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Latest breakthrough in search for blood cancer cure discovered in Singapore

Latest breakthrough in search for blood cancer cure discovered in Singapore

May 23, 2018

Five researchers from the National Cancer Centre Singapore, the National University of Singapore (NUS), Duke-NUS Medical School, and the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) have shed light on how stem cells can be used more effectively to treat diseases such as leukaemia. The team discovered a laboratory-synthesised chemical substance that can be used to increase the [...]

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Research

Affected by air pollution? A Mediterranean diet may be the answer

Affected by air pollution? A Mediterranean diet may be the answer

Following a Mediterranean diet rich in antioxidants could minimize the harmful effects of air pollution on health. The diet, which consists of antioxidants from fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, olive oils, fish and poultry can greatly reduce the adverse effects of exposure to high levels of air pollution, say researchers. The study showed that people [...]

Eggs eaten daily, may reduce heart disease risk

Eggs eaten daily, may reduce heart disease risk

Health specialists have constantly warned us that eating eggs elevates the levels of unhealthy cholesterol. But a recent study says otherwise – eating an egg every day may actually reduce the risk of heart disease and stroke. A team of researchers from China and the UK, who authored the study, claim that Chinese adults who [...]

Broken your right arm? Exercise your left

Broken your right arm? Exercise your left

According to a fascinating new study, working out the muscles on one side of our bodies can keep the muscles on the other side strong and fit, even if we are immobile. The finding has implications for injury recovery and also emphasises how capable and confounding our bodies can be. Many of us – or a [...]

Quiet rest allows us to retain details after learning

Quiet rest allows us to retain details after learning

We know that we need our sleep if we want to create new memories. However research shows that simply resting for only 10 minutes after learning something is enough for us to memorize it in fine details. There is a close connection between sleep and memory. Sleep “blocks” our brain’s mechanisms of forgetting, lowering the [...]

Five factors that can affect one’s weight

Five factors that can affect one’s weight

Battling with obesity takes more than sheer will power. There are five possible factors that can have a direct effect on your weight according to research undertaken in the UK on Britons and presented in a documentary titled “The Truth About Obesity” on BBC News recently. Gut flora Tim Spector has been studying a pair [...]

Technology & Devices

New test for peanut allergy more accurate, safer than current tests

New test for peanut allergy more accurate, safer than current tests

Scientists from Britain’s Medical Research Council (MRC) have developed a new laboratory test to safely diagnose peanut allergy, offering a better way to monitor a significant food hazard. The test has 98 per cent specificity and, unlike current options, it does not run the risk of false-positives or cause allergic reactions such as anaphylactic shock. Current tests, in use for decades, are based on [...]

Gates joins malaria fight; backs gene-altering technologies

Gates joins malaria fight; backs gene-altering technologies

Philanthropist and Microsoft co-founder and Bill Gates is joining the fight against malaria by backing up gene-editing technologies that alter mosquitoes’ DNA. He said the technologies could prove critical in the fight against malaria, Bill Gates and ethical concerns should not block progress in such gene-modifying research. Speaking at the Malaria Forum conference in London, [...]

Evonik  opens research hub in Singapore; intensifies regenerative medicine research

Evonik opens research hub in Singapore; intensifies regenerative medicine research

German specialty chemicals company, Evonik has opened its first research hub for resource efficiency topics in Singapore, internationalising its research in the areas of functional surfaces and additive manufacturing. With the Biopolis-located research hub, Evonik is also expanding its collaboration with public and private research institutions and organisations in Singapore. Evonik has formed a partnership with [...]

Researchers developing new technologies to assist people with limb loss

Researchers developing new technologies to assist people with limb loss

It is a known fact that when you reach your hand out to grab an object, your brain signals certain muscles to move. Nerves for those muscles then send a message back to the brain about the movement. You don’t have to see your hand to know that you’ve grabbed the object. You can feel [...]

A non-invasive blood test that can detect eight types of cancer

A non-invasive blood test that can detect eight types of cancer

Scientists have developed CancerSEEK, a non-invasive blood test. The test can detect eight types of cancer long before any symptoms of the disease arise. The test can check for cancer of the ovary, liver, stomach, pancreas, oesophagus, colon, lung and breast. Together, these eight forms of cancer are responsible for more than 60% of cancer [...]

Pharmaceutical

FDA approves first of new migraine drugs

FDA approves first of new migraine drugs

The FDA endorsed a new drug called Aimovig for prevention of migraines in adults. Migraine sufferers got some relief with the approval of the first of a new class of drugs for migraine prevention, through monthly self-injections. Aimovig is the first in a new class of drugs that work by blocking the activity of calcitonin [...]

Hepatitis on the rise in Vietnam

Hepatitis on the rise in Vietnam

More than three million Vietnamese are infected with Hepatitis C virus (HCV), according to the recent findings from the survery conducted by the Ministry of Health .  Meanwhile, 40% of the HCV patients may die due to HCV-related complications, including cirrhosis and liver cancer , the survey cited. Dangerous and in some cases, fatal, Hepatitis [...]

Scientists look into multiple clues for improved influenza vaccine design

Scientists look into multiple clues for improved influenza vaccine design

Scientists are looking into multiple clues for improved influenza vaccine design that can ward various illnesses. They found that influenza vaccines that better target the influenza surface protein called neuraminidase (NA) could offer just this: It acts against various influenza virus strains and lessen the severity of illness, according to new research published in Cell. [...]

Vaccines prevent the world’s poorest from dying and falling into further poverty

Vaccines prevent the world’s poorest from dying and falling into further poverty

For the world’s poorest, getting vaccinated is critical: it not only keeps them healthy, but also keeps them from falling further into poverty, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. They estimated that increased investments in 10 vaccines administered in low- and middle-income countries over a [...]

Thailand hands out vitamin pills, folic acid tablets amidst concerns over declining birth rates

Thailand hands out vitamin pills, folic acid tablets amidst concerns over declining birth rates

Whether by handing cash bonuses or tax incentives, Thailand has almost tried it all to encourage its citizens to have more children. This Valentine’s Day, the country is trying out a new approach: handing out vitamin pills. Like several other Asian countries, Thailand is ageing rapidly. Birth rates have dropped sharply from more than 6 [...]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

A new method that makes heart valve replacement safer

A new method that makes heart valve replacement safer

Scientists have developed a new and safer technique that prevents coronary artery obstruction during transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), a rare but often fatal complication. The method is called Bioprosthetic Aortic Scallop Intentional Laceration and prevents Iatrogenic Coronary Artery obstruction (BASILICA). It will increase treatment options for high-risk patients who need heart valve procedures. TAVR, [...]

Eating carbohydrates, the healthy way

Eating carbohydrates, the healthy way

Carbohydrates can be found in various foods: spaghetti, potatoes, bread, beans and milk are just some of foods containing carbohydrates. Foods high in carbohydrates are an important part of a healthy diet. Carbohydrates provide the body with glucose, which is converted to energy used to support bodily functions and physical activity. But carbohydrate quality is [...]

Lots of exercise in older age boosts immune system, protects against infection

Lots of exercise in older age boosts immune system, protects against infection

Scientists say that older people who do lots of exercise develop a strong immune system and are protected against infections. The scientists tracked 125 long-distance cyclists, some of whom are now in their 80s. They were found to have the immune systems of 20-year-olds. Prof Norman Lazarus, 82, of King’s College London, who took part in and [...]

If you are a smoker and a drinker, consuming very hot tea might increase your cancer risk

If you are a smoker and a drinker, consuming very hot tea might increase your cancer risk

If you smoke and also drink alcohol, consuming scalding hot tea might not be a good idea, as it is associated with an increased risk of esophageal tumours a Chinese study suggests. Among Chinese adults who drank at least one beer, cocktail or glass of wine daily, those who also consumed burning hot tea every [...]

Facial yoga joins the list of Botox and fillers as a new non-invasive anti-aging treatment

Facial yoga joins the list of Botox and fillers as a new non-invasive anti-aging treatment

Cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Murad Alam has added a new, low-cost, non-invasive anti-aging treatment to his services: facial yoga. Dermatologists measured improvements in the appearance of the faces of a small group of middle-age women after they did half an hour of daily face-toning exercises for eight weeks, followed by alternate-day exercises for another 12 weeks. [...]

Community health

Agendia and Angsana work towards breast cancer testing in Southeast Asia

Agendia and Angsana work towards breast cancer testing in Southeast Asia

Agendia, Inc., a world leader in personalized medicine and molecular cancer diagnostics, and Angsana Molecular & Diagnostics Laboratory Pte Ltd, a subsidiary of Parkway Pantai, announce a partnership to market the MammaPrint Breast Cancer Risk of Recurrence test and the BluePrint Molecular Subtyping test to physicians across Southeast Asia, including Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam, Brunei and Myanmar. [...]

Ebola patients escape from treatment facility in Congo

Ebola patients escape from treatment facility in Congo

Aid agency Doctors Without Borders said that two Ebola patients left a treatment center in the Democratic Republic of Congo amidst fear of the virus spreading rapidly. The two left the health facility in Mbandaka with help from their families during the night said Rosie Slater, a spokeswoman for Doctors Without Borders, or MSF, an acronym [...]

NEA: Expect more mosquitoes and more dengue cases

NEA: Expect more mosquitoes and more dengue cases

The National Environment Agency (NEA) of Singapore said that the mosquito population is expected to increase along with the number of dengue cases in the warmer months ahead. Through its Gravitrap surveillance system, NEA has found that the mosquito population remained high with 22 per cent more Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in the first quarter of 2018 compared [...]

World Hypertension Day 2018: Hypertension in kids growing

World Hypertension Day 2018: Hypertension in kids growing

World Hypertension Day is observed on every May 17th to raise awareness and promote hypertension prevention, detection and control. Hypertension or high blood pressure is quite common among adults. Now, even children are affected. “Blood pressure is the force of the blood pushing against the artery walls. High blood pressure (hypertension) means that the pressure [...]

Thai hospital, first in Asia to do triple organ transplant

Thai hospital, first in Asia to do triple organ transplant

Bangkok-based Siriraj Hospital has successfully transplanted heart, liver and kidney transplant. The oldest and largest hospital in Thailand has set a record of becoming the first in Asia to carry out such kind of transplant. According to reports, the three-organ transplant patient is a 26-year male who has 26-year-old man who has suffered from chronic [...]

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World Schizophrenia Day 2018: Five myths and facts about schizophrenia

World Schizophrenia Day 2018: Five myths and facts about schizophrenia

World Schizophrenia Day is celebrated May 24 annually. It aims to bring awareness about this mental disorder and thereby supports people who are suffering. Schizophrenia has been classified as a mental illness. It is a serious and debilitating mental disorder that affects a person’s ability to think, feel, and behave clearly. Schizophrenia is generally regarded [...]

What is gluten and should it be avoided?

What is gluten and should it be avoided?

The word ‘gluten’ is derived from the Latin word for glue. Gluten is a combination of grain-based proteins called glutelins and prolamins. These proteins can stretch under high cooking temperatures, giving a chewy texture to baked foods. Coeliac disease A genetic condition known as coeliac disease (CD) is typified mostly by severe intolerance to gliadins [...]

Heart failure cause of more deaths than advanced cancer

Heart failure cause of more deaths than advanced cancer

With heart disease and heart failure causing 2 to 3 times as many deaths as advanced cancers, it is crucial that the public is more aware of this disease and takes steps to prevent it. Thus, Novartis Corporation in Malaysia recently initiated its “Keep It Pumping” campaign, with the tagline – Don’t fail your heart, [...]

Drivers’ fatigue in the ride-sharing industry is a public safety risk

Drivers’ fatigue in the ride-sharing industry is a public safety risk

Fatigue and sleepiness in the ridesharing industry are increasingly becoming a problem, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) warns. The AASM calls on ridesharing companies, government officials, medical professionals and law enforcement officers to address drivers’ fatigue as a public safety risk. “Fatigued driving is common . . . and this is a real [...]

Bad air quality linked to heart and lung illnesses

Bad air quality linked to heart and lung illnesses

More people are admitted to emergency departments for heart- and lung-related illnesses and stroke, caused by poor air quality with high levels of tiny pollution particles known as PM 2.5, a US study suggests. Based on analysis of areas affected by the intense 2015 California wildfire season, researchers found that within a day of residents [...]

Other health News

Nepali drones deliver much needed medicine to the Himalayas

Nepali drones deliver much needed medicine to the Himalayas

May 2, 2018

Nepali labourer Om Bahadur Purja recently sprained his leg in his remote village and he received the treatment he needed in his home village – thanks to the recent arrival of a drone carrying basic medicines and equipment. “This saved me a lot of trouble, time and money,” Purja told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from [...]

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Scientists discover ways to teach computers how to analyse brain cells

Scientists discover ways to teach computers how to analyse brain cells

April 27, 2018

There used to be a time where scientists had to painstakingly stain brain cells and draw by hand what they saw in a microscope. Now, machines can do the work in analysing brain cells. According to a new study in Cell, it may be possible to teach machines how to pick out features in neurons [...]

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Mother’s depression affects children’s emotional and intellectual development

Mother’s depression affects children’s emotional and intellectual development

April 27, 2018

Depression in mothers are linked with their children’s development from infancy through adolescence, a new study says. Researchers studied 875 middle- or lower-class mothers in Chile and their healthy children over a 16-year period, evaluating participants roughly every four years. At any point during the study, about half of the mothers had symptoms of depression, [...]

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Excessive alcohol-consumption increases risk of PMS

Excessive alcohol-consumption increases risk of PMS

April 25, 2018

New research shows that women who consume alcohol excessively are at increased risk of pre-menstrual syndrome (PMS). “Together with other researchers, we believe that alcohol increases PMS risk by altering the level of hormones, such as gonadotropin, during the menstrual cycle,” Dr. Bahi Takkouche, the study’s senior author, said. Up to 40 % of women [...]

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Too much caffeine intake in pregnancy linked to overweight kids

Too much caffeine intake in pregnancy linked to overweight kids

April 25, 2018

A Norwegian study has found that pregnant women who consume lots of coffee and other caffeinated beverages may be more likely to have kids who are overweight than mothers who limit caffeine during pregnancy. Researchers examined data on caffeine intake for almost 51,000 mothers and weight gain for their babies during infancy. Compared with women [...]

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Scientists come up with genetically-altered antibodies that protect monkeys from HIV-like virus

Scientists come up with genetically-altered antibodies that protect monkeys from HIV-like virus

April 25, 2018

Scientists from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) have come up with two genetically-modified broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) that protected rhesus macaques from an HIV-like virus. After introducing genetic mutations into two potent HIV bNAbs, researchers prepared intravenous infusions of two bNAbs known as 3BNC117-LS and 10-1074-LS. Single infusions of each modified bNAb [...]

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LGBTQ youth vulnerable to bullying, abuse and mental health problems

LGBTQ youth vulnerable to bullying, abuse and mental health problems

April 23, 2018

Three US studies find that lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are more vulnerable to abuse, bullying and mental health problem compared to their heterosexual and gender-conforming peers. While plenty of previous research has documented a variety of psychological issues that can be more common among LGBTQ children and teens, these new studies [...]

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Most wealthy people around the world expect to live until 100

Most wealthy people around the world expect to live until 100

April 23, 2018

More than half of wealthy investors around the world expect to live to the age of 100, a recent survey shows. The survey also shows that two of three of them plan to work longer in life to afford a comfortable retirement. The UBS Investor Watch, which tracks the sentiments of more than 5,000 people [...]

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Nabi Tajima, world’s ‘oldest person’, dies age 117

Nabi Tajima, world’s ‘oldest person’, dies age 117

April 23, 2018

Nabi Tajima, from Japan, who born in 1900, died from old age at a hospital on her native southwestern island of Kikaijima, Kyodo news agency said. She was 117. Guinness World Records had been conducting research with a view to certifying Tajima as the oldest person alive after the previous record holder, Violet Brown of [...]

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Too much green tea supplements can cause liver disease

Too much green tea supplements can cause liver disease

April 20, 2018

Consuming supplements which are high in green tea extracts can increase risk of liver damage, according to new research from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Tea infusions, as used for brewed tea, are still considered safe. Instant tea drinks are also fine as they contain lower levels of the antioxidants naturally present in green [...]

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