial concerns. While new Hepatitis C treatment options are revolutionizing care, many patients report financial challenges [...]

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Study finds poor sense of smell linked to future dementia

Study finds poor sense of smell linked to future dementia

October 4, 2017

A new study has found that poor sense of smell may be a clue to future dementia in a person’s life. The research involved nearly 3, 000 men and women from ages 57 to 85. They were tested on their ability to identify five odours: orange, leather, peppermint, rose and fish. Five years later, 4.1 [...]

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Investing in nutrition saves money on health care later on

Investing in nutrition saves money on health care later on

October 4, 2017

Experts are advising the public to invest in healthy food choices so they may avoid costly medical care later on. Obesity, heart disease and type 2 diabetes are today’s epidemics and are tied to poor eating choices. However, eating healthy is expensive. Poor households tend to purchase lower-quality and less expensive food to make the [...]

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Bayer-funded study: teenage pregnancies remain alarmingly high.

Bayer-funded study: teenage pregnancies remain alarmingly high.

October 2, 2017

A research conducted by GFK Healthcare recently found that despite an increase of access to information on healthy sex, teenage pregnancies remain alarmingly high. The study, funded by Bayer, polled around 3,000 adolescents on their attitudes toward sexuality and contraception. A total of 3,013 young men and women from 15 countries in Europe, Asia, the Pacific [...]

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Stress and how you can manage it

Stress and how you can manage it

October 2, 2017

Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure, and pressure turns into stress when you feel unable to cope. Some of the traits you may feel when stressed include heart pounding, quickened breathing, muscle tensions and you may also start to sweat. Emotional symptoms of stress • Feeling of being [...]

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