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How can we start destigmatising mental health conversations?

How can we start destigmatising mental health conversations?

August 11, 2022

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported that one in seven or 14% of young people aged 10-19 years old experience some form of mental health condition, which goes largely untreated. Stress during adolescence can be exacerbated by exposure to adversity, peer pressure, exploration of identity, digital and social media influence, gender norms, and global events such as climate change, economic downturns and pandemics. […]

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Research

Rotator cuff tears repaired with experimental treatment

Rotator cuff tears repaired with experimental treatment

Researchers from the University of Connecticut (UConn) School of Medicine are working on a potential breakthrough treatment for shoulder injuries, one that employs an unusual technique […]

Drug absorption in the stomach affected by body posture

Drug absorption in the stomach affected by body posture

First-of-its-kind research using a novel silicone simulator – based on the anatomy and morphology of the stomach, has shown how body posture affects stomach motility and drug dissolution […]

Mechanically-controlled robotic implant prevents the formation of scar tissue

Mechanically-controlled robotic implant prevents the formation of scar tissue

The formation of scar tissue is a hindrance to implantable treatment devices as it blocks essential drug release – this is known as the foreign body response, and is just as likely to […]

Is chocolate really good for your health?

Is chocolate really good for your health?

Chocolate’s popularity is owed to its many variable and delectable tastes – but does chocolate really benefit your health? Some studies have found that some types of chocolate are able to lower blood […]

Introducing a digital support tool to track and reduce alcohol consumption

Introducing a digital support tool to track and reduce alcohol consumption

People who find themselves struggling to stick with their goals to reduce alcohol consumption will benefit from a new digital support tool developed by researchers at Linköping University […]

Technology & Devices

Wrist device detects COVID days before noticeable symptoms

Wrist device detects COVID days before noticeable symptoms

A commercially-available wearable was able to pick up minute changes in heart rate and skin temperature at least two days before the onset of COVID symptoms. The team of Canadian and […]

Smart necklace prototype successfully monitors glucose levels

Smart necklace prototype successfully monitors glucose levels

Researchers at Ohio State University (OSU) are working on a daily-wear device that detect and monitors s a person’s blood sugar from sweat. The researchers have tested out a prototype […]

Tackling couples’ fertility issues with in-vitro fertilisation

Tackling couples’ fertility issues with in-vitro fertilisation

Assisted reproductive technology is a modern medical marvel effective in helping couples to conceive. Fertility treatments such as in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) can ensure a safe, healthy pregnancy and delivery […]

Tiny shapeshifting robots clean teeth and gets rid of bacteria

Tiny shapeshifting robots clean teeth and gets rid of bacteria

You might soon be able to use hands-free, shapeshifting microbots to clean your teeth instead of mechanical or motorised toothbrushes. The innovative dental microrobots can not only change shape to form bristles […]

Virtual reality-in-app used to treat common phobias and anxiety

Virtual reality-in-app used to treat common phobias and anxiety

Recently, a number of New Zealanders refused COVID-19 vaccination due to needle phobia – more and more people worldwide have been found to have a phobia of some sort, which includes anything from a fear of flying […]

Pharmaceutical

Experimental long COVID treatment shows promise in small trial

Experimental long COVID treatment shows promise in small trial

A drug developed by biotechnology company Axcella Health (Axcella) was revealed to help patients recover from lingering physical and mental fatigue which is a side effect of long COVID […]

Third COVID-19 booster shot helpful to fight new and different variants

Third COVID-19 booster shot helpful to fight new and different variants

At least twenty different COVID-19 variants were identified and neutralised after a third booster shot, according to a new collaborative study by the Pirbright Institute (Pirbright), the University of Surrey […]

Flu vaccine protective against Alzheimer’s disease

Flu vaccine protective against Alzheimer’s disease

Researchers from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UT Health Houston) have found that older adults vaccinated at least once against influenza (flu) were 40% less likely […]

Trial of a novel influenza vaccine commences at NIH

Trial of a novel influenza vaccine commences at NIH

A promising influenza vaccine developed by researchers at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is now entering a Phase 1 clinical […]

Experimental dengue vaccine provides immunity for over four years

Experimental dengue vaccine provides immunity for over four years

A dengue vaccine candidate developed by Takeda Pharmaceutical (Takeda), TAK-003, has shown promising results in a Phase 3 trial, providing continued protection […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Women should eat more colourful fruits and veggies for better health

Women should eat more colourful fruits and veggies for better health

Women have noticeably higher rates of chronic illness despite living longer than men. These high rates of illness can be managed by prioritising a diet of brightly-coloured fruits and vegetables […]

Walking to prevent daily knee pain

Walking to prevent daily knee pain

A small clinical trial of the drug dostarlimab in the US has virtually rid each of its 18 participants of colorectal cancer, one of the most dangerous […]

Promoting a vascular health-friendly lifestyle

Promoting a vascular health-friendly lifestyle

Apart from exacerbating existing medical conditions, COVID-19 has been shown in several studies to increase the risk of heart disease. In Asia, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) accounted for 35% of deaths in 2019 […]

A heathier diabetes management plan for the new normal

A heathier diabetes management plan for the new normal

Diabetic patients should be mindful of their condition, especially with the gradual relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in Malaysia, after which many social and economic activities will resume […]

Faster walking pace beneficial to biological aging

Faster walking pace beneficial to biological aging

The first-of-its-kind research to look at how walking pace may influence health and biological age has put forth a genetic link: scientists from the University of Leicester,[…]

Community health

Step up dengue prevention programmes, International SOS urges

Step up dengue prevention programmes, International SOS urges

Leading security and health services company, International SOS, is encouraging organisations to be more proactive about dengue awareness and prevention as cases continue to rise and affect tens of millions […]

More Malaysian youths engaging in sex, Durex finds

More Malaysian youths engaging in sex, Durex finds

A recent survey conducted by Durex Malaysia (Durex), joined by over 1,000 adults between 18 and 30 years old, found a statistical rise in sexual activity despite dismal understanding of sexual health […]

NHG and Tanoto Foundation partner for diabetes reversal in Singapore

NHG and Tanoto Foundation partner for diabetes reversal in Singapore

The National Healthcare Group (NHG) is working together with Tanoto Foundation (Tanoto) to combat diabetes amongst the populace through a “Diabetes Reversal Programme […]

Artemis Health’s new partnership to elevate delivery of integrated musculoskeletal care

Artemis Health’s new partnership to elevate delivery of integrated musculoskeletal care

Artemis Health Ventures (Artemis) have announced a new partnership with Singapore Orthopaedic Specialists (SOS) to facilitate the expansion of SOS’s musculoskeletal care […]

Prevention and early detection of scoliosis in children and adolescents

Prevention and early detection of scoliosis in children and adolescents

Scoliosis: the hereditary spinal condition in which the spine curves to one side, taking after the shape of an “S” or “C,” is often misbelieved to be the result of bad posture […]

Health alert

Adding salt to foods amplifies risk of premature death

Adding salt to foods amplifies risk of premature death

Extra sprinkles of salt to your food will increase your chances of dying prematurely – a study of more than half a million people found that those who always added salt […]

Prenatal exposure to chemicals associated with childhood fatty liver disease

Prenatal exposure to chemicals associated with childhood fatty liver disease

Pregnant women exposed to chemicals leeched from common consumer products risk having children who may one day develop severe chronic liver disease and liver cancer […]

Stress ages the immune system faster

Stress ages the immune system faster

Immune aging increases a person’s risk of developing diseases such as cancer and cardiovascular disease, as well as increased susceptibility to infection […]

Higher risk of heart disease for people with cognitive impairment

Scientists identify new prostate cancer tumour type

Scientists at Weill Cornell Medicine have identified two new subtypes of prostate cancer. The tumour subtypes can be resistant to hormone therapy […]

Higher risk of heart disease for people with cognitive impairment

Higher risk of heart disease for people with cognitive impairment

A study led by Canadian researchers suggest cognitive function could predict a person’s future risk of heart disease. In assessing the relationship between […]

Other health News

Monkeypox: the next pandemic?

Monkeypox: the next pandemic?

June 16, 2022

Cases of monkeypox have been reported from European countries that are not endemic for the virus, prompting fears for yet another pandemic […]

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How eating eggs is good for heart health

How eating eggs is good for heart health

May 30, 2022

Chinese researchers from Peking University in Beijing have found regular egg consumption leads to increased levels of a heart-healthy protein in the blood […]

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Fertility and pregnancy outcomes unaffected by COVID-19 vaccines

Fertility and pregnancy outcomes unaffected by COVID-19 vaccines

May 27, 2022

Women vaccinated against the COVID-19 (COVID) virus either with mRNA vaccines or inactivated virus vaccines need not worry about reduced fertility […]

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Brain region protein found to also regulate body weight

Brain region protein found to also regulate body weight

April 13, 2022

A protein closely linked to the development of various cancers such as paediatric lymphoma and certain lung cancers is suggested to also […]

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IBD patients show effective COVID-19 vaccine response, despite fears

IBD patients show effective COVID-19 vaccine response, despite fears

April 12, 2022

Patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are more susceptible to infection than the general population because of their treatment […]

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Research success into a new way to train one’s creativity

Research success into a new way to train one’s creativity

March 16, 2022

Method training based on the “narrative theory” helps people be more creative in the way children, artists, and writers are by way of imagination and […]

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