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Malaysia top destination for healthcare in SEA

March 11, 2019

The 2019 International Living Annual Global Retirement Index recommends Malaysia for affordable, high quality healthcare in Southeast Asia, according to online reviews by expatriates in the country. Malaysia ranks comfortably because a good number of serving doctors have been trained out of the country, and most of the medical staff is also familiar with Western […]

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Research

Weekly stroll can save your life, Chinese study observes

Weekly stroll can save your life, Chinese study observes

Researchers from northern Chinese Shandong University have reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that active people or frequent walkers had 18% lower risk of death as compared to full-on couch potatoes. Professor Bo Xi from the Department of Epidemiology at the university led researchers as they sifted […]

Healthcare firms turn to email simulations in phishing attempts

Healthcare firms turn to email simulations in phishing attempts

Sending out digital lures or “phishing” allows hackers to access a recipient’s computer network or introduce malware by clicking on an email link. Healthcare networks have had patient data exposed in phishing attacks; studies have shown that patient information is valued at US$10 – US$1,000 per record on online markets. […]

Precision drugs and DNA repair effective for cancer treatment

Precision drugs and DNA repair effective for cancer treatment

The advancements in immunotherapies boast some 10-20% of patients who are responsive to treatment, though many cancers still evade detection by the immune system […]

Don’t throw away expired medicine just yet, study advises

Don’t throw away expired medicine just yet, study advises

People in remote countries sometimes cannot get required medicine as quickly or more than once a year.  A study finds that certain expired medicine may provide solution to this dilemma as they may retain efficacy even if they are not kept in strict climate-controlled conditions. Lead study author Dr. Emma Browne of the British Antarctic […]

Lifestyle choices that trigger AF are changeable, study finds

Lifestyle choices that trigger AF are changeable, study finds

Typical impulses in the upper chambers of the heart are chaotic in atrial fibrillation (AF), causing blood clot formation – just one blood clot can cause a stroke. An estimated one in four adults over age 40 is at risk of AF, with a further 6 million people in the US to have the condition […]

Technology & Devices

Polymer coating to protect catheters from infections

Polymer coating to protect catheters from infections

A staggering 150 million intravascular catheters are implanted yearly in the US alone, and fatal infections can develop regularly. […]

digital scent technology

Japanese devices can help with odour management in hospitals

The digital scent technology market is expected to grow annually by 30% from 2017 to reach USD1 billion by 2023, with Asia-Pacific projected to grow at the fastest rate according to market research. Previously, many organisations were not as particular about this aspect of their facilities -but odour control in healthcare is notably […]

“Smart stickers” underway  for post-surgery monitoring

“Smart stickers” underway for post-surgery monitoring

An advanced sticker solution is in the works to monitor physical activity and alert for health risks, particularly useful for patients who self-check their health at home after a major surgery. Lead researcher Ramses Martinez, a Purdue University assistant professor of industrial engineering and biomedical engineering has said that the wearable sticker technology is a […]

Israeli company unveils world’s first microcomputer for atrial pressure

Israeli company unveils world’s first microcomputer for atrial pressure

Left atrial pressure (LAP) is a specific physiological indication for heart failure. Approximately 90% of cardiac patients admitted to the hospital have had pulmonary congestion related to elevated LAP- the earliest sign of impending heart failure exacerbation, long before clinical symptoms occur. But, the initiation of the Vector-HF First-in-Human (FIH) clinical trial, and the successful […]

Monitor diabetes on your phone

Monitor diabetes on your phone

Diabetic patients constantly need to check their blood sugar levels throughout the day. The levels can increase or decrease depending on various factors such as meal consumption or exercise. An insulin pump is usually used to deliver regulatory hormones and adjusted accordingly. A new phone app has been introduced to ease blood sugar monitoring. Collectively […]

Pharmaceutical

Biotech companies to help with cancer research

Biotech companies to help with cancer research

Biotechnological innovations are the latest addition to the healthcare market with new therapies and drugs to treat cancer more effectively at a reduced cost, although the most common therapies remain immunotherapy, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. […]

New TB vaccine tested on mice shows promise

New TB vaccine tested on mice shows promise

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. […]

Jamaica receives medical support from India in new agreement

Jamaica receives medical support from India in new agreement

India’s pharmaceutical capabilities are reaching new heights – the country is likely to be amongst the highest ranking global markets in value terms by 2020. Indian High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Sevala Naik said that India has been recognised globally for producing quality medicines at affordable prices. In line with this, a memorandum of […]

New leukemia drug is more effective and easier to use

New leukemia drug is more effective and easier to use

A landmark study co-authored by a Loyola Medicine oncologist has found that a newer targeted drug is significantly more effective than standard therapy for treating elderly patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The drug, ibrutinib, attacks cancer cells without damaging normal cells, thus causing fewer side effects. The drug is taken as a pill once […]

Cheap common drugs may aid mental illness

Cheap common drugs may aid mental illness

Cheap and widely used drugs for diabetes and heart health have potential for treating severe mental illness, a study hints. It showed the number of times patients needed hospital treatment fell by up to a fifth when they took the drugs. The researchers at University College London say their findings have “enormous potential”. But they, […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Mushrooms help stave off dementia in seniors

Mushrooms help stave off dementia in seniors

Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is likely to develop in ageing, with symptoms such as forgetfulness and a gradual decline in cognitive functions including language, attention span and perceiving objects. Seniors who eat a more generous serving of mushrooms however, may not be as likely to develop MCI. […]

Practical steps to solve the sweet tooth dilemma

Practical steps to solve the sweet tooth dilemma

Sugar is an important consideration to the diet. Diabetes and other diseases are associated with increasing sugar consumption among other risk factors. Moreover, having a sweet tooth may also wreak havoc to one’s dental health. Heavy consumption of added/free sugars easily cause tooth decay such as fruit juices that have both added and intrinsic sugars. […]

Achieve better dental health in 2 minutes

Achieve better dental health in 2 minutes

Healthy teeth and gums help with overall hygiene and confidence while keeping diseases at bay. The usual advice is to brush twice daily and avoid excessive sugar, yet some of us need a filling at the dentist. But some experts say that a two minute dental care, twice daily is all it takes to achieve […]

Understanding corn: the benefits, risks and tips for you

Understanding corn: the benefits, risks and tips for you

Corn – widely known as sweet yellow corn – is a large form of maize. It is found in various foodstuffs and is sometimes eaten on its own. Selective breeding has domesticated this simple grain and changed the size, color, and flavor of corn from the early crops of our indigenous ancestors; now to a […]

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 […]

Community health

Singapore ‘Wheelchair Brigade’ ropes in seniors

Singapore ‘Wheelchair Brigade’ ropes in seniors

Wheelchairs are a key mobility device for frail seniors, who regularly need some help with their wheelchairs – sometimes dirt and hair is trapped in the wheel with regular use, or the tyres deflate, or the nuts and bolts loosen, or the wheelchair just doesn’t move well. […]

School children suffer in toxic waste dumping case in Malaysia

School children suffer in toxic waste dumping case in Malaysia

An easy discharge of chemical waste believed to contain heavy metals into a river has escalated into a respiratory hazard for residents along the Straits of Johor, Malaysia. […]

New technologies for low-cost treatment

New technologies for low-cost treatment

Communicable illnesses thrive in tropical conditions, where people who live in poverty, without adequate sanitation and in close contact with infectious vectors are most affected. Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) to affect over a billion people and is very costly to developing economies. But new medical technologies have […]

Vaccinate children vs measles and diphtheria,  Malaysian doctors urge

Vaccinate children vs measles and diphtheria, Malaysian doctors urge

Reports of recent diphtheria cases in the Malaysia, and the spate of measles cases in its neighbouring  country,  the Philippines,  and has prompted Malaysian doctors to call for urgent vaccination against these two diseases for all Malaysian children. The Health Ministry has reported that previous misinformation about vaccination led to a sharp increase in the […]

Pregnant women should be cautious of massages

Pregnant women should be cautious of massages

Pregnancy is a momentous episode for mothers to be, yet, the body changes can bring discomfort to most women. Massages offer relaxation, but pregnant women may better avoid them, warned a specialist at the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine. Dr Khwanchai Visithanon has advised women who are less than three months pregnant to […]

Singapore’s beaches harbour dangerous bacteria in its plastic wastes

Singapore’s beaches harbour dangerous bacteria in its plastic wastes

There are millions of tonnes of plastic wastes in the ocean, and smaller plastics or microplastics are frequently mistaken as food by various marine organisms and add up in the food chain – potentially lethal to human and marine life. Marine scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have recently found more than 400 […]

Health alert

WHO advocates safer listening practices to avoid hearing loss

WHO advocates safer listening practices to avoid hearing loss

Neurological hearing loss is a typical health problem due to exposure to unsafe noise levels according to Pan Tao, an otologist from the Peking University Third Hospital in Beijing. His department receives more and more patients with the impairment, including teenagers […]

Kidney transplant medications may raise skin cancer risk, RCSI

Kidney transplant medications may raise skin cancer risk, RCSI

Kidney transplants are a regular procedure for kidney failure. However, caution is needed – a collaborative study by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and national representatives from Beaumont Hospital has suggested an increased risk of skin cancer in kidney transplant patients. […]

Study discovers possible solution to deadly flu virus

Study discovers possible solution to deadly flu virus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that seasonal influenza epidemics kill many people each year – particularly dangerous to the elderly, children and those with compromised immune systems, and even certain ethnic groups without immunity to the disease. Current vaccine formula offer limited protection and must be regularly updated because of mutating strains of […]

Loud music damages hearing faster, UN says millennials most at risk

Loud music damages hearing faster, UN says millennials most at risk

The UN health agency advises against loud music that potentially damages hearing. The World Health Organisation (WHO) figure some 450 million people worldwide have debilitating hearing loss, and that number is expected to nearly double to 900 million by 2050 – about one in every 10 people. Dr. Shelly Chadha of WHO’s prevention of deafness […]

Other health News

Yoga-based intervention helps with remission of RA

Yoga-based intervention helps with remission of RA

February 14, 2019

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory condition – when the immune system thinks the body’s own tissues are foreign and attacks them. It affects approximately 1.3 million US citizens, with no known cure. Various medications are available, but recovery depends on physiological and psychological factors, such as depression. Dr. Rima Dada, Ph.D., a […]

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Diabetics are more prone to fractures, study says

Diabetics are more prone to fractures, study says

February 13, 2019

Diabetes has been linked to an increased risk of fractures. Both type-1 and type-2 diabetes involve failing insulin production, necessary to convert blood sugar into energy – the former typically develops in childhood or young adulthood, and the latter due to obesity and aging. Previous research is unclear on the exact role of blood sugar […]

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Experts insist on early cancer detection for World Cancer Day 2019

Experts insist on early cancer detection for World Cancer Day 2019

February 8, 2019

Millions of cancer cases were recorded last year and many could have been preventable. But, barriers exist even as early action is proven to reduce the cost and complexity of cancer treatment, whilst improving patient survival rates and quality of life. In 2018, there were more than 18 million new cases of cancer diagnosed, of […]

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Vaping may be precursor to tobacco use in teens

Vaping may be precursor to tobacco use in teens

February 8, 2019

Adolescents who used e-cigarettes or tried vaping before trying any other tobacco product were more likely to be smoking traditional cigarettes sooner than those who had never tried any, a US study team reported in JAMA Network Open. Andrew Stokes, senior study author of the Boston University School of Public Health has said that it […]

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Can you for go breakfast? Researchers say ‘maybe’

Can you for go breakfast? Researchers say ‘maybe’

February 8, 2019

Breakfast helps to jump start the day for most, but not necessarily if you want to lose weight. While breakfast eaters consumed more calories per day and gained 1lb more than those who skipped it, a healthy breakfast has benefits: Can be a good source of calcium and fibre Improves concentration and attention levels, particularly […]

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Expectant mothers must beware vs flu risk, says study

Expectant mothers must beware vs flu risk, says study

February 8, 2019

The flu virus is quite common and usually spreads via air droplets from coughing, sneezing or talking infected individuals; or picked up from surfaces like doorknobs, where these droplets can linger.Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, aches and pains, chills and fatigue. The flu strain H1N1 can affect anyone, but […]

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Custom pain creams do little to ease pain – Study

Custom pain creams do little to ease pain – Study

February 8, 2019

Compounded medicines are custom-made by pharmacists such that patients get a specific dose or formulation for pain relief, a better option than mass-produced creams, though more expensive. A US study focused on pain creams made from medicines often prescribed in pill form – muscle relaxants, anticonvulsants and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs. Around 400 patients with […]

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Highly contagious measles outbreak in the Philippines

Highly contagious measles outbreak in the Philippines

February 7, 2019

There has been a recent surge of measles cases and deaths in Manila, Philippines, prompting authorities to declare an emergency outbreak. Compiled data marks a steep increase of cases in January 2019 as compared to the previous year, with more confirmed cases reported at the beginning of February. Children are especially vulnerable, but people have […]

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Millennials have greater risk for obesity and cancer, US study reports

Millennials have greater risk for obesity and cancer, US study reports

February 6, 2019

The chances of obesity increase as the population becomes more overweight, with some directly linked to cancer. The US has seen a marked rise in obesity in recent years, with obesity-related cancers further rising in millennials in their 20s and 30s,according to published findings by The American Cancer Society in The Lancet health journal. Researchers […]

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Scientists develop puffer fish pills for effective treatment delivery

Scientists develop puffer fish pills for effective treatment delivery

February 4, 2019

A puffer fish or blowfish naturally inflates to inedible sizes when threatened, filling up with water or air to evade predators. Certain species even have spines projecting outwards to make them less palatable. The concept is applied to create a similar soft, jelly-like pill designed from absorbent hydrogel particles with an inner protective membrane. The […]

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