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Singapore offers help to Indonesia, encourages stronger ASEAN coop against haze

September 17, 2019

Singapore’s Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, Masagos Zulkifli, has petitioned for “stronger resolve and cooperation” among ASEAN countries amid the worsening air quality due to raging forest fires in Indonesia. Masagos said that the transboundary haze has affected the ASEAN region for years – polluting the air and emitting greenhouse gases that cause climate change. […]

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Fat bubbles in “precision” immunotherapy help calm arthritis

September 16, 2019

The human immune system is remarkable in being able to fight off invading bacteria and prevent infection, but it can sometimes attack healthy cells in the body, leading to painful autoimmune conditions such as multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and so on. To prevent these diseases, researchers from the University of Queensland (UQ), Australia, have […]

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Incurable, deadly kidney disease sees promise with new US drug

September 16, 2019

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a genetic disorder where multiple cysts form on the kidneys and quickly leads to painful swelling and end-stage kidney disease or organ failure. A recent study by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UTSW) highlighted a potential treatment for the incurable ADPKD with a drug that showed […]

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European scientists introduce new type of optic nerve stimulation for the blind

September 11, 2019

The sensation of seeing light in the form of white patterns, without actually looking at light, is thought to help overcome blindness. As an alternative to retinal implants or nerve electrodes that stimulate the visual cortex to “see” light, scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) and the Sant’Anna School of […]

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American research finds scorpion toxin that may ease chronic pain

September 11, 2019

Pain and inflammation usually tie together to produce a protective/defensive response according to human biology. Researchers from the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) have recently found a scorpion toxin that triggers pain in a novel way that promotes a better understanding of chronic/acute pain and could even lead to the development of new pain drugs. […]

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Malaysia’s Sunway Medical Centre sets sights on Sunway Velocity

September 9, 2019

West Malaysia’s Cheras/KL South communities will see a new tertiary care private hospital in Sunway Medical Centre Velocity (SMCV) by the end of 2019, as part of the Sunway Group’s extensive RM320 million (US$77 million) healthcare expansion plan. Encompassing Sunway Velocity’s five key aspects – retail, healthcare, residential, hospitality, education and commercial – the medical […]

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German-developed rescue mat to ease CPR efforts

September 9, 2019

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is an impromptu measure for those experiencing a heart attack. While many people are not confident in performing an emergency CPR for various reasons, a device has been developed by German scientist to simplify the process. The “Rescue Aid” mat was designed jointly by students and scientists from the Munich University […]

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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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Swiss discovery may soon prevent tumour metastasis

September 6, 2019

Cancer metastases – spread through the body’s lymphatic system – account for nearly 90% of deaths in cancer patients. This has guided researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Switzerland, along with pharmaceutical company F. Hoffmann-La Roche (Roche), to develop an artificial agent against the metastasis of certain cancers, such as colorectal cancer. In […]

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Most northern Indian women cast aside from outpatient health care

September 6, 2019

A recent analysis on outpatient hospital care in India’s capital, New Delhi, has highlighted that women under 30/over 60 were absent from healthcare services, possibly due to India’s extensive gender discrimination. Gender disparity in healthcare is usually studied by comparing the mortality rates of females versus males, but as missing out on healthcare services may […]

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