Weekly Roundup: Biotechin.Asia

Weekly highlights: May 30, 2016 – June 5, 2016

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. Click here to read more…

Mediating pathways from central obesity to childhood asthma

The mediating pathways linking obesity and asthma are unknown; so a recent study published in European Respiratory Journal aimed to determine the mediating pathways and to search for the most prominent pathological mechanism between central obesity and childhood asthma. The data for the current research was sourced from the Taiwan Children Health Study; data collected on an open cohort of children aged 9-13 years. Click here to read more…

Advances in portable DNA analysis bring us closer to a future with medical tricorders

New software analysing data from portable DNA sequencers enables applications such as pathogen surveillance in remote parts of the world. An international team of scientists led by Dr Niranjan Nagarajan, from A*STAR’s Genome Institute of Singapore (GIS), has released an updated version of GraphMap (GraphMap was released in December 2014 by the same team of researchers. Click here to read more…

Exploring the Risks of Radiation Five Years After Fukushima

Five years ago, on March 12, the Fukushima Prefecture in Japan experienced the largest nuclear accident and release of radioactive materials since the events of Chernobyl, 30 years earlier. But Fukushima was no Chernobyl. The meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant occurred because of a series of equipment failures, triggered by a magnitude-9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that flooded the facility on March 11, 2011. Click here to read more…

Mobile phones and brain cancer: 30-year-old study reveals NO link

Do mobile phones cause brain cancer? This debate has been going on for years and yet no definite conclusion had been drawn. As of 2016, there have been more than 7 billion mobile usage subscriptions worldwide and the health hazards associated with cell phones is a question which the WHO considers of utmost importance. In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified RF electromagnetic fields as GROUP-B (possibly carcinogenic). Click here to read more…

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