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Holistic wellness with TPEs

Holistic wellness with TPEs

January 21, 2022

Health encompasses not only physical wellbeing but also psychological, emotional, and social wellness. Thus, various modalities for promoting health exist, ranging from gym workouts to music and sound therapy for stress relief to healthcare diagnostics. Experts in these fields rely on top-of-the-line equipment to get the job done. KRAIBURG TPE, a global TPE manufacturer of a wide range of thermoplastic elastomer products and custom solutions for multiple industries […]

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Research

Third COVID vaccine dose increases protection, CDC studies confirm

Third COVID vaccine dose increases protection, CDC studies confirm

While the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant has rapidly spread to almost every corner of the globe and is yet another cause for alarm worldwide, a third COVID-19 (COVID) vaccine dose has been […]

Study emphasises importance of scheduling medication(s) according to circadian rhythm

Study emphasises importance of scheduling medication(s) according to circadian rhythm

The circadian rhythm is a target for most medications on the US market, yet most drugs are not prescribed in a time-specific way to be most effective. A research team from Baylor College of […]

75% vegetarian menu design likely to influence meat eaters

75% vegetarian menu design likely to influence meat eaters

An experimental study by researchers at the University of Westminster, UK, suggests that meat eaters may choose plant-based alternatives when the menu offers mostly vegetarian dishes […]

Artificial pancreas protects young children from type 1 diabetes

Artificial pancreas protects young children from type 1 diabetes

The development of an “artificial pancreas” by researchers from the University of Cambridge (Cambridge), UK, has proven helpful especially very young children suffering from type 1 diabetes […]

Early education on cardiovascular heath ensures lifelong changes in children

Early education on cardiovascular heath ensures lifelong changes in children

Healthy cardiovascular habits taught to children early on though school-based programmes can keep their lifestyle choices in check and prevent the risk of heart disease. Unhealthy lifestyle habits such as […]

Technology & Devices

Light-emitting device tracks 150 blood pressure readings each week

Light-emitting device tracks 150 blood pressure readings each week

A wearable device uses an unconventional method for convenient monitoring of blood pressure: in a process known as photoplethysmography, beams of green light shines through the skin and into arteries to detect […]

Singapore’s SCG acquires key stem cell manufacturing technology for cancer treatment

Singapore’s SCG acquires key stem cell manufacturing technology for cancer treatment

Leading biotechnology company SCG Cell Therapy Pte Ltd (SCG), Singapore, has acquired the rights to human “induced pluripotent stem cell” (iPSC) technology for cancer treatment, from the Agency for Science […]

Wearable naloxone injector detects and reverses opioid overdose

New 3D imaging technology better visualises microscopic damage causing lower back pain

The minute damage sustained by the soft and protective tissues along the spine, including the cartilage and jelly-like intervertebral discs, is often overlooked during assessment with existing […]

Wearable naloxone injector detects and reverses opioid overdose

Wearable naloxone injector detects and reverses opioid overdose

A team of scientists at the University of Washington (UW) have developed prototype wearable device that monitors breathing patterns to detect and reverse […]

Thomson X, WhiteCoat to launch first-of-its-kind mobile app for women and children

Thomson X, WhiteCoat to launch first-of-its-kind mobile app for women and children

A mobile app for the delivery of obstetrics and gynaecology and paediatric healthcare will soon be available to Singaporean patients – the fruit of a joint […]

Pharmaceutical

‘Pan-coronavirus’ vaccine in development by US Army

‘Pan-coronavirus’ vaccine in development by US Army

A massive project aimed at developing a coronavirus vaccine that can provide protection against all SARS-CoV-2 variants is underway at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). Instead of focusing on a single permutation […]

First oral treatment for COVID-19 approved for use in US

First oral treatment for COVID-19 approved for use in US

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorised the use of an antiviral treatment specifically for COVID-19, designed in pill form […]

Two doses of Sinovac vaccine found insufficient against coronavirus variant

Two doses of Sinovac vaccine found insufficient against coronavirus variant

The Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine will remain as part of Singapore’s national vaccination programme as a three-dose regime, inspite of recent […]

US-FDA authorises AstraZeneca’s new COVID-19 antibody treatment

US-FDA authorises AstraZeneca’s new COVID-19 antibody treatment

Pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca’s (AZ) first preventative COVID-19 drug has been approved for use by the US Food & Drug Administration (US-FDA) […]

New Omicron-specific vaccine to be ready by January, Novavax

New Omicron-specific vaccine to be ready by January, Novavax

Biotechnology company Novavax Inc. (Novavax) anticipates developing and mass manufacturing an Omicron-specific COVID-19 vaccine as soon as January next year […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

Ditch New Year’s crash dieting and what you can do instead

Ditch New Year’s crash dieting and what you can do instead

Guilty from the holiday binge and with less than a week to New Year’s, many people have begun planning their 2022 dietary regime to get back on track with their weight, but most will – unfortunately […]

Physical activity found to protect against ageing and insulin resistance

Physical activity found to protect against ageing and insulin resistance

Scientists from Monash University, Australia, have discovered a new enzyme produced through exercise that might help stave off declining metabolic health in older people. Physical inactivity in aging populations leads to the […]

Beyond simple “brain tingles”: ASMR videos have health benefits

Beyond simple “brain tingles”: ASMR videos have health benefits

These are just some of the various sounds produced by ASMR videos that have had millions of people all over the world hooked to their gadgets. ASMR stands for Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, and refers to what has been described as “brain tingles” or “brain orgasms” […]

Diet supplemented with herbs and spices found to lower blood pressure

Diet supplemented with herbs and spices found to lower blood pressure

New research has found that adding herbs and spices to meals – instead of salt – not only makes food tastier but lowers blood pressure and significantly improves heart health as well […]

Restore smiles and confidence with Straumann dental implants

Restore smiles and confidence with Straumann dental implants

Aesthetic and orthodontic solutions provider Straumann Group (Straumann) is now fully operational in Malaysia, providing modern digital solutions for optimal treatment outcomes […]

Community health

Three Malaysians share their experience living with ADHD

Three Malaysians share their experience living with ADHD

ADHD, which stands for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, is a common mental condition that strikes children, as well as adults. Adults who live with ADHD experience […]

Digital platform to ease clinic inventory/streamline payment launched in Malaysia

Digital platform to ease clinic inventory/streamline payment launched in Malaysia

Medical practices are expected to be digitised nationwide with the help of the newly launched Pay32 Clinic (Pay32), an artificial intelligence (AI)-powered inventory analytics and vendor […]

US animal-human heart transplant faint echo of Indian controversy

US animal-human heart transplant faint echo of Indian controversy

US doctors have successfully transplanted a heart from a genetically modified pig into a man – the Maryland patient is reported to be recovering well after the highly experimental surgery […]

Managing high blood pressure with renal nerve denervation

Managing high blood pressure with renal nerve denervation

High blood pressure or hypertension is a serious problem that affects every three in 10 Malaysians with the condition, according to Professor Datin Dr. Chia Yook Chin […]

Eclampsia reported as fourth leading cause of maternal death in Malaysia

Eclampsia reported as fourth leading cause of maternal death in Malaysia

While pregnancy is a joyous experience for many, pregnant mothers and their unborn babies may be at fatal disadvantage when faced with a condition known as pre-eclampsia […]

Health alert

Aspirin use linked to increased risk of heart failure

Aspirin use linked to increased risk of heart failure

Research has found those using aspirin while having at least one predisposing risk for heart failure are at 26% raised risk for the condition. The predisposing risk factors included […]

Gene determines the risk of developing severe COVID-19

Gene determines the risk of developing severe COVID-19

A new gene may be responsible for people becoming severely ill with COVID-19, say Polish scientists from the Medical University of Bialystok. The gene was the fourth most important factor […]

Different risks of overactive bladder with different dementia medications

Different risks of overactive bladder with different dementia medications

Some drugs taken to ease the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia has been found to instead cause increased risk of overactive bladder (OAB) in patients. The class of drugs known as […]

COVID-19 virus can trigger persistent, self-damaging immune response

COVID-19 virus can trigger persistent, self-damaging immune response

A Cedars-Sinai, California, research team has found infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 can stress the immune system so much to cause the production of autoantibodies that will […]

New study digs deeper into harmful effects of microplastics consumption

New study digs deeper into harmful effects of microplastics consumption

The volume of plastics consumed through food and water can potentially have devastating effects on human health. In the first-of-its-kind study, scientists at Hull York Medical School […]

Other health News

Men perceived as more attractive when wearing medical face masks

Men perceived as more attractive when wearing medical face masks

January 17, 2022

Men who wear medical [face] masks are perceived as more attractive by members of the opposite sex, said researchers at Cardiff University’s School of Psychology, UK […]

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Scientists advance therapeutic strategy to potentially eliminate HIV

Scientists advance therapeutic strategy to potentially eliminate HIV

January 17, 2022

A new combination therapy was shown to remove 40% of cells with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) lurking in infected mice. There are currently 38 million […]

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New molecule found to regulate blood sugar levels independent of insulin

New molecule found to regulate blood sugar levels independent of insulin

January 10, 2022

Scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies (Salk), US, have identified an alternate molecular pathway that regulates blood glucose, which could present […]

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New, affordable blood test detects metastatic cancer

New, affordable blood test detects metastatic cancer

January 10, 2022

Scientists from the University of Oxford, UK, have developed a cheap and simple blood test that can detect the presence of a wide range of cancer types as well as provide […]

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Singapore students create anxiety-alleviating mask for paediatric cancer patients

Singapore students create anxiety-alleviating mask for paediatric cancer patients

December 20, 2021

Children diagnosed with cancer tend to develop anxiety alongside feelings of unease, fear, and dread as a result of foreign treatment procedures and separation from family […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Vaccine development made easy with single-use bioprocessing systems

EXCLUSIVE: Vaccine development made easy with single-use bioprocessing systems

December 20, 2021

Global solutions provider Avantor has stepped up its single-use biomanufacturing footprint by 30% to include novel cell and gene therapies, as well as vaccines for COVID-19 […]

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