• Singapore judge rejects appeals; highlights illicit sale of cough mixture fast becoming a ‘prevalent problem’ in country
    Prosecutors were appealing for a stiffer sentence for “defiant” doctor, Dr Tan Gek Young, who continued to sell codeine-laced cough syrup—despite under investigation for doing so. However, Tan appealed that his sentence was too harsh, compared to other similar cases. Ultimately, the Judge of Appeal Chao Hick Tin dismissed both appeals due to insufficient precedents currently.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Fake doctor in Kedah may have some problems, says Health Minister
    “Dr Ridzuan” – the now-infamous fraud was arrested after impersonating a doctor in a Kedah hospital for close to a year. Malaysian Health Minister (MOH) affirms that security will be reviewed and tightened to prevent any of such recurrence. Other experts are uncertain about ‘complete’ prevention – and believe psychological issues play a major role.
  • US doctor ordered to stop marketing three-parent baby technique
    FDA had warned a fertility doctor in the US to stop marketing the three-parent baby technique, which is an unapproved experimental procedure in the country. The technique had earlier been used in a couple to conceive a baby, after excluding the mother’s disease-causing DNA
  • 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.
  • Penis enlargement surgery results in the demise of a 30-year-old male
    Penis enlargement surgeries have been generally considered as innocuous procedures – with no life-threatening complications. However, the demise of a 30-year-old man as a result of such procedure has changed the way healthcare professionals perceive the potential outcomes of this surgery.
  • UK to restrict fertility services to women from ages 30 – 35
    Many NHS providers across the UK have begun restricting the fertility treatments they offer based on factors such as age, in a bid to cut costs. The move has led to widespread criticism for being unethical.
  • Colour blind people can now become doctors, as India ends decades-old practice
    Two colour blind students, who were denied admission to a medical college in India, fought long and hard so that colour blind students can, too become doctors. The restriction is now removed – as concluded by a committee appointed by the Supreme Court.
  • Brain-dead girl in US showing signs of life, claims neurologist
    An American teenager who was pronounced dead three years ago is showing significant signs of life. This new finding has recently raised bioethical debates within the medical community on the definition of death.