• 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.
  • Can doctors refuse to treat trans people or women who have had abortions?
    A US District judge has ruled over a section of the Affordable Care Act, which stops doctors from discriminating against patients due to gender identity or those who have had abortions. Thus, doctors can now refuse a patient due to their personal religious beliefs.
  • Eating disorders in men: An underestimated epidemic
    In Singapore and Malaysia, approximately 8.7% and 13.5% of males are diagnosed with eating disorders. For many young men, it is detrimental as they bear the double stigma of having a mental illness - especially one normally categorised as female.
  • 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.
  • Doctors urge for a national health insurance system in Malaysia, but is it feasible?
    Doctors are pushing for reducing the distinction between private and public hospitals, to allow all Malaysians to have easy access to healthcare. However, one of the problems with a social health insurance is that less than 10% of the population pays income tax.
  • 10 near-forgotten diseases that are still very real threats – Part 2
    In Part 2 of this special, we investigate more diseases the world has more or less neglected, one of which infects up to 1 in 3 individuals in the world.
  • Cancer: From conventional cures to modern medications
    Cancer has had a long and wrought history. As our understanding of the disease progresses, so do our options of treating it. Indeed, cancer therapies have progressed from surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, to the more sophisticated methods that are used today.
  • Malaysian pharmacists unable to apply for ARC due to glitches in BLESS
    Pharmacists have faced many difficulties trying to renew or apply for their annual retention certificates (ARC) due to the glitches in the Business Licensing Electronic Support System (BLESS).
  • Malaysia cracks down on growing ozone therapy trend in local beauty industry
    All ozone machines run by beauty parlours were not registered under the Ministry of Health, although under the Medical Device Act 2012, they are required to do so.
  • 10 near-forgotten diseases that are still very real threats – Part 1
    In the first of this two-part special, we investigate some of the most neglected diseases in the world, several of which are more prevalent than you might expect.