• 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.
  • Three important facts to note on medical advertising in Malaysia
    In the sales of medicine, if advertisements promoting such products are misused or abused, there could be dire consequences for the patients. The Malaysian government imposes strict control over advertisements concerning medicine, and below are three important facts that all pharmacists advertising their products should know. 
  • Hong Kong Medical Council reform: A rocky road
    Although a reform is urgently needed to accelerate hearing processes, the Medical Registration (Amendment) Bill 2016 failed to attain approval from the Legislative Council after a marathon of debates.
  • How should TPAs comply with new SMC guidelines?
    With the implementation of revised ethical guidelines by the Singapore Medical Council, TPAs will need to adjust methods of charging administrative fees to prevent breach in regulations.
  • 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.
  • 6 signs a healthcare career is for you
    Regardless of profession, the healthcare industry is about restoring life and hope so before you decide to embark on a career in this field, check yourself with these 6 prompts.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • The collaborative roles of dentists and doctors in diabetes prevention
    Diabetes is likely to lead to various medical complications if left unchecked, and diabetic patients are also at greater risk of developing dental problems due to poor glucose control. As such, doctors and dentists have a strong angle for patient care collaboration when it comes to diabetes.
  • The rising costs of traditional medicine in Malaysia
    The prices of traditional herbs and medicines have increased with the implementation of GST and the current economical climate, prompting the Penang Chief Minister to urge for exemption of GST on traditional medicines.