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Medical Devices: Material innovations enable medical device breakthroughs

Medical Devices: Material innovations enable medical device breakthroughs

August 8, 2018

When done correctly exercise can improve pain and the quality of life for patients living with chronic pain, yet patients are reluctant to exercise. Exercising with pain might sound counterintuitive for patients who suffer from chronic pain. However, reducing exercise can in fact worsen, rather than improve the condition of patients living [...]

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Research

Stealth spheres used by viruses to make us ill

Stealth spheres used by viruses to make us ill

A trick used by viruses to make us sick – “stealth spheres” – has been discovered by scientists. It had been thought viruses were all lone wolves, each on a solo campaign of infection. Instead they can form “packs” of up to 40 viruses and surround themselves with a fatty sphere that makes them invisible [...]

Over sleeping may be harmful for health, says study

Over sleeping may be harmful for health, says study

A sleep duration of ten hours a night was linked with a 56% increased risk of dying from a stroke compared to sleeping for seven hours. New UK research has found that sleeping longer than the recommended amount could be bad for your health. More than eight hours of shut-eye is associated with an increased [...]

Checking emails after work could increase anxiety

Checking emails after work could increase anxiety

Being expected to check work email during non-work hours is making employees, as well as their significant others, experience higher levels of anxiety, a study shows. Researchers from Virginia Tech surveyed 108 employees working at least 30 hours per week, 138 significant others and 105 managers and found that the sheer expectation of monitoring work [...]

Treating teen depression has benefits for parents

Treating teen depression has benefits for parents

;An estimated 12.8 percent of adolescents in the U.S. experience at least one episode of major depression, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. According to previous studies, many of those teens’ mental health is linked to depression in their parents. But new research suggests there’s a flipside to that parental effect: When teens [...]

Regular exercise can help improve mental health

Regular exercise can help improve mental health

A study in the United States has found that people who exercise several times a week report having better mental health than those who take no exercise, with team sports and those involving social groups having the most positive effect. The research also found that more exercise was not always better for psychological wellbeing, with [...]

Technology & Devices

Australian women filed a lawsuit over sterilization devices

Australian women filed a lawsuit over sterilization devices

Women in Australia will pursue a class action lawsuit over a sterilisation device that has allegedly caused medical problems for women worldwide. The lawsuit against German pharmaceutical giant Bayer, maker of the Essure implant, will follow similar actions in the UK, US and Canada. Women with the implant have reported problems such as chronic pain [...]

Medical Devices: Material innovations enable medical device breakthroughs

Medical Devices: Material innovations enable medical device breakthroughs

Also, download this story from the electronic issue here Rubber materials like silicones are aiding in the improvement of medical devices for the healthcare… Modern medical devices aid in early detection and treatment of diseases, as well as help in improving the quality of life of patients with disabilities. This increasing adoption of medical devices in [...]

Simple eye test could detect early signs of dementia

Simple eye test could detect early signs of dementia

A simple eye test carried out by opticians could help predict who is at risk of developing dementia, a study suggests. The test is usually done to spot early signs of eye disease, by looking at tissue at the back of the eye – the retina. Now scientists have found people with thinner retinas are [...]

Obesity treatment device

Obesity treatment device

Dubai: One hundred obese or overweight individuals in the UAE have taken advantage of the new Ellipse Gastric Balloon to lose weight and decrease its associated medical conditions, according to Dr Wael Dahhan at Emirates Hospital. “Obesity and being overweight is a major public health problem surrounding people in the Middle East. It can cause [...]

Gene editing of human embryos could be morally permissible

Gene editing of human embryos could be morally permissible

Should we or shouldn’t we be allowed to modify human DNA in future children? An inquiry into the ethical issues surrounding genetically altering a human embryo has found there is “no absolute reason not to pursue it”. But appropriate measures must be put in place before it becomes UK law, said the report – which [...]

Pharmaceutical

Obesity vaccine; Scientists link virus to weight gain

Obesity vaccine; Scientists link virus to weight gain

It sounds almost too good to be true for those struggling to keep their weight down — a simple jab to prevent unwanted kilos piling up. But the prospect of a vaccine to stop you getting fat is drawing closer after scientists found compelling evidence linking obesity to an infectious virus. Adenovirus-36 is found four [...]

Drug to cure recurring malaria approved by FDA

Drug to cure recurring malaria approved by FDA

A new drug to treat malaria has been given the green light by authorities in the United States. The medicine is specifically for the recurring form of malaria – caused by the parasite plasmodium vivax- which makes 8.5 million people ill each year. This type of malaria is a particular challenge to get rid of [...]

Cancer “eating” drug

Cancer “eating” drug

Scientists have designed a special type of drug that helps the body eat and destroy cancerous cells. The treatment boosts the action of white blood cells, called macrophages, that the immune system uses to gobble up unwanted invaders. Tests in mice showed the therapy worked for aggressive breast and skin tumours, Nature Biomedical Engineering journal [...]

FDA approves epidiolex for severe forms of epilepsy

FDA approves epidiolex for severe forms of epilepsy

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Epidiolex (cannabidiol) oral solution for treatment of seizures associated with Lennox-Gastaut syndrome and Dravet syndrome for patients age 2 years and older. The rare, genetic Dravet syndrome appears during the first year of life with frequent fever-related seizures; other types of seizures arise later, and status epilepticus [...]

Medicine protects neurons in Parkinson’s disease

Medicine protects neurons in Parkinson’s disease

Systemic treatment of animal models with israpidine, a calcium channel inhibitor, reduced mitochondrial stress that might cause Parkinson’s disease, according to a Northwestern Medicine study published in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. These findings bode well for the STEADY-PD III study, a nationwide clinical trial testing isradipine in patients at Northwestern and over 50 other [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Good hygiene habits help protect your child from HFMD

Good hygiene habits help protect your child from HFMD

Good hygiene habits can help to protect your child from hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), a highly infectious viral disease that is common among young children in Singapore, with outbreaks typically occurring in kindergartens and childcare centres. While both adults and children can develop HFMD, children below the age of five are particularly susceptible [...]

World Breastfeeding Week 2018: 10 benefits of breastfeeding

World Breastfeeding Week 2018: 10 benefits of breastfeeding

August 1 to 7 marks World Breastfeeding Week 2018, celebrated every year to encourage and support breastfeeding in an effort to improve the health of babies around the world. Here we round up ten facts about breastfeeding and how it can benefit both mother and baby. The WHO states that breast milk is the ideal [...]

6 tips to stay healthy in an office environment

6 tips to stay healthy in an office environment

The office is not always the healthiest of environments in which you can work, especially if your work requires you to be at your desk all day. Even if you exercise in the morning or after work, it’s important that you don’t do anything that might jeopardise your health during the day. We have six [...]

Turmeric eye drops could treat glaucoma

Turmeric eye drops could treat glaucoma

A derivative of turmeric could be used in eye drops to treat the early stages of glaucoma, finds a new study led by UCL and Imperial College London researchers. In the new Scientific Reports paper, the researchers report a new method to deliver curcumin, extracted from the yellow spice turmeric, directly to the back of [...]

Eat fish for a longer life span

Eat fish for a longer life span

Eating fish may be the secret for long life, said scientists. According to a latest study published in the Journal of Internal Medicine, consuming fish and other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids may lower the risk of early death from diseases like cancer, and heart disorders. For the study, the team from Zhejiang University [...]

Community health

Argentina abortion: Senate defeats bill soon after polarising debate

Argentina abortion: Senate defeats bill soon after polarising debate

Argentina’s senate has rejected a bill which would have legalised abortion in the initial 14 weeks of pregnancy. Following a marathon debate, 38 senators voted against it and 31 in favour. Its defeat signifies lawmakers have to wait till next year to resubmit legislation. Presently abortion is permitted in Argentina only in circumstances of rape, [...]

Measles case reported in Minnesota

Measles case reported in Minnesota

A 2017 measles outbreak in Minnesota infected 75 children and adults, the largest such outbreak in the state in about three decades. Most of the patients were Somali-Americans in Hennepin County who had not been vaccinated against the highly contagious disease. Measles vaccination rates in that community are about half the statewide rate, according to [...]

Ebola outbreak in Congo, 33 reported killed

Ebola outbreak in Congo, 33 reported killed

One of the world’s most feared diseases, Ebola is a virus-caused haemorrhagic fever that in extreme cases causes fatal bleeding from internal organs, the mouth, eyes or ears. A new outbreak of the Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo is believed to have killed 33 people in the east of the country, the [...]

Durex condoms urgently recalled over fears they could split

Durex condoms urgently recalled over fears they could split

Condom maker Durex has recalled some of its products sold in the UK and Ireland over fears they could split. Ten batches of its non-latex Real Feel and Latex Free condoms with expiry dates between December 2020 and February 2021 are not passing “stringent shelf-life tests”. As a result, they could burst if used towards [...]

UK doctors set to be legally able to prescribe cannabis

UK doctors set to be legally able to prescribe cannabis

Specialist doctors in the UK will be able to legally prescribe cannabis-derived medicinal products by autumn, the home secretary has announced. Those that meet safety and quality standards are to be made legal for patients with an “exceptional clinical need”, Sajid Javid said. As it is a devolved matter, it will require legislative change before [...]

Health alert

Doctors warning on gel and acrylic nails

Doctors warning on gel and acrylic nails

Skin experts are warning a chemical found in gel, gel polish and acrylic nails can cause an allergic reaction. Methacrylate chemicals can cause a severe, itchy rash anywhere on the body, not just the fingertips, says the British Association of Dermatologists. It often occurs when gels and polishes are applied at home or by untrained [...]

Adolescent abortion-fund patients face more barriers than adults

Adolescent abortion-fund patients face more barriers than adults

Adolescents who received funding to help pay for an abortion experienced greater hardships that affected abortion access compared to adult abortion-fund patients, according to the results of a new study by a University at Buffalo social work researcher. Using the National Network of Abortion Fund’s (NNAF) Tiller Memorial Fund data from 2010 to 2015, Gretchen [...]

Egg freezing, you need to know

Egg freezing, you need to know

Women who freeze their eggs need to be aware of the “relatively low success rates” of becoming pregnant, a leading gynaecologist has said. With more women freezing eggs past the age of 35, when chances of conceiving fall, Prof Adam Balen said: “Egg freezing does not guarantee a baby.” However, Dr Jara Ben Nagi says [...]

Almond milk recall after contamination with real dairy milk

Almond milk recall after contamination with real dairy milk

HP Hood, the company that produces the Vanilla Almond Breeze that is definitely not milk, has issued a recall of some half-gallon cartons as they’re contaminated with real milk. The jokes about fake milk being contaminated with real milk are obviously endless, but for people with serious dietary intolerances to real milk, contaminating one of [...]

Calcium supplements increase risk of heart attack

Calcium supplements increase risk of heart attack

Study:  They raise blood calcium  level and leads to plaque in blood vessels Calcium supplements, which many people consume hoping to ward off osteoporosis, increase the risk of heart attack by as much as 30 per cent, researchers reported. These tiny tablets, which carry concentrated doses of calcium, were also associated with a higher incidence [...]

Other health News

Obesity may linked to Diabetes; 3 drinks that could help you lose weight

Obesity may linked to Diabetes; 3 drinks that could help you lose weight

August 9, 2018

According to a study published in the journal Diabetes, being obese increases your risk of various weight-related diseases, including type-2 diabetes, although not everyone who is obese develops this condition. Excessive fat tends to disrupt various metabolic functions, further promoting insulin resistance. If you are obese, it is important to lose weight, as losing about [...]

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Exercise can help beat cocaine addiction

Exercise can help beat cocaine addiction

August 8, 2018

Exercise can help prevent relapses into cocaine addiction, according to new research led by the University at Buffalo’s Panayotis (Peter) Thanos, Ph.D. “Cocaine addiction is often characterized by cycles of recovery and relapse, with stress and negative emotions, often caused by withdrawal itself, among the major causes of relapse,” says Thanos, senior research scientist in [...]

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Female heart attack patients better with women doctors

Female heart attack patients better with women doctors

August 7, 2018

Women who have a heart attack are more likely to survive if they are treated by a female doctor in hospital, a major US study suggests. An analysis of 580,000 heart attack cases over 19 years found 13.3% died after being treated by a man compared with 12% who were cared for by a woman. [...]

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Obesity in young women may set the stage for heart issues in pregnancy

Obesity in young women may set the stage for heart issues in pregnancy

August 1, 2018

Young pregnant women who are obese may face a higher risk of changes in heart structure and function, a small new study suggests. The changes seen might lead to a pregnancy complication known as preeclampsia, according to the researchers. This disorder is a dangerous form of high blood pressure that can develop during the second [...]

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Breastfeeding delay after birth puts babies at risk

Breastfeeding delay after birth puts babies at risk

July 31, 2018

Almost 60 per cent of babies around the world are not breastfed within the first hour after their birth, putting them at risk of sickness and even death, a new report has revealed. Current guidelines from the World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef recommend babies should be breastfed within an hour of their birth and [...]

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World Hepatitis Day 2018: Things you should know about hepatitis

World Hepatitis Day 2018: Things you should know about hepatitis

July 28, 2018

Saturday, July 28 marks World Hepatitis Day 2018, organised by the World Health Organization (WHO) to raise awareness of the disease and focus on how it can be treated, and eliminated. With less than 5 percent of people who are infected with hepatitis virus aware that they are infected, here we round up ten facts [...]

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LGBQ youth more prone to obesity

LGBQ youth more prone to obesity

July 28, 2018

“Lesbian, gay, bisexual and questioning youth may not only be at risk for worse mental health, but also worse physical health outcomes compared to heterosexual youth,” said study author Lauren Beach. She’s a postdoctoral research fellow at Northwestern University’s Institute for Sexual and Gender Minority Health and Wellbeing, in Chicago. The researchers analyzed data from [...]

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Singapore to use drones to transport medicine

Singapore to use drones to transport medicine

July 26, 2018

Drones could be used across hi-tech Singapore to deliver life-saving medical supplies to a patient during an emergency or to respond to a security breach under a new system in development, a private consortium said on July 24. Future Flight Consortium, a 13-member group, said it had been chosen by the country’s civil aviation authority [...]

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Thailand to be first Asian country to legalize cannabis

Thailand to be first Asian country to legalize cannabis

July 26, 2018

Cannabis is famed for its medicinal properties that reportedly helps to relieve many sicknesses but yet, it is still classified as an illegal drug in many countries, especially in Asia. However, this may be set to change soon as Thailand could very well be the first Asian country to legalise medical cannabis. The reason for [...]

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Higher risk of cancer when indulging in late night meals

Higher risk of cancer when indulging in late night meals

July 25, 2018

According to CNN, the study says it is advisable for people to eat their dinners before 9pm or taking their suppers at least two hours before going to sleep as this can reduce breast and prostate cancer risk by 20%. This study is the first to analyse the connection between cancer risk and the timing [...]

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