Measles – a highly contagious viral disease with a characteristic rash – has been in the news of late. The most recent outbreak that made the news was in the Philippines, centering around Metro Manila, Luzon and Visayas. There have been at least 87 reported deaths and more than 5,600 cases reported this year, as […]

A chance exchange of messages with a prominent GP classmate led me to understand that there may be many doctors in Singapore who are uncomfortable with providing flu shots to children with egg allergy. The issue here is that the vast majority of influenza vaccines contain a tiny amount of ovalbumin – an egg protein […]

The Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp (Belgium) has been organizing annual colloquia since 1959. This year’s colloquium was on antibiotic resistance, and was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, from 5th to 7th December. I was fortunate enough to be invited for the event, which featured speakers from the ITM (naturally) as well as regional and […]

Primarily organised by the Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, this event took place during World Antibiotic Awareness Week on 13th and 14th November. There were a lot of great regional and local speakers, and the event was well attended even by officials from local ministries – always a good sigh for the National Strategic […]

The indefatigable Dr Clarence Tam and his team have run this event for the past few years. It is hugely popular, helped by the large number of parents and children who drop by Jurong Regional Library daily. This weekend was no different, and the list of volunteers have grown to include those not just from […]

I was invited to give this talk at the ECHO Singapore 2018 conference last Saturday, and had to do a bit of reading up. Who should receive antibiotic prophylaxis against endocarditis, particularly when undergoing dental procedures, is obviously an important clinical decision. Endocarditis – inflammation of the inner layer of the heart, particularly the heart […]

I had the honour of being invited to attend the workshop and seminar in Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. This event – held today and tomorrow – is organized by the Ministry of Health Malaysia in collaboration with the US Embassy in Malaysia as well as the World Health Organization (WHO). It was a far larger […]