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Focusing on the needs of the geriatric sector in Asia

October 8, 2019

The Asia Pacific (APAC) region is the fastest ageing region globally. By 2050, the population of older persons (aged over 60) would have reached 1.3 billion. Major issues that are confronting the elders, from nutrition and wellness to access to affordable healthcare. In the region, geriatric healthcare cost is already forecast to reach to US$20 […]

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Duke-NUS finds cause for vaccine-resistant dengue virus

September 30, 2019

The dengue virus (DENV) can cause its victims to suffer either mild dengue fever or fatal dengue haemorrhagic fever and dengue shock syndrome. Dengue infections are particularly prevalent in tropical and sub-tropical regions.  Recently, a research team from Singapore’s Duke-NUS Medical School (Duke-NUS) found that the virus changes its shape through mutations, at varying temperatures, […]

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Chinese scientists find unique alcohol-producing gut bacteria may cause liver disease

September 23, 2019

An unusual case of a patient with severe liver damage, and suffering from auto-brewery syndrome (ABS), who consistently became drunk after eating high-carbohydrate meals, has led some Chinese researchers to find a kind of gut bacteria that produces high levels of alcohol in the body and may quicken the onset of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease […]

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Medical Fair Thailand 2019 prepares for future healthcare concerns

September 13, 2019

As Thailand continues to strengthen its status as a medical hub of ASEAN/Asia, investment and innovation is key – Thailand’s National Innovation Agency (NIA) will be part of national pavilions at the ninth edition of its medical fair – officiated by Dr. Prapon Tangsrikeartikul, the Deputy Permanent Secretary of Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health. In […]

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Broccoli sprouts may fix schizophrenia brain chemical imbalance

September 4, 2019

Schizophrenia, characterised by hallucinations, delusions and disordered thinking and behavior, affects millions of people worldwide. While drugs used to treat schizophrenia can cause a variety of undesirable side effects for its patients, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Maryland, US, have singled out a compound from broccoli sprouts that may supplement traditional antipsychotic medicines for […]

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Microplastics in drinking water not hazardous at current levels, says WHO

August 26, 2019

Over the past few years, several studies have reported the presence of microplastics in treated tap and bottled water, raising questions and concerns about the impact that microplastics in drinking-water might have on human health. In its first report on the issue, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has found that the microplastics pass through the […]

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Insomnia may lead to heart disease and stroke

August 21, 2019

Insomnia, whether consciously or not, is a debilitating condition to most – a new study has found that insomniacs have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke than those who rest well. While previous observational studies have associated just as much, they were unable to determine the reasoning behind it. Now, Susanna Larsson, at […]

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UN recommends plant-based diet, revised land management to fight climate change

August 15, 2019

Climate change is upon us and may worsen quickly if measures are not taken to preserve the environment. In a recent advocate by the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (UN-IPCC) switching to a plant-based diet can help the war against climate change, as more people can be fed and less land used, if […]

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Medical Fair Thailand: start-ups to capture billion dollar medical and healthcare sector

August 2, 2019

With the medical device market in ASEAN predicted to be worth US$8.5 billion by 2021, Thai entrepreneurs want to cut themselves a big slice of the pie. The Start-Up Park at MEDICAL FAIR THAILAND 2019, the country’s biggest and established international medical trade exhibition, is designed to help them do just that. The Start-Up Park […]

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Reduced quantity of food gets children to snack less

July 25, 2019

The latest Australian research on food and health offers a unique take: a reduced quantity/variety of food encourages children to snack less. Children are not affected by plate size, even though replacing large dishware with smaller ones has been a popular move to achieve better food consumption. For the new study, researchers looked at the […]

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