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Upgrading digital healthcare with Taiwan Excellence

Upgrading digital healthcare with Taiwan Excellence

April 30, 2021

Now more than ever, healthcare is indispensable. With rapid advancements in AI and big data technology, digital healthcare provides patients with quicker access to health services while also helping doctors to streamline their workflow and increase efficiency. With that, five Taiwan Excellence awarded companies demonstrated their most innovative solutions during the […]

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Medical Fair Thailand postponed to 2022 due to pandemic

Medical Fair Thailand postponed to 2022 due to pandemic

May 04, 2021

As a result of the pandemic restrictions on travel and quarantine requirements of countries, the upcoming edition of Medical Fair Thailand, which was to have been held in September 2021, will be rescheduled to February 2022, with the physical trade fair taking place from 9-11 February at BITEC, Bangkok, and the seven-day digital extension from 12-18 February. This year’s fair was to have more than 80% of exhibitors to the trade fair coming from abroad […]

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Research

Stressed people found to process information differently

Stressed people found to process information differently

Researchers at the Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences, University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), US, have discovered similarities between the resting brains of highly sensitive people and the overwhelming feelings […]

Ice cube tray retinal patch helps regenerate cells for vision

Ice cube tray retinal patch helps regenerate cells for vision

A novel type of scaffold shaped like an ice cube tray could help regenerate the eye’s photoreceptor cells, the death of which may cause vision loss in adults […]

Obesity found to dull the function of mitochondia

Obesity found to dull the function of mitochondia

Scientists at the University of Helsinki, Finland, who analysed metabolic changes that can take place in fat tissue as a result […]

New contributors behind blindness in older adults identified

New contributors behind blindness in older adults identified

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers have identified a potential mechanism for age-related macular […]

Newfound antibody activity could benefit tooth regeneration

New found antibody activity could benefit tooth regeneration

Scientists from Japan have found that by suppressing activity of a specific gene with monoclonal antibodies […]

Technology & Devices

New device for stroke rehab receives FDA approval

New device for stroke rehab receives FDA approval

In a stroke, damage to motor function on one side of the brain affects movement on the opposite side of a person’s body […]

Experimental ankle exoskeleton system increases walking speed

Experimental ankle exoskeleton system increases walking speed

Engineers at Stanford University have developed a prototype ankle exoskeleton system that was able to increase a […]

Infectious diseases expert suggests leveraging tech for pandemic preparedness

Infectious diseases expert suggests leveraging tech for pandemic preparedness

At a recent forum for healthcare providers, Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, a Malaysian professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Universiti Malaya […]

Medical Industry: Medtech market given the all clear for expansions

Experimental smart hearing aid tracks user’s brain waves

Scientists at Belgium’s KU Leuven University have designed a cochlear implant that successfully reads a user’s brain […]

Medical Industry: Medtech market given the all clear for expansions

Medical Industry: Medtech market given the all clear for expansions

The recent global health crisis provided a silver lining to the medical devices market to expand and innovate […]

Pharmaceutical

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 […]

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 […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

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 […]

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 […]

Community health

 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 […]

 Malaysian healthcare organisation salutes frontliners with dedicated e-book

Malaysian healthcare organisation salutes frontliners with dedicated e-book

The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) has unveiled an e-book to commemorate and support the nation’s frontliners’ efforts in combatting COVID-19 […]

 Malaysian hospital embarks on CSR “Cancer Won’t Wait” campaign

Malaysian hospital embarks on CSR “Cancer Won’t Wait” campaign

Needing to treat cancer during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic compounds concern, with many patients delaying their cancer treatments […]

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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