• Trump’s travel ban challenged as study proves ability of foreign-trained doctors
    Elderly hospitalised US patients may have lower mortality rates if they are attended by foreign-trained doctors, compared to those US-trained, a Harvard study suggests. Amid President Trump’s 90-day ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US, what does this mean for America’s healthcare landscape?
  • First guideline on cerebral palsy for children issued by NICE
    The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in the UK has recently published the first guideline to improve diagnosis and treatment of the neurological condition in young people.
  • Hong Kong to usher in more non-locally trained doctors, yay or nay?
    The Policy Address emphasised the need to recruit non-locally trained doctors on a “needs basis” under the condition of limited registration. To enhance the flexibility of non-locally trained doctors working in Hong Kong, it proposed extending the validity period for this from one year to three years.
  • Trump’s immigration ban, a gamble on US healthcare
    With US President Donald Trump’s new executive order preventing immigrants from entering the country, the US healthcare system – which is heavily reliant on foreign-born and foreign-trained workers – may face severe repercussions.
  • Over-prescription of antibiotics due to misinterpretations between doctors and patients
    It has been found that patients are more likely to be infected by superbugs due to the overprescribing of antibiotics rather than unhygienic hospitals. Many doctors say that they prescribe antibiotics because patients demand for it. Do they?
  • Calorie count of 50 popular food and drinks in Malaysia and Singapore
    It is no secret that Malaysians and Singaporeans love their food, which has probably contributed to the high obesity rates - 17.7% are obese and 30% are overweight in Malaysia and 11% are obese in Singapore. So how many calories are there exactly, in our favourite foods?
  • World’s first human-pig hybrid: Medical breakthrough or ethical dilemma?
    An international team of researchers have just announced that they have created the first successful human-animal hybrids. However, it raises moral questions about the moral status of these hybrids.
  • Majority of drug-resistant tuberculosis caused by human transmission
    A new study of tuberculosis cases in South Africa has found that the majority of drug-resistant TB can be traced back to person-to-person contact rather than a lack of treatment.
  • Most Americans believe in vaccines; What is Trump going to do about it?
    Less than one-quarter of Americans share President Trump's scepticism about the safety of childhood vaccines. But Trump's regular meetings with anti-vaccine advocates raise doubts about his future vaccination policies. Will vaccination policies be changed for the better?
  • New Bites: Heartbeats as passwords for EHRs, CDC alert after first human outbreak of Seoul virus
    US researchers developed a robotic sleeve as a treatment for heart failure and titanium that can repel blood, both reducing the risk of blood clotting associated with medical implants. Others have developed micromotors that are able to neutralise gastric acid and deliver drugs simultaneously.
  • Taking cancer biology as an example: The importance of reproducibility in science
    A reproducibility project that measured the reliability of cancer research, found that laboratories trying to repeat published experiments, more often than not, cannot. This sparks a conversation on whether the scientific community should start taking reproducibility projects seriously.
  • Donald Trump signs first executive order that shakes the unstable insurance market
    President Trump has been installed into the White House as of last Friday. Within hours, America began to see change as he signed an executive order instructing federal agencies to grant relief to constituencies that were affected by the Affordable Care Act. What does this mean for the future of American healthcare?
  • 3 Zika myths that still persist, a year on
    In February 2016, the local transmission of Zika infections had already been reported in more than 20 countries and territories in the Americas. A year on from the first outbreak, some myths surrounding the virus still persist despite having been debunked - we look at three of these.