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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. Dr. Koramit Suppipat, Head Researcher of Cell […]

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MS patients must watch their symptoms carefully

June 21, 2019

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic autoimmune, inflammatory neurological disease of the nervous system, which degrades the protective sheath around nerves and causes scar tissue. The brain has a harder time signaling the body and this will later result in mental impairment and physical disability. MS affects about 2.5 million people worldwide and a few […]

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Pakistan’s HIV outbreak, children most affected

May 31, 2019

Pakistan, population 200 million, has recently been hit by an HIV endemic where some 680 people are reported to have been infected. In Ratodero, Sindh Province, unease grew as 537 children aged 2-12 years were tested positive for the disease. Parents in the local farming community and surrounding villages fear their children’s futures are doomed […]

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Swine fever emergency in Vietnam, over 1mn pigs culled

May 14, 2019

Southeast Asia’s Vietnam has culled some 1.2 million farmed pigs on suspicion of infection by the African swine fever virus. It was first reported in the nation in February 2019 and has since spread to 29 provinces, including Dong Nai, a notable supplier of pork consumed in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam’s southern economic hub. […]

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Singapore reports rare monkeypox case, quarantines enforced

May 10, 2019

Singapore’s Ministry of Health (MOH) has confirmed its first case of monkeypox infection, apparently brought in a 38-year-old Nigerian man who ate bushmeat prior to his arrival in the republic in late April. He is currently warded in isolation at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), and is reportedly in a stable condition. MOH’s […]

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UK trial results may banish stroke disability

May 10, 2019

Stoke is severely detrimental to most of its sufferers, who struggle to complete menial, everyday tasks. NHS England has identified stroke as the leading cause of disability in the UK. But an English clinical trial for stroke patients has shown promising results that may change conventional stroke treatment. Vagus Nerve Stimulation is a stroke treatment […]

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Live tick found attached to US child’s eardrum

May 8, 2019

A 9-year-old American boy presented with an inflamed eardrum and persistent buzzing noises at Yale-New Haven Hospital, US, after playtime at school. It was later found out to be a tick in his ear, with its feeding apparatus burrowed into the membrane. The eardrum – a stretched out membrane – detects vibrations which is deciphered […]

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WHO advocates no electronic screen viewing for infants

April 26, 2019

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has called on stringent rules related to electronic screen time, where children under 12 months, especially infants, should not be exposed to electronic screens at all. The early exposure could lead to addiction and sedentary screen time, which includes less engaging pastimes such as watching television and playing computer games.This […]

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American researchers introduce healthy salt blend

April 16, 2019

The US Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion has noted that the consumption of salt is much more than necessary in typical American diets – the maximum recommendation per day should be less than 2,300 mg. The average American adult female consumes 2,980 mg per day, while males average a whopping 4,000 mg per […]

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Controversial ‘three-person’ baby born in Greece

April 12, 2019

In “medical history” which could help infertile couples around the world, Spanish and Greek fertility doctors have genetically engineered a baby from three people bar a woman’s infertility. The baby boy was born a healthy 2.9kg (6lbs). The 32-year-old Greek woman had endured four unsuccessful cycles of IVF previously, but her son now has a […]

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