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  1. Lifestyle - Health

    Animal research provides clues to obsessive compulsive disorder

    Posted Sep 23rd 2013, 12:00am by DAVID TAN

    ... David Tan life@scmp.com Obsessive compulsive disorder can ruin lives, but research conducted on animals is giving scientists fresh hope for managing the symptoms Dread ends On, off; on, off; on, off; on, off. Charles Walker, a British member of Parliament, has to turn the light switch on and off exactly four times before he leaves the room, otherwise his mind fills with dread ...

  2. Lifestyle

    Sleep paralysis can be an indicator of neurodegenerative disease

    Posted Sep 02nd 2013, 12:00am by DAVID TAN

    ... David Tan life@scmp.com EYESIf you've ever woken up and felt you couldn't breathe, you've probably experienced sleep paralysis. The phenomenon itself is harmless, but it may be an indicator of neurodegenerative diseases, writesDavid Tan WIDE SHUT It's the middle of the night when you open your eyes from an uneasy sleep. Sensing an ominous presence in the room, you try ...

  3. Lifestyle - Health

    Electric lighting interferes with the body's circadian clock, researchers say

    Posted Aug 12th 2013, 12:00am by DAVID TAN

    ... David Tan life@scmp.com Electric lighting may stop us bumping into things in the dark, but it also messes with our biological clock, and that can have grave consequences Unatural forces It's hard to imagine a life without electric lighting: we'd be in the dark, and probably inactive and unproductive, for about half the day. But would we be healthier without it? ...

  4. Lifestyle - Health - HEALTH

    Deep brain stimulation can aid Parkinson's sufferers

    Posted Jul 08th 2013, 12:00am by DAVID TAN

    ... Sending small pulses of electricity to the brain can relieve the symptoms of Parkinson's disease and other neurological conditions, writes David Tan Wires inserted into the brain delivering jolts of electricity able to alter movement and behaviour may sound like the stuff of a sci-fi movie. But for people suffering from certain neurological conditions, this scenario is real ...

  5. Lifestyle - Health - HEALTH

    Biomimicry pushes science forward

    Posted Jun 24th 2013, 12:00am by DAVID TAN

    ... Science constantly looks to nature for inspiration in its search for solutions to problems, writes David Tan In 1941, Georges de Mestral was in a Swiss forest walking his dog when he noticed his socks were dotted with small burrs. Looking under the microscope, he saw the barbed covering of the seeds had hooked onto the looped fibres in his clothes. Here was a blueprint ...

  6. Lifestyle - Health - HEALTH

    Nanomedicine could outdo surgery

    Posted Apr 22nd 2013, 12:00am by DAVID TAN

    ... David Tan Nanoparticles programmed to dispatch drugs to specific parts of the body could make surgery a thing of the past, writes David Tan Time capsules Imagine swallowing a pill of tiny molecular robots that can hone in on any injured part of your body and perform repairs. In 1959, the Nobel Laureate Richard Feynman predicted that we would one day be able to "swallow ...

  7. Lifestyle - Health - HEALTH

    That makes two of us: How bioengineers are using 3D printing to create body parts

    Posted Mar 18th 2013, 12:00am by DAVID TAN

    ... David Tan life@scmp.com Bioengineers are using the latest 3-D printing technology to create bones, body parts and, in the future, organs for transplant, writes David Tan That makes two of us It was used to create haute couture dresses at January's Paris Fashion week, Valentine's Day chocolates in the shape of a person's face in Japan and, possibly soon ...

  8. Lifestyle - Health - MEDICAL SCIENCE

    Grow your own

    Posted Feb 19th 2013, 12:00am by DAVID TAN

    ... Stem cell transplants tap into the body's own healing potential, writes David Tan Imagine this: a car crash victim who suffers serious trauma to the brain avoids neurological damage after the doctors regenerate his lost brain matter using stem cells in the lab. In the future, this could become reality. A research team from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden has tried ...

  9. Moving forward in time

    Posted Nov 13th 2009, 12:00am by Lili Tan

    ... Three hundred metres deep, over 7,000Gs of antimagnetic resistance, 380,000 kilometres to the moon - technological advances allow our wristwear to go to watery depths, into force fields, and to outer space - limits the ordinary person would dare not tackl ...

  10. Protesters decry Taiwan's ID delay

    Posted Sep 21st 2003, 12:00am by Joe Tan

    ... More than 1,000 mainland spouses and their families protested in Taipei yesterday against what they say are the Taiwanese authorities' discriminatory policies and abuse of human rights. The protesters oppose a legal amendment put forward by the Mainl ...




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