Associate Professor Benjamin Ong, Health Ministry's Director of Medical Services, relayed the need for medical students to choose family medicine for their respective future careers. This is in line with the country’s growing ageing population and, thus, the requirement for more generalist doctors.

The Malaysian healthcare scene has had its fair share of courageous individuals who have given their lives in service to their fellow men. Let’s take a look at the heroic stories of these unsung heroes – many of whom are women, mind you – who heard the call of duty and went above and beyond.

A study by Harvard researchers revealed that knee osteoarthritis may not be a curse of old age and increasing weight gain—but, a preventable disease. The researchers analysed samples from more than 2,000 skeletons across the United States—dating back to prehistoric times—and came up with interesting conclusions, that will hopefully pave a clearer road to understanding the prevention of osteoarthritis.

When it comes to technology and apps, there are so many apps that have been and are being developed for the purpose of making both the lives of doctors and patients easier. Several advanced technologies have been launched to help patients address their health issues—at the comfort of their home—before they visit a doctor.

Scientists are requested to drop the medical jargon from their reports and papers – to make the content simpler, and more importantly, more understandable by common people.

Patient deaths can cause depression and burnouts among healthcare professionals. It can lead to medical errors, which in turn can create further negative psychosocial effects – making healthcare professionals the “second victim”. Doctors are calling for their peers to take a step back and offer support to one another for the sake of their mental health.

German sister and physician, Dr Ruth Pfau has fought and treated leprosy in Pakistan for the last six decades—earning her the title ‘Mother Teresa of Pakistan’. It all came about in an unexpected twist of fate when Pfau found herself stuck in Pakistan. She decided to call the country home and made eradicating leprosy her calling. She was highly regarded for tirelessly contributing to the nation—right up to her recent passing.

Adopting the concept from the business world, many healthcare providers are leaning towards design thinking application in their practices. This involves a multidisciplinary team contributing new ideas to improve patient management and better manoeuvre around the workspace.

Recently, the National Heart Association of Malaysia published an updated clinical practice guideline on the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease in order to encompass modern developments and an increase in information about the potential causation of CVD.

The deans of three medical schools in Singapore have called for more “generalists” rather than specialists. The term “generalist” refers to practitioners who are skilled enough to treat a patient with several medical conditions, rather than referring the patient from doctor to doctor.

Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte is the man behind the now infamous human-pig chimera experiment. But, this experiment was just the tip of the iceberg.