• 6 robotic innovations set to improve key healthcare challenges
    The field of robotics is fast becoming a part of everyday life. In the sector of healthcare technologies, it is providing ready solutions; from fighting cancer to providing companionship.
  • News Bites: Breathalyzer can identify 17 diseases, FDA makes antibiotics illegal for livestock
    This week, Australian scientists have developed a way to 3D-print human heart tissue and British scientists have made progress in a possible new antibiotic for treatment against gonorrhoea. Doctors in the US have recently performed the first experimental deep brain stimulation for stroke surgery and a company in the US have developed portable perfusion systems to keep organs alive until they are ready to be transplanted.
  • Antimicrobial resistance crisis: A long time coming
    The current state of the antimicrobial resistance crisis is a result of years of neglect and malpractice. What can we now do to potentially avert a bigger crisis?
  • Using big data analytics in healthcare research: Google Flu Trends and other projects
    Big Data analytics are increasingly being employed in many areas of healthcare, such as big real-time tracking projects, and the monitoring and analysing of vital bodily signs. In a prime example, engineers at Google observed that there would be a spike in searches on flu symptoms as people tried to diagnose themselves before an actual outbreak was registered, and they put together a web tool known as Google Flu Trends in 2008.
  • 5 Singaporean researches seeking to eradicate diseases at the genetic level
    Singapore’s diverse, highly globalised business and academic communities, advanced infrastructure and government investment make it well-suited to high-technology industries such as the life sciences.
  • Helping doctors keep up with the medical knowledge explosion
    The exponential rate at which new medical information is discovered is becoming too much for doctors to learn and recall accurately. Better methods need to be developed to aid doctors in processing available information for the benefit of their patients.
  • 4 futuristic surgical tools that will reshape the face of medicine
    Modern surgery was pioneered by John Hunter in the 1700s. Since then, the invention of the da Vinci surgical robot was a game changer in the fields of surgery.
  • FDA puts leukaemia drug trial on hold after four patient deaths
    Four patients have died during a leukaemia drug trial conducted by a leading pharmaceutical company in the US. The drug, vadastuximab talirine has been placed on a clinical hold by the FDA while they evaluate if it caused the deaths.
  • The undeniable benefits of mobile technology for the healthcare worker
    Many healthcare workers spend a substantial amount of time at their desks facing computers. By harnessing mobile tools and technology, it is possible to lessen this time, and instead spend more of it with patients, thereby improving the quality of patient care and leading to better patient outcomes. Mobile technology can also help hospitals and healthcare facilities in many ways. Here are some ways that mobile technology has benefitted the healthcare sector.
  • A surprising alternative dressing for burn victims: Tilapia fish skin
    Doctors in Brazil have used fish skin as an alternative dressing after a waitress suffered second degree burns to her arms, neck and part of her face. This novel therapy promises to be highly effective while reducing costs.
  • The year in review: 2016 in medical and health news – Part 1
    The first part of our year-end countdown of 10 of the biggest health and medicine news of 2016.
  • Mitigating hospital errors: Recent advancements in medical technologies
    With hospital errors climbing both in terms of number and frequency, precautionary measures have become more important now than ever to mitigate these in order to ensure patient safety. With that in mind, the way forth to safer and more efficient environments is constantly being paved and repaved by advancements in technology. Here's how.
  • DNA screening introduced in KKH to detect allergies to carbamazepine
    Carbamazepine is a drug used in the treatment of paediatric epilepsy and nerve pain encompassing trigeminal neuralgia and diabetic neuropathy, among others. The KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) has rolled out a DNA screening test to identify patients who might be allergic to the anticonvulsant medication, carbamazepine.