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New social media rules in Singapore medical ethics code

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15-Sep-16 New guidelines on social media use for medical professionals are part of the updated Ethical Code and Ethical Guidelines released by the Singapore Medical Council on 14-Sep-16. The changes were made to keep up with a "more complex" medical practice, due to factors such as advanced technology, innovative communication, new modes of treatment and changing expectations of patients. [image: Reuters]

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Singapore biopharma industry makes significant strides

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15-Sep-16 Biomedical manufacturing contributed just under SGD30 bn (USD41 bn) to Singapore's GDP in 2014. Of this, pharmaceuticals accounted for nearly SGD17 bn and medical technology about SGD11 bn. This sector employs over 18,000 workers, most of whom are highly skilled and technically qualified. [image: ZUU Online]

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Private operators sought to redevelop, run five regional NSW public hospitals

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15-Sep-16 Non-government operators are being sought to redevelop and run five regional public hospitals across New South Wales in Australia. Under the partnership plan, the winning bidders would construct the hospitals then run them on behalf of the State Government. The Health Minister said partnering with non-government operators would allow the Government to provide bigger and faster redevelopments. [image: Chris Coleman / ABC News]

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Prostate cancer cases in India to double by 2020

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15-Sep-16 Prostate cancer is the second most common cancer among men worldwide. The projection data shows that the number of cases will double by 2020. "With the increased migration of rural population to the urban areas, changing lifestyles, increased awareness, and easy access to medical facility, more cases of prostate cancer are being picked up [in India]," said Dr Kumar, head of Urology at Safdarjang Hospital. [image: The Indian Express]

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Aussies to gain faster access to breakthrough medicine

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15-Sep-16 The Australian government has announced it will speed up the approval process for new medicines so that Australians can gain faster access to drugs. Currently, Australians are forced to wait up to two years longer than in other nations, but the new rules will allow drugs to be "fast-tracked" if approved by a regulator such as the USFDA. [image: News Corp Australia]

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