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SEA ramps up checks at entry points following viral pneumonia outbreak in China

January 9, 2020

Southeast Asia is on high alert after Singapore reportedly registered its first case of a mysterious viral pneumonia this past week – a 3-year-old female Chinese national has been warded and isolated after developing symptoms similar to the disease, which has affected scores of people in Wuhan, China. Although a report later said that investigations […]

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Independent testing confirms no asbestos in Johnson’s Baby Powder

December 9, 2019

US healthcare corporation Johnson & Johnson (J&J) has announced that its widely-used consumer product, Johnson’s Baby Powder, was free of asbestos following allegations by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of trace amounts of the material found in a bottle purchased online. According to J&J, the FDA’s reported results could have either been because […]

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Dementia risk associated with childhood cognitive ability

November 13, 2019

A person’s cognitive ability is expected to change over the course of their life – new research suggests that cognitive ability during childhood may indicate future risks of dementia. Dementia is a form of cognitive decline that can impede a person’s ability to solve problems, remember, speak, and think. This time, the researchers compared the […]

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South Korean study finds air pollution may be causing hairfall

November 11, 2019

Particulate matter (PM) is the term used to denote solid particles/droplets found in the air and their respective diameters. Major pollutants like PM10 and PM2.5, then, would cause serious health conditions – various concentrations of PM10-like dust and diesel particulate has also been recently found to cause hair loss in humans. Lead researcher, Hyuk Chul […]

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Specific gut bacteria species could increase bowel cancer risk, research suggests

November 11, 2019

Recent research presented at the National Cancer Research Institute (NCRI) in Glasgow, UK, highlights a significant relationship between a specific type of gut bacteria and an increased risk of colorectal/bowel cancer.The new research is the first to use an analytical method known as the “Mendelian randomisation” to reveal that a specific type of bacteria, from […]

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German study suggests shorter people are at higher risk of type-2 diabetes

September 30, 2019

Height could predict the risk for diabetes, as a short stature is associated with a higher risk of type-2 diabetes,with each 10cm difference in height corresponding to a 41% decreased risk of diabetes in men and a 33% decreased risk in women. The European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) postulates that the increased […]

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Promising malaria treatment “kills” deadly parasite

September 9, 2019

Malaria affect almost 200 million people globally, but the threat of malaria could potentially be reduced to nil as researchers from the Kenyan Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) have recently – and successfully -killed the parasite that causes the disease. Trials which used Ivermectin, a conventional drug against parasitic diseases, in Burkina Faso, West Africa, reduced […]

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US youth risk kidney/liver function from exposure to fluoride

August 14, 2019

Fluoride can be accumulated by the kidneys over time, even though a person’s body excretes more than half the ingested fluoride through urine – an adult can eliminate 60% and a child, 45%. A recent study of US adolescents has suggested that fluoride exposure could contribute to complex changes in kidney and liver function. Adolescents […]

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Scientists turn breast cancer cells into fat, halts deadly spread

August 12, 2019

In an innovative approach to cancer therapy, Swiss scientists have successfully coaxed human breast cancer cells to turn into fat cells, to prevent them from metastasising and taking over the body. Typically, epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), when the epithelial cells change into a mesenchyme stem cell and then morphs into whatever cell the body needs, and […]

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Finns similar DNA provides hints to major disease risks

August 2, 2019

The predisposition of certain individuals in Finland to diseases may be insightful to genetic research. A recent study conducted by Washington University School of Medicine, US, identified 26 potentially harmful DNA variations in about 20,000 Finnish participants – such variations might alter a person’s lifetime risk of developing obesity, diabetes or high cholesterol levels, whether […]

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