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Antibody could mitigate long-term effects of traumatic brain injury

Antibody could mitigate long-term effects of traumatic brain injury

September 10, 2021

Many people exhibit bad side effects months or even years after a traumatic brain injury (TBI) – trouble sleeping, difficulty carrying out daily activities, or even sensitivity to basic stimulus. The long-term effects can last a few days or the rest of a person’s life. Recently researchers at Gladstone Institute of Neurological Disease (Gladstone), California, have identified a specific molecule in a part of the brain that may contribute to secondary effects of a TBI; in collaboration with […]

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Research

Cholesterol manufactured in the brain key to development of Alzheimer’s

Cholesterol manufactured in the brain key to development of Alzheimer’s

Cholesterol produced by cells called astrocytes is required for controlling the production of amyloid beta, a sticky protein that builds up in the brains […]

Innovative hydrogel developed for articular cartilage repair

Innovative hydrogel developed for articular cartilage repair

A new injectable hydrogel has been designed to help articular cartilage defects, incorporating a unique combination of ultraviolet (UV) light and an […]

New insight into secondary transmission of COVID-19 at home

New insight into secondary transmission of COVID-19 at home

A high nasopharyngeal viral load – the amount of virus a person had in their nose and throat – would determine the likelihood of secondary transmission […]

Unvaccinated people 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19, CDC Director

Unvaccinated people 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19, CDC Director

A new report from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has indicated that the COVID-19 vaccines still hold strong against the Delta […]

Heavy schoolbags may cause back pain, not scoliosis

Heavy schoolbags may cause back pain, not scoliosis

Many people have previously believed heavy schoolbags to be the cause of scoliosis, a curvature of the spine often diagnosed in adolescents […]

Technology & Devices

Portable MRI pinpoints strokes that need surgical treatment

Portable MRI pinpoints strokes that need surgical treatment

A portable MRI machine, the handiwork of healthcare technology company Hyperfine Research Inc. (Hyperfine), has just been used in a new […]

Implantable stimulator powered by walking to treat damaged tendons

Implantable stimulator powered by walking to treat damaged tendons

A novel stimulator device developed at the National University of Ireland-Galway (NUI Galway) harnesses energy from mechanical action, such as walking, to speed up […]

NTU Singapore researchers use pollen for 3D bioprinting

NTU Singapore researchers use pollen for 3D bioprinting

Sunflower pollen may allow the development of stronger 3D printing ink material used for tissue engineering, according to researchers […]

3D-printed eardrum patch to repair damage and aid regeneration

3D-printed eardrum patch to repair damage and aid regeneration

A multidisciplinary research team at Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering have fashioned a novel 3D-printed, biocompatible graft that could be used […]

Taiwan shares innovative technologies for beauty care & healthcare

Taiwan shares innovative technologies for beauty care & healthcare

The Taiwan’s National Health Insurance system embodies the idea that “healthcare is a basic human right” said Mr. James C.F. Huang, Chairman of Taiwan […]

Pharmaceutical

Anti-aging drugs effectively slow spinal disc degeneration in mice

Anti-aging drugs effectively slow spinal disc degeneration in mice

Senolytic drugs, part of a new class of anti-aging medication, has been found to prevent age-related deterioration of spinal discs in animal experiments. Senolytic drugs work by […]

New treatment for blindness caused by wet age-related macular degeneration

New treatment for blindness caused by wet age-related macular degeneration

The Malaysian chapter of global medical company Novartis has introduced a powerful drug that can help slow the progression of wet age-related macular degeneration […]

Ivermectin under scrutiny as possible COVID-19 treatment

Ivermectin under scrutiny as possible COVID-19 treatment

The Principle Trial organised by scientists at the University of Oxford, UK, is currently administering Ivermectin to COVID-19 patients to see if the drug prevents severe disease […]

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 […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

The new immunity toolkit

The new immunity toolkit

The most recent development in world of health and medicine has been the acceptance that we will be living with COVID-19 into the longer term. Masks, social distancing, vaccine […]

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 […]

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 […]

Community health

Swedish scientists discover aggressive, early onset Alzheimer’s in 40-year-olds

Swedish scientists discover aggressive, early onset Alzheimer’s in 40-year-olds

A team led by neurobiologists in Sweden have discovered a rare and aggressive form of Alzheimer’s unique to a family in Uppsala: the gene mutation, […]

Poor dental structure could affect quality of life

Poor dental structure could affect quality of life

In the field of orthodontics, a malocclusion is seen in the misalignment of teeth, or teeth that don’t sit together evenly when the jaws are closed – the condition is more simply known as a bad bite […]

Agency to promote healthcare tourism in Malaysia

Agency to promote healthcare tourism in Malaysia

Like many other countries, Malaysia must weather out the storm that is the COVID-19 pandemic and various restrictive safety measures imposed […]

COVID-19 vaccination effective against delta variant, researchers say

COVID-19 vaccination effective against delta variant, researchers say

Creative video platform TikTok has partnered with MyHealthKKM, the Education Health Division of the Ministry of Health, Malaysia, to start a COVID-19 public health […]

Cambodia to mix vaccines as booster shots in COVID-19 fight

Cambodia to mix vaccines as booster shots in COVID-19 fight

Cambodia will begin offering a third vaccination dose to nearly one million frontline workers in the country as a measure against COVID-19. Prime Minister Hun Sen said […]

Health alert

Extensive antibiotics use increases future risk of colon cancer

Extensive antibiotics use increases future risk of colon cancer

Constant use of antibiotics can affect the intestinal microbiome and increase the risk of colon cancer, confirmed researchers at Umeå University, Sweden. […]

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 […]

Other health News

Prototype soft robots used to deliver drugs to the nervous system

Prototype soft robots used to deliver drugs to the nervous system

August 12, 2021

Targeted drug delivery using tiny, tumbling soft robots can be achieved soon thanks to rotating magnetic fields. In a study carried out by several US research institutes and biotechnology companies, tiny robots were observed to perform better as drug delivery vehicles to neural tissue: when controlled using a magnetic field, specially developed MANiAC […]

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Singapore succeeds in detection of Covid-19 variant in wastewater

Singapore succeeds in detection of Covid-19 variant in wastewater

July 21, 2021

Researchers from the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) at Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), MIT’s research enterprise in Singapore, alongside collaborators from Biobot Analytics, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Massachusetts Institute of Technology […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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