• Experts find ways to cut drug costs in light of increased prices
    Patients, healthcare professionals, insurance companies and pharma companies have been going back and forth trying to find common ground on the hike in drug prices. Some motivated groups have decided to research and potentially curb this problem once and for all.
  • 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.
  • How one boy’s tragic death raised organ donation awareness in Italy
    In 1994, an American family got unknowingly involved in a car highway shooting, while on holiday in southern Italy. Despite the horrific tragedy, Nicholas’ parents made the decision to donate their son’s organs and corneas in the country that had taken away his life, benefitting seven Italians in total.
  • Aspirin increases probability of life-threatening bleeds in the geriatric population
    Aspirin has been shown to cause bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract, especially for elderly patients, due to its anti-coagulative effects. Hence, health experts recommend simultaneous use of proton pump inhibitors along with the drug.
  • Doctors do not take cost into consideration when ordering tests or prescribing drugs, study reveals
    Most physicians are often unaware of the cost of tests, drugs or scans that they order for their patients. If they were better informed, would there be any difference in the choices made? Experts are calling for the focus on cost to be shifted to "value-based care" – so that it makes more of a difference to physicians and their patients.
  • Malaysian doctors unhappy with business premises charge for clinics
    The Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) and the Ministry of Health (MoH) have raised concerns over the business premises fee that general practitioners are being charged with for their clinics. This is on top of all the other rising costs of running their practices.
  • 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.
  • Lost in translation: Two foreign nurses said to put patients at risk because of poor English
    In the current nursing shortfall, UK hospitals are relying heavily on foreign nurses. Nonetheless, some are seen as a threat to patient safety and health outcomes – rather than alleviating the situation.
  • The important milestones of clinical trial evolution
    Clinical trials have been long considered as an integral part of medical sciences. Here, we attempt to visit the history of clinical trials – as we rediscover its development through the ages.
  • Hospitals may be investing too much in technology and IT systems
    Today, most medical records are computerised into electronic health records (EHRs). Most EHRs aim to serve patients' needs and healthcare providers' needs as well. But the safety and quality of healthcare has been compromised as hospitals have invested in technologies that fail to share data, failing to better support clinical care.
  • Kenyan nurses’ strike causes six patient deaths
    Nurses in Kenya have stayed away from their workplaces in a strike against the government for shunning away their collective bargaining agreement. The agreement outlines an increment in the nurses’ salary and the strike will continue until their demands are met. At least six patient deaths have resulted from the strike and new patients are being turned away or asked to seek private care.
  • Family medicine course for GPs to undergo "intensive upgrade" in Singapore
    An "intensive upgrade" will happen for Singapore's main training programme for general practitioners (GPs) to get certified in family medicine. The revamp of the two-year graduate diploma in family medicine is driven by a growing need for primary-care doctors who can deal with the range of health issues that an ageing population faces.
  • Doctor who molested women spared jail because of his surgical skills
    One of the UK’s top surgeons has been spared jail, as judge deemed him “too good at his job” to go to prison.