• One in four pneumonia patients fail first prescription of antibiotics
    A new study has revealed the effects of rising antibiotic resistance on treatment of community-acquired pneumonia patients. G20 health ministers have agreed to implement plans to curb antibiotic resistance by 2018.
  • Antidepressants in pregnancy: The big dispute
    The use of antidepressants during pregnancy has been a heavily debated topic bringing about numerous research ventures and room for discussion.
  • Heart problems cause one-third of deaths worldwide
    Since 2011, UN and WHO have recognised that cardiovascular disease impacts both health and the economy of nations. Hence, there have been attempts to increase the awareness to reduce the incidence of such diseases.
  • 3 Singaporean studies contribute to modern medicine
    Scientists in Singapore have conducted quality research and yielded exciting results to fill the gaps in various areas of healthcare.
  • MOH plans to eradicate AIDS in Malaysia by 2030
    In efforts to tackle AIDS in Malaysia, the MOH sets targets to eradicate the disease and also successfully stopped peddlers selling illegal AIDS-treating pills.
  • Singapore's healthcare companies buy out private clinics to capitalise on medical tourism
    Healthcare companies in Singapore have been acquiring local clinics to expand in the region's medical-care market. This has rewarded investors with an average 50% gain in the past year and the companies are keen on continuing this rally throughout the year. Is the trend expected to continue?
  • The threat of antimicrobial resistance
    The discovery of antibiotics is one of the major breakthroughs in the field of medicine. However, antimicrobial resistance has become a global problem in the years – warranting the need for a new antimicrobial drug.
  • Next WHO director-general hoped to promote health as a fundamental human right
    All eyes are on the 70th UN World Health Assembly in Geneva from 22 – 31 May, as all 194 member countries will vote on the next director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Health experts hope the next candidate would be able to steer the WHO in a new direction that respects health as a fundamental human right.
  • 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.
  • 'WannaCry' attack could turn into digital malpractice against hospitals, say legal experts
    The global ransomware attack that crippled the NHS in the UK highlighted an important fact: Many hospitals do not have an available software patch that could have protected their computer systems. In the US, it has also been found that the ransomware managed to infect medical devices, as well. IT and legal experts are now advising hospitals to take quick measures to prevent such an incident from recurring.