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Antibody to prevent malaria reports success in first human trial

August 5, 2022

A majority of volunteers given an experimental antibody treatment against malaria were reportedly protected from deadly infection. The promising outcome of the monoclonal antibody treatment, dubbed L9LS, highlights its potential to fight the parasitic infection in regions endemic to malaria. An injection of monoclonal antibodies provides a potent treatment against a targeted pathogen, unlike vaccines […]

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Are migraines eating away at your life?

August 5, 2022

Migraine attacks are accompanied by a throbbing pain either on one or both sides of the head. Unlike a regular headache, the consequences of a migraine is likely to seep into and impact all areas of our lives. Sunway Medical Centre (SMC) Consultant Neurologist Dr. Raymond Tan, based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, has said that […]

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World-first “synthetic embryos” made from mouse stem cells

August 5, 2022

Scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science (Weizmann Institute) in Israel have created “synthetic embryos” without the need for sperm, eggs, and fertilisation. The remarkable discovery instead makes use of stem cells from mice, which self-assembled into early embryo-like structures complete with a beating heart, an intestinal tract, and the beginnings of a brain. The […]

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Experimental long COVID treatment shows promise in small trial

August 3, 2022

A drug developed by biotechnology company Axcella Health (Axcella) was revealed to help patients recover from lingering physical and mental fatigue which is a side effect of long COVID. The drug was originally developed to treat fatty liver disease but was repurposed by Axcella to address the chronic fatigue symptoms experienced by more than half […]

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Frog skin upcycled into collagen for wound and skin healing

August 1, 2022

Materials scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have developed a new clinical-grade collagen made from the waxy skin of a bullfrog – the scientists are tapping into amphibian-derived collagen products to speed up wound healing. Using marine by-products, such as fins, scales, and skins, to create valuable collagen is a sustainable way to […]

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Artemis Health’s new partnership to elevate delivery of integrated musculoskeletal care

August 1, 2022

Artemis Health Ventures (Artemis) have announced a new partnership with Singapore Orthopaedic Specialists (SOS) to facilitate the expansion of SOS’s musculoskeletal care practices, namely, Orthopaedics International, Sports Medicine International, and Neurosurgery International. The planned expansion comes at a time when demand for holistic musculoskeletal care is building largely due to the aging population in the […]

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Monkeypox now a nationally notifiable condition – CDCTARA

July 29, 2022

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is planning to classify monkeypox disease as a “nationally notifiable” condition. The designation will allow for regular updates on reporting of data on monkeypox cases by states, direct to the CDC. It will additionally enable the CDC to keep tabs on monkeypox even after the current […]

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Prevention and early detection of scoliosis in children and adolescents

July 29, 2022

Scoliosis: the hereditary spinal condition in which the spine curves to one side, taking after the shape of an “S” or “C,” is often misbelieved to be the result of bad posture, and, in children, caused by carrying heavy bags – neither are true. Although most cases of scoliosis have no known cause (idiopathic scoliosis), […]

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Wrist device detects COVID days before noticeable symptoms

July 28, 2022

A commercially-available wearable was able to pick up minute changes in heart rate and skin temperature at least two days before the onset of COVID symptoms. The team of Canadian and European researchers behind the innovation believe monitoring of real-time heath data via wearable devices could facilitate the detection of COVID and – with a […]

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Cocoa found to decrease elevated blood pressure and arterial stiffness

July 28, 2022

Cocoa has been found to reduce blood pressure and arterial stiffness – but only if the two were elevated in the first place. According to the findings of a unique study by the University of Surrey (Surrey), UK, it is possible to use cocoa as a treatment for high blood pressure compared to some blood […]

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