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Singapore’s beaches harbour dangerous bacteria in its plastic wastes

February 14, 2019
Singapore’s beaches harbour dangerous bacteria in its plastic wastes

There are millions of tonnes of plastic wastes in the ocean, and smaller plastics or microplastics are frequently mistaken as food by various marine organisms and add up in the food chain – potentially lethal to human and marine life. Marine scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have recently found more than 400 […]

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Empty calories in workplace foods, survey finds

February 13, 2019
Empty calories in workplace foods, survey finds

A majority of foods eaten in US workplaces – whether purchased or free – are usually high in salt, fat and sugar. The easy but unhealthy options include pizza, soft drinks, cookies, brownies, cakes, pies or candy. A recent survey of about 5,000 working adults found that one in four obtained free food at work […]

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Highly contagious measles outbreak in the Philippines

February 7, 2019
Highly contagious measles outbreak in the Philippines

There has been a recent surge of measles cases and deaths in Manila, Philippines, prompting authorities to declare an emergency outbreak. Compiled data marks a steep increase of cases in January 2019 as compared to the previous year, with more confirmed cases reported at the beginning of February. Children are especially vulnerable, but people have […]

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UK and Japan join forces for degenerative diseases treatment

January 28, 2019
UK and Japan join forces for degenerative diseases treatment

Patients with degenerative diseases require lengthy care. Thanks to new technologies and treatment modalities, patients are provided some degree of independence and relief. Medical researchers from the UK and Japan are working together on advancing research primarily aimed at developing treatments for chronic degenerative and incurable diseases.The researchers will focus on useful insights into critical […]

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Canadian food guide snubs dairy

January 25, 2019
Canadian food guide snubs dairy

A new Canadian food guide has changed healthy eating requirements once again. The new version of the food guide, which purportedly took three years of consultations, shuns the daily dose of dairy and recommends eating more unprocessed foods. Canadians use the food guide as their standard for nutritional advice for optimal health. Since it was […]

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Clinical trial packaging gets green light in Asia-Pacific

January 25, 2019
Clinical trial packaging gets green light in Asia-Pacific

Clinical trials are fundamental to test the efficacy of a drug prior to mass production or marketing. Previously, many Asian countries were not considered suitable to run clinical trials or evaluations for various reasons, but recent globalisation and regulatory changes have led to greater inclusion of Asia-Pacific countries for the purpose of clinical trials. An […]

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Chinese researcher roots for new therapy against HIV/Aids

January 16, 2019
Chinese researcher roots for new therapy against HIV/Aids

A university medical researcher, who is an expert in Chinese herbal medicine, has supported recent findings by scholars at the University of California, US, of the urgent need to seek new therapies in the fight against HIV infections because mechanisms that govern transcription and latency differ in gut and blood. “It is time to assess […]

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Đà Nẵng city opens first heart care centre

January 14, 2019
Đà Nẵng city opens first heart care centre

Vietnam’s central city of Đà Nẵng debuts its first cardiovascular centre after three years of construction. The VNĐ236 billion (US$11.23 million) 10-storey 200-bed centre sited on a 3,560 sqm land area in downtown Hải Phòng Street will offer cardiovascular examinations, treatment and surgeries for in-patients. With the centre now operational, more heart patients will be […]

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Baby who contracted Ebola survives

December 17, 2018
Baby who contracted Ebola survives

A baby girl who was diagnosed with Ebola when she was only six days old has survived, health officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have confirmed. Baby Benedicte’s mother was infected with Ebola and died during childbirth. Benedicte showed symptoms only days later and it has taken five weeks of round-the-clock treatment to […]

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Healthy baby born from transplanted womb

December 6, 2018
Healthy baby born from transplanted womb

A healthy baby girl has been born using a transplanted womb. The 10-hour transplant operation used a womb from a dead donor, and took place in São Paulo, Brazil, in 2016. The mother, 32, was born without a womb. There have been 39 womb transplants using a live donor, including mothers donating their womb to […]

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