• Measures needed to combat health illiteracy
    The issue of health illiteracy has been a cause for concern globally, especially within the medical community. Essentially, both doctors and health agencies play an important role in improving the health literacy of their patients and the public respectively.
  • Childhood cancers on the rise, says a new study
    While statistics show childhood cancer rates as moving upwards, concerns about a real increase in the disease have spawned differing explanations, with some pointing to contrasting figures between affluent and poor countries.
  • Can WHO's success against neglected tropical diseases continue?
    World Health Organisation officials have announced that "unprecedented progress" has been made towards reducing the spread of neglected tropical diseases that is commonly linked to poverty. But much of this has to do with the generosity of big governments. Can the initiative continue without their assistance?
  • MOH Malaysia: MyHDW will not disclose any sensitive patient information
    Following the launch of the Malaysian Health Data Warehouse, public and consumer groups have been demanding greater transparency in the handling of confidential health data stored in the new system.
  • Three new cases of Zika infections reported in Singapore
    Three new cases of Zika infections have been reported as of last week, according to the National Environment Agency (NEA) on 20 April. Two were reported in the Glasgow Road area, while the other was reported at the Nouvelle Park along Poh Huat Road West.
  • Pharma giant under fire in the UK for hiking up cancer drug prices across Europe
    An investigation by a local newspaper revealed that a pharmaceutical company has used "aggressive approaches" in attempts to drive up the price of cancer drugs across Europe. However the UK's Department of Health is taking caution and preventing such attempts.
  • Volcanic soil uncovered as root cause of disease outbreak in Uganda
    While investigating the 2015 surge of elephantiasis cases in Uganda, scientists have looked to the soil for the underlying cause in the absence of filarial worms associated with the disease.
  • Best medical tourism spots around the world
    The cost of healthcare varies between countries and is particularly expensive in places such as the US or UK. Many people seek healthcare in other countries which offer the same quality of care, but at much lower prices. Here are some countries that many international patients seek care at.
  • Medical coding: An asset or a headache for the healthcare industry?
    Medical coding has long been touted as a ‘saviour’ for the medical and healthcare industry. However, the most pertinent issue surrounding it is the difficulty in drawing the line between specificity and complexity.
  • Mice are not humans: Re-evaluating animal models in clinical research
    With many clinical trials failing, researchers are now urged to look at how animal studies are carried out today, which seems to be hindering drug development, rather than furthering it.