• How bad is the counterfeit drug problem in Malaysia?
    Unfortunately, the issue of availability of counterfeit drugs is widespread within the Asia Pacific region, including Malaysia. To combat such an issue, the relevant stakeholders including pharmacists should have at least a basic understanding of the situation.
  • The need to develop a culture of research in nursing
    In recent times, the ageing of populations has become a forefront concern in many countries. Likewise, Malaysia is also experiencing an increase in the elderly population, as a result of the increase in life expectancy, low mortality and decline in fertility. Demographic projections have placed Malaysia as the fourth fastest ageing country in the world, and 15% of the total population will be elderly by 2035.
  • GP in Singapore sentenced to prison for illicit sale of cough syrup
    Making over S$600,000 in profit from the illegal sale of 25,765 bottles of cough preparation to drug abusers, Dr Tan Gek Young was sentenced to a two-year jail term and a S$130,000 fine by the court.
  • Duke-NUS researchers identify gene that could be partly responsible for autism
    A Singaporean team has identified a gene that could play a key role in causing autism. Changes in the gene cause the brain's circuitry and how its cells communicate with each other to work abnormally.
  • Does medical research rely too much on English?
    Many words in science - and especially in medicine - tend to come from Latin and Ancient Greek. Yet, it is English that is the lingua franca in scientific and technical communication, and this has wide-ranging implications.
  • Bleachorexia is a real thing, and needs to be curbed
    Bleachorexia is a form of body dysmorphic disorder. A person with bleachorexia is obsessed with cosmetic dentistry to achieve white teeth beyond their natural colour, and will go to many extremes to achieve this.
  • The Imposter Syndrome: What it is and how it can be treated
    Imposter syndrome refers to persistent feelings of inadequacy in spite of evident success. People with imposter syndrome suffer from chronic self-doubt. They also experience a sense of intellectual fraudulence that takes precedence over any feelings of success or proof of their competence. This syndrome is found in most professions, and healthcare is no exception.
  • 5 of the world’s earliest prostheses
    Due to diseases or unfortunate circumstances, some individuals have lost some parts of their bodies, thus initiating the creation of ancient prosthetics. Today, these augmentations have morphed from being merely compensational or functional to that of facilitating our lifestyles and making us more complete and flexible.
  • Unlocking the puzzle of resistance to anaesthesia
    Although it has been well-documented that some individuals are “immune” to local anaesthesia, yet the reason why still confound doctors to date.
  • Patients who leave ‘Against Medical Advice’: An ethical dilemma
    Most patients who choose to leave against medical advice are deemed uncooperative. Instead of assuming such conclusions however, healthcare providers should investigate and address underlying concerns that may influence the patient’s decision.
  • Shortage of beds and staff in NHS leads to cancelled ops for cancer patients
    Since Christmas last year, it was reported that 264 doctors have registered with the General Medical Council to work abroad. This comes after experts warned that any cold snap would tip the UK health service - which is already "a national disaster" - over the edge.
  • 4 major types of operational waste that hospital employees must eliminate
    Taiichi Ohno, a prominent figure better known as the father of Toyota Production System (TPS) was also well-known for developing a lean manufacturing framework. In lean manufacturing, there are several types of waste that are applicable to healthcare operations.
  • Singaporean dentist suspended for delegating procedures to unqualified assistants
    Instead of personally performing orthodontic procedures on a patient, Dr. Sng Wee Hock delegated the tasks to his clinic assistants, who were not qualified to do so. For breaching the ethical code and guidelines of the Singapore Dental Council, he was suspended for 15 months and fined S$40,000.