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Vol 23, No. 09, September 2019
ASIA-PACIFIC
Early treatment of vision and hearing problems can contribute to enhancing health for older adults

Vision and hearing loss are often perceived to be part of ageing, a six-year national survey of 3,452 Singaporean adults over the age 60, found that these impairments have much broader consequences for older adults.

Study finds association between Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder various biomarkers and health conditions

The work of Dr Wen-Harn Pan and colleage at Academia Sinica, National Taiwan University, Chang-Kung Medical Centre, and Chung Hua University of Medical Technology explored comorbidities, biomarkers, and dietary and nutritional biochemistry profiles associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) with the ultimate aim to understand its complex aetiology and improve diagnosis, prevention, and management.

Japanese scientists discover new species of non-blooming orchids on Japanese subtropical islands

The new species named Gastrodia Amamiana was discovered on the subtropical islands of Amami-Oshima and Tokunoshima, this orchid bears fruit without once opening its flowers.

Improving sleep quality through short mindfulness training programmes

Duke-NUS researchers found that a four-week mindfulness training programme helped to reduce participants' pre-sleep cognitive arousal, and the amount of time they spent awake at night.

Breakthrough research in genetic engineering for precision agriculture boosts microbial manufacturing

Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology (SMART) Interdisciplinary Research Group (IRG) - Disruptive & Sustainable Technologies for Agricultural Precision (DiSTAP) enables enhanced development of key microbial factories for urban farming in Singapore

Alteration of intrinsic properties of non-magnetized metals using light

Assistant Professor Justin Song from NTU's School of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and Associate Professor Mark Rudner form Niels Bohr Institute published in Nature Physics a method that in principle could turn non-ferrous metals into magnets using laser light.

Wireless manipulation of brain cells to help in neurological disease management

Researchers have developed a soft neural implant that can be wirelessly controlled using a smartphone

Relieving bottleneck in photosynthesis may have a major impact on food crops

Scientists have found how to relieve a bottleneck in the process by which plants transform sunlight into food, which may lead to an increase in crop production. They discovered that producing more of a protein that controls the rate in which electrons flow during photosynthesis, accelerates the whole process.

Cardiac regeneration through novel dual stem cell therapy

A joint research team comprising scientists from City University of Hong Kong has recently developed a multipronged approach for concurrently rejuvenating both the muscle cells and vascular systems of the heart by utilizing two types of stem cells.

REST OF THE WORLD
American Heart Association advices prescription of omega-3 fatty acid medications to lower triglyceride levels

Prescription omega-3 fatty acid medication reduces triglyceride levels by 20-30 percent among the majority of people who require treatment for high triglyceride levels, according to a science advisory from the American Heart Association.

Evasion of immunodeficiency viruses by our ancestors

CryoEM reveals structural effect of mutation that made humans, but not apes, immune to SIV

Detection of unreported cases of Zika virus during 2017 outbreak

Researchers at the Yale School of Public Health (YSPH) utilising travel surveillance and genomics have detected a large unreported Zika outbreak that occurred in Cuba during 2017, a year after Zika outbreaks peaked throughout the Americas.

How scorpion toxin is helping researchers solve the mystery of chronic pain

Researchers at UC San Francisco and the University of Queensland have discovered a scorpion toxin that targets the "wasabi receptor," a chemical-sensing protein found in nerve cells that's responsible for the sinus-jolting sting of wasabi and the flood of tears associated with chopping onions.

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APBN Editorial Calendar 2019
January:
Taiwan Medical tourism
February:
Marijuana as medicine — Legal marijuana will open up scientific research
March:
Driven by curiosity
April:
Career developments for researchers
May:
What's cracking — Antibodies in ostrich eggs
June:
Clinical trials — What's in a name?
July:
Traditional Chinese medicine in modern healthcare — Integrating both worlds
August:
Digitalization vs Digitization — Exploring Emerging Trends in Healthcare
September:
Healthy Ageing — How Science is chipping in
October:
Disruptive Urban Farming — Microbes, Plasmids, and Recycling
November:
Evaluating cost effectiveness of genomic profiling
December:
Precision Medicine for Brain Tumours
Editorial calendar is subjected to changes.
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