[MEDIA RELEASE] WHO discontinues hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir treatment arms for COVID-19

MEDIA RELEASE 4 July 2020 WHO today accepted the recommendation from the Solidarity Trial’s International Steering Committee to discontinue the trial’s hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir arms. The Solidarity Trial was established by WHO to find an effective COVID-19 treatment for hospitalized…

[RESEARCH INSIDER] Self-harm: What do our genes have to do with it?

Research Insider this week gets up close with Kai Xiang Lim who is in his second year pursuing a PhD in Social, Genetics and Developmental Psychiatry Research at King's College London, UK. He uses genetic information to investigate the underlying…

[Q&A] Know Your Microbiome: Your Questions, Our answers

Q&A We celebrated World Microbiome Day 2020 over the weekend by hosting a webinar "Gut feeling is real science: Know your gut microbiome!" with our expert speakers from Malaysia and Singapore who provided insights on the connection of gut microbiome…

[OPINION] Have we found the panacea to COVID-19 with remdesivir, an old but newly packaged drug?

OPINION By Dr Abdul Malik Mohamed Thalha, Dr Yeong Yeh Lee, Dr Alwi Besari & Dr Sharifah Faridah Syed Omar We are at the most unprecedented of times. The COVID-19 pandemic has been gaining momentum since the first report came…

[MEDIA RELEASE] Gut feeling is real science: Know your microbiome!

MEDIA RELEASE Did you know that more than half of your body is not human? The human cells make up roughly less than half of the body’s total cell count, while the rest are microbes. There is an estimate of…

[RESEARCH INSIDER] Not Just Fun and Games: Using Digital Games to Study Teamwork

There is currently an estimate of more than 2.5 billion gamers worldwide. In 2019, the Asia-Pacific (APAC) region produced game revenues of $72.2 billion, accounting for 47% of the global total. Research Insider this week gets up close with Evelyn…

[EXPERT REACTION] Dexamethasone: Effective Treatment for COVID-19?

A research team at Oxford University has recently found a cheap and widely available drug called dexamethasone that can be used to effectively treat severe forms of COVID-19. The 'breakthrough' drug has shown to significantly reduce the number of deaths among those seriously ill with…

[Q&A] Bats, Pangolins and the Coronavirus

While bats have been put forward as the original host of SARS-CoV-2 nonetheless, the transmission of the virus from bats to humans requires intermediate hosts as well. Several studies have linked pangolins with SARS-CoV-2 infection where coronaviruses found in pangolin are highly similar to the novel coronavirus, which suggests that the mammal is the most likely intermediate host. Prof Dr Abdul Rahman Omar, Dean Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Universiti Putra Malaysia, however, warns that further study needs to be carried out to identify additional intermediate hosts.

[OPINION] Eurocentric Science: Why a Diverse Scientific Workforce is Needed

Science is often viewed as the bastion of rationale and objectivity. True meritocracy is therefore expected from a sector that advocates for evidence over tradition. Despite this, the existing scientific workforce is yet to be representative of the increasingly diverse society in the Western world.

[MEDIA RELEASE] Stay Vigilant during Recovery MCO – MHC

The Malaysian Health Coalition (MHC) understands and supports the government’s decision to transition into the recovery phase of the movement control order (RMCO). The gradual reopening of public life in Malaysia must rely on appropriate guidance from all areas of government and the Ministry of Health. We must remain vigilant until a vaccine for Covid-19 is available.