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HKBU scholars develop new technology to decode gene transcription facilitating discovery of targeted therapy drugs

Asia Research News - 15/01/2018
A research team from the School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) has developed the world’s first model framework and “LogicTRN” algorithm to accurately establish a gene regulatory route to analyse the genetic function and understand the biological processes.

PolyU develops rapid authentication method of Chinese medicines

Asia Research News - 09/01/2018
A research team in Hong Kong has developed a new method for rapid authentication of Chinese herbal medicines, including Ganoderma (known as Lingzhi in Chinese), and Gastrodiae Rhizoma (known as Tianma in Chinese).

ASK the enzyme: new potential targets for cancer

Asia Research News - 05/01/2018
New understandings of how molecules affect the activity of an enzyme could lead to potential targets for the treatment of cancers and neurodegenerative diseases.

A visual database of human plasma compounds

Asia Research News - 05/01/2018
A free database aims to help researchers better understand how specific metabolites relate to one another, which could potentially lead to personalised disease treatments.

Understanding the molecular mechanisms of ALS

Asia Research News - 26/12/2017
Scientists have revealed more details of the molecular mechanism behind neuronal cell death in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a step forward to find ways to control progression of the disease.

Development of a Nanowire Device to Detect Cancer with a Urine Test

Asia Research News - 25/12/2017
Researchers centered at Nagoya University develop a nanowire device able to detect microscopic levels of urinary markers potentially implicated in cancer

A kiss of death for prostate cancer

Asia Research News - 22/12/2017
Hokkaido University researchers have uncovered a cellular protein that stabilizes a tumor promoting signaling pathway, suggesting a new target to treat prostate cancer.

HKBU Chinese medicine scholars develop new generation of tumour-specific aptamer-drug conjugate to treat cancer

Asia Research News - 14/12/2017
The toxic nature of chemotherapy poses a great challenge to clinical treatment of cancer. A team of scholars from the School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) devoted their efforts to the development of a new generation of smart anti-cancer drug molecules.

Getting functional proteins from A to B

Asia Research News - 13/12/2017
A milk protein contained in gastro-resistant microcapsules could be used to give foods cancer-fighting, immune-boosting properties.

PolyU reveals high prevalence of bacteria that carry the colistin resistance gene mcr-1 in human, food and environmental samples

Asia Research News - 08/12/2017
Researchers at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University have recently found that bacteria that carry the colistin resistance gene mcr-1 commonly exist in human and various types of food and environmental samples collected from Hong Kong and the Chinese mainland.

A risk factor for drug-induced skin disease identified

Asia Research News - 06/12/2017
Researchers have identified a type of human leukocyte antigen (HLA) that is associated with the skin disease bullous pemphigoid (BP) in diabetic patients administered with DPP-4 inhibitory drugs.

Diagnosing the impacts of health policy

Asia Research News - 20/11/2017
Study design allows more rigorous evaluation of complex healthcare interventions.

HKBU clinical study finds Chinese medicine treatment of hyperthyroidism to be over 80% effective

Asia Research News - 15/11/2017
The School of Chinese Medicine (SCM) of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) recently conducted a clinical study on Chinese medicine treatment of hyperthyroidism. The results indicated that Chinese medicine is effective in improving the symptoms of patients with hyperthyroidism and enhancing their quality of life in general.

Deadly Combination in Neurodegenerative Diseases Revealed

Asia Research News - 13/11/2017
Japanese researchers develop new mouse model that captures pathology of sporadic neurological diseases.

HKBU Chinese medicine scholars develop innovative targeted delivery system for treating osteosarcoma

Asia Research News - 10/11/2017
Chinese Medicine scholars at Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) have succeeded in developing a novel targeted delivery system for CRISPR/Cas9 to achieve therapeutic genome editing of VEGFA in osteosarcoma (OS).

New Possibility to Prevent and Treat Parkinson’s Disease with Licorice Extract

Asia Research News - 08/11/2017
Researchers in Korea newly found the mechanism of inhibition of dopamine neuronal cell death using licorice extract 'liquiritigenin'. It scientifically proves the possibility of treating degenerative brain diseases using natural materials.

Study: Air pollution battle is crucial to China’s public health

Asia Research News - 06/11/2017
China’s measures to improve air quality are working, but more stringent policies should be put in place to safeguard public health, a new study has shown.

Putting some skin in the microfluidics game

Asia Research News - 01/11/2017
Rapid analysis of synthetic, animal, or human skin is now possible with an on-chip replacement for conventional screening methods.

Recent forest loss helps predict timing and location of Ebola outbreaks

Asia Research News - 01/11/2017
Scientists have identified a time lag of up to two years between forest loss and the emergence of Ebola virus disease along the limits of the West and Central African rainforest.

Sulfur respiration in mammals

Asia Research News - 30/10/2017
A common sulfur metabolite having antioxidant activity appears to be formed with the help of an enzyme found in mitochondria, highlighting a potential area of research for future treatments of various diseases.