Beyond the fuss and fizz: The medicinal history of soda pops
Jenny Maganran Goh, 05 Oct 2017 Carbonated drinks top the list of non-alcoholic beverages. Ironically, while it continues to receive less than flattering reports linking its toxicity with diseases like diabetes and obesity – the fizzy pop had its altruistic beginnings as a healing drink.
Bitter sweet symphony: Chocolate syrup’s rich history of medicinal use
Hezne Ezaty Abu Hasan, 04 Oct 2017 What is today regarded as a savoury ice cream topping, or a dipping sauce for fruits, was once part of the medical world. Chocolate syrup first made its appearance into the scene as a mask for bitter remedies by druggists back in the day. Its use has since evolved – but, the properties of cacao that promotes wellbeing continues to be raved about.
Respecting patients’ wishes: What it means to provide good quality end-of-life care
Brenda Lau, 04 Oct 2017 As Asia ages and rates of terminal illnesses rise, there is an increasing demand for end-of-life care. And, we’re not talking about just basic end-of-life care; rather, a quality end-of-life care. In Asia, this notion has clearly progressed – with Singapore emerging second (and 12th globally) in the 2015 Quality of Death Index. Nonetheless, in many communities, the approach to end-of-life care remains passive – and decisions often come too late – to make choices about the kind of care wanted and where.
Mammogram: For early detection of breast cancer
Afina Najib, 03 Oct 2017 The medical world has come a long way in helping women deal with breast cancer and raising awareness about the disease. Recent studies, however, have discovered that mammogram does not necessarily prevent breast cancer death.
In search of the next Alzheimer’s drug
Mak Wen Yao , 03 Oct 2017 Yet, another drug for Alzheimer's disease had failed in its late phase clinical trial. Intepirdine, a selective serotonin receptor 6 antagonist developed by Axovant Sciences, did not halt disease progression – and missed the goal of improving memory and physical functions.
Making a difference through blood donation: Recent findings and developments
Nur Syarafina Mohamad Radzi, 02 Oct 2017 The ongoing effort to educate and raise public awareness on blood donation and the shortage of blood supply is indeed a positive thing. Nevertheless, there are certain matters pertaining to the issue of blood donation that needs to be highlighted based on recent development and research findings.
The much-adorned pioneer behind CRISPR/Cas9
Zayani Bhatt, 01 Oct 2017 As the countdown begins for the much anticipated 2017 Nobel Prize – where the winners walking away with the prestigious accolade would be announced starting 2 October – CRISPR/Cas9 stands a good chance of winning. But, how much do you know about the man behind the tech?
Healthcare advocates: Celebrities turn the spotlight on diseases
Jenny Maganran Goh, 30 Sep 2017 Beyond fame and riches, celebrities are getting a larger pulpit on the health arena – using media portals to open up their health battles. While they lift us up, their responsibility alongside their great influence remains debatable.