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Healthcare leaders gather to discuss the future of medtech in Singapore

Healthcare leaders gather to discuss the future of medtech in Singapore

October 22, 2018

More than 700 healthcare professionals convened at the Suntec International Convention and Exhibition Centre in Singapore for the fourth annual Asia Pacific MedTech Forum, organised by the Asia Pacific Medical Technology Association (APACMed). APACMed is the regional trade association for the medical devices and in vitro diagnostics industry. This year’s forum was reported to be [...]

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Research

New test detects autism in very young children

New test detects autism in very young children

Scientists have developed method to detect autism in younger by testing their saliva, Researchers found a set of 32 RNA factors in saliva that can accurately distinguish children with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. The factors could potentially develop an objective biomarker-based test. Steven Hicks, of the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, and Frank Middleton, [...]

Fish oil and vitamin D don’t stop cancer or heart trouble

Fish oil and vitamin D don’t stop cancer or heart trouble

A widely anticipated study has concluded that neither vitamin D nor fish oil supplements prevent cancer or serious heart-related problems in healthy older people, according to research presented Saturday at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. Researchers defined serious heart problems as the combined rate of heart attacks, stroke, and heart-related deaths. Although hundreds of [...]

Burn victims regrow skin faster with own cells

Burn victims regrow skin faster with own cells

Human trials are set for early next year on burn victims to test the regrowth of burnt skin. Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine found live stem cells in the discarded dermis layer of the skin of human burn victims and apply them for faster skin regrowth in animals. An estimated 180,000 [...]

Little pacemaker for little kids: prototype avoids open heart surgery

Little pacemaker for little kids: prototype avoids open heart surgery

Researchers have tested an almond-sized pacemaker protype – designed to make procedures for infants less invasive, less painful –on piglets. Dr. Rohan Kumthekar, a cardiologist at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, believes the process will lead to shorter surgeries, faster recovery times and reduced medical [...]

New cell ‘kill switch’ could potentially cure cancer

New cell ‘kill switch’ could potentially cure cancer

A new study has found that RNA molecules, originally developed as a means of studying genes, can trigger a hidden mechanism that prompts cells to commit suicide, potential being used as a new method of cancer treatment. “It’s like committing suicide by stabbing yourself, shooting yourself and jumping off a building all at the same [...]

Technology & Devices

NHS set to make wearable glucose monitor widely available

NHS set to make wearable glucose monitor widely available

Wearable glucose monitors will be made available to tens of thousands of Brits with type 1 diabetes from April 2019, thanks to the NHS. The new wearable reduces the need for finger-prick blood tests and helps people with diabetes to manage their condition. In England, around 300,000 people live with type 1 diabetes. The Freestyle [...]

Medical Industry: Biocompatible materials in medical technology

Medical Industry: Biocompatible materials in medical technology

Also, download this story from the electronic issue here In the field of medicine, a rule of thumb when prescribing medical treatment is that the benefits must outweigh risks. However, when it comes to using medical devices, there are no taking chances. Throughout the continued advancements in medical technology, patient safety comes first, says Angelica Buan [...]

Medical bracelet can detect and monitor seizures

Medical bracelet can detect and monitor seizures

A new device designed to monitor epilepsy is able to detect 85% of all severe night-time seizures. The bracelet, known as Nightwatch, is a big development in epilepsy wearables, according to its researchers in Netherlands. 28 intellectually disabled epilepsy patients were monitored over an average of 65 nights per patient. Their results were published in [...]

Robotic pants to aid mobility

Robotic pants to aid mobility

Johnathan Rossiter’s new trousers are bright, colourful, Lycra, perfect for track and soon they will be robotic. A team of British researchers have started developing soft robotics in wearable tech. They are currently inventing robotic muscles – air-filled bubbles of plastic that can raise a leg from a seated to a standing position. “We are [...]

New robotic system for keyhole surgery to be released in the UK

New robotic system for keyhole surgery to be released in the UK

A British company has designed the Versius robot, a rival to the American da Vinci system.Built in Cambridge by CMR Surgical, the Versius is smaller and the company believes it will be more flexible than existing robots, allowing it to perform a wider range of operations. Versius has independent modular arms which are “quick and [...]

Pharmaceutical

New shingles vaccine proves effective at curbing the infection

New shingles vaccine proves effective at curbing the infection

A new shingles vaccine has proven to be more successful in the prevention of the infection. The Shingrix vaccine was compared to the older vaccine Zostavax, and reviewed by more than 2 million patients above the age 50. Researchers in Toronto found the newer germ-specific vaccine, was 85% more effective in reducing shingles, also known [...]

Combination treatment may extend late-stage breast cancer survival

Combination treatment may extend late-stage breast cancer survival

A recent trial proposes combining a specific drug with hormone therapy to extend the survival of some women with advanced breast cancer. The study showed that women who received palbociclib and hormone therapy lived up to 10 months longer than those given hormone treatment alone. It also delayed the time at which women needed to [...]

Scientists in Philadelphia develop promising vaccine against Ebola

Scientists in Philadelphia develop promising vaccine against Ebola

Scientists at The Wistar Institute Vaccine and Immunotherapy Centers have created a synthetic DNA vaccine that is showing immediate and long-term encouraging results against the Ebola virus in preclinical animal research. The vaccine targets a virus surface protein called glycoprotein, according the findings published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. First appearing in 1976, The [...]

FDA approves HPV vaccines for adults up to ages 45

FDA approves HPV vaccines for adults up to ages 45

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the expansion of the HPV vaccine to include men and women between 27 and 45, in an effort to protect more people from several types of cancer caused by the human papillomavirus. The vaccine, Gardasil 9, previously was approved for people ages 9 through 26. It was administered [...]

Aspirin potentially dangerous for those over 70, study warns

Aspirin potentially dangerous for those over 70, study warns

Though there are proven benefits of aspirin for people after a heart attack or stroke, recent studies have shown that it could potentially be fatal to people over the age of 70 and increase the risk of internal bleeding. The Us and Australian based study described the results as very important and cautioned against self-medicating [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Lifebuoy promotes handwashing habits to control infectious diseases

Lifebuoy promotes handwashing habits to control infectious diseases

For the 11th Global Handwashing Day, Lifebuoy aims to change behaviours surrounding hand hygiene among children and adults. Since hands are responsible for the spread of 80% of common infectious diseases, effective hand hygiene continues to be universally recognised as the smartest, most cost-effective means of infection control. A highly contagious, infectious diseases that can [...]

Amazing benefits of mushrooms for a healthy skin

Amazing benefits of mushrooms for a healthy skin

Mushroom contains Hyaluronic acid which is considered as the body’s internal moisturizer as it firms and plumps up your skin. It also contains a polysaccharide that is equally beneficial in hydrating your skin. Mushrooms contain compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants as well. This superfood promotes healing and fights inflammation. The extracts of mushrooms [...]

5 foods that keep your kidneys healthy

5 foods that keep your kidneys healthy

Your kidneys are a crucial pair of organs that are usually ignored. They play an important role in removing wastes generated from the food you eat. They are responsible for eliminating urea, wastes from dietary protein, along with minerals like sodium, potassium and phosphorus. So you can imagine if these organs become dysfunctional or slow [...]

Healthy diet linked to healthy cellular aging in women

Healthy diet linked to healthy cellular aging in women

Having a diet that is rich in fruit, vegetable and whole grain and low in added sugar, sodium and processed meat could help promote healthy cellular aging in women, a study of the University of Michigan (UM) showed. UM researchers used telomere length to measure cellular aging in the study. Age is the strongest predictor [...]

Use honey to treat cough instead of antibiotics

Use honey to treat cough instead of antibiotics

Honey and over-the-counter medicines should be the first line of treatment for most people with coughs, new guidelines recommend. Antibiotics should rarely be prescribed by doctors for coughs because in most cases they do little to improve symptoms, health officials say. Most of the time a cough will improve on its own within two to [...]

Community health

Australia gets rid of Rubella

Australia gets rid of Rubella

Rubella has officially been eradicated in Australia. The WHO confirmed on Wednesday that the contagious disease that can cause pregnant women to miscarry or result in serious birth defects or stillbirth, also known as German measles, no longer exists in the nation. The symptoms, including fever, rash and swollen lymph glands are mild but the [...]

Surgeons perform UK’s first in-utero spinal surgery

Surgeons perform UK’s first in-utero spinal surgery

Two unborn babies have had their spines repaired by surgeons,weeks before they were born. The operations were carried out by a team of 30 doctors at University College Hospital in London, and are the first of its kind to be performed in the UK. The babies had spina bifida, a condition where the neural tube [...]

A curious case of pancake kidneys

A curious case of pancake kidneys

After an 18-year-old in India underwent a CT scan due to intestinal problems, doctors encountered condition called “pancake kidney.”. “The extraordinarily rare condition is almost exactly what it sounds like”, said Dr. Steven Chang, an assistant professor of surgery in the division of urology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Chang treats patients who [...]

Malaysia first regional country to eradicate mother-to-child HIV cases

Malaysia first regional country to eradicate mother-to-child HIV cases

Malaysia has become the first country in the World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region to eliminate mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis. “Thanks to Malaysia’s efforts over the past several years, parents can now ensure their babies are born free of HIV and syphilis and have a healthy start to life,” said Dr.Shin Young-soo, [...]

Hospis Malaysia initiates campaign to promote dialogue around serious illnesses

Hospis Malaysia initiates campaign to promote dialogue around serious illnesses

The diagnosis of a serious, life-threatening illness such as cancer, organ failure, HIV/AIDS, and certain degenerating neurological conditions can be overwhelming, not only to the patient, but often also to their loved ones. With the stress of treatments and caregiving needs, patients often bottle up their feelings of despair and sadness. Sometimes, denial of the [...]

Health alert

Height possibly linked to cancer risk

Height possibly linked to cancer risk

Taller people are under greater risk of getting cancer because they are bigger and have more cells in their bodies, thus making them more susceptible to dangerous mutations. A number of studies previously found links between height and a cancer risk, with research suggesting that for every 10cm of height within the typical range for [...]

Troubling rate of c-sections around the world, scientists say

Troubling rate of c-sections around the world, scientists say

Caesarean sections around the world are rising at a rapid rate, according to a report by an international team of doctors and scientists. Since 1990, C-sections have jumped from about 6% to 21%of all births, three studies report in medical journal, The Lancet. And there are no “signs of slowing down,” the researchers write in [...]

The rise of global hunger: UN warns of increasing number of undernourished

The rise of global hunger: UN warns of increasing number of undernourished

After years of decline, the past three years have seen an uptake in the number of people suffering from world hunger, the UN reports. According to the analysis, 821 million people globally were undernourished in 2017 – about one out of nine people, whilenearly 151 million under-fives – 22% of the global total – have [...]

Lack of exercise increasing disease risk globally

Lack of exercise increasing disease risk globally

More than a billion adults around the world are at risk of serious disease through lack of exercise, a study has shown. Investigators found that in 2016 more than a quarter of the global population – 1.4 billion people – were insufficiently active. As a result, they faced an increased risk of heart and artery [...]

How to protect yourself from laptop radiation

How to protect yourself from laptop radiation

Can you imagine your life without your laptop? Well, 90 per cent of the world’s population would say ‘No’. Laptops are the key productive devices used by students, professionals, homemakers and even by kids for entertainment. But at the same time, they are also one of the most significant sources of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) radiation, [...]

Other health News

No blind mice: Retinal transplant successfully restores sight in rats

No blind mice: Retinal transplant successfully restores sight in rats

November 7, 2018

Scientists have successfully restored vision in blind rats by transplanting fetal retina cells to regenerate neurons in the vision centres of their brains. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine found that sheets of fetal cells integrated into the retina can generate nearly normal visual activity in their brains. The findings were [...]

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How dogs could prevent the spread of malaria

How dogs could prevent the spread of malaria

November 7, 2018

Several years ago, British entomologist Steve Lindsay landed at an American airport and was intrigued by the sniffer dogs searching for fruits and vegetables in the baggage claim area. Seeing as studies have shown that malaria releases a signature scent, Lindsay, who studies malaria at Durham University in the UK, wondered if dogs could smell [...]

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New chemical solution may assist scientists with brain tumour operations

New chemical solution may assist scientists with brain tumour operations

November 5, 2018

Brain tumours are some of the most complicated tumours to operate on. However, scientists have been testing a drink containing 5-ALA, a substance known to accumulate in fast-growing cancer cells, on people with suspected glioma. The chemical makes brain tumours glow pink and could help surgeons to remove the cancer safely. The pink glow the [...]

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The appendix may contribute to the development of Parkinson’s

The appendix may contribute to the development of Parkinson’s

November 2, 2018

The appendix, once a mystifying organ, may now increase a person’s chances of developing Parkinson’s disease. A study consisting of nearly 1.7 million Swedes found that those who’d had their appendix removed had a lower overall risk of Parkinson’s disease. Samples of appendix tissue from healthy individuals also revealed protein clumps similar to those found [...]

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Self-lubricated condoms developed for comfort and functionality

Self-lubricated condoms developed for comfort and functionality

October 24, 2018

Scientists have created self-lubricating latex condoms that become slippery on contact. The researching team, supported by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, designed a special, durable coating that should last throughout intercourse.They hope it will make condoms more appealing to use and thereby prevent sexually transmitted infections (STIs) as well as unwanted pregnancies.Lack of lubrication [...]

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Reduced administration of DAPT as an option post-stents

Reduced administration of DAPT as an option post-stents

October 22, 2018

Orbus Neich released the results from their Reduce trial, providing fresh insight into the optimal treatment of patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) using the Combo dual therapy stent. Combo is a dual therapy stent designed to repair vessel injury and regenerate endothelium through a combination of endothelial progenitor cell (EPC) capture technology and a [...]

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The trouble with diagnosing ADHD in children

The trouble with diagnosing ADHD in children

October 22, 2018

A recently published study by a team of researchers has shown that the youngest child in the classroom is most often the one to be diagnosed with ADHD. The results in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry,detail seventeen studies covering over than 14 million children from various countries. Lead author Martin Whitley commented that [...]

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Scientists develop salivary glands from stem cells

Scientists develop salivary glands from stem cells

October 16, 2018

Researchers have grown three-dimensional salivary gland tissue that produces saliva like normal glands when implanted into mice. Scientists from Showa University and the Riken Center for Biosystems Dynamics Research in Japan used embryonic stem cells, which have the ability to transform into many types of cell to create an organoid. The revolutionary findings were published [...]

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In ability to process manganese linked to scoliosis

In ability to process manganese linked to scoliosis

October 10, 2018

Researchers have linked scoliosis, a curvature of the spine, to the body’s inability to appropriately handle manganese. The study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found children with severe scoliosis are twice as likely to carry a gene variant that makes it difficult for their cells to take in and use manganese [...]

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Biodegradable implant encourages nerve regeneration

Biodegradable implant encourages nerve regeneration

October 10, 2018

In a recent study conducted on rats, a wireless, biodegradable implant proved to be more effective than conventional surgery. Researchers at Northwestern University and Washington University School of Medicine developed a device the size of a quarter and thickness of a sheet of paper that delivers regular pulses of electricity to damaged peripheral nerves. According [...]

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