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Brain metabolism cause of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease

Brain metabolism cause of neurodegeneration in Alzheimer’s disease

July 27, 2021

Alzheimer’s Disease (AD), the most common type of dementia, causes the death of neurons and leads to shrinking of the brain. Patients with AD will eventually experience gradual deterioration in memory, thinking, behaviour and the ability to perform everyday activities. Yet, scientists do not fully understand what causes this disease. A recent research, conducted by a team from the School of Life Sciences at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), suggests that early changes in brain […]

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Research

Drug-laced collagen “dances” to reduce scarring

Drug-laced collagen “dances” to reduce scarring

A relatively new drug has been shown to influence unusual behaviour in scar tissue formation, according to biomedical researchers at Virginia Tech’s College (VTC) […]

AztraZeneca’s Vaxzevria, highly effective after one dose vs Delta variants – Study

AztraZeneca’s Vaxzevria, highly effective after one dose vs Delta variants – Study

Vaxzevria, formerly AZD1222, was the Covid-19 vaccine co-invented by the University of Oxford and its spin-out company, Vaccitech. The vaccine has been granted a […]

COVID-19 detection to be sped up with new Amazon initiative

COVID-19 detection to be sped up with new Amazon initiative

To expedite disease testing during the COVID-19 pandemic tech giant Amazon has launched the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Diagnostic Development Initiative […]

Singapore succeeds in detection of Covid-19 variant in wastewater

Singapore succeeds in detection of Covid-19 variant in wastewater

Researchers from the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) at Singapore-MIT […]

Women with low bone density at higher risk of hearing loss, study finds

Women with low bone density at higher risk of hearing loss, study finds

An extensive study of nearly 144,000 women has revealed that risk of hearing loss was amplified by up to 40% in study […]

Technology & Devices

Novel prototype technology translates brain signals into speech

Novel prototype technology translates brain signals into speech

The field of communication neuroprosthetics has so far focused on restoring some degree of speech to patients who have lost the ability due to stroke, disease, or an accident […]

Printed metal procedure safe for early knee osteoarthritis treatment

Printed metal procedure safe for early knee osteoarthritis treatment

Tens of thousands of early knee osteoarthritis sufferers may find relief in a new treatment that uses personalised 3D metal implants […]

New diagnostic tool spots prostate cancer before symptoms show

New diagnostic tool spots prostate cancer before symptoms show

Scientists at RMIT University and St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) programme for the early detection of prostate cancer […]

Novel technique developed to treat middle ear infections

Novel technique developed to treat middle ear infections

Researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US, have designed a miniaturised 3D-printed device to treat middle ear infections (otitis media) […]

Rapid and reliable results with hand-held test for bacterial infection

Rapid and reliable results with hand-held test for bacterial infection

Quick and accurate analysis of body fluid samples can now be done using just a smartphone app instead of lab work, thanks to scientists at McMaster University, Canada […]

Pharmaceutical

Moderna plans to develop a single vaccine against multiple respiratory viruses

Moderna plans to develop a single vaccine against multiple respiratory viruses

On the back of the stunning success of mRNA vaccines over the past year – slowly but surely against the global COVID-19 pandemic […]

Slow vaccine campaign in Mexico vs. driven vaccine development in Malaysia

Slow vaccine campaign in Mexico vs. driven vaccine development in Malaysia

Following the ambitious re-opening of schools and other public areas, COVID-19 cases have sky-rocketed in some parts of Mexico City […]

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 […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

New 5-minute breathing exercise can help with vascular health

New 5-minute breathing exercise can help with vascular health

Scientists from the University of Colorado at Boulder (UC Boulder), US, have designed a type of breathing exercise as a form of strength training mainly for respiratory muscles and overall vascular health […]

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 […]

Community health

Creating a healthier lifestyle beyond the pandemic with Taiwanese healthcare

Creating a healthier lifestyle beyond the pandemic with Taiwanese healthcare

2021 has seen the spill over of the Covid-19 pandemic and the fight against virus rages on. And although the pandemic has curtailed many businesses activities […]

Pay attention to spine ergonomics to avoid neck and back pain

Pay attention to spine ergonomics to avoid neck and back pain

More and more Malaysians between the ages of 25-40 – particularly those working from home, spending long hours in front of their devices – complain of discomfort and pain […]

Calls to Southeast Asia to accelerate immunisation for healthy ageing

Calls to Southeast Asia to accelerate immunisation for healthy ageing

With age, immunity declines, increasing older people’s susceptibility to infectious diseases such as the flu and pneumonia […]

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) […]

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

Bed sharing not required for babies to develop strong infant-mother attachment

Bed sharing not required for babies to develop strong infant-mother attachment

July 07 2021

The practice of bed-sharing is neither associated with positive nor negative outcomes related to infant attachment and maternal bonding, according to new research led by the University of Kent (Kent), UK. Parents quite often share their bed with their baby due to several reasons such as breastfeeding, practicality, or because they follow the idea of ‘attachment parenting’ – however, there is no apparent link between bed sharing and infant-mother attachment, or specific infant behavioural outcome […]

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

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

June 18, 2021

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. The new technique – a tool called CancerCellNet – uses computer models to compare the RNA sequences of a research model with data from a cancer genome atlas to compare how closely the two sets match up […]

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Positive vaccination messages influence behaviour

Positive vaccination messages influence behaviour

June 15, 2021

A social experiment by Washington State University (WSU) has found that wording of vaccination messages influences people’s attitudes and behaviour. The vaccine concerned, the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine, has been shown to help prevent cancer – young adults studied were less inclined to learn about the HPV vaccine when they were exposed to negatively-worded or descriptive messages […]

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Miraculous bacteria reduces dengue cases by 77%

Miraculous bacteria reduces dengue cases by 77%

June 10, 2021

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 dengue cases by an impressive 77% in part of the city. The groundbreaking technique is to be adopted across the whole city and surrounding areas in the hopes of eradicating dengue in the region […]

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Bacteria in infected food may spread through sexual contact

Bacteria in infected food may spread through sexual contact

June 8, 2021

A common foodborne infection – caused by the Campylobacteria – may also be spread through sexual contact, said infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Katrin Kuhn, an assistant professor in the Department of Biostatistics and Epidemiology in the Hudson College of Public Health, the University of Oklahoma (OU). Campylobacter infections usually occur when people eat poultry that has not been cooked thoroughly […]

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Tiny, new skin sensor can quickly detect psoriasis

Tiny, new skin sensor can quickly detect psoriasis

June 2, 2021

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. Measuring just 2.5 mm thick by about 2 sq. cm (0.3 sq. in) in contact area, the hard-wired sensor is expected to allow faster and easier diagnoses of problematic skin conditions such as psoriasis […]

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