• NHS to recruit medics and GPs from India, Pakistan and the EU due to staff shortage
    Amidst the growing humanitarian NHS crisis in the UK, the government hopes that offering foreign doctors work opportunities and attractive salaries within the NHS will be enough to address the staff shortage problem.
  • The role of nurses in preventing violence against women
    One in ten women in Singapore has experienced physical violence or abuse by a male, as reported by the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE).Many cases of domestic violence go unreported as many victims try to cover up the abuse – only 23% of the local women who had experienced domestic abuse filed official reports. What can nurses do to help these victims?
  • Australian pharmacists granted authority to alter prescriptions for chronically ill
    Pharmacists in Australia will soon have the authority to alter prescriptions for patients with chronic conditions like asthma. This comes after a controversial Victorian trial that sees a shift of patient care away from doctors.
  • The local fight against childhood cancer
    Not many know that in an effort to enhance the care for young patients diagnosed with brain and solid tumours, the KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH), together with the Viva Foundation for Children with Cancer (VIVA) and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in America are running an interesting partnership together.
  • Is Trump set to change the vaccine policy with his new vaccine safety committee chair?
    An infamous vaccine critic has accepted a position in Donald Trump's administration as chair of a panel on vaccine safety and scientific integrity. Does this mean the president-elect will change the vaccine policy in the US?
  • 5 philanthropic doctors who go the extra mile for patients
    To many, a doctor is the embodiment of selflessness. They often skip meals, and often work 24 to 36 hour shifts. Here are 5 examples of doctors who go beyond that call of duty to readily care for larger groups of people.
  • The pharmacist’s role in promoting immunisation programmes
    Throughout the world, many countries have started to give pharmacists a hands-on role in administering vaccines. These countries include the United States, Australia, Portugal, Ireland and the United Kingdom. So just what does this role encompass?
  • MOH Malaysia revokes both of Hovid's manufacturing licences
    The pharmaceutical company announced that its manufacturing licences have been revoked by the Ministry of Health on 9 January due to compliance issues. Hovid said that it is in the midst of investigations and expects to implement required preventive measures to avoid re-occurrence.
  • Plummeting drug approval rates in 2016 might be reversed in 2017
    The US FDA only cleared 22 new medicines for sale last year, the lowest number since 2010. But the downward trend in 2016 might be reversed as Donald Trump has said that he wants to speed up drug approvals and cut through "the red tape at the FDA".
  • Healthcare subsidies: Do we need more or less of these?
    Patients, especially the elderly and those from low-income families, are those who directly benefit from healthcare subsidies. This showcases how important subsidies are in helping every individual attain healthcare when they need it, regardless of their socioeconomic status. However, there are also issues that muddy these benefits.
  • Singapore scientists lead fight against TB in two novel researches
    NUS scientists have developed synthetic antimicrobial peptides that create drug passageways for antibiotics to fight TB bacteria. Separately, researchers from Singapore-MIT Alliance for Research and Technology found a new key mechanism that is responsible for when and how TB bacteria go into dormancy.
  • 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?
  • Ten years and counting: Project GroomOver
    Project GroomOver, one of six current community outreach programmes organised by the Singapore General Hospital’s Volunteer Club, has provided over ten years of services to the elderly and the needy.