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Focusing on the needs of the geriatric sector in Asia

Focusing on the needs of the geriatric sector in Asia

October 08, 2019

The Asia Pacific (APAC) region is the fastest ageing region globally. By 2050, the population of older persons (aged over 60) would have reached 1.3 billion. Major issues that are confronting the elders, from nutrition and wellness to access to affordable healthcare. In the region, geriatric healthcare cost is already forecast to reach to US$20 trillion by 2030. Thus, to improve access to quality healthcare and cost healthcare, innovative solutions are created […]

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Research

Fructose revealed to be worse than glucose on liver metabolism

Fructose revealed to be worse than glucose on liver metabolism

A high-fructose diet may hurt your liver more than glucose, according to a study by the Joslin Diabetes Center (Joslin) in Boston, US. The evidence of an animal study shows how fructose can disrupt the liver’s ability to metabolise fat and damage its mitochondria, leading to insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome […]

Patient-derived heart cells points to genetic control of cardiac function, US study finds

Patient-derived heart cells points to genetic control of cardiac function, US study finds

Instances of cardiac function/malfunction, such as irregular rhythms or heart failure, has been unclear in genome studies to date but researchers at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine have discovered that genetic variations influence heart function through the binding of a protein […]

Eating onions and garlic may reduce breast cancer risk, US study reveals

Eating onions and garlic may reduce breast cancer risk, US study reveals

An unusual way to reduce breast cancer risk, by consuming onions and garlic, has recently been studied by American researchers from the University of Buffalo (UB) and the University of Puerto Rico (UPR). There is previous evidence that eating onions and garlic can protect against the deadly cancer, and now […]

US study finds Bangladeshi spice makers add copious amounts of lead to turmeric

US study finds Bangladeshi spice makers add copious amounts of lead to turmeric

Lead is particularly dangerous when ingested by young children or pregnant women – it can impact the central nervous system and cause cognitive impairments or increase risks of miscarriages and premature births. To add to the detrimental effects, researchers from Stanford University, California […]

Personality trait could be to blame for your poor exercise regimen

Personality trait could be to blame for your poor exercise regimen

Conscientious planning may result in better physical activity, according to a study by the Association for Psychological Science (APS). The American non-profit organisation suggests that a facet of this trait,called ‘planfulness’, may translate into significant differences in behavior […]

Technology & Devices

Israeli imaging device could help with better dry eye diagnoses

Israeli imaging device could help with better dry eye diagnoses

An insufficient tear film across one’s eyes can cause it to frequently become irritated, in what is known as dry eye disease. The condition is sometimes tricky to treat, but a new device developed by Israeli firm Advanced Optical Methods […]

UK prototype skin patch measures patients’ antibiotic levels in real time

UK prototype skin patch measures patients’ antibiotic levels in real time

Medical staff usually determine the level of antibiotics in a patient’s bloodstream through blood sampling, but scientists from Britain’s Imperial College London have made it possible to do just as well using a microneedle skin patch […]

German-developed rescue mat to ease CPR efforts

German-developed rescue mat to ease CPR efforts

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is an impromptu measure for those experiencing a heart attack. While many people are not confident in performing an emergency CPR for various reasons, a device has been developed by German scientist to simplify the process […]

MIT’s robo-thread to ease removal of blood clots in the brain

MIT’s robo-thread to ease removal of blood clots in the brain

Blood clots in the brain that cause strokes could potentially be overcome in the near future, as mechanical engineers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US, have developed a breakthrough robotic thread that can tend to the blockage in the brain quickly and safely.[…]

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 […]

Pharmaceutical

Robust antimicrobial resistance surveillance needed in SEA

Robust antimicrobial resistance surveillance needed in SEA

A particular resistance to two kinds of drugs, namely carbapenems and polymyxins, in Southeast Asia (SEA) has prompted the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to evaluate their clinical risks to the masses before it becomes a widespread threat […]

UK scientists id shape-shifting bacteria behind antibiotic resistance

UK scientists id shape-shifting bacteria behind antibiotic resistance

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified antibiotic resistance as one of the biggest, fatal threats affecting people in many regions around the globe. Antibiotics typically target bacterial cell walls as part of its healing mechanism, but scientists from Newcastle University in UK have, for the first time, seen that bacteria can change form to avoid being detected by antibiotics in the human body. […]

New multi-drug delivery method introduced for HIV treatment

New multi-drug delivery method introduced for HIV treatment

Patients who have to take multiple pills daily can be assured of an injectable multi-drug implant soon as scientists from the University of North Carolina (UNC), US, have designed a device that combines multiple drugs and is long-acting –specifically for HIV treatment and prevention […]

US team finds drug that could isolate, treat brain cancer glioblastoma

US team finds drug that could isolate, treat brain cancer glioblastoma

Glioblastoma (GBM), a fatal type of brain cancer, presents in web-like tumours that are hard to remove. According to the National American Foundation for Cancer Research, more than half of newly-diagnosed GBM patients are likely to die within the first 15 months. […]

MSD introduces new drug treatment for lung cancer in Malaysia

MSD introduces new drug treatment for lung cancer in Malaysia

Lung cancer is responsible for about 1.76 million deaths globally and is the third most common cancer in Malaysia, from 2007 to 2011. There are two major types of lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC) – the former accounts for more lung cancer cases than the latter. As such, Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Heart patients and bachelors/spinsters benefit significantly from dog ownership

Heart patients and bachelors/spinsters benefit significantly from dog ownership

Pets have been known to ease some health concerns but it has been recently proven that dog owners live longer, and this is especially true for heart disease patients or the ones living alone. Dr. Caroline Kramer at the Leadership Sinai Centre for Diabetes (LSCD) in Ontario, Canada, found dog owners to have lower […]

Losing weight works better with a challenge

Losing weight works better with a challenge

The weight loss hurdle may be easier in the face of a challenger – participants were observed to partake in more physical activity in step-counting contests than using activity trackers to monitor their own steps, according to a study at the University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) in Philadelphia, US […]

Microbial therapy may be the answer to irritating food allergies

Microbial therapy may be the answer to irritating food allergies

Food allergies have become common place in most modernised countries and are quite tricky to keep in check. A new study by Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Massachusetts, US, may however change the onset of food allergies and also reverse existing ones. […]

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 […]

Community health

Malaysia advocates “smoking act” to monitor e-cigarette use

Malaysia advocates “smoking act” to monitor e-cigarette use

Malaysia is looking to impose strict regulations on the sale and use of electronic cigarettes, vaporisers and tobacco products that have all proven harmful to health and led to youth addiction. The Tobacco Control and Smoking Act has been submitted to the attorney-general for a final review and will hopefully be tabled next year […]

UK scientists develop nanoparticles to transport delicate anti-cancer agent

UK scientists develop nanoparticles to transport delicate anti-cancer agent

Scientists are always developing new treatments to bolster their defenses against cancer – the latest process, known as “gene knockdown”, incorporates the binding of small interfering ribonucleic acids (siRNAs) to specific gene messenger molecules, destroying them before they instruct cells to produce affected proteins. Dr. David Fairen-Jimenez, […]

Singapore offers help to Indonesia, encourages stronger ASEAN coop against haze

Singapore offers help to Indonesia, encourages stronger ASEAN coop against haze

Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Masagos Zulkifli, has petitioned for “stronger resolve and cooperation” among ASEAN countries amid the worsening air quality due to raging forest fires in Indonesia. […]

European scientists introduce new type of optic nerve stimulation for the blind

European scientists introduce new type of optic nerve stimulation for the blind

The sensation of seeing light in the form of white patterns, without actually looking at light, is thought to help overcome blindness. As an alternative to retinal implants or nerve electrodes that stimulate the visual cortex to “see” light, scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) […]

Malaysia’s Sunway Medical Centre sets sights on Sunway Velocity

Malaysia’s Sunway Medical Centre sets sights on Sunway Velocity

West Malaysia’s Cheras/KL South communities will see a new tertiary care private hospital in Sunway Medical Centre Velocity (SMCV) by the end of 2019, as part of the Sunway Group's extensive RM320 million (US$77 million) healthcare expansion plan. Encompassing Sunway Velocity's […]

Health alert

German study suggests shorter people are at higher risk of type-2 diabetes

German study suggests shorter people are at higher risk of type-2 diabetes

Height could predict the risk for diabetes, as a short stature is associated with a higher risk of type-2 diabetes,with each 10cm difference in height corresponding to a 41% decreased risk of diabetes in men and a 33% decreased risk in women. The European Association for […]

Promising malaria treatment “kills” deadly parasite

Promising malaria treatment “kills” deadly parasite

Malaria affect almost 200 million people globally, but the threat of malaria could potentially be reduced to nil as researchers from the Kenyan Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) have recently – and successfully -killed the parasite that causes the disease […]

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. […]

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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