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Asia will account for 60% of diabetes cases by 2030, US expert warns

Asia will account for 60% of diabetes cases by 2030, US expert warns

June 14, 2017

Diabetes is expected to affect 380 million worldwide by the year 2030, and noted American physician and researcher Mark Hyman has warned that 60% of this number will come from Asia due to people’s dietary habits, rising population and weaker environmental laws. “The number of individuals with impaired glucose tolerance or pre-diabetes will increase substantially [...]

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Research

Duke-NUS and SGH Researchers uncovers way to track Dengue infections

Duke-NUS and SGH Researchers uncovers way to track Dengue infections

Dengue fever is a common mosquito-borne viral disease today, where in a severe form, of hemorrhagic fever, can result in death. The disease develops four to seven days after the mosquito bite with patients suffering from fever, headaches, rashes, aches and bleeds. As of now, testing for this disease is complex and time-consuming. Results from [...]

Baby fat is less likely to be outgrown, new study says

Baby fat is less likely to be outgrown, new study says

Overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults. Seven in 10 children who are overweight at age seven, will remain that way well into their adult years, according to the latest study on obesity by the Health Promotion Board (HPB), a statutory board under the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Singapore. This flies in [...]

Smart search AI program could help doctors keep up with new research

Smart search AI program could help doctors keep up with new research

Researchers in the US believe that artificial intelligence (AI) smart search programs could help them ease the process of systemically reviewing new medical research, which is a key step in bringing the best practices from laboratories to doctors’ offices. The National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine, says clinical practice guidelines [...]

Google invests in new fund for European biotech companies

Google invests in new fund for European biotech companies

Google, alongside Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company Novartis, is investing in a new US$300 million fund run by leading life sciences investment firm Medicxi, as the tech giant pumps cash into global medical research, seeding what it believes will become a core long-term healthcare business. Novartis and Verily, a unit of Google parent Alphabet, are cornerstone [...]

New blood test could help prostate cancer patients get right drug treatment

New blood test could help prostate cancer patients get right drug treatment

A new blood test that detects prostate cancer DNA in the blood could pick out which men with the advanced stage of the disease would benefit from a new drug treatment. Blood samples from 49 men with advanced prostate cancer were collected by researchers, as part of the phase II clinical trial of a drug [...]

Technology & Devices

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 [...]

‘Smart’ clothes invented to monitor healthcare

‘Smart’ clothes invented to monitor healthcare

Asahi Kasei aims to monitor wearers’ health through “smart” clothes which includes medical applications that can potentially save their lives. Smart clothing is a promising new field in Japan’s crowded textile market. Tokyo-based Asahi Kasei lags its competitors — it hopes to enter the business as soon as next year — but is looking to [...]

India’s drug pricing regulator seeks addition of medical devices to control list

India’s drug pricing regulator seeks addition of medical devices to control list

India’s drug pricing regulator requested the country’s health ministry for the addition of four medical devices to a list of products qualified for price controls to lower the costs to patients, which would mean another swing to the nation’s US$5 billion-a-year medical-technology industry. The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority (NPPA) stated that it did not plan [...]

Wales receives UK’s first proton beam machine

Wales receives UK’s first proton beam machine

Proton Partners International (PPI), a Wales-based private company that provides innovative cancer care, has received the key component that will fire the UK’s first high-energy proton beam machine at its Rutherford Cancer Centre. Currently, only low-energy treatment is available in the UK for rare eye cancers. But PPI said the UK’s “most-advanced piece of cancer [...]

Capsule robot could make colonoscopies easier for patients

Capsule robot could make colonoscopies easier for patients

A new 18-mm magnetized capsule colonoscope which is guided by an external magnet attached to a robotic arm has been shown to successfully navigate and perform intricate maneuvers inside the colon. Researchers are hoping the new technology could help make the life-saving screening test easier and less uncomfortable for patients. They are also hoping the [...]

Pharmaceutical

Global drug sale forecasts decline as industry pricing face scrutiny

Global drug sale forecasts decline as industry pricing face scrutiny

Analysts’ worldwide drug sale forecasts fell down for the first time in 10 years – going down to US$1.06 trillion in 2022from last year’s US$1.12 trillion forecast – as industry pricing continues to face scrutiny and pressure, especially in the key US market, according to a report. It is the first time in 10 years [...]

Vaccine that could lower cholesterol starts phase I human trial

Vaccine that could lower cholesterol starts phase I human trial

A new vaccine that could potentially help lower high levels of cholesterol is now starting a phase I trial in human patients following successful results in mice. The study is the first to show that it is possible to immunize genetically modified mice with a molecule that causes the body to produce antibodies against an [...]

WHO releases new essential drug list to curb antimicrobial resistance

WHO releases new essential drug list to curb antimicrobial resistance

The World Health Organization (WHO) has released a new “essential medicines list” categorizing antibiotics into three groups in an attempt to fight antimicrobial resistance. The new classification list includes 39 antibiotics for 21 common syndromes classified into “Access”, “Watch” and “Reserve” groups, with penicillin-type drugs recommended as the first line of defense and others only [...]

Prostate cancer drug improved patient survival in large clinical trial

Prostate cancer drug improved patient survival in large clinical trial

A prostate cancer drug therapy targeting cancer that has already spread was found to improve patient survival in one of the largest clinical trials for the disease, UK researchers said. The drug, called abiraterone, was used in the trial as an additional treatment in patients with prostate cancer who were about to start long-term hormone [...]

Doctors, pharma execs worry over India’s generics-only plan

Doctors, pharma execs worry over India’s generics-only plan

Doctors, health experts and pharmaceutical executives in India have expressed their worries over the country’s plan to enact a law that will ensure doctors will only prescribe medicines by their generic names as the move might increase the sale of substandard drugs in the country. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said last month that the government [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

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 [...]

Eat these 10 fruits to get healthier, glowing skin

Eat these 10 fruits to get healthier, glowing skin

There are tons of skin care products – scrubs, toners, creams, moisturizers – out there in the market, giving consumers an endless array of options to choose from when it comes to keeping the skin always looking young and fresh. However, the most effective way to make sure your skin is looking healthy and radiant [...]

5 simple tips to stop mindless eating and avoid the extra calories

5 simple tips to stop mindless eating and avoid the extra calories

Many health and weight loss problems stem from mindless eating or snacking. Being mentally present and engaged while making food decisions and eating is important to avoid making unhealthy food choices, rushing through meals or overeating. Here are five simple ways to avoid mindless eating and lay off the extra calories 1.       Listen to your [...]

Community health

Itochu, Lippo Group to jointly operate hospitals in Southeast Asia

Itochu, Lippo Group to jointly operate hospitals in Southeast Asia

Japanese trading house Itochu Corporation will be teaming up with Indonesian conglomerate Lippo Group to operate hospitals in the Southeast Asia in a bid to leverage on the region’s increasing demand for advanced medical services from the private sector. Itochu has entered a business partnership with Lippo Karawaci, Indonesia’s largest hospital operator, to set up [...]

TÜV SÜD to certify medical packaging materials in India

TÜV SÜD to certify medical packaging materials in India

TÜV SÜD, a global testing, certification, inspection and training provider, has been accredited by the National Accreditation Board for Certifying Bodies (NABCB) to issue ISO 15378:2011 certification to manufacturers of primary packaging materials for pharmaceuticals and medical devices. ISO 15378:2011 is an application standard for the design, manufacture and supply of primary packaging materials for [...]

UK hospitals look to Asia for nurses amid shortage

UK hospitals look to Asia for nurses amid shortage

Hospitals in the UK are turning to Asia to for new nurses after a massive drop in applications from Europe after the “Brexit” vote. A team of officials from Whittington Hospital flew out to the Philippines on a head-hunting mission earlier this year, hiring 60 new staff who have already begun work in the ­Highgate [...]

Breastfeeding shown to reduce chronic pain from C-section operation

Breastfeeding shown to reduce chronic pain from C-section operation

Women who breastfeed after a caesarean section (C-section) could decrease the pain experienced after the operation, according to new studies. Around a quarter of all births in Britain, US and Canada, are carried out by C-section, which results in chronic pain after the procedure, that lasts for more than three months, affecting around one in [...]

Japanese town turn to dogs for help in detecting cancer signs

Japanese town turn to dogs for help in detecting cancer signs

The northeastern Japanese town of Kaneyama, with 6,000 residents, is taking part in a research program where dogs are being trained to sniff out signs of cancer. Kaneyama has Japan’s highest fatality rates stemming from stomach cancer, according to local reports. Frozen urine samples from the residents are sent to the Nippon Medical School, just [...]

Health alert

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 [...]

Daily consumption of diet sodas increase dementia, stroke risk by three times

Daily consumption of diet sodas increase dementia, stroke risk by three times

Consuming diet sodas every day increase the risk of dementia and stroke by three times, according to a study, providing more evidence that diet drinks are not a healthy alternative for sugary drinks. While the findings do not prove that diet drinks damage brains, they support other studies that show people who drink them frequently [...]

Smoking-related deaths worldwide jumped 4.7% over 25-year period

Smoking-related deaths worldwide jumped 4.7% over 25-year period

More than 6.4 million deaths all over the world in 2015 were smoking and tobacco-related, according to a new study. This figure shows a 4.7% increase in the number of tobacco-related deaths in over 25 years, from 1990 to 2015. The Global Burden of Diseases report was based on smoking habits in 195 countries and [...]

Other health News

New antibiotic from soil microbe could kill drug-resistant bacteria –study

New antibiotic from soil microbe could kill drug-resistant bacteria –study

June 16, 2017

A new antibiotic, called pseudouridimycin, produced by a microbe found in a soil sample collected in Italy has been found to be effective against a broad spectrum of drug-sensitive and drug-resistant bacteria in a test tube and cures bacterial infections in mice. Scientists from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in the US, the biotechnology company NAICONS Srl., [...]

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Scientists identify three bird flu virus mutations that could lead to pandemic

Scientists identify three bird flu virus mutations that could lead to pandemic

June 16, 2017

Researchers led by James Paulson of the Scripps Research Institute in California in the US have identified three mutations that have the potential to turn a strain of bird flu now circulating in China into a potential pandemic virus that could spread among humans. The flu strain, known as H7N9, now mostly infects birds but [...]

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India’s North East region has potential to be healthcare hub for SE Asia –Rijiju

India’s North East region has potential to be healthcare hub for SE Asia –Rijiju

June 16, 2017

Kiren Rijiju, Union Minister of State for Home Affairs of India, believes that the country’s North East region has the potential to become a healthcare hub for Southeast Asia. “We can create a medical hub in the North East for our neighbors… Myanmar people want to come to North East for medical treatment and a [...]

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New “real sun tan” drug could help protect from UV damage, skin cancer

New “real sun tan” drug could help protect from UV damage, skin cancer

June 14, 2017

Scientists have created a new drug that tricks the skin into creating the brown form of the pigment melanin to make the skin tan, without the damaging effects of UV radiation. The team at Massachusetts General Hospital in the US hopes their discovery could prevent skin cancer and even slow the appearance of aging. UV [...]

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Bhutan, Maldives eliminate measles –WHO

Bhutan, Maldives eliminate measles –WHO

June 14, 2017

Bhutan and Maldives have become the first countries in their region to successfully eliminate the highly contagious disease measles, the World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed earlier this week. Maldives has not reported any case of indigenous measles since 2009, and Bhutan since 2012, WHO said. “WHO commends them for this momentous public health achievement,” said [...]

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WHO faces Polio vaccination dilemma in Syria

WHO faces Polio vaccination dilemma in Syria

June 12, 2017

The World Health Organization (WHO) is facing a serious vaccination dilemma against polio in Syria as the six-year-old war prevents them from reaching and immunizing majority of the children in the country which could lead to more cases and even an outbreak in the future. Two children have been paralyzed in the last few months [...]

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Male farmers in Sabah most likely to contract “monkey malaria”, study finds

Male farmers in Sabah most likely to contract “monkey malaria”, study finds

June 12, 2017

Adult male farmers in Sabah, Malaysia have the highest risk of contracting Plasmodium knowlesi malaria — an infection usually found only in monkeys — than other people in their communities, according to a new study conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, and the Department of [...]

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High-tech farms now producing cold-weather crops in Singapore

High-tech farms now producing cold-weather crops in Singapore

June 12, 2017

High-tech vertical farms in Singapore are now planting cold-weather produce and crops which would not typically survive in Singapore’s climate and are usually grown in temperate countries like the US and Australia. Singapore’s local farms currently produce 12% of the country’s total vegetable consumption, exceeding the 10% target set in 2009, according to a report [...]

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Contrasting demand for alternative sweeteners in western, Asian markets

Contrasting demand for alternative sweeteners in western, Asian markets

June 9, 2017

Significant changes in the demand for alternative sweeteners has put the high-intensity sweetener (HIS) markets in Western and Eastern countries in contrast to one another – with one showing decline and the other remaining strong. Although new, natural sweeteners like stevia extract are gaining ground, consumption of high-intensity sweeteners as a class is growing at [...]

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French government sued by air pollution victim

French government sued by air pollution victim

June 9, 2017

A 56-year-old citizen in Paris, France has sued the government for failing to protect her health against the harmful effects of air pollution. Clotilde Nonnez, a yoga teacher, says she has seen her health deteriorate in the 30 years that she spent living in the French capital. However, it became worse than ever when pollution [...]

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