• Surgeons found 27 contact lenses in patient’s eye
    British surgeons discovered a total of 27 contact lenses, where 17 were stuck together, in an elderly patient’s eye.
  • Sarawak government plans initiatives to tackle mental health issues
    Sarawak’s Chief Minister conveyed the government’s plans to address mental health problems by increasing funding amongst other things. Representatives at the 29th World Congress of The International Association For Suicide Prevention (IASP) also spoke up about suicide rates in Malaysia.
  • NHG polyclinics offer 24/7 locker service for medication pick-up at 7-Eleven stores nationwide
    Patients with regular prescriptions for chronic conditions can now skip queues at some polyclinics to collect their medication from lockers at 34 7-Eleven stores in Singapore at any time of the day.
  • Male infertility boosts financial equity of the reproductive health industry in China
    Recently, rising male infertility has become a pronounced issue in China due to radically changing lifestyle factors such as diet, environmental pollution, family planning at later ages and tobacco consumption. This has created an exponential increase in worth of industries that focus on providing assisted reproductive solutions.
  • News Bites: Radiopaque glue seals wounds and guides surgeries, Sea mammals inspire life-saving method for trauma victims
    This week, heater-cooler units used in surgery worldwide, are found to be contaminated during the manufacturing process, leading to deadly infections. Women with early or normal onset menopause are found to be at increased risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, and MIT engineers have developed a hydrogel to provide a softer, more slippery exterior that can significantly ease a patient's discomfort.
  • 18-day-old baby succumbs to viral meningitis, likely contracted after kiss
    Kissing a newborn could be fatal as a baby in Iowa, United States dies from HSV-1 meningitis. Her parents believe that she could have caught the virus from the kiss of an infected person.
  • Medical heroes: Treading beyond the ordinary
    In the hands of doctors are two contrasting, but vital shades of existence—life and death—where they are tasked with enabling a good life and ensuring a good death. In their heroic ways, doctors testify the strength of the human spirit—even in the worst of life’s battles.
  • Falsification of documents in nursing a felony
    The falsification of information is a serious matter, especially in healthcare. When carried out by nurses, it signals to the employers that they are not trustworthy – and can lead to immense consequences.
  • 999 emergencies: NHS sending cars instead of ambulances
    To attend to 999 emergencies target calls, health chiefs from NHS East of England Ambulance Trust have been sending cars instead of ambulances. Rapid response vehicles (RRVs) are being used to hit response targets, including patients who are in need of ambulances not cars to be transported to the hospital.
  • New method for cancer drug discovery via computational analysis
    A team of researchers from the University of California San Francisco (UCSF) has developed a computer programme to identify existing drugs that can be re-purposed as treatment for other diseases, such as cancer.
  • Singapore's AGO advises MOH to tighten approval-seeking processes after finding discrepancies
    On 18 July, the Auditor-General's Office (AGO) has advised the Ministry of Health (MOH) to tighten their project oversight processes and management controls as it has spent more than SGD4 million on site supervisory staff engaged by its agent without verifying the "need for and reasonableness" of this expenditure.
  • Errors in taking medication outside of healthcare facilities on the rise
    Self-administered medication or medication administered unto others outside of healthcare facilities will at times lead to errors. These mistakes, caused by the patients, have been on the rise over the years and some have resulted in serious complications.
  • Doctor incriminated in raping unconscious patients sentenced to 50 years in prison
    Mr. Binh Chung, a 43-year-old Las Vegas physician, has recently been sentenced to 50 years in prison on the premise of several accusations against him including recording of sexual activity with patients, raping unconscious patients, kidnapping and physical assault.