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Newfound antibody activity could benefit tooth regeneration

April 9, 2021

Scientists from Japan have found that by suppressing activity of a specific gene with monoclonal antibodies, they can promote new tooth growth in mice and ferrets. Understanding and manipulating the way this gene regulates the behaviour of molecules known to be key players in tooth development could someday promise tooth regeneration especially in adults suffering […]

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Infectious diseases expert suggests leveraging tech for pandemic preparedness

April 8, 2021

At a recent forum for healthcare providers, Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman, a Malaysian professor of medicine and infectious diseases at Universiti Malaya, said local authorities must learn from the mistakes made during the COVID-19 pandemic to make more informed decisions so as to strengthen the country for the next pandemic. Dr. Adeeba cited the use of […]

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

April 6, 2021

Life insurance provider Sun Life Malaysia (Sun Life Malaysia Assurance Berhad and Sun Life Malaysia Takaful Berhad), a joint venture by Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada and Khazanah Nasional Berhad, have come up with two new COVID-19 funds worth a total of RM1.5 million (US$362,888). The RM500,000 COVID-19 Vaccine Complications Fund and RM1 Million […]

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Malaysian schoolkids to receive free breakfast sets with MILO

April 5, 2021

Nestlé Malaysia, part of the world’s largest food and beverage manufacturer, is providing more than 1 million nutritious breakfast sets under “Projek Kantin MILO” to more than 35,000 deserving students in 700 primary schools across the country. The nutrition assistance programme was initiated by MILO, the leading malt beverage supplied in Malaysia in partnership with […]

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Experimental smart hearing aid tracks user’s brain waves

April 4, 2021

Scientists at Belgium’s KU Leuven University have designed a cochlear implant that successfully reads a user’s brain waves to allow deaf people to hear again. Measuring these brain waves – instead of detecting noises via external microphones – is more reflective of a person’s hearing, and is important for the development of “smart” hearing devices. […]

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Newly discovered node in brain could help explain social communication disorders

April 1, 2021

Noise or sounds, such as a giggle, a cry, or a scream, and the emotional range it conveys is vital for effective social communication, said Dr. Lisa Stowers, a neuroscientist and professor at Scripps Research based in California, US. Most research on noise production in the brain has focused on language development, but identifying how […]

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Medical Industry: Medtech market given the all clear for expansions

April 1, 2021

The recent global health crisis provided a silver lining to the medical devices market to expand and innovate, says Angelica Buan in this report. Medical devices on the uptrend Human life is priceless and the calibre of the health system has important implications for people’s quality of life. Around the world, quality as well as […]

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Common food preservative may hamper immune system activity

March 31, 2021

New research that examined data from ToxCast, the Environmental Protection Agency’s toxicity screening database, is raising questions over the safety of a commonly used food preservative known as tert-butylhydroquinone (tBHQ) or E319. The compound is suspected to disrupt immune functions, although both the United States and European health authorities deem the additive safe in low […]

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Novel assay by SMART more accurately profiles hyper-aggressive infection

March 30, 2021

A new label-free immune profiling assay has been developed by researchers from the Critical Analytics for Manufacturing  Personalized Medicine (CAMP), an interdisciplinary research group within the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART), to better profile aggressive, rapidly changing host immune response in cases of infection, for example COVID-19. In cases of acute infection, the […]

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Therapeutic bed helps prevent brain damage in preemies

March 29, 2021

A pulsating bed in an incubator is suggested to help premature babies feel more secure, as the bed simulates the caress of a parent holding the baby. Aptly named the “Calmer” baby bed, it was designed by University of British Columbia (UBC) Drs. Liisa Holsti and Karon Maclean, a professor in the department of occupational […]

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