Thursday, 2 August 2018

Japan to start world's first human trial using stem cell to treat Parkinson's

Japanese researchers on Monday (Jul 30) announced the world's first human trial using a kind of stem cell to treat Parkinson's disease, building on earlier animal trials.

The research team at Kyoto University plans to inject five million induced Pluripotent Stem (iPS) cells - which have the potential to develop into any cell in the body - into patient brains, the university said in a press release.

The iPS cells from healthy donors will be developed into dopamine-producing brain cells, which are no longer present in people with Parkinson's disease.

Parkinson's disease is a chronic, degenerative neurological disorder that affects the body's motor system, often causing shaking and other difficulties in movement.

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Ginger tea could banish bad breath

Drinking ginger tea could help people to avoid bad breath, according to research.

Gingerol, the chemical which gives ginger its spicy flavour, stimulates an enzyme in the mouth which breaks down the substances which make breath smell bad.

Sulfur-containing compounds from food can create an unpleasant smell in people's mouth, contributing to halitosis – the medical name for bad breath.

But gingerol, which can get into the body from eating or drinking the root, boosts the level of the enzymes needed to get rid of the smell by 16 times in just seconds.


How the avocado can help you lose weight, cut cholesterol

avocado - full of good oil 

Though shunned as a fattening and high-calorie food in the past, science has proven that this creamy fruit has way more health benefits than we think.

Besides being good for the heart, they can help with your weight loss efforts too.

Benefits of avocado:
  • Avocado's fat content keeps you full for longer
  • Avocado is low in sugar
  • Avocado reduces cholesterol
  • Avocado is low in carbs, high in fibre
  • Being a fruit, and as all fruits do, it will help you in your digestion and its fibre will push digested stuffs to the intestines.


Recalled: Plastic pieces found in Muji pasta sauce, product recalled

Source: channelnewsasia

Muji Singapore has recalled its Shrimp & Potherb Peperoncino pasta sauce after several small plastic pieces were found in some packages.

In a notice on its website on Sunday (Jul 29), the Japanese retail company said affected customers could bring the product to any Muji outlet or contact its customer service to arrange for a refund.

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Notice: Kellogg’s introduces new cereal bags after insects found in packs of Special K

Source: channelnewsasia

Kellogg’s on Tuesday (Jul 31) said it has introduced improved cereal bags following an insect infestation in several packs of Kellogg’s Special K cereal bought in Singapore.

In a statement, Kellogg’s assured the public that their “number one priority” is the quality of their food.

"Our strong quality programmes identified that a small number of cereal bag seals had been weakened and may open when mishandled during distribution.  We proactively addressed this issue and took corrective action and our food now has new improved cereal bags. There are no affected products on shelf," a spokesperson added.

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