Category Archives: Health

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…

New Genetic Mutation Linked to ALS

Kinesin family member 5A (KIF5A), a gene previously linked to two rare neurodegenerative disorders, has been definitively connected to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) by an international team from several of…

Top tomatoes thanks to Mars missions

Next time you eat a tomato or sweet pepper, take a closer look, because there’s a good chance that its healthy appearance is thanks to one of US President Barack…

New compound could improve stroke patient recovery

A new compound shows promise for improving motor function recovery for stroke patients in combination with rehabilitation therapy. Human clinical trials for a new drug are underway. A team of…

Potential Biomarkers in Animals Could Signal Ebola Infection Before Symptoms Appear

Scientists have identified potential biomarkers in nonhuman primates exposed to Ebola virus (EBOV) that appeared up to four days before the onset of fever, according to research published today in…