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Canadian research converts donor blood into a universal type

June 19, 2019

Patients who need a blood transfusion – from an accident or surgery – cannot simply settle for a donor as blood types must be universal/match to avoid fatal consequences.  However, scientists from the University of British Columbia, Canada, have chanced upon a medical breakthrough – a way to convert blood types to a safer match […]

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Sleep-disordered breathing leads to faster aging, study

June 17, 2019

A restless sleep pattern often results in reduced blood oxygen saturation that is restored upon waking. As the name suggests, sleep-disordered breathing, characterised by abnormal respiration during sleep, may cause excessive daytime sleepiness and adverse effects if left unchecked. Xiaoyu Li, a postdoctoral research fellow in the Division of Sleep and Circadian Disorders in the […]

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Brush your teeth to retain memory

June 17, 2019

Brushing teeth serves more than good oral hygiene, as researchers from the University of Bergen (UiB) in Norway have found that gingivitis (gum disease) is a causative factor for developing Alzheimer’s disease. Researchers previously discovered a link that bacteria causing gingivitis can travel from the mouth to the brain, and now, there is DNA-based proof […]

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Study highlights changing health concerns among the ages

June 14, 2019

Specific age groups are observed to have differing approaches to health and wellbeing, according to Innova Market Insights, a global researcher in the food and beverage industry. A 2018 US survey points to younger consumers adopting a more holistic view of health as more and more Generation Z (Gen Z) consumers have reportedly increased physical […]

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Women risk weight gain from “lights” during sleep

June 14, 2019

Exposure to artificial light at night (ALAN) from any variety of sources, such as televisions or night lights, can cause minute weight gain which adds up over time, according to a five-year survey of some 44,000 US women. Data links females who slept with a light on to being 17% more likely to have gained […]

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Later school start times more beneficial to students/teachers

June 12, 2019

Ample sleep for adolescents does support their health and alertness during the schooling period. A 2017 survey of the Cherry Creek School District (CCSD) in Colorado, US, notes longer sleep patterns at night after a shift to later school start times. “Getting enough sleep is important to adolescent development, physical health, mood, and academic success,” […]

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Too many eggs tied to cardiac disease, death

June 12, 2019

Eggs, consumed in large quantities daily, has been found to bode ill health – new research data has highlighted that every additional 300mg of cholesterol-in-eggs consumed over the usual  was associated with a 17% higher risk of cardiovascular disease and an 18% higher risk of death. Study data accounting for the American participants’ exercise regimen […]

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Meditation app use promising, study finds

June 10, 2019

The practice of meditation seems unsuitable for the fast-paced, urban lifestyle, but regular sessions could lead to a better mind in the midst of daily muddles. An American research pilot using an experimental app that teaches its users to meditate was able to increase meditation time, attention span and working memory, the latter two being […]

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Prostate cancer drug more effective with low-fat breakfast

June 10, 2019

Prostate cancer is regarded as the fifth cancer fatality worldwide. Singapore’s Cancer Registry notes that some 3,450 men were diagnosed with prostate cancer from 2009 to 2013 – this makes it the third most common cancer among Singaporean men, but local researchers have recently found improved outcomes from using the treatment drug slightly differently from […]

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Singapore introduces improvised exoskeleton rehab

June 7, 2019

Much of rehabilitation for paralysing injuries is repetitive and tiring. In a changing approach, the island Republic has adopted new technology for better rehab programmes. Using the US-made robotic exoskeleton suit, EksoGT, was found to improve rehabilitation therapies by a significant margin. The EksoGT allows a trained physiotherapist to safely increase the intensity and variation […]

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