Category Archives: Health

Finding Alzheimer’s treatment from within

An immune molecule in the body shows promise for the treatment of Alzheimer’s. Researchers have identified a molecule expressed by several types of cells that could treat Alzheimer’s disease by…

Scientists just beginning to understand autistic adults’ unique health needs

In the 1990s, the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) among children rose sharply. These children are now entering adulthood, yet physicians and scientists know very little about the health…

Social context matters in spread of disease

Rice University study of fruit flies shows sex composition of group alters disease transmission HOUSTON – “Patient zero” isn’t entirely to blame when an infection takes root in a population….

Obesity inhibits key cancer defense mechanism

Obesity could enhance cancer development while aspirin might prevent it — a new insight into potential targets for cancer prevention. Obesity is a known risk factor for certain types of…

Painkillers Taken During Pregnancy Could Affect Baby’s Fertility

Taking painkillers during pregnancy could affect the fertility of the unborn child in later life, research suggests. The study identifies that these drugs may also affect the fertility of future…

Orchids protect the skin [Asia Research News 2018 feature

An orchid-based skincare product could protect skin from the sun’s aging effects.  Researchers at Hong Kong Baptist University have patented a formula, based on compounds present in two types of…

Breakthrough Cancer Technology, First to Cross Blood-Brain Barrier, Fights Glioblastoma Cells Directly

In fighting the deadliest form of brain cancer, Glioblastoma, cancer specialists have been extremely frustrated by the inability of anticancer drugs to penetrate the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Now, for the…

Sugar withdrawal: Killing the Leishmania parasite [Asia Research News 2018 feature

Findings on how parasites cope with stress on a cellular level could aid the development of drugs that combat leishmaniasis, a tropical disease neglected by the pharmaceutical industry. Drugs that…

Measuring the risks of extreme temperatures on public health

Heat and cold waves affect people with certain health conditions differently, highlighting the need for tailored public service risk communication. Extreme hot and cold weather increase the number of deaths…

New Blood Test Could Detect People at Risk of Developing Alzheimer’s Disease

There is as yet no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. It is often argued that progress in drug research has been hampered by the fact that the disease can only be…