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Indian women more prone to gestational diabetes than Swedish women

Indian women more prone to gestational diabetes than Swedish women

August 21, 2019

High blood glucose incurred during pregnancy, known as gestational diabetes, is typically affected by differing lifestyle and genes. But the extent of such differences was only realised after a recent study by Lund University Diabetes Centre (LUDC), Sweden, which examined pregnant women in India and those in the countries of Scandinavia. […]

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US researchers develop automatic chlorine dispenser that allays diarrhea

US researchers develop automatic chlorine dispenser that allays diarrhea

Clean water is a vital necessity to the developing world – a purified source of water that meets international safety standards can ward off many contamination-related diseases. A test project by Stanford University, US, using an automatic chlorine dispenser in Dhaka, Bangladesh […]

Alzheimer’s found to affect the neurons that keep us awake

Alzheimer’s found to affect the neurons that keep us awake

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is most often associated with memory problems, but sleep problems can manifest much earlier and may hint at the progress of AD. While suggestions abound that disrupted sleep promotes AD, scientists from the University of California San Francisco […]

US study finds plant-based diet is better for heart health

US study finds plant-based diet is better for heart health

A diet consisting of more vegetables and less meat has been associated with better heart health and a lower risk of dying from a heart attack, stroke or other cardiovascular complications, according to an observational study by the American Heart Association (AHA) […]

Small mental decline associated with major surgery, study finds

Small mental decline associated with major surgery, study finds

Uncertainty that surgery may impact cognitive functioning is apparent in many patients – a survey from UK’s University of Wisconsin (UW) points to some 65% of people who are worried about potential postoperative effects. However, a follow-up study by the same […]

Research finds select proteins that could restore hearing

Research finds select proteins that could restore hearing

Most hearing loss is caused by problems with hair cells lining the inside of the ear or damage to the auditory nerves that connect the hair cells to the brain. Unfortunately, as human hair cells cannot regenerate like that of other mammals, damaged hair cells […]

Technology & Devices

Scientists invent smartphone-controlled device to study the brain

Scientists invent smartphone-controlled device to study the brain

Conventional methods used by neuroscientists to study brain diseases like Alzheimer’s or depression usually involve rigid physical connections to deliver drugs. However, these routinely cause lesions in soft brain tissue over time and are not suitable […]

Danish wearable prevents injury-related muscle strain

Danish wearable prevents injury-related muscle strain

Muscle strain -common among office workers and even athletes-comes with repetitive action, but the problem could be alleviated by a new Danish wearable. The world’s first “digital therapist” was introduced in 2016, specifically targeting muscle […]

US breakthrough research eliminates HIV from infected mice

US breakthrough research eliminates HIV from infected mice

The elimination of the HIV virus requires clearance and removal of infected DNA from cells and tissues but, current treatment can only suppress its replication. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is then required to stall the virus' spread […]

US team introduces first, implant-less robot arm technology

US team introduces first, implant-less robot arm technology

Prosthetics technology has come a long way from brain implants or external sensing systems that are needed to control the robotic appendage – motions can be smooth or jerky depending on the type of control system used […]

Scientists develop new laser tech to destroy cancer cells

Scientists develop new laser tech to destroy cancer cells

Accurate detection of circulating tumour cells (CTC) inpatients’ blood can offer insight into the underlying tumour and predict metastases; their elimination is key to containing widespread cancer. Recently, American and Russian scientists have together developed a new kind of laser that can pinpoint and destroy CTCs without surgical interventions […]

Pharmaceutical

Experimental drug boosts blood system’s recovery after chemo/radiation

Experimental drug boosts blood system’s recovery after chemo/radiation

Chemotherapy and radiation are known to suppress the activity of blood stem cells, which gives rise to all of the body’s blood and immune cells. Although it typically takes several weeks or months for the blood and immune systems to recover after exposure to radiation, scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed […]

Breakthrough Ebola trial drug increases survival rates by up to 90%

Breakthrough Ebola trial drug increases survival rates by up to 90%

The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR-Congo), which has already killed over 1,800 people, may soon be safely treatable and preventable, thanks to two new drugs. Ebola’s symptoms start with a viral fever, a sore throat, intense weakness […]

Indian herb-in-capsule shows anti-diabetic properties in mice

Indian herb-in-capsule shows anti-diabetic properties in mice

Plant-based medicines, including medicinal teas, have newfound popularity thanks to organic lifestyle changes. Although these “natural” sources can be used to aid chronic illnesses, the therapies/treatment must be first tested for their efficacy […]

Influenced pain prescriptions likely with more money from drug companies

Influenced pain prescriptions likely with more money from drug companies

Brand-name versions of a pain drug - gabapentin - are reportedly being prescribed in favour of pharmaceutical companies’ payments to doctors, according to research by a team from Yale University in Connecticut, US […]

Australia develops world’s first AI-flu vaccine

Australia develops world’s first AI-flu vaccine

A new influenza vaccine has been developed in South Australia by an artificial intelligence (AI) program, after a spate of confirmed cases in the country. The first accomplishment of its kind sees the flu drug being independently created by SAM - Search Algorithm for Ligands - a computer program used by a research team at Flinders University in Adelaide. Flinders University […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Short-term bursts of exercise may enhance learning

Short-term bursts of exercise may enhance learning

Regular exercise is known to be good for overall health and has now been found to particularly improve brain function.Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in the US found that brief bouts of exercise primes the brain for learning by promoting synaptic connections […]

Heart fat efficiently reduced through weightlifting

Heart fat efficiently reduced through weightlifting

Reducing fat around the heart is more likely through resistance training instead of aerobic exercise – researchers have observed that weight lifting reduced a type of heart fat linked to cardiovascular disease, and aerobic exercise (endurance training) likewise reduced another type of heart fat […]

Help yourself to a healthy acai bowl

Help yourself to a healthy acai bowl

Acai berries are a class of superfood rich in antioxidants and fibre. The acai palm is native to South America, producing a small, black-purple fruit which is edible. In an uncontrolled pilot study, overweight adults who took 100g of acai pulp daily for a month reported reductions in fasting glucose and insulin levels, indicating that consumption of the bitter acai fruit […]

Daily nut servings may lower heart disease for diabetics

Daily nut servings may lower heart disease for diabetics

A daily diet of nut helpings may promise better heart health for diabetics - just one extra serving of nuts a week is associated with a 3% lower risk of developing cardiac conditions and 6% lower risk of dying from heart problems. […]

Healthy food prescription yields more benefits; less costly than meds

Healthy food prescription yields more benefits; less costly than meds

A rapidly ageing population and rising healthcare costs have led experts to estimate that healthcare spending will continue growing. However, the US has healthcare programmes that support certain groups of marginalised people, including those with limited income and resources. Medicare and Medicaid are the two largest healthcare […]

Community health

Indian women more prone to gestational diabetes than Swedish women

Indian women more prone to gestational diabetes than Swedish women

High blood glucose incurred during pregnancy, known as gestational diabetes, is typically affected by differing lifestyle and genes. But the extent of such differences was only realised after a recent study by Lund University Diabetes Centre […]

Dengue cases, deaths double in Malaysia

Dengue cases, deaths double in Malaysia

Malaysia has been plagued by dengue once again – as of August 3, 2019, some 80,000 cases and 113 deaths have been reported in the country, nearly twice as many as last year. Over 70% of cases occurred in urban areas […]

Chronic disease plagues China’s booming evolution

Chronic disease plagues China’s booming evolution

China’s resurgence of chronic illnesses, including heart disease and lung cancer, are now leading causes for premature death in the country, according to a recent study by the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) […]

Verbal abuse rampant for home healthcare aides

Verbal abuse rampant for home healthcare aides

Caregivers/healthcare aides are a godsend for those who need them at home, but a recent US study suggests that these aides are likely to face verbal or even physical abuse from their clients, with mounting frequency […]

WHO declares Ebola outbreak in Congo a global health emergency

WHO declares Ebola outbreak in Congo a global health emergency

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the second-largest Ebola outbreak in history in the Democratic Republic of Congo a “public health emergency of international concern”. The Ebola crisis has so far affected 2,500 people in the region since August 2018 – more than 1,600 of them have died […]

Health alert

Insomnia may lead to heart disease and stroke

Insomnia may lead to heart disease and stroke

Insomnia, whether consciously or not, is a debilitating condition to most – a new study has found that insomniacs have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke than those who rest well. While previous observational studies have associated just as much, they were unable […]

US youth risk kidney/liver function from exposure to fluoride

US youth risk kidney/liver function from exposure to fluoride

Fluoride can be accumulated by the kidneys over time, even though a person’s body excretes more than half the ingested fluoride through urine – an adult can eliminate 60% and a child, 45%. A recent study of US adolescents has suggested that fluoride exposure could contribute to […]

Scientists turn breast cancer cells into fat, halts deadly spread

Scientists turn breast cancer cells into fat, halts deadly spread

In an innovative approach to cancer therapy, Swiss scientists have successfully coaxed human breast cancer cells to turn into fat cells, to prevent them from metastasising and taking over the body. […]

Diabetic women risk heart failure more than men

Finns similar DNA provides hints to major disease risks

The predisposition of certain individuals in Finland to diseases may be insightful to genetic research. A recent study conducted by Washington University School of Medicine, US, identified 26 potentially harmful DNA variations in about 20,000 Finnish participants […]

Diabetic women risk heart failure more than men

Diabetic women risk heart failure more than men

Diabetes has been associated with an increased risk for heart failure – the incidence is exacerbated by sex difference, as women have been found to be more at risk. A new study, led by Dr. Toshiaki Ohkuma from the Georgia institute of Global Health in Australia, linked type-1 diabetes […]

Other health News

Vitamin D doesn’t do much for cardiovascular health, study says

Vitamin D doesn’t do much for cardiovascular health, study says

june 25, 2019

Vitamin D is known to have many health benefits, save for its apparent inability to reduce cardiovascular disease risks. The recent discovery was made by clinical researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) in the US – vitamin D supplements were not observed to decrease the incidence of heart attacks, strokes or other adverse cardiovascular events. Mahmoud Barbarawi, a clinical instructor in the MSU […]

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Thai research deploys natural killer cells against cancer

Thai research deploys natural killer cells against cancer

june 25, 2019

Natural killer cells are a component of white blood cells, which are crucial to our immune system’s detection/destruction of abnormal cells before they develop into cancerous tumours. Recently, Thai researchers have successfully used these natural killer cells in their national cancer therapy, for high-risk leukaemia (blood cancer) patients […]

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Focusing on food for the elderly; a topic at ELDEX ASIA

Focusing on food for the elderly; a topic at ELDEX ASIA

April 10, 2019

With the steady growth of elderly consumers in the Asia Pacific region, Singapore’s trade and development agency, Enterprise Singapore, together with the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME), will be supporting about ten local food companies to exhibit at the Food for Elders Pavilion at the inaugural showing of ELDEX ASIA exhibition, to be held from 8-10 November […]

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Focusing on food for the elderly; a topic at ELDEX ASIA

New TB vaccine tested on mice shows promise

March 11, 2019

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. The BCG (bacille-Calmette-Guerin) vaccine – delivered by an intramuscular injection in the upper arm – is made to use against Mtb infections; […]

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Israeli company unveils world’s first microcomputer for atrial pressure

Israeli company unveils world’s first microcomputer for atrial pressure

February 19, 2019

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.[…]

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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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