• Negative expectations lead to statin side effects, research suggests
    With a recent research proposing that statin side effects are a result of the patients’ negative expectations but not the drugs, researchers hope to end the debate around statins.
  • Do gut bacteria influence human health?
    Most people are aware that eating habits can affect nutrient intake and have an impact on health, but researchers have recently shifted their focus to study the critical role of gut microbiota and their potential association with diseases.
  • 5 doctors with unusual hobbies
    Doctors with interesting side interests and passions spend their spare time working in another profession while integrating the skills in both careers.
  • 3 new breakthroughs in cancer research
    Researchers have achieved an outstanding record of scientific achievement in cancer research and have continued to bring new insights into the field. In this article, we take a look at three of many recent cancer medicine breakthroughs.
  • Triplets survive world’s first operation to fix rare skull condition
    A rare skull condition that has affected a set of triplets has led them to undergo the first-ever operation performed simultaneously on all three of them.
  • Thousands suffer from late-stage cancer after GPs failed to catch symptoms
    In the UK, a new study has found that tens of thousands are diagnosed with late-stage cancer despite repeated visits to family doctors, who fail to spot the symptoms in time.
  • Novel drug to treat rare Batten disease approved by FDA
    The US FDA has approved Brineura, an enzyme replacement therapy, as treatment for a specific form of Batten disease called CLN2 – a terminal disease which causes children to suffer from progressive neurological impairment.
  • Sedating paediatric patients may reduce pain-induced trauma
    Children tend to have a high level of anxiety when it comes to clinical procedures. Under certain circumstances, it is recommended to sedate the child to avoid causing a traumatic experience.
  • 3 new research breakthroughs in neurodegenerative diseases
    Researchers have set out on a race to discover potential diagnostic tools and therapies for age-related neurodegenerative diseases which have been increasing in numbers in tandem with the ageing population.
  • Can next-generation antibiotics be found in medieval medicine recipes?
    With the evolution of antibiotic-resistant microbes speeding up in the past decade, the search for new drugs is constantly an urgent matter. Some medievalists and scientists have proposed that history might hold some clues to spur on the search for new antibiotics.
  • Specialist Spotlight: Oncologists
    With a shortage of oncologists and an increasing number of cancer cases, the demand for oncology services may soon outpace its supply.
  • The Philadelphia chromosome: The beginning of precision medicine
    In the 1950s, the world of genetics just began with Watson and Crick's discovery of the helical structure of DNA, which ultimately led to the modern era of precision medicine. But it all began with a photograph of an abnormal chromosome of a person suffering from chronic myeloid leukaemia, taken by a then young scientist, David Hungerford.
  • World's first robotic surgery to remove kidney cancer spread in the heart
    The world’s first robotic surgery that removes a kidney cancer tumour extended into the heart has saved a patient from risk of sudden cardiac death.