Youths with gender dysphoria now have the option of freezing their sperms or eggs, so that they can choose to have biological children later in life.

Health Minister Datuk Seri S. Subramaniam said that only 40% of local women undergo the pap smear and urged for more alternative methods for cancer treatment to be researched and proven scientifically. For instance, in Australia, it has been proven that screening for the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) is significantly better at detecting potential precancerous cells compared to the traditional pap smear.

Moisturisers with “fragrance-free” and “hypoallergenic” labels on them would naturally seem like a great option for individuals with skin problems. The truth is; however, these marketing claims are not necessarily what they appear to be.

The much-anticipated Nobel Prize announced on 2 October this year’s laureates in Physiology or Medicine – three US scientists for their work on our body’s biological clock.

More than 24 hours after the recent mass shooting in Las Vegas, the worst has yet to pass for the trauma teams in Las Vegas hospitals. This has highlighted the need for hospitals to be prepared for such events that can occur at any time and place.

The pharmaceutical industry in the US is now supporting limiting prescriptions for opioid painkillers to seven-days for acute pain management. However, this widens the focus for patients who need opioids for chronic pain. Will such blanket prior authorisation protocols severely harm them instead?

The UK’s National Health Service is looking to ease English language requirements for foreign nurses in its bid to overcome staff shortages in hospitals.

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.

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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.

If empathy can be taught, do we need to test empathy skills in medical school entrance exams?