• The health tragedies of being lonely – and its effect worldwide
    Loneliness is an addiction that is going to be a huge health crisis worldwide. The reality has hit many nations so hard that they are calling this crisis a ‘loneliness epidemic’.
  • Centre for Health Protection investigates first local dengue fever case of the year
    A male patient, aged 45 with good past health, has developed high fever, chills, headache and dizziness since 29 July. He was sent to the Accident and Emergency Department (A&E) of Kwong Wah Hospital (KWH) and was admitted for management on the same day. His blood sample tested positive for dengue virus upon laboratory testing. This is the first local case recorded this year. Excluding this case, as of 3 August, 59 imported cases had been recorded in 2017, including 18 from Thailand, ten from Sri Lanka and seven from the Philippines.
  • Do doctors take women’s pain less seriously?
    The general notion of women as complainers could put them at a disadvantage when it comes to medical diagnosis – as doctors may dismiss their pain as mostly psychosomatic, thus hampering accurate assessment.
  • Healthcare technology: 3 wearable innovations doctors may soon be prescribing to patients
    Healthcare technologies are getting more and more interesting and innovative. From stethoscopes to tattoos, here are several wearable technologies that doctors may soon be able to prescribe to patients.
  • Doctors in the making: 3 new and innovative teaching methods at medicals schools today
    As the burden of healthcare increases for future generations of doctors, while the conventional model of lecturing and passive learning fosters disengagement and frustration – many medical schools are leaning towards a greater focus on student-centric learning strategies.
  • ‘Super-scholar’ admitted to CUHK’s MBChB Global Physician-Leadership Stream
    The Joint University Programmes Admissions System (JUPAS) Main Round offer results was officially announced on 7 August. Among the six JUPAS admittes who aced the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education Examination (HKDSE) with Level 5** in seven subjects, five of them have been admitted to The University of Hong Kong (HKU)’s Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) program and the remaining ‘super-scholar’ admitted to the MBChB Global Physician-Leadership Stream (GPS) at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK).
  • “Looking Back, Moving Forward”—OGSM annual congress reflects on 25 years of milestone
    Celebrating a significant milestone, the Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society of Malaysia (OGSM) has recently concluded its 25th annual congress. Held at Shangri-la Hotel Kuala Lumpur – from 27 to 30 July – the congress welcomed 856 delegates, both local and international. The congress also witnessed a series of hands-on workshops, back-to-back enriching lectures, insightful public health forums and conducive private subspecialty meets—all lined-up to empower our ob-gyn specialists.
  • Are critics overreacting about health concerns of the controversial Beer Run?
    RunOurCity (ROC), the organiser of the controversial Beer Run, posted an update on their Facebook page on 4 August to acknowledge the intense commotion over health concerns of the event. With the priority to encourage and promote running culture, they have decided not to provide runners with alcoholic beverages during the run.
  • The female neuroscientist who changed the traditional science of thinking
    Female neuroscientist, Dr. Marian Diamond, who made a pivotal change on the debate regarding nature versus nurture and her research study on Einstein’s brain, dies at age 90. Her research has shaped the foundation for many neuroscientists.
  • 3D printing pharmaceuticals: Is this the future?
    3D printing holds great promises in revolutionising the production of drugs and medical devices, especially for medicine that is administered orally. However, critics argue that there is little clinical need to utilise a novel yet unproven technology to push the boundary.
  • CRISPR study findings hint that the future of ‘designer babies’ may still be far off
    The recent gene editing study using CRISPR has reawakened concerns over the prospect of ‘designer babies’. However, the technology may have a few hurdles to go through as scientists were unable to modify human embryos using synthetic genes.
  • Hong Kong researcher at Singapore’s National Cancer Centre discovered GATA4 as the potential key factor in beating liver cancer
    The latest finding by an international study borne by a collaboration between the Cleveland Clinic in the United States and the National Cancer Centre in Singapore revealed a loss of a single gene—GATA4—may drive the development of liver cancer. “Losing the GATA4 gene is like losing one of the main guardians of the liver,” expressed Timothy Wai-ho Shuen, a Hongkonger who is a research fellow at the National Cancer Centre in Singapore, also one of the key authors of the study.
  • Six Asean countries contribute to majority of new HIV infections, UN reports
    The majority of new HIV infections in the Asia Pacific region are seen in Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Vietnam, Myanmar and Thailand, according to UN’s 2017 report. While Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar observed a sharp drop, Philippines has become Asia’s fastest-growing HIV infection, with a 141% increase in the number of new infections.