• Should healthcare professional accept gifts from their patients?
    It is natural for patients to gift their physicians as an expression of their gratitude, but not all gifts to doctors bear innocent intentions. Physicians need to know when to turn down gifts that can potentially jeopardise the patient-doctor relationship.
  • Singapore's MOH lauds efforts towards efficient and improved patient care
    Singapore's Ministry of Health is emphasising efforts to improve productivity at all levels of healthcare services to achieve greater efficiency and improve the quality of patient care.
  • Creativity: An essential healthcare skill?
    Creativity is not just a skill that is needed by innovators to solve long-standing problems in the healthcare sector, but also by healthcare professionals, who may encounter unexpected situations that requires quick creative thinking to resolve the problem and save a life.
  • Pharmacist found to have destroyed $1.5m worth of cancer drugs
    An Israeli pharmacist has destroyed massive amounts of cancer drug. His motivation behind such an act? Not getting his promotion.
  • Plastic surgeries: From restoration to augmentation
    A boom in society becoming increasingly concerned about their looks has, for doctors, presented an opportunity like never before for the inclusion of plastic surgery in their work, where it was once modestly hidden from the limelight that held medical procedures. However, research has also demonstrated that patients have a startling lack of awareness concerning the risks of plastic surgery. As medical professionals, this should be a cause for concern.
  • Plans for 7,000 nursing cuts despite the UK’s growing nurse shortage
    A 9.4% vacancy rate and increasingly demanding industry mean nurses are stretched to breaking point.
  • Trump's vague healthcare decisions on the eve of his inauguration
    Donald Trump will be installed into the White House on 20 January. While he has assured Americans that his new healthcare plan would be much more affordable and cover all citizens, the vagueness of his plans raises much doubt. Will there be a favourable solution?
  • Two patient deaths as a result of pharmacists’ errors
    When medications are the patient’s lifeline, pharmacists are facing increasing pressure to deliver competent service. In separate incidences, two pharmacists in Canada made tragic medication errors that led to fatalities.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Health officers offered contract positions by Malaysia’s MOH
    The Ministry of Health is offering contract posts for doctors, dentists and pharmacists are being offered contracts to reduce the long waiting time for postings.