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Making mental healthcare accessible to Singapore’s mid/low-income groups

Making mental healthcare accessible to Singapore’s mid/low-income groups

November 17, 2021

With the pandemic having taken a toll on overall mental health, 9 out of 10 Singaporeans have reported a decline in their mental well-being, with those heavily affected being in the middle to lower income households, especially those that do not have much access to affordable mental healthcare. There is also a stigma attached to seeking help […]

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Research

US researchers single out plant molecule used by Native Americans to treat pain and diarrhea

US researchers single out plant molecule used by Native Americans to treat pain and diarrhea

Researchers from the University of California-Irvine (UCI) have rediscovered functional uses of plant extracts collected in Muir Woods National Monument […]

Smoking and alcohol intake associated with age-related macular degeneration

Smoking and alcohol intake associated with age-related macular degeneration

A new study by researchers from University College London has shown both smoking and alcohol intake are associated with age-related macular degeneration (AMD). […]

Paralysed mice walk again after injection with “dancing molecules”

Paralysed mice walk again after injection with “dancing molecules”

Researchers at Northwestern University have found a breakthrough way to reverse paralysis resulting from spinal cord injuries after treatment with […]

Scientists use gold to weaken defenses of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Scientists use gold to weaken defenses of antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Bacteria resistant to standard antibiotic treatments can be killed by drugs specially formulated with gold packaging, according to an international […]

Depression tied to sustained sedentarism during pandemic, say researchers

Depression tied to sustained sedentarism during pandemic, say researchers

People who maintain a sedentary lifestyle are more likely to have symptoms of depression, compared to those who engaged in a more dynamic lifestyle […]

Technology & Devices

Ultra-thin wireless device grows to bone

Ultra-thin wireless device grows to bone

Researchers have fashioned an ultra-thin computer that grows into and bonds to the surface of bones – it is expected to add to the investigative […]

Singapore’s quick test for detection of Covid immunity

Singapore’s quick test for detection of Covid immunity

The National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) has developed a WhatsApp chatbot service to help women who are suspected of having […]

NCIS creates WhatsApp chatbot for women at risk of breast cancer

NCIS creates WhatsApp chatbot for women at risk of breast cancer

The National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) has developed a WhatsApp chatbot service to help women who are suspected of having […]

New ear sensor safely monitors COVID-19 patients at home

New ear sensor safely monitors COVID-19 patients at home

Researchers from the Technical University of Munich (TUM) are harnessing the power of telemedicine for continuous and remote monitoring […]

Health organisations step up their game with intelligent automation technology

Health organisations step up their game with intelligent automation technology

The global healthcare industry needs to constantly adapt to provide quality care to its patients – this in a climate of constant […]

Pharmaceutical

India sitting on 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, SII CEO says

India sitting on 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, SII CEO says

Nearly 200 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines are lying unused in Indian states as people refuse to get vaccinated. “The vaccine industry has worked […]

Pilot clinical drug trial for treatment of infantile spasms

Pilot clinical drug trial for treatment of infantile spasms

The first patient in an AC-21-024 study, a pilot clinical trial of tricaprilin for the treatment of Infantile Spasms, has been enrolled by Cerecin […]

Singapore signs supply agreement for Merck’s experimental oral COVID-19 drug

Singapore signs supply agreement for Merck’s experimental oral COVID-19 drug

Merck and Co., Inc. (Merck), also known as MSD outside the US and Canada, has just announced a supply and purchase agreement with Singapore […]

Experimental pill for home treatment of COVID-19 passes clinical trials

Experimental pill for home treatment of COVID-19 passes clinical trials

An investigational oral antiviral treatment for SARS-CoV-2 has been shown to significantly reduce a person’s risk of hospitalisation […]

Scientists call for reduced use of paracetamol by pregnant woman, cites neurological and reproductive disruption in children

Scientists call for reduced use of paracetamol by pregnant woman, cites neurological and reproductive disruption in children

Paracetamol (acetaminophen or APAP) is a common painkiller – of its many uses, it is one of the few available drugs to relieve pains […]

Wellness and Complementary Therapies

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 […]

Maintain good vascular health to avoid varicose veins

Maintain good vascular health to avoid varicose veins

Vascular health is given comparatively less focus then other health specialties due to lack of public education and awareness. The vascular system is responsible for the […]

New survey finds health priorities changing in Asia Pacific

New survey finds health priorities changing in Asia Pacific

A new survey examining the awareness and usage of nutritional supplements in the Asia Pacific region revealed that four out of five consumers in believe their health is a […]

Community health

Malaysian private hospital achieves international recognition for stroke care practices

Malaysian private hospital achieves international recognition for stroke care practices

A stroke occurs due to interrupted or reduced blood supply to part(s) of the brain. This prevents brain tissue from getting oxygen and nutrients and kills the affected brain cells in just minutes […]

MALAYSIA: Special survival stories for breast cancer awareness month

MALAYSIA: Special survival stories for breast cancer awareness month

Breast cancer support group The Candy Girls is collaborating with medical institution University Malaya Medical Center (UMMC), Central Malaysia, and medical face mask manufacturer MEDICOS […]

Singapore’s SCG, HSA to develop novel treatment for Hepatitis B-related cancer

Singapore’s SCG, HSA to develop novel treatment for Hepatitis B-related cancer

Biotechnology company SCG Cell Therapy Pte Ltd (SCG) is to collaborate with the Cell Therapy Facility of Singapore Health Sciences Authority (HSA-CTF) for the evaluation and validation of SCG’s […]

Novo Nordisk Malaysia organises diabetes awareness media forum

Novo Nordisk Malaysia organises diabetes awareness media forum

Efforts will be made to combat non-communicable diseases (NCDs) such as diabetes, agreed healthcare professionals at a media forum organised by the Malaysian chapter of global […]

Japanese government to give COVID-19 vaccine boosters six months after second dose

Japanese government to give COVID-19 vaccine boosters six months after second dose

Japan’s Health Ministry plans to administer booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines six months after an individual has received the second dose. Only messenger RNA vaccines developed by Pfizer Inc […]

Health alert

Moderately ill COVID-19 patients at risk developing of dangerous blood clots

Moderately ill COVID-19 patients at risk developing of dangerous blood clots

COVID-19 patients who were not critically ill have been found to develop a life-threatening blood clot, or a venous thromboembolism (VTE), according to a European study. Despite coming […]

Extensive antibiotics use increases future risk of colon cancer

Genetic risk factor found behind severe COVID-19 and Alzheimer’s

Researchers at University College London (UCL) have found a gene variant named OAS1 that leads to greater susceptibility to COVID-19; this gene is known to heighten one’s risk for […]

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, […]

Other health News

Malaysian startup introduces sustainable, modular silicone face masks

Malaysian startup introduces sustainable, modular silicone face masks

October 13, 2021

Disposable protective equipment – including face masks – while useful, is estimated to cause massive pollution to the environment. The trace chemicals contained is said to not only affect water and air quality and wildlife health but are also small enough to enter our lungs and […]

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Certain personality traits linked to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

Certain personality traits linked to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia

October 13, 2021

Two distinct personality traits predict the accumulation of pathology associated with dementia, say researchers from the Florida State University (FSU) College of Medicine, US: neuroticism, which measures a predisposition for negative emotions; and conscientiousness, which measures the tendency […]

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New, rare nanomaterial fabric effective against COVID-19 and other threats

New, rare nanomaterial fabric effective against COVID-19 and other threats

October 12, 2021

Researchers have developed a type of material that can protect its wearer from various biological and chemical threats, including the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2. Developed by a team from Northwestern University in Illinois, US, the rare nanomaterial i.e., metal-organic framework (MOF)/fibre composite that can deactivate all […]

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Asian hospitals to protect from cyber infection as threat of ransomware rises

Asian hospitals to protect from cyber infection as threat of ransomware rises

October 11, 2021

Disposable protective equipment – including face masks – while useful, is estimated to cause massive pollution to the environment. The trace chemicals contained is said to not only affect water and air quality and wildlife health but are also small enough to enter our lungs and […]

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Intensive motor rehabilitation best given two months after stroke onset, study finds

Intensive motor rehabilitation best given two months after stroke onset, study finds

September 22, 2021

New research has found that the optimal period for intensive rehabilitation of the upper limb(s) should begin 60 to 90 days after a stroke, as this is the period when adults are most responsive to rehabilitation and are more likely to restore function in the affected limb. The research conducted by US-based […]

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Gut microbiome signatures associated with common mental health disorders

Gut microbiome signatures associated with common mental health disorders

September 20, 2021

A recent meta-analysis by scientists at King’s College London (King’s) has found a compelling link between certain mental health disorders and gut microbiome abnormalities: in particular, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and anxiety, all present with altered gut microbiome including higher amounts of pro-inflammatory […]

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