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Rethinking Smart Medical & Biotesting in the post pandemic world

Rethinking Smart Medical & Biotesting in the post pandemic world

September 30, 2021

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way people approach their health and healthcare. This October 14th, Taiwan Excellence, representing the symbol of Taiwan’s innovative technology, will organise a Smart Medical & Biotesting Webinar to introduce some of the latest developments in the medical and healthcare industry. Themed “effective biotest” and “customised treatment” […]

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Asian hospitals to protect from cyber infection as threat of ransomware rises

Asian hospitals to protect from cyber infection as threat of ransomware rises

October 11, 2021

Healthcare organisations have made tremendous progress in adopting medical technology to increase their efficiency and improve the quality of care they deliver to patients. The new technology ranges widely, from automated patient check-in to robots that cruise the hallways of hospitals to give supplies and remove trash to connected IoT devices that can monitor a patient’s health and predict when illness is imminent. […]

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Research

Certain personality traits linked to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

Certain personality traits linked to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

Two distinct personality traits predict the accumulation of pathology associated with dementia, say researchers from the Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine, US: […]

New, rare nanomaterial fabric effective against COVID-19 and other threats

New, rare nanomaterial fabric effective against COVID-19 and other threats

Researchers have developed a type of material that can protect its wearer from various biological and chemical threats, including the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. Developed by a team from Northwestern […]

Research finds intense exercise right before bedtime detrimental to sleeping

Research finds intense exercise right before bedtime detrimental to sleeping

Intense physical activity done less than two hours before bedtime negatively impacts sleep, say researchers from Concordia University, Canada. Postdoctoral fellow Emmanuel Frimpong, who conducted a study […]

Influenza vaccine could protect against severe COVID-19

Influenza vaccine could protect against severe COVID-19

Researchers from the University of Miami Milles School of Medicine in Florida, US, postulate a possible protective effect of the influenza (flu) vaccine against the novel coronavirus […]

Inhibitory brain stimulation may improve memory

Inhibitory brain stimulation may improve memory

Targeted pulses of magnetic stimulation to specific regions of the brain have been shown to improve episodic memory, according to new research led by a team from the University of Glasgow (Glas) […]

Technology & Devices

Health organisations step up their game with intelligent automation technology

Health organisations step up their game with intelligent automation technology

The global healthcare industry needs to constantly adapt to provide quality care to its patients – this in a climate of constant […]

“Revolutionary” bioelectrical sensor detects signals from within clothing

“Revolutionary” bioelectrical sensor detects signals from within clothing

An international team of researchers from the University of Utah, US, and Gyeongsang National University, South Korea, part of APL Materials […]

3D-printed origami technology under development for improved pandemic treatment

3D-printed origami technology under development for improved pandemic treatment

Technology replicating the distinctive folding of Japanese origami craft is under development to help in the fight against COVID-19, as well as ease […]

Portable MRI pinpoints strokes that need surgical treatment

Portable MRI pinpoints strokes that need surgical treatment

A portable MRI machine, the handiwork of healthcare technology company Hyperfine Research Inc. (Hyperfine), has just been used in a new […]

Implantable stimulator powered by walking to treat damaged tendons

Implantable stimulator powered by walking to treat damaged tendons

A novel stimulator device developed at the National University of Ireland-Galway (NUI Galway) harnesses energy from mechanical action, such as walking, to speed up […]

Pharmaceutical

Singapore signs supply agreement for Merck’s experimental oral COVID-19 drug

Singapore signs supply agreement for Merck’s experimental oral COVID-19 drug

Merck and Co., Inc. (Merck), also known as MSD outside the US and Canada, has just announced a supply and purchase agreement with Singapore […]

Experimental pill for home treatment of COVID-19 passes clinical trials

Experimental pill for home treatment of COVID-19 passes clinical trials

An investigational oral antiviral treatment for SARS-CoV-2 has been shown to significantly reduce a person’s risk of hospitalisation […]

Scientists call for reduced use of paracetamol by pregnant woman, cites neurological and reproductive disruption in children

Scientists call for reduced use of paracetamol by pregnant woman, cites neurological and reproductive disruption in children

Paracetamol (acetaminophen or APAP) is a common painkiller – of its many uses, it is one of the few available drugs to relieve pains […]

WHO Director-General “appalled” over global COVID-19 vaccine inequity

WHO Director-General “appalled” over global COVID-19 vaccine inequity

Global vaccine-sharing initiative COVAX – launched in 2020 to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for low-income nations – is reportedly falling short of its vaccine distribution […]

Anti-aging drugs effectively slow spinal disc degeneration in mice

Anti-aging drugs effectively slow spinal disc degeneration in mice

Senolytic drugs, part of a new class of anti-aging medication, has been found to prevent age-related deterioration of spinal discs in animal experiments. Senolytic drugs work by […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Buckwheat extract found to promote protein clean-up in cells

Buckwheat extract found to promote protein clean-up in cells

A type of buckwheat liquor used in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) was found to influence an important activity in cells: tartary buckwheat extract induces autophagy […]

The new immunity toolkit

The new immunity toolkit

The most recent development in world of health and medicine has been the acceptance that we will be living with COVID-19 into the longer term. Masks, social distancing, vaccine […]

New 5-minute breathing exercise can help with vascular health

New 5-minute breathing exercise can help with vascular health

Scientists from the University of Colorado at Boulder (UC Boulder), US, have designed a type of breathing exercise as a form of strength training mainly for respiratory muscles […]

Functional nutrition products help ensure quality of life

Functional nutrition products help ensure quality of life

Nutrition requirements vary, for the individual and the community at large, based on concerns including aging and chronic illnesses. Proper nutrition can, however, ensure our […]

Mindfulness classes improve health of schoolchildren

Mindfulness classes improve health of schoolchildren

Mindfulness is an ancient meditation technique that involves focusing awareness on the present moment, as a means of fostering calm […]

Community health

Singaporean biotech company to provide innovative stem cell treatment to patients in UK

Singaporean biotech company to provide innovative stem cell treatment to patients in UK

Singapore-based Cell Research Corporation’s (CRC) patented stem cell therapy for the treatment of chronic diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) has been awarded an […]

Malaysian startup introduces sustainable, modular silicone face masks

Malaysian startup introduces sustainable, modular silicone face masks

Disposable protective equipment – including face masks – while useful, is estimated to cause massive pollution to the environment. The trace chemicals contained […]

Adjusting to the new “normal” after lockdown

Adjusting to the new “normal” after lockdown

Countries are slowly easing lockdown regulations as COVID-19 becomes endemic and many people will soon go back to their normal lives – but what constitutes “normal” after nearly two […]

Africa obtains “historic” malaria vaccine approval for children

Africa obtains “historic” malaria vaccine approval for children

The World Health Organization (WHO) has approved of a malaria vaccine for use for children within the African continent. This announcement comes after the successful completion […]

COVID-19 vaccination safe for mothers-to-be, says Malaysian fertility specialist

COVID-19 vaccination safe for mothers-to-be, says Malaysian fertility specialist

Amid a robust COVID-19 vaccination programme in Malaysia, there are still people who are wary of the vaccine, pregnant mothers and those trying to conceive included […]

Health alert

Moderately ill COVID-19 patients at risk developing of dangerous blood clots

Moderately ill COVID-19 patients at risk developing of dangerous blood clots

COVID-19 patients who were not critically ill have been found to develop a life-threatening blood clot, or a venous thromboembolism (VTE), according to a European study. Despite coming […]

Extensive antibiotics use increases future risk of colon cancer

Genetic risk factor found behind severe COVID-19 and Alzheimer’s

Researchers at University College London (UCL) have found a gene variant named OAS1 that leads to greater susceptibility to COVID-19; this gene is known to heighten one’s risk for […]

Extensive antibiotics use increases future risk of colon cancer

Extensive antibiotics use increases future risk of colon cancer

Constant use of antibiotics can affect the intestinal microbiome and increase the risk of colon cancer, confirmed researchers at Umeå University, Sweden. […]

Obesity may leads to hospitalisation/death from COVID-19

Obesity may leads to hospitalisation/death from COVID-19

Epidemiologists have noted a distinct correlation between body weight and COVID-19 severity from the early days of the pandemic […]

Night shift work heightens cancer risk

Night shift work heightens cancer risk

Night shift work has been found to cause circadian rhythm disruptions and can alter the expression of tumour-related genes, […]

Other health News

Intensive motor rehabilitation best given two months after stroke onset, study finds

Intensive motor rehabilitation best given two months after stroke onset, study finds

September 22, 2021

New research has found that the optimal period for intensive rehabilitation of the upper limb(s) should begin 60 to 90 days after a stroke, as this is the period when adults are most responsive to rehabilitation and are more likely to restore function in the affected limb. The research conducted by US-based […]

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Gut microbiome signatures associated with common mental health disorders

Gut microbiome signatures associated with common mental health disorders

September 20, 2021

A recent meta-analysis by scientists at King’s College London (King’s) has found a compelling link between certain mental health disorders and gut microbiome abnormalities: in particular, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety, all present with altered gut microbiome including higher amounts of pro-inflammatory […]

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New insight into secondary transmission of COVID-19 at home

New insight into secondary transmission of COVID-19 at home

September 15, 2021

A high nasopharyngeal viral load – the amount of virus a person had in their nose and throat – would determine the likelihood of secondary transmission of the COVID-19, or SARS-CoV-2 virus within a household. According to a new study conducted by researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) School of Medicine, US, a high viral load could also […]

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Cholesterol manufactured in the brain key to development of Alzheimer’s

Cholesterol manufactured in the brain key to development of Alzheimer’s

September 14, 2021

Cholesterol produced by cells called astrocytes is required for controlling the production of amyloid beta, a sticky protein that builds up in the brains of patients with Alzheimer’s disease (Alzheimer’s), scientists have found. Not only associated with clogged arteries and heart disease, cholesterol is also made naturally by the body to produce […]

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Swedish scientists discover aggressive, early onset Alzheimer’s in 40-year-olds

Swedish scientists discover aggressive, early onset Alzheimer’s in 40-year-olds

September 03, 2021

A team led by neurobiologists in Sweden have discovered a rare and aggressive form of Alzheimer’s unique to a family in Uppsala: the gene mutation, or Uppsala APP deletion, is behind rapid deterioration of cognitive function and invariably causes descent into dementia at a younger age than usual –symptoms begin in the early 40s […]

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Prototype soft robots used to deliver drugs to the nervous system

Prototype soft robots used to deliver drugs to the nervous system

August 12, 2021

Targeted drug delivery using tiny, tumbling soft robots can be achieved soon thanks to rotating magnetic fields. In a study carried out by several US research institutes and biotechnology companies, tiny robots were observed to perform better as drug delivery vehicles to neural tissue: when controlled using a magnetic field, specially developed MANiAC […]

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