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Key Protein to Regulate Synapse Formation

Asia Research News - 15/09/2017
Researchers in South Korea have identified control mechanism of synapse formation using protein crystallography method. It is expected to be used in the study of brain diseases caused by dysfunction of synapse and to develop therapeutic drugs.

Protein to Stop Acute Cerebral Hemorrhage

Asia Research News - 15/09/2017
Korean researchers have found thermo-responsive protein to accelerate the development of biopharmaceuticals to treat brain diseases. It is expected to be used to develop biopharmaceutical for hemostasis of cerebral hemorrhage and brain tissue regeneration.

HKBU scholars develop world-first dual imaging and inhibiting agent with high efficacy in suppressing EBV-associated tumours in mice

Asia Research News - 13/09/2017
Scholars at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) along with their cross-disciplinary collaborators develop world-first dual imaging and inhibiting agent with high efficacy in suppressing Epstein-Barr virus (EBV)-associated tumours in mice

Fermenting fish to reduce cholesterol

Asia Research News - 11/09/2017
Compounds in an Asian fermented fish paste could help reduce high cholesterol.

Dissolving obstacles to a useful pigment

Asia Research News - 08/09/2017
Insoluble dietary fiber could help make antioxidant quercetin more soluble.

The fats that identify disease

Asia Research News - 08/09/2017
Excess fluid surrounding the lungs in some lung cancer patients has a unique lipid profile, which could help diagnose and treat the disease.

Citrus consumption could help lower onset of dementia

Asia Research News - 06/09/2017
Tohoku University researchers have found some evidence to suggest that daily intake of citrus fruits, such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons or limes, could reduce the risk of dementia developing among older adults by almost 15 percent.

Virus hijacks cell’s transportation system

Asia Research News - 01/09/2017
A deadly tick-borne virus uses the host neuron’s transportation system to move their RNA, resulting in the local reproduction of the virus and severe neurological symptoms.

PolyU discovers a newly emerged superbug -- hyper-resistant and hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae

Asia Research News - 31/08/2017
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) discovered a newly emerged superbug, hyper-resistant and hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae, which may cause untreatable and fatal infections in relatively healthy individuals and will pose enormous threat to human health.

Researchers predicted when cholera epidemic in Yemen would peak

Asia Research News - 25/08/2017
Hokkaido University scientists have developed a new mathematical model which accurately forecasted that a devastating cholera epidemic in Yemen would peak by early July, the 26th week of 2017 and the cumulative incidence would be the order of 700-800 thousand cases.

New therapeutic antibody for dog cancers

Asia Research News - 25/08/2017
Scientists have developed a new chimeric antibody that suppresses malignant cancers in dogs, showing promise for safe and effective treatment of intractable cancers.

HKBU clinical observation finds efficacy rate of over 70% in Chinese medicine treatment of chronic renal failure

Asia Research News - 24/08/2017
The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) recently conducted a clinical observation on Chinese medicine treatment of chronic renal failure (CRF).

Next-generation drug testing on chips

Asia Research News - 24/08/2017
Improvements to tiny body-on-a-chip devices could lead to next-generation pre-clinical testing of drug toxicity.

Chronic stress induces fatal organ dysfunctions via a new neural circuit

Asia Research News - 21/08/2017
New research reveals the mechanisms behind the effects of chronic stress and tiny inflammations in the brain on fatal gut failure.

Repairing damaged hearts with self-healing heart cells

Asia Research News - 21/08/2017
Researchers discover a new molecule, ‘Singheart’, that may hold the key to triggering the regeneration and repair of damaged heart cells.

Dendritic Golgi as Key Cause of Degenerative Brain Disease

Asia Research News - 21/08/2017
Korean researchers have identified the early neuropathic mechanism of degenerative brain diseases and suggested ways to restore early neuropathy. It is expected to be used in the development of therapeutic agents for early neuropathy of degenerative brain diseases.

How Whip-like Cell Appendages Promote Bodily Fluid Flow

Asia Research News - 18/08/2017
Researchers at Nagoya University have identified a molecule that enables cell appendages called cilia to beat in a coordinated way to drive the flow of fluid around the brain; this prevents the accumulation of this fluid, which otherwise leads to swelling of the head as found in the condition hydrocephalus.

Allergies: cross-reactivity between cypress pollen and peaches/citrus fruits finally explained

Asia Research News - 18/08/2017
Teams from the Czech Republic and Japan, and researchers from the Institut Pasteur, AP-HP, and AP-HM have identified the likely origin of the cross-reactivity between cypress pollen, peaches and citrus fruits, paving the way for the development of novel allergy diagnostic tests.

Artificial womb raises hope for premature babies

Asia Research News - 18/08/2017
Researchers hope an artificial womb used to incubate healthy baby lambs can be used in future technology for premature babies.

Mortality of Elder Abuse in Malaysia: findings from the Prevent Elder Abuse and negleCt initiativE (PEACE)

Asia Research News - 08/08/2017
In Malaysia, research into elder abuse and neglect (EAN) has indicated a link between abuse and premature death, with pattern differences between males and females. Financial abuse is found to be more common than other subtypes (physical, psychological, sexual and neglect), and comprises the group with the largest percentage of mortality.