• The positive and negative impacts of loosened blood pressure guidelines
    Recently, revised blood pressure guidelines were issued by the American College of Physicians and the American Academy of Family Physicians, two of America’s leading medical groups. According to the new guidelines, those with a history of stroke or heart attack should aim for a systolic blood pressure that is below 140, while those aged 60 and older should get their systolic blood pressure below 150. What are the impacts of this new revision?
  • 4 reasons why nurses should be tech-savvy
    Technology has become a necessity in many job sectors. However, its role in healthcare is undoubtedly one of the most important, as speed and efficiency are most certainly key factors in saving lives.
  • Robot pharmacists and other ways of automating medicine dispensing
    The improvement of patient safety is often one of the key focus points in healthcare, and automated drug dispensing machines have been recommended as one way to improve efficiency and patient safety.
  • 5 horrific breaches of trust by healthcare professionals
    Patients often trust doctors and nurses deeply, and sometimes they leave their lives in the hands of healthcare professionals. However, in this first part of two, we detail these five cases where they broke that sacred trust.
  • Singapore's MOH lauds efforts towards efficient and improved patient care
    Singapore's Ministry of Health is emphasising efforts to improve productivity at all levels of healthcare services to achieve greater efficiency and improve the quality of patient care.
  • Creativity: An essential healthcare skill?
    Creativity is not just a skill that is needed by innovators to solve long-standing problems in the healthcare sector, but also by healthcare professionals, who may encounter unexpected situations that requires quick creative thinking to resolve the problem and save a life.
  • News Bites: AI detects signs of heart failure, ‘Robot’ UV light defeats superbugs in hospital rooms
    This week, a team of collaborated scientists developed a urine test to gauge the healthiness of an individual's diet. Harvard engineers have also invented a 'human organs-on-chip' microchip to revolutionise medicine and a new gel can clots wounds within seconds to heal within minutes.
  • Psychosomatic illnesses: ‘It’s all in the mind’ is not the answer
    When dealing with symptoms that seem to have no physical source, the doctor-patient relationship holds more weight than treatment guidelines.
  • Big Pharma found to influence guideline writers, patient advocacy groups and doctors
    A series of papers on money and influence have unlocked the Pandora’s box of the pharmaceutical industry's influence on medicine and healthcare. The recent studies showed that they influence those who write guidelines that outline doctors' practices, patient advocacy organisations, letter writers to the CDC, and even oncologists on Twitter.
  • 5 times healthcare workers needed to improvise care in emergency situations
    More often than not, emergencies occur away from hospitals and healthcare providers are forced to save lives with only elementary medical equipment. Here, we look at various instances where healthcare providers added creativity to life-saving solutions.
  • Health officers offered contract positions by Malaysia’s MOH
    The Ministry of Health is offering contract posts for doctors, dentists and pharmacists are being offered contracts to reduce the long waiting time for postings.
  • Singapore's public healthcare system to regroup into three integrated clusters
    The Singaporean Ministry of Health announced that the healthcare system will be reorganised into three integrated clusters, from the existing six regional health systems. This is said to better meet Singaporeans' future healthcare needs.
  • Can pharmacy still be considered a great career in Malaysia?
    Over the past few years, the pharmacy profession in Malaysia has undergone several challenging situations. Aspiring pharmacists should take a step back and reassess if previous rosy views of a career in pharmacy still hold true.