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Quick test to detect inflammation in diabetic patients

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Scientists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have developed a new kit that will allow doctors to find out within minutes if diabetic patients are suffering from inflammation.

Pneumonia found to harm DNA in lung cells

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A bacterium that is the most common cause of pneumonia—a leading cause of death worldwide—can damage DNA in lung cells, a new study has shown.

Asthma drug against dengue to be tested in clinical trial

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A drug that has been used for over 30 years as an asthma and allergy medicine is now being tested to treat symptoms of dengue fever. The National University of Singapore (NUS) and Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS) are running a clinical trial, in collaboration with National Un...

Study exposes how 'James Bond' cells are made

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New research from Australian and Singaporean scientists has revealed how immune cell 'spies' are created, providing clues on how the immune system could be manipulated to better fight disease.
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Good looking: How time outdoors could protect kids' eyesight

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The increase in short-sightedness in kids across the world is often blamed on time in front of a screen, but a lack of time outdoors may be the real problem

Study estimates prevalence of glaucoma among Singapore Chinese

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A study of Chinese adults in Singapore suggests the prevalence of glaucoma, a disease of the eye that can result in blindness, was 3.2 percent, with no difference from a previous study conducted in 1997, according to a study.

New GeneChip® WT Pico Kit

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Prepares Array Target from Picogram Amounts of RNA
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What happens at a slapping workshop?

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The BBC takes a look at the controversial methods touted by Xiao Hongchi, founder of the slapping and stretching "self-healing" method known as paida lajin.

Human clinical trials begin for deadly hendra virus therapy

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The world’s first human clinical trials for a treatment against Hendra virus, a rare but deadly viral disease, have just begun in Australia, using a human monoclonal antibody.

Is quality or cost more essential? The international cellphone market

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As businesses move into international markets, they often do so with a 'one size fits all' customer satisfaction strategy. But factors as basic as how consumers prioritize pricing and quality can differ sharply across cultures and economic systems, according to a new study. Success will depend in...

What is the value of inequality within Singapore's education system?

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50 years after Singapore gained independence, official statistics reveal that Malays have sustained low academic achievement. Therefore, the possibility of a politically induced systemic inequality as a point of investigation has been raised. The relationship between this system and the reproduct...

Stressed to Death: Overcoming Drug-Resistance in Malaria Parasites

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In recent decades the burden of malaria has greatly decreased. This is the result of both successful public health initiatives and widespread use of antimalarial therapeutics. Artemisinins are a family of drugs that have been incredibly effective against Plasmodium falciparum … Continue reading...
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Epigenetic marks lay foundations for a child's future abilities

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Although it is now widely recognized that a poor start to life has long-term effects on a child's later ability to learn, the mechanisms by which the environment in early life affects later life chances are poorly understood.
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Eating out once a week may raise blood pressure

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Young adults who eat meals in restaurants rather than at home have a greater risk of high blood pressure, a new study suggests. High blood pressure, or hypertension, is the leading risk factor for death associated with cardiovascular disease. Studies have shown that young adults with pre-hyperten...
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Cell division research expected to lead to containment of cancer cells and regenerative medical treatments

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All organisms grow and develop through the regenerative ability of cell division. An indispensable ability for all living beings, it can be said that life is defined by this process. Now, for the first time in the world, researchers have replicated the contractile ring’s structure by isolating ...

Scientists discover new treatment for dementia

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Pushing new frontiers in dementia research, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) scientists have found a new way to treat dementia by sending electrical impulses to specific areas of the brain to enhance the growth of new brain cells.
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New treatment options for colon cancer

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An existing chemotherapy drug used to treat leukemia could prevent and control the growth of colorectal tumors, scientists have discovered.
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From Many, One

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Diverse mammals, including humans, have been found to carry distinct genomes in their cells. What does such genetic chimerism mean for health and disease?

My Mighty Mouse

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Personal drug regimens based on xenograft mice harboring a single patient’s tumor still need to prove their true utility in medicine.

Two degree Celsius climate change target 'utterly inadequate'

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The official global target of a two degree Celsius temperature rise is 'utterly inadequate' for protecting those at most risk from climate change, says an expert. The commentary presents a rare inside-view of a discussion at the Lima Conference of the Parties on the likely consequences of accepti...
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Symptom ‘clusters’ plague sarcoma patients

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Sarcoma is a rare and debilitating cancer that can cause large, aggressive tumors. Patients with the disease experience symptoms such as pain, breathlessness, and nausea. Little research exists on the prevalence and severity of this symptom burden or medication usage among Asian patients. To add...