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Breaking the silence on silent heart attacks

Breaking the silence on silent heart attacks

September 22, 2022

For some, experiencing things in silence denotes a sense of calmness and tranquillity. Silence can be beneficial for many things: meditation, reading, even prayer. However, in other circumstances ‘silence’ can mean that something dangerous is brewing under the surface, something we do not always notice in time – especially when it comes to our health […]

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Research

Virus to kill cancer cells trialled in UK

Virus to kill cancer cells trialled in UK

A new type of cancer therapy that uses a common virus to infect and destroy harmful cells is showing big promise in early human trials, say UK scientists. One patient’s cancer vanished, while others saw […]

Blood test to detect two types of cancers

Blood test to detect two types of cancers

Scientists in Israel are working on developing a blood test that can detect pancreatic and colorectal cancer. Although still in the testing phase, the method is reported […]

Scooter riders encouraged to cushion head with their arms

Scooter riders encouraged to cushion head with their arms

Scooter riders often fail to take any injury preventative measures in the event of accidents, which may result in significant head trauma or brain injury […]

Digital mask to safeguard sensitive info in patient facial images

Digital mask to safeguard sensitive info in patient facial images

A patient’s facial image data – while extremely useful when it comes to identifying and diagnosing disease – is susceptible to data breaches and is not easily anonymised for medical recordkeeping […]

Anti-diarrhea drug repurposed to treat autism symptoms

Anti-diarrhea drug repurposed to treat autism symptoms

Norwegian researchers at the University of Oslo have found possible treatment for the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in a common anti-diarrhea drug called loperamide. The drug may be dually beneficial […]

Technology & Devices

Sound TPE solution for hearing aid applications

Sound TPE solution for hearing aid applications

Kraiburg TPE, a leading global manufacturer of thermoplastic elastomers (TPEs) for a variety of industries, offers its TPE compounds for hearing devices such as hearing aid […]

Heart valve repair device by Abbot flagged for apparent malfunction

Heart valve repair device by Abbot flagged for apparent malfunction

Healthcare providers have been alerted to a potential clip-lock issue with one of Abbott Laboratories’ (Abbott) medical devices, by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) […]

Walking setup used to power upper limb prostheses in the works

Walking setup used to power upper limb prostheses in the works

Medical diagnostic equipment features a variety of diagnostic tools and equipment for accurate testing, tracking, measurements, and evaluations. These include ophthalmoscopes […]

TPE: the trusted material for medical diagnostic equipment

TPE: the trusted material for medical diagnostic equipment

Medical diagnostic equipment features a variety of diagnostic tools and equipment for accurate testing, tracking, measurements, and evaluations. These include ophthalmoscopes […]

Smart walker attachment helps keep seniors safer

Smart walker attachment helps keep seniors safer

Older adults can now safely move around on their own – engineers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have built a motion-detecting device that attaches to mobility aids […]

Pharmaceutical

Disinfecting surfaces to keep monkeypox virus at bay

Disinfecting surfaces to keep monkeypox virus at bay

With cases of monkeypox continuing to rise and spread around the world, government health departments are providing advice and guidance on how to help prevent transmission of the disease with hygiene and disinfection […]

Novavax’s COVID shot open for adolescents, CDC says

Novavax’s COVID shot open for adolescents, CDC says

Novavax Inc.’s (Novavax) protein-based COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for use in adolescents between 12 to 17 years old, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Monday. It was just last […]

Tumour destroyed in days in mice implanted with “drug factory” beads

Tumour destroyed in days in mice implanted with “drug factory” beads

Specially-developed “drug factory” beads continually generate a type of protein that helps eradicate cancerous tumours: scientists at Rice University in Texas, US, noticed that mice implanted with the drug factory beads […]

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 […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Nutritionally-enhanced purple tomato available in 2023

Nutritionally-enhanced purple tomato available in 2023

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has decided to let home growers purchase and plant seeds of the anthocyanin-rich purple tomato, a variety that has been genetically enhanced to increase its […]

Strength training and cardio can help you live longer

Strength training and cardio can help you live longer

Switching up aerobic exercise and strength training on the regular has been associated with a low mortality risk – even lower than when doing either aerobic exercise or strength training alone […]

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 […]

Community health

“Listen To Your Asthma” campaign launched by AstraZeneca and Asthma Malaysia

“Listen To Your Asthma” campaign launched by AstraZeneca and Asthma Malaysia

Biopharmaceutical group AstraZeneca (AZ) has launched an asthma awareness campaign entitled, “Listen To Your Asthma,” to help educate and raise awareness about severe asthma so that those suffering […]

Two COVID antibody treatments no longer recommended by WHO

Free lung cancer screening for Malaysians at select private cancer facilities

The public will soon be able to access cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) screening technology for lung cancer detection at three primary care clinics: Beacon Hospital, Subang Jaya Medical Centre […]

Two COVID antibody treatments no longer recommended by WHO

Two COVID antibody treatments no longer recommended by WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) “strongly advises against” the use of two COVID-19 antibody therapies developed during the early days of the pandemic, citing mounting evidence […]

The health consequences short girls face

The health consequences short girls face

For girls, being short or petite is often considered cute and comely – but according to Associate Professor Dr. Azriyanti binti Anuar Zaini, Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Endocrinologist […]

World Alzheimer’s Month: Coping with Alzheimer’s and dementia

World Alzheimer’s Month: Coping with Alzheimer’s and dementia

The memory loss typical of Alzheimer’s disease (Alzheimer’s) and dementia is often misunderstood to be a consequence of aging. In conjunction with World Alzheimer’s Month this September […]

Health alert

Lung cells become cancerous when exposed to airborne pollutants

Lung cells become cancerous when exposed to airborne pollutants

A new mechanism has been identified through which very small pollutant particles in the air may trigger lung cancer development in people who have never smoked, according to the ESMO […]

Millennials and Gen-Z at risk of heart disease

Millennials and Gen-Z at risk of heart disease

Heart attacks are on the rise among young adults in Malaysia – those in their 20s and 30s, to be exact: experiencing a heart attack at this age is becoming more common […]

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 […]

Other health News

Hot steam dishwasher model more effective, environmentally-friendly

Hot steam dishwasher model more effective, environmentally-friendly

September 16, 2022

Superheated steam dishwashers developed by researchers from the Technical University of Dortmund and the Technical […]

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Is chocolate really good for your health?

Is chocolate really good for your health?

August 9, 2022

Chocolate’s popularity is owed to its many variable and delectable tastes – but does chocolate really benefit your health? […]

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NHG and Tanoto Foundation partner for diabetes reversal in Singapore

NHG and Tanoto Foundation partner for diabetes reversal in Singapore

August 8, 2022

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

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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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