Thursday, 18 April 2019

Scientists unveil 'first' 3D print of heart with human tissue, vessels

Source: cna

Scientists in Israel unveiled a 3D print of a heart with human tissue and vessels on Monday (Apr 15), calling it a first and a "major medical breakthrough" that advances possibilities for transplants.

While it remains a far way off, scientists hope one day to be able to produce hearts suitable for transplant into humans as well as patches to regenerate defective hearts.

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More parents using paediatric tuina (推拿) to treat childhood ailments

Have you ever massaged your temples in a desperate attempt to rid yourself of a headache and found that it worked?

In similar vein, paediatric tuina, a traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) massage therapy for children, has been gaining popularity among parents looking for options to help manage and prevent common childhood ailments that do not involve oral medication or acupuncture needling pains.

Tuina is a combination of massage, acupressure and other forms of body manipulation to stimulate various acupoints specific to children for treating and preventing diseases.

According to homegrown TCM company Eu Yan Sang, it has seen an increase of more than 100% in child patients since 2014.


Include These 14 Foods in Your Diet For Healthy Eyes

Do not just think taste, think eyes too. Eventually the health of your eyes is dependent on what is on your plate. No it is not just carrots we are talking about. Bugs Bunny may have made them popular, but it is Popeye who wins the contest when it comes to eating spinach and eye health.

Here is the list of eye healthy foods that must be made a regular part of your diet.
  • Jackfruit
  • Turmeric
  • Papaya
  • Egg yolk
  • Wheat germ
  • Broccoli
  • Oranges
  • Almonds
  • Salmon
  • Cashew nuts
  • Indian gooseberry
  • Dairy
  • Ghee
  • Makhanas


Keeping abreast of man boobs: When you should see a doctor or hit the gym

Weight gain is the most common reason why men grow boobs. But it is not just because of the increased fat; there is also a hormonal link. Being overweight may increase a man’s levels of oestrogen, which can cause breast tissue to grow, noted the UK health website

Males of any age can develop man boobs, even newborns, according to the SGH website. Male babies may have high oestrogen levels at birth as the hormone passes through the placenta from their mothers to them. However, this is temporary and will disappear a few weeks after the baby’s delivery, noted the website.

By and large, the majority of patients tend to be boys “at about 18 to 21 years old” and “almost all are puberty and obesity related,” said Professor Lee Kok Onn, senior consultant at NUH’s Division of Endocrinology. Dr Mok added that these adolescents usually resolve spontaneously within six to 12 months on their own after the hormonal levels stabilise.

For false gynaecomastia (enlarged breast), the best prevention is weight management with regular physical activities and a balanced diet. For true gynaecomastia, surgery may be the only viable way as there is not much that weight loss and medicines can do.

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