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Mark your calendar for 4th Manufacturing Processes for Medical Technology Exhibition and Conference from 29-31 August 2018

Mark your calendar for 4th Manufacturing Processes for Medical Technology Exhibition and Conference from 29-31 August 2018

January 15, 2018

Innovative medical technology is an increasingly important driver for delivering efficiencies in the global healthcare system. Through advances in medical technology, precision engineering, micro-manufacturing processes, and IT, medical devices and solutions have become more sophisticated, accurate and effective. As a specialist exhibition on manufacturing processes for medical technology, the 4th edition of Medical Manufacturing Asia [...]

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Research

A type of onion that fights off antibiotic resistance and busts tuberculosis

A type of onion that fights off antibiotic resistance and busts tuberculosis

Researchers believe the antibacterial properties extracted from the Persian shallot could increase the effects of existing antibiotic treatment. They said this could help “reverse the tide” of drug-resistant TB, which infected 490,000 people in 2016. But they said the research was still in its early stages and clinical trials would need to follow. In the ongoing [...]

Being around greenery can stave off depression, including among adolescents

Being around greenery can stave off depression, including among adolescents

A recent study published in the Journal of Adolescent Health has found that being surrounded by greenery can uplift people’s moods and stave off depression, including among adolescents. Researchers looked at more than 9,000 kids aged 12 to 18 and found those who lived in areas with lots of natural vegetation nearby were less likely [...]

Surfers, body-boarders may be swallowing anti-biotic resistant bacteria

Surfers, body-boarders may be swallowing anti-biotic resistant bacteria

A UK study found that surfers and body-boarders were three times more likely to swallow superbugs and retain them in their guts, compared to non-surfers. The findings highlight the omnipresence of superbugs and the peril they might pose even for healthy people participating in water sports, said lead author Anne Leonard, a research fellow at [...]

Gardening helps cancer survivors eat better, feel better

Gardening helps cancer survivors eat better, feel better

Researchers say that three seasons of home vegetable gardening may increase physical activity, fruits and vegetables in the diet and also enhance feelings of self-worth among cancer survivors. Possibly as a result of these healthy behaviours, gardeners in the small study also tended to gain less weight around their waists compared to their counterparts on [...]

Smelling the scent of their partner can ease a woman’s anxiety

Smelling the scent of their partner can ease a woman’s anxiety

A study has found that women who feel stressful may have their anxiety eased by smelling the scent of their partner. Stress levels dropped in women who smelled their partner’s shirt during a stress test but rose in women who smelled a stranger’s shirt, researchers found. “Many people wear their partner’s shirt or sleep on [...]

Technology & Devices

One step forward towards a universal blood test for cancer

One step forward towards a universal blood test for cancer

A team at Johns Hopkins University has trialled a method that detects eight common forms of cancer. Their vision is an annual test designed to catch cancer early and save lives. UK experts said it was “enormously exciting”. Tumours release tiny traces of their mutated DNA and proteins they make into the bloodstream. The Cancer [...]

Review for best hearing aids

Review for best hearing aids

The best hearing aid delivers pristine sound quality in a subtle design while being comfortable enough for all-day use. We spoke with audiologists and tested nine products for appearance, sound quality, and the ability to filter different frequencies. In the end, we found two over-the-counter amplifiers that clearly stood out from the crowd. Best Overall: [...]

Chocolate makers luring their health-conscious customers with new product innovations

Chocolate makers luring their health-conscious customers with new product innovations

Chocolate giants are cashing on the demand for healthier chocolates, releasing products such as raw chocolate KitKats, Dark Milk, vegan bars with quinoa and now “ruby” chocolate. Sales of mainstream milk chocolate bars have stagnated as consumers worried about obesity and heart disease turn to snacks with less sugar and fat, or hold out for [...]

FDA proposes new fast path to market for certain medical devices

FDA proposes new fast path to market for certain medical devices

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently proposed creating a new fast track to market for certain medical devices and a potential reduction in the amount of safety data required for approval. Commissioner Scott Gottlieb announced the proposal in a blog posted on the FDA’s website. If implemented, it could save device companies millions of [...]

Having menstrual cramps? Try acupuncture mobile apps

Having menstrual cramps? Try acupuncture mobile apps

Women with intense menstrual cramp pain may get more relief from smartphone app-guided acupressure than with typical medical treatments like painkillers, a recent study suggests. Some previous research has linked acupressure – which uses precise finger placements at pressure points throughout the body to relieve pain – with reduced discomfort from menstrual cramps. To see [...]

Pharmaceutical

Malaysia nabs award for access to affordable hepatitis C medicine

Malaysia nabs award for access to affordable hepatitis C medicine

Malaysia has received the Leadership Award in Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines. The victory came after the country successfully invoked the Sofosbuvir compulsory licence to gain access to hepatitis C medicine at an affordable price. The Malaysian Government received the award at the Global Summit of Intellectual Property and Access to Medicines in Morocco, [...]

Pharmaceuticals company Pfizer ends search for Alzheimer cure

Pharmaceuticals company Pfizer ends search for Alzheimer cure

Pharmaceutical company Pfizer has ended its hunt for a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.  The news come after the company lost millions on failed drug trials. The multi-billion dollar company will reportedly lay off about 300 staff globally and turn its efforts to other research areas after failing to successfully combat the disease over the years. [...]

Philippines fines Sanofi, stops sale of  dengue vaccine Dengvaxia

Philippines fines Sanofi, stops sale of dengue vaccine Dengvaxia

The Philippines has suspended clearance for Sanofi’s dengue vaccine Dengvaxia and fined the French drugmaker a symbolic US$2,000 citing violations on product registration and marketing, the health secretary said recently. Concerns over the dengue immunisation of nearly 734,000 children aged nine and above resulted in two Philippine congressional inquiries and a criminal investigation. The country [...]

Taking calcium pills may not lower fracture risk

Taking calcium pills may not lower fracture risk

A research review has found that older adults who take vitamin D and calcium supplements are no less likely to break their hips or other bones than peers who don’t use these supplements. Researchers examined data from 33 previous trials with a total of more than 51,000 people aged 50 or older who were living [...]

Eye injection Aflibercept proves effective in Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy (PCV), common in Asia Pacific

Eye injection Aflibercept proves effective in Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy (PCV), common in Asia Pacific

Pharmaceutical and life sciences company Bayer recently announced that its anti-VEGF treatment aflibercept solution for injection into the eye is effective as monotherapy in patients who have Polypoidal Choroidal Vasculopathy (PCV). PCV is a subtype of wet age-related macular degeneration (wet AMD) that is particularly prevalent in Asia Pacific. Wet AMD is a leading cause [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Facial yoga joins the list of Botox and fillers as a new non-invasive anti-aging treatment

Facial yoga joins the list of Botox and fillers as a new non-invasive anti-aging treatment

Cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Murad Alam has added a new, low-cost, non-invasive anti-aging treatment to his services: facial yoga. Dermatologists measured improvements in the appearance of the faces of a small group of middle-age women after they did half an hour of daily face-toning exercises for eight weeks, followed by alternate-day exercises for another 12 weeks. [...]

Protect yourself with vaccines before vacations – Dr. Tabassum Khan

Protect yourself with vaccines before vacations – Dr. Tabassum Khan

By Dr. Tabassum Khan, Managing Director, AJ Pharma Holdings With the upcoming year end holidays, most people will be gearing up to spend a week on fun activities or trips with family and friends. This is the perfect opportunity to take time off and head to an exotic destination to relax and unwind from the [...]

20 minutes of weight training can trim belly fat in men

20 minutes of weight training can trim belly fat in men

Healthy men who did twenty minutes of daily weight training had less of an increase in age-related abdominal fat. This is compared to men who spent the same amount of time doing aerobics activities. The study by Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH) found that combining weight training and aerobic activity led to the most [...]

How to take care of your feet

How to take care of your feet

You need your feet to get to everywhere, so why not take care of them? 1. Keep an eye on them Your feet take a beating every day, and small problems can turn into big ones if you ignore them. Look over your feet each day for cuts, sores, loose or discolored toenails, swelling, or [...]

Some tips on how to wake up easier

Some tips on how to wake up easier

If you are not the type to easily wake up early, good news: here are some tips on how to do so. 1.    Place your alarm clock out of reach Unless you have another hour or 2 to sleep, hitting the snooze button won’t really help you feel less tired. But there’s another reason to [...]

Community health

Nearly two-third of U.S. doctors suffer from burn-out and this affects patients

Nearly two-third of U.S. doctors suffer from burn-out and this affects patients

Nearly two-thirds of U.S. doctors feel burned out, depressed, or both – and those feelings affect how they relate to patients, according to a survey conducted by Medscape. “One in three depressed doctors said they were more easily exasperated by patients; 32 % said they were less engaged with their patients; and 29 %acknowledged being [...]

Residents of low-income neighbourhoods have harder time accessing resources to manage their diabetes

Residents of low-income neighbourhoods have harder time accessing resources to manage their diabetes

People with diabetes who live in poor communities with limited access to exercise facilities or grocery stores may have a harder time managing their symptoms than diabetics living in more affluent areas, a U.S. study suggests. Communities with lower employment, income and education that have scant resources to support exercise and healthy eating have long [...]

China’s 2017 birth rates fell 3.5 %

China’s 2017 birth rates fell 3.5 %

Births in mainland China fell by 3.5 % to 17.23 million last year, according to a recent China Daily report which cited figures from the country’s statistics bureau. The fall in the number of births in 2017 came despite a 2016 move to relax China’s so-called “one-child policy” and allow all couples to have a [...]

Post Basic Haemodialysis (PBHD) Nursing Programme trains nurses in Malaysia to specialize in dialysis care

Post Basic Haemodialysis (PBHD) Nursing Programme trains nurses in Malaysia to specialize in dialysis care

As of 2016, there are 65, 000 Malaysians on dialysis and that there is an increase of 15 % in dialysis patients per annum nationwide. The biggest increase can be seen among those 65 years and older and that the biggest cause of kidney failure in the country is from diabetes. In the last five [...]

Cases of suspected diphtheria in Yemen nearly hit 500 – WHO

Cases of suspected diphtheria in Yemen nearly hit 500 – WHO

The World Health Organisation says that around 471 people in Yemen are infected with diphtheria, killing one in 10 of them since the outbreak began in mid-August. Yemen, one of the Arab world’s poorest countries, is embroiled in a proxy war between the Houthi armed movement, allied with Iran, and a U.S.-backed military coalition headed [...]

Health alert

Man’s throat ruptured after trying to suppress a high-force sneeze

Man’s throat ruptured after trying to suppress a high-force sneeze

Doctors are warning that stifling a sneeze by clamping your nose and mouth shut can cause serious physical damage. The warning came after medics in Leicester treated a 34-year-old man who ruptured his throat while trying to stop a high-force sneeze. With nowhere to escape, the pressure ripped through the soft tissue, and although rare [...]

French retailers sold baby milk formula despite recall due to concerns over salmonella

French retailers sold baby milk formula despite recall due to concerns over salmonella

France’s biggest supermarket chains said they when ahead and sold some Lactalis baby food products after a recall by the dairy giant over concerns they could be contaminated with salmonella. Retailers Carrefour, Leclerc, Auchan and Systeme U independently said products including infant formula milk had remained on their shelves after the recall last December, deepening [...]

Sticking objects such as Q-Tips into your ear can lead to ear damage

Sticking objects such as Q-Tips into your ear can lead to ear damage

Sticking anything smaller than your elbow in your ear is a good way to puncture an eardrum, experts warn. About 66 % of patients treated for traumatic tympanic membrane perforations had hurt themselves by sticking “instruments,” in their ears, and nearly half of these cases involved cotton-tipped swabs. “In our experience, cotton tip applicators (Q-tips [...]

Risk of getting spinal surgery high among smokers

Risk of getting spinal surgery high among smokers

People who smoke are more likely to get back pain which leads to them having to undergo spinal surgery. Researchers focused on a common cause of lower back pain known as lumbar spinal stenosis, which occurs when the spinal canal narrows, putting pressure on the spinal cord and nerves. The condition often develops as people [...]

Alcohol harms stem cell DNA, increases one’s risk of getting cancer

Alcohol harms stem cell DNA, increases one’s risk of getting cancer

Drinking alcohol produces a harmful chemical in the body which can lead to permanent genetic damage in the DNA of stem cells, increasing the risk of cancer developing, according to a recent research. Working with mice in a laboratory, British scientists used chromosome analysis and DNA sequencing to examine the genetic damage caused by acetaldehyde, [...]

Other health News

Longer breastfeeding lowers risk of diabetes for mothers

Longer breastfeeding lowers risk of diabetes for mothers

January 17, 2018

A new U.S. study has found that the longer a woman breastfeeds her child, the less likely she will develop diabetes, even a decade later. Paediatricians recommend that mothers exclusively breastfeed infants until they’re at least six months old because it can reduce babies’ risk of ear and respiratory infections, sudden infant death syndrome, allergies, [...]

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Girls who hit puberty early more likely to suffer heart disease and stroke in womanhood

Girls who hit puberty early more likely to suffer heart disease and stroke in womanhood

January 17, 2018

A U.K. study has found that girls who start menstruating before the age of 12 may have a greater risk of heart disease and stroke later in life than their peers who go through puberty later. For the study, researchers examined data on more than 500,000 middle-aged adults who didn’t have a history of heart [...]

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The higher your work stress gets, the more likely you will get diabetes

The higher your work stress gets, the more likely you will get diabetes

January 15, 2018

A recent study suggests that workers who experience an increase in stress on the job over time may be more likely to develop diabetes than their co-workers who don’t. Researchers examined data on 3,730 petroleum industry workers in China. At the start of the study, none of the workers had diabetes. After 12 years of [...]

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Young people who spend time with their grandparents more likely to have positive opinion of the elderly

Young people who spend time with their grandparents more likely to have positive opinion of the elderly

January 15, 2018

Children and teens who spend a lot of time with their grandparents may be less likely than peers who don’t to have negative and stereotypical ideas about the elderly, a recent study suggests. Researchers in Belgium asked 1,151 youth ranging in age from 7 to 16 years about the time they spent with grandparents as [...]

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Many women still unaware of the various breast cancer surgery options available

Many women still unaware of the various breast cancer surgery options available

January 12, 2018

Two studies have found that women with breast cancer often feel rushed to make a decision about surgery, and some of them might benefit from more time and better educational materials to inform their treatment choices. One study surveyed 487 women after they underwent either a lumpectomy that removes malignant tissue while sparing the rest [...]

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Loneliness increases diabetes risk

Loneliness increases diabetes risk

January 12, 2018

Having a small social network long has been linked to a wide variety of physical and mental health problems, particularly among chronically ill and elderly people. With diabetes in particular, close friends and family can influence how patients eat, how much they exercise, and how well they keep the disease in check. To see how [...]

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Elderly people can rely on exercise to reduce disability

Elderly people can rely on exercise to reduce disability

January 10, 2018

A new study suggests that sedentary older adults who start exercising may not reduce their risk of becoming frail, but they may experience less disability. Researchers randomly assigned 1,635 adults ages 70 to 89 to participate either in a structured exercise program or in health education workshops. The exercisers did up to 150 minutes a [...]

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Obese people who go for joint surgery more likely to become dependent later

Obese people who go for joint surgery more likely to become dependent later

January 10, 2018

People living with obesity who undergo joint surgery – such as joint replacements for arthritis – are more likely to become dependent in the years following surgery, a study says. Further research is needed to know why this happens and how to prevent it, the study team writes in British Journal of Anaesthesia. “I think [...]

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Want to prevent cognitive decline that comes with age? work out twice weekly

Want to prevent cognitive decline that comes with age? work out twice weekly

January 8, 2018

Researchers have found that medicines cannot stave off cognitive decline that comes with age, but twice-weekly work-outs can. They reviewed 11,530 studies of so-called mild cognitive impairment (MCI), to see how many older people are affected and which interventions and lifestyle changes have been shown to improve symptoms. MCI becomes increasingly common at older ages [...]

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Doctors and teachers should come together to beat stress in students

Doctors and teachers should come together to beat stress in students

January 5, 2018

Former teacher turned doctor Dr. Kavitha Selvaraj of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago has suggested that doctors and educators can come together to beat stress in students, encouraging resilience and helping students to overcome traumatic life experiences such as poverty and violence. “Before I was a paediatrician, I was a [...]

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