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May
2024

Mitigating side effects of radiation therapy amid rising prostate cancer rates in Singaporean men

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19
May
2024

Public hospitals making flexible shifts more accessible to nurses

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Dr Karen Koh, Chief Nurse at National University Hospital, shared that flexible shifts have become a mainstream option, with flexible work arrangements requests being formalised at all inpatient wards in NUH since September 2023. Ms Priscilla Teo, Group Chief Human Resource Officer, NUHS said that about 1,500 nurses, or around 25 per cent of the cluster’s nursing workforce, are already on flexible shifts and that the cluster has more than 50 shift arrangements for nurses to choose from. 

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16
May
2024

Take yourself out on a date, in a city on the move

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Dr Faye Ng Yu Ci, a junior doctor at the NUH, discussed how urban living can lead to increased anxiety and mood disorders, with studies showing city dwellers have higher stress levels and more active amygdalas compared to those living in rural areas. 

She emphasised the importance of finding inner peace amidst the chaos of city life, suggesting that solitude can provide a necessary respite and help maintain mental well-being, with notable benefits like lowering stress, improving sleep, and fostering independence and creativity.

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16
May
2024

휴런, 싱가포르 국립대병원과 알츠하이머 연구협력 (Heuron collaborates with National University Hospital of Singapore on Alzheimer's research)

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Heuron, a medical artificial intelligence (AI) company, signed a research collaboration with National University Hospital on 27 March to begin a retrospective study on Alzheimer's disease stage classification using AI. The research will be led by A/Prof Christopher Chen, Director of the Memory, Ageing and Cognition Centre at National University Health System and Associate Professor at the Department of Pharmacology at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, with Dr Ngam Pei Ing, Consultant, Division of Neuroimaging, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, National University Hospital, as a key collaborator.

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16
May
2024

An eye on AI

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Singapore’s latest supercomputer Prescience, a collaboration between the National University Health System and the National Supercomputing Centre, is housed at National University Hospital and its capabilities range from training Large Language Models such as Russell, to helping doctors better plan patient treatment as well as allowing dentists to better predict a patient’s risk of gum disease through the SMILE AI project. A/Prof Ngiam Kee Yuan, Group Chief Technology Officer, National University Health System shared that the models developed by Prescience are expected to improve outcomes for clinicians and patients, reducing wait times and costs.

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15
May
2024

Redeveloped Alexandra Hospital to house emergency department, around 1,300 beds

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From 2028, the 300-bed Alexandra Hospital (AH) in Queenstown will be transformed into a bigger hospital comprising about 1,300 beds in total, with the addition of two new high-rise buildings among other upgrades. The National University Hospital (NUH) campus will also be redeveloped over more than 10 years, starting from 2025, Health Minister Ong Ye Kung announced on May 15 at the ground-breaking ceremony for AH’s redevelopment. These are part of the Government’s plans to increase hospital capacity to meet rising needs. 

AH was built by the British in 1938 as the British Military Hospital Singapore. Its redevelopment includes a new pandemic-ready emergency department that is directly connected to the intensive care unit and operating theatre. The 1,300 beds at the redeveloped AH will include beds for patients in hospice and psychiatric care. A nursing home with about 400 beds will also be built on the same campus.  

At the ground-breaking ceremony, AH’s chief executive, A/P Jason Phua, said one thing different about AH is its care model, which aims to make complex healthcare simpler for patients by offering patients acute care and rehabilitative care by the same care team in the same location. This means the care will vary to match the patient, so that the patient does not have to transfer across medical teams, wards or hospitals. 

AH plans to open the new facilities progressively from 2028. Throughout its redevelopment, the hospital will continue to operate as usual.    

Minister noted that NUH serves as the western region’s main emergency and trauma care hospital, with its buildings being 40 to 50 years old. Redevelopment of the entire campus is in the works, which will likely add more to the hospital capacity, intensify land use and also improve the existing road network.

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15
May
2024

A Singaporean on paying $10K to freeze 21 Eggs: ‘I don't want to regret it'

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The elective egg freezing option became available in Singapore in Jun 2023.  It is a move by Singapore’s Women’s Development initiatives, recognizing the desire of some women to preserve fertility for non-medical reasons.

Doctors cautioned that while egg freezing offers a sense of security, it does not guarantee successful conception, and age-related factors still play a significant role in fertility outcomes. The article informed that the process incurs significant expenses with an example that undergoing elective egg freezing at the National University Hospital (NUH) entailed expenses ranging from $10,000 to $11,000.

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14
May
2024

New genetics testing lab facilitates targeted therapy for cancer patients

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National University Hospital (NUH) and biotech company Mirxes launched the NUH Diagnostic Molecular Oncology Centre (DMOC) at Biopolis, with the official opening inaugurated by DPM Heng Swee Keat on 13 May 2024. DMOC@Biopolis is one of Singapore's first public-private partnership centres for specialty molecular testing and offers the APEX cancer treatment selection test, a 50-gene targeted Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) panel. This test identifies genetic alterations in tumours that may respond favourably to specific targeted therapies, helping to predict patients’ response to certain treatments and potentially improving patient outcomes. 

A/Prof Tan Soo Yong, Head & Senior Consultant, Department of Pathology, NUH shared that more than 350 patients, mostly from National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS), have benefited from the NGS test since it was first offered in June 2023. He explained that as compared to single-gene sequencing, the NGS panel offered cost savings and a faster turnaround time for patients. Not only does it detect the actionable mutations that determine if the tumour is suitable for targeted therapy, but it also identifies most, if not all, of the resistant mutations that indicate that the patient will not be suitable for targeted therapy.

Media reports featured interviews with Mdm Choo Mee Kung, an NCIS patient who had undergone the NGS test after being diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer. The test identified a rare cancer gene mutation and Mdm Choo was started on targeted therapy in February 2024, which resulted in improvements in her cancer condition and symptoms. Her doctor, Dr Kenneth Sooi, Associate Consultant, Department of Haematology-Oncology, NCIS shared that Mdm Choo’s cancer gene mutation could have been missed in the past, if single-gene testing was conducted. He added that the NGS could potentially result in more treatment options for cancer patients, leading to a better prognosis and fewer side effects with the targeted therapy.

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14
May
2024

Women are more sleep deprived than men and it’s affecting their heart health

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​A new study in the scientific journal Circulation has found that women who regularly sleep less than five hours a night have a slightly higher risk of heart disease. Dr Serene Wong, Consultant, Division of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine, Department of Medicine, NUH, said fragmented sleep is associated with coronary artery disease (heart attacks), cerebrovascular disease (stroke), abnormal heart rhythms and hypertension.

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14
May
2024

Singapore launches DMOC@Biopolis, innovative centre for molecular testing

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​National University Hospital and Mirxes launched the National University Hospital Diagnostic Molecular Oncology Centre at Biopolis, with the official opening inaugurated by DPM Heng Swee Keat on 13 May 2024. DMOC@Biopolis offers the APEX cancer treatment selection test, which identifies actionable genetic alterations in tumours using a 50-gene targeted Next Generation Sequencing panel, unlocking new possibilities for individualised and precision medicine to become a reality for cancer patients. The test also offers cost savings and a faster turnaround time for patients.

A/Prof Tan Soo Yong, Head & Senior Consultant, Department of Pathology, National University Hospital, shared that with cancer being the leading cause of death in Singapore, collaborations with industry partners such as Mirxes remain a critical cornerstone in the pursuit towards the development of patient-focused innovation and life-changing therapies, for the early detection, diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

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13
May
2024
13
May
2024

Relawan luang masa, kekal aktif sumbang kembali kepada masyarakat (Volunteer provides his time, remains active to contribute back to society)

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​Despite a full-time job as a senior security officer at NUH, 66-year-old Azman Abdullah dedicates his free time to volunteering with the Singapore Red Cross, a commitment he has upheld since 2017. Mr Azman, who has worked at NUH for 12 years, finds volunteering not only a means to give back to the community, but also a way to stay physically, emotionally and mentally healthy.

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13
May
2024

Singapore unveils first public-private partnership center for specialty molecular testing

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National University Hospital and Mirxes launched the National University Hospital Diagnostic Molecular Oncology Centre at Biopolis, with the official opening inaugurated by Deputy Prime Minister, Mr Heng Swee Keat on 13 May 2024. DMOC@Biopolis offers the APEX cancer treatment selection test, which identifies actionable genetic alterations in tumours using a 50-gene targeted Next Generation Sequencing panel, unlocking new possibilities for individualised and precision medicine to become a reality for cancer patients. The test also offers cost savings and a faster turnaround time for patients. 

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12
May
2024

Hospitals ramp up IVF capacity as more seek medical help to conceive

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Prof P.C. Wong, Head & Emeritus Consultant, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, NUH, said more couples require help conceiving as they are marrying at a later age. He said NUH’s IVF capacity has increased by about one-third after the renovation in 2022.   

Article featured a couple, bank officer Sophia Phua and sales executive Alvin Teo, both 32, who sought help at NUH and conceived their daughter Sonya in the second cycle of IVF. With the government co-funding and MediSave deductions, they had no out-of-pocket expenses for their entire assisted reproductive technology treatment, which amounted to less than $18,000. 

The family was pictured with Dr Huang Zhongwei, Consultant, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, NUH, and Senior Staff Nurse Janice Tay. 

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12
May
2024

Ibu tunggal tabah juang barah tahap 4 demi anak (Single mother perseveres in fighting stage 4 cancer for children’s sake)

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​Ms Normalah Mohd Sidek, a 38-year-old single mother, has been battling stage 4 breast cancer, after being diagnosed in 2019. She underwent surgery and chemotherapy at NUH. She knows that her cancer is incurable but chooses to continue treatment, which now occurs every three weeks, to extend her life for her sons, aged 14 and nine.

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