• Family medicine course for GPs to undergo "intensive upgrade" in Singapore
    An "intensive upgrade" will happen for Singapore's main training programme for general practitioners (GPs) to get certified in family medicine. The revamp of the two-year graduate diploma in family medicine is driven by a growing need for primary-care doctors who can deal with the range of health issues that an ageing population faces.
  • The shocking truth behind electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
    Shocking mentally ill patients in electroconvulsive therapy (ECT) sessions may sound primitive and will perhaps conjure up disturbing images as seen in those old horror movies. However, this form of therapy has come a long way from its barbaric stigma – and is still being used today.
  • The rise of evidence-based Chinese herbal medicine
    Researchers from the University of California, Los Angeles have recently verified that a Chinese herbal regimen called TSY-1 (Tianshengyuan-1) has anti-cancer properties and may be helpful in treating blood cell deficiencies. This discovery adds to the growing evidence base for Chinese herbal medicine.
  • The reflex hammer: A trusty tool that continues to stay in the doctor’s office
    Today, a reflex hammer is one of the most used tools in a doctor’s office and is now nearly 130 years old. So how did it come about?
  • What dreams might be trying to tell us
    From deciphering what dreams mean to understanding the science behind it, recent studies have revealed its link to neurodegenerative conditions. Other reports also document the strange alteration in dreams post medical treatment.
  • Phineas Gage: The man who survived a fatal brain injury with all but his personality intact
    As the first survivor of a severe brain injury, his case brought about the development of modern-day neuroscience. For the first time, it was suggested that different parts of the brain were responsible for different behaviours.
  • Holistic care providers: The role of medical social workers
    Despite the vastly different nature of their jobs in comparison to doctors and nurses, the efforts and contributions of medical social workers must be acknowledged. They are a crucial part of the healthcare system.
  • Did you know a banana diet was the first treatment for coeliac disease?
    Back then, coeliac disease was a mystery killer. It was not until 1924 when the first solid diet plan was invented – which consisted of a lot of bananas.
  • Housemanship issues manageable, MOH claims
    Amid increasing concerns of an oversupply of doctors and insufficient postings, the Health Ministry says the situation is still under control. However, a Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) representative urges for a restriction on medical student intakes to nip it in the bud.
  • The man and his accidental invention: The pacemaker
    Like most great inventions, the pacemaker came about by accident. Seasoned inventor and engineer, Wilson Greatbatch revolutionised the world of cardiology with the first implantation of the pacemaker in the 1960s. Since then, the pacemaker has continued to enrich millions of lives around the world