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First proof a synthesized antibiotic is capable of treating superbugs

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A "game changing" new antibiotic which is capable of killing superbugs has been successfully synthesised and used to treat an infection for the first time—and could lead to the first new class of antibiotic drug in 30 years.

Food scientists have created a new, faster way of testing for pesticide residues on vegetables using magnetic nanoparticles

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(Natural News) You’ve decided that spending extra money on organic produce is worth the reassurance it gives you. Whether you’re driven by environmental concerns or you’re trying to reduce your risk of cancer, it’s a smart move for your health. However, how can you be sure that these food...

Week 1 of the PLOS Medicine Special Issue on Cardiovascular Disease and Multimorbidity

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0000-0002-8715-2896 Week 1 of the PLOS Medicine Special Issue on Cardiovascular Disease and Multimorbidity   post-info Senior Editor Amy Ross discusses the content published in week 1 of the PLOS Medicine Special Issue on CVD

Doctors In China Lead Race To Treat Cancer By Editing Genes

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More than a third of patients with cancer of the esophagus responded to experimental treatment in China with the gene-editing technique CRISPR. Several CRISPR studies are underway there.(Image credit: Yuhan Xu/NPR)

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.

Asian family research answers questions on fatty acid in brain

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New research conducted in a rural community in Pakistan highlights the crucial role that essential fatty acids play in human brain growth and function.

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 Affymetrix Software Helps Identify Cancer Driver Events

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Software program combines whole-genome copy-number data with gene expression profiles to reveal functional impacts

New GeneChip® WT Pico Kit

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Prepares Array Target from Picogram Amounts of RNA

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...

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...

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.

Epigenetic Marks Lay Foundations for a Child’s Future Abilities

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Epigenetic marks on our DNA account for how all cells in the body have the same DNA sequence, inherited from our parents, but nonetheless there are hundreds of different cell types. The body uses epigenetics as its principal control system, to increase or decrease the expression of our genes, and...