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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.

Brazil, Malaysia cancel GM mosquito trials citing risks and ineffectiveness / By Jennifer Lilley - - Reading time 3 mins - Share :
(NaturalNews) Field trials in Bentong, a town in the state of Pahang, Malaysia, were conducted to determine if GM mosquitoes could help keep dengue at bay, with a final determination that such an attempt does not yield any benefits. In fact, the risks were found to be so great that...Ads from Ino...

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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Setting a dinner table for wildlife can affect their risk of disease

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Supplemental feeding of wildlife can increase the spread of some infectious diseases and decrease the spread of others. A new study by ecologists finds that the outcome depends on the type of pathogen and the source of food. The findings have implications for human health and wildlife conservatio...

South-East Asian haze increases risk of respiratory mortality

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Research has shown a significant association between haze events in South-East Asia and mortality rates caused by respiratory illness on the west coast of peninsular Malaysia.

Phase 2b trial results of novel TB regimen show potential to shorten treatment

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A new tuberculosis (TB) drug regimen designed to improve options for TB therapy eliminated more bacteria from sputum than standard therapy and did so at a faster rate, according to data from a phase 2b clinical trial. These results are published just as the global phase 3 clinical trial, designed...

Antibiotic-resistant listeria in unprocessed salad not as widespread as feared

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Antibiotic-resistant strains of the food-poisoning microbe Listeria monocytogenes in unprocessed salad products is not quite as widespread as scientists originally suspected. A new study from Malaysia published in the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition and Public Health reveals that ...
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Factors influencing mental illness in early adolescence

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Mental illness – particularly depression – is a rising problem with Malaysia’s youth. Two recent studies published in the shed light on the relationship between poor family dynamics and the development of mental illness.

Scientists focus on urban wellbeing

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A global scientific research programme is launched in China to examine the unintended consequences of urban policies on human health and wellbeing.

The Month In Plagues: Chagas In The US, Polio Eradication In Nigeria, And More

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Your monthly roundup of infestations, contagions, and controls from around the web, including the Ebola outbreak, Chagas disease in the US, and more.

New evidence of ancient rock art across Southeast Asia

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Research on the oldest surviving rock art of Southeast Asia shows the region's first people brought with them a rich art practice. These earliest people skilfully produced paintings of animals in rock shelters from southwest China to Indonesia. Besides these countries, early sites were also recor...

Are Modafinil's Brain-Boosting Benefits Hype Or Science?

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Modafinil has been approved for treatment of narcolepsy, but it's often used to improve mental performance. The question is, does it work? A new study says probably not.

Monkey malaria jumping to humans and on the rise

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The disease was thought to be rare in humans, but last year 68 per cent of people hospitalised with malaria in Malaysian Borneo were infected with it

Drug proves safe, efficacious to treat children in Africa with malaria

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Results of a multi-centre clinical trial in Africa, launched in 2008, to test the efficacy and tolerability of Artesunate-Mefloquine fixed-dose combination in children under 5 years of age with uncomplicated falciparum malaria showed that ASMQ FDC is as safe and efficacious as Artemether-Lumefant...

How to Fight Viral Epidemics in the Future

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When infectious disease pandemics emerge, viruses tend to be the most lethal. Experts are working on ways to find new antiviral drug treatments, as well as to prevent epidemics from emerging in the first place.

Drones help show how environmental changes affect the spread of infectious diseases

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Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, can collect detailed information in real time at relatively low cost for ecological research. In a new article, experts demonstrate that drones can be used to understand how environmental factors influence the spread of infectious diseases.

NHS drafts in extra A&E doctors

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The NHS is recruiting about 260 extra doctors in an effort to ease pressure on accident and emergency units in England, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt says.
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Why I'm Saying 'No' to Drug Reps (Op-Ed)

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In a for-profit environment, drug research follows potential profits.

The New 'Double Disadvantage:' where you're born doesn't matter as much as whether you're married and a woman

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In the United States, your nationality has some effect on your likelihood to be employed - -but being married matters more. For women, it matters a lot more, one study shows.

The Incredible Rubber Glove

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The first healthcare workers to use rubber gloves didn't don them for hygienic reasons, but for dermatological ones. Caroline Hampton, a niece of the Confederate general and future South Carolina governor Wade Hampton, graduated from nursing school in 1888 and moved to Baltimore in 1889 to work a...