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23
Sep
2020

Balancing the need to reopen country and keep people safe

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​On the reopening of Singapore in a safe and controlled way, Prof Dale Fisher, Senior Consultant, NUH Division of Infectious Diseases, and Prof Teo Yik Ying, Dean of SSHSPH noted that it was important that visitors entering the country continue to obey the safety measures in place. Prof Alex Cook, Vice-Dean (Research) at SSHSPH noted that testing travellers remain key to reducing risk.  

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23
Sep
2020

No need to ban food from firms whose products had virus traces: Experts

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​Prof Dale Fisher, Senior Consultant, NUH Division of Infectious Diseases noted that instead of banning food imports from companies whose frozen food products have been contaminated with the coronavirus, it was more important that food processing plants Covid-safe standards. He noted that the main risk is to workers handling such food, not consumers. A/Prof Hsu Li Yang, Programme Leader of Infectious Diseases and Co-Director of Global Health at SSHSPH, agreed that personal hygiene remains of critical importance in food preparation.

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22
Sep
2020

挑对运动鞋 防运动伤害 (Choosing the right pair of sport shoes to prevent injuries)

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新加坡国立大学医院及国大医院复健中心足部诊疗师陈世昌接受《活得好》访问时,建议大家根据所进行的运动类型及需求,选择适合的运动鞋。

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21
Sep
2020

Get active to beat metabolic syndrome

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​A study conducted by researchers from NUSMed Department of Medicine, led by A/Prof Reshma Merchant who is also Head and Senior Consultant at NUH Division of Geriatric Medicine, showed that metabolic syndrome affected almost one in two people aged 65 and above, with a prevalence in women than men above 70 years old. The researchers also found a weaker hand grip strength among seniors to be an indicator of metabolic syndrome. The findings were published in Dove Medical Press in July 2020.

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20
Sep
2020

糖尿病患者 能否预防心脏病?(Can diabetic patients prevent heart disease?)

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​Prof Tan Huay Cheem, Director of NUHCS, contributed an educational article on how diabetes is linked to heart diseases with tips and advice to readers on the prevention of these conditions. 

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19
Sep
2020

Saliva testing for Covid-19 being assessed for wider use

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​The use of saliva testing to detect Covid-19 is undergoing field tests in Singapore, as the health authorities assess if it can be scaled for widespread use. Responding to queries from The Straits Times, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Thursday that it is assessing factors such as consistency and integrity of sample collection, efficiency of laboratory processe and the ability to cater for high volumes of tests via pooled testing.

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19
Sep
2020

Saliva testing for Covid-19 being assessed for wider use

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In response to queries on why Singapore has taken longer in comparison with other countries to trial saliva testing, Prof Dale Fisher, Senior Consultant, NUH Division of Infectious Diseases, said the lack of consistency in test collection methods may mean that it is difficult to standardise the collection process, in addition to the extra steps needed to process the tests in the lab which could affect the labs’ testing capacity.
 
ST also cited a study led by A/Prof Hsu Li Yang, Programme Leader of Infectious Diseases and Co-Director of Global Health at SSHSPH, which had shown that saliva testing through secretions taken from the back of the throat can be a viable method for COVID-19 testing.

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18
Sep
2020

Nursing gives Suresh purpose in life

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​Now on the front line in the battle against Covid-19, he was once a wayward teen. A graduate nurse working tirelessly, dealing with life, blood and death daily at the National University Hospital’s intensive care unit, Mr Suresh Rajasekaram finds “immense satisfaction” in helping patients.

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18
Sep
2020

How Singapore is building AI for predictive healthcare

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​A/Prof Ngiam Kee Yuan, NUHS Group CTO, shared his vision of integrating artificial intelligence (AI) into Singapore’s healthcare system to help hospitals move away from “largely reactive medicine to proactive, predictive medicine". He discussed how NUHS is leveraging technology by trialling AI tools and getting clinicians to collaborate with computer scientists to achieve that vision.

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16
Sep
2020

Vitamin D may help in Covid-19 fight, studies show

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​Multiple studies suggest that hav-ing adequate amounts of vitamin D may play a role in helping people stave off or combat the corona-virus, although the jury is still out on whether the results are conclu-sive, or why this is so.

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16
Sep
2020

国际研究显示 维他命D或阻抗冠病(Vitamin D may help in Covid-19 fight, studies show)

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​有国际研究显示,维他命D可能有助对抗冠病病毒,本地专家指出,60%至80%发达国家人民的维他命D平均水平低于防炎标准,建议可适度增加摄取。

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15
Sep
2020

Europe may face second wave of infections as winter nears

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Prof Teo Yik Ying, Dean, and A/Prof Alex Cook, Vice-Dean (Research) at SSHSPH, as well as Prof Dale Fisher, Senior Consultant, and Prof Paul Tambyah, Senior Consultant, from NUH Division of Infectious Diseases, gave expert comments on how the seasonal flu during winter could lead to resurgence of COVID-19 infection across Europe that may place additional stress on health systems. 

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14
Sep
2020

Battling pandemic fatigue & How to cope with pandemic fatigue

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​Freelance writer Sng Ler Jun has been taking on more writing assignments since March to earn extra money for his family and himself. His 55yearold mother was retrenched from a parttime job as a food promoter in February and his father, a 59 year old taxi driver, has seen earnings fall since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

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11
Sep
2020

本地研究:冷冻中生鲜食物病毒可活三周 (Local study: COVID-19 can remain on frozen food for three weeks)

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​本地传染病专家的最新研究显示,冠病病毒在冷藏和冷冻环境下,可在生鲜食物上存活3个星期之久,更有可能在处理食物时传染给工人。

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8
Sep
2020

Tuesday Report – One Metre Apart (星期二特写:一米的距离)

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Dedicated to the frontline healthcare workers battling Covid-19 pandemic, episode 3 of the One Metre Apart docuseries featured NUH’s longest staying patient, Mdm Choy Wai Chee, and her care team including Dr Ramanathan K.R. and Dr Winn Maung Maung Aye from the Department of Cardiac Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, NUHCS; and Dr See Kay Choong, Head and Senior Consultant from the Division of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, NUH.
 
The documentary also featured A/Prof Zubair Amin, Head and Senior Consultant at the Department of Neonatology and Dr Maleena Suppiah, Senior Assistant Director, Clinical Education Office, NTFGH, who volunteered to provide medical care for the migrant workers at the dormitories under the care of NUHS. SSN Shelly Kia from the NUH isolation wards was featured as one of the frontliners, who spent many of her working hours caring for people who are suspected to have Covid-19.

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