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Genetic inheritance partly responsible for child obesity, new study finds

February 22, 2017
Genetic inheritance partly responsible for child obesity, new study finds

A new international study carried out by the University of Sussex in the UK has found that child obesity can be inherited from parents, regardless of the country of residence. The research studied 100,000 children in six different countries worldwide – the UK, the US, China, Indonesia, Spain and Mexico – and found that the [...]

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China approves four H7N9 bird flu vaccines for clinical trials

February 22, 2017
China approves four H7N9 bird flu vaccines for clinical trials

The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), the country’s top drug regulator, has recently approved four kinds of vaccines for the H7N9 strain of bird flu virus to proceed to clinical trials, according to the Beijing Food and Drug Administration. The CFDA will continue to provide assistance and guidance for clinical trials of the vaccines [...]

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Reduce intake of caffeinated, high-fat dairy products to ease GERD symptoms

February 22, 2017
Reduce intake of caffeinated, high-fat dairy products to ease GERD symptoms

People suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) may find that staying away from certain foods, especially high-fat dairy products as well as caffeinated and carbonated drinks, could help ease their symptoms. GERD is a very common chronic digestive disorder affecting people of all ages, from infants to older adults. It occurs when acidic stomach juices, [...]

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Shortage of health professionals in the Philippines, a growing concern

February 21, 2017
Shortage of health professionals in the Philippines, a growing concern

FOR the Philippines, at the heels of its well performing economy and a GDP anticipated to hit 6.9% this year, it can be quite perplexing to hear that it is at a crux of healthcare crisis due to a deficit of health professionals in the local healthcare system. Experts at the recently concluded Healthcare Asia [...]

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Scientists uncover how Zika virus causes microcephaly

February 20, 2017
Scientists uncover how Zika virus causes microcephaly

After being a major health concern worldwide in the past two years, the mechanisms behind how the Zika virus alters brain development in babies and causes microcephaly have been uncovered by a multidisciplinary team from The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) in the US. There are currently 70 countries and territories reporting active Zika [...]

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New method to make compounds for disease-fighting drugs developed

February 20, 2017
New method to make compounds for disease-fighting drugs developed

A team of researchers at the Cardiff  University in the UK has developed a new “highly-efficient” method of making disease-fighting compounds used in drug treatments. The team said their method is able to synthesize sesquiterpenes – found in spicy foods, plants and beer, and used to battle colds, cancer and malaria – more quickly and [...]

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South Korea eyes local foot-and-mouth vaccine manufacturing plant by 2020

February 20, 2017
South Korea eyes local foot-and-mouth vaccine manufacturing plant by 2020

As part of its efforts to combat the outbreak of the contagious viral animal illness, foot-and-mouth disease, it is planning to set up a manufacturing plant to locally produce vaccines by 2020. Asia’s fourth-largest economy currently relies on imported vaccines from manufacturers such as animal health business Merial to regularly inoculate its livestock and to [...]

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Vitamin D could boost immune system and protect against flu, colds

February 17, 2017
Vitamin D could boost immune system and protect against flu, colds

Researchers say vitamin D supplements could help protect around 3 million people each year in the UK against colds or flu as the sunshine vitamin is not just essential for healthy bones, but also has a role in strengthening the immune system. The analysis argues food should be fortified with the vitamin. Although Public Health [...]

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US healthcare costs, spending expected to grow over next decade

February 17, 2017
US healthcare costs, spending expected to grow over next decade

Overall growth of healthcare spending in the US is expected to outpace the growth of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) as the cost of medical care in the country is also forecasted to grow at a faster rate over the next decade, according to the US Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The [...]

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Controversy still high on palm oil’s carcinogenic components

February 17, 2017
Controversy still high on palm oil’s carcinogenic components

Results of a study published in January 2017 showed that palmitic acid (a major part of palm oil) boosts metastases (spread of cancer) through CD36 — a specific protein found in cancer cells that is responsible for taking up fatty acids. In May 2016, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) claimed in a statement that [...]

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