• 6 bizarre medical cases uncovered
    Throughout history, the medical field has encountered many unusual cases. We take a brief look at six of these odd patient experiences.
  • 7 inspiring reads written by doctors
    No matter how busy you are, no healthcare professional can keep giving without some solid R&R time, so it is time to put work aside for a while, and indulge in a good book.
  • Sorry may be the hardest word, but it can avoid medical malpractice suits
    Recently, there have been increased incidences of medical malpractices. Patients, and their attorneys, admitted that they were suing in response to the wall of silence around the medical world’s “deny and defend” policy.
  • The underrated importance of incremental care
    The direction of modern healthcare has changed from the times when urgent heroic interventions were needed to save lives, but is enough attention being paid to incremental care?
  • Over-prescription of antibiotics due to misinterpretations between doctors and patients
    It has been found that patients are more likely to be infected by superbugs due to the overprescribing of antibiotics rather than unhygienic hospitals. Many doctors say that they prescribe antibiotics because patients demand for it. Do they?
  • 8 intriguing medical museums around the world
    Medical museums serve a special purpose - they store specimens that are often unique and represents as a snapshot of an era’s medical equipments and standards; other museums store unique specimens of medical abnormalities.
  • World’s first human-pig hybrid: Medical breakthrough or ethical dilemma?
    An international team of researchers have just announced that they have created the first successful human-animal hybrids. However, it raises moral questions about the moral status of these hybrids.
  • The possibilities of open-access publication for pharmacy research
    The University of Huddersfield in England has published a new open-access journal that its editors hope will fulfill "an unmet need for a high quality, fully open access and free to publish journal" by covering a wide range of topics under the pharmacy umbrella.
  • The power of belief: 6 startling facts about the placebo effect
    The placebo effect is generally known for its usage in drug trials to differentiate the effectiveness of a drug from effects of the mind. However, the placebo effect goes beyond sugar pills.
  • Leap of faith: Patient awaiting transplant lived six days without lungs
    A patient with cystic fibrosis, was dying from a terminal lung infection, until doctors intervened by removing both her lungs while she waited for a double lung transplant – for six days.
  • Poor salaries and overwork led to shortage of doctors in China
    China plans to increase its number of doctors by nearly 40% over the next five years. However they face a big obstacle – more and more medical graduates are choosing other professions due to the low salary and long working hours being a doctor entails.
  • When theatre meets medicine: Medical schools in Singapore use actors as patients to train up empathy
    Though the medical profession has long recognised the importance of instilling empathy and other soft skills in doctors, the question of how to effectively teach this still persists. Using actors to create realistic patient reactions can build medical students’ emotional awareness during patient interactions, and may just be the answer
  • Is the clinical importance of empathy overrated?
    Many good things have been ascribed to the possession of empathy – that intangible trait so often defined as the capacity to feel, and thus understand, the emotions of others. It has even been likened to an art, but is it really a key clinical skill?