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EXCLUSIVE: Are doctors oblivious to mental health illness?

EXCLUSIVE: Are doctors oblivious to mental health illness?

June 26, 2020

Depression, a mental health disorder, is a leading cause of disability worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It is a common illness, which has affected millions globally, and the numbers continue to rise. While there have been known and available treatments for mental disorders, access to mental health care are lacking and inadequate training to recognizing signs of underlying […]

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Research

Babies recognise when adults imitate them and perceive imitators as more friendly

Babies recognise when adults imitate them and perceive imitators as more friendly

Imitating young infants seems to be an effective way to catch their interest and bond with them, researchers from Lund University, Sweden, observe after meeting and playing […]

Targeted ultrasound-microbubbles “blast apart” and destroy cancer cells

Targeted ultrasound-microbubbles “blast apart” and destroy cancer cells

Scientists experimenting with microbubbles as a way of treating cancer have made an exciting new discovery –biomedical engineers at Israel’s Tel Aviv University (TAU) found potential weapons in ultrasound-powered […]

Moderate drinking also bears severe consequences, more so for men

Moderate drinking also bears severe consequences, more so for men

A new study by researchers at the Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research (CISUR) at the University of Victoria in British Columbia, Canada, showed that limited […]

Opportunistic gut pathogens associated with likelihood of Parkinson’s disease

Opportunistic gut pathogens associated with likelihood of Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD), a progressive neurodegenerative disorder, has been linked to the gut many a time, and a new […]

Blocking two genes found to halt growth, spread of triple negative breast cancer

Blocking two genes found to halt growth, spread of triple negative breast cancer

Triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) is a particularly aggressive form of the disease as it can rapidly spread to other parts of the body. Although rarely diagnosed […]

Technology & Devices

Scientists invent electrical scaffolding-like material to help heal broken bones

Scientists invent electrical scaffolding-like material to help heal broken bones

Current implants or scaffold materials that mimic the body’s own electrical field, to stimulate bone cells into reproducing, are bulky, inconvenient and need to be surgically removed once the broken bone has healed […]

MIT’s innovative surgical tape can patch up wet organs and peel off harmlessly

MIT’s innovative surgical tape can patch up wet organs and peel off harmlessly

Last year, a team of MIT engineers developed an impressive alternative to sutures – a surgical adhesive or double-sided tape that could stick to the wet surfaces of organs and even attach implantable medical […]

Wrinkles and spots allow new diagnostic AI to estimate peoples’ ages

Wrinkles and spots allow new diagnostic AI to estimate peoples’ ages

An artificial intelligence (AI) system developed by neuroinformatics engineers at the Institute for Neural Computation at Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB), Germany, can estimate a person’s age and ethnic origin almost as well […]

Alternative, rice-sized implant could help treat neurological disorders

Alternative, rice-sized implant could help treat neurological disorders

Certain neurological conditions require battery-powered implants to treat them, e.g. neuron-stimulating electrodes may be surgically inserted into the brain […]

Diabetics could one day use remote-activated insulin-releasing device instead of needles

Diabetics could one day use remote-activated insulin-releasing device instead of needles

People with diabetes have trouble metabolising glucose, asbeta cells in the pancreas are unable to sense spikes in blood sugar levels and produce insulin in response […]

Pharmaceutical

Powerful coronavirus-neutralising antibodies successfully tested in animals, human cell cultures

Powerful coronavirus-neutralising antibodies successfully tested in animals, human cell cultures

Scientists have recently discovered very potent antibodies in the blood of recovered COVID-19 patients that provide powerful protection against SARS-CoV-2 by neutralising the virus's ability to […]

US scientists develop “poison arrow” solution to antibiotic-resistant superbugs

US scientists develop “poison arrow” solution to antibiotic-resistant superbugs

To contend with the alarming rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a team of Princeton University, US, researchers have introduced a first-of-a-kind compound that works like a […]

Roche’s Tecentriq-chemotherapy combo now approved for treating aggressive type of lung cancer

Roche’s Tecentriq-chemotherapy combo now approved for treating aggressive type of lung cancer

The Singaporean Health Sciences Authority (HAS) has recently approved of global pharmaceutical giant Roche’s new immunotherapy treatment […]

Stomach acid-withstanding peptide pills could be a new type of oral drug

Stomach acid-withstanding peptide pills could be a new type of oral drug

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL) have recently developed a novel method of testing and creating peptides that can survive degradation by stomach acids – these could potentially make up oral drugs for chronic inflammatory diseases of the […]

New Ebola vaccine effective against all four virus species dangerous to humans

New Ebola vaccine effective against all four virus species dangerous to humans

Infectious disease scientists at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Centre (CCHMC) in Ohio, US, have recently tested a novel vaccine candidate for Ebola in animals, which seems to be effective against all four species of Ebola that infect humans […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Children develop unique cognitive offloading strategy to simplify thinking

Children develop unique cognitive offloading strategy to simplify thinking

Children as young as 4 years old tend to use various cognitive aids – including notepads and apps – to simplify tasks as necessary, according to a recent study from the […]

US study finds living environment, socioeconomic status greatly impact longevity

US study finds living environment, socioeconomic status greatly impact longevity

A living environment that supports healthy aging is more likely to influence longevity rather than good genes. According to a new study conducted at Washington State University’s (WSU) […]

Intraday hunger because of fasting may strengthen immune system against COVID-19 virus

Intraday hunger because of fasting may strengthen immune system against COVID-19 virus

A Turkish internal medicine and gastroenterologist specialist claimed that time-restricted eating practices such as fasting, strengthens the body’s immune system […]

Using soil may form a wound-sealing plug that also prevents blood loss

Using soil may form a wound-sealing plug that also prevents blood loss

A surprising new discovery by scientists at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, Canada, suggests that sanitised soil could be used to halt bleeding – while regular dirt contains many microorganisms that may cause […]

Safely managing coronavirus treatment –before emergency services – at home

Safely managing coronavirus treatment – before emergency services – at home

Managing and overcoming the coronavirus pandemic has left little room for anything else in our lives – family members can easily fall ill as the virus is highly contagious. Although it is rare for an infected patient to remain at home […]

Community health

Digital edition of CAREhab postponed to later date in July 2020

Digital edition of CAREhab postponed to later date in July 2020

The digital edition of Asia’s annual healthcare platform CAREhab 2020 and conference element 6th Singapore Rehabilitation Conference, previously announced to take place live via the CAREhab GO platform from 10-11 July […]

Philippines DOH warns public against “steam inhalation” to prevent COVID-19

Philippines DOH warns public against “steam inhalation” to prevent COVID-19

The Department of Health (DOH) in the Philippines recently cautioned against the practice of “tuob” or steam inhalation with salt, lemon, and other ingredients,to prevent COVID-19 infection. Steam inhalation purportedly kills SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the deadly coronavirus disease […]

Living environment can control men’s testosterone development, UK study finds

Living environment can control men’s testosterone development, UK study finds

A study led by Durham University, UK, suggests that testosterone levels are heavily influenced by a man’s childhood environment – men who grow up in more challenging conditions are likely to have […]

New Ebola outbreak in Congo amid coronavirus relief spurs panic, concern

New Ebola outbreak in Congo amid coronavirus relief spurs panic, concern

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have just announced that a new outbreak of Ebola virus disease is occurring in its northwestern port city of Mbandaka – of the six detected Ebola cases […]

Japan may lift coronavirus emergency ban earlier than expected

Japan may lift coronavirus emergency ban earlier than expected

As the number of new coronavirus cases continues to decline in Japan, its government is likely to lift the state of emergency ban currently in place in Tokyo, Hokkaido, and nearby prefectures, by the end of May 2020 […]

Health alert

Adults with dysfunctional childhoods more at risk of heart disease, health issues

Adults with dysfunctional childhoods more at risk of heart disease, health issues

A high level of childhood family environment adversity has been shown to increase a person’s risk of having heart disease in their 50s and 60s. Children who experience […]

S. Koreans on alert over possible rise in coronavirus cases after 2020 general election

S. Koreans on alert over possible rise in coronavirus cases after 2020 general election

Following South Korea’s general election this past week – the world’s first nationwide election held during the COVID-19 pandemic – health authorities are concerned that new infection clusters could pop up and again contribute to […]

Maintaining mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Maintaining mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic

Loneliness and social isolation may increase the risk of premature death by nearly 50%, according to two meta-analyses from Brigham Young University in Utah, US, in 2017. However, as many people’s freedom of movement is now severely limited thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic […]

Understanding how COVID-19 affects children vital to slowing infectious diseases’ spread

Understanding how COVID-19 affects children vital to slowing infectious diseases’ spread

A recent commentary reveals a small percentage of children infected with COVID-19 can become seriously ill – researchers thus caution that it is critical to understand how the virus affects children to model the pandemic accurately, limit the disease’s spread, and hopefully treat infected […]

World may face pandemic as epicenters of rapidly spreading coronavirus appear outside China

World may face pandemic as epicenters of rapidly spreading coronavirus appear outside China

COVID-19 cases inside China have for the first time been surpassed by fresh cases elsewhere this past week, with Italy and Iran emerging as epicenters of the rapidly spreading illness as well as the first reported infection in Latin America, Pakistan, Sweden, Norway, and Romania […]

Other health News

Medical Fair Asia postponed to December

Fat-fighting molecule targets mitochondria to burn off excess fat in mice

June 15, 2020

A new molecule – which is said to trick the body into burning off more fat than necessary – has been discovered by a team of researchers from Virginia Tech at the University of Virginia, US, and the University of New South Wales, Australia. The newly-identified molecule, BAM15, is a type of “mitochondrial uncoupler” that works by targeting mitochondria and changing the way they consume energy and distribute it throughout […]

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Medical Fair Asia postponed to December

Medical Fair Asia postponed to December

May 5, 2020

With the ongoing onslaught of the Covid-19 pandemic globally, the Singapore-held 13th edition of Medical Fair Asia, originally scheduled for 9-11 September 2020, will be postponed to the last quarter of the year from 9-11 December 2020. Rescheduling the trade fair was necessary in view of the continuing fight against Covid-19 which includes ongoing travel restrictions […]

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Covid-19: Navigating cancer during the pandemic

Covid-19: Navigating cancer during the pandemic

April 29, 2020

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, cancer patients may feel worried about how the virus might affect them. It is only natural to feel that way as they are at a higher risk of infection due to their weakened immune system[1]. Below is advise given by Dr. John Low, Consultant Clinical Oncologist […]

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Covid-19: Pandemic has huge impact on mental and emotional health

Covid-19: Pandemic has huge impact on mental and emotional health

April 27, 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic is having a huge impact on many areas of society. One particular area is the mental and emotional health of everyday people, regardless whether they have pre-existing mental health issues before or otherwise. Academicians from various universities, including those in England and Sweden, in their paper ‘Multidisciplinary research priorities for the COVID-19 pandemic: […]

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Social distancing is the way to go to tackle COVID-19

Social distancing is the way to go to tackle COVID-19

March 20, 2020

The social-distancing measures announced this past week by Malaysian Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has elicited much uncertainty, fear and panic. However, despite the abrupt decision, health professionals agree that such measures will save lives in the long run. Malaysia imposed social-distancing movement restrictions later than many other countries after the current pandemic […]

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New vaccine delivery system eases transport to remote areas

New vaccine delivery system eases transport to remote areas

March 09, 2020

Transporting vaccines to remote or developing regions comes with a host of problems, with solutions including keeping them in sugary gels, freeze-drying them so they can be stored at room temperature and putting them in a state of suspended animation. A new delivery method from scientists at University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), US, preserves the living strains of viruses in a thin, lightweight film without the need for refrigeration – the film can be taken orally and rapidly dissolves […]

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