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Sojitz Invests in Asia/Oceania primary healthcare provider Qualitas in Asia & Oceania

Sojitz Invests in Asia/Oceania primary healthcare provider Qualitas in Asia & Oceania

March 05, 2021

Sojitz Corporation has invested in Qualitas Medical Limited, a leading provider of primary healthcare services in the Asia and Oceania region, through an injection of new capital into the business. The capital will be used by Qualitas for funding future growth opportunities. Through this investment, Sojitz will be able to gain exposure to the primary healthcare market […]

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Research

Psychedelic “microdosing” found to have similar effects to placebo

Psychedelic “microdosing” found to have similar effects to placebo

New research led by a team at Imperial College London, UK,suggests there is little difference in reported benefits between a microdose […]

New vaccination strategy could better help the body fight off UTIs

New vaccination strategy could better help the body fight off UTIs

A urinary tract infection (UTI) can be painful, pesky and persistent. While oral drugs may help, bacteria responsible for the UTI – which primarily afflicts women […]

World-first trial tests novel MDMA therapy on alcoholism

World-first trial tests novel MDMA therapy on alcoholism

A small, open-label trial by a team of UK researchers has explored the use of MDMA-assisted psychotherapy as a treatment for alcohol use disorder (AUD) […]

Playing video games positively correlated with well-being

Playing video games positively correlated with well-being

A first-of-its-kind study from Oxford University using industry data from two popular video games – Plants vs. Zombies […]

US researcher gets to the heart of the problem in sudden cardiac death

US researcher gets to the heart of the problem in sudden cardiac death

A genetic disease called arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy (ACM), in which healthy heart muscle is replaced by scar tissue and/or fat over time is a leading cause of sudden […]

Technology & Devices

Inner ear implant restores balance and quality of life to vertigo sufferers

Inner ear implant restores balance and quality of life to vertigo sufferers

Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Vestibular Neuroengineering Laboratory have modified an existing cochlear implant such that would help reduce vertigo and enable sufferers […]

Smart pneumatic knee brace uses air to relieve pressure

Smart pneumatic knee brace uses air to relieve pressure

Exoskeleton manufacturer C-EXO has designed a “smart” pneumatically-activated knee brace to help runners minimise the chances of injury […]

New SMART Singapore tool helps investigate deadly and drug-resistant bacteria

New SMART Singapore tool helps investigate deadly and drug-resistant bacteria

Hospital-associated infections – predominantly those caused by Enterococcus faecalis, a bacteria found in the human gut […]

Mask sensor to detect and track coronavirus in development

Mask sensor to detect and track coronavirus in development

The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) has been awarded US$1.3 million by The National Institutes of Health to develop a mask sensor that detects the presence of the […]

Philips to acquire Capsule Technologies to expand patient care solutions offering

Philips to acquire Capsule Technologies to expand patient care solutions offering

Dutch health technology company Royal Philips has signed an agreement to acquire Capsule Technologies, a Massachusetts-headquartered global provider […]

Pharmaceutical

Johnson & Johnson’s new single-shot COVID-19 vaccine approved in the US

Johnson & Johnson’s new single-shot COVID-19 vaccine approved in the US

The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine – developed by pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson (J&J) […]

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine now stable at warmer temperatures

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine now stable at warmer temperatures

The mRNA COVID-19 vaccine developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech late last year was advised to be kept at ultra-cold temperatures to prevent degradation […]

First shipment of COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Malaysia

First shipment of COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Malaysia

The first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Malaysia on Sunday – 312,390 doses that were flown to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang […]

Cheap lice drug claims potential treatment vs Covid-19

Cheap lice drug claims potential treatment vs Covid-19

For as low as £1.50 per treatment, this lice treatment drug may be used to help Covid-19 patients, according to a Dr Andrew Hill […]

Malaysian pharma firm to manufacture Sinovac vaccine by March

Malaysian pharma firm to manufacture Sinovac vaccine by March

Malaysia’s largest integrated pharmaceutical company, Phamaniaga Bhd is manufacturing two million doses/month of Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine starting this March. The deal between the two companies is for the supply of 14 million doses of the vaccine to be carried out for fill and finish activity […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

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 […]

Exercise hormone injections boost mice fitness and overall health

Exercise hormone injections boost mice fitness and overall health

It would be ideal if there was a way to beat the hassle of exercise, but still maintain health and fitness. Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC), US […]

Kids' physical fitness should focus on endurance and skill improvement

Kids' physical fitness should focus on endurance and skill improvement

A child’s cardiorespiratory endurance – a measure of how well the body handles long periods of exercise – is a more important aspect of physical education (PE) than losing […]

Blood glucose better controlled with diabetes-friendly diet and meal replacements

Blood glucose better controlled with diabetes-friendly diet and meal replacements

Some diabetics grapple with proper management of blood glucose, especially keeping to a diabetes-specific diet, which might lead to the onset of complications such as blindness, kidney disease and heart disease. […]

Key protein protects blood stem cells from premature aging

Key protein protects blood stem cells from premature aging

Haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs) produce other blood and immune cells, and ramp up production when an infection strikes […]

Community health

 Two new, unrelated Ebola outbreaks detected in Africa

Two new, unrelated Ebola outbreaks detected in Africa

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 […]

 Trust and support go hand-in-hand for cancer care, says Malaysian professional caregiver

Trust and support go hand-in-hand for cancer care, says Malaysian professional caregiver

In conjunction with World Cancer Day last week, a cancer care provider with Homage Malaysia, a reliable and award-winning home […]

 Phl OK’s use of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine; detects first new virus variant case in Manila

Phl OK’s use of Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine; detects first new virus variant case in Manila

The Philippines has given the green light to Pfizer BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine for emergency use. According to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Director-General Eric Domingo […]

 U of T researchers develop reusable, sustainable surgical mask

U of T researchers develop reusable, sustainable surgical mask

Researchers from the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine are developing sustainable personal protective […]

 Glowing liquid bandage monitors oxygen levels in transplanted tissue

Glowing liquid bandage monitors oxygen levels in transplanted tissue

Scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), US, may have found a way around using wired oximeters to monitor tissue oxygenation: a liquid bandage that glows in […]

Health alert

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). […]

WHO: health harms from prolonged sitting can be offset by exceeding weekly recommended physical activity levels

WHO: health harms from prolonged sitting can be offset by exceeding weekly recommended physical activity levels

New research involving some 44,000 people across four countries highlights a grim reality: a high daily tally of […]

Growing assault on lung health when cooking with wood, researchers find

Growing assault on lung health when cooking with wood, researchers find

Cooking with biomass fuel such as wood or dry brush causes significant lung damage compared to cleaner-burning […]

Other health News

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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Digital edition of Medical Fair to feature top healthcare professionals

Digital edition of Medical Fair to feature top healthcare professionals

December 01, 2020

The first digital edition of Medical Fair Asia 2020, which will take place 9-18 December, will include a line-up of daily technical presentations and conferences by regional and international experts in their fields. Top speakers include leading virologist Professor Peter Piot, one of the discoverers of the Ebola virus, who has recently recovered from Covid-19, as well as award winning cancer […]

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Taiwan healthcare event featured online in Malaysia

Taiwan healthcare event featured online in Malaysia

November 30, 2020

Taiwan’s medical industry is well-known for its precision equipment, professional medical teams and medical treatments that rival the best of the world. These days, more people from Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia, and even the US and Canada, seek medical services in Taiwan. Against this backdrop the Taiwan Expo 2020 in Malaysia kicked off online on […]

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World-first 3D colour hand-and-wrist scanner sent to trial

World-first 3D colour hand-and-wrist scanner sent to trial

November 23, 2020

New Zealand-based Mars Bioimaging Ltd. (MBI) has introduced a new, high-resolution CT scanner that creates striking three dimensional (3D) images in colour instead of flat black-and-white. The 3D scanner can diagnose hand or wrist bone fractures and monitor healing, and is set to be used in a larger international trial […]

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Gum disease associated with diabetes and other serious inflammatory conditions

Gum disease associated with diabetes and other serious inflammatory conditions

October 23, 2020

In a robust study led by researchers from the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto, severe periodontitis, or gum disease, is found to exacerbate conditions like diabetes, cardiovascular disease and even Alzheimer’s disease. According to the researchers, heightened production of a type of immune cell in people with periodontitis can initiate a […]

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