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Positive outlook for the inaugural edition of ELDEX Asia

Positive outlook for the inaugural edition of ELDEX Asia

November 08, 2019

Taking place from 8 – 10 November at Suntec Singapore, Halls 405/406, Eldex (Eldercae Exhibition & Conference) Asia, the region’s most dedicated exhibition for the rapidly growing eldercare industry, will feature pavilions from Taiwan, Singapore, and Japan, the country of honour for the inaugural edition. Majority of the exhibitors come from the lifestyle and wellness, healthcare and rehabilitation, and technology segments. The show will be open to the public on 9 and 10 November […]

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Research

American study suggests nightly phone checks may increase fatigue

American study suggests nightly phone checks may increase fatigue

Blue light emitted from smartphone screens have been noted to have damaging effects on health, in particular on one’s sleeping habits. A recent study has explored how different lighting affects the brain – apparently, checking a smartphone during a restless night does increase […]

Cold, windy weather seen to worsen chronic pain in UK study

Cold, windy weather seen to worsen chronic pain in UK study

The UK has nearly 10 million countrymen suffering from arthritis and many others with chronic ailments that cause disruptive pain. The UK is also regularly subject to damp, windy weather which, a new study suggests, could significantly worsen pain for most of these people […]

Childhood obesity could cause structural brain differences, UK study finds

Childhood obesity could cause structural brain differences, UK study finds

Obesity has been suggested to have a direct impact on the cognitive processes of both children and adults, including behaviours such as decision-making and self-control and regulation of emotions. The impact further extends to brain structure, as researchers from the University of Cambridge, in UK, have recently discovered distinct differences in brain structure […]

Danish study uncovers more to white, brown fat tissue and related biological processes

Danish study uncovers more to white, brown fat tissue and related biological processes

A recent study on the white and brown fat cells in the human body more clearly distinguishes one from the other – it helps to have more brown fat to generate heat by burning calories, while large amounts of white fat is associated with excess calories and metabolic disease. According to researchers at the University of Copenhagen […]

New research shines light on fast ageing caused by blue light

New research shines light on fast ageing caused by blue light

The artificial light or, in particular, blue light in devices like phones, tablets and computers is known to be a risk factor for sleeping disorders but a new study from America’s Oregon State University (OSU) suggests that the blue wavelengths produced by light-emitting diodes (LEDs) are more damaging than once thought […]

Technology & Devices

Israeli imaging device could help with better dry eye diagnoses

Israeli imaging device could help with better dry eye diagnoses

An insufficient tear film across one’s eyes can cause it to frequently become irritated, in what is known as dry eye disease. The condition is sometimes tricky to treat, but a new device developed by Israeli firm Advanced Optical Methods […]

UK prototype skin patch measures patients’ antibiotic levels in real time

UK prototype skin patch measures patients’ antibiotic levels in real time

Medical staff usually determine the level of antibiotics in a patient’s bloodstream through blood sampling, but scientists from Britain’s Imperial College London have made it possible to do just as well using a microneedle skin patch […]

German-developed rescue mat to ease CPR efforts

German-developed rescue mat to ease CPR efforts

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is an impromptu measure for those experiencing a heart attack. While many people are not confident in performing an emergency CPR for various reasons, a device has been developed by German scientist to simplify the process […]

MIT’s robo-thread to ease removal of blood clots in the brain

MIT’s robo-thread to ease removal of blood clots in the brain

Blood clots in the brain that cause strokes could potentially be overcome in the near future, as mechanical engineers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US, have developed a breakthrough robotic thread that can tend to the blockage in the brain quickly and safely.[…]

Scientists invent smartphone-controlled device to study the brain

Scientists invent smartphone-controlled device to study the brain

Conventional methods used by neuroscientists to study brain diseases like Alzheimer’s or depression usually involve rigid physical connections to deliver drugs. However, these routinely cause lesions in soft brain tissue over time and are not suitable […]

Pharmaceutical

Sound waves used to safely treat metastatic breast cancer

Sound waves used to safely treat metastatic breast cancer

A breast cancer diagnosis is difficult to accept, but prompt treatment is necessary before cancer cells break away from the original tumour and travel through the lymphatic system to other parts of the body and form new, fatal, tumours. While current treatments for lymph node metastases are highly invasive and have severe side effects […]

Alzheimer’s drug shows positive outcomes in genetic variant-based trial

Alzheimer’s drug shows positive outcomes in genetic variant-based trial

When US-based biotechnology company Biogen introduced an experimental drug to treat Alzheimer’s disease (AD), it was expected to become the first drug to successfully slow the disease’s progression, and would mark a great achievement in the medical world. Unfortunately, Biogen suspended those drug trials early this year after […]

Robust antimicrobial resistance surveillance needed in SEA

Robust antimicrobial resistance surveillance needed in SEA

A particular resistance to two kinds of drugs, namely carbapenems and polymyxins, in Southeast Asia (SEA) has prompted the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to evaluate their clinical risks to the masses before it becomes a widespread threat […]

UK scientists id shape-shifting bacteria behind antibiotic resistance

UK scientists id shape-shifting bacteria behind antibiotic resistance

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified antibiotic resistance as one of the biggest, fatal threats affecting people in many regions around the globe. Antibiotics typically target bacterial cell walls as part of its healing mechanism, but scientists from Newcastle University in UK have, for the first time, seen that bacteria can change form to avoid being detected by antibiotics in the human body. […]

New multi-drug delivery method introduced for HIV treatment

New multi-drug delivery method introduced for HIV treatment

Patients who have to take multiple pills daily can be assured of an injectable multi-drug implant soon as scientists from the University of North Carolina (UNC), US, have designed a device that combines multiple drugs and is long-acting –specifically for HIV treatment and prevention […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Books read may determine how we process/organise language

Books read may determine how we process/organise language

Language is thought to shape most of our perception and understanding – additionally, being able to speak two or more languages might reduce the risk progressive neurodegenerative conditions. Research data by The State University of New York (SUNY), in US, and the University of Manitoba (UM), in Canada, now highlights that a specific kind of language […]

Parkinson’s sees promising new treatment, thanks to US scientists

Parkinson’s sees promising new treatment, thanks to US scientists

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a common neurodegenerative disorder characterised by symptoms such as tremors and slow movement – experimental treatments for genetic disorders have so far targeted mutated proteins/enzymes, but scientists from the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine (Northwestern Medicine) […]

Heart patients and bachelors/spinsters benefit significantly from dog ownership

Heart patients and bachelors/spinsters benefit significantly from dog ownership

Pets have been known to ease some health concerns but it has been recently proven that dog owners live longer, and this is especially true for heart disease patients or the ones living alone. Dr. Caroline Kramer at the Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes (LSCD) in Ontario, Canada, found dog owners to have lower […]

Losing weight works better with a challenge

Losing weight works better with a challenge

The weight loss hurdle may be easier in the face of a challenger – participants were observed to partake in more physical activity in step-counting contests than using activity trackers to monitor their own steps, according to a study at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) in Philadelphia, US […]

Microbial therapy may be the answer to irritating food allergies

Microbial therapy may be the answer to irritating food allergies

Food allergies have become common place in most modernised countries and are quite tricky to keep in check. A new study by Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Massachusetts, US, may however change the onset of food allergies and also reverse existing ones. […]

Community health

South Korean study finds air pollution may be causing hairfall

South Korean study finds air pollution may be causing hairfall

Particulate matter (PM) is the term used to denote solid particles/droplets found in the air and their respective diameters. Major pollutants like PM10 and PM2.5, then, would cause serious health conditions – various concentrations of PM10-like dust and diesel particulate […]

US scientists discover the nervous system’s role in extending life

US scientists discover the nervous system’s role in extending life

A protein, which has been known to regulate genes, has now been found to also affect the nervous system and could potentially slow ageing. Scientists at Harvard Medical School (HMS), US, suggest that the newfound knowledge of this protein and its relationship to neural activity begets […]

US scientists use mild electric current to treat infections from dental implants

US scientists use mild electric current to treat infections from dental implants

Dental-implant based fungal infections still persist with sturdy materials – titanium implants, for example, may be strong, light and corrosion-resistant but can lead to nasty infections and subsequent removal of the implant. However, researchers from the University of Pittsburgh’s (Pitt) Swanson School of Engineering, in the US […]

Malaysia advocates “smoking act” to monitor e-cigarette use

Malaysia advocates “smoking act” to monitor e-cigarette use

Malaysia is looking to impose strict regulations on the sale and use of electronic cigarettes, vaporisers and tobacco products that have all proven harmful to health and led to youth addiction. The Tobacco Control and Smoking Act has been submitted to the attorney-general for a final review and will hopefully be tabled next year […]

UK scientists develop nanoparticles to transport delicate anti-cancer agent

UK scientists develop nanoparticles to transport delicate anti-cancer agent

Scientists are always developing new treatments to bolster their defenses against cancer – the latest process, known as “gene knockdown”, incorporates the binding of small interfering ribonucleic acids (siRNAs) to specific gene messenger molecules, destroying them before they instruct cells to produce affected proteins. Dr. David Fairen-Jimenez, […]

Health alert

Specific gut bacteria species could increase bowel cancer risk, research suggests

Specific gut bacteria species could increase bowel cancer risk, research suggests

Recent research presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) in Glasgow, UK, highlights a significant relationship between a specific type of gut bacteria and an increased risk of colorectal/bowel cancer. The new research is the first to use an analytical method known as the “Mendelian randomisation” to reveal that a specific type of bacteria […]

German study suggests shorter people are at higher risk of type-2 diabetes

German study suggests shorter people are at higher risk of type-2 diabetes

Height could predict the risk for diabetes, as a short stature is associated with a higher risk of type-2 diabetes,with each 10cm difference in height corresponding to a 41% decreased risk of diabetes in men and a 33% decreased risk in women. The European Association for […]

Promising malaria treatment “kills” deadly parasite

Promising malaria treatment “kills” deadly parasite

Malaria affect almost 200 million people globally, but the threat of malaria could potentially be reduced to nil as researchers from the Kenyan Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) have recently – and successfully -killed the parasite that causes the disease […]

Insomnia may lead to heart disease and stroke

Insomnia may lead to heart disease and stroke

Insomnia, whether consciously or not, is a debilitating condition to most – a new study has found that insomniacs have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke than those who rest well. While previous observational studies have associated just as much, they were unable […]

US youth risk kidney/liver function from exposure to fluoride

US youth risk kidney/liver function from exposure to fluoride

Fluoride can be accumulated by the kidneys over time, even though a person’s body excretes more than half the ingested fluoride through urine – an adult can eliminate 60% and a child, 45%. A recent study of US adolescents has suggested that fluoride exposure could contribute to […]

Other health News

Blood pressure pills for heart health work better at night, Hygia Trial research finds

Blood pressure pills for heart health work better at night, Hygia Trial research finds

October 28, 2019

Patients usually take their blood pressure medication at the start of the day, but, new research suggests that nighttime ingestion of these medications results in better blood pressure control and greatly reduces the likelihood of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, such as a heart attack or stroke. Patients who routinely took their antihypertensive medication at bedtime had a 45% lower risk of dying from or experiencing CVD complications […]

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Japanese team identifies neurons that make people forget dreams

Japanese team identifies neurons that make people forget dreams

October 14, 2019

Vivid dreams that occur during rapid eye movement (REM) sleep are quickly forgotten due to a cluster of neurons that become active at this time. The recent findings from research by Nagoya University, Japan, could put an end to assumptions as to why people forget dreams. Light sleep, or REM sleep, happens when the body rests but the brain is still active, while deep, non-REM sleep, […]

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Focusing on the needs of the geriatric sector in Asia

Focusing on the needs of the geriatric sector in Asia

October 8, 2019

The Asia Pacific (APAC) region is the fastest ageing region globally. By 2050, the population of older persons (aged over 60) would have reached 1.3 billion. Major issues that are confronting the elders, from nutrition and wellness to access to affordable healthcare. In the region, geriatric healthcare cost is already forecast to reach to US$20 trillion by 2030. Thus, to improve access to quality healthcare and cost healthcare, innovative solutions are created […]

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Malaysia’s Sunway Medical Centre sets sights on Sunway Velocity

Malaysia’s Sunway Medical Centre sets sights on Sunway Velocity

September 9, 2019

West Malaysia’s Cheras/KL South communities will see a new tertiary care private hospital in Sunway Medical Centre Velocity (SMCV) by the end of 2019, as part of the Sunway Group’s extensive RM320 million (US$77 million) healthcare expansion plan. Encompassing Sunway Velocity’s five key aspects – retail, healthcare, residential, hospitality, education and commercial – the medical centre will provide various facilities, amenities and services, such […]

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Thai research deploys natural killer cells against cancer

Thai research deploys natural killer cells against cancer

June 25, 2019

Natural killer cells are a component of white blood cells, which are crucial to our immune system’s detection/destruction of abnormal cells before they develop into cancerous tumours. Recently, Thai researchers have successfully used these natural killer cells in their national cancer therapy, for high-risk leukaemia (blood cancer) patients […]

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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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