• Anger Rooms: Detrimental to mental health?
    Anger Rooms are now available in many countries like the US, Canada, Australia – and now, Singapore – as a go-to venue for people to smash objects: a safe way to unleash their anger. It is seen as an alternative to relieve stress; though, it may not be good for our health.
  • High alert: Consumption of "smart drugs" amongst Singaporean students
    Singapore's undergraduates and secondary students are using "smart drugs" to enhance their cognitive abilities to help with last-minute cramming. Experts say that more students are misusing these "smart drugs" that may have side effects such as heart problems, severe rashes, headaches, irritability, difficulty in breathing and insomnia.
  • Opening a medical practice in low-income areas and its challenges
    Low-income areas bring different types of challenges for doctors, who are looking to set up their medical practice in this kind of area. Doctors should be prepared on what to expect; so that they can earn a substantial income while meeting the medical needs of the community.
  • Malaysia's MOH to hold meeting regarding display of recommended retail price of medicines
    The Malaysian government has urged pharmaceutical companies to display the recommended retail price of medicines on the packaging, to curb retailers from hiking prices unreasonably. However, the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) warned that the move to display drug pricing might also backfire as patients would opt for cheaper alternatives instead of effective medicines.
  • Ensuring the safety of digital healthcare
    As mobile technology continues to develop and solve daily-life problems, healthcare is also getting the digital treatment. But are these medical devices and apps safe for patients and effective?
  • Surgical fumes in operating theatres found to be hazardous
    Surgeons are constantly exposed to surgical fumes and noxious vapours in the operating theatre. Although theatres are equipped with ventilation and masks are worn, surgeons, anaesthetists and staffs are inevitably exposed to a certain amount of fumes.
  • Selangor urged to step up efforts to eradicate Aedes breeding grounds
    Selangor has been urged to step up efforts to eradicate Aedes breeding grounds to combat the spread of dengue, Zika and Chikungunya. Health Minister Dr S Subramanam said dengue is still a huge national concern, and that Selangor contributes to more than 50% of the cases.
  • Sabah health officials warn of monkey malaria in the region
    Malaysian health authorities are escalating their search for the Anopheles mosquitoes in Sabah as monkey malaria is becoming more prevalent in that population. Other international researchers also offer insights into the problem after conducting a large study in the region.
  • "Rent-the-womb" business flourishes in Laos after surrogacy operations are banned in neighbouring countries
    Strategically close to the Thai border, dozens of fertility clinics have offered surrogacy and IVF services to desperate couples and singles, mainly from Australia and China. Rights groups are hoping to clamp down on the operations with the help of the Laos government.
  • Baby with rare genetic disease should die with dignity, says doctors
    For 10-month-old Charlie Gard, the final hope of healing was lost as doctors saw him deteriorating day by day and proposed to end his life support—thus, dismissing his parents’ desperate plea for treatment in America.
  • NHS calls on physician associates to step in – as pressure on doctors continues to increase
    The National Health Service (NHS) is set to increase the number of physician associates it hires to fill in doctor shortage gaps, despite the fact that they are only trained for two years.
  • LGBT community faces stigma and healthcare restrictions globally
    Recent controversy surrounding Ministry of Health (MoH) Malaysia’s video contest, which involved the LGBT community, drew a lot of attention to stigma in this area. Other global experts address the barriers to healthcare faced by this community due to varying reasons.
  • HSA warns against consumption of weight loss product, Nutriline Bluvelle
    The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) of Singapore has advised the public to stop consuming a weight loss product called Nutriline Bluvelle on 14 June. The product claims that it contains natural plant ingredients that are "safe and free of side effects" but was found to contain a banned substance known as sibutramine, instead.