• Eligible Singaporeans received subsidies of SGD169 million last year
    The Singapore government, under the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS), gave out SGD169 million in subsidies to 685,000 people in 2016. Minister urges everyone to play a part in ensuring quality healthcare is provided to all.
  • Why healthcare providers should master sign language
    For a long time, the community of deaf persons has faced significant hurdles when accessing health services due to a lack of professional medical workers who know sign language.
  • Painkillers found to increase the risk of heart attacks
    A recent study suggests the link between common painkillers and heart attacks. The data was analysed to discover the outcome, which may change how painkillers were once prescribed.
  • Benefits of folic acid intake during pregnancy
    Folate intake is crucial for the growth and development of the foetus, as well as preventing abnormalities. It has also been well-established that consuming folic acid reduces the risk of neural tube defects in the baby.
  • Doctor's choice of words can influence patient symptoms
    Words like ‘pain’ and ‘vomit’, when used by a doctor can have a negative impact on the patient’s symptoms. As such, doctors have been warned against dropping these unmentionable words.
  • Study reveals Singaporeans unaware of higher colorectal cancer risk in relatives of patients
    First-degree relatives, who are at a higher risk of developing colorectal cancer, are not aware of their increased risk – and are not taking the necessary screening steps, a recent study shows.
  • China imposes extreme punishments to counter fake clinical trial data submissions
    China has announced a policy shift on 11 May, which sentences those who submit faked clinical trial data into jail; and in extreme circumstances be executed. The shift was sparked after China's Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) ordered companies to re-evaluate "the authenticity, integrity and compliance of clinical trial data" – in pending applications for new drugs in 2015. Does this mean an improved approval process for the CFDA?
  • Viral fingerprinting to combat deadly viruses
    The human virome was discovered to leave an “indelible footprint on the immune system”. Research has shown that these antibodies will remain in the host years after the initial acute infection and constitute a pattern very much like our fingerprints.
  • The converging lines between tech giants and healthcare
    Tech giants such as Apple and Google are developing cutting edge technology to break into healthcare, for example, a non-invasive glucose monitoring device to help diabetic patients.
  • 6 bizarre ancient contraceptive methods
    Dating back to the 1800s, contraception has beckoned innovation with many hits and misses. These old methods put the safety and efficacy of family planning today into perspective.
  • First trace-back of a tumour unveils how cancer spreads
    A recent study done by the Institute of Cancer Research UK looked at the development of a tumour in a patient after a biopsy had a rare side effect - it left behind a trail of cells from the tumour as doctors withdrew the needle. The researchers suggest that studies like these and the tools they use will be critical in the future management of cancer.
  • Up to one third of FDA drugs have severe safety issues
    Amid calls for faster reviews from lawmakers and the Trump administration, researchers found about a third of FDA-approved drugs have major safety issues.
  • How to manage patients with adverse medical reactions
    Some physicians worry that explaining potential side effects of adverse drug reactions to patients may increase their occurrence. However, if potential risks are clearly explained in advance, patients will have fewer concerns and hence handle them better.