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.


French obstetrician, Frederick Leboyer spent his life advocating babies’ rights during childbirth. He believed that in the heat of the labour room, the babies’ needs have been overlooked. Introducing a method initially criticised by doctors, labour rooms around the world have since changed for the better.


As the burden of healthcare increases for future generations of doctors, while the conventional model of lecturing and passive learning fosters disengagement and frustration – many medical schools are leaning towards a greater focus on student-centric learning strategies.


Female neuroscientist, Dr. Marian Diamond, who made a pivotal change on the debate regarding nature versus nurture and her research study on Einstein’s brain, dies at age 90. Her research has shaped the foundation for many neuroscientists.
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