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Dec 2010

Friday, 31 December 2010 


Two fast-food delivery riders were sent to the hospital during the festive season due to road accident (Lianhe Wanbao)


There is an increase in the number of road accidents during the festive period, especially among these men on bikes. Read more



Friday, 31 December 2010 


With superbugs come super drugs (World, The Straits Times)


Medicine to fight antibiotic-resistant germs being looked at. Read more



Friday, 31 December 2010 


Fast-food rush risks delivery riders' lives (Home, The Straits Times)


Crashes involving these men on bikes spike in festive period, say hospital staff. Read more



Thursday, 30 December 2010 


Help... bugs are crawling out of my body (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


People who suffer from delusional parasitosis believe that their bodies are infested with bugs, worms or insects and resort to self-mutilation to rid themselves of the creepy crawlies. Read more



Thursday, 30 December 2010 


Cover Story: Hope for men suffering from premature ejaculation (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


The new drug Priligy increases serotonin levels to treat early ejaculation, while exercise and behavioural training can help men regain control. BENITA AW YEONG finds out about the condition that can break up marriages and cause depression. Read more



Thursday, 30 December 2010 


Ask the experts - Bad itch after beach walk (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


Q: While walking along the beach recently, my wife and I both felt some itching and irritation around the knees and legs where the skin was exposed. We did not bother too much about it then. After a couple of days, the area developed red spots, which became very itchy. Read more



Tuesday, 28 December 2010 


Specialist doctors get new residency system (The New Paper)


Since a US-based system was adopted in July, residency programmes for specialist doctors at SingHealth, National Healthcare Group and National University Health System are more structured Read more



Tuesday, 28 December 2010 


New, more-structured residency training for specialist doctors (TODAY)


SINGAPORE - Residency programmes for specialist doctors at SingHealth, National Healthcare Group and National University Health System are more structured since a United-States-based system was adopted in July. Read more



Sunday, 26 December 2010 


Mother donates liver to save daughter (Lianhe Wanbao)


This mother-daughter pair underwent an 18-hour long liver transplant surgery whereby the mother donates her liver to her daughter. The mother says "NUH has provided us with a lot of financial assistance in the past 6 months. We only have to pay 10% of the medical fees..." Read more



Saturday, 25 December 2010 


All I want for Christmas is... ... tuition (Christmas wishes, The Straits Times)


MOST children relish the chance to give school a miss for a while, but Joel Lim dreams of getting back behind his desk. It would be a welcome change from the five years of hell he has endured fighting leukaemia. Read more



Friday, 24 December 2010 


First aid tips for a hassle-free holiday (Home, The Straits Times)


How to deal with holiday ailments that can follow too much eating and drinking. It could save you a trip to the hospital. Read more



Thursday, 23 December 2010 


Cover Story: All I want for Christmas is my life back (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


It is the season of gift-giving, music and bingeing. And everyone has a Christmas wishlist. For two Singaporeans - a nine-year-old boy and a 56-year-old divorcee - their most fervent wishes are to be healthy again and to get back to life's mainstream. Read more



Thursday, 23 December 2010 


Ask the Experts - Eyelids twitched for days (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


Q: Recently, I felt my right eyelid twitching slightly on and off. This went on for many days. What could be the reason for it and what can I do to stop it? Read more



Thursday, 23 December 2010 


More people are going for total knee replacement surgery (Lianhe Zaobao)


More people have undergone total knee replacement surgery. NUH has seen a three-fold increase in patient volume. Dr Lingaraj Krishna, Consultant of the University Orthopaedic, Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery Cluster shares more. Read more



Wednesday, 22 December 2010 


Higher BMI 'okay' for some people (The Straits Times)


Study of Chinese here shows higher ideal weight for elderly and smokers. Read more



Sunday, 19 December 2010 


Children most likely to have fever in the afternoon (Lianhe Wanbao)


National University Hospital University Children's Medical Institute's Dr Elizabeth Ang says "Normal body temperature depends on many factors- including time of day, age, activity and the individual. Children's body temperature may be about 0.5 degree Celsius higher than adults because of their higher metabolic rate (metabolism generates heat) and higher activity levels." Read more



Sunday, 19 December 2010 


Stinky comfort (The Sunday Times)


Smelly pillows are a source of comfort for toddlers but most of them will grow out of it by age five, say experts. Read more



Thursday, 16 December 2010 


NUH enhances benefits for reemployed workers (Lianhe Zaobao)


From 2011, NUH staff on re-employment contracts will be eligible to continue to enjoy their pre-retirement medical, annual leave and other benefits. Read more



Thursday, 16 December 2010 


Innovative practices to retain older workers (TODAY)


SINGAPORE - Heads of department at the National University Hospital (NUH) are allowed to renew the contracts of older workers for three years at a time, capped at the age of 67. The usual practice is to renew contracts for one year at a time. They are also allowed to carry forward their leave entitlement, said NUH's director of human resources, Ms Clara Wee. Read more



Thursday, 16 December 2010 


Bosses ‘aware of what older workers offer’ (Home, The Straits Times)


MADAM Elizabeth Lim Ee Lee not only carried on working after the official retirement age - she even bagged a promotion. She had been employed part-time for two years as a senior nurse educator with the National University Hospital (NUH). But when she reached 62, she felt she was not ready to 'hibernate and forget about learning'. Read more



Thursday, 16 December 2010 


Cover Story: When kids can’t sleep (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


It can be due to blocked airways or behavioural problems; doctors report more parents seeking help for their children. Read more



Thursday, 16 December 2010 


What to do when baby can't sleep (Home, The Straits Times)


SLEEP disorders can affect anyone - even babies and toddlers. Like little Rudra who, at five months, could not fall asleep unless he was rocked gently for several minutes. The toddler, now 16 months old, sleeps soundly today thanks to a simple solution his parents used. Read more



Thursday, 16 December 2010 


Healing strokes (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


For people suffering from chronic pain as a result of injuries or disease, massage is a bona fide form of treatment and pain relief. Read more



Thursday, 16 December 2010 


Feasting on a restricted diet (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


Do you need to watch what you eat because of a health problem? BENITA AW YEONG finds out that you can still enjoy Christmas food if you stick to some rules. Read more



Thursday, 16 December 2010 


Ask the Experts - Sleep shouting since army days (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


Q: I am a 21-year-old man who has been having "sleep shouting" syndrome since I joined the army at the age of 18. I dream as I sleep. In my dreams, I would be in an unpleasant situation and I would shout. At the same time, I would actually be shouting out loud. Read more



Thursday, 16 December 2010 


PUB, NUH lauded for age-friendly staff policies (The Business Times)


NATIONAL water agency PUB and National University Hospital (NUH) were honoured yesterday as among the world's top 15 age- friendly companies - the only Asian companies singled out for the award. Read more



Tuesday, 14 December 2010 


Doctors reinforce vitamin D message: It remains vital (The Straits Times)


DO NOT chuck those vitamin D tablets in the bin just yet. This message came from doctors at the International Osteoporosis Foundation's first Asia-Pacific meeting here at the weekend. Read more



Saturday, 11 December 2010 


Doc pioneers eye scan that can predict disease (Saturday Special Report, The Straits Times)


DR WONG Tien Yin can look deeply into your eyes and predict whether you are going to suffer from a range of diseases, including stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure. Read more



Saturday, 11 December 2010 


Blood test may detect gastric cancer early (Saturday Special Report, The Straits Times)


A SIMPLE blood test could in future be used to detect gastric cancer early - if Dr Yeoh Khay Guan's work bears fruit. The hope is that the pioneering test being developed by him will allow surgeons to arrest the disease long before symptoms start to appear. Read more



Saturday, 11 December 2010 


Calls for more checks on foreign-trained dentists (Weekend TODAY)


SINGAPORE - Many private dental clinics here have said they rely on the Singapore Dental Council (SDC) to do the necessary checks on foreign-trained dentists who apply to work here. Read more



Thursday, 09 December 2010 


Man, 81, choked on noodles (Home, The Straits Times)


Retiree’s death ruled a misadventure; even rice is tricky for elderly, say docs. Read more



Thursday, 09 December 2010 


The Pro - Minding mental patients (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


The work may be overwhelming at times, but words of appreciation from patients make it all worthwhile for psychiatric nurse Lee Poh Yin. Read more



Thursday, 09 December 2010 


Cover Story: Research that is worth its weight in gold (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


A recent study found that people who habitually eat meals at irregular times are at greater risk of having HP and gastritis. The study led by Ms Lim Su Lin, chief dietitian at the National University Hospital (NUH), won gold out of 120 entries in the Singapore Allied Health Award category of the inaugural Singapore Health and Biomedical Congress last month Read more



Thursday, 09 December 2010 


Dietitian wins award for study on eating (The Straits Times)


A RECENT study found that people who habitually eat at irregular times are at greater risk of having gastritis and Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that lives in the stomach's mucous lining. Read more



Thursday, 09 December 2010 


Faster specialist training with ACGME programme (Lianhe Zaobao)


Our residency programme has been accreditated by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education-International! We started the programme in May 2010 and this accreditation was achieved after a period of intense faculty training and implementation of the requisite training programmes. The high standard set by ACGME-I is testimony that our local residency programmes are able to provide high quality training, comparable with the standards set for the US. ACGME-I accreditation involves complying with an extensive set of clearly laid out requirements for residency programmes. Read more



Tuesday, 07 December 2010 


Doctors chip in for patients (TODAY)


NUHS group raises funds to help less well-off. Read more



Sunday, 05 December 2010 


Eating out is dicey for some diners (The Sunday Times)


Most eateries not prepared or willing to cater to customers with food allergies. From hawker fare to restaurant cuisine, Singapore's smorgasbord delights local residents and tourists. But diners with food allergies may beg to differ. Read more



Sunday, 05 December 2010 


Fluoride in water safe (LifeStyle, The Sunday Times)


The benefits of fluoridated water for infants outweigh the disadvantages, doctors say. Read more



Sunday, 05 December 2010 


More than 110,000 inpatients at public hospitals opted out of HIV screening last year (News, Lianhe Zaobao)


Last year, the HIV screening programme provided at public hospitals had picked up 50 HIV-positive inpatients who otherwise may not have known that they have HIV. However, more than 80% of inpatients who were eligible for screening opted out of HIV screening. Read more



Saturday, 04 December 2010 


Duty to treat the sick, even when they cannot pay (In their own groove, The Straits Times)


NUH doctor spends weekends giving free treatment, medical talks. Read more



Thursday, 02 December 2010 


Cover Story: The stem-cell hope (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


Stem cells, which have the potential to develop into some or all of the specialised cells in tissues and organs provide hope that they can replace damaged cells. The race is on to find new ways to harness them to treat various diseases. Read more



Thursday, 02 December 2010 


Water consumption for middle-aged and elderly (LOHAS, zbNOW, Lianhe Zaobao)


Ever wonder how much water a middle-aged or elderly should consume? Dr Reshma Merchant, Head of General Medicine and Geriatrician at the University Medicine Cluster at NUH, shares more. Read more



Thursday, 02 December 2010 


An extension of the brain, hands are the most powerful tool (LOHAS, zbNOW, Lianhe Zaobao)


A reporter from Lianhe Zaobao gets up close and personal with Dr Peng Yeong Pin, Head & Senior Consultant from the Hand, Wrist & Reconstructive Microsurgery Department at NUH. Read more



Thursday, 02 December 2010 


Be careful of the fourth 'high' - High uric acid is on the rise (LOHAS, zbNOW, Lianhe Zaobao)


Associate Professor Lau Tang Ching, Head & Senior Consultant, Department of Rheumatology, University Medicine Cluster, NUH, shares the 'A-Z' about Gout. According to him, we have to be wary of the fourth 'high' - high uric acid, in addition to 'high blood pressure', 'high glucose' and 'high cholesterol'. Read more



Wednesday, 01 December 2010 


Obesity starts in the womb (Lianhe Wanbao)


Associate Professor Chong Yap Seng, senior consultant with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at NUH, explained that a mismatch between the nutrition that the fetus receives in the womb and the nutrition that the baby receives after birth may lead to a higher risk of obesity. That is, a fetus that lacks nutrition in the womb and is born into an environment with ample food supplies is more likely to become obese in adulthood, compared to one that is born into an environment where food is scarce. Read more



Wednesday, 01 December 2010 


Healthier food cheaper at hospitals (Prime.News, The Straits Times)


SOME public hospitals are leading the way in offering healthy hawker fare. Read more