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Duke-NUS and SGH Researchers uncovers way to track Dengue infections

June 21, 2017
Duke-NUS and SGH Researchers uncovers way to track Dengue infections

Dengue fever is a common mosquito-borne viral disease today, where in a severe form, of hemorrhagic fever, can result in death. The disease develops four to seven days after the mosquito bite with patients suffering from fever, headaches, rashes, aches and bleeds. As of now, testing for this disease is complex and time-consuming. Results from [...]

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Baby fat is less likely to be outgrown, new study says

June 21, 2017
Baby fat is less likely to be outgrown, new study says

Overweight children are more likely to become overweight adults. Seven in 10 children who are overweight at age seven, will remain that way well into their adult years, according to the latest study on obesity by the Health Promotion Board (HPB), a statutory board under the Ministry of Health (MOH) of Singapore. This flies in [...]

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Smart search AI program could help doctors keep up with new research

June 19, 2017
Smart search AI program could help doctors keep up with new research

Researchers in the US believe that artificial intelligence (AI) smart search programs could help them ease the process of systemically reviewing new medical research, which is a key step in bringing the best practices from laboratories to doctors’ offices. The National Academy of Medicine, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine, says clinical practice guidelines [...]

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Google invests in new fund for European biotech companies

June 19, 2017
Google invests in new fund for European biotech companies

Google, alongside Swiss multinational pharmaceutical company Novartis, is investing in a new US$300 million fund run by leading life sciences investment firm Medicxi, as the tech giant pumps cash into global medical research, seeding what it believes will become a core long-term healthcare business. Novartis and Verily, a unit of Google parent Alphabet, are cornerstone [...]

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New blood test could help prostate cancer patients get right drug treatment

June 19, 2017
New blood test could help prostate cancer patients get right drug treatment

A new blood test that detects prostate cancer DNA in the blood could pick out which men with the advanced stage of the disease would benefit from a new drug treatment. Blood samples from 49 men with advanced prostate cancer were collected by researchers, as part of the phase II clinical trial of a drug [...]

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New antibiotic from soil microbe could kill drug-resistant bacteria –study

June 16, 2017
New antibiotic from soil microbe could kill drug-resistant bacteria –study

A new antibiotic, called pseudouridimycin, produced by a microbe found in a soil sample collected in Italy has been found to be effective against a broad spectrum of drug-sensitive and drug-resistant bacteria in a test tube and cures bacterial infections in mice. Scientists from Rutgers University-New Brunswick in the US, the biotechnology company NAICONS Srl., [...]

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Scientists identify three bird flu virus mutations that could lead to pandemic

June 16, 2017
Scientists identify three bird flu virus mutations that could lead to pandemic

Researchers led by James Paulson of the Scripps Research Institute in California in the US have identified three mutations that have the potential to turn a strain of bird flu now circulating in China into a potential pandemic virus that could spread among humans. The flu strain, known as H7N9, now mostly infects birds but [...]

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New “real sun tan” drug could help protect from UV damage, skin cancer

June 14, 2017
New “real sun tan” drug could help protect from UV damage, skin cancer

Scientists have created a new drug that tricks the skin into creating the brown form of the pigment melanin to make the skin tan, without the damaging effects of UV radiation. The team at Massachusetts General Hospital in the US hopes their discovery could prevent skin cancer and even slow the appearance of aging. UV [...]

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Male farmers in Sabah most likely to contract “monkey malaria”, study finds

June 12, 2017
Male farmers in Sabah most likely to contract “monkey malaria”, study finds

Adult male farmers in Sabah, Malaysia have the highest risk of contracting Plasmodium knowlesi malaria — an infection usually found only in monkeys — than other people in their communities, according to a new study conducted by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Menzies School of Health Research, Darwin, and the Department of [...]

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Contrasting demand for alternative sweeteners in western, Asian markets

June 9, 2017
Contrasting demand for alternative sweeteners in western, Asian markets

Significant changes in the demand for alternative sweeteners has put the high-intensity sweetener (HIS) markets in Western and Eastern countries in contrast to one another – with one showing decline and the other remaining strong. Although new, natural sweeteners like stevia extract are gaining ground, consumption of high-intensity sweeteners as a class is growing at [...]

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