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Air pollution exposure may elevate Hispanic babies’ obesity risk

Air pollution exposure may elevate Hispanic babies’ obesity risk

June 16, 2021

A study by researchers at the University of Colorado at Boulder (CU Boulder), US, is the latest to suggest that exposure to toxic air pollutants during pregnancy may cause higher rates of obesity in Hispanic babies. The Hispanic population is one of the many minority populations who tend to live in places with poor air quality in the US. Back in 2018, the National Center for Environmental Assessment published a study showing that poor people […]

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Research

“Bionic” vulture is first bird to receive a permanent prosthetic foot

“Bionic” vulture is first bird to receive a permanent prosthetic foot

A groundbreaking procedure performed at the Medical University of Vienna (MedUni Vienna), Austria, has successfully created the world’s first “bionic bird” – the large bird of prey was given a new foot using the famed […]

Positive vaccination messages influence behaviour

Positive vaccination messages influence behaviour

A social experiment by Washington State University (WSU) has found that wording of vaccination messages influences people’s attitudes and behaviour. […]

Miraculous bacteria reduces dengue cases by 77%

Miraculous bacteria reduces dengue cases by 77%

Using mosquitoes infected with a “miraculous” bacteria that reduces the insect’s ability to spread dengue, researchers in Yogyakarta city, Indonesia, have managed to cut down […]

Bacteria in infected food may spread through sexual contact

Bacteria in infected food may spread through sexual contact

A common foodborne infection – caused by the Campylobacteria – may also be spread through sexual contact, said infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Katrin Kuhn […]

Scientists discover new method to boost muscle regeneration and rebuild tissue

Scientists discover new method to boost muscle regeneration and rebuild tissue

One of the most obvious effects of aging is loss of muscle mass – scientists at the Salk Institute in California, US, may […]

Technology & Devices

New diagnostic tool introduced for coronary artery disease treatment in Malaysia

New diagnostic tool introduced for coronary artery disease treatment in Malaysia

Coronary artery disease (CAD) was reported as the top cause of death in much of the developed world – in Malaysia in 2019, over 16,300 victims made up 15% of medically […]

Lab-grown cancer cells have less parity with their human source

Lab-grown cancer cells have less parity with their human source

A new computer-based technique developed by scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has revealed that human cancer cells grown in culture dishes are the least genetically similar to their human sources. […]

New, faster cell therapy monitoring method accurately detects coronavirus

New, faster cell therapy monitoring method accurately detects coronavirus

A new method for rapid and accurate detection of different DNA/RNA targets in viruses like the coronavirus has been developed by CAMP researchers […]

Electronic nose accurately sniffs out cancer in blood samples

Electronic nose accurately sniffs out cancer in blood samples

An electronic nose (e-nose) has been co-developed by researchers from the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) and Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia […]

Tiny, new skin sensor can quickly detect psoriasis

Tiny, new skin sensor can quickly detect psoriasis

Collaboration between scientists at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and Northwestern University in Illinois, US, has yielded a new electrochemical invention that can detect skin disorders based on tissue stiffness. […]

Pharmaceutical

Successful, long-term results reported for experimental asthma vaccine

Successful, long-term results reported for experimental asthma vaccine

A unique asthma vaccine has been developed that is able to generate antibodies against the inflammatory molecules known to cause severe asthma […]

Experimental new vaccine blocks COVID-19 and other coronavirus variants

Experimental new vaccine blocks COVID-19 and other coronavirus variants

A pan-coronavirus vaccine developed by members of the Duke Human Vaccine Institute (DHVI), from the Duke University School of Nursing, NC, has proven effective in […]

Drug found to increase mouth salivation

Drug found to increase mouth salivation

Chronic mouth dryness caused by inflammation of the salivary glands is a condition that can negatively affect a person’s […]

Repurposed dietary supplement tackles schizophrenia in mice

Repurposed dietary supplement tackles schizophrenia in mice

Scientists at the University of Tokyo, Japan, have chanced upon a dietary supplement that appears to treat mice with a genetic […]

Experimental oral pills auto-release insulin as needed

Experimental oral pills auto-release insulin as needed

People with diabetes can manage their condition with daily subcutaneous injections, but they can be difficult to […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

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 […]

Mushroom compound may be an alternative treatment to traditional antidepressants

Mushroom compound may be an alternative treatment to traditional antidepressants

An active compound found in the Psilocybe cyanescens mushrooms, called psilocybin, appears to be as effective as a […]

Switching to plant-based diets may help manage weight issues better

Switching to plant-based diets may help manage weight issues better

Plant-based diets are not just a momentary fad – in fact, an international survey conducted late last year by global […]

Optimal daily mix of 2 fruit and 3 vegetable servings ensures longevity

Optimal daily mix of 2 fruit and 3 vegetable servings ensures longevity

“The American Heart Association recommends filling at least half your plate with fruits and vegetables at each meal,” said Anne Thorndike, chair of the Association’s nutrition committee […]

Community health

The impact of media on public opinion and trust in vaccines

The impact of media on public opinion and trust in vaccines

Good communication has become essential during this global pandemic – in particular, how leaders/officials, governments, and subject matter experts of various countries […]

 Arthritis may affect young people: Signs to look out for

Arthritis may affect young people: Signs to look out for

Despite popular belief, arthritis is a debilitating illness that can affect young people as well as the old. There are more than 100 types of arthritis and related conditions; this includes rheumatoid arthritis (RA) […]

 Regular screenings can help save lives for men with colorectal cancer

Regular screenings can help save lives for men with colorectal cancer

Colorectal cancer is the most common cancer among Malaysian males, accounting for 14.8% of the total incidence of cancer in the country, according to the Malaysian National Cancer Registry Report 2012-2016) […]

 COVID-19 funds worth RM1.5 mil introduced in Malaysia for added vaccination security

COVID-19 funds worth RM1.5 mil introduced in Malaysia for added vaccination security

Life insurance provider Sun Life Malaysia (Sun Life Malaysia Assurance Berhad and Sun Life Malaysia Takaful Berhad), a joint venture by Sun Life Assurance […]

 Malaysian schoolkids to receive free breakfast sets with MILO

Malaysian schoolkids to receive free breakfast sets with MILO

Nestlé Malaysia, part of the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturer, is providing more than 1 million nutritious breakfast […]

Health alert

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, […]

Six cases of new coronavirus variant found in India

Six cases of new coronavirus variant found in India

India’s Health Ministry has found positive cases of the more infectious strain of the novel coronavirus in six people who returned from Britain in recent weeks […]

Inter-arm differences in blood pressure increases cardiovascular disease risk

Inter-arm differences in blood pressure increases cardiovascular disease risk

An expansive study led by researchers at the University of Exeter, UK, is the first to find that increasing differences in the blood pressure between each arm is linked to poorer […]

Poor sleep can accelerate progression of Alzheimer’s

Poor sleep can accelerate progression of Alzheimer’s

Disrupted sleep can accelerate the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, say scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM). […]

Other health News

Newly discovered node in brain could help explain social communication disorders

Newly discovered node in brain could help explain social communication disorders

April 1, 2021

Noise or sounds, such as a giggle, a cry, or a scream, and the emotional range it conveys is vital for effective social communication, said Dr. Lisa Stowers, a neuroscientist and professor at Scripps Research based in California, US. Most research on noise production in the brain has focused on language development, but identifying how the brain decides on these responses is the first step to understanding where things can go wrong […]

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Researchers grow heart valves that are better than current animal derivatives

Researchers grow heart valves that are better than current animal derivatives

March 18, 2021

Researchers from the College of Science and Engineering and the Medical School, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, US, have created heart valves that were capable of lasting growth when implanted in lamb models. The valves also showed reduced calcification and improved blood flow function compared to animal-derived valves currently used when tested in the same growing lamb model […]

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Two new, unrelated Ebola outbreaks detected in Africa

Two new, unrelated Ebola outbreaks detected in Africa

February 17, 2021

Two new but separate Ebola outbreaks have flared up recently in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Africa – prompting rapid response from the World Health Organization (WHO). The primary case in DRC was announced on February 7, claimed to be the wife of an Ebola survivor from a prior outbreak; Guinean authorities meanwhile have confirmed three positive Ebola cases so far […]

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Huge market potential for CBD and other cannabinoids – how best to produce them?

Huge market potential for CBD and other cannabinoids – how best to produce them?

January 25, 2021

While cannabis has been removed from the UN prohibition schedule and CBD is not considered as a narcotic drug, these two major decisions are expected to drive further research to explore the full potential of one of the major and longest established medicinal plants […]

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Covid-19 vaccine trials excluded nursing mothers, says org

Covid-19 vaccine trials excluded nursing mothers, says org

January 18, 2021

Nursing mothers who are vaccinated against Covid-19 are not advised to stop breastfeeding but they must discuss the risks and benefits of the vaccine with their healthcare provider, within the context of their risk of contracting COVID-19 and of developing severe disease, according to the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM). ABM, a worldwide organization of medical doctors dedicated to the promotion […]

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U of T researchers develop reusable, sustainable surgical mask

U of T researchers develop reusable, sustainable surgical mask

January 06, 2021

Researchers from the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine are developing sustainable personal protective equipment (PPE) under the initiative, the ROSE (Re-useable Open-Source Equipment) Project, helmed by Associate Professor Denyse Richardson; and Lecturer, Reena Kilian. They worked with textile engineer, an architect, sewing experts, a knowledge translation expert and […]

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