• Wire from braces found in woman’s abdomen after 10 years
    In an emergency operation, doctors who had expected to remove a fish bone found an orthodontic wire that had resided in the intestine of an Australian woman for more than a decade.
  • Uses of light therapy in medicine
    The development of light therapy has led to a variety of applications today—both for home use and at a clinical setting. While light therapy is considerably safe, precautions must still be taken—especially for certain groups of patients.
  • Sleep disorders in pregnant mothers linked to premature births
    A study that pored over 3 million birth data in California has revealed an interesting correlation between sleep disorders and premature births. Conclusively, mothers who had less than 40 winks would most likely give birth to babies at less than 40 weeks of gestation.
  • News Bites: US FDA approves first drug to treat all forms of hepatitis C, Immunotherapy could slow the advance of type 1 diabetes
    This week, British researchers have suggested that an existing diabetes drug can slow the progress of Parkinson’s disease. An international collaborative study proved that gold could increase the effectiveness of drugs used to treat lung cancer cells. Also, a liquid biopsy that was designed to identify cancer cells from a blood sample, could also detect abnormalities in foetal DNA, according to researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles.
  • Kampung Admiralty: First active ageing hub integrating senior and junior Singaporeans
    Singapore’s first-ever “retirement kampung” integrating a childcare centre and eldercare facilities will fully open this September. The concept – first of 10 similar projects by HDB – provides a conducive living environment for the ageing population.
  • “Drop Out Club”: Explore the alternatives – Part One
    Drop Out Club (DOC) has offered over 37,000 healthcare professionals from numerous countries a solution after having left their conventional careers. A representative from the organisation itself, Heather Clisby, shares a little about DOC’s background and what’s in the pipeline for the organisation with MIMS in this exclusive two-part interview.
  • US doctor ordered to stop marketing three-parent baby technique
    FDA had warned a fertility doctor in the US to stop marketing the three-parent baby technique, which is an unapproved experimental procedure in the country. The technique had earlier been used in a couple to conceive a baby, after excluding the mother’s disease-causing DNA
  • MOH staff accused of “cartel style” control over issuance and renewal of dialysis centre licences in Malaysia
    The Dewan Rakyat was told that staff from the Ministry of Health (MOH) have been “running their office like a cartel” when it comes to issuing or renewing licences for privately-run dialysis centres. The ministry has promised to look into these allegations and assures that the matter will be probed.
  • How astronauts keep man in the pink of health
    The new technologies developed to tackle the trials of space eventually trickle down to bring positive benefits to Earth.
  • Bringing suicides down to zero – can it be achieved?
    Suicide is often viewed as an inevitable outcome for persons at risk. Zero Suicide is a preventive strategy that challenges this attitude. It has a bold goal—to prevent suicide deaths for affected individuals.
  • More “generalists” rather than specialists needed for Singapore, say medical school deans
    The deans of three medical schools in Singapore have called for more “generalists” rather than specialists. The term “generalist” refers to practitioners who are skilled enough to treat a patient with several medical conditions, rather than referring the patient from doctor to doctor.
  • Can Instagram pictures diagnose depression?
    New study reveals the mental state that lies behind every Instagram picture and its user.
  • Malaysian medical institutions to acquire 500 new and improved ambulances by 2018
    Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam has announced the distribution of 500 well-equipped ambulances to hospitals and clinics around Malaysia. This move aims to optimise emergency medical care services and the patient care system.