• Secondhand smoke may not be as dangerous as previously believed
    Smoking in restaurants and workplaces is now banned almost worldwide as secondhand smoke is considered very damaging. Yet almost a decade on, many of the improvements in public health that were expected following the ban have not materialised.
  • Pharmacists: What's ahead in light of Singapore's ageing future
    In Singapore, the issue of an ageing population has been on the national agenda since the 1980s. It was projected that one in four Singaporeans would be aged 65 years old and above by 2030, which is less than 15 years away. Thus, the provision of holistic and affordable healthcare and eldercare continues to be a primary consideration of the government. How does all this government planning specifically affect pharmacists?
  • Healthcare delivery paradigms female doctors can inspire in male counterparts
    A Harvard study found that elderly hospitalised patients cared for by female doctors were less likely to die or be readmitted. The researchers even estimated that if male physicians could achieve the same outcomes as female physicians every year, 32,000 fewer patients would die. Just what are the traits here that make this difference?
  • Senior nurse struck off for faking patient records to save hospital beds
    In a span of nine months, a nurse manager had compromised patient care when she abused her position by falsifying medical checklists to free up beds in a UK hospital.
  • Australia may grant fewer work visas to foreign doctors
    As the doctor shortage in the 1990s is projected to become a glut now, the federal government in Australia is currently considering whether to curb the influx of overseas-trained doctors.
  • News Bites: Salmonella can attack tumour cells as well, Two new drug therapies could cure all forms of tuberculosis
    This week, Cardiff researchers have developed a better method to synthesise twice the amount of drugs in the same amount of time and researchers from Utah suggest evidence that a snail venom compound can develop alternative treatments for chronic pain. A Michigan start-up has also developed a rotatable pinchable claw that can revolutionise laparoscopic surgeries.
  • India enforces price-cap on stents, but will it be for the better?
    The National Pharmaceutical Pricing Authority of India put a price-cap on coronary stents - an 85% cut - after a three-year long advocacy by a lawyer. But industry leaders argue that the singular focus on capping the price of stents, without attempting to correct the inefficiencies in the healthcare ecosystem will just have a short term effect.
  • Are strikes by healthcare workers ethical?
    Increasing numbers of doctors and nurses are going on strikes around the world, raising the argument on whether they harm patients or work to improve care delivered to patients. But are they ethical?
  • The many roles a successful nurse plays
    Becoming a successful nurse is about more than the training and clinical skills on hand - it's about the way you put forth the various roles and facets required of you on a day to day basis. 
  • Singapore to hold off on national registry of dementia patients
    The Alzheimer's Disease Association, Agency for Integrated Care and the police were planning to create a national database of dementia patients, but are now focusing on building "community networks" to support those with the condition instead.