• Increasing cost of medical negligence weighs on the NHS
    Legal costs for medical blunders are taking a toll on the NHS – as the organisation has now realised that the training of more than 6,000 doctors could have been funded with the same amount of money.
  • Bottoms up: Singapore researchers create “gut-friendly” probiotic  beer
    A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore has created a beer which includes probiotics. The added probiotics is said to have the ability to neutralise toxins and viruses, as well as regulate the immune system.
  • Red alert: All metal-on-metal hip implants could cause bone or muscle damage, says MHRA
    The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued an alert for patients with "metal-on-metal" hip implants – believing that they would be at risk of bone or muscle damage from the devices. Approximately 56,000 patients in the UK have such devices implanted in them and will be recalled for a series of tests, including MRI scans and blood tests, due to concerns over toxicity.
  • Midwives’ mistakes contribute to high rate of baby deaths in the UK
    A new report claims that in the UK, many babies are needlessly dying because midwives are failing to properly monitor their heartbeats. 
  • The design evolution: How hospital architecture has changed since the 19th century
    Hospitals have not always been the stark, clinical and rigid buildings they are today. In fact in the late 18th century, they were not really places people went to for medical treatment. They went because they were poor. So, what changed and how has hospital design enabled this?
  • Rabies outbreak in Sarawak: Two children die; 6,000 vaccines deployed to curb spread of disease
    Two siblings infected with the rabies virus in Serian district have passed away at the Sarawak General Hospital (SGH) on 4 July, according to Local Government and Housing Minister Datuk Dr Sim Kui Hian. The Veterinary Department has also sent 6,000 doses of the rabies vaccine to Sarawak to contain the spread of the disease since then.
  • Woman dies after unexpected bleeding during surgery for ectopic pregnancy
    A 34-year-old passed away whilst undergoing surgery for an ectopic pregnancy and is the first maternal death for the doctor-in-charge. The inquest revealed that the hospital were unprepared for such emergencies, which may have led to her death.
  • News Bites: Microneedle patch could replace flu vaccines, Tick saliva could pave way for a range of new drugs
    This week, Novartis proves targeting inflammation could reduce incidence of heart diseases in a 10,000-patient study. British researchers suggest that inserting a plastic film into the stomach could cure or control diabetes and US scientists and engineers have developed a new microscope that could help surgeons remove breast tumours – completely.
  • How nurses can maintain proper hand hygiene practices
    A study published in 2014 discovered that prolonged working hours affected nurses’ and other healthcare workers’ compliance to hand hygiene.
  • Private hospitals in Singapore urged to support breastfeeding as infant formula prices rise
    Singapore's Health Promotion Board (HPB) will be providing more information on the benefits of giving birth in hospitals certified under the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) as part of the Government's initiative for private hospitals to advocate for breastfeeding practices.
  • EU court rules that illnesses can be blamed on vaccines without scientific evidence
    The highest court of the European Union ruled on 21 June that courts can consider whether a vaccination led to someone developing an illness even if there is no hard scientific evidence. The decision was issued in relation to the case of a Frenchman known as Mr J.W., who was immunised against hepatitis B in late 1998 – 99 and developed multiple sclerosis a year later.
  • Revisiting the Human Genome Project and other health studies for a more holistic view of genetic diseases
    With today's technology, it is found that the human genome that was deemed "completely sequenced" in 2003, is in fact incomplete. Nobody paid much attention to the details as the missing sequences did not seem to matter. However, new findings suggest that they may play a role in conditions such as cancer and autism. Future research projects such as "The Human Project" might also help in demystifying genetic diseases.
  • Living with rare diseases
    Though rare diseases only affect a small population, the ordeal is undeniably painful – and enormous progress in research should soon pave new diagnostic and therapeutic procedures for patients and caregivers who struggle with untold agonies.