• Malaysian dental centre implicated in death of DPM’s son-in-law – had no licence for handling X-ray apparatus
    On 10 August, the Sessions Court was told that Imperial Dental Specialist Centre Sdn Bhd had no licence for the handling of X-ray apparatus. The centre is currently facing charges in connection with the death of the deputy prime minister’s son-in-law, Datuk Syed Alman Zain Syed Alwi, who received his treatment there last year.
  • Indian nurse dies after being denied treatment on duty – tragedy causes uproar among colleagues
    The unwarranted death of an Indian staff nurse has stirred an emotionally charged mob – comprising hospital employees – to use physical violence against a human resource executive. Letters to relevant authorities have also been written, demanding explanations for the unjust death of 25-year-old staff nurse, Uma Kesh.
  • Helminthic therapy: The latest health trend of ingesting live parasites
    Helminthic therapy is the latest health trend of ingesting parasites that secrete substances to pacify the immune system. Reports claimed that more than 7,000 people worldwide have jumped on the bandwagon of helminthic therapy – consuming parasitic worms, with the aim of treating several health conditions.
  • Design Thinking: Multidisciplinary approach to inspire innovation
    Adopting the concept from the business world, many healthcare providers are leaning towards design thinking application in their practices. This involves a multidisciplinary team contributing new ideas to improve patient management and better manoeuvre around the workspace.
  • 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.
  • Brain activity – zooming into how the brain functions
    Even though the brain is one of the most vital organs in the human body—we seem to have barely scratched the surface, when it comes to our knowledge on how the brain functions. The following article touches on several new research discoveries on brain activity—zooming into three main pieces in further detail.
  • MOH Malaysia urged to reveal actual cost of upgraded ambulances
    Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam recently announced the distribution of 500 ambulances to medical institutions in Malaysia – from an allocation of a whopping RM400 million. Local groups are condemning the excessive sum.
  • How cancer’s relationship with culture influences whether women seek treatment or not
    Recent news from the UK about British Asian women choosing to forgo treatment for cancer – due to culturally-steeped stigmas – has stirred up a conversation about how cancer relates to culture.
  • “Drop Out Club”: Explore the alternatives – Part Two
    Drop Out Club (DOC) has offered over 37,000 healthcare professionals from numerous countries a solution after having left their conventional careers. A representative from the organisation itself, Heather Clisby, shares a little about DOC’s background and what’s in the pipeline for the organisation with MIMS in this exclusive two-part interview.
  • Malaysia updates guideline: Primary and Secondary Prevention of CVD 2017
    Recently, the National Heart Association of Malaysia published an updated clinical practice guideline on the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease in order to encompass modern developments and an increase in information about the potential causation of CVD.
  • The unexpected result of rapid diagnostic tests for malaria: A rise in antibiotic prescription
    Rapid Diagnostic Tests (RDTs) have been effectively used to distinguish between malarial and non-malarial fevers – to ensure appropriate and timely medical treatments could be given. However, a study showed an unintended consequence of this – an overuse of antibiotics.
  • Wire from braces found in woman’s abdomen after 10 years
    In an emergency operation, doctors who had expected to remove a fish bone found an orthodontic wire that had resided in the intestine of an Australian woman for more than a decade.
  • Uses of light therapy in medicine
    The development of light therapy has led to a variety of applications today—both for home use and at a clinical setting. While light therapy is considerably safe, precautions must still be taken—especially for certain groups of patients.