When people are lucky enough to survive natural disasters, health concerns are not what they are going to think about in that instant. Despite the amazing progress we have been witnessing in the medical world – the after-effects of natural disasters are still, however, beyond our control.

This week, researchers have identified six genes which affect whether a woman is likely to have a preterm baby. Singaporean university graduates have developed a gadget for deaf people to warn them about surrounding dangers and British researchers suggest that current statin guidelines be relaxed to include people in their 20s and 30s.

Recently, studies have uncovered the role of gut bacteria in the causation of debilitating neurological conditions, such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson’s disease.

To lighten his workload, a GP in the UK had created ‘ghost’ patients when he was actually available for consultation. He escaped suspension after a tribunal determined that it was his way of coping with the workload, following a period of leave.

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is increasing enforcement against clinics, which are unscrupulously administering unproven and potentially harmful ‘stem cell treatments’ to unsuspecting patients.

There is a growing divide among medical professionals over the support of same-sex marriages. And conservative doctors, who hold personal biases are being labelled as ‘racists’ – may put transgender patients at risk.

Researchers have come up with solutions that can help patients with cyberchondria – cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).

A new study has found that natural selection may be working in our favour to eliminate conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, high cholesterol and asthma.

Marking a first for Singapore, the Sree Narayana Mission Nursing Home in Yishun just declared itself as a 24-hour facility centre for lost dementia patients to take refuge, while awaiting their family members. Besides that, curious members of the public can expand their knowledge on dementia care via brochures and classes offered here.

The International Labour Organisation (ILO) estimates a staggering 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally. In line with the WHO, experts say that healthcare professionals are in a powerful position to help bringing down the number of victims. Here, we look at the definition of human trafficking and how healthcare professionals can help addressing this global issue, in a healthcare setting.

Despite advances in cancer treatments, younger women with invasive cancer in one breast are on the reverse gear – favouring double mastectomy and pushing aside lumpectomy – though it may not necessarily add years to life.