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          Last Updated September 11, 2019 | Healthcare Asia - Medical and Healthcare news in Asia |

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          Broccoli sprouts may fix schizophrenia brain chemical imbalance

          September 04, 2019

          Schizophrenia, characterised by hallucinations, delusions and disordered thinking and behavior, affects millions of people worldwide. While drugs used to treat schizophrenia can cause a variety of undesirable side effects for its patients, researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine in Maryland, US, have singled out a compound from broccoli sprouts that may supplement traditional antipsychotic medicines for schizophrenia […]

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          American research finds scorpion toxin that may ease chronic pain

          Pain and inflammation usually tie together to produce a protective/defensive response according to human biology. Researchers from the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) have recently found a scorpion toxin that triggers pain […]

          Swiss discovery may soon prevent tumour metastasis

          Cancer metastases – spread through the body’s lymphatic system – account for nearly 90% of deaths in cancer patients. This has guided researchers from the Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI) in Switzerland, along with pharmaceutical company […]

          Women with preeclampsia more prone to kidney failure

          Women who develop a form of high blood pressure during pregnancy, also known as preeclampsia, are greatly predisposed to end-stage kidney disease later in life compared to women without, according to a new Swedish study. It is similar to previous research that has suggested that preeclampsia might cause women […]

          Study assesses holistic health approaches among different age groups

          Holistic nutrition is thought to support one’s physical and emotional wellbeing but is surprisingly different in importance across generations of its consumers – Generation Z (1997-2015), Millennials (1981-1996), Generation X (1965-1980) and Baby Boomers (1946-1964). This was looked at in an Innova Market […]

          Protein buildup attributed to certain type of schizophrenia

          Hypotheses abound about the neurodegenerative disorder schizophrenia, with explanations ranging from developmental complications to bacterial infections. However, new studies from Johns Hopkins Medicine in Maryland, US, has found that abnormal protein buildup in the brain, similar […]

          Technology & Devices

          German-developed rescue mat to ease CPR efforts

          Cardiopulmonary resuscitation, or CPR, is an impromptu measure for those experiencing a heart attack. While many people are not confident in performing an emergency CPR for various reasons, a device has been developed by German scientist to simplify the process […]

          MIT’s robo-thread to ease removal of blood clots in the brain

          Blood clots in the brain that cause strokes could potentially be overcome in the near future, as mechanical engineers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US, have developed a breakthrough robotic thread that can tend to the blockage in the brain quickly and safely.[…]

          Scientists invent smartphone-controlled device to study the brain

          Conventional methods used by neuroscientists to study brain diseases like Alzheimer’s or depression usually involve rigid physical connections to deliver drugs. However, these routinely cause lesions in soft brain tissue over time and are not suitable […]

          Danish wearable prevents injury-related muscle strain

          Muscle strain -common among office workers and even athletes-comes with repetitive action, but the problem could be alleviated by a new Danish wearable. The world’s first “digital therapist” was introduced in 2016, specifically targeting muscle […]

          US breakthrough research eliminates HIV from infected mice

          The elimination of the HIV virus requires clearance and removal of infected DNA from cells and tissues but, current treatment can only suppress its replication. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) is then required to stall the virus' spread […]


          MSD introduces new drug treatment for lung cancer in Malaysia

          Lung cancer is responsible for about 1.76 million deaths globally and is the third most common cancer in Malaysia, from 2007 to 2011. There are two major types of lung cancer, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) and small cell lung cancer (SCLC) – the former accounts for more lung cancer cases than the latter. As such, Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) […]

          Lack of racial diversity a bane in cancer drug trials

          Drugs can aid recovery and treatment in many circumstances, notably in cancer therapy, but there has been an underlying concern about their effectiveness in some patients due to insufficient testing. New research by several American institutions, including the University of Texas, once again highlights the lack of racial/ethnic diversity in clinical […]

          Experimental drug boosts blood system’s recovery after chemo/radiation

          Chemotherapy and radiation are known to suppress the activity of blood stem cells, which gives rise to all of the body’s blood and immune cells. Although it typically takes several weeks or months for the blood and immune systems to recover after exposure to radiation, scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) have developed […]

          Breakthrough Ebola trial drug increases survival rates by up to 90%

          The Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR-Congo), which has already killed over 1,800 people, may soon be safely treatable and preventable, thanks to two new drugs. Ebola’s symptoms start with a viral fever, a sore throat, intense weakness […]

          Indian herb-in-capsule shows anti-diabetic properties in mice

          Plant-based medicines, including medicinal teas, have newfound popularity thanks to organic lifestyle changes. Although these “natural” sources can be used to aid chronic illnesses, the therapies/treatment must be first tested for their efficacy […]

          Wellness and Complementary Therapies

          Microbial therapy may be the answer to irritating food allergies

          Food allergies have become common place in most modernised countries and are quite tricky to keep in check. A new study by Boston Children’s Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Massachusetts, US, may however change the onset of food allergies and also reverse existing ones. […]

          Short-term bursts of exercise may enhance learning

          Regular exercise is known to be good for overall health and has now been found to particularly improve brain function.Researchers at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in the US found that brief bouts of exercise primes the brain for learning by promoting synaptic connections […]

          Heart fat efficiently reduced through weightlifting

          Reducing fat around the heart is more likely through resistance training instead of aerobic exercise – researchers have observed that weight lifting reduced a type of heart fat linked to cardiovascular disease, and aerobic exercise (endurance training) likewise reduced another type of heart fat […]

          Help yourself to a healthy acai bowl

          Acai berries are a class of superfood rich in antioxidants and fibre. The acai palm is native to South America, producing a small, black-purple fruit which is edible. In an uncontrolled pilot study, overweight adults who took 100g of acai pulp daily for a month reported reductions in fasting glucose and insulin levels, indicating that consumption of the bitter acai fruit […]

          Daily nut servings may lower heart disease for diabetics

          A daily diet of nut helpings may promise better heart health for diabetics - just one extra serving of nuts a week is associated with a 3% lower risk of developing cardiac conditions and 6% lower risk of dying from heart problems. […]

          Community health

          European scientists introduce new type of optic nerve stimulation for the blind

          The sensation of seeing light in the form of white patterns, without actually looking at light, is thought to help overcome blindness. As an alternative to retinal implants or nerve electrodes that stimulate the visual cortex to “see” light, scientists from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) […]

          Malaysia’s Sunway Medical Centre sets sights on Sunway Velocity

          West Malaysia’s Cheras/KL South communities will see a new tertiary care private hospital in Sunway Medical Centre Velocity (SMCV) by the end of 2019, as part of the Sunway Group's extensive RM320 million (US$77 million) healthcare expansion plan. Encompassing Sunway Velocity's […]

          Most northern Indian women cast aside from outpatient health care

          A recent analysis on outpatient hospital care in India’s capital, New Delhi, has highlighted that women under 30/over 60 were absent from healthcare services, possibly due to India’s extensive gender discrimination […]

          Innovative cancer treatment offers hope against incurable leukaemia

          Acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), an incurable form of leukaemia, is the most common cause of child cancer death in the UK. Survival for children suffering from ALL increased from under 10% in the 1960s to 90% in 2015, but still the survival rate is low for infants […]

          Researchers debut affordable prosthetic socket from plastic waste

          The plastic waste problem plaguing our world has been put to some good use – lightweight, breathable prosthetic sockets have been recently made and would undoubtedly bolster public health and welfare […]

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          Promising malaria treatment “kills” deadly parasite

          Malaria affect almost 200 million people globally, but the threat of malaria could potentially be reduced to nil as researchers from the Kenyan Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) have recently – and successfully -killed the parasite that causes the disease […]

          Insomnia may lead to heart disease and stroke

          Insomnia, whether consciously or not, is a debilitating condition to most – a new study has found that insomniacs have a higher risk of heart disease and stroke than those who rest well. While previous observational studies have associated just as much, they were unable […]

          US youth risk kidney/liver function from exposure to fluoride

          Fluoride can be accumulated by the kidneys over time, even though a person’s body excretes more than half the ingested fluoride through urine – an adult can eliminate 60% and a child, 45%. A recent study of US adolescents has suggested that fluoride exposure could contribute to […]

          Scientists turn breast cancer cells into fat, halts deadly spread

          In an innovative approach to cancer therapy, Swiss scientists have successfully coaxed human breast cancer cells to turn into fat cells, to prevent them from metastasising and taking over the body. […]

          Finns similar DNA provides hints to major disease risks

          The predisposition of certain individuals in Finland to diseases may be insightful to genetic research. A recent study conducted by Washington University School of Medicine, US, identified 26 potentially harmful DNA variations in about 20,000 Finnish participants […]

          Other health News

          Vitamin D doesn’t do much for cardiovascular health, study says

          june 25, 2019

          Vitamin D is known to have many health benefits, save for its apparent inability to reduce cardiovascular disease risks. The recent discovery was made by clinical researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) in the US – vitamin D supplements were not observed to decrease the incidence of heart attacks, strokes or other adverse cardiovascular events. Mahmoud Barbarawi, a clinical instructor in the MSU […]

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          Thai research deploys natural killer cells against cancer

          june 25, 2019

          Natural killer cells are a component of white blood cells, which are crucial to our immune system’s detection/destruction of abnormal cells before they develop into cancerous tumours. Recently, Thai researchers have successfully used these natural killer cells in their national cancer therapy, for high-risk leukaemia (blood cancer) patients […]

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          Focusing on food for the elderly; a topic at ELDEX ASIA

          April 10, 2019

          With the steady growth of elderly consumers in the Asia Pacific region, Singapore’s trade and development agency, Enterprise Singapore, together with the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises (ASME), will be supporting about ten local food companies to exhibit at the Food for Elders Pavilion at the inaugural showing of ELDEX ASIA exhibition, to be held from 8-10 November […]

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          New TB vaccine tested on mice shows promise

          March 11, 2019

          Tuberculosis is a disease caused by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) bacteria, and is the world’s leading killer due to infection according to the WHO. The BCG (bacille-Calmette-Guerin) vaccine – delivered by an intramuscular injection in the upper arm – is made to use against Mtb infections; […]

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          Israeli company unveils world’s first microcomputer for atrial pressure

          February 19, 2019

          Left atrial pressure (LAP) is a specific physiological indication for heart failure. Approximately 90% of cardiac patients admitted to the hospital have had pulmonary congestion related to elevated LAP- the earliest sign of impending heart failure exacerbation, long before clinical symptoms occur.[…]

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          Vaping may be precursor to tobacco use in teens

          February 8, 2019

          Adolescents who used e-cigarettes or tried vaping before trying any other tobacco product were more likely to be smoking traditional cigarettes sooner than those who had never tried any, a US study team reported in JAMA Network Open. Andrew Stokes, senior study author of the Boston University School of Public Health has said that it […]

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          Can you for go breakfast? Researchers say ‘maybe’

          February 8, 2019

          Breakfast helps to jump start the day for most, but not necessarily if you want to lose weight. While breakfast eaters consumed more calories per day and gained 1lb more than those who skipped it, a healthy breakfast has benefits: Can be a good source of calcium and fibre Improves concentration and attention levels, particularly […]

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          Expectant mothers must beware vs flu risk, says study

          February 8, 2019

          The flu virus is quite common and usually spreads via air droplets from coughing, sneezing or talking infected individuals; or picked up from surfaces like doorknobs, where these droplets can linger.Symptoms can include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, aches and pains, chills and fatigue. The flu strain H1N1 can affect anyone, but […]

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