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Dec 2011

Saturday, 31 December 2011 

Cheaper way to treat cataracts (The Straits Times)

Half of the world's blind people suffer from the condition, and treatment for it remains too costly for many patients in developing countries. But scientists here may have come up with a way to treat cataracts, an age-related eye disease, at a fraction of the cost of current operations. Read more

Saturday, 31 December 2011 

Woman in her forties found to have parasites in her womb (Lianhe Wanbao)

A 40-year-old Chinese Singaporean female is found to have parasites growing in her womb. This is believed to be the first such case in Singapore. NUH doctors shared in the latest issue of Annals, the Academy of Medicine’s journal, that the patient had been suffering from irregular menstrual cycles and incontinence for half a year. Read more

Friday, 30 December 2011 

Caring NUH staff (The Straits Times)

MR LEOW WEN PIN: 'On behalf of my family, I thank Professor Chou Ning, Dr Ng Chew Lip and all the staff at the National University Hospital's (NUH) neurosurgery high-dependency ward for their dedication and care during my late father's stay there. Read more

Thursday, 29 December 2011 

Children age 5 and below should have flu vaccination (Lianhe Wanbao)

Dr Mas Suhaila Bte Isa, Associate Consultant, Department of Paediatrics at NUH explains that younger children are at higher risk of complications from influenza infection. Earlier protection would reduce the risk of complications. She also cautions parents to inform their doctor if their child has had a severe allergic reaction after a dose of previous influenza vaccine, or are allergic to high protein food such as egg or chicken. Read more

Thursday, 29 December 2011 

C-section: More women opt to stay awake (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Associate Professor Ti Lian Kah, senior consultant at the department of anaesthesia at National University Hospital, shared about the use of anaesthesia in pregnancy. Read more

Wednesday, 28 December 2011 

Health screening of elderly folk to be expanded (The Straits Times)

A pilot programme which screened 800 elderly folk for their ability to perform daily tasks will be widened to reach another 30,000 individuals. Geriatrician Reshma Merchant, who heads the general medicine department at NUH, noted that although more older people are being screened, many still fail to follow through with check-ups, possibly because of the expense involved. Read more

Wednesday, 28 December 2011 

The challenges in treating children (Berita Harian)

Dr Mas Suhaila, Associate Consultant, Department of Paediatric, NUH says, "I care for my paediatric patients the same way as I would care for my own children. As doctors, we do not just look after the paediatric patients, we also have to provide emotional support for their parents, grandparents or guardians". Read more

Tuesday, 27 December 2011 

'School' for kids with cancer (The Straits Times)

Children who withdraw from a mainstream school while being treated for cancer no longer have to settle for bedside or home tuition. The Children’s Cancer Foundation (CCF) plans to start an interim education centre that offers all the advantages of classroom-based teaching – including interaction with peers - in the second quarter of next year. Read more

Tuesday, 27 December 2011 

Young women can have endometriosis too (Lianhe Zaobao)

Dr Fong Yoke Fai, Head of Division of benign gynaecology, National University Hospital, shared that pain experienced during a period should not be taken lightly as it can be a sign of endometriosis. Read more

Sunday, 25 December 2011 

Their first Noel (The Straits Times)

Nurses and doctors bring festive cheer to the wards on Christmas Day. Dr Low Ying Liang, a resident at National University Hospital, shares his thoughts about working over Christmas. Read more

Saturday, 24 December 2011 

Spacing out in children may be symptom of seizure (Lianhe Wanbao)

Senior Consultant of NUH’s Department of Paediatrics, Dr Ong Hian Tat shares more about “Absence Seizures” which is common among children. It makes the patient stop and stares for a moment or two, as if daydreaming. They may happen many times a day, interrupt attention and concentration. A child may stop suddenly in mid-sentence, stare for a moment or two, and then continue without realizing that a break took place. Read more

Saturday, 24 December 2011 

High Five (The Straits Times)

Patients with stomach tumours may no longer need a lengthy operation, or even an external cut, with the world's first robotic endoscopic stomach surgery. The first such surgery here will be performed in March next year. Read more

Friday, 23 December 2011 

Three skin conditions that he suffered from made him a famous dermatologist (Lianhe Wanbao)

Dr Derrick Aw used to suffer from the three common skin conditions, acne, eczema, urticaria himself. He understands the intolerable itchiness and pain as well as the psychological stress that his patients go through. He became a dermatologist hoping to treat himself and ease the pain of other patients. Read more

Thursday, 22 December 2011 

Anaesthesia made safer (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Surgery is no longer the terrifying prospect it was in the mid-19th century, since the discovery and use of drugs which induce a state of unawareness. A/Prof Ti Lian Kah, Senior Consultant, Anaesthesia, shared more on the use of anaesthesia in surgery. Read more

Monday, 19 December 2011 

More couples signing up for prenatal classes (The Straits Times, Home)

Demand at hospitals, private centres may rise further in the Dragon Year. The National University Hospital predicts a 20 per cent rise in demand next year, with its three classes next month already fully booked. Read more

Saturday, 17 December 2011 

Don't dismiss menstrual pain, says NUH study (The Straits Times, Home)

Menstrual cramp may be part of menstrual experience but you may be alerted if the pain is so severe that it affects your productivity and daily life. Dr Fong Yoke Fai, head of the division of benign gynaecology at NUH's department of obstetrics and gynaecology shares that menstrual cramp can be a warning sign to endometriosis, a female health disorder that occurs when cells from the lining of the womb (uterus) grow in other areas. Read more

Friday, 16 December 2011 

Consuming Fish Eye helps improve memory (Lianhe Wanbao)

Aging, stress, inactivity of the mind are some factors which can cause memory to deteriorate. Dr Reshma Merchant shares specifically on which foods can help reduce the incidence of dementia. Read more

Friday, 16 December 2011 

Young women who had menstrual cramp for two years found out she had endometriosis (Shin Min Daily)

A young lady thought her severe stomach cramp during her menstrual circle is a normal part of the experience. But two years later, she was diagnosed with endometriosis, a female health disorder that occurs when cells from the lining of the womb (uterus) grow in other areas. Dr Fong Yoke Fai, head of the division of benign gynaecology at NUH's department of obstetrics and gynaecology shares that one in ten local endometriosis patients are young and often presents with late symptoms. Read more

Friday, 16 December 2011 

Young women admitted at A&E for endometriosis (Lianhe Wanbao)

A secondary three student was rushed to the Emergency Department because of stomach pain. She was diagnosed to have endometriosis. Dr Fong Yoke Fai, head of the division of benign gynaecology at NUH's department of obstetrics and gynaecology shares that 70% of young patients with endometriosis were presented late. Read more

Thursday, 15 December 2011 

The psychology of six physical illnesses (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

A national study has found that many who are physically sick also have mental illness and vice versa. Hospitals have started to screen their patients in the hope of helping them manage their double-trouble conditions better. Dr Cornelia Chee, the director of Women’s Emotional Health Service at the National University Hospital (NUH) shares more about the link between gynaecological cancer and depression. Read more

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 

More parents fighting to be dragon parents (Lianhe Zaobao)

Couples are trying hard to become parents to dragon babies with the coming of the zodiac perceived to be auspicious according to Chinese belief. Dr Tan Eng Kien, Consultant, O&G Department shares some tips on how to prepare for conception. Read more

Tuesday, 13 December 2011 

Career woman flies overseas to get a pair of suitable shoes (Lianhe Wanbao)

Fashion shoes are very popular among ladies. However, many are not aware that these shoes may not be safe. Senior Podiatrist Tiffany Tsao shares more on the dangers of fashion shoes. Read more

Sunday, 11 December 2011 

Sober solutions (The Sunday Times)

Drinkers will try anything, from drinking tomato juice to eating oily food, to cure a hangover but do these remedies actually work? Associate Professor Malcolm Mahadevan, the head and senior consultant of the emergency medicine department at National University Hospital, says there is no proven medication or methods to prevent or treat a hangover. Read more

Sunday, 11 December 2011 

Wearing unsuitable shoes can lead to dislocated toes (Lianhe Wanbao)

Wearing unsuitable shoes is not just uncomfortable, it may even cause your toes to be dislocated. Senior Podiatrist Tiffany Tsao explains the dangers of wearing unsuitable shoes and offer tips on what to take note of when buying shoes. Read more

Thursday, 08 December 2011 

Holiday gift guide: best of health (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

There are few presents better than the gift of good health. But since that is something money cannot buy, the next best thing would be a gift that shows you have a loved one's well-being in mind. In this season of giving, Mind Your Body has 20 gift ideas, including screening packages from NUH, which nourish the mind, body and soul. Read more

Thursday, 08 December 2011 

Nearly paralysed at the pool (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

A freak accident dislocated Mr Ong Chiaw Hock's neck, but his extra-wide spinal canal saved him from disability. Associate Professor Joseph Thambiah, head and senior consultant at the division of orthopaedic trauma of National University Hospital shared some first aid tips for neck injuries. Read more

Thursday, 08 December 2011 

Five-year-old throws tantrums in the mornings (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Q: My niece, a five-year-old girl, has been waking up early in the morning every day for the past week.On Saturday, she screamed, threw tantrums and slammed the bedroom door from 1am to 2am. The following Monday, she again screamed, threw tantrums and also wet the bed from 5am to 5.45am. She refused to be brought to the toilet. Read more

Tuesday, 06 December 2011 

Medical camp a hit among sick kids and parents (The Straits Times)

It is a school camp with a twist - the day ends with a dialysis session, while doctors and nurses set up intravenous drips at activity venues and make sure every child takes his medicine on time. Read more

Friday, 02 December 2011 

Many thanks to caring transplant team, NUH staff (The Straits Times Online)

MS VERA HALIM: My mother had a successful kidney transplant on Oct 20 at the National University Hospital (NUH). The complex process took more than a month, and I thank the transplant team headed by Professor A. Vathsala, with great teamwork from Dr Timothy Koh Jee Kam and Dr Lim Eng Kuang, the surgeon, Dr Tiong Ho Yee, all the renal transplant coordinators and the nurses at NUH. Read more

Thursday, 01 December 2011 

Ask the Expert - Constipation getting worse (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Q: I am 20 years old and have a history of hypothyroidism. My last visit to the ear, nose and throat department at Singapore General Hospital was two years ago. Throughout the past two years, I have experienced symptoms such as constipation, depression, an inability to concentrate well, cold intolerance and a swollen lower calf. Read more

Thursday, 01 December 2011 

NUH let her spend last night with Dad (Special Report, The Straits Times)

Ms Lynette Leong is grateful that National University Hospital (NUH) allowed her to spend the last night with her father earlier this year, even though he was a C-class patient. Read more

Thursday, 01 December 2011 

Doctors help patients say final farewell in comfort (Special Report, The Straits Times)

Underscoring its importance, palliative care was described by Health Minister Gan Kim Yong as that 'special human touch and compassion delivered to patients at the end of life'. Dr Angeline Seah, Palliative Physician and Dr Jason Phua, Respiratory Physician share more about palliative care in NUH. Read more

Thursday, 01 December 2011 

Patients with mood disorders should learn to relieve stress and lead an active normal life (Lianhe Zaobao-Lohas)

Study shows that 12% of Singaporeans may suffer from one type of psychiatric condition. Mood disorders is one such common conditions and can be of a genetic cause. Associate Professor Rathi Mahendran, Senior Consultant, Department of Psychological Medicine, shares about the condition. Read more