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New diagnostic tool introduced for coronary artery disease treatment in Malaysia

June 21, 2021

Coronary artery disease (CAD) was reported as the top cause of death in much of the developed world – in Malaysia in 2019, over 16,300 victims made up 15% of medically-certified deaths, according to national statistics, and. Proper management of CAD depends on the appropriate use of revascularisation techniques – Malaysian patients can now finally […]

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Lab-grown cancer cells have less parity with their human source

June 18, 2021

A new computer-based technique developed by scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has revealed that human cancer cells grown in culture dishes are the least genetically similar to their human sources. The new technique – a tool called CancerCellNet – uses computer models to compare the RNA sequences of a research model with […]

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New, faster cell therapy monitoring method accurately detects coronavirus

June 9, 2021

A new method for rapid and accurate detection of different DNA/RNA targets in viruses like the coronavirus has been developed by CAMP researchers, part of an interdisciplinary group at the Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART). The Rapid Digital CRISPR Approach (RADICA) method has been tested on SARS-CoV-2 synthetic DNA/RNA in patient calls and […]

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Tiny, new skin sensor can quickly detect psoriasis

June 2, 2021

Collaboration between scientists at City University of Hong Kong (CityU) and Northwestern University in Illinois, US, has yielded a new electrochemical invention that can detect skin disorders based on tissue stiffness. Measuring just 2.5 mm thick by about 2 sq. cm (0.3 sq. in) in contact area, the hard-wired sensor is expected to allow faster […]

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Effective blood test for childhood tuberculosis in the works

May 21, 2021

Scientists at New Orleans’ Tulane University, US, have devised a blood test that checks for tuberculosis (TB) in young children – the test is claimed to detect the presence of mycobacterium tuberculosis microbesup to a year before the disease itself occurs. It can be difficult to detect tuberculosis in young children: they may not exhibit […]

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New 3D MRI technique offers better diagnostic capabilities

May 10, 2021

A new imaging technique developed by researchers at Mātai Medical Research Institute, New Zealand, offers unrivaled spatial resolution in three dimensions (3D), and allows for visualisation of motion in the brain at an unprecedented level of detail. An innovative imaging technique was introduced previously called amplified magnetic resonance imaging (aMRI) that allowed researchers and clinicians […]

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New microneedle patches melts like ice

May 6, 2021

A team of researchers from City University of Hong Kong (CityU) have devised an ingenious new alternative to polymer microneedle patches – this one uses ice. Just like existing patches, the ice microneedle patches, or cryomicroneedle patches, can be loaded with drugs, vaccines, cells or other therapeutic molecules and are similarly painless to use. The […]

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New device for stroke rehab receives FDA approval

May 3, 2021

In a stroke, damage to motor function on one side of the brain affects movement on the opposite side of a person’s body. Just this year, a novel device designed to help stroke patients recover wrist and hand function by overcoming this specific problem has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) […]

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Experimental ankle exoskeleton system increases walking speed

April 26, 2021

Engineers at Stanford University have developed a prototype ankle exoskeleton system that was able to increase a person’s walking speed by at least 40% in an experimental setting. The ankle exoskeleton – which attaches around the shin and into an integrated walking shoe –could help many people overcome the frustrating problem of slower-than-desired-walking. The ankle […]

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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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