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HealthCare Asia ranked among Feedspot’s Top 100 Healthcare Blogs

HealthCare Asia ranked among Feedspot’s Top 100 Healthcare Blogs

January 16, 2017

HealthCare Asia has been chosen as one of the Top 100 Healthcare Blogs in the world by Feedspot, an online news and blog content reader. Selected from thousands of healthcare blogs from Feedspot’s index, the top 100 blogs were ranked based on: Google reputation and Google search ranking Influence and popularity on Facebook, Twitter and [...]

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Research

One in three adults are misdiagnosed with asthma, Canadian study says

One in three adults are misdiagnosed with asthma, Canadian study says

A study in Canada has found that 33% of adults who are diagnosed with asthma, a chronic lung disorder, may not actually have the condition. Lung function tests were done on 613 adults who were diagnosed with asthma within the past five years. If participants took asthma medicines, researchers gradually weaned them off the drugs [...]

Study reveals specific brain activity that may link stress to heart attack

Study reveals specific brain activity that may link stress to heart attack

A study, led by a team from Harvard Medical School in the US, reveals that increased risk of heart attack in people is linked with constant stress in a part of the brain that is linked to fear and fear conditioning. The US researchers noted that stress could be as important a factor as high [...]

Researchers treat tooth decay, cavities with Alzheimer’s drug

Researchers treat tooth decay, cavities with Alzheimer’s drug

A team of researchers at King’s College London in the UK have discovered a new method of treating tooth decay and cavities, resulting in the regeneration of rotten tooth, using an Alzheimer’s drug known as Tideglusib. The inner, soft pulp of a tooth can become exposed and infected after a trauma or infection. A thin [...]

Over- and underuse of medicine, healthcare found in worldwide study

Over- and underuse of medicine, healthcare found in worldwide study

Medicine and healthcare services are found to be both over- and underused in countries all over the world, causing avoidable harm to patients and wastage of resources, according to studies conducted by a team of 27 international specialists. The team of experts found that 57% of patients in China receive inappropriate antibiotics; 16-70% of hysterectomies [...]

Mini-apps used in new study to reduce depression, anxiety symptoms

Mini-apps used in new study to reduce depression, anxiety symptoms

A new study by researchers at the Northwestern University in Illinois in the US has found that the use of 13 speedy mini-apps in smartphones resulted in less depression and anxiety symptoms in the participants. The group of mini-apps called IntelliCare offer exercises to de-stress, reduce self-criticism and worrying, methods to help one’s life feel [...]

Technology & Devices

Blood-repellent titanium surfaces could be the future of medical implants

Blood-repellent titanium surfaces could be the future of medical implants

Engineers at the Colorado State University in the US may have the key to the future of medical implants – a titanium surface that’s extremely repellent to blood. Medical implants like stents, catheters and tubing introduce risk for blood clotting and infection which are problematic for patients. The “superhemophobic” material specially grown by the engineers [...]

Scientists develop robotic sleeve to help failing hearts continue to pump

Scientists develop robotic sleeve to help failing hearts continue to pump

A robotic sleeve that help failing hearts continue to pump blood has been developed by scientists based in Harvard and the Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts in the US in collaboration with scientists based in Leeds in the UK. In their early study, the scientists have shown the concept to work on pig hearts. The [...]

AI software learns to predict when heart failure may happen

AI software learns to predict when heart failure may happen

An artificial intelligence (AI) software has learned to analyze blood tests and scans of beating hearts in order to predict when a heart failure may occur, according to a team of scientists at the MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences. The researchers investigated patients with pulmonary hypertension.High blood pressure in the lungs damages part of [...]

Pelican BioThermal launches new temperature-controlled packaging solution

Pelican BioThermal launches new temperature-controlled packaging solution

Minnesota, US-based packaging solutions company Pelican Bio Thermal has introduced a new temperature-controlled shipping solution for the life sciences industry. The CoolPall Vertos Advance, a new high performance, single-use, passive bulk freight shipping solution, is designed to offer the marketplace an alternative to water-based coolants as well as a further cost-effective option. It is the [...]

Hong Kong’s OrbusNeich introduces next-generation coronary scoring balloon

Hong Kong’s OrbusNeich introduces next-generation coronary scoring balloon

To help cardiologists manage increasingly complex cases, OrbusNeich, a Hong Kong-based global company specializing in the provision of life-changing vascular solutions, has introduced a new non-compliant scoring balloon that targets more resistant lesions–abnormal damage or change in the tissue of an organ, usually caused by disease or trauma. The Scoreflex NC is considered unique in [...]

Pharmaceutical

CEPI urges fast-tracking of vaccines for three potential disease outbreaks

CEPI urges fast-tracking of vaccines for three potential disease outbreaks

The Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), a public-private coalition that aims to derail epidemics by speeding development of vaccines, has committed US$460million to speed up vaccine development for MERS, Lassa fever and Nipah virus – three relatively little-known diseases scientists think could cause the next global health emergency. Aiming to have two new experimental [...]

US CDC finds superbug resistant to all kinds of antibiotic

US CDC finds superbug resistant to all kinds of antibiotic

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report has confirmed that a 70-year-old woman from Nevada in the US has died after being infected with a superbug that is “resistant to all available antimicrobial drugs”. The victim broke her right leg during a long stay in India and had repeatedly needed hospital treatment [...]

Guardant Health partners with top pharma companies to speed clinical trials

Guardant Health partners with top pharma companies to speed clinical trials

Guardant Health, an oncology-focused company based in California in the US, is partnering with leading international pharmaceutical companies to create a 500-plus-gene liquid biopsy panel that will help drug companies accelerate clinical trials and the development of targeted cancer drugs and immunotherapies. The company has entered into separate agreements with British-Swedishbio pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, American [...]

Novartis invests in potential cardiovascular therapies from Ionis

Novartis invests in potential cardiovascular therapies from Ionis

Basel, Switzerland-based multinational pharmaceutical company Novartis International AG has entered into a collaboration and option agreement with Ionis Pharmaceuticals Inc. and its subsidiary Akcea Therapeutics Inc. to license two experimental cardiovascular treatments. The investigational antisense therapies – called AKCEA-APO(a)-LRx and AKCEA-APOCIII-LRx – from the US-based companies have the potential to significantly reduce cardiovascular risk in [...]

US judge favors Amgen Inc. in patent lawsuit against Sanofi, Regeneron

US judge favors Amgen Inc. in patent lawsuit against Sanofi, Regeneron

A federal judge in the state of Delaware in the US has favored California-based multinational biopharmaceutical company Amgen Inc. in a patent infringement lawsuit filed against Sanofi SA and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. over a cholesterol drug. U.S. District Judge Sue Robinson in Delaware ordered a ban on the sales of Praluent, a cholesterol drug from [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Reduce stress by munching on superfoods, not comfort foods

Reduce stress by munching on superfoods, not comfort foods

The holiday season is one of the busiest and most stressful times of the year. During these times, many turn to traditional comfort foods like chocolate and ice cream to help them reduce their stress. However, research suggests it’s actually not the high-fat and high-sugar comfort foods that do the trick, but rather, it’s superfoods. [...]

Making child play safer

Making child play safer

Also, download this story from the electronic issue here Certain chemicals that enhance properties of toys are found to expose children to health risks. Are there solutions available to make toys safer, asks Angelica Buan in this article. Recalls due to lead-based paint and other chemicals Appraised to value US$135 billion by 2020, the global toy [...]

Cardinal Health expands in Asia with powder-free gloves, disposable gowns

Cardinal Health expands in Asia with powder-free gloves, disposable gowns

Cardinal Health, a leading global, integrated healthcare services and products company, is introducing its powder-free gloves product line to Hong Kong while further penetrating the disposable drapes and gowns segment in Asia as part of its expansion plans in the region. A proposed ban on powdered gloves was announced by the US Food and Drug [...]

Manulife-Sinochem rewards customers’ healthy lifestyles with free insurance

Manulife-Sinochem rewards customers’ healthy lifestyles with free insurance

An innovative life insurance program that rewards customers with free insurance coverage for taking steps to stay healthy and active has recently been launched in China by Manulife-Sinochem, the first Chinese-foreign joint-venture life insurance company established in the country. The launch of the MOVE program in mainland China is part of Manulife’s strategy of changing [...]

Not losing weight? Here are some reasons why

Not losing weight? Here are some reasons why

1. YOU’RE EATING HIDDEN SUGARS Eating “healthy” convenience foods like breakfast cereal, low-fat yogurt, protein bars, ready-made soups and bottled juices could mean consuming more sugar than is good for you.While you may not be eating foods that have obviously high amounts of sugar in them, you should be watchful of hidden sugars. Always check [...]

Community health

Bird flu: China confirms H7N9 human death, NY cats contract H7N2 strain

Bird flu: China confirms H7N9 human death, NY cats contract H7N2 strain

Local health authorities in the Henan province in China have confirmed another human death from the H7N9 bird flu strain, according to Chinese state news agency Xinhua. The victim is a 36-year-old roast duck salesman who developed a fever and a cough around December 25 in coastal Zhejiang province, near Shanghai. He then returned to [...]

China confirms 17th human bird flu case, says poultry market still stable

China confirms 17th human bird flu case, says poultry market still stable

A new human case of the H7N9 strain of the avian influenza has been confirmed by the health authorities in the southern province of Jiangxi in China. The country now has a total of 17 confirmed human bird flu infections so far. Human infections of the H7N9 strain of bird flu killed two people in [...]

Live poultry markets suspended in two Chinese cities due to bird flu fears

Live poultry markets suspended in two Chinese cities due to bird flu fears

The eastern cities of Wuxi and Suzhou in the Jiangsu province in China have announced the suspension of live poultry trade due to fears of the recent bird flu outbreaks in the country. Wuxi will close live poultry wholesale markets, restrict vehicles carrying live poultry from entering its markets, and temporarily ban the entry of [...]

Three cases of human bird flu infection confirmed in China

Three cases of human bird flu infection confirmed in China

Two more cases of human bird flu infection have been confirmed by China this week. This raises the total number of cases to three as it follows the confirmation of an elderly man in Hong Kong being diagnosed with the disease earlier this week. The confirmation of the human cases of the deadly virus is [...]

Eighth case of Zika virus in Malaysia confirmed

Eighth case of Zika virus in Malaysia confirmed

Malaysia has confirmed its eighth case of the Zika virus infection involving a 67-year-old man who showed the first symptoms in late November. According to an online statement released by Malaysia’s health director-general Datuk Seri Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah, during November 14 to 28, the man was in Kuala Lumpur, in the Selangor city of [...]

Health alert

Spread of cancer cells reduced by 75% in immunotherapy study on animals

Spread of cancer cells reduced by 75% in immunotherapy study on animals

The spread of deadly cancer cells has been reduced by 75% in animal experiments conducted by scientists at the Sanger Institute in Cambridge in the UK, giving new insight into how tumors spread and may lead to new treatments. Around 90% of cancer deaths are caused by the spread of cancer – known as metastasis [...]

Scientists create genetically modified mosquitoes resistant to dengue

Scientists create genetically modified mosquitoes resistant to dengue

Mosquitoes are considered one of the deadliest animals in the world and one of the biggest killers of the human race as they are the primary vectors for major human diseases such as yellow fever, malaria and dengue fever. According to a World Health Organization (WHO) report, more than 50% of the world’s population is [...]

WHO: Smoking costs the world over US$1 tn in healthcare, lost productivity

WHO: Smoking costs the world over US$1 tn in healthcare, lost productivity

The tobacco industry and the impacts of its products is costing the world more than US$1 trillion annually in healthcare expenses and lost productivity, according to a new landmark global report from the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US National Cancer Institute (NCI). “The economic impact of tobacco on countries, and the general public, [...]

UK doctors warn of the potential dangers of a radical New Year “detox”

UK doctors warn of the potential dangers of a radical New Year “detox”

Doctors in the UK are warning the public of the potential harms of undergoing a radical New Year detox regimen. Highlighting the case of a 47-year-old woman who was treated last year, they revealed that the patient became critically ill and needed intensive care at Milton Keynes hospital after taking herbal medicines and drinking too [...]

Bird flu alert in South Korea raised to highest level for the first time

Bird flu alert in South Korea raised to highest level for the first time

After experiencing an outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N6 bird flu that started a month ago, South Korea’s agriculture ministry has now raised the bird flu alert status in the country to the highest level for the first time as the disease spread quickly nationwide. Since the outbreaks that started last month, Asia’s fourth largest [...]

Other health News

China’s Fosum Pharma forms JV with Kite Pharma for cancer therapies

China’s Fosum Pharma forms JV with Kite Pharma for cancer therapies

January 11, 2017

One of China’s leading healthcare groups, Fosun Pharma, has formed a joint venture (JV) with California, US-based clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company Kite Pharma, Inc. for the development and commercialization of the latter’s cancer treatment in China. To be named Fosun Pharma Kite Biotechnology Co., Ltd., the joint venture will be registered in Shanghai, China and owned [...]

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Reduce allergy risk by introducing peanuts early in babies’ diets, panel says

Reduce allergy risk by introducing peanuts early in babies’ diets, panel says

January 6, 2017

Giving creamy peanut butter or pureed foods containing nut powder to infants between four to six months old will help lower the risk of life-threatening allergies, according to new US guidelines released by an expert panel. New guidelines from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) – one of the 27 centers and [...]

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Scientists reclassify a new organ in the human digestive system

Scientists reclassify a new organ in the human digestive system

January 4, 2017

Researchers have reclassified a new organ in the human digestive system. Previously thought to be just a few fragmented structures in the digestive system, the mesentery is, in fact, one continuous organ, the scientists realized. Although its function is still unclear, the discovery opens up “a whole new area of science,” according to J. Calvin [...]

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Quetta, Pakistan launches five-day polio campaign as officials find rare strain

Quetta, Pakistan launches five-day polio campaign as officials find rare strain

January 4, 2017

The southwestern city of Quetta, capital of the Balochistan province in Pakistan, has launched a new five-day polio immunization campaign for children under five years of age after sewage samples were found to contain a rare strain of the virus, according to local officials. Muslim clerics were also recruited by local officials to promote the [...]

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Seven ways to lose weight even while sitting down

Seven ways to lose weight even while sitting down

January 2, 2017

After a short break during the holiday celebrations, most people will find themselves spending a large chunk of their days sitting down as they go about their usual routine – whether it’s at the office in front of a computer, in the car during the drive to and from work, or just having their regular [...]

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Melanoma rates in the US steadily increasing

Melanoma rates in the US steadily increasing

January 2, 2017

Researchers are saying that more and more Americans are being diagnosed with melanoma, the most serious type of skin cancer. Since 2009, the rates of the deadliest form of skin cancer have steadily increased despite warnings to stay out of the sun, use sunscreen and avoid tanning beds. “The current lifetime risk of an American [...]

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Neuroscientists discover how brain recognizes speech in a noisy room

Neuroscientists discover how brain recognizes speech in a noisy room

December 30, 2016

A common festive phenomenon that is of interest to researchers who are seeking to improve speech recognition technology is something that is called the “cocktail party effect”. It is the ability to focus one’s listening attention to a specific conversation or a single speaker while filtering out a range of other conversations and background noise. [...]

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Diabetes, hypertension medication found to be effective against cancer cells

Diabetes, hypertension medication found to be effective against cancer cells

December 30, 2016

A team of researchers at the Biozentrum of the University of Basel in Switzerland has found that a combination of a diabetes drug and an antihypertensive medication is effective in fighting cancer cells. The most widely prescribed drug for the treatment of type 2 diabetes, metformin, also displays anti-cancer properties aside from its blood sugar [...]

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NZ wool tech firm to offer face masks for Asian consumers in polluted areas

NZ wool tech firm to offer face masks for Asian consumers in polluted areas

December 28, 2016

TexusFibre, an Auckland, New Zealand-based company that develops functional materials derived from natural wool, has signed a wide-ranging distribution agreement with Healthy Breath Limited (HBL), another Auckland company, to deploy its wool-based Helix Filter in a new generation of urban face masks marketed to Asian consumers. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), seven million [...]

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Singapore creates national action plan against antimicrobial resistance

Singapore creates national action plan against antimicrobial resistance

December 28, 2016

As more and more Singaporeans use antibiotics as a quick fix for their ailments, the country’s governmentaims to tackle the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in the country with the development a national action plan. Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) said it is working with the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA), the National Environment [...]

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