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Telehealth systems can be models of future healthcare

Telehealth systems can be models of future healthcare

March 24, 2021

Telehealth, or telemedicine, began as a means to treat patients in rural areas, those who were situated too far away from healthcare facilities or professionals. It has since become a tool for convenience, as patients today turn to telehealth for immediate, virtual consultation and care. Although the recent COVID-19 pandemic sped up the adoption of telehealth since physical consultations were restricted and this helped reduce the risk of infection, […]

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Research

Obesity found to dull the function of mitochondia

Obesity found to dull the function of mitochondia

TScientists at the University of Helsinki, Finland, who analysed metabolic changes that can take place in fat tissue as a result […]

New contributors behind blindness in older adults identified

New contributors behind blindness in older adults identified

The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) researchers have identified a potential mechanism for age-related macular […]

Newfound antibody activity could benefit tooth regeneration

New found antibody activity could benefit tooth regeneration

Scientists from Japan have found that by suppressing activity of a specific gene with monoclonal antibodies […]

Newly discovered node in brain could help explain social communication disorders

Newly discovered node in brain could help explain social communication disorders

Noise or sounds, such as a giggle, a cry, or a scream, and the emotional range it conveys is vital for effective social communication […]

Common food preservative may hamper immune system activity

Common food preservative may hamper immune system activity

New research that examined data from ToxCast, the Environmental Protection Agency’s toxicity screening database […]

Technology & Devices

Infectious diseases expert suggests leveraging tech for pandemic preparedness

Infectious diseases expert suggests leveraging tech for pandemic preparedness

At a recent forum for healthcare providers, Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, a Malaysian professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Universiti Malaya […]

Medical Industry: Medtech market given the all clear for expansions

Experimental smart hearing aid tracks user’s brain waves

Scientists at Belgium’s KU Leuven University have designed a cochlear implant that successfully reads a user’s brain […]

Medical Industry: Medtech market given the all clear for expansions

Medical Industry: Medtech market given the all clear for expansions

The recent global health crisis provided a silver lining to the medical devices market to expand and innovate […]

Novel assay by SMART more accurately profiles hyper-aggressive infection

Novel assay by SMART more accurately profiles hyper-aggressive infection

A new label-free immune profiling assay has been developed by researchers from the Critical Analytics for Manufacturing Personalized Medicine (CAMP), an interdisciplinary research […]

Inner ear implant restores balance and quality of life to vertigo sufferers

Inner ear implant restores balance and quality of life to vertigo sufferers

Scientists at the Johns Hopkins Vestibular Neuroengineering Laboratory have modified an existing cochlear implant such that would help reduce vertigo and enable sufferers […]

Pharmaceutical

Experimental oral pills auto-release insulin as needed

Experimental oral pills auto-release insulin as needed

People with diabetes can manage their condition with daily subcutaneous injections, but they can be difficult to […]

Johnson & Johnson’s new single-shot COVID-19 vaccine approved in the US

Johnson & Johnson’s new single-shot COVID-19 vaccine approved in the US

The Janssen COVID-19 vaccine – developed by pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson (J&J) […]

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine now stable at warmer temperatures

Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine now stable at warmer temperatures

The mRNA COVID-19 vaccine developed by pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNTech late last year was advised to be kept at ultra-cold temperatures to prevent degradation […]

First shipment of COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Malaysia

First shipment of COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Malaysia

The first batch of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine arrived in Malaysia on Sunday – 312,390 doses that were flown to Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang […]

Cheap lice drug claims potential treatment vs Covid-19

Cheap lice drug claims potential treatment vs Covid-19

For as low as £1.50 per treatment, this lice treatment drug may be used to help Covid-19 patients, according to a Dr Andrew Hill […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

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 […]

Optimal daily mix of 2 fruit and 3 vegetable servings ensures longevity

Optimal daily mix of 2 fruit and 3 vegetable servings ensures longevity

“The American Heart Association recommends filling at least half your plate with fruits and vegetables at each meal,” said Anne Thorndike, chair of the Association’s nutrition committee […]

Exercise hormone injections boost mice fitness and overall health

Exercise hormone injections boost mice fitness and overall health

It would be ideal if there was a way to beat the hassle of exercise, but still maintain health and fitness. Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC), US […]

Kids' physical fitness should focus on endurance and skill improvement

Kids' physical fitness should focus on endurance and skill improvement

A child’s cardiorespiratory endurance – a measure of how well the body handles long periods of exercise – is a more important aspect of physical education (PE) than losing […]

Community health

 COVID-19 funds worth RM1.5 mil introduced in Malaysia for added vaccination security

COVID-19 funds worth RM1.5 mil introduced in Malaysia for added vaccination security

Life insurance provider Sun Life Malaysia (Sun Life Malaysia Assurance Berhad and Sun Life Malaysia Takaful Berhad), a joint venture by Sun Life Assurance […]

 Malaysian schoolkids to receive free breakfast sets with MILO

Malaysian schoolkids to receive free breakfast sets with MILO

Nestlé Malaysia, part of the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturer, is providing more than 1 million nutritious breakfast […]

 Malaysian healthcare organisation salutes frontliners with dedicated e-book

Malaysian healthcare organisation salutes frontliners with dedicated e-book

The Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC) has unveiled an e-book to commemorate and support the nation’s frontliners’ efforts in combatting COVID-19 […]

 Malaysian hospital embarks on CSR “Cancer Won’t Wait” campaign

Malaysian hospital embarks on CSR “Cancer Won’t Wait” campaign

Needing to treat cancer during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic compounds concern, with many patients delaying their cancer treatments […]

 Two new, unrelated Ebola outbreaks detected in Africa

Two new, unrelated Ebola outbreaks detected in Africa

Two new but separate Ebola outbreaks have flared up recently in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Africa – prompting rapid response from the World […]

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

HResearchers grow heart valves that are better than current animal derivatives

Researchers grow heart valves that are better than current animal derivatives

March 18, 2021

Researchers from the College of Science and Engineering and the Medical School, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, US, have created heart valves that were capable of lasting growth when implanted in lamb models. The valves also showed reduced calcification and improved blood flow function compared to animal-derived valves currently used when tested in the same growing lamb model […]

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Huge market potential for CBD and other cannabinoids – how best to produce them?

Huge market potential for CBD and other cannabinoids – how best to produce them?

January 25, 2021

While cannabis has been removed from the UN prohibition schedule and CBD is not considered as a narcotic drug, these two major decisions are expected to drive further research to explore the full potential of one of the major and longest established medicinal plants […]

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Covid-19 vaccine trials excluded nursing mothers, says org

Covid-19 vaccine trials excluded nursing mothers, says org

January 18, 2021

Nursing mothers who are vaccinated against Covid-19 are not advised to stop breastfeeding but they must discuss the risks and benefits of the vaccine with their healthcare provider, within the context of their risk of contracting COVID-19 and of developing severe disease, according to the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM). ABM, a worldwide organization of medical doctors dedicated to the promotion […]

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U of T researchers develop reusable, sustainable surgical mask

U of T researchers develop reusable, sustainable surgical mask

January 06, 2021

Researchers from the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine are developing sustainable personal protective equipment (PPE) under the initiative, the ROSE (Re-useable Open-Source Equipment) Project, helmed by Associate Professor Denyse Richardson; and Lecturer, Reena Kilian. They worked with textile engineer, an architect, sewing experts, a knowledge translation expert and […]

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Digital edition of Medical Fair to feature top healthcare professionals

Digital edition of Medical Fair to feature top healthcare professionals

December 01, 2020

The first digital edition of Medical Fair Asia 2020, which will take place 9-18 December, will include a line-up of daily technical presentations and conferences by regional and international experts in their fields. Top speakers include leading virologist Professor Peter Piot, one of the discoverers of the Ebola virus, who has recently recovered from Covid-19, as well as award winning cancer […]

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Taiwan healthcare event featured online in Malaysia

Taiwan healthcare event featured online in Malaysia

November 30, 2020

Taiwan’s medical industry is well-known for its precision equipment, professional medical teams and medical treatments that rival the best of the world. These days, more people from Hong Kong, Macau, Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia, and even the US and Canada, seek medical services in Taiwan. Against this backdrop the Taiwan Expo 2020 in Malaysia kicked off online on […]

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