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As price hikes are becoming rampant in the healthcare sector, various stakeholders are seeking creative solutions through legislation, generic drugs or even DIY home manufacturing of vital drugs. But the key question is: Do they work?


With osteoporosis affecting one in three women and one in five men over the age of 50 – also, in conjunction with this year’s World Osteoporosis Day – we take a look at the treatment and prevention of this debilitating disease.


Diabetes is undeniably one of the world’s most common chronic non-communicable diseases. Despite that, maturity-onset diabetes of the young (MODY) – a type of diabetes frequently misclassified – remains an infrequently heard of entity.


More volunteers among Malaysian healthcare professionals are required to meet priority needs of the Rohingya refugee camps in Bangladesh, as Malaysia staffs a 50-bed field hospital with 60 medical personnel under the Ministry of Health (MOH) on standby – in its effort to help the international humanitarian crisis.


NHS doctors will be required by law to ask patients about their sexual orientation, under the new NHS guidelines. There has been disagreement among some healthcare professionals – while some explains why this move is necessary.


It is not unusual for GPs to mention the importance of physical activity as well as healthy diet and lifestyle during medical consultation. However, to what extent do GPs actually practise what they preach to patients?


Breast milk is hailed as a superfood for babies, and while mothers are harnessing this liquid miracle to boost their babies’ immunity, scientists are debating whether this goodness can be extended to adults as well.


This week, researcher find links between fat distribution and breast cancer subtypes, use smartphone apps to treat depression and look at acupuncture as a means of improving fertility in women.


Without the hassle of stitching and stapling, injuries might soon be repaired using an effective and innovative human protein-based glue. With hopes of preventing future complications, the glue also has tremendous potential beyond the hospital walls.


In our next “3 Questions” interview series, we speak to Mr Walter Wai-yin Leung, a senior nurse and also one of the awardees of the Hong Kong Humanity Award this year. He has just departed to Bangladesh in September 2017 to provide medical service to the affected people.


Since its first inception by the father of vaccination, Edward Jenner, smallpox has been successfully eradicated from the world in 1980. The vaccine has saved countless lives from succumbing to smallpox, and though its success is acknowledged, little is known about its composition. New findings show that smallpox vaccine is made up of horsepox – not cowpox, as originally believed.
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Breast milk for grownups: Fad or fact?

Breast milk is hailed as a superfood for babies, and while mothers are harnessing this liquid miracle to boost their babies’ immunity, scientists are debating whether this goodness can be extended to adults as well.