• When the big toe is swollen, it’s gout
    A rare form of arthritis, most Filipinos still attribute joint pain or swelling to gout. How is it different from other forms rheumatic diseases?
  • Doctor on trial for sedating patients and sexually assaulting them
    A 41-year-old doctor is on trial for allegedly drugging four male patients who had sought him for minor injuries, and then performing indecent acts on them.
  • Malaysian MOH proposes initiatives to improve healthcare
    The Malaysian Health Ministry looks to launch the Malaysian Health Transformation Initiative in the coming months. A national strategy is also in planning to combat various healthcare challenges in the country.
  • Pilot project: SAF medics to be deployed in SCDF ambulances to address Singaporeans' growing medical needs
    Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) medics will be deployed in several Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) ambulances in a three-month pilot project from September — to address the growing medical needs of Singaporeans. The project aims to address the expected annual 6% increase in calls for ambulances and emergency.
  • Heart problems cause one-third of deaths worldwide
    Since 2011, UN and WHO have recognised that cardiovascular disease impacts both health and the economy of nations. Hence, there have been attempts to increase the awareness to reduce the incidence of such diseases.
  • The threat of antimicrobial resistance
    The discovery of antibiotics is one of the major breakthroughs in the field of medicine. However, antimicrobial resistance has become a global problem in the years – warranting the need for a new antimicrobial drug.
  • What is the US doing to bring drug prices down?
    In a bid to bring down drug prices, a bipartisan group of lawmakers re-introduced a bill on 16 May that would require pharmaceutical companies to justify any price raises on drugs – by providing a breakdown of their expenses. Although President Trump has criticised drug makers for "getting away with murder", his administration has not offered a plan yet.
  • Next WHO director-general hoped to promote health as a fundamental human right
    All eyes are on the 70th UN World Health Assembly in Geneva from 22 – 31 May, as all 194 member countries will vote on the next director-general of the World Health Organisation (WHO). Health experts hope the next candidate would be able to steer the WHO in a new direction that respects health as a fundamental human right.
  • Cases of illegal dental practitioners on the rise, warns Malaysian MOH
    The Malaysian Health ministry urges the public to be aware of unlicensed dentists amidst the increasing reports of dental services from illegal practitioners.
  • Canadian patient woke up to excruciating pain under surgeon’s knife
    As terrifying as it could be, a 54-year-old woman woke up half way through a surgery, and felt her abdomen being ripped and painfully burning, yet unable to communicate her torment.