• Hospitals may be investing too much in technology and IT systems
    Today, most medical records are computerised into electronic health records (EHRs). Most EHRs aim to serve patients' needs and healthcare providers' needs as well. But the safety and quality of healthcare has been compromised as hospitals have invested in technologies that fail to share data, failing to better support clinical care.
  • Kenyan nurses’ strike causes six patient deaths
    Nurses in Kenya have stayed away from their workplaces in a strike against the government for shunning away their collective bargaining agreement. The agreement outlines an increment in the nurses’ salary and the strike will continue until their demands are met. At least six patient deaths have resulted from the strike and new patients are being turned away or asked to seek private care.
  • Family medicine course for GPs to undergo "intensive upgrade" in Singapore
    An "intensive upgrade" will happen for Singapore's main training programme for general practitioners (GPs) to get certified in family medicine. The revamp of the two-year graduate diploma in family medicine is driven by a growing need for primary-care doctors who can deal with the range of health issues that an ageing population faces.
  • Doctor who molested women spared jail because of his surgical skills
    One of the UK’s top surgeons has been spared jail, as judge deemed him “too good at his job” to go to prison.
  • SMC ruling has doctors questioning middlemen’s new fees structures
    With the recent change in TPA fee ruling introduced by Singapore Medical Council (SMC), some doctors are trying to adjust to the new structure and others are opting out from the varying charging methods.
  • Exploring the generation gap in the nursing workforce
    Healthcare settings are generally occupied with healthcare professionals that come from different generations. When the skills of nurses from different generations are present – nursing units are able to provide excellent levels of care.
  • Anger Rooms: Detrimental to mental health?
    Anger Rooms are now available in many countries like the US, Canada, Australia – and now, Singapore – as a go-to venue for people to smash objects: a safe way to unleash their anger. It is seen as an alternative to relieve stress; though, it may not be good for our health.
  • Opening a medical practice in low-income areas and its challenges
    Low-income areas bring different types of challenges for doctors, who are looking to set up their medical practice in this kind of area. Doctors should be prepared on what to expect; so that they can earn a substantial income while meeting the medical needs of the community.
  • Ensuring the safety of digital healthcare
    As mobile technology continues to develop and solve daily-life problems, healthcare is also getting the digital treatment. But are these medical devices and apps safe for patients and effective?
  • Elastic girl with rare disease battles with a broken body
    Crushed with broken bones and fractured dreams, a young lady’s unusually flexible limbs – once the pride of her superhero stunts – start to disintegrate, possibly torn tendons that can never be made whole again.
  • Malaysian university aims to produce cost-effective haemodialysers by 2019
    Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) has created a prototype haemodialyser and plans to mass-produce locally made dialysis machines in the coming years.
  • HSA warns against consumption of weight loss product, Nutriline Bluvelle
    The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) of Singapore has advised the public to stop consuming a weight loss product called Nutriline Bluvelle on 14 June. The product claims that it contains natural plant ingredients that are "safe and free of side effects" but was found to contain a banned substance known as sibutramine, instead.
  • News Bites: Implanting pig cells into brains to slow down Parkinson's Disease, Aspirin may lower breast cancer risk
    This week, a British study suggests foetuses respond to face-like patterns. The NHS has launched the world's first trial of 3D printed bionic hands for children, and a study in rats suggests that photosynthetic bacteria may reduce heart damage during heart attack.