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Breakthrough stem cell treatment ‘cures’ HIV man

March 11, 2019

Ten years ago, a Berlin patient allegedly ‘beat’ HIV/AIDs; going into remission after receiving a bone-marrow transplant from a donor with natural immunity to the virus. Now, a male London patient on treatment for cancer has been HIV ‘free’ for over a year. He had undergone chemotherapy and also had stem cells implanted, leading to […]

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Malaysia top destination for healthcare in SEA

March 11, 2019

The 2019 International Living Annual Global Retirement Index recommends Malaysia for affordable, high quality healthcare in Southeast Asia, according to online reviews by expatriates in the country. Malaysia ranks comfortably because a good number of serving doctors have been trained out of the country, and most of the medical staff is also familiar with Western […]

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Kidney transplant medications may raise skin cancer risk, RCSI

March 7, 2019

Kidney transplants are a regular procedure for kidney failure. However, caution is needed – a collaborative study by the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and national representatives from Beaumont Hospital has suggested an increased risk of skin cancer in kidney transplant patients. The3,821 deceased and living patients analysed by RCSI had either one, […]

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Prenatal vitamins may curb risk of autism in offspring

March 7, 2019

Parents don’t expect their babies to have autism, but they have to make the best of situations. The Public Health Agency of Canada has reported that about one in every 66 Canadian children and adolescents aged 5-17 has autism spectrum disorder (ASD), while previous studies have shown that younger siblings of children with ASD are […]

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Study establishes detrimental effects of alcohol on brain activity

March 7, 2019

Brain energy patterns are precise and clear indicators of brain activity. The effects of alcohol on the brain are always of interest, and new research presented by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) aims to better understand some of these effects. Previous assessments already indicate that alcohol reduces brain glucose metabolism and regional brain activity. […]

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Mini kidneys from urine stem cells to aid in diseases study

March 6, 2019

Stem cells allow for sample organs or “minis” to be grown in the lab; the most recent being the kidneys grown by researchers from the Netherlands. Urine stem cells were isolated from urine samples in a simple and cost effective method for this purpose. A mini kidney from the lab looks different from human kidneys, […]

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Recycling cotton into biocompatible aeoregels for medical, industry applications

March 6, 2019

Cotton-based products are naturally sourced, yet, some experts say that they are environmentally damaging, and thus, stretching their use through recycling is suggested. Moreover, it has been discovered that fabric waste from cotton could be made into aerogels. Aerogels are an advanced material in most industries, but production cost is usually expensive. Dr. Hai Minh […]

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Children have better mental health in “greener” upbringing, study shows

March 5, 2019

More and more children live and play in the city, and the fast-paced lifestyle is a contributing factor to mental illness later in life – an increasing estimate by the World Health Organisation (WHO). However, a study from Aarhus University, Denmark,aims to counter the damage, for posterity. For the study, researchers used satellite data to […]

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AI helps to predict arthritis in children

March 5, 2019

Some children are unfortunate to have arthritis, which occurs when the immune system mistakes the body’s own cells for foreign invaders, typically attacking the lining of the joints to cause swelling, pain and long-lasting damage. There is no known cure, and treatment is costly and increasingly aggressive – potential side effects include risks of infection. […]

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New technologies for low-cost treatment

March 1, 2019

Communicable illnesses thrive in tropical conditions, where people who live in poverty, without adequate sanitation and in close contact with infectious vectors are most affected. Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) to affect over a billion people and is very costly to developing economies. But new medical technologies have […]

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