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Weekly stroll can save your life, Chinese study observes

March 20, 2019

Researchers from northern Chinese Shandong University have reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine that active people or frequent walkers had 18% lower risk of death as compared to full-on couch potatoes. Professor Bo Xi from the Department of Epidemiology at the university led researchers as they sifted through survey data from 1997-2008 on […]

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Healthcare firms turn to email simulations in phishing attempts

March 15, 2019

Sending out digital lures or “phishing” allows hackers to access a recipient’s computer network or introduce malware by clicking on an email link. Healthcare networks have had patient data exposed in phishing attacks; studies have shown that patient information is valued at US$10 – US$1,000 per record on online markets. But, researchers have determined that […]

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Precision drugs and DNA repair effective for cancer treatment

March 13, 2019

The advancements in immunotherapies boast some 10-20% of patients who are responsive to treatment, though many cancers still evade detection by the immune system. But, recent studies have suggested that treatment with PARP inhibitors in precision drugs cause cancer cells to stimulate immune responses against the tumour. When cancer cells with defective repair systems are […]

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Breakthrough stem cell treatment ‘cures’ HIV man

March 11, 2019

Ten years ago, a Berlin patient allegedly ‘beat’ HIV/AIDs; going into remission after receiving a bone-marrow transplant from a donor with natural immunity to the virus. Now, a male London patient on treatment for cancer has been HIV ‘free’ for over a year. He had undergone chemotherapy and also had stem cells implanted, leading to […]

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Prenatal vitamins may curb risk of autism in offspring

March 7, 2019

Parents don’t expect their babies to have autism, but they have to make the best of situations. The Public Health Agency of Canada has reported that about one in every 66 Canadian children and adolescents aged 5-17 has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), while previous studies have shown that younger siblings of children with ASD are […]

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Study establishes detrimental effects of alcohol on brain activity

March 7, 2019

Brain energy patterns are precise and clear indicators of brain activity. The effects of alcohol on the brain are always of interest, and new research presented by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) aims to better understand some of these effects. Previous assessments already indicate that alcohol reduces brain glucose metabolism and regional brain activity. […]

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Mini kidneys from urine stem cells to aid in diseases study

March 6, 2019

Stem cells allow for sample organs or “minis” to be grown in the lab; the most recent being the kidneys grown by researchers from the Netherlands. Urine stem cells were isolated from urine samples in a simple and cost effective method for this purpose. A mini kidney from the lab looks different from human kidneys, […]

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Recycling cotton into biocompatible aeoregels for medical, industry applications

March 6, 2019

Cotton-based products are naturally sourced, yet, some experts say that they are environmentally damaging, and thus, stretching their use through recycling is suggested. Moreover, it has been discovered that fabric waste from cotton could be made into aerogels. Aerogels are an advanced material in most industries, but production cost is usually expensive. Dr. Hai Minh […]

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Children have better mental health in “greener” upbringing, study shows

March 5, 2019

More and more children live and play in the city, and the fast-paced lifestyle is a contributing factor to mental illness later in life – an increasing estimate by the World Health Organisation (WHO). However, a study from Aarhus University, Denmark,aims to counter the damage, for posterity. For the study, researchers used satellite data to […]

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Don’t throw away expired medicine just yet, study advises

February 26, 2019

People in remote countries sometimes cannot get required medicine as quickly or more than once a year.  A study finds that certain expired medicine may provide solution to this dilemma as they may retain efficacy even if they are not kept in strict climate-controlled conditions. Lead study author Dr. Emma Browne of the British Antarctic […]

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