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Cancer: Global rates, prevention and chemotherapy

Cancer: Global rates, prevention and chemotherapy

June 7, 2018

Healthy lifestyle, early detection can prevent up to 50% of cancer; Australia has the highest cancer rates in 2016, according to a study; while, another study finds common breast cancer may nix chemo treatment. Cancer, the second leading cause of death worldwide, accounted for 8.8 million deaths in 2015, according to the World Health Organisation [...]

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Research

Non-toxic compound shows potential against life-threatening infections

Non-toxic compound shows potential against life-threatening infections

Purdue University researchers have identified  a new compound that in preliminary testing has shown itself to be as effective as antibiotics approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat life-threatening infections while also appearing to be less susceptible to bacterial resistance. The compound, called F6, has been potent against antibiotic-resistant pathogens such as methicillin-resistant [...]

Heart disease sufferers not exercising enough

Heart disease sufferers not exercising enough

Evidence shows that people with existing heart problems or who are at risk of developing them, are ignoring medical advice and not taking enough exercise. New medical treatments have helped people to live longer despite these health problems, but this is causing an escalating burden on public health systems worldwide. The study, published in PLOS [...]

Acute insomnia found to be common among good sleepers

Acute insomnia found to be common among good sleepers

Acute insomnia (AI) is common among good sleepers, and about three-quarters of those with AI recover good sleep, according to a study. Amy Gencarelli, from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues obtained data for a national cohort of 1,435 subjects who were recruited and corroborated as good sleepers over the course of the [...]

Using plants to develop dengue vaccines

Using plants to develop dengue vaccines

Dengue fever, a disease that infects almost 400 million people worldwide every year, is Malaysia’s most prevalent infectious disease. Carried by Aedes mosquitoes, the dengue virus causes severe headaches, muscle and joint pains, swollen lymph nodes, vomiting, fever and rash. In some cases, it can be life threatening. With no promising treatment so far, a [...]

Study finds “healthy obesity” at higher cardio risk

Study finds “healthy obesity” at higher cardio risk

The study, recently published online in the Lancet Diabetes and Endocrinology, was carried out by researchers Nathalie Eckel, Dr  Yanping Li,  Olga Kuxhaus, Prof Norbert Stefan, Prof Frank B Hu, and Prof Matthias B Schulze. “Cardiovascular disease risk among individuals across different categories of BMI might depend on their metabolic health. It remains unclear to what extent metabolic [...]

Technology & Devices

Blood test may detect early lung cancer – study

Blood test may detect early lung cancer – study

A test that analyses free-floating DNA in the blood may be able to detect early-stage lung cancer, a preliminary report from the ongoing Circulating Cell-Free Genome Atlas (CCGA) study suggests. The findings, from one of the first studies to explore whether sequencing blood-borne DNA is a feasible approach to the early cancer detection, were featured [...]

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 [...]

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

5 tips to prevent obesity in children

5 tips to prevent obesity in children

Recent news that 22% of people worldwide will be obese by 2045 if trends continue put the spotlight on the health of the youngest generations. In the United States, child obesity is on the rise and 18% of kids and teens (age 5-19) are classified as overweight or obese, according to the World Health Organisation. [...]

Five tips to maintain a healthy gut

Five tips to maintain a healthy gut

Over the past few years, gut health has become a hot topic in scientific research, and studies have shown just how important maintaining a healthy digestive system can be – not just for physical health, but for our mental wellbeing too. Poor gut health has been linked to a number of issues ranging from obesity [...]

Hartalega launches world’s first antimicrobial glove

Hartalega launches world’s first antimicrobial glove

Malaysian glove company Hartalega Holdings Bhd has launched what it says is the world’s first non-leaching antimicrobial glove. The nitrile glove maker says it has invested over US$10 million, over a period of six years, to develop its antimicrobial glove, which was developed in collaboration with antimicrobial R&D firm Chemical Intelligence UK. The new type [...]

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 [...]

Community health

Stay healthy during World Cup

Stay healthy during World Cup

If you’ve got a case of World Cup fever, you might find yourself attending watch parties or even kicking around a soccer ball with friends and family over the next few weeks. However you decide to join in on the excitement, try these tips from other sporting events that our Baylor College of Medicine experts [...]

Test-taking can be tough for kids with vision problems

Test-taking can be tough for kids with vision problems

The study included 85 children, average age 10. Of those, 47 had lazy eye (amblyopia), 18 had been treated for crossed eyes (strabismus), and 20 had no vision issues. Lazy eye is when one eye does not develop normal sight during childhood, often because of crossed eyes. Without treatment, these children will never see well [...]

Systemic racism needs more examination related to health – researcher

Systemic racism needs more examination related to health – researcher

Although the discipline of public health has recently recognised racism as a social determinant of health, little research examines the issue related to systems and structures. Researcher Billie Castle, a post-doctoral associate in the Department of Health Promotion and Behavioural Sciences, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences,  conducted a literature review [...]

Vietnam tightens border screening vs Ebola

Vietnam tightens border screening vs Ebola

According to report from Vietnam News Agency (VNA), Vietnam is reinforcing screening at border gates and hospitals in Vietnam in bid to spot people suspected to contract the deadly virus Ebola, particularly those who return from affected areas. The information was heard during a meeting held by the Ministry of Health’s Vietnam Public Health Emergency [...]

Study finds musicians and bilinguals have more efficient brains

Study finds musicians and bilinguals have more efficient brains

If you want to train your brains to become more efficient you just need to study music or learn a foreign language according to a new study. The research entitled “Different neural activities support auditory working memory in musicians and bilinguals,” was published by the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. Researchers looked at the brains [...]

Health alert

11 symptoms of a sinus infection

11 symptoms of a sinus infection

Sinusitis affects around 31 million people in America each year. Most cases of sinusitis are due to a virus and will go away on their own. Viral sinusitis is contagious, so take steps to avoid passing it on to other people. Bacteria, and in rare cases a fungus, might also be responsible for causing sinusitis. [...]

Chemically-treated fruits in Bangladesh may pose health risks, says study

Chemically-treated fruits in Bangladesh may pose health risks, says study

Fruits are healthy food choices but not when laced with toxic chemicals used for ripening. A new study published in Cogent – food and agriculture journal on May 23 reveals that chemicals used in Bangladesh for artificial ripening of fruits contain a high amount of heavy metals and other substances, which may pose serious health hazards. Researchers [...]

Tobacco smoking, also linked to heart diseases

Tobacco smoking, also linked to heart diseases

The annually-observed World No Tobacco Day focuses on the impact tobacco has on the cardiovascular health of people worldwide. Tobacco use is an important risk factor for the development of coronary heart disease, stroke, and peripheral vascular disease. According the latest WHO report, the use of tobacco has declined since 2000. However the decrease is [...]

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 [...]

Other health News

Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala traced to Bangladesh strain

Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala traced to Bangladesh strain

June 1, 2018

The deadly Nipah virus outbreak in Kerala, India has already claimed 15 lives as of May. Scientists at the National Institute of Virology have confirmed, after decoding the full genome of the virus taken from the throat swab sample of a patient, that the Bangladesh strain of Nipah virus (NiV) is responsible for the outbreak. [...]

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Shuwen Biotech to develop companion diagnostics for Bliss Bio

Shuwen Biotech to develop companion diagnostics for Bliss Bio

May 30, 2018

China-based Shuwen Biotech Co Ltd, a diagnostic company providing products and services has signed a partnership agreement with Bliss Biopharmaceutical Co, Ltd (Bliss Bio), a company involved in the discovery, development and commercialisation of biotherapeutics for medical needs. Shuwen has agreed to develop companion diagnostics for Bliss’s oncology drug candidates; and to provide testing services [...]

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WHO: Snake bites a global health priority

WHO: Snake bites a global health priority

May 28, 2018

The World Health Organization (WHO) recently passed a new resolution stating that snake bites have become a “global health priority”. According to The WHO complications caused by these attacks make the phenomenon one of the most overlooked of tropical diseases. The world health body is set to provide cheaper antidotes and training in its plan [...]

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Research offers new hope for liver cancer treatment

Research offers new hope for liver cancer treatment

May 28, 2018

Scientists have recently found a link between bacteria in the gut of mice and anti-tumour immune responses in the liver. This positive development has implications for understanding the mechanisms that lead to liver cancer and how to treat them. “What we found using different tumour models is that if you treat mice with antibiotics and thereby deplete [...]

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Chewing gum while walking can help you lose weight

Chewing gum while walking can help you lose weight

May 28, 2018

The secret to losing weight effortlessly is not a secret any more. It is probably as simple as chewing gum while walking at a natural pace, Japanese researchers suggested. In experiments, they said, the heart rate of 46 people, aged 21 to 69, showed a significant increase when they were given gum to chew while [...]

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Agendia and Angsana work towards breast cancer testing in Southeast Asia

Agendia and Angsana work towards breast cancer testing in Southeast Asia

May 25, 2018

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. [...]

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

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

May 25, 2018

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 [...]

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Ebola patients escape from treatment facility in Congo

Ebola patients escape from treatment facility in Congo

May 25, 2018

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 [...]

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Eggs eaten daily, may reduce heart disease risk

Eggs eaten daily, may reduce heart disease risk

May 24, 2018

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 [...]

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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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