• Dr Meredith Garcia-Trinidad on the role oncologists play in a cancer patient’s treatment journey
    MIMS recently spoke with Dr Meredith Garcia-Trinidad, consultant medical oncologist, and Faculty Member at the Lyceum-Northwestern University, Dagupan, to discuss some of the key roles that medical oncologists play in guiding their patients through their cancer treatment journey.
  • In light of the gadolinium controversy: The impact of recent verdict by major regulators
    On 21 July, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended that the use of linear gadolinium agents – or more commonly known as MRI contrasts – should be restricted due to the possibility of deposition of gadolinium in tissues. The US FDA on the other hand, did not share the same views.
  • Malaysian dental centre implicated in death of DPM’s son-in-law – had no licence for handling X-ray apparatus
    On 10 August, the Sessions Court was told that Imperial Dental Specialist Centre Sdn Bhd had no licence for the handling of X-ray apparatus. The centre is currently facing charges in connection with the death of the deputy prime minister’s son-in-law, Datuk Syed Alman Zain Syed Alwi, who received his treatment there last year.
  • Indian nurse dies after being denied treatment on duty – tragedy causes uproar among colleagues
    The unwarranted death of an Indian staff nurse has stirred an emotionally charged mob – comprising hospital employees – to use physical violence against a human resource executive. Letters to relevant authorities have also been written, demanding explanations for the unjust death of 25-year-old staff nurse, Uma Kesh.
  • Helminthic therapy: The latest health trend of ingesting live parasites
    Helminthic therapy is the latest health trend of ingesting parasites that secrete substances to pacify the immune system. Reports claimed that more than 7,000 people worldwide have jumped on the bandwagon of helminthic therapy – consuming parasitic worms, with the aim of treating several health conditions.
  • Strict implementation of anti-smoking ban in Manila schools

    The city government of Manila has vowed to mete the severest sanctions on violators of the anti-smoking ban around schools and other areas frequented by its young citizens.

  • Design Thinking: Multidisciplinary approach to inspire innovation
    Adopting the concept from the business world, many healthcare providers are leaning towards design thinking application in their practices. This involves a multidisciplinary team contributing new ideas to improve patient management and better manoeuvre around the workspace.
  • Number of vision-impaired Filipinos on the rise - DOH

    More than 2 million Filipinos are suffering from visual impairment or low vision in both eyes, according to the Department of Health, and there are at least 300,000 who are bilaterally blind.

  • Will BMA’s proposal to “decriminalise abortion-on-demand” go through; how will it affect Malaysian laws?
    The British Medical Association (BMA) has proposed for the complete decriminalisation of abortion – and for women to have access to terminations on demand. While this has clearly sparked a heated debate among the British medical community, we wanted to find out if the law could translate over ̶ would the proposed changes be accepted by the British government, ultimately. We spoke with a few medical and legal experts, to get their views about this matter.
  • Health department to closely watch for animal-to-human transmission of avian flu

    A team of epidemiologists from the Department of Health has been sent to assist the Department of Agriculture (DA), which has confirmed the first case of avian flu in the country.

  • 700K school girls targeted in nationwide HPV school-based vaccination drive
    One hundred eighty Grade IV female students received the first of two anti-cervical cancer vaccination shots during the kick-off of the HPV Immunization programme’s in Mandaluyong City.
  • Brain activity – zooming into how the brain functions
    Even though the brain is one of the most vital organs in the human body—we seem to have barely scratched the surface, when it comes to our knowledge on how the brain functions. The following article touches on several new research discoveries on brain activity—zooming into three main pieces in further detail.
  • MOH Malaysia urged to reveal actual cost of upgraded ambulances
    Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam recently announced the distribution of 500 ambulances to medical institutions in Malaysia – from an allocation of a whopping RM400 million. Local groups are condemning the excessive sum.