• Brain activity – zooming into how the brain functions
    Even though the brain is one of the most vital organs in the human body—we seem to have barely scratched the surface, when it comes to our knowledge on how the brain functions. The following article touches on several new research discoveries on brain activity—zooming into three main pieces in further detail.
  • HKU scientists discover novel imaging biomarker to diagnose low back pain
    A group of researchers of The University of Hong Kong (HKU)’s Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology has spearheaded a study—claimed to be first of its kind—to report the Ultra-Short Time-to-Echo Disc Sign (UDS) as a new low back pain (LBP) imaging biomarker, providing insights into degenerative disc disease of the spine.
  • Sleep disorders in pregnant mothers linked to premature births
    A study that pored over 3 million birth data in California has revealed an interesting correlation between sleep disorders and premature births. Conclusively, mothers who had less than 40 winks would most likely give birth to babies at less than 40 weeks of gestation.
  • News Bites: US FDA approves first drug to treat all forms of hepatitis C, Immunotherapy could slow the advance of type 1 diabetes
    This week, British researchers have suggested that an existing diabetes drug can slow the progress of Parkinson’s disease. An international collaborative study proved that gold could increase the effectiveness of drugs used to treat lung cancer cells. Also, a liquid biopsy that was designed to identify cancer cells from a blood sample, could also detect abnormalities in foetal DNA, according to researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Can Instagram pictures diagnose depression?
    New study reveals the mental state that lies behind every Instagram picture and its user.
  • The health tragedies of being lonely – and its effect worldwide
    Loneliness is an addiction that is going to be a huge health crisis worldwide. The reality has hit many nations so hard that they are calling this crisis a ‘loneliness epidemic’.
  • CUHK researchers confirm plasma Epstein-Barr virus DNA analysis useful for screening early asymptomatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma
    A study by the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has successfully derived an accurate screening test for nasopharyngeal cancer using a blood test, looking into plasma Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA.
  • Do doctors take women’s pain less seriously?
    The general notion of women as complainers could put them at a disadvantage when it comes to medical diagnosis – as doctors may dismiss their pain as mostly psychosomatic, thus hampering accurate assessment.
  • “Looking Back, Moving Forward”—OGSM annual congress reflects on 25 years of milestone
    Celebrating a significant milestone, the Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society of Malaysia (OGSM) has recently concluded its 25th annual congress. Held at Shangri-la Hotel Kuala Lumpur – from 27 to 30 July – the congress welcomed 856 delegates, both local and international. The congress also witnessed a series of hands-on workshops, back-to-back enriching lectures, insightful public health forums and conducive private subspecialty meets—all lined-up to empower our ob-gyn specialists.
  • 3 current health trends that are puzzling doctors
    With the advancement of technology, more bizarre health trends from all around the world are coming to light as the year goes by.