• The emergence of superbugs
    Today it is estimated that around the world, 700,000 people die every year from infections caused by bacteria resistant to antibiotics, but when did superbugs emerge?
  • One in four pneumonia patients fail first prescription of antibiotics
    A new study has revealed the effects of rising antibiotic resistance on treatment of community-acquired pneumonia patients. G20 health ministers have agreed to implement plans to curb antibiotic resistance by 2018.
  • Antidepressants in pregnancy: The big dispute
    The use of antidepressants during pregnancy has been a heavily debated topic bringing about numerous research ventures and room for discussion.
  • WHO welcomes Tedros as newly-director-general
    Health officials from 186 countries have elected Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, a former Ethiopian health minister, to lead the World Health Organisation (WHO). All eyes would be on the newly-elected leader for the U.N. health agency—as Tedros (who prefers to go by his first name) is expected to address funding issues, and simultaneously exert political leadership to care for the health of 7 billion people.
  • Doctor on trial for sedating patients and sexually assaulting them
    A 41-year-old doctor is on trial for allegedly drugging four male patients who had sought him for minor injuries, and then performing indecent acts on them.
  • Heart problems cause one-third of deaths worldwide
    Since 2011, UN and WHO have recognised that cardiovascular disease impacts both health and the economy of nations. Hence, there have been attempts to increase the awareness to reduce the incidence of such diseases.
  • The threat of antimicrobial resistance
    The discovery of antibiotics is one of the major breakthroughs in the field of medicine. However, antimicrobial resistance has become a global problem in the years – warranting the need for a new antimicrobial drug.
  • Next WHO director-general hoped to promote health as a fundamental human right
    All eyes are on the 70th UN World Health Assembly in Geneva from 22 – 31 May, as all 194 member countries will vote on the next director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Health experts hope the next candidate would be able to steer the WHO in a new direction that respects health as a fundamental human right.
  • Canadian patient woke up to excruciating pain under surgeon’s knife
    As terrifying as it could be, a 54-year-old woman woke up half way through a surgery, and felt her abdomen being ripped and painfully burning, yet unable to communicate her torment.
  • Understanding the molecular mechanism behind lithium in treating bipolar disorder
    Nearly 50 years after lithium was approved for medical treatment in the US, scientists have finally identified the molecular mechanism that affects the effectiveness of lithium in treating bipolar disorder.