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Malaysian private and public healthcare sectors work hand in hand

Malaysian private and public healthcare sectors work hand in hand

July 26, 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: The public and private sector have been working together, complementing each other in the provision of healthcare in the country, according to Malaysia’s Minister of Health Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam. He was speaking recently at the opening ceremony of the Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM)’s conference/exhibition held at the Kuala [...]

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Research

Nine-year-old child born with HIV has been in remission for over eight years

Nine-year-old child born with HIV has been in remission for over eight years

A nine-year-old South African kid born with HIV has been in remission for more than eight years, being the third child born with the virus to go into remission. According to a new study, the child has had a healthy immune system after receiving a short course of treatment in early life. Researchers believe aggressive [...]

Some vegetarian diets can be unhealthy for the heart, according to study

Some vegetarian diets can be unhealthy for the heart, according to study

Individuals on plant-based diets, who consume a lot of grains and sweets, are more likely to develop heart disease than those with other vegetarian diets that includes less of these types of foods, the study suggests. “Most studies that examine vegetarian diets found them generally to be protective of cardiovascular disease, but they didn’t really [...]

Healthy lifestyle, education could prevent a third of dementia cases

Healthy lifestyle, education could prevent a third of dementia cases

Health experts have highlighted nine particularly important factors in preventing dementia in a wide-ranging analysis of the disease’s risk factors. These include staying in education beyond age 15, reducing high blood pressure, obesity and hearing loss in mid-life, and reducing smoking, depression, physical inactivity, social isolation and diabetes in later life. If all these risk [...]

Experts looking at use of new cancer drugs against HIV

Experts looking at use of new cancer drugs against HIV

HIV experts are looking at the potential of using new generation cancer drugs in finding a cure for AIDS. Scientists in both fields met at an international conference in Paris on July 22 to discuss whether advances in harnessing the immune system against cancer can help the search for a cure for AIDS. The two [...]

Meal timing may be more vital to weight loss than calorie count

Meal timing may be more vital to weight loss than calorie count

The time of day when food is consumed is more important to weight loss than the amount of calories in the food itself, according to a study that used a new high-precision feeding system for lab mice at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in the US. Mice on a reduced calorie plan that [...]

Technology & Devices

Medical technology companies turning to robots for complex knee surgeries

Medical technology companies turning to robots for complex knee surgeries

Leading global medical technology companies are turning to the use of robotic systems to aid doctors in complex knee surgeries, offering quicker procedures and better results in operations that often leave patients dissatisfied. Demand for artificial replacement joints is growing fast, as baby boomers’ knees and hips wear out, but for the past 15 years [...]

Philip Morris says iQOS could be key to smoke-free UK in the future

Philip Morris says iQOS could be key to smoke-free UK in the future

Tobacco group Philip Morris International believes that its iQOS heated tobacco product can contribute to make UK smoke-free in the coming years, a company executive said. Since iQOS was launched in the UK in December, Philip Morris has found that about 70% of people that use it are able to give up conventional cigarettes, Peter [...]

Penta Security Systems, Eventi Telematici to bring encryption to healthcare

Penta Security Systems, Eventi Telematici to bring encryption to healthcare

Penta Security Systems Inc., a Korean information technology security firm and Eventi Telematici, an Italian software solution provider, have established a strategic partnership to combine MyDiamo’s column level database with their existing line of cloud and on-premise solutions. In light of the recent European hackings that have affected major health organizations, reviewing safeguarding sensitive medical [...]

Bioengineers develop durable wearable diabetes monitoring device

Bioengineers develop durable wearable diabetes monitoring device

esearchers at The University of Texas in the US believe they have created the first wearable diabetes monitoring device that can last up to a week, going beyond the single-use monitors available in the market today. Their durable device can also detect three diabetes-related compounds in microscopic amounts of perspiration. Dr. Shalini Prasad, professor of [...]

Andhra Pradesh, TUV Rheinland team up to deliver quality medical devices

Andhra Pradesh, TUV Rheinland team up to deliver quality medical devices

The Indian subsidiary of German technical services provider TUV Rheinland has collaborated with Andhra Pradesh MedTech Zone (AMTZ) to create an infrastructure for Electro-Magnetic Interference (EMI/EMC) with an investment of Rs850 million over four to five years. The public-private partnership aims to reduce the medical device import, production cost and to help deliver quality medical [...]

Pharmaceutical

Corning partners with Merck, Pfizer for new injectable drug packaging project

Corning partners with Merck, Pfizer for new injectable drug packaging project

Corning Inc., an American manufacturer of specialty glass and ceramics, is making a US$500 million investment with US pharmaceutical giants Merck and Pfizer to manufacture a new kind of glass for injectable drug vials, US President Donald Trump announced. At a White House event, Trump said the effort will create nearly 1,000 jobs at facilities [...]

Meningitis vaccine lowered gonorrhea risk by over 30% in New Zealand

Meningitis vaccine lowered gonorrhea risk by over 30% in New Zealand

A mass vaccination campaign in New Zealand against meningitis also proved to be effective in protecting people against gonorrhea, lowering the risk of the disease by more than 30%, researchers reported. Although the bacteria that cause gonorrhea and the bacteria that cause meningitis are related, the result of the vaccination campaign is still surprising news. [...]

Novartis’ pioneering cancer gene therapy drug get US panel support

Novartis’ pioneering cancer gene therapy drug get US panel support

A pioneering cancer drug treatment developed by Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company Novartis AG has received support from an advisory panel to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which could lead to the drug becoming the first gene therapy to be approved in the US. The panel voted 10-0 that the drug, tisagenlecleucel, should be [...]

Pelican BioThermal provided vital support for diabetes awareness challenge

Pelican BioThermal provided vital support for diabetes awareness challenge

Cold chain packaging leader Pelican BioThermal proved itself as a vital supporter and an official partner in a global diabetes awareness cycling challenge through its Crēdo ProMed medical transport bag. Pelican BioThermal is an official partner of the two-wheeled project, called ‘For A Piece of Cake’, where two courageous riders cycled for 12 months. The [...]

Personalized cancer vaccines show positive results in early trials

Personalized cancer vaccines show positive results in early trials

A new class of personalized cancer vaccines has showed positive results, keeping the disease in check, in two early-stage clinical trials. Scientists believe this could lead to new way to help the immune system fight back against the disease. Although so-called immunotherapy drugs from the likes of Merck and Co, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Roche are [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Healthcare providers rarely perform stethoscope hygiene, report finds

Healthcare providers rarely perform stethoscope hygiene, report finds

A new quality improvement report found that healthcare providers rarely practice stethoscope hygiene between patient encounters despite its importance in infection prevention. Infection control guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) state that re-usable medical equipment, such as stethoscopes, must undergo disinfection between patients. “Stethoscopes are used repeatedly throughout the day [...]

3M: The Role of an Employer and Employee in Safety and Health

3M: The Role of an Employer and Employee in Safety and Health

Global Science Company 3M Malaysia held a demonstration on Wednesday to share the importance of occupational safety hazard and health at OGA 2017, in the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. Mohd Azhar Kamaruddin, the technical specialist for Fall Protection and spokesperson of the demonstration, together with MNC Asia Training Manager Elmer Sabelino, explained the basics of [...]

Higher vitamin D levels linked to lower risk of cancer

Higher vitamin D levels linked to lower risk of cancer

Higher levels of vitamin D may lower chances of developing cancer, according to a study made by Creighton University in Nebraska, US with cooperation from the University of California San Diego. Funded by National Institutes of Health (NIH), the study is a randomized clinical trial of the effects of vitamin D supplementation on many types [...]

Havas Group acquires healthcare communications company Sorento

Havas Group acquires healthcare communications company Sorento

Havas Group is boosting its health business unit and expanding its capabilities in the Indian market with its acquisition of India-based health and wellness communications agency Sorento. Following the acquisition, Sorento will be rebranded as Havas Life Sorento and will be integrated in the Havas Health &You business unit. Havas Health & You unites Havas [...]

Five foods to avoid if you need a steady stream of energy during a busy day

Five foods to avoid if you need a steady stream of energy during a busy day

Our energy level throughout the day is not just affected by our sleeping habits, but also by the food that we consume. Some people might still find themselves hit by the afternoon energy slump even though they had a good night’s sleep because of what they ate. Here are five foods you can avoid, and [...]

Community health

Tick-borne disease kills Japanese woman after being bitten by sick cat

Tick-borne disease kills Japanese woman after being bitten by sick cat

An unnamed Japanese woman in her 50s was killed last year by a tick-borne disease after she was bitten by a sick stray cat in what could be the first such mammal-to-human transmission, according to Japan’s healthy ministry. The woman has been helping the sick cat. Ten days later she died of Severe Fever with [...]

Dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka claims almost 300 lives

Dengue outbreak in Sri Lanka claims almost 300 lives

Sri Lanka is intensifying measures against the recent outbreak of dengue fever that has already claimed almost 300 lives. Schools across the island nation will be closed to help prevent the spread of the mosquito-borne disease. The Red Cross also announced it was scaling up its emergency response to the country’s worst-ever outbreak of the [...]

New Hospitals by Siloam open in Bangka and Bogor

New Hospitals by Siloam open in Bangka and Bogor

Siloam International Hospitals recently opened two new hospitals in Bangka and Bogor. An arm of property developer Lippo Karawaci, Siloam’s first hospital in Bangka, in the Bangka-Belitung Islands, opened on Monday, and launched the other new hospital in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday. The nine-storey hospital in Bangka occupies a total area of 20,000 sq [...]

UNAIDS: Deaths linked to AIDS fell 50% in a decade

UNAIDS: Deaths linked to AIDS fell 50% in a decade

A report by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) showed that deaths linked to the disease has fallen by half in a decade, dropping from a peak of 1.9 million in 2005 to just 1 million last year. It said the “scales have tipped”, with more than half of people getting drug treatment [...]

More specialized nurses, physician assistants providing nursing home care

More specialized nurses, physician assistants providing nursing home care

The number of specialized nurses and physician assistants in the US classified as “skilled nursing facility specialists” providing nursing home care services has almost doubled to accommodate more aging patients while the number of doctors in nursing homes has dropped, a recent study shows. The benefit of this trend is not clear, according to the [...]

Health alert

People who work long hours may be more at risk of irregular rapid heartbeat

People who work long hours may be more at risk of irregular rapid heartbeat

People who work long hours, usually more than 35 to 40 hours a week, may be at higher risk of developing atrial fibrillation, an irregular rapid heartbeat that can lead to strokes, heart failure and chronic fatigue, according to a recent study. Researchers followed more than 85,000 working men and women without an atrial fibrillation [...]

WHO warns against untreatable superbug gonorrhea

WHO warns against untreatable superbug gonorrhea

The World Health Organization has warned against the impending spread of the totally untreatable “superbug” strains of gonorrhea. The agency said there are at least three people worldwide infected with the untreatable superbug which could be spread through sex. Giving details of studies showing a “very serious situation” with regard to highly drug-resistant forms of [...]

Cause and symptoms of cervical cancer

Cause and symptoms of cervical cancer

Indonesia recently lost one of its celebrities, Julia Perez, due to cervical cancer. Her departure raised awareness about a form of cancer that has been labeled as one of the most lethal by the Health Ministry. Cervical cancer is often associated with the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV), although it is also linked to other types [...]

Internet withdrawal causes increased heart rate, anxiety levels

Internet withdrawal causes increased heart rate, anxiety levels

People who have a tendency to be obsessive internet users experience withdrawal-like symptoms and significant physiological changes such as increased heart rate and blood pressure when they go offline, a new study has found. Scientists and clinicians from Swansea University in the UK and the University of Milan in Italy studied 144 participants, aged 18 [...]

People with non-O blood type have slightly higher risk of heart attack, stroke

People with non-O blood type have slightly higher risk of heart attack, stroke

People with a non-O blood group have a slightly increased risk of stroke and heart attack, scientists say, due to higher levels of a blood-clotting protein present in the A, B and AB blood groups. The findings could help doctors better understand who is at risk of developing heart disease, the researchers said.But a heart [...]

Other health News

Stress can age the brain, increase inflammation

Stress can age the brain, increase inflammation

July 19, 2017

Researchers in the US suggest that stressful events like the death of a loved one, getting divorced or being fired from a job can age the brain by at least four years. They looked at performance in memory and thinking tests of 1,300 people in their 50s to gauge brain health. The study did not [...]

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Coffee-drinking linked to longevity in two international studies

Coffee-drinking linked to longevity in two international studies

July 17, 2017

Two major international studies have associated coffee-drinking with a propensity towards longevity. Experts cautioned, however, that the US and European reports failed to show that coffee was truly the reason that many drinkers appeared to have longer lives. The studies were observational in nature, showing a link between the two, but stopped short of proving [...]

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Medical Fair Thailand 2017 continues to grow alongside SEA’s medical industry

Medical Fair Thailand 2017 continues to grow alongside SEA’s medical industry

July 14, 2017

Southeast Asia’s medical industry is attracting more and more attention globally over the last couple of years as it continues to develop and gain traction in the field, making Medical Fair Thailand 2017 a great venue for business and trade opportunities for the region’s medical equipment manufacturers, distributors and consumers, according to Gernot Ringling, Managing [...]

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New imaging method could lead to earlier heart disease diagnosis, treatment

New imaging method could lead to earlier heart disease diagnosis, treatment

July 14, 2017

About 750,000 Americans have a heart attack every year. By the time someone knows he or she has blocked arteries, it’s too late to do much more than bypass surgery or putting in a stent to prop open the narrowed vessels. Sometimes a heart attack or stroke is the very first symptom. But a new [...]

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BASF reveals new mosquito net to fight against malaria

BASF reveals new mosquito net to fight against malaria

July 14, 2017

German chemicals company BASF has unveiled a new mosquito net it hopes will aid in the global fight against malaria. The net which contains a new class of insecticide has been given an interim recommendation by the World Health Organization (WHO). Death rates from malaria have dropped by 60% since 2000, according to the WHO, [...]

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Adherence to medication prescription vital in controlling healthcare costs

Adherence to medication prescription vital in controlling healthcare costs

July 11, 2017

Non-adherence to medication regimens lead to more than a three-fold increase in costs, a new study of children and adolescent patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) showed. “This study has important ramifications for health care reform and how practitioners approach adherence assessment and intervention in routine care,” says Kevin Hommel, PhD, director of the Center [...]

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Sri Lanka spends over US$10 mn every year on snakebites

Sri Lanka spends over US$10 mn every year on snakebites

July 11, 2017

Considered a major public health issue in many rural communities all over the world, snakebites often affect the victims’ ability to work and require medical care. In Sri Lanka, the government spends more than US$10 million annually, leading to economic loss of nearly US$4 million for individuals, according to a new study. The victims of [...]

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First sickle cell drug treatment in over 20 years gets US FDA approval

First sickle cell drug treatment in over 20 years gets US FDA approval

July 11, 2017

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug treatment that reduces complications associated with the sickle cell disease, making it the first drug approved for the disorder in over two decades. The drug, called Endari, consists of L-glutamine, which is an amino acid, and is approved for sickle cell patients five [...]

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Bhutan has highest users of tobacco and marijuana in Southeast Asia

Bhutan has highest users of tobacco and marijuana in Southeast Asia

July 6, 2017

Bhutan has 24.6% smokers in South East Asia, making it the highest in the region, according to a report in mental health status of adolescents in Southeast Asia. Tobacco use remains high among 13 to 17 year-old individuals, constituting to 9.4% of the total population, despite the complete ban on tobacco sales. Bhutan also has [...]

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Stigma prevents psychedelics from helping mental health care in Asia

Stigma prevents psychedelics from helping mental health care in Asia

July 6, 2017

Some psychedelics can help treat certain mental health conditions, according to research, however, stigma is a hindrance for drugs that will help mental health care in Asia. The social stigma around illegal drugs is simply too strong for even researchers to look into the drugs as treatments, despite research showing that psilocybin and MDMA can [...]

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