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WHO has recently launched the WHO Non-communicable diseases (NCDs) Progress Monitor to urge all governments globally to step up their efforts in controlling NCDs. Progress has been impeded in many countries and bolder actions are urgently needed to address these constraints.


Recently, the Mental Health Promotion Advisory Council of Malaysia has urged the government to provide more registered psychiatrists, to cater to the needs both in public and private healthcare in the country. Consequently, this also highlighted the lack of focus on the mental health of the public – especially the younger generation. MIMS sits down with two prolific psychiatrists, to seek their professional views on this matter.


Individuals who commit suicide struggle with mental illness. However, not all individuals who struggle with mental illness commit suicide. Other factors such as genetics, too, are at play. A recent collaboration between University of Utah Health and pharmaceutical giant, Janssen seeks to uncover the link – possibly giving birth to new suicide prevention medication.


High costs of cancer drug development are often blamed for the phenomenal prices, where industrial estimates placed at over 2 billion dollars. A recent study, however, disputed such figures and argued that profits are unjustifiable. Will the study provide any weight in the battle against soaring prices of cancer drugs?


A new study released in the United States reveals a positive link between influenza vaccination and miscarriages. However, beyond the claims and correlations, is there any actual plausible causation?


The NHS has been implicated in a serious contradiction recently. While facing a severe shortage of junior doctors, the primary health provider in the UK is aspired to expand provision of wellness facilities, such as Zumba sessions and facial treatments.


Two doctors in the United States have been suspended for taking photos of a patient’s genital injury, using personal phones. The photos got circulated in the hospital until its administrators were notified.


A comprehensive global study has revealed how millions of people don’t seem to care much about the effects their diet has on their health.


Under the new guidelines on dealing with sepsis doled out by NHS in the UK, antibiotics are to be administered within one hour to patients showing signs of contracting sepsis. Recent findings however, showed that one in four NHS trusts are not meeting the guidelines – after failing to dispense the life-saving antibiotics to half the patients within the required time frame.


The Public Service Department (PSD) has been urged to review the salary scheme for medical officers (MOs) – both doctors and nurses – to encourage them to remain in Malaysia. This is due to a recent rise in the number of medical officers migrating abroad for higher salaries.


The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has released a complete guide for healthcare professionals in diagnosing and treating endometriosis – complemented with various recommended treatments options, and step by step guides on how to implement them.
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Researching the genetics of suicide

Individuals who commit suicide struggle with mental illness. However, not all individuals who struggle with mental illness commit suicide. Other factors such as genetics, too, are at play. A recent collaboration between University of Utah Health and pharmaceutical giant, Janssen seeks to uncover the link – possibly giving birth to new suicide prevention medication.