• 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.
  • 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.
  • 2 significant factors that make MSMs more at risk for HIV - Epidemiology Bureau
    Why are males more prone to HIV infection, as evidenced by statistics that show majority of new cases are from this gender?  The Department of Health’s Epidemiology Bureau gives the lowdown.
  • 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.
  • Rabies outbreak update: Malaysia considered “rabies-controlled”; Singapore provides 25,000 doses as precautionary measure
    On 7 August, there are no new reported cases of rabies infection in Sarawak, affirmed Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam. Perak has also been declared as “rabies-controlled”. In line with precautionary measures, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has contributed 25,000 doses of rabies vaccine to help Malaysia fight the outbreaks in Sarawak and Perak.
  • The health tragedies of being lonely – and its effect worldwide
    Loneliness is an addiction that is going to be a huge health crisis worldwide. The reality has hit many nations so hard that they are calling this crisis a ‘loneliness epidemic’.
  • MOH: Siblings infected with pertussis, isolated
    Two non-Malaysians in Sabah have been diagnosed with whooping cough and put in isolation at Keningau Hospital, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S Subramaniam. Authorities are saying this is not a cause for concern as the incident is remote.
  • Do doctors take women’s pain less seriously?
    The general notion of women as complainers could put them at a disadvantage when it comes to medical diagnosis – as doctors may dismiss their pain as mostly psychosomatic, thus hampering accurate assessment.
  • Healthcare technology: 3 wearable innovations doctors may soon be prescribing to patients
    Healthcare technologies are getting more and more interesting and innovative. From stethoscopes to tattoos, here are several wearable technologies that doctors may soon be able to prescribe to patients.
  • Singapore in panic to identify source of first local fatal case of diphtheria in 25 years
    After contracting diphtheria, a 21-year-old Bangladeshi construction worker in Singapore died on 4 August – the first local case of the contagious bacterial disease in 25 years. The Health and Manpower ministries have assured that they will review if improvements are needed to better ensure that foreign workers in Singapore are vaccinated against such infectious diseases.
  • Public Health Focus: Creative solution to a recurrent problem
    It takes some creative thinking to address a recurring problem such as lack of manpower in the public healthcare sector. And the Regional Health Office of MIMAROPA has found a win-win solution to resolve its medical technologist shortage.
  • Life expectancy and spread of infectious diseases in Malaysia – a paradoxical increase
    The rise of infectious diseases in the country has led the Health Ministry to implement various measures to combat its spread. Despite this, Malaysians are projected to live longer according to recent figures from the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM).
  • 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.