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The MIMS Interviews channel features stories and insights shared by industry experts. Read on to learn how these healthcare professionals weigh in on some of the most pressing issues in the field of medicine.
In conversation: Obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Tan Toh Lick shares his insights on gestational diabetes
In conversation: Obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Tan Toh Lick shares his insights on gestational diabetes
Obstetrician and gynaecologist at Thomson Medical Group, Dr Tan Toh Lick, provides the lowdown on the condition, diagnosis and prevention measures of gestational diabetes.
In conversation: Neurologist Dr Ahmad Tauqeer explains how deep brain stimulation (DBS) is used to treat Parkinson's disease
In conversation: Neurologist Dr Ahmad Tauqeer explains how deep brain stimulation (DBS) is used to treat Parkinson's disease
Specialist in Neurology, Managing Partner & Consultant of Raffles Neuroscience Centre, Raffles Hospital, Dr Ahmad Tauqeer, shares that deep brain stimulation (DBS) is an effective therapy option to treat a variety of disabling neurological symptoms — most commonly the debilitating symptoms of Parkinson's disease.
Cold-pressed juices and superfoods: “A – Z” in a nutshell
Cold-pressed juices and superfoods: “A – Z” in a nutshell
Adding on to the previous dialogue with nutritional experts, Datin Farah Di Ba Khan and Mr Ng Kar Foo, MIMS gathers their professional take on other topics in the industry—particularly, on superfoods and cold pressed juices. Read on to find out what these professionals have to say.
Poring over coconut oil and selecting diet plans – a dietitian intervention
Poring over coconut oil and selecting diet plans – a dietitian intervention
Debunking health myths, offering advice and panning out patients’ dietary management plans are just some of the day-to-day activities of a nutritional expert. MIMS sits down with two of our guest experts—Datin Farah Di Ba Khan from Prince Court Medical Centre (PCMC) and Mr Ng Kar Foo from International Medical University (IMU)—to answer our burning questions on the latest buzz surrounding this avenue.
Can the use of MDMA to help treating alcohol addiction make an impact in psychiatric treatment methods?
Can the use of MDMA to help treating alcohol addiction make an impact in psychiatric treatment methods?
The world’s first clinical study into the use of MDMA to treat alcohol addiction has been approved in June 2017. The small trial was granted ethical approval, despite MDMA being the main psychoactive ingredient in the recreational drug ecstasy. MIMS speaks to two local experts to find out more about their professional opinions on whether the trial would advance treatment methods of substance addiction.
Pharmacy lecturer, Rezi Riadhi reflects on his decision to enter academia—moving out of community pharmacy
Pharmacy lecturer, Rezi Riadhi reflects on his decision to enter academia—moving out of community pharmacy
MIMS sits down with Mr Rezi Riadhi Syahdi, B. Farm., M. Farm. – and finds out the reasons behind his decision to why he didn’t pursue community pharmacy; instead, immersed into an academic career path – ultimately, becoming a lecturer in Pharmacy Faculty of University of Indonesia in Pharmaceutical Chemistry subject, specialised in Computational Chemistry (Molecular Docking and Virtual Screening).
The struggle against smoking and the growing threat of e-cigarettes in Hong Kong
The struggle against smoking and the growing threat of e-cigarettes in Hong Kong
Dr Ning Fan, Chairman of Health In Action shared in an interview with MIMS the struggle in anti-smoking efforts and the growing threat of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) behind the low smoking prevalence in Hong Kong.
FCS 2017: Converging Cancer Discoveries Around the World
FCS 2017: Converging Cancer Discoveries Around the World
Singapore’s largest annual oncology conference, Frontiers in Cancer Science (FCS), celebrates its 9th year as the preferred annual cancer meeting which promises to bring groundbreaking and innovative insights to a diverse repertoire of cancer research.
3 Questions: Mr Walter Leung on providing emergency support at mobile health clinics in Bangladesh
3 Questions: Mr Walter Leung on providing emergency support at mobile health clinics in Bangladesh
In our next “3 Questions” interview series, we speak to Mr Walter Wai-yin Leung, a senior nurse and also one of the awardees of the Hong Kong Humanity Award this year. He has just departed to Bangladesh in September 2017 to provide medical service to the affected people.
3 Questions: Dr Eliza Cheung on providing urgent psychosocial support to refugees in Bangladesh
3 Questions: Dr Eliza Cheung on providing urgent psychosocial support to refugees in Bangladesh
In this ‘3 Questions’ interview series, we speak to Dr Eliza Cheung, clinical psychologist of Hong Kong Red Cross, who has been deployed to Bangladesh in September to provide psychosocial and emotional support to people in Bangladesh.
MPS President: “Stop using pharmacists as the “punching bag”; urges dispensing separation to be implemented
MPS President: “Stop using pharmacists as the “punching bag”; urges dispensing separation to be implemented
Two weeks ago, there were news reported on Malaysian GPs expressing their views pertinent to pharmacies “taking business away” from their clinics – further iterating many pharmacies are now “assuming the jobs of doctors” by diagnosing patients. In an upclose-and-personal interview with Tn Haji Amrahi Buang, President of the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society (MPS), we hear the other side of the story to the constant debate on “dispensing rights”—as we discuss the Pharmacy Bill and the urgency to fix the national healthcare system—to provide better services, geared towards a healthy society and community.
SHBC 2017: Achieving a sustainable, value-based healthcare system in Singapore
SHBC 2017: Achieving a sustainable, value-based healthcare system in Singapore
Now on its 15th year, the Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress is back with the theme “Transforming our Health Ecosystem,” which aims to inspire all healthcare professionals to transform Singapore’s healthcare system to meet the evolving needs of the population.
From the public to the healthcare community: Addressing the shortage of psychiatrists in Malaysia
From the public to the healthcare community: Addressing the shortage of psychiatrists in Malaysia
Recently, the Mental Health Promotion Advisory Council of Malaysia has urged the government to provide more registered psychiatrists, to cater to the needs both in public and private healthcare in the country. Consequently, this also highlighted the lack of focus on the mental health of the public – especially the younger generation. MIMS sits down with two prolific psychiatrists, to seek their professional views on this matter.
Support, upgrade and equalise: Nursing experts call for healthcare transformation
Support, upgrade and equalise: Nursing experts call for healthcare transformation
From discussing nursing education to work-life balance to gender bias, local nursing experts share their take on the country’s nursing scene in this exclusive interview with MIMS.
Specialist Spotlight: Emergency Physicians
Specialist Spotlight: Emergency Physicians
Emergency medicine (EM) is a fast-paced, team-oriented specialty that could create a tremendous impact on patients. EM doctors are experts on diagnosing and managing the acute, undifferentiated patients. In this issue of Specialist Spotlight, we scooch over for a chat with our next guest, Dr Alzamani Mohammad Idrose. A Consultant Emergency Physician and Disaster Medicine Specialist at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), Dr Alzamani—or fondly known as Dr Alza among his patients and colleagues—fills us in on the type of challenges his job as an emergency physician entails – and what keeps him going in this field.
In conversation: Geriatrician Dr Carol Tan speaks about the dangers of polypharmacy in elderly patients
In conversation: Geriatrician Dr Carol Tan speaks about the dangers of polypharmacy in elderly patients
Geriatrician at Mount Alvernia Hospital, Dr Carol Tan, notes that elderly patients are particularly susceptible to polypharmacy issues not only because ageing affects how their body handles medications, but because they take more medications than younger patients.
Will BMA’s proposal to “decriminalise abortion-on-demand” go through; how will it affect Malaysian laws?
Will BMA’s proposal to “decriminalise abortion-on-demand” go through; how will it affect Malaysian laws?
The British Medical Association (BMA) has proposed for the complete decriminalisation of abortion – and for women to have access to terminations on demand. While this has clearly sparked a heated debate among the British medical community, we wanted to find out if the law could translate over ̶ would the proposed changes be accepted by the British government, ultimately. We spoke with a few medical and legal experts, to get their views about this matter.
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