• Measures needed to combat health illiteracy
    The issue of health illiteracy has been a cause for concern globally, especially within the medical community. Essentially, both doctors and health agencies play an important role in improving the health literacy of their patients and the public respectively.
  • Dangerous dupes: The dark world of counterfeit medicine
    The Hong Kong Customs Department scored a major victory in the battle against counterfeit drugs in 2015 when it seized 400,000 counterfeit medicines in a raid in the Kwun Tong and Ngau Tau Kok districts. The operation captured the largest seizure of suspected counterfeit medicines in a decade. However, the incident was considered as the tip of the iceberg of the fast-growing and underground network of counterfeit medicines.
  • Are foreign doctors suffering from bias within the UK medical system?
    A study of NHS records suggests that foreign doctors may be facing an inherent racial predisposition within the health system, calling for a more globalised testing arrangement to overcome such bias.
  • Can WHO's success against neglected tropical diseases continue?
    World Health Organisation officials have announced that "unprecedented progress" has been made towards reducing the spread of neglected tropical diseases that is commonly linked to poverty. But much of this has to do with the generosity of big governments. Can the initiative continue without their assistance?
  • Childhood cancers on the rise, says a new study
    While statistics show childhood cancer rates as moving upwards, concerns about a real increase in the disease have spawned differing explanations, with some pointing to contrasting figures between affluent and poor countries.
  • The understated role of speech and language pathologists
    Communication is an essential component in everyday life that enables individuals express information, thoughts and emotions, but individuals who face difficulties or suffer from speech and language disorders may become limited in their ability to interact and can become closed off from the world in many ways.
  • Essential career tips for nursing graduates
    Choosing the right job as a nursing graduate can be tough due to the lack of working experience. Additionally, nurses may require some career guidance to advance in their profession.
  • Antibiotics associated with long-term behavioural changes
    The problem of antibiotic overuse has been a long-standing issue worldwide. Not only does the overuse give rise to antibiotic resistance, it may potentially cause long-term behavioural changes.
  • The challenges of medical volunteering abroad
    Medical volunteering in foreign countries allows one to hone their medical skills and gain exposure. However, there are several issues surrounding it, which may even cause more harm than good.
  • Newly diagnosed epilepsy patients also face increased morbidity and mortality
    While it is commonly known that patients with epilepsy face increased mortality, a recent study published in Neurology.org indicates that patients who are newly diagnosed and treated also suffer from increased morbidity and mortality.
  • 4 up-and-coming medical technologies that will revolutionise healthcare
    Medical technology and advancements have been gradually shifting medical approaches towards prevention-based and patient-centred care. Here are four up-and-coming technologies reflecting this change.
  • Hundreds of women to take legal action on NHS over vaginal mesh implants
    In the UK, more than 800 women are taking legal action against the NHS and the makers of the vaginal mesh implants over the painful and lasting side effects.
  • Human knockouts: A way to decipher why some drugs work, while others fail
    No clinical trial has a 100% success rate, mainly due to the differing genetic makeup between individuals. Many experts have tried to improve the rates but still find that one drug would fail in clinical testing while others work. Can pharmacogenomics or studying natural knockouts solve this problem?