• The integrating of mental and behavioural healthcare in a medical practice
    The increasing number of patients consulting physicians in regular medical practices with regard to mental and behavioural health issues, faced as a result of stressful modern-day life, highlights an interesting question: Should, and can, these services be directly integrated into regular medical practices for patients' ease? 
  • New transparency rules for pharma companies leave Australian health experts furious
    Pharmaceutical companies were found to spend over AUS$2.6 million on "educational events" for doctors on a new generation of blood thinners, in just six months. To add to concerns, these companies will no longer have to publish information about what they spend on such events.
  • Lab error forces over 400 people to be retested for Zika virus in the US
    Over 400 individuals in the District of Columbia, including 294 pregnant women, are being retested for Zika, due to a testing error by the public health laboratory which caused all results to become negative.
  • Singapore's research agency A*STAR set to restructure for better R&D
    The restructuring will address the aims of the Committee on the Future Economy (CFE ) and align more closely to Research Innovation Enterprise (RIE) 2020, a S$19 billion plan to support Singapore's R&D efforts over five years.
  • Are there any perks to hiring millennial healthcare professionals over experienced ones?
    Millennials are getting a lot of flak these days, from nicknames like 'Strawberry Generation' to the bad rep of being seemingly 'self-entitled and spoiled'. More than this when it comes to the workplace though, is that millennials are commonly thought of to lack experience, a crucial component that managers everywhere in the healthcare industry will look for when hiring to expand a team. Yet all is not lost, and times are changing as educational institutions gradually realise the importance of real-world experience and attempt to inculcate this.
  • A closer look at kindness and compassion in the medical setting
    More and more, the importance of kindness and compassion in patient treatment is being touted as a necessity, and even scientific reports have jumped on the bandwagon, providing piece after piece evidence to prove this. In this article, Dr Jennifer Winter brings us through why this is so vital, from a doctor's perspective.
  • Should circumcision policies change in light of various benefits?
    A group of researchers at the University of Sydney have recently claimed that circumcision should be a desirable public health intervention, as the benefits of the procedure appear to outweigh the risks.
  • New clinical guidelines prescribe exercise as first-line therapy for lower back pain
    The American College of Physicians have revised the guidelines for management of lower back pain, advising clinicians to prescribe treatments such as heat therapy and yoga before resorting to pharmaceutical options.
  • News Bites: Malaria parasites secrete substance to attract mosquitoes, Exchanging bacteria to fight BO
    This week, a compound in Brazilian peppertree berries, copper-infused sheets and copper-covered surfaces can fight against superbugs. Japanese researchers have also developed a goggle-shaped device to detect glaucoma quickly and accurately.
  • Nurses and delegation: 5 tips to ensure an effective exchange
    At some point in every successful nurse's career, being overwhelmed with tasks will require you to learn the delicate art of delegation in order to function more effectively. Delegation is the transfer of responsibility for the performance of a task from one person to another, and if carried out well, will afford you the required space and time to concentrate on more difficult patient issues and deal with them successfully.
  • MACC arrests seven doctors in Penang "express health checks" syndicate
    The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission has arrested eight healthcare workers for offering "express health checks" to drivers who are renewing or applying for a Public Service Vehicle (PSV) license. All are currently being investigated.
  • Housemen in Malaysia driven to quit by stress
    Unable to cope with the long working hours and other pressures in the medical field, many house officers in Malaysia fail to turn up for work or resign without completing their training.
  • Plastic surgeon fined for unlawful access of SGH computer system
    Dr Leo Kah Woon downloaded a keylogging software to intercept his wife’s communications and illegally used the Singapore General Hospital’s computer system to access data, after he suspected that she was having an affair.