• The man who introduced the Leboyer method: A call for births without violence
    French obstetrician, Frederick Leboyer spent his life advocating babies’ rights during childbirth. He believed that in the heat of the labour room, the babies’ needs have been overlooked. Introducing a method initially criticised by doctors, labour rooms around the world have since changed for the better.
  • Malaysia updates guideline: Primary and Secondary Prevention of CVD 2017
    Recently, the National Heart Association of Malaysia published an updated clinical practice guideline on the primary and secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease in order to encompass modern developments and an increase in information about the potential causation of CVD.
  • Doctors in the making: 3 new and innovative teaching methods at medicals schools today
    As the burden of healthcare increases for future generations of doctors, while the conventional model of lecturing and passive learning fosters disengagement and frustration – many medical schools are leaning towards a greater focus on student-centric learning strategies.
  • The female neuroscientist who changed the traditional science of thinking
    Female neuroscientist, Dr. Marian Diamond, who made a pivotal change on the debate regarding nature versus nurture and her research study on Einstein’s brain, dies at age 90. Her research has shaped the foundation for many neuroscientists.
  • Research as Art: The colours of humanity
    Beneath the stark statistics and grim facts of research is an avalanche of emotions. Art recreates these moments, indulging the otherwise white medical canvas with sporadic splashes of struggles and triumphs, thus unveiling the story behind a story.
  • More “generalists” rather than specialists needed for Singapore, say medical school deans
    The deans of three medical schools in Singapore have called for more “generalists” rather than specialists. The term “generalist” refers to practitioners who are skilled enough to treat a patient with several medical conditions, rather than referring the patient from doctor to doctor.
  • 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.
  • Star Wars hoax make four scientific journals look like a joke
    Four scientific journals published a hoax paper without double checking it.
  • The man who fought to save children from lead poisoning
    A paediatrician and psychiatrist, Dr Herbert Needleman spent most of his career as propagating against lead poisoning in children. Through a study he carried out on children’s teeth in the 1970s, his findings became the bane to the lead industry. The recently deceased doctor’s study has since benefited the scientific community and members of the public, changing the scene of lead level control.
  • Hypothalamus, the small part of the brain that controls the ageing process in a big way
    Scientists in New York have confirmed that the hypothalamus in the brain is responsible for controlling the ageing process, through a study done on mice. The study further outlined the agent that can be manipulated to lengthen life span and vice versa. This derivation is hoped to provide new strategies in warding off age-related diseases in humans.