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CLEA can help businesses mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19

CLEA can help businesses mitigate the risk of spreading COVID-19

May 20, 2022

Malaysians need to get accustomed to new and ever-changing standard operating procedures (SOPs) as they try to live with COVID-19. Much like the rest of the world, this move includes a hefty amount of worry about the safety of travel – be it just to the office. Dr. Chan Hai Feng, Founder and CEO of CLEA, Malaysia’s own virtual COVID-19 screening app, speaks to Healthcare Asia in an exclusive […]

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Research

Desktop “air curtains” as an indirect virus barrier

Desktop “air curtains” as an indirect virus barrier

Air curtains – artificially created streams of moving air – which are used to protect patients in operating rooms or to prevent the spread of contaminants, may be a solution for tight, […]

Believing in yourself for good mental health

Believing in yourself for good mental health

Mental health professionals based in Denmark believe the key to preventing mental health problems from developing in the first place rests on the simple belief that you can. In a recent […]

Antibiotics use increases susceptibility to fungal infections

Antibiotics use increases susceptibility to fungal infections

A new study from the University of Birmingham has uncovered how patients on heavy antibiotics use are at risk of fungal infection because of disruptions to their immune system […]

Mediterranean diet reduces depression in young men

Mediterranean diet reduces depression in young men

A study in Australia shows how the Mediterranean diet, rich in in fruits, vegetables, and legumes, and low in processed foods, can reduce symptoms of depression in young men as well as […]

New biomaterial promotes immune tolerance of transplanted pancreatic cells

New biomaterial promotes immune tolerance of transplanted pancreatic cells

The biologic age of male sperm can determine the success of pregnancy as well as the time it takes to become pregnant, revealed Dr. J. Richard Pilsner, the Director of Molecular Genetics and […]

Technology & Devices

Tiny cleaning robots kill bacteria in tooth crevices

Tiny cleaning robots kill bacteria in tooth crevices

Miniaturised robots, or nanobots, are now being used by scientists at the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) to clean out bacteria hidden deep in our teeth […]

Charging pacemaker batteries with ultrasound

Charging pacemaker batteries with ultrasound

Scientists from the South Korean Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) are working on a noninvasive battery recharging system for heart pacemakers, which is a more convenient alternative to surgical […]

New COVID-19 breath test reports over 90% accuracy

New COVID-19 breath test reports over 90% accuracy

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted an emergency use approval for a breath-based COVID-19 diagnostics test. The test device has successfully identified 91.2% of positive cases […]

Wearable device said to promote deep sleep

Wearable device said to promote deep sleep

Researchers at ETH Zurich, Switzerland, have developed a mobile system, SleepLoop, that can aid deep sleep through auditory brain stimulation – essentially by playing precisely timed sounds through earphones to encourage sleeping […]

Successful 3D-printing of paracetamol in seconds

Successful 3D-printing of paracetamol in seconds

University College London (UCL) scientists have accomplished three-dimensional (3D)-printing of medicines in just 17 seconds as opposed to several minutes. A typical 3D printing process involves extruding resin layer-by-layer to form a structure […]

Pharmaceutical

Dual-action drug treats diabetes and obesity

Dual-action drug treats diabetes and obesity

A new type of treatment called the Mounjaro (tirzepatide) shot has just been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for type 2 diabetes. The once-weekly injection […]

EU drug regulator hopes for approval for adaptive coronavirus vaccines this year

EU drug regulator hopes for approval for adaptive coronavirus vaccines this year

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is hoping to have access to multi-protection vaccines, including one that is able to address several coronavirus variants, by September 2022 […]

Pfizer’s potent antiviral treatment endorsed by WHO

Pfizer’s potent antiviral treatment endorsed by WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has backed the use of Pfizer Inc’s (Pfizer) oral COVID-19 antiviral treatment, Paxlovid, in high-risk patients in the early stages […]

Fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose authorised for Americans over 50

Fourth COVID-19 vaccine dose authorised for Americans over 50

The Head of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, Peter Marks, has encouraged getting a second booster […]

Pfizer, UNICEF to supply Paxlovid COVID-19 oral treatment for low-, middle-income countries

Pfizer, UNICEF to supply Paxlovid COVID-19 oral treatment for low-, middle-income countries

Pfizer Inc. (Pfizer) has announced an agreement with UNICEF to supply nearly 4 million treatment courses of its COVID-19 oral treatment to 95 low- and middle-income countries […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

A heathier diabetes management plan for the new normal

A heathier diabetes management plan for the new normal

Diabetic patients should be mindful of their condition, especially with the gradual relaxation of COVID-19 restrictions in Malaysia, after which many social and economic activities will resume […]

Faster walking pace beneficial to biological aging

Faster walking pace beneficial to biological aging

The first-of-its-kind research to look at how walking pace may influence health and biological age has put forth a genetic link: scientists from the University of Leicester,[…]

Breathing exercises key to exercise tolerance in middle-aged people

Breathing exercises key to exercise tolerance in middle-aged people

Past research from reputable US sources shows adults tend to reduce or stop physical activity as they age. However, regular exercise is crucial for middle-aged and […]

Leafy greens found to fight off COVID-19 and common cold viruses

Leafy greens found to fight off COVID-19 and common cold viruses

A chemical derived from cruciferous plants such as broccoli has been found to inhibit the replication of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 […]

How to declutter your mind and develop personal agency

How to declutter your mind and develop personal agency

The mind is a powerful tool: it is necessary to take stock of our mental well-being from time-to-time and create the best version of our mind […]

Community health

Four more cases of rare monkeypox infection detected in the UK

Four more cases of rare monkeypox infection detected in the UK

The British health authorities have reported four more cases of the viral monkeypox infection in England, bringing the total confirmed cases since early May 2022 to seven […]

Over 170 Malaysians on Paxlovid fully recovered, no side effects reported

Over 170 Malaysians on Paxlovid fully recovered, no side effects reported

Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has announced that 173 COVID-19 patients have recovered fully as of May 9 after being administered Pfizer’s antiviral Paxlovid pills […]

Surge in daily domestic COVID-19 cases in Taiwan

Surge in daily domestic COVID-19 cases in Taiwan

Health Minister Chen Shih-chung has said COVID-19 infections in Taiwan would keep increasing despite being in a more secure position than during the outbreak […]

Singapore finally removes all COVID-19 restrictions

Singapore finally removes all COVID-19 restrictions

Singapore is easing into normalcy after its first day free of COVID curbs: its commercial heart slowly thrumming to life with office workers returning, restaurants and coffee shops […]

Enhanced emergency care/ambulance services kicks off in Malaysia

Enhanced emergency care/ambulance services kicks off in Malaysia

In a bid to improve the overall efficiency and quality of emergency medical services in Malaysia, two local companies have announced a strategic partnership to provide telemedicine and […]

Health alert

Higher risk of heart disease for people with cognitive impairment

Higher risk of heart disease for people with cognitive impairment

A study led by Canadian researchers suggest cognitive function could predict a person’s future risk of heart disease. In assessing the relationship between […]

Inner ear damage increases risk of falling in Alzheimer’s patients

Inner ear damage increases risk of falling in Alzheimer’s patients

Damage or impairment to the vestibular system in the inner ear – a common cause of dizziness, vertigo, and balance issues – has been found to elevate […]

Plastics found for the first time in human bloodstream

Plastics found for the first time in human bloodstream

Scientists from Vrije Universiteit (VU) Amsterdam, the Netherlands, have produced evidence of plastic particles being absorbed into the bloodstream […]

Gas flares linked to air pollution and premature death

Oestrogen levels linked to severity of COVID-19 infection and risk of death in women

Flaring of excess natural gas occurs when oil/gas producers lack the necessary infrastructures to bring it to market. Flaring reduces the direct venting of the powerful […]

Oestrogen levels linked to severity of COVID-19 infection and risk of death in women

Oestrogen levels linked to severity of COVID-19 infection and risk of death in women

An observational study based on Swedish public health records has revealed increased levels of the hormone oestrogen plays a protective role in older women […]

Other health News

Brain region protein found to also regulate body weight

Brain region protein found to also regulate body weight

April 13, 2022

A protein closely linked to the development of various cancers such as paediatric lymphoma and certain lung cancers is suggested to also […]

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IBD patients show effective COVID-19 vaccine response, despite fears

IBD patients show effective COVID-19 vaccine response, despite fears

April 12, 2022

Patients suffering from inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) are more susceptible to infection than the general population because of their treatment […]

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Research success into a new way to train one’s creativity

Research success into a new way to train one’s creativity

March 16, 2022

Method training based on the “narrative theory” helps people be more creative in the way children, artists, and writers are by way of imagination and […]

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Zenyum invisible braces a great alternative treatment for crooked teeth

Zenyum invisible braces a great alternative treatment for crooked teeth

March 10, 2022

Dental technology start-up Zenyum is set to take over affordable, aesthetic dentistry in Southeast Asia, one confident smile at a time. Founded in Singapore […]

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“World Obesity Day 2022” calls for urgent recognition and greater action in Malaysia

“World Obesity Day 2022” calls for urgent recognition and greater action in Malaysia

March 7, 2022

Themed “Everybody Needs to Act,” World Obesity Day this year aims to push recognition of obesity as a chronic disease as well as drive national action and partnership to […]

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Milk protein found to trigger MS symptoms

Milk protein found to trigger MS symptoms

March 3, 2022

Multiple sclerosis (MS) begins in patients when their body’s immune system destroys the insulating layer around nerve fibres or neurons. Researchers from the Universities of Bonn and Erlangen-Nuremberg, Denmark, recently confirmed […]

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