Cultural reasons one of the barriers hindering pap smear screening among Malaysian women
Brenda Lau, 06 Oct 2017 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.
Respecting patients’ wishes: What it means to provide good quality end-of-life care
Brenda Lau, 04 Oct 2017 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.
In search of the next Alzheimer’s drug
Mak Wen Yao , 03 Oct 2017 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.