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Antibody-based contraceptive prove successful in animal studies; will soon go to clinical trial

August 30, 2021

Inspired by infertility that occurs in some women who develop antibodies against their partner’s sperm, scientists at the University of North Carolina (UNC) are adapting new contraceptives that may offer women a non-hormonal option to prevent pregnancy. UNC researchers have so far engineered and tested ultra-potent monoclonal antibodies that effectively trapped and blocked more than […]

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NTU Singapore researchers use pollen for 3D bioprinting

August 30, 2021

Sunflower pollen may allow the development of stronger 3D printing ink material used for tissue engineering, according to researchers from at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU). The pollen-derived “bio-ink” is a viable alternative to current inks used for 3D printing in the biomedical field (bioprinting) as it can retain its shape when deposited on a […]

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Antibodies against COVID-19 vary with vaccination vs natural infection

August 27, 2021

New research conducted at Rockefeller’s Laboratory of Molecular Immunology in New York suggests a natural infection may induce maturation of antibodies with broader activity than that conferred by an [mRNA] vaccination. While vaccination produces greater amounts of circulating antibodies than natural infection, the overall antibody response, or memory B cells, birthed from a natural infection […]

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Poor dental structure could affect quality of life

August 25, 2021

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. A bad bite not only looks uncomfortable, but according to dental professional Dr. Beh, Clinical Consultant and President […]

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Promising new therapy for NTRK fusion cancer

August 24, 2021

by John Battersby In the past the prognosis for patients with Neurotrophic tyrosine receptor kinase (NTRK) fusion cancer, was poor as the cancer did not respond well to most available therapies. But now a new class of drug, recently approved by the FDA and now available in more than 40 countries, is offering new hope […]

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

August 24, 2021

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 to repair a damaged eardrum. The Phonograft device, as it is called, is also intended to mitigate the pain, drainage, and hearing loss associated with a damaged eardrum. The eardrum – or […]

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Agency to promote healthcare tourism in Malaysia

August 24, 2021

Like many other countries, Malaysia must weather out the storm that is the COVID-19 pandemic and various restrictive safety measures imposed. The pandemic has greatly impacted the healthcare tourism industry, which was projected to reach new heights in 2020. The CEO of the Malaysia Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC), Mohd. Daud Mohd. Arif, said that the […]

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TikTok, MyHealthKKM partner for COVID-19 awareness campaign

August 20, 2021

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 awareness campaign tagged, “#KitaJagaKita” that advocates for mass vaccinations. The campaign aims to provide easily accessible – and most importantly – verified information and resources related to the pandemic. Users on […]

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COVID-19 vaccination effective against delta variant, researchers say

August 20, 2021

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis (WUSTL) have found that the delta variant of the virus causing COVID-19 is not more resistant to antibodies elicited by vaccination. According to WUSTL associate professor of medicine Dr. Jacco Boon, the delta variant is “[not evidently] better at overcoming vaccine-induced immunity compared to other […]

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Malaysia becomes first in Asia to mainstream genetic testing for ovarian cancer

August 18, 2021

A successful study by non-profit organisation Cancer Research Malaysia (CRM) has shown feasibility of mainstreaming or implementing genetic testing and genetic counselling for improved diagnosis and treatment for ovarian cancer – this makes Malaysia the first country in Asia to have access to genetic testing for faulty BRCA genes responsible for the devastating disease. CRM’s […]

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