• Peto’s Paradox: Higher cancer resistance in larger, long-lived animals
    Contrary to the basis of cancer understanding, Peto’s Paradox sheds some light on a less understood concept of cancer resistance in larger animals and its significance to humans. Ongoing research is vital to apply these findings in human cancer research.
  • The emergence of superbugs
    Today it is estimated that around the world, 700,000 people die every year from infections caused by bacteria resistant to antibiotics, but when did superbugs emerge?
  • Has it become easier for the disabled to pursue medicine?
    Although most medical programmes in Singapore and Malaysia require students to go through a medical examination prior to admission—limited information is provided on what kinds of disabilities can be accommodated.
  • Understanding the molecular mechanism behind lithium in treating bipolar disorder
    Nearly 50 years after lithium was approved for medical treatment in the US, scientists have finally identified the molecular mechanism that affects the effectiveness of lithium in treating bipolar disorder.
  • Patient death rates increase with doctors’ age, new study suggests
    As a new research study finds, there is an emerging trend that reveals the increase of patient death rates when the doctor treating the patient is older.
  • Singapore launches e-platform to teach mental health first aid
    A new online program was launched in Singapore recently to better enable the community in supporting and recognising people with mental health disorders.
  • 3 incredible doctors who were risk-takers
    Doctors have been labelled compassionate and heroic, and there are some medical stories that have been recorded to prove it.
  • 6 bizarre ancient contraceptive methods
    Dating back to the 1800s, contraception has beckoned innovation with many hits and misses. These old methods put the safety and efficacy of family planning today into perspective.
  • First trace-back of a tumour unveils how cancer spreads
    A recent study done by the Institute of Cancer Research UK looked at the development of a tumour in a patient after a biopsy had a rare side effect - it left behind a trail of cells from the tumour as doctors withdrew the needle. The researchers suggest that studies like these and the tools they use will be critical in the future management of cancer.
  • 3 ways to achieve language concordance with patients
    Low language concordance levels are detrimental to doctor-patient relationships and lead to reduced patient satisfaction. Here we look at the ways in which healthcare providers can achieve language concordance with patients.
  • 5 common yet "unofficial" lessons from medical school
    The unofficial stories of medical education are reflected in comics, which are known as “graphic medicine” in academic circles.
  • Medical icons of Singapore: Dr Benjamin Henry Sheares
    Dr Benjamin Henry Sheares was a distinguished obstetrician and gynaecologist from Singapore who went on to pioneer the Sheares’ Operation and also served as the second President of Singapore.
  • Who was the father of the lobotomy?
    The lobotomy is a psychosurgical procedure performed to destroy connections between the prefrontal cortex and other regions of the brain. The controversial operation was performed on psychiatric patients in the 20th century, due to the lack of alternative treatments, but who was the real inventor of the lobotomy?