• Housemanship issues manageable, MOH claims
    Amid increasing concerns of an oversupply of doctors and insufficient postings, the Health Ministry says the situation is still under control. However, a Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) representative urges for a restriction on medical student intakes to nip it in the bud.
  • The man and his accidental invention: The pacemaker
    Like most great inventions, the pacemaker came about by accident. Seasoned inventor and engineer, Wilson Greatbatch revolutionised the world of cardiology with the first implantation of the pacemaker in the 1960s. Since then, the pacemaker has continued to enrich millions of lives around the world
  • How coffee, tea, and chocolate helped overturn an antiquated system of medicine
    The ubiquity of coffee, tea, and chocolate may be taken for granted without much thought by many – but they may have played a far more important role in overturning an archaic medical theory.
  • 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.