• 4 new technologies in medical bioengineering
    In keeping with the times, technological advancements play a vital role in the future of medicine. Various machineries and applications are constantly being developed to tackle everyday clinical problems.
  • News Bites: Mussel secretion could prevent scars in wound healing, Orlando doctor injects herpes to fight skin cancer
    This week, an Ebola outbreak in DRC has prompted the WHO to prepare an experimental Ebola vaccine in an attempt to fight the outbreak. Researchers from Stanford University on the other hand, have developed a drug delivery tool that could administer personalised dosages of medicines, while a pair of Australian entrepreneurs have developed a "Tinder-style" app Baby to "bring people together solely based on their desire to make a baby."
  • 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.
  • Expert urges physicians to test TB patients for HIV
    An infectious disease expert is encouraging physicians to have patients with the TB bacteria be tested for HIV, saying nearly half a million people worldwide die of HIV and TB co-infection annually.
  • 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.