The Eco-Heart Index, as one would imagine, uses the shape of the heart to indicate the quality of the water, in which each shape indicates a different situation for that particular river. A full-plotted heart shape shows that the water is clean whereas broken-hearted shapes such as ‘thin heart’, ‘rabbit ear’, ‘finger’ and ‘diamond’ show the different degrees of water pollution - more 'broken hearts' indicate that these sites are developed and populated by humans.
Intermittent fasting or IF is very much the latest and the most popular health trend worldwide including Malaysia. IF is low calorie period lasting less than 24 hours followed by a normal feeding period, and IF may achieve a more consistent weight loss probably because of better adherence than intense caloric restriction. However, what is the impact of IF to our fatty liver?
A study recently published in The Lancet Public Health, reported on the impact of non-pharmaceutical interventions against COVID-19 in Hong Kong. As one of the most heavily affected countries during the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) epidemic in 2003, Hong Kong has been prepared to respond to COVID-19 by implementing a range of public health measures to reduce local transmission.
While most COVID-19 cases have been traced via patients’ travel history or contact tracing, these methods are potentially misleading as it depends on the information provided by patients. Genome sequencing may offer a better solution.
Researchers at Cambridge University had identified 275 ways to reduce transmission of the coronavirus including phased re-opening of schools, businesses and open spaces to keep people physically apart.
Researchers have developed a new app that uses artificial intelligence technology to determine whether a person has COVID-19 based on the sound of their cough. The app is said to have a 70 per cent accuracy rate.
Researchers from Cambridge, UK, and Germany have reconstructed the early “evolutionary paths” of COVID-19 in humans – as infection spread from Wuhan out to Europe and North America – using genetic network techniques. The research also revealed three distinct “variants” of COVID-19 – type A, B and C.
Wearing face masks significantly reduced the amounts of airborne virus particles expelled from infected patients. Findings suggest surgical-style face masks could slow the transmission of coronavirus and influenza viruses.
Researchers may have found a specific area of the coronavirus that can be targeted with therapies and drugs. This finding is also likely to help in the development of COVID-19 vaccine.
A research done by scientists in China and Australia found coronavirus in endangered mammal, the Malayan pangolin which is highly similar to the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2.