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Johnson & Johnson inaugurates 24 Acuvue Eye Health Centres

Johnson & Johnson inaugurates 24 Acuvue Eye Health Centres

December 7, 2018

Johnson & Johnson Vision recently recognised 24 optical centres as Acuvue Eye Health Centres. Supported by the Association of Malaysian Optometrists (AMO), the Acuvue Eye Health Centre status recognises eye health centres in Malaysia that uphold quality, professional eye care services according to national guidelines and in doing so are well positioned to lead the [...]

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Research

New gel could stop cancer tumors from regrowing

New gel could stop cancer tumors from regrowing

Scientists have manufactured a new immune-boosting spray that could stop recurrence of cancer in patients. The study was documented in the journal Nature Nanotechnology, and detailed how researchers sprayed the surgical sites of mice with advanced melanoma tumors with calcium carbonate. The gel decreased the growth of the tumor cells following surgery, and the mice [...]

Too much red meat leads to chemical that causes heart disease

Too much red meat leads to chemical that causes heart disease

A study has shown that regular red meat consumption can lead to the accumulation of a gut level chemical that causes heart disease. Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic say that red meat triples the level of trimethylamine N-oxide, or TMAO, a chemical associated with heart disease located in the human stomach. Their study, published in [...]

Too many diabetics unnecessarily testing blood sugar levels daily

Too many diabetics unnecessarily testing blood sugar levels daily

People with type 2 diabetes might be testing their blood sugar levels too much, a study has concluded. Researchers at the University of Michigan say that roughly 14% of people with diabetes, but who don’t require insulin, are spending hundreds of dollars annually, and using thousands of test strips to check something that is not [...]

Mediterranean diet may improve cardiovascular health

Mediterranean diet may improve cardiovascular health

A new study showed 25% drop in the risk of cardiovascular disease among people who ate a Mediterranean diet. Researchers published their results in JAMA Network Open. They study consisted of nearly 26,000 subjects who consumed a diet heavy in plants and olive oil and low in meats and sugar. “Our study has a strong [...]

Healthy living during menopause reduces narrowed arteries

Healthy living during menopause reduces narrowed arteries

Living a healthy lifestyle during menopause could slow the narrowing of arteries in aging women, a study shows. The Journal of the American Heart Association published a study that evaluated women between ages 42 and 52 with annual medical exams and surveys about their physical activity, eating habits and tobacco use. “Midlife is a crucial [...]

Technology & Devices

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 [...]

Medical Industry: Biocompatible materials in medical technology

Medical Industry: Biocompatible materials in medical technology

Also, download this story from the electronic issue here In the field of medicine, a rule of thumb when prescribing medical treatment is that the benefits must outweigh risks. However, when it comes to using medical devices, there are no taking chances. Throughout the continued advancements in medical technology, patient safety comes first, says Angelica Buan [...]

Medical bracelet can detect and monitor seizures

Medical bracelet can detect and monitor seizures

A new device designed to monitor epilepsy is able to detect 85% of all severe night-time seizures. The bracelet, known as Nightwatch, is a big development in epilepsy wearables, according to its researchers in Netherlands. 28 intellectually disabled epilepsy patients were monitored over an average of 65 nights per patient. Their results were published in [...]

Robotic pants to aid mobility

Robotic pants to aid mobility

Johnathan Rossiter’s new trousers are bright, colourful, Lycra, perfect for track and soon they will be robotic. A team of British researchers have started developing soft robotics in wearable tech. They are currently inventing robotic muscles – air-filled bubbles of plastic that can raise a leg from a seated to a standing position. “We are [...]

Pharmaceutical

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 [...]

Combination treatment may extend late-stage breast cancer survival

Combination treatment may extend late-stage breast cancer survival

A recent trial proposes combining a specific drug with hormone therapy to extend the survival of some women with advanced breast cancer. The study showed that women who received palbociclib and hormone therapy lived up to 10 months longer than those given hormone treatment alone. It also delayed the time at which women needed to [...]

Scientists in Philadelphia develop promising vaccine against Ebola

Scientists in Philadelphia develop promising vaccine against Ebola

Scientists at The Wistar Institute Vaccine and Immunotherapy Centers have created a synthetic DNA vaccine that is showing immediate and long-term encouraging results against the Ebola virus in preclinical animal research. The vaccine targets a virus surface protein called glycoprotein, according the findings published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases. First appearing in 1976, The [...]

FDA approves HPV vaccines for adults up to ages 45

FDA approves HPV vaccines for adults up to ages 45

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the expansion of the HPV vaccine to include men and women between 27 and 45, in an effort to protect more people from several types of cancer caused by the human papillomavirus. The vaccine, Gardasil 9, previously was approved for people ages 9 through 26. It was administered [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

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 [...]

5 foods that keep your kidneys healthy

5 foods that keep your kidneys healthy

Your kidneys are a crucial pair of organs that are usually ignored. They play an important role in removing wastes generated from the food you eat. They are responsible for eliminating urea, wastes from dietary protein, along with minerals like sodium, potassium and phosphorus. So you can imagine if these organs become dysfunctional or slow [...]

Healthy diet linked to healthy cellular aging in women

Healthy diet linked to healthy cellular aging in women

Having a diet that is rich in fruit, vegetable and whole grain and low in added sugar, sodium and processed meat could help promote healthy cellular aging in women, a study of the University of Michigan (UM) showed. UM researchers used telomere length to measure cellular aging in the study. Age is the strongest predictor [...]

Use honey to treat cough instead of antibiotics

Use honey to treat cough instead of antibiotics

Honey and over-the-counter medicines should be the first line of treatment for most people with coughs, new guidelines recommend. Antibiotics should rarely be prescribed by doctors for coughs because in most cases they do little to improve symptoms, health officials say. Most of the time a cough will improve on its own within two to [...]

Community health

Healthy baby born from transplanted womb

Healthy baby born from transplanted womb

A healthy baby girl has been born using a transplanted womb. The 10-hour transplant operation used a womb from a dead donor, and took place in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2016. The mother, 32, was born without a womb. There have been 39 womb transplants using a live donor, including mothers donating their womb to [...]

Successful face transplant gives man a new lease on life

Successful face transplant gives man a new lease on life

A Californian man who tried to kill himself with a shotgun has undergone the most advanced face transplant surgery ever performed. Cameron Underwood, 26, had struggled for years with depression, and in 2016, he placed a shotgun under his chin and pulled the trigger. Two years later, he made his first public appearance after undergoing [...]

Chinese scientist defends his gene editing work

Chinese scientist defends his gene editing work

A Chinese scientist who is said to have created the world’s first genetically edited babies is standing by his work. He Jiankui, an associate professor at a Shenzhen university, said he was proud of his work, and another potential pregnancy of a gene-edited embryo was in its early stages. His claims have yet to be [...]

A genetic mutation among the Bajau tribe allows them to become better freedivers

A genetic mutation among the Bajau tribe allows them to become better freedivers

The Bajau people of Southeast Asia some of the best freedivers in the world. In 2015, Melissa Ilardo went on a diving trip with Pai Bayubu, who had already gone fairly deep when he saw a giant clam, 30 to 50 feet below him. “He just dropped down,” Ilardo recalls. “He pointed at it, and [...]

Australia gets rid of Rubella

Australia gets rid of Rubella

Rubella has officially been eradicated in Australia. The WHO confirmed on Wednesday that the contagious disease that can cause pregnant women to miscarry or result in serious birth defects or stillbirth, also known as German measles, no longer exists in the nation. The symptoms, including fever, rash and swollen lymph glands are mild but the [...]

Health alert

Height possibly linked to cancer risk

Height possibly linked to cancer risk

Taller people are under greater risk of getting cancer because they are bigger and have more cells in their bodies, thus making them more susceptible to dangerous mutations. A number of studies previously found links between height and a cancer risk, with research suggesting that for every 10cm of height within the typical range for [...]

Troubling rate of c-sections around the world, scientists say

Troubling rate of c-sections around the world, scientists say

Caesarean sections around the world are rising at a rapid rate, according to a report by an international team of doctors and scientists. Since 1990, C-sections have jumped from about 6% to 21%of all births, three studies report in medical journal, The Lancet. And there are no “signs of slowing down,” the researchers write in [...]

The rise of global hunger: UN warns of increasing number of undernourished

The rise of global hunger: UN warns of increasing number of undernourished

After years of decline, the past three years have seen an uptake in the number of people suffering from world hunger, the UN reports. According to the analysis, 821 million people globally were undernourished in 2017 – about one out of nine people, whilenearly 151 million under-fives – 22% of the global total – have [...]

Lack of exercise increasing disease risk globally

Lack of exercise increasing disease risk globally

More than a billion adults around the world are at risk of serious disease through lack of exercise, a study has shown. Investigators found that in 2016 more than a quarter of the global population – 1.4 billion people – were insufficiently active. As a result, they faced an increased risk of heart and artery [...]

How to protect yourself from laptop radiation

How to protect yourself from laptop radiation

Can you imagine your life without your laptop? Well, 90 per cent of the world’s population would say ‘No’. Laptops are the key productive devices used by students, professionals, homemakers and even by kids for entertainment. But at the same time, they are also one of the most significant sources of Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) radiation, [...]

Other health News

Scientists find potential genetic link to ADHD

Scientists find potential genetic link to ADHD

November 30, 2018

New research has identified 12 DNA segments that may raise the risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The work, published in the journal Nature Genetics, revealed that researchers have conducted a large genetic analysis of the condition reportedly affects around 6 million children in the US alone. Benjamin M. Neale from Harvard Medical [...]

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Sugary supplement may help in the fight against cancer

Sugary supplement may help in the fight against cancer

November 23, 2018

A nutritional supplement may slow the progression of certain cancers and boost the effects of treatment, a new study suggests. The study conducted on mice with pancreatic, lung or skin cancer, were given mannose, a sugar also found in cranberries and other fruits. It significantly slowed the growth of their tumours, with no obvious side-effects, [...]

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New study could pinpoint animals that might cause human epidemics

New study could pinpoint animals that might cause human epidemics

November 22, 2018

Researchers say they have developed a method to identify animal viruses that may pose a risk to humans. The study, published in PLOS One, spotted several viruses known to pass from animal to human and that have the potential to spread between humans. “When we get new pathogens that we look at as new human [...]

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New test detects autism in very young children

New test detects autism in very young children

November 14, 2018

Scientists have developed method to detect autism in younger by testing their saliva, Researchers found a set of 32 RNA factors in saliva that can accurately distinguish children with autism spectrum disorder, or ASD. The factors could potentially develop an objective biomarker-based test. Steven Hicks, of the Pennsylvania State College of Medicine, and Frank Middleton, [...]

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Fish oil and vitamin D don’t stop cancer or heart trouble

Fish oil and vitamin D don’t stop cancer or heart trouble

November 13, 2018

A widely anticipated study has concluded that neither vitamin D nor fish oil supplements prevent cancer or serious heart-related problems in healthy older people, according to research presented Saturday at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions. Researchers defined serious heart problems as the combined rate of heart attacks, stroke, and heart-related deaths. Although hundreds of [...]

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Burn victims regrow skin faster with own cells

Burn victims regrow skin faster with own cells

November 12, 2018

Human trials are set for early next year on burn victims to test the regrowth of burnt skin. Researchers at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Medicine found live stem cells in the discarded dermis layer of the skin of human burn victims and apply them for faster skin regrowth in animals. An estimated 180,000 [...]

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Little pacemaker for little kids: prototype avoids open heart surgery

Little pacemaker for little kids: prototype avoids open heart surgery

November 12, 2018

Researchers have tested an almond-sized pacemaker protype – designed to make procedures for infants less invasive, less painful –on piglets. Dr. Rohan Kumthekar, a cardiologist at the Sheikh Zayed Institute for Pediatric Surgical Innovation at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, believes the process will lead to shorter surgeries, faster recovery times and reduced medical [...]

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New cell ‘kill switch’ could potentially cure cancer

New cell ‘kill switch’ could potentially cure cancer

November 9, 2018

A new study has found that RNA molecules, originally developed as a means of studying genes, can trigger a hidden mechanism that prompts cells to commit suicide, potential being used as a new method of cancer treatment. “It’s like committing suicide by stabbing yourself, shooting yourself and jumping off a building all at the same [...]

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No blind mice: Retinal transplant successfully restores sight in rats

No blind mice: Retinal transplant successfully restores sight in rats

November 7, 2018

Scientists have successfully restored vision in blind rats by transplanting fetal retina cells to regenerate neurons in the vision centres of their brains. Researchers at the University of California, Irvine School of Medicine found that sheets of fetal cells integrated into the retina can generate nearly normal visual activity in their brains. The findings were [...]

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How dogs could prevent the spread of malaria

How dogs could prevent the spread of malaria

November 7, 2018

Several years ago, British entomologist Steve Lindsay landed at an American airport and was intrigued by the sniffer dogs searching for fruits and vegetables in the baggage claim area. Seeing as studies have shown that malaria releases a signature scent, Lindsay, who studies malaria at Durham University in the UK, wondered if dogs could smell [...]

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