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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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Research

Researchers find it helps to sleep off a cold

Researchers find it helps to sleep off a cold

Old advices for colds often involve sleep, and this may be true.  A good rest is said to impact immune responses – to internally fight germs and infections. Researcher Stoyan Dimitrov of the University of Tubingen, Germany advises proper sleep to help the immune system fight off a cold; Dimitrov’s team have recently found out […]

Yoga-based intervention helps with remission of RA

Yoga-based intervention helps with remission of RA

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 […]

Diabetics are more prone to fractures, study says

Diabetics are more prone to fractures, study says

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 […]

Vaping may be precursor to tobacco use in teens

Vaping may be precursor to tobacco use in teens

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 […]

Can you for go breakfast? Researchers say ‘maybe’

Can you for go breakfast? Researchers say ‘maybe’

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 […]

Technology & Devices

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 […]

You can help medical research with Fitbit

You can help medical research with Fitbit

Fitbit is a smart watch-cum-fitness tracker. For the casual jogger to hardcore athletes, there is a recommended Fitbit for everyone. Recently, Fitbit and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have launched a digital health technology initiative for both fitness and precision medicine study. Fitbit’s Bring-Your-Own-Device project and the All of Us research program is a […]

‘Game-changer’ test predicts risk of breast cancer

‘Game-changer’ test predicts risk of breast cancer

Experts have developed a potentially “game-changing” test to predict a woman’s risk of breast cancer. It combines information on family history and hundreds of genetic markers with other factors, such as weight, to give the most comprehensive assessment possible, says Cancer Research UK. The test is not yet routinely available on the NHS – some […]

New bionic eye successfully restores sight in Australian patients

New bionic eye successfully restores sight in Australian patients

Bionic Vision Technologies Pty Ltd (BVT) revealed that medical researchers had successfully restored a sense of vision in four blind people with its bionic eye as part of a clinical trial in Melbourne. All four patients have a degenerative genetic condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa which causes loss of vision. Principal investigator Associate Professor Penny Allen, […]

NHS set to make wearable glucose monitor widely available

NHS set to make wearable glucose monitor widely available

Wearable glucose monitors will be made available to tens of thousands of Brits with type 1 diabetes from April 2019, thanks to the NHS. The new wearable reduces the need for finger-prick blood tests and helps people with diabetes to manage their condition. In England, around 300,000 people live with type 1 diabetes. The Freestyle […]

Pharmaceutical

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, […]

Diabetic drug can help with heart problem

Diabetic drug can help with heart problem

Scientists have discovered that a drug commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes could also help repair heart failure. Close to half of all heart failure patients have HFpEF, which stiffens the left ventricle of the heart and reduces its ability to fill with blood. In turn, that leads to a lack of blood flow […]

Rising insulin prices will restrict access to half the world by 2030

Rising insulin prices will restrict access to half the world by 2030

By 2030, about half of the estimated 79 million adults around the globe who have type 2 diabetes won’t have access to insulin. A study published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology talked about the price and diminishing supply of the drug that helps people with types 1 and 2 diabetes fight off amputation, blindness, […]

New shingles vaccine proves effective at curbing the infection

New shingles vaccine proves effective at curbing the infection

A new shingles vaccine has proven to be more successful in the prevention of the infection. The Shingrix vaccine was compared to the older vaccine Zostavax, and reviewed by more than 2 million patients above the age 50. Researchers in Toronto found the newer germ-specific vaccine, was 85% more effective in reducing shingles, also known […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

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 […]

Amazing benefits of mushrooms for a healthy skin

Amazing benefits of mushrooms for a healthy skin

Mushroom contains Hyaluronic acid which is considered as the body’s internal moisturizer as it firms and plumps up your skin. It also contains a polysaccharide that is equally beneficial in hydrating your skin. Mushrooms contain compounds that have anti-inflammatory properties and antioxidants as well. This superfood promotes healing and fights inflammation. The extracts of mushrooms […]

Community health

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 […]

Empty calories in workplace foods, survey finds

Empty calories in workplace foods, survey finds

A majority of foods eaten in US workplaces – whether purchased or free – are usually high in salt, fat and sugar. The easy but unhealthy options include pizza, soft drinks, cookies, brownies, cakes, pies or candy. A recent survey of about 5,000 working adults found that one in four obtained free food at work […]

Highly contagious measles outbreak in the Philippines

Highly contagious measles outbreak in the Philippines

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 […]

UK and Japan join forces for degenerative diseases treatment

UK and Japan join forces for degenerative diseases treatment

Patients with degenerative diseases require lengthy care. Thanks to new technologies and treatment modalities, patients are provided some degree of independence and relief. Medical researchers from the UK and Japan are working together on advancing research primarily aimed at developing treatments for chronic degenerative and incurable diseases.The researchers will focus on useful insights into critical […]

Canadian food guide snubs dairy

Canadian food guide snubs dairy

A new Canadian food guide has changed healthy eating requirements once again. The new version of the food guide, which purportedly took three years of consultations, shuns the daily dose of dairy and recommends eating more unprocessed foods. Canadians use the food guide as their standard for nutritional advice for optimal health. Since it was […]

Health alert

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 […]

Genetically-modified eggs contain cancer drugs

Genetically-modified eggs contain cancer drugs

Genetic modification of an animal involves altering its existing genetic material to introduce new traits, such as disease resistance. Much research has gone into the possibilities of genetic modification to help our health. A new scientific development has genetically-modified (GM) chickens lay drug-filled eggs of medicinal value. Previously, scientists have shown that genetically-modified goats can […]

Low-carb diets, healthy or not?

Low-carb diets, healthy or not?

Low-carb dieting is a new millennial trend where the consumption of carbohydrates is lessened while more protein, natural fats and vegetables are eaten instead. These carbohydrates come in the form of sugary foods, pasta, white rice, and white bread. This dieting habit may result in weight loss and improved health, but claims of it causing […]

Keep close watch on volume depletion and here’s why

Keep close watch on volume depletion and here’s why

The term “volume depletion” may not ring a bell to most of us.  Sharing a few similar symptoms with dehydration, they seem to be identical, but not quite.  Volume depletion refers to the reduction of the volume of water in the blood vessels of our body, much more likely than dehydration, which is the loss […]

Fall proofing the home for older adults

Fall proofing the home for older adults

Falls are dangerous to the elderly. Head injuries or complications from bone fractures resulting from falls are not uncommon. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that yearly, more than one in four older adults aged 65 and older experience falls. In the US, falls are the top cause of injuries and death […]

Other health News

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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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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Israeli scientists claim cure for cancer by 2020

Israeli scientists claim cure for cancer by 2020

January 31, 2019

There is new hope for cancer with a possible cure in sight. The Jerusalem Post has reported that a new treatment for cancer is being developed by Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies led by CEO Dr. Ilan Morad and his team of Israeli scientists. They claim to have a cure in the coming year. The new treatment, […]

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Study explores lack of privacy during medical exam among young adults

Study explores lack of privacy during medical exam among young adults

January 30, 2019

Private time and confidentiality are crucial to young adults who would otherwise be less willing to discuss sensitive topics with providers or skip necessary care altogether, says Stephanie Grilo of the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health in New York, who led a study on the subject. The recent US study involved 1,918 young […]

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New planetary diet can promote global health, experts say

New planetary diet can promote global health, experts say

January 28, 2019

The world’s population is growing, and food resources can’t keep up.In light of this, scientists, including 37 specialists from 16 countries have unveiled a new planetary diet, which is deemed ideal for the health of the planet and the global population. The new diet recommends a doubling of consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables and legumes, […]

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New research seeks to develop low impact treatment vs leukemia

New research seeks to develop low impact treatment vs leukemia

January 26, 2019

Cancer spreads fairly easily through the body and is treated through chemotherapy sessions, which can be life-changing. Huynh Cao, MD, saw the side effects of chemotherapy on his mother –after her breast cancer diagnosis in 1995. The treatment was difficult on her body, and Cao credits it for causing her subsequent acute leukemia that was […]

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Clinical trial packaging gets green light in Asia-Pacific

Clinical trial packaging gets green light in Asia-Pacific

January 25, 2019

Clinical trials are fundamental to test the efficacy of a drug prior to mass production or marketing. Previously, many Asian countries were not considered suitable to run clinical trials or evaluations for various reasons, but recent globalisation and regulatory changes have led to greater inclusion of Asia-Pacific countries for the purpose of clinical trials. An […]

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Hypertension helped by immune cells, says study

Hypertension helped by immune cells, says study

January 23, 2019

High blood pressure or hypertension is a leading cause of life-threatening conditions including heart attack, kidney disease and stroke. A study of cells in the immune system could be the answer to tackling instances of high blood pressure, as observed by researchers from the University of Edinburgh. The study, which was funded by the British […]

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