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Dec 2008

Wednesday, 31 December 2008 

12,000 foetus could be saved each year (Berita Harian)

In an interview at the Second Congress of the Asia-Pacific Council on Contraception (APCOC), Professor PC Wong shared that abt 12,000 foetus could be saved each year if Singaporean women who had gone for abortion had used effective contraception methods. Read more

Tuesday, 30 December 2008 

Ask the Doc – Is there a cure in sight? (Health, TODAY)

Two months ago, I noticed that my right eye was swollen and tender to the touch. A doctor diagnosed it as a chalazion and told me to apply a hot compress on my eye three to four times a day. Read more

Monday, 29 December 2008 

Helping Malay heart patients live longer (Home, The Straits Times)

MR ABDUL Hamid Shariff, 78, had a triple bypass in 1994, following a heart attack. In 2004, heart failure set in, with a leaking heart valve and a blocked artery. He is in much better condition after enrolling in the NUH heart programme. Read more

Sunday, 28 December 2008 

Over 700 turn up at NUH job fair (The Sunday Times)

Many of the job-seekers who showed up at National University Hospital's recruitment drive yesterday morning were middle-aged. Some have been retrenched or expect to be laid off soon. Read more

Sunday, 28 December 2008 

750 people vying for 500 job vacancies. Overwhelming response at NUH job fair (Lianhe Zaobao)

There were long queues in National University Hospital but no, these people were not here to see a doctor. They are here to attend NUH job fair recruitment drive. The response was overwhelming. Read more

Sunday, 28 December 2008 

When it's hard to move (Lifestyle, The Sunday Times)

Spinal muscular atrophy can hit as early as childhood and leave sufferers disabled. Like all hardworking financial agents, Mr Benjamin Chia travels all over Singapore to meet his clients. Mr Chia has suffered from spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) since birth. Read more

Saturday, 27 December 2008 

More applicants than job vacancies available (Lianhe Wanbao)

There were 750 applicants for the 550 job vacancies offered at the job fair held at National University Hospital today. Out of the applications, 215 met the criteria and passed the first round of interview. Read more

Saturday, 27 December 2008 

Hospitals seek older workers to fill jobs (The Straits Times)

Demand in health-care sector is high; NUH alone has 550 vacancies. DEMAND for older workers is still high in the health-care sector despite the current economic downturn. Read more

Friday, 26 December 2008 

NUH woos mid-career switches with allowance (My Paper)

A yearn for better work-life balance and job satisfaction, prompted a tax-accountant to leave her job six years ago to retrain as a physiotherapist. Read more

Thursday, 25 December 2008 

Ask the Experts - Pain in the eyes (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Q: I was treated for conjunctivitis recently. I also had flu at the time. After three visits to an eye clinic, I was told that I needed no further follow-up. However, I still have symptoms like itching and dry eyes ... What should I do? Read more

Wednesday, 24 December 2008 

NUH introduces Psychological Health Services to female cancer patients (Lianhe Zaobao)

Under this service, besides providing treatment, case managers will accompany and comfort patients before surgery, during their hospitalisation and when they return for chemotherapy or check ups, so that they can understand how the patients are feeling and arrange for mental health specialists for troubled patients. Read more

Wednesday, 24 December 2008 

Manager gave up $8000 pay to be a nurse (Lianhe Wanbao)

In order to fulfil his dreams of becoming a nurse, a sales manager gave up his car and house and took a 65% pay cut to be a nurse. Read more

Monday, 22 December 2008 

NUH is recruiting - 50% of 550 vacancies are for nurses, professionals looking for mid-career switch welcomed (Lianhe Zaobao)

The National University Hospital has rolled out a one-day walk-in recruitment drive to attract talent for 550 vacancies in the hospital. The mass recruitment drive was held on Saturday, and interested applicants were granted on-the-spot interviews. Read more

Monday, 22 December 2008 

Runners more prone to leg injuries than triathletes (The Straits Times)

Long distance runners are three times more likely than triathletes - who run, swim and cycle - to injure their legs,a study here has found. Read more

Monday, 22 December 2008 

No quick fix for excess weight, say experts (The Straits Times)

Fad diets don't bring long-term success, they may even be dangerous. Quick-fix weight loss programmes are everywhere and they all claim to produce easy weight loss. Read more

Saturday, 20 December 2008 

Female marathon runners more prone to leg injuries (Lianhe Zaobao)

A local study here has found that female marathon runners are two times more likely than their male counterparts to sustain leg injuries. Read more

Thursday, 18 December 2008 

Beware the holiday bulge (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Mix good food and good company and you will easily forget how much you are piling on your plate and adding to your waistline. Read more

Thursday, 18 December 2008 

NUH performs Endovascular Aneurysm Repair on oldest patient (Lianhe Zaobao)

90 yr old Venerable undergoes surgery to remove "time bomb" in body. Read more

Thursday, 18 December 2008 

Ask the Expert - Oestrogen Food Brigade (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Q: My wife was recently diagnosed with a rare uterine cancer - low grade endometrial stromal sarcoma... Should she be worried about eating foods with oestrogen? Read more

Thursday, 18 December 2008 

Hope for those with knee woes (My Paper)

A team of National University Hospital researchers, led by Professor Lee Eng Hin, is carrying out clinical trials on patients with damaged knees. Read more

Sunday, 14 December 2008 

Six thousand married females opt for abortion due to financial reasons and career (Lianhe Wanbao)

Find out why local females go for abortion. Read more

Saturday, 13 December 2008 

Cracked helmet from fatal accident makes local bikers ask: Are helmets sold here safe? (The New Paper)

ONE cracked helmet has set Singapore's bike forums and helmet distributor networks abuzz. The death of Ms Norazirah Ajis, who was killed in a traffic accident in late October, has become a hot topic on the Internet. Read more

Thursday, 11 December 2008 

High Heel Horrors (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Podiatrist warn against the dangers of wearing high heels. Based on studies, the maximum pressure under the forefoot can increase by 110 per cent from a flat shoe to a shoe with a 3-inch heel. Read more

Thursday, 11 December 2008 

Ask the Expert - No end to daily headaches (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Q: I am a 33-year-old man and since January this year I have been suffering from persistent headaches. They occur almost every other day and sometimes last for days. Read more

Thursday, 11 December 2008 

Game on at your own risk (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Doctors warn that playing video games at too long a stretch can ruin your health. Too much of this fun activity can result in physical and even emotional distress. Read more

Tuesday, 09 December 2008 

One-stop health services by National University Heart Centre, Singapore (Lianhe Zaobao)

The set up of The National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS), a holistic one-stop service for cardiovascular disease patients, will help patients save time and cost and cut down on the number of return visits to the hospital. Read more

Monday, 08 December 2008 

Breathing easier with the Optimiser (Home, The Straits Times)

Mdm Hajjah Hazenah Abdullah, is the first patient here to have received a new implant - the Optimiser - for people with heart failure. The Optimiser is a device which helps a patient's heart to pump with 11% more force. Read more

Sunday, 07 December 2008 

On the job - health workers prone to abuse from patients (The Sunday Times)

Five hospitals revealed it is common for hospital staff, including doctors to be exposed to verbal and physical abuse by patients or their next-of-kin. Current measures in place to protect staff from patients' abuse include: straits jackets, sedatives and trained security officers and nurses in unarmed combat to protect themselves. Read more

Thursday, 04 December 2008 

Play like a child (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Parents can bond better with their children if they spend time playing with them. Playtime is not just for kids. Parents should join in too. Children learn by imitation. During play, they observe the way parents talk and do things and they copy them. Read more

Wednesday, 03 December 2008 

New research institute to study heart diseases (The Straits Times)

A NEW institute will be set up within a year to ramp up research into heart diseases and improve their treatment in Singapore, public health group National University Health System (NUHS) said yesterday. Read more