Submitted by chrisp@a1 on Fri, 2016-08-26 11:27
NEW YORK - A US firefighter who received a face transplant a year ago said Wednesday that he feels normal again and even managed to swim for the first time in 15 years.
Patrick Hardison, 42, from Senatobia, Mississippi, was horribly disfigured when the roof of a burning home collapsed on top of him in 2001.
Submitted by stephluo@a1 on Fri, 2016-08-26 08:44
HONG KONG - Hong Kong confirmed its first case of Zika virus late Thursday (Aug 25) night, after a foreigner based in the city returned from the Caribbean showing symptoms of the virus.
The foreigner had travelled with two other family members to the Caribbean and stayed there from Aug 6 to 20, the Centre for Health Protection (CHP) of the Department of Health said. Authorities have not revealed her nationality and identity.
Submitted by chrisp@a1 on Thu, 2016-08-25 12:52
Elderly healthcare costs in Singapore are projected to rise tenfold over the next 15 years to more than US$49 billion ($66 billion) annually, according to a report.
This means an average of US$37,427 will be spent on healthcare for each elderly person by 2030. This is the highest in the Asia-Pacific region, just ahead of Australia.
Submitted by ssandrea@a1 on Wed, 2016-08-24 16:37
A young boy from Bangladesh is the latest person to be diagnosed with a rare condition that turns his hands and feet into 'trees'.
Ripon Sarker, 7, suffers from the condition epidermodysplasia verruciformis, which causes the growth of scaly warts, the Daily Mail reported.
Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Wed, 2016-08-24 13:19
To beat your enemy, you have to know your enemy. For cancer, this may mean growing cancerous tumours in the laboratory, forcing them to advance, and then finding ways to kill them.
And that is what is being done at the Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS), where models of lung, liver, breast and colon cancer tumours are carefully nurtured in Petri dishes as willing subjects for research.
Submitted by candicec@a1 on Wed, 2016-08-24 13:06
An outbreak of a flesh-eating disease is hitting parts of Australia, with a record number of cases reported in the state of Victoria, spreading from coastal towns to inner parts of Melbourne.
Queensland is another hotspot and New South Wales could be next, reported News.com.au.
Cases of the Bairnsdale ulcer, also known as the Buruli ulcer, has more than tripled in five years in Australia.
Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Wed, 2016-08-24 12:30
One in three people can expect to get cancer some time in their life, generally as they age.
The National Cancer Registry puts it at one in four men and five women getting cancer by the time they are 75 years old. As the population ages, even more people will be hit by this disease, as ageing is a major risk factor.
The number of people getting cancer has been rising over the years, especially among women. Today one person in Singapore is diagnosed with cancer every 20 minutes.
Submitted by grongloh@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-23 20:58
SEOUL - The South Korean health authorities said on Tuesday (Aug 23) that the country has confirmed the first case of cholera in 15 years in Gwangju. It is the first time that a local citizen has been infected with the disease without having travelled overseas.
The Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said that a 58-year-old man was infected with cholera in the southern city of Gwangju, after he started suffering from diarrhoea on Aug 10.
Submitted by grongloh@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-23 17:39
LONDON - Musicians were warned Tuesday to clean their wind instruments regularly after British doctors reported that "bagpipe lung" had killed a man who inhaled fungi growing inside his pipes.
An article in the medical journal Thorax recorded the case of a 61-year-old man who played the bagpipes daily but had struggled with a dry cough and breathlessness for seven years.
His condition improved rapidly when he went on a three-month trip to Australia, leaving his bagpipes at home.
Submitted by ssandrea@a1 on Tue, 2016-08-23 11:35
When Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong was taken ill on Sunday night during his National Day Rally speech, he suffered what doctors call vasovagal syncope.
It refers to a temporary loss of consciousness caused by a fall in blood pressure because of dehydration or standing too long.