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15
Jan
2024

துவாழ்வு நரம் உறுப்பு தாளம் (Organ donation gives new life)

Tamil Murasu © SPH Media Limited. Reproduced with permission

​A/Prof Shridhar Ganpathi Iyer, Senior Consultant, Division of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, Department of Surgery, and Surgical Director of the Adult Liver Transplantation Programme, NUCOT, said that since the outbreak of COVID-19, the number of people coming forward to donate organs has dropped. He said the average waiting time in Singapore for a kidney transplant from a deceased donor is nine years. NUH patients Satya and Diksha Anand have kidney failure. Diksha had dialysis at NUH Children’s Kidney Centre three times a week for nearly four hours each time. In 2018 when Diksha was 10, she received kidneys from a deceased donor. Satya still undergoes peritoneal dialysis while waiting for a kidney transplant.

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28
Nov
2023

搭配全息投影技术 病人静脉跃然眼前 (With holographic projection through 5G technology, patient’s veins appear before one’s eyes)

联合早报 © SPH Media Limited. Reproduced with permission

National University Health System (NUHS) Holomedicine programme was showcased as one of the cutting-edge projects that are part of the Infocomm Media Development Authority’s $30 million 5G Innovation Programme. The NUHS indoor private 5G Enterprise and mobile-edge computing network has been deployed in 10 operating theatres since August 2023 and three inpatient wards since early November 2023. 

Dr Gao Yujia, Assistant Group Chief Technology Officer, NUHS, and Consultant, Division of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, National University Hospital, explained that in preparation for complex surgeries such as liver transplants and brain tumour removal, the doctor and the patient each wear a HoloLens device to view the patient's 3D scan as part of patient education prior to the procedure. 

He also said the technology can be used to identify patients’ veins for blood-taking, greatly enhancing the success rates of blood draws for patients with small veins. With 5G-enabled technology, the time it takes for patients’ scans to be converted to 3D images has also been reduced from approximately 20 to 25 seconds to less than one second.

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11
Nov
2023

马国男孩罕见肝炎复发随母来新求医 (Malaysian boy with rare hepatitis relapse comes to Singapore with his mother to seek medical treatment)

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ZB reported that a mother from Malaysia is seeking a liver donor through social media for her son, who was diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis (PSC).

Dr James Huang, Consultant, Paediatric Liver Transplantation Programme, NUCOT, NUH, commenting generally on PSC, shared the causes of the disease as well as treatment options, highlighting that among children with PSC, about 30 per cent will need a liver transplant within 10 years of being first diagnosed with the condition. 

NUH did not provide further details on the case due to patient confidentiality, but shared that non-related persons who wish to donate to a specific person (directed donation) can approach the transplant centre for assessment. Non-related persons who wish to donate to anyone on the waitlist (non-directed donation) can approach the National Organ Transplant Unit (NOTU).

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30
Oct
2023

Public hospitals in S’pore seeing rise in high-risk pregnancies

The Straits Times © SPH Media Limited. Reproduced with permission

ST reported that public hospitals including NUH have seen an increase in the number of visits to specialised high-risk pregnancy centres and clinics. NUH saw an estimated 9,400 visits by high-risk pregnancy patients in 2021, and this increased to about 9,900 visits in 2022. In 2023, the number is projected to rise to about 10,400, based on patient numbers so far.

Dr Anita Kale, Senior Consultant, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, NUH, noted that patients with complicated medical conditions like kidney or liver failure are now better managed with the availability of organ transplants. As the health of these patients improves after transplant, they are able to plan pregnancy which needs multidisciplinary management.

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16
Aug
2023

Cancer among younger Americans is on the rise, new study shows

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A recent study published in JAMA Network Open has highlighted a concerning trend of increasing cancer rates among younger Americans, particularly women. The study showed that cancers among people under 50 have slightly increased overall, with the largest increases seen in the 30 to 39 age group. Gastrointestinal, endocrine, and breast cancers were climbing at the fastest rates. 

The senior author of the study, Assistant Professor Daniel Huang from NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and Senior Consultant, Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, and Adult Liver Transplantation Programme, National University Centre for Organ Transplantation, National University Hospital, was cited in the reports.

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2
Aug
2023

育儿有方:如何让孩子吃得好 (Good parenting: How to get children to eat well)

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​Dr Tammy Lim, Consultant, Division of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation, KTP-NUCMI, NUH, shared about baby-led weaning and what parents should look out for when they adopt this feeding practice. She highlighted that parents and caregivers should ensure that the child’s development is progressing normally before starting on baby-led weaning.

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1
Aug
2023

儿童误吞玩具或造成生命危险 但不是每次都必须直奔急诊室 (Children accidentally swallowing toys might be life-threatening but it does not always require visit to the Emergency Department)

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Media cited a study conducted by KTP-NUCMI at NUH and KKH, which analysed medical records of over 2,100 children and adolescents who swallowed foreign objects between 2015 and 2016, and found that the most commonly swallowed objects were coins (41 per cent), followed by toys such as beads and marbles (27 per cent). Toddlers between the ages of one and two, who are in the mouthing stage of their development, are at the highest risk of swallowing objects.
                 
A/Prof Marion Aw, Head & Senior Consultant from the Division of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation at KTP-NUCMI, shared the symptoms to look out for in case of foreign body ingestion.

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17
Jul
2023

Kids swallowing objects: How long does it take for a coin, battery or magnet to pass through?

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The study conducted by KTP-NUCMI at NUH analysed medical records of over 2,100 children and adolescents who swallowed foreign objects between 2015 and 2016, and found that the most commonly swallowed objects were coins (41 per cent), followed by toys such as beads and marbles (27 per cent). Toddlers between the ages of one and two, who are in the mouthing stage of their development, are at the highest risk of swallowing objects.

A/Prof Marion Aw, Head and Senior Consultant from the Division of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation at KTP-NUCMI, explained that coins were typically considered low-risk objects, while button batteries were classified as high-risk due to the potential for leakage of their contents, which could cause injury to the stomach or intestines. Understanding how long it takes for swallowed objects to pass out of the body would help paediatricians decide how soon the follow-up should be, said A/Prof Aw, who is also one of the researchers involved in the study.

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17
Jul
2023

How long do kids swallowing objects take to pass?

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The study conducted by KTP-NUCMI at NUH analysed medical records of over 2,100 children and adolescents who swallowed foreign objects between 2015 and 2016, and found that the most commonly swallowed objects were coins (41 per cent), followed by toys such as beads and marbles (27 per cent). Toddlers between the ages of one and two, who are in the mouthing stage of their development, are at the highest risk of swallowing objects.

A/Prof Marion Aw, Head & Senior Consultant from the Division of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation at KTP-NUCMI, explained that coins were typically considered low-risk objects, while button batteries were classified as high-risk due to the potential for leakage of their contents, which could cause injury to the stomach or intestines. Understanding how long it takes for swallowed objects to pass out of the body would help paediatricians decide how soon the follow-up should be, said A/Prof Aw, who is also one of the researchers involved in the study.

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21
Jun
2023

研究:孩童误吞异物 逾八成两周内自然排出 (Study: More than 80 per cent of foreign objects swallowed by children will be excreted naturally within two weeks)

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A study by NUS Medicine students, NUH and KKH, found that among 350 cases of foreign body ingestion in children, more than 80 per cent of foreign bodies are passed out from the gastrointestinal tract within two weeks. The study also noted that the two most common objects ingested were coins (41 per cent) and toys (27 per cent). High-risk foreign objects such as magnets, batteries or sharp objects formed nine per cent of cases.

A/Prof Marion Aw, Head and Senior Consultant, Division of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation, KTP-NUCMI, NUH, advised that symptoms to look out for in case of foreign body ingestion include complaints of throat, chest or abdominal pain, drooling (inability to swallow saliva), refusal to eat, vomiting, coughing and choking. Parents and caregivers are advised to bring their children to the emergency departments in case of any foreign body ingestion.

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8
May
2023

Fussy eater? Your child is not alone

The Straits Times © SPH Media Limited. Reproduced with permission

Feeding challenges among children are on the rise in Singapore, according to doctors from NUH and KKH. Dr Tammy Lim, Consultant, Division of Developmental and Behavioural Paediatrics and the Division of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Nutrition, Hepatology and Liver Transplantation at NUH’s KTP-NUCMI, noted that NUH’s interdisciplinary feeding and nutrition clinic has seen a 30% increase in clinic sessions over the past five years. 

Dr Lim shared that fussy eating typically starts during the toddler years, when many parents find it difficult to feed their children. She added that some children are predisposed to feeding difficulties and a small group of extremely picky eaters may have paediatric feeding disorder, a medical condition that warrants attention.

The ST report also highlighted an NUH caregiver’s journey with her child who was diagnosed with a physical incapacity to chew.

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10
Mar
2023

He donated part of his liver for a baby he didn’t know, and found a family in the process

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​An article about how Mr Sakthibalan Balathandautham had donated part of his liver to a baby he had never met before mentioned that the organ transplant arrangements and surgery were done at NUH.

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27
Feb
2023

Child liver transplant recipient still keeps in touch with doctors 25 years later

The New Paper © SPH Media Limited. Reproduced with permission

​38-year-old Madam Raziah Begum Alamgir shared how her life has transformed since a life-saving transplant at NUH in 1995.  The first successful child liver transplant recipient in Singapore, Mdm Raziah expressed her gratitude to Emeritus Consultant Prof Prabhakaran Krishnan from the department of paediatric surgery, and Emeritus Consultant Prof Quak Seng Hock from the paediatric liver transplantation programme at what is now known as NUCOT, NUH. She feels blessed and continues to keep in touch with the doctors who treated her, highlighting that the procedure gave her a new lease of life.

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21
Feb
2023

Tabah hadapi dugaan kesihatan pada usia muda (Persevering in the face of health challenges at a young age)

Berita Harian © SPH Media Limited. Reproduced with permission

Berita Harian’s full-page feature on two paediatric transplant patients – Mdm Raziah Begum Alamgir and Ms Dian Zuhairah Wydatie – highlighted how both received successful transplant procedures at a young age at NUCOT, NUH, and have since recovered and gone on to lead fulfilling lives.

Mdm Raziah, who underwent a liver transplant at age 11 in 1995, was the first successful child liver transplant recipient in Singapore. She shared the emotional experience of the surgery, and the support she received from her doctors and family during her recovery. She is now married with three children.

Ms Dian received a kidney transplant in 2021 when she was 17, a day after her birthday. She shared her experience of needing dialysis prior to her surgery. Thanks to the transplant ‘gift’, she is now a first-year nursing student and vows to be someone “useful” to society in the future. The article included an image of Ms Dian at the Shaw-NKF-NUH CKC Camp last year.

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15
Jan
2023

துவாழ்வு நரம் உறுப்பு தாளம் (Organ donation gives new life)

Tamil Murasu © SPH Media Limited. Reproduced with permission

​A/Prof Shridhar Ganpathi Iyer, Senior Consultant, Division of Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Surgery, Department of Surgery, and Surgical Director of the Adult Liver Transplantation Programme, NUCOT, said that since the outbreak of COVID-19, the number of people coming forward to donate organs has dropped. He said the average waiting time in Singapore for a kidney transplant from a deceased donor is nine years. NUH patients Satya and Diksha Anand have kidney failure. Diksha had dialysis at NUH Children’s Kidney Centre three times a week for nearly four hours each time. In 2018 when Diksha was 10, she received kidneys from a deceased donor. Satya still undergoes peritoneal dialysis while waiting for a kidney transplant.

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