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Craving For Unhealthy Food? An App Helps To Control You

A simple tilt of a smartphone could be the key to improving healthy food choices, reducing weight and delivering new treatment options for chronic obesity. This new study, led by Dr Naomi Kakoschke from the Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN), showed that simple Approach-Avoidance Training (AAT) using engaging technology reduced the yearning for unhealthy food, contributing to weight loss.

10 Times More Of Lignocaine Dose Given Accidentally At SGH

An elderly woman was accidentally given 10 times her prescribed dose of anaesthetic when undergoing treatment for a range of ailments at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) two years ago, a coroner's inquiry revealed. Madam Chow Fong Heng was pronounced dead two days later in an SGH ward, but a forensic pathologist certified the cause of her death as multi-organ failure and blood poisoning, with end-stage renal failure as a contributing factor. Severe overdoses of the anaesthetic called lignocaine can result in seizures, morbidity and mortality, a medical officer from SGH's National Heart Centre testified.

The Developing Embryo: How Stem Cells Self-organize

New study uses live imaging to understand a critical step in early embryonic development — how genes and molecules control forces to orchestrate the emergence of form in the developing embryo. The study findings could have important implications for how stem cells are used to create functional organs in the lab, and lead to a better understanding of the underlying causes of gastrointestinal birth defects.

Poor Cardiorespiratory Fitness Increase Risk of Future Heart Attack

Poor cardiorespiratory fitness could increase your risk of a future heart attack, even if you have no symptoms of a lifestyle illness today, a new study has found. "We found a strong link between higher fitness levels and a lower risk of heart attack and angina pectoris over the nine years following the measurements that were taken," says researcher Bjarne Nes, from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology's (NTNU) Cardiac Exercise Research Group (CERG).

New App Gives Throat Cancer Patients Their Voice Back

Vlastimil Gular's life took an unwelcome turn a year ago: minor surgery on his vocal cords revealed throat cancer, which led to the loss of his larynx and with it, his voice. But the 51-year-old father of four is still chatting away using his own voice rather than the tinny timbre of a robot, thanks to an innovative app developed by two Czech universities.