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Onions are a part of Chinese beauty secret

It’s time you know your onions. According to ancient Chinese medicine, you can reap a lot of health benefits by using onions. Apart from internal consumption, external application of onions too play a vital role. For instance, before going to bed, you can toss one slice of onion into your socks. The onion slice, positioned under your foot, will help heal the body. Read More

Clearbridge BioMedics partners with BGI to develop the CTC liquid biopsy market in China

BGI, the world’s largest omics organization, has signed a partnership agreement with Singapore-based oncology research and diagnostics company Clearbridge BioMedics (CBB). This aims to develop the CTC (circulating tumor cell) liquid biopsy market in China, including Mainland China, HongKong and Macao. BGI will work together with CBB to solely distribute and market the ClearCell® FX1 solution and related products in China, extend this technology into clinical and cutting-edge research applications, and develop clinical products. Read More

Dads get postnatal depression too

It will come as no surprise that some new fathers will be anxious or highly stressed. However, most people believe only new mums suffer postnatal depression. This is not the case. The rate of depression for dads is less than that for mums but our best estimate is that about one in ten dads will be affected. If there is a birth somewhere in Australia every 1 minute 46 seconds, then every day about 80 dads are being added to the depressed category. Read More

Could the brain offer cues to gender identity?

Gender dysphoria, or the inability of an individual to mentally conform to the gender originally assigned at birth has been widely observed in children right from an early age. The knowledge about gender identity at such an early age has been widely debated to rely on biological factors that come into play much before puberty. Read More

Rice water helps in hair growth, research confirms

Have you noticed that Asian women have baby-soft skin and shiny black hair? This beauty secret lies in their kitchen. Unlike the rest of the world, Asian women do not throw away the water in which they wash or boil rice. Instead, they make a concoction out of it and use it on their face and hair. This hair care beauty practice came into existence when women farmers in China, Japan, and other Southeast Asian countries bathed in the water used for cleaning rice. Read More

How brain controls vision and why we leave things out even when in plain sight

Ever search desperately for something, then realize you were looking straight at it the whole time? Research indicates that vision is controlled by the part of the brain associated with thinking. And in sight, too, it can be absent minded. Dobromir Rahnev, a psychologist at the Georgia Institute of Technology leads a research team making new discoveries about how the brain organizes visual perception, including how it leaves things out even when they’re plainly in sight. Read More

Rare human disease found in dogs

A rare, severe form of pulmonary hypertension, which up until now, has only been classified as a human lung disease, has also been discovered in dogs according to a Michigan State University study. “Our research is the first to document the existence of pulmonary veno-occlusive disease, or PVOD, in dogs,” said Kurt Williams, the lead author of the study and an expert in respiratory pathology in MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine. “PVOD is considered one of the most severe forms of pulmonary hypertension.”

White rice is more potent than soda drinks in causing diabetes

Singapore’s Health Promotion Board Chief Executive Zee Yoong Kang recently shared his concerns about the increasing burden of diabetes among Singaporeans and Asians at large. He stated that obesity and sugary drinks have long been identified as the major causes of diabetes in the West. Keeping this in mind he has decided to wage a war on diabetes, but with a specific focus on: white rice. That’s right! The beloved white rice! Read More

Yoh Chie Lu: There is gap between research and commercialization in the biotech sector

Yoh Chie Lu (YCL) is the founder of Biosensors International Group Ltd. He has been its chairman and CEO from its inception to 2008. He retained his leadership position as chairman of the Group since January 2008. Mr. Lu has more than 30 years’ experience in the medical industry. As chairman, Mr. Lu’s experience, leadership and track record has proven to be critical. While serving as CEO, he was responsible for Biosensors’ business strategies and directions, the implementation of corporate plans and policies, and the general management of business. Read More