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Source: Eli Lilly and Company  Jan 20, 2019  3 years ago
REACH-2 is the first positive Phase 3 hepatocellular carcinoma trial in a biomarker-selected population known for poor prognosis   Pooled data analyses of AFP-High patients in the REACH-2 and REACH trials showed an improvement of 3.1 months in median overall survival   Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) announced that results from the global Phase 3 REACH-2 study of CYRAMZA® (ra...
Source: University of Michigan  Jan 20, 2019  3 years ago
A new study finds acupressure could be a low-cost, at-home solution to a suite of persistent side effects that linger after breast cancer treatment ends. Researchers from the University of Michigan Rogel Cancer Center reported in 2016 that acupressure helped reduce fatigue in breast cancer survivors. In the new study, they looked at the impact of acupressure on symptoms that frequently accompan...
Thailand Medical News  Jan 20, 2019  3 years ago
Positive news for Thailand’s healthcare sector was highly welcome when Bloomberg released their Global Health Care Efficiency Index in the last quarter of 2018. Thailand Medical News reviews these extremely positive results and suggest  why momentum must be maintained as well as 2 challenges that must be addressed in order for this momentum to be carried forward on a continuous basis....
Source: Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience - KNAW  Jan 20, 2019  3 years ago
Researchers from the Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience (NIN) and the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) have shown that treatment using gene therapy leads to a faster recovery after nerve damage. By combining a surgical repair procedure with gene therapy, the survival of nerve cells and regeneration of nerve fibers over a long distance was stimulated for the first time. The discovery, pu...
Source: American Heart Association  Jan 19, 2019  3 years ago
Flu has so far infected more than 32 million Asians this season, and seasonal fluctuations are making their rounds. If you've been hit by either, you may be thinking about heading to your local pharmacy to relieve your aches, pains and congestion. But before you do, you need to consider how some over-the-counter cold medicines may impact your heart. "People with uncontrolled high ...
Thailand Medical News  Jan 19, 2019  3 years ago
The US FDA  and EU has approved a new sublingual formulation of sufentanil, Dsuvia, for the management of acute pain in adults in medically supervised healthcare settings, such as hospitals, surgical centers, and emergency departments. The drug is supplied in a 30 microgram tablet in a single-dose, prefilled applicator for administration by a healthcare professional, and it will not be availa...
Thailand Medical News  Jan 19, 2019  3 years ago
Quell is a US FDA cleared, over-the-counter wearable therapeutic device for chronic pain. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) is a therapy that has been around for decades. It is used to treat pain and a few other conditions, but over those decades it has gotten a bit stale. New companies, though, are taking TENS therapy to a new level and NeuroMetrix is one of the leaders...
Source: Hong Kong Baptist University  Jan 19, 2019  3 years ago
Epstein-Barr virus infects more than 95 percent of people, usually without symptoms. But sometimes its persistence in cells can lead to tumor formation. Now, researchers from Hong Kong and the UK have developed a fluorescing, molecular-sized probe, called L2P4, which can inhibit Epstein-Barr-related tumor growth while allowing researchers to see the targeted tumor cells. Epstein-Barr v...
Source: US FDA  Jan 18, 2019  3 years ago
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a safety alert regarding the possibility of an increased risk of death associated with the use of paclitaxel-coated balloons and paclitaxel-eluting stents for the treatment of peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The FDA's communication follows a recent meta-analysis published in the Journal of the American Heart Association ...
University of California - Los Angeles Health Sciences  Jan 18, 2019  3 years ago
UCLA researchers have developed the first technique for turning certain stem cells into mature T cells capable of fighting cancer. The university announced on  January  17th  2019,  that its scientists had developed a technique for coaxing pluripotent stem cells – which can create cell in the body and be grown in a lab – into T cells that can attack tumors. Immun...
Thailand Medical News  Jan 18, 2019  3 years ago
Various research reports on Thailand’s role in the production, local dissemination and exportation to domestic as well as international markets for medical devices reveal healthy forecasts. Predications are that the medical device market in the country  will continue to grow at average rates of between 8.5-10% per annum. Such strength in growth opens exciting opportunities for the Me...
Source: Washington University School of Medicine , St. Louis   Jan 18, 2019  3 years ago
Scientists working to develop more effective treatments for diabetes are turning to stem cells. Such cells can be transformed into cells that produce insulin, the hormone that controls blood sugar. Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have tweaked the recipe for coaxing human stem cells into insulin-secreting beta cells and shown that the resulting cells are more ...
Source: NYU Langone Health / NYU School of Medicine  Jan 17, 2019  3 years ago
A new class of engineered proteins may counter infection caused by Staphylococcus aureus -- a bacterial species considered one of the largest global health threats, a new study suggests. Published online Jan. 16 in Science Translational Medicine, the study is the result of a five-year research partnership between scientists at NYU School of Medicine and Janssen Research & Dev...
Source: Hong Kong University  Jan 16, 2019  3 years ago
The world has been repeatedly plagued by infectious disease outbreaks, including SARS and MERS coronaviruses, avian influenza viruses, and Zika virus. A team at the Medical Faculty of The University of Hong Kong (HKUMed) led by Professor Yuen Kwok-yung and Dr Shuofeng Yuan of the Department of Microbiology, has discovered a novel broad-spectrum antiviral drug that would be strategic for epidemic c...
Thailand Medical News  Jan 16, 2019  3 years ago
The bacterium Mycoplasma genitalium (MG) is sexually transmitted and can cause inflammation of the urinary and genital tracts in men and women. This germ may also be linked to other problems, including some cases of arthritis and, in women, pelvic inflammatory disease and infertility. MG appears to be spread by unprotected anal or vaginal intercourse, as it can be detected in fluid s...
Source: PLOS  Jan 15, 2019  3 years ago
A practical resource-based public health approach for the rapid initiation of antiretroviral therapy in HIV-infected individuals living in low- and middle-income countries could save thousands of lives, according to an Essay published January 15 in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine by Mark Tenforde of the University of Washington School of Medicine, and colleagues. Effective antir...
Source: Ontario Institute for Cancer Research  Jan 15, 2019  3 years ago
Researchers at the University of Toronto have discovered mutational signatures of tumor hypoxia (low oxygen) in 19 cancer types. The results could be used to help clinicians identify patients who would benefit from higher treatment doses.   In a landmark pan-cancer study analyzing more than 8,000 tumors across 19 different cancer types, researchers have identified molecular hallmarks of...
Source: Krembil Research Institute  Jan 15, 2019  3 years ago
Scientists at the Krembil Research Institute have developed a novel therapeutic treatment that has the potential to stop knee and spine osteoarthritis in its tracks. A team led by Principal Investigator Dr. Mohit Kapoor, Arthritis Research Director at UHN, published the results today in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases in a paper titled "microRNA-181a-5p antisense oligonucleotide...
Source: Hyogo College of Medicine, Japan  Jan 15, 2019  3 years ago
In a recent study conducted by Professor Dr. Tadayuki Oshima and Professor Dr. Eitatsu Arai from Hyogo College of Medicine, in Japan , demonstrated that the potassium-competitive acid blocker (P-CAB) vonoprazan demonstrates superior efficacy in the treatment of patients with erosive oesophagitis compared with the proton pump inhibitor (PPI) lansoprazole, with the results of a small ...
Source: Newcastle University  Jan 14, 2019  3 years ago
There is little benefit for those over 70 taking higher dose vitamin D supplements to improve their bone strength and reduce the risk of falls, new research has revealed. Older people are often encouraged to take supplements of vitamin D to keep bones, teeth and muscles healthy. But a Newcastle University-led study, published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, has backed previous...
Source: Thailand Medical News  Jan 14, 2019  3 years ago
There are many convincing reasons why expats living in Thailand must take advantage of the country’s healthcare systems. As well as looking at the real benefits to be seen if an individual ever needs to avail of the country’s world-class hospitals, we, at Thailand Medical News will also touch on the more practical matters at local healthcare level. There is a local clinic near you! ...
Author : Mitchel.L .Zoler, MDedge News  Jan 14, 2019  3 years ago
AHA 2019 CONFERENCE COVERAGE   REPORTING FROM THE AHA SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS CHICAGO – When the first results from a large trial that showed profound and unexpected benefits for preventing heart failure hospitalizations associated with use of the antihyperglycemic sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor empagliflozin came out – a little over 3 years ago – the gen...
Source: North American Menopause Society (NAMS).  Jan 14, 2019  3 years ago
There is an ongoing debate regarding the relationship between knee osteoarthritis and hormone therapy (HT), with small-scale studies providing mixed results. A new large-scale study from Korea shows that women receiving HT had a significantly lower prevalence of symptomatic knee osteoarthritis compared with women who did not take hormones. Study results are published online in Menopause, the ...
Source: Bruin Biometrics  Jan 13, 2019  3 years ago
Pressure ulcers are a common malady for bedridden patients, a situation that clinicians have been struggling to improve significantly. There are devices that  sense how long a part of a body has been pressed on for too long, beds that deflate and inflate different areas to provide temporary respite, and clinical routines that help to prevent pressure ulcers. Bruin Biometrics, a compa...
Source: US FDA  Jan 13, 2019  3 years ago
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Ultomiris (ravulizumab) injection for the treatment of adult patients with paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), a rare and life-threatening blood disease. “The approval of Ultomiris will change the way that patients with PNH are treated,” said Richard Pazdur, M.D., director of the FDA’s Oncology Center of Excellence and...
Source: Massachusetts General Hospital  Jan 13, 2019  3 years ago
A study from a Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) research team has identified the specific function of a protein found in HIV and related viruses that appears to slow down viral spread in the earliest stages of infection. But they also found that, after initially slowing down the spread of infection, that function may help the virus survive later on by evading the immune response. Their report ...
Source: VIB (the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology)  Jan 13, 2019  3 years ago
Spondyloarthritis is one of the most common types of chronic joint inflammation affecting nearly 1-2% of the Western population. Cytokine blockade of Tumor necrosis factor (TNF) and more recently Interleukin-17 (IL-17) has revolutionized the perspectives of patients suffering from this disease by achieving high levels of therapeutic efficacy. The disease differs substantially from rheumatoid arthr...
Source: University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center  Jan 12, 2019  3 years ago
Researchers have identified a new potential immunotherapy target in pancreatic cancer, which so far has been notoriously resistant to treatment with immune checkpoint blockade drugs effective against a variety of other cancers. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center research team found overexpression of the immune checkpoint VISTA on immune cells, especially macrophages, that infiltr...
Source: VIB (the Flanders Institute for Biotechnology)  Jan 12, 2019  3 years ago
Alzheimer's-affected brains are riddled with so-called amyloid plaques: protein aggregates consisting mainly of amyloid-β. However, this amyloid-β is a fragment produced from a precursor protein whose normal function has remained enigmatic for decades. A team of scientists at VIB and KU Leuven led by professors Joris de Wit and Bart De Strooper has now uncovered that this amyloid pre...
Source: Loyola University Health System  Jan 12, 2019  3 years ago
A landmark study co-authored by a Loyola Medicine oncologist has found that a newer targeted drug is significantly more effective than standard therapy for treating elderly patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). The drug, ibrutinib, attacks cancer cells without damaging normal cells, thus causing fewer side effects. The drug is taken as a pill once a day -- much more convenient than ...
Source: University Of Basel  Jan 11, 2019  3 years ago
The most deadly aspect of breast cancer is metastasis. It spreads cancer cells throughout the body. Researchers at the University and the University Hospital of Basel have now discovered a substance that suppresses the formation of metastases. In the journal Cell, the team of molecular biologists, computational biologists, and clinicians reports on their interdisciplinary approach. The ima...
Source: University of Louisville  Jan 10, 2019  3 years ago
Scientists at the University of Louisville have shown that a microbial metabolite, Urolithin A, derived from a compound found in berries and pomegranates, can reduce and protect against inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). Millions of people worldwide suffer from IBD in the form of either ulcerative colitis or Crohn's disease, and few effective long-term treatments are available. Illustration s...
Source: National Multiple Sclerosis Society  Jan 10, 2019  3 years ago
An immune system drug may help prevent or slow complications in a type of multiple sclerosis known as secondary progressive MS, a new study finds. The medication is called rituximab (Rituxan). It's used to treat a number of conditions, including certain blood cell cancers and the autoimmune condition rheumatoid arthritis. The new Swiss study found that MS patients taking the drug reported ...
Source: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine  Jan 10, 2019  3 years ago
New research from Johns Hopkins Medicine and Sheppard Pratt Health System shows that people in the study with schizophrenia also have higher levels of antibodies against the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV), a herpes virus that causes infectious mononucleosis, so-called mono. Researchers proposed two explanations for the association of heightened immune responses in patients with schizophrenia and EBV in...
Source: Arizona State University  Jan 09, 2019  3 years ago
In a new study, researchers at the Biodesign Institute explore a safe and simple treatment for one of the most devastating and perplexing afflictions: Alzheimer's disease (AD).   Lead authors Ramon Velazquez and Salvatore Oddo, along with their colleagues in the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center (NDRC), investigate the effects of choline, an important nutrient that ma...
Source: Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  Jan 08, 2019  3 years ago
Women with chronic pain or discomfort around the vulva showed improved sexual function with an oral nerve pain medication used to treat pain caused by a previous herpes infection as well as fibromyalgia, according to a Rutgers study.   The study, which was the first to analyze sexual function in women with vulva pain treated with Gabapentin, appeared in the American Journal of Obstetri...
Source: University Health Network  Jan 08, 2019  3 years ago
A clinical-scientific team specializing in head-and-neck cancer has identified a way to manipulate metabolism to potentially curb skin fibrosis -- a common side effect of radiotherapy affecting quality of life of cancer survivors. The study findings from the laboratory of principal investigator Dr. Fei-Fei Liu, Chief, Radiation Oncology, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Networ...
Source: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine  Jan 08, 2019  3 years ago
Johns Hopkins researchers have identified a protein involved in cell proliferation and the development of new blood vessels that could serve as a marker for the early detection of colorectal cancers. In laboratory studies, investigators found that expression of the protein, called beta-1,4-galactosyltransferase-V (beta-1,4-GalT-V), was increased in human colorectal cancer tumor cells compared ...
Source: Natera  Jan 07, 2019  3 years ago
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Staff Writer, Thailand Medical News  Jan 07, 2019  3 years ago
Despite having some of the best vantage points in term of being a being an excellent tourism destination coupled with some of the best medical facilities and hospitals in the world, Thailand is gradually losing its edge as a Medical Tourism destination in the region due to a variety of factors. Among the top three factors amidst an assortment of reasons are:  a) Lack of Proper Medical Mark...
Source: DGIST (Daegu Gyeongbuk Institute of Science and Technology)  Jan 07, 2019  3 years ago
A research team led by Professor Sung Bae Lee of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Professor Daehee Hwang of New Biology (Vice-head of the Plant Age and Life Research Group, IBS) has identified the early neuropathology mechanism of structural characteristics of polyglutamine toxic protein on neurodegenerative brain disorders. It was through a joint research with Professor Yuh Nung Jan at the Howard...
Source: Baylor College of Medicine  Jan 06, 2019  3 years ago
Fungal infections are emerging as a major medical challenge, and a team led by researchers at Baylor College of Medicine has developed a mouse model to study the short-term consequences of fungal infection in the brain. The researchers report in the journal Nature Communications the unexpected finding that the common yeast Candida albicans, a type of fungus, can cross the blood-b...
Source: Massachusetts Institute of Technology  Jan 06, 2019  3 years ago
Messenger RNA, which can induce cells to produce therapeutic proteins, holds great promise for treating a variety of diseases. The biggest obstacle to this approach so far has been finding safe and efficient ways to deliver mRNA molecules to the target cells. In an advance that could lead to new treatments for lung disease, MIT researchers have now designed an inhalable form of mRNA. This aerosol...
Source: University Of Bergen  Jan 05, 2019  3 years ago
Diabetes is caused by damaged or non-existing insulin cells inability to produce insulin, a hormone that is necessary in regulating blood sugar levels. Many diabetes patients take insulin supplements to regulate these levels. In collaboration with other international researchers, researchers at the University of Bergen have, discovered that glucagon.producing cells in the pancreas, can change i...
Source: Princeton University  Jan 04, 2019  3 years ago
By simultaneously tackling two mechanisms for cancer's growth, an experimental therapy reduced the spread of triple-negative breast cancer in a study conducted in mice. The therapeutic agent, called Tinagl1, is based on a naturally occurring protein and blocks two of the main pathways by which breast cancer cells can grow and migrate out of the primary tumor to spread to other organs in the b...
TMN  Jan 03, 2019  3 years ago
The health care industry is subject to a wide range of laws and regulations, including those related to healthcare reimbursement, social security, hospital, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, and laws regulating the practices of medical professionals.     The National Health Act B.E. 2550 (2007) is considered the principal healthcare law in Thailand. The Act codifies important rights a...
Medical Spheres Inc  Jan 03, 2019  3 years ago
Medical Spheres Announces the set up of a new subsidiary business unit: Med5G Inc with its registered offices at 244 Madison Avenue, 10016-2817 New York City, NY, USA and its Thailand branch: Med5G Co Ltd  with offices at 907/854, Moo 9, Chaengwattana Road, Pakred, Nonthaburi 11120, Thailand. Med5g is a full spectrum Medical and Healthcare orientated  IT and Software Development entity ...
Source: Oregon State University  Jan 03, 2019  3 years ago
A research study at Oregon State University has shown that a higher intake of vitamin C is crucial for metabolic syndrome patients trying to halt a potentially deadly cycle of antioxidant disruption and health-related problems. Metabolic syndrome affects more than 30 percent of the global adult population and this findings might provide some relief to a majority of them. "What these finding...
Thailand Medical News  Jan 02, 2019  3 years ago
Unfortunately, we do not recommend touching any Thai stocks or even Asian stocks at the moment considering the strong volatility plus pessimistic outlook for Thailand and the region. Furthermore, considering many political uncertainities in Thailand, its best to stay clear on investing in the Thailand SET for the time being.. The US however, still possess many lucrative and interesting deals. &n...
Source: University Of California -Berkeley  Jan 02, 2019  3 years ago
A new neurostimulator developed by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, can listen to and stimulate electric current in the brain at the same time, potentially delivering fine-tuned treatments to patients with diseases like epilepsy and Parkinson's. In a proposed device, two of the new chips would be embedded in a chassis located outside the head. Each chip could monitor ele...
EKF Diagnostics  Jan 01, 2019  3 years ago
Diabetes, also known as diabetes mellitus, is a common metabolic disease that is characterized by frequent sessions of uncontrolled high blood sugar or hyperglycaemia caused by poor insulin production or increased resistance to insulin. The World Health Organization (WHO) has reported that 8.5% of the global population was affected by diabetes in 2014, or roughly 422 million people.1 Diabetes is ...
Source: Joseph O' Connor and Son Nguyen (Thai Examiner.Com)  Jan 01, 2019  3 years ago
New move could be bad news for many middle aged foreigners and particularly elderly individuals who have been unable to get health insurance coverage before. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many are in this category with a range of health conditions including diabetes, heart complaints and even cancer. While the proposal has yet to be fully clarified and presented to the Thai cabinet, the concern...
Thailand Medical News  Jan 01, 2019  3 years ago
A hospital in Thailand facing a shortage of nurses has turned to robots to fill the void. With a recent heavy influx of new patients, The Mongkutwattana General Hospital in Bangkok can’t find enough qualified human staff to keep up with demand. They have recently hired three robot nurses and even dressed them in the hospital’s yellow uniform.   The robot nur...
Source: Mayo Clinic  Jan 01, 2019  3 years ago
Changing your lifestyle could be a big step toward diabetes prevention — and it's never too late to start. Consider these tips.   When it comes to type 2 diabetes — the most common type of diabetes — prevention is a big deal. It's especially important to make diabetes prevention a priority if you're at increased risk of diabetes, such as if you're overweigh...
AstraZeneca  Jan 01, 2019  3 years ago
AstraZeneca announced a new collaboration with Cancer Research UK to launch a centre of excellence in genetic screening, cancer modelling and big data processing aimed at accelerating the discovery of new cancer medicines.   The Functional Genomics Centre will further develop CRISPR technology to better understand the biology of cancer, creating biological models that may be more reflect...

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