• The banning of powdered gloves and its implications
    In the context of healthcare, medical gloves serve as protective devices for both medical personnel and patients alike. It also protects the examiner's and the patient’s hands from any potential infection. However, powdered medical gloves have been banned recently because they were shown to bring unreasonable and substantial risk.
  • Unremorseful paedophilic paediatrician sentenced to 22 years of prison
    Michael Salmon, a retired paediatrician who worked at Stoke Mandeville in Aylesbury, has gotten away with sexually assaulting children for 14 years.
  • Cold urticaria: Being allergic to the cold
    A 76-year-old primary school teacher from Essex developed a rare reaction known as cold urticaria after being vaccinated at five-years-old. However, Owers' case is rare as the more severe symptoms of her condition lasted for over two decades when it usually fades within five to six years.
  • Drug company hiked cost of baby medicine by 85,000%, denies any wrongdoing
    Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals agreed to settle charges of anti-competitive practices by paying a USD100 million fine and allow a competitor to produce a similar medication related to Acthar gel - a lifesaving medication for infantile spasms and multiple sclerosis.
  • MIMS Survey: 43% of HCPs in Singapore and Malaysia dissatisfied with working hours
    46% of healthcare providers in Singapore and Malaysia work more than 50 hours a week, based on a recent MIMS survey. Healthcare providers are prone to burnout due to high workload, so how do they perform on a day-to-day basis? 
  • Infographic: Survey results of HCP working hours in Malaysia and Singapore
    Experts have long debated whether the workloads of healthcare professionals are reasonable, and if such long hours are harmful to patients – or to healthcare professionals themselves. MIMS decided to ask its readers to share their views.
  • How dentists can effectively manage medical emergencies
    A medical emergency in the dental office can be an unexpected event that may include accidental or wilful bodily injury, central nervous system stimulation and depression, respiration and circulation disturbances as well as allergic reactions. These require immediate attention and successful management. A survey of 400 dental surgeons conducted by Fast and others revealed an incidence of 7.5% emergencies per dental surgeon over a 10-year period.
  • 5 more appalling breaches of trust by healthcare professionals
    We often trust our doctors and nurses, very often with our lives. However, in this last part of two, we detail these five cases where they broke our trust, either by sending obscene photos while in operation, to leaving mid-surgery.
  • When theatre meets medicine: Medical schools in Singapore use actors as patients to train up empathy
    Though the medical profession has long recognised the importance of instilling empathy and other soft skills in doctors, the question of how to effectively teach this still persists. Using actors to create realistic patient reactions can build medical students’ emotional awareness during patient interactions, and may just be the answer
  • Is the clinical importance of empathy overrated?
    Many good things have been ascribed to the possession of empathy – that intangible trait so often defined as the capacity to feel, and thus understand, the emotions of others. It has even been likened to an art, but is it really a key clinical skill?