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Reprogramming iMacs — but not the kind you think

Asia Research News - 18/07/2017
A new method that leads to the formation of specialized tissue cells could improve the understanding of neurodegenerative diseases, inflammatory diseases and cancer.

Nagoya Medical Researchers Propose New Disease Category of Skin Disorders

Asia Research News - 13/07/2017
Nagoya University-led team reviews skin diseases to define a new type of genetic-based inflammation for improving diagnosis and treatment of rare skin conditions.

Is Microstructural Integrity of White Matter Tracts Affected in Older Fallers? A DTI Study.

Asia Research News - 13/07/2017
Researchers from Malaysia assessed the whole brain microstructural integrity of major nerve tracts among older fallers and non-fallers. They proposed the potential synergistic relationship between blood pressure fluctuations with standing, balance disorders and structural brain abnormalities observed among fallers.

Vitamin B7 monitoring device for food and clinical samples analyses

Asia Research News - 12/07/2017
Direct detection of vitamin B7 in real sample is possible using the developed immunosensor without the need of sample pre-treatment. The immunosensor not only leads to shorter analysis time but also is a user-friendly approach to the end user.

Improving the survival rates of childhood brain tumours: Translating Discoveries

Asia Research News - 12/07/2017
The future of children with brain tumours is very promising. To do nothing is to ignore the very real possibility of a treatment and cure. It is the time now to accelerate clinical and laboratory research in childhood brain tumours.

Accessing DNA in the cell’s powerhouse to treat disease

Asia Research News - 11/07/2017
A new molecule that reads mitochondrial DNA could pave the way to treat some genetic nerve and muscle diseases.

Killing cancer in the heat of the moment

Asia Research News - 10/07/2017
A new method efficiently transfers genes into cells, then activates them with light. This could lead to gene therapies for cancers.

Collagen controlling the thickness and juvenile state of skin

Asia Research News - 07/07/2017
Type XVII collagen (COL17) is found to regulate the proliferation of epidermal cells and therefore the thickness of juvenile and aged skin, suggesting COL17 can potentially be used for future anti-aging strategies.

New biosynthetic pathway unique to pathogenic microorganisms

Asia Research News - 07/07/2017
Scientists have discovered a unique biosynthetic pathway for D-Glutamate, an important cell wall component in pathogenic bacteria, which could lead to the development of medicines and agricultural chemicals.

Acupuncture proved effective for weight control

Asia Research News - 03/07/2017
The School of Chinese Medicine of Hong Kong Baptist University recently completed a clinical trial on the use of acupuncture for weight control, providing initial testimony to the effectiveness of acupuncture for controlling the weight of adults

Tiny embedded electrodes pick up nerve signals loud and clear

Asia Research News - 29/06/2017
Flexible microelectrodes embedded in canine nerve bundles show recording success with latest test, bringing the devices a step closer to human application.

Improved virtual modeling enables cheaper, faster drug discovery

Asia Research News - 29/06/2017
A new method of modeling drug-target interactions fixes a detrimental bias of past techniques.

Exploring the toxin genes of monocled cobra through venom gland transcriptomics

Asia Research News - 29/06/2017
Researchers at University of Malaya investigated the venom-gland transcriptomes of monocled cobra (Naja kaouthia) from Malaysia and Thailand. Their findings unveil a pool of novel bioactive molecules, and provide a solution to the long-standing puzzle of the geographical variability of venom from this important Asian cobra.

Elucidation of the roles of cancer-related microRNAs as a means for the development of RNAi-based anti-cancer therapeutics

Asia Research News - 28/06/2017
Understanding the interactions between miRNAs with their specific cancer gene targets is an on-going effort to identify new therapeutic strategies. Researchers from University of Malaya carried out investigations to study the relationship between natural compound and miRNA expression in cancer cells.

Stem Cells: The Future of Medicine

Asia Research News - 22/06/2017
Imagine being able to take cells from your skin, transform them into other types of cells, such as lung, brain, heart or muscle cells, and use those to cure your ailments, from diabetes to heart disease or macular degeneration. To realise this, however, challenges still remain, Professor Janet Rossant, a pioneer in the field, says.

The double burden of childhood malnutrition

Asia Research News - 21/06/2017
Professor Terrence Forrester, an expert in childhood malnutrition, warns that the first 1,000 days are among the most important in children’s lives, and more needs to be done to ensure that they get optimal nutrition during this critical period.

Levels of Serum Amyloid A in Bone Sarcomas Patients: Indicator of Tumor Malignancy?

Asia Research News - 19/06/2017
In a recent study published in Electrophoresis, University of Malaya’s researchers found significant correlation between increased levels of serum amyloid A (SAA) in patients with three different bone sarcomas: pleomorphic sarcoma (PS), osteosarcoma (OS) and chondrosarcoma (CS) and the different degrees of tumor malignancy in PS, OS and CS.

Reproducing a retinal disease on a chip

Asia Research News - 16/06/2017
A joint research team at Tohoku University, Japan, has recapitulated a pathological condition of retinal diseases on a chip.

Skin Disease Caused by Sperm Cell Transmission of Keratin Mutation

Asia Research News - 16/06/2017
A Nagoya University research collaboration reveals the father–daughter inheritance of a mosaic skin disease as a sperm cell mutation causing a whole-body skin disorder: relevance to genetic counseling.

Artificial tube feeding in older adults: a complex and challenging issue in Asia

Asia Research News - 16/06/2017
Researchers from University of Malaya uncover significant obstacles to appropriate feeding for older Asians with swallowing difficulty. These obstacles involved cultural attitudes, healthcare professional perceptions and knowledge and limitations of healthcare funding, resulting in a poorer outcome for older Asians with swallowing problems.