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Taiwan and Malaysia join hands for better healthcare

Taiwan and Malaysia join hands for better healthcare

November 24, 2020

The global healthcare market is estimated to hit US$1.4 trillion by 2023. Against the back of this, the exchange of medical information is vital to improving healthcare quality, safety, and patient outcomes. In order to encourage networking between Taiwan’s and Malaysia’s medical community, the Taiwan’s Ministry of Health and Welfare and Taiwan External Trade Development Council (TAITRA) held […]

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Research

Improving awareness of fertility/pregnancy issues in young breast cancer patients

Improving awareness of fertility/pregnancy issues in young breast cancer patients

Fertility preservation and pregnancy-related issues are among the priority concerns of female breast cancer patients, many of whom have been diagnosed […]

US study shows how rapid testing could cripple COVID within weeks

US study shows how rapid testing could cripple COVID within weeks

Exploring whether different parameters such as test sensitivity, frequency, or turnaround time helps curb the spread of COVID-19 the most has led researches at the […]

Scientists suggest beta-blockers as cancer, COVID-19 treatment

Scientists suggest beta-blockers as cancer, COVID-19 treatment

Beta-2 blockers such as Propranolol have been found to suppress inflammation and the spread of cancer in the lung […]

“Killer couch chemicals” causes diabetes in mice offspring

“Killer couch chemicals” causes diabetes in mice offspring

Household chemicals or flame retardants called PBDEs, commonly added to furniture, upholstery, and electronics to prevent fires, causes diabetes in mice exposed to the […]

Certain gut-bacteria found to protect from radiation damage

Researchers design bloodless solution to test for malaria

Researchers at Rice University in Texas, US, have engineered a new bandage-like microneedle patch that can analyse and detect key markers of malaria […]

Technology & Devices

Imaging baby brains made easy with new wearable technology

Imaging baby brains made easy with new wearable technology

Studying the infant brain is no easy task, especially working with MRI machines, since the subjects wiggle around a lot and are easily distracted. […]

World-first 3D colour hand-and-wrist scanner sent to trial

World-first 3D colour hand-and-wrist scanner sent to trial

New Zealand-based Mars Bioimaging Ltd. (MBI) has introduced a new, high-resolution CT scanner that creates […]

Radio waves used to slow pain transmission in arthritis

Radio waves used to slow pain transmission in arthritis

Scientists have chanced upon a novel technique that uses low-grade radiofrequency energy (cooled radiofrequency ablation) to help sufferers […]

Smart implant helps better control underactive bladders

Smart implant helps better control underactive bladders

Improper urinary control can lead to a number of uncomfortable situations and even diseases, if left unattended […]

Fraunhofer develops silver implant coating to reduce infection risk

Fraunhofer develops silver implant coating to reduce infection risk

Germany’s Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials (Fraunhofer IFAM) have developed a new implant-coating process that uses antibiotic […]

Pharmaceutical

UPDATE: Oxford coronavirus vaccine spells good news for older adults

UPDATE: Oxford coronavirus vaccine spells good news for older adults

Next year is already sounding more promising – two pharmaceutical giants have announced successful COVID-19 vaccine trials […]

Two different COVID-19 vaccine trials show great success

Two different COVID-19 vaccine trials show great success

Next year is already sounding more promising – two pharmaceutical giants have announced successful COVID-19 vaccine trials […]

Old arthritis drug overcomes antibiotic resistance

Old arthritis drug overcomes antibiotic resistance

Decades of overuse of antibiotics has rendered most of humanity’s best drugs useless against superbugs; researchers at the University of Hong Kong (HKU), however […]

Aerosol drug found to inhibit activity of coronavirus

Aerosol drug found to inhibit activity of coronavirus

An international team of researchers from UK and Germany have identified a drug with the potential to provide relief from […]

Trio awarded Nobel Prize for Medicine for hepatitis C discovery

Trio awarded Nobel Prize for Medicine for hepatitis C discovery

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Physiology for Medicine has been awarded to research scientists Harvey J. Alter, Michael Houghton and Charles M. Rice for first identifying and then […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Blood glucose better controlled with diabetes-friendly diet and meal replacements

Blood glucose better controlled with diabetes-friendly diet and meal replacements

Some diabetics grapple with proper management of blood glucose, especially keeping to a diabetes-specific diet, which might lead to the onset of complications such as blindness, kidney disease and heart disease. […]

Key protein protects blood stem cells from premature aging

Key protein protects blood stem cells from premature aging

Haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) produce other blood and immune cells, and ramp up production when an infection strikes […]

Active older adults have comparatively better physical and mental health

Active older adults have comparatively better physical and mental health

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), there are nearly 16.9 million cancer survivors in the US today; they are also part of a rapidly […]

In plain sight: how your nails can show signs of stress and disease

Unexpected discovery of salivary glands deep inside the human head

A pair of previously unknown salivary glands has been discovered nestled deep in the back of the visible throat (nasopharynx). This new discovery may help prevent overlooked damage or complications […]

In plain sight: how your nails can show signs of stress and disease

In plain sight: how your nails can show signs of stress and disease

Stress can take a toll on person physically and psychologically, and may also lead to outward signs on the skin, hair and nails […]

Community health

Longing for social contact akin to hunger cravings, scientists find

Malaysian cancer patients stand to receive better care with new NCSM partnership

A lonely person looking upon people having fun together activates the same brain region that lights up when someone who is hungry sees a picture of a plate of food […]

Malaysian cancer patients stand to receive better care with new NCSM partnership

Malaysian cancer patients stand to receive better care with new NCSM partnership

A new cooperation agreement, announced by healthcare access company Axios International (Axios) and the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) […]

Japanese residents to get COVID-19 vaccines free of charge

Japanese residents to get COVID-19 vaccines free of charge

The Japanese government has approved a bill this past week to cover all costs to administer COVID-19 vaccination to all residents in Japan […]

India creates cheap and quick test for coronavirus

India creates cheap and quick test for coronavirus

Indian researchers have developed a cheap paper-based test for the coronavirus which would hopefully help millions across the country detect and keep infections […]

Health development of young children significantly affected by poverty

Health development of young children significantly affected by poverty

Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have found that disparities arising from poverty can affect the health of children from as young as 5 years old […]

Health alert

Growing assault on lung health when cooking with wood, researchers find

Growing assault on lung health when cooking with wood, researchers find

Cooking with biomass fuel such as wood or dry brush causes significant lung damage compared to cleaner-burning […]

People with Parkinson’s more likely to die from COVID-19

People with Parkinson’s more likely to die from COVID-19

New analysis based on patient data in the TriNetX COVID-19 research network in the US suggests that patients with […]

Two tropical, mosquito-borne viruses linked to neurological damage, stoke

Two tropical, mosquito-borne viruses linked to neurological damage, stoke

A fraction of young people who display mild, transitory psychotic signs and symptoms at an early age will go on to develop a serious […]

Blood test predicts risk of developing psychotic disorders in childhood

Blood test predicts risk of developing psychotic disorders in childhood

A fraction of young people who display mild, transitory psychotic signs and symptoms at an early age will go on to develop a serious […]

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 […]

Other health News

Gum disease associated with diabetes and other serious inflammatory conditions

Gum disease associated with diabetes and other serious inflammatory conditions

October 23, 2020

In a robust study led by researchers from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, severe periodontitis, or gum disease, is found to exacerbate conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even Alzheimer’s disease. According to the researchers, heightened production of a type of immune cell in people with periodontitis can initiate a […]

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Children with autism, ADHD visit the doctor more during infancy

Children with autism, ADHD visit the doctor more during infancy

October 20, 2020

According to research, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects approximately 1.5% and 11% of children in the US, respectively; ADHD symptoms also present in up to 60% of children with ASD. Duke Health researchers have found that children who are later diagnosed with ASD or ADHD are […]

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Aging reduces capillary growth in muscle in postmenopausal women

Hybrid yarn from collagen, synthetic fibres form artery substitute

October 02, 2020

Scientists have successfully knitted new artery grafts out of collagen and polylactic acid-based fibres to replace damaged coronary arteries. The scientists, from North Carolina State University (NCSU), US, looked into “tissue-engineered vascular grafts” as an alternative method for heart attack patients, who usually have to do with replacement veins from elsewhere in their bodies […]

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Aging reduces capillary growth in muscle in postmenopausal women

Aging reduces capillary growth in muscle in postmenopausal women

October 01, 2020

Postmenopausal woman unfortunately have significantly reduced ability for angiogenesis – the formation of tiny blood vessels, or capillaries – in skeletal muscle tissue, compared to younger, premenopausal women. These women were also unable to increase the number of capillaries after a period of aerobic exercise, according to a study at the University of Copenhagen’s Department of Nutrition […]

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Taiwanese assistive technologies to benefit ageing transformation

Taiwanese assistive technologies to benefit ageing transformation

September 18, 2020

According to the 2019 United Nation World Population Report, more than 703 million people were aged 65 years and over and the number is expected to double to 1.5 billion by the year 2050. The ageing transformation is classified when the ageing population becomes a proportionately larger share of the total population […]

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An eye on future vision: Taiwanese ophthalmic innovations

An eye on future vision: Taiwanese ophthalmic innovations

September 03, 2020

According to estimates from IEK Consulting of the Industrial Technology Research Institute, the global ophthalmic medical equipment market is estimated to reach US$58.4 billion by 2023. Armed with the strength of ICT/optical technology and scale of manufacturing capability, ophthalmic device […]

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