• Lab error forces over 400 people to be retested for Zika virus in the US
    Over 400 individuals in the District of Columbia, including 294 pregnant women, are being retested for Zika, due to a testing error by the public health laboratory which caused all results to become negative.
  • Are there any perks to hiring millennial healthcare professionals over experienced ones?
    Millennials are getting a lot of flak these days, from nicknames like 'Strawberry Generation' to the bad rep of being seemingly 'self-entitled and spoiled'. More than this when it comes to the workplace though, is that millennials are commonly thought of to lack experience, a crucial component that managers everywhere in the healthcare industry will look for when hiring to expand a team. Yet all is not lost, and times are changing as educational institutions gradually realise the importance of real-world experience and attempt to inculcate this.
  • Business tips to build a successful private medical practice
    Opening up a private medical practice is a lengthy, detailed process that requires the utmost attention and care every step of the way. In order to build a truly successful private medical practice, there are many important business-related tips that can be taken from business experts.
  • Nurses: 5 tips for providing good patient education
    Providing patient education is an essential aspect of nursing care. In fact, the success of the individual has been found to be greatly impacted by the quality of the nurse’s support and instruction.
  • Malaysia aims for one million medical tourists this year
    Tourists from neighbouring countries are making Malaysia their choice destination for medical treatment. Malaysia’s increasing popularity has led to proposed targeted services and involvement of private healthcare providers.
  • A closer look at kindness and compassion in the medical setting
    More and more, the importance of kindness and compassion in patient treatment is being touted as a necessity, and even scientific reports have jumped on the bandwagon, providing piece after piece evidence to prove this. In this article, Dr Jennifer Winter brings us through why this is so vital, from a doctor's perspective.
  • Should circumcision policies change in light of various benefits?
    A group of researchers at the University of Sydney have recently claimed that circumcision should be a desirable public health intervention, as the benefits of the procedure appear to outweigh the risks.
  • New clinical guidelines prescribe exercise as first-line therapy for lower back pain
    The American College of Physicians have revised the guidelines for management of lower back pain, advising clinicians to prescribe treatments such as heat therapy and yoga before resorting to pharmaceutical options.
  • News Bites: Malaria parasites secrete substance to attract mosquitoes, Exchanging bacteria to fight BO
    This week, a compound in Brazilian peppertree berries, copper-infused sheets and copper-covered surfaces can fight against superbugs. Japanese researchers have also developed a goggle-shaped device to detect glaucoma quickly and accurately.
  • Nurses and delegation: 5 tips to ensure an effective exchange
    At some point in every successful nurse's career, being overwhelmed with tasks will require you to learn the delicate art of delegation in order to function more effectively. Delegation is the transfer of responsibility for the performance of a task from one person to another, and if carried out well, will afford you the required space and time to concentrate on more difficult patient issues and deal with them successfully.
  • Gaps in medical knowledge: Do doctors really know best?
    Despite the era of evidence-based guidelines and super-specialisation in medicine, studies show that doctors are rarely accurate at estimating the benefit and harms associated with their practices, and are unaware of the latest clinical practice recommendations.
  • Singapore's research agency A*STAR set to restructure for better R&D
    The restructuring will address the aims of the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE ) and align more closely to Research Innovation Enterprise (RIE) 2020, a S$19 billion plan to support Singapore's R&D efforts over five years.
  • The community pharmacist's vital role in supporting caregivers
    Community pharmacists are not only an important point-of-contact for patients, but also individuals who are caregivers. They are the health professionals who are most accessible to the public, hence carry the weightiest role when it comes to patient and caregiver relationship-building, as well as advising on medication adherence.