• World Blood Donor Day 2017: The situation in Malaysia and Singapore
    Globally, there has been an increased demand for blood in both rural and developed areas. In Singapore, the medical needs of a growing and ageing population for the past five years need to be met. Similarly in Malaysia, the situation is dire, particularly at the holidays at the end of this month when many emergency cases are expected to occur. 
  • 5 unhealthy trends for vagina health
    From wasp nests to magical herb pearls and tightening sticks, women are desperately pandering to female strength and desirability defined by celebrities and media—but health practitioners have warned against its potential toxicity and complications
  • The science behind the yawn
    It happens when you wake up – or perhaps after a good, hearty meal – or when you see (hear) someone else is doing it. While yawns are often enough accompanied by the urge to stretch a little – have you ever wondered about the why’s behind this oh-so familiar gesture each time you do it? Although yawning is often thought of as a sign of boredom or tiredness—could there be more to it?
  • Prostate cancer trial success brings a ray of hope for more patients
    A study in prostate cancer treatment by the University of Birmingham has yielded ground-breaking results. By combining two existing therapies as the treatment, patients with advanced prostate cancer could have their lives extended by 37%. The new findings showed potential – and could change the way doctors first approach treatment for prostate cancer.
  • News Bites: Blood-flow-reversal technique reduces risk of stroke, Uterine fibroids does not increase risk of miscarriages
    This week, new research suggests that the recovery position was found to be counter-effective for casualties. A new blood-flow-reversal technique has proven to reduce the risk of stroke and Duke University has developed a "pocket colposcope" that can make cervical cancer screening more accessible to low-resources areas.
  • The science of reproductive immunology and the scramble to prove it
    Fertility experts have been trying to solve infertility problems through various methods. A new field known as reproductive immunology has been making waves in fertility clinics in the UK. It has seen several successes in infertile women – but is it a truly promising method or utter bogus?
  • Prince Harry talks about mental health with young Singaporeans, advocating to end stigma
    As part of his two-day tour in Singapore, Prince Harry met with young Singaporeans on 4 June to talk about mental health. At the closed-door session with a group of six youth mentors, held at the British ambassador's residence, he urged them not to shy away from talking about mental health.
  • 6 health benefits of Ramadan fasting
    While Ramadan may be embraced as a time for spiritual renewal and reflection – health experts claim that beyond the spiritual rewards, there are many benefits to health, too.
  • Malaysia's MOH hosts controversial video contest to address sexual health amongst teens
    On 2 June, Malaysia's Ministry of Health (MOH) announced a contest on how to "prevent" homosexuality and transgenderism – drawing major criticism, both locally and globally, that it was encouraging hatred and violence towards the LGBT community. The next day, it defended its decision to host such a contest, stating that the competition was aimed at helping teens make better health decisions.
  • What dreams might be trying to tell us
    From deciphering what dreams mean to understanding the science behind it, recent studies have revealed its link to neurodegenerative conditions. Other reports also document the strange alteration in dreams post medical treatment.
  • News Bites: Colour-changing faeces can diagnose gut diseases, Silkworms could fix ear drums
    This week, researchers manipulated two nanoparticles to communicate with one another to perform a biological task for the first time, leading to potential cancer treatments. An electrode cap developed by US researchers has allowed paralysed stroke patients to control limbs again, and by chance, the cause of certain types of hair loss has been discovered, paving way for drug discovery opportunities.
  • Beta-blockers may cause more harm than good for heart attack survivors, study reveals
    A new study from the University of Leeds has suggested that many patients given beta blockers after a heart attack may not benefit from being on the drugs after all. There was no statistical difference in death rates within a year of the patients suffering their heart attack between those who had been prescribed beta blockers and those who were not.
  • Humans can smell diseases in others, new study reveals
    While it is a common belief that animals are better sniffers than humans—scientists argue that the human sense of smell – far from being impoverished – can be life-saving.