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Dec 2012

Friday, 28 December 2012 


抢救生命 当急诊医生 分秒不停歇 (联合晚报)


医院的急诊部门是抢救病人的前线,医生是战场的前线战士,时时刻刻与时间赛跑,每分毎秒处在备战的状态。急诊部门医生需要专业医术,他们必须分秒必争,病人的生死就掌握在他们手中。 Read more



Friday, 28 December 2012 


Earthquake moved doctor to help (Tabla!)


It all started with a call to lead a rescue team to Bantul, Indonesia, in 2006
where an earthquake had struck. During those weeks Dr Joseph Thambiah, a senior orthopaedic consultant at the National University Hospital (NUH), witnessed the victims' devastation firsthand and it stirred something deep within him. Read more



Thursday, 27 December 2012 


Timid, quiet and picked on (Mind your Body, The Straits Times)


Q: My sister is 13 years old and is currently in Secondary 2. She is quiet, timid and does not talk much. In school, she has trouble making friends and gets picked on by her peers. She is ostracised by her classmates and is excluded from group work or class games. This also happened to her when she was in primary school. Read more



Thursday, 27 December 2012 


Partying may kill you (Mind your Body, The Straits Times)


For years, researchers have noticed a disturbing pattern during the winter holidays in temperate countries: There would be an increase in the number of
deadly heart attacks. It was initially thought that low temperatures, which constrict blood vessels and restrict blood flow and oxygen to the heart, were largely to blame for the spike. Read more



Wednesday, 26 December 2012 


Born too early (TODAY)


Most newborns are cuddled and held by their parents after birth, but twins Leong Ho Tim and Ho Karl were immediately whisked off to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and hooked up to wires and tubes when they were born. Read more



Wednesday, 26 December 2012 


女婴提早两天出生 抢当"圣诞第一婴" (My Paper)


女婴比预产期早两天出生,赶当本地"圣诞第一婴"!这名女婴昨天凌晨12时01分在国大医院呱呱坠地,体重达3.64 公斤。她的母亲萨蒂(健身房职员,36岁)说,这是她的第三胎,医生原先估计的预产期是27日,没想到昨晚就开始感觉到阵痛,入院不久女儿就出世了。 Read more



Wednesday, 26 December 2012 


This baby's a 'Christmas gift from God' (The New Paper)


Most want goodies for Christmas. But Mr Pugazhenthi Kulandavelu, 46, wanted a baby. Excited at the thought of a Christmas Day baby, he hoped his wife, who was in labour, would give birth only after midnight. And Madam Sakthi Muthaiyah did just that. Their third child, a girl, was delivered at 12.01am yesterday.She became Singapore's first Christmas Day baby. Read more



Wednesday, 26 December 2012 


圣诞第一婴 女婴凌晨第一分钟诞生 (新明日报)


今年的圣诞第一宝宝是一名印族女婴,第一个华族圣诞宝宝比抢先一步的印族女婴迟了19分钟到来,零时20分在康生医院出世,成了排名第二的圣诞宝宝。 Read more



Sunday, 23 December 2012 


食道癌咽喉炎有什么不同? (联合早报)


她问: 请问专家,食道癌与咽喉炎有什么不同?我(58岁)近来吃下食物不久就会感觉喉咙有异物,而且左脸会感觉麻麻,皮肤也会出现圆形浮肿,可是涂爽身粉十几分钟后,浮肿就会消失。请问这是什么病?(林恩慈) Read more



Sunday, 23 December 2012 


记忆力衰退 就是患失智症? (联合晚报)


年纪大了,记忆力衰退了,就是患了失智症? 国大医院老年医学专家瑞斯玛 - 麦钱特 (Dr Reshma A. Merchant) 高级顾问医生说,记忆力的衰退虽然与失智症的发生有密切关系。不过,不是凡记忆力衰退,就意味着已患上失智症。 Read more



Friday, 21 December 2012 


每周5到10儿童 哮喘病发作入院 (新明日报)


国大医院的数据显示,每星期有5名到10名儿童,因急性哮喘病发作而被紧急送进急诊部接受治疗。送院的这些儿童,若出现可能会危及性命的症状,就必须入住加护病房。 Read more



Thursday, 20 December 2012 


Get your Picky Eater to Eat! (Singapore Motherhood)


Are you a picky eater? Then your child may be one as well, says Associate Professor Daniel Goh, Head of the Paediatric Department at the National University Hospital, as studies have shown that children with a family history of picky eating are more likely to be picky eaters themselves. But while picky eaters feed on little, their numbers are large. Read more



Thursday, 20 December 2012 


Ask the Expert: Cystic lesions found in liver (Mind your Body, The Straits Times)


Q: I am a 51-year-old woman. I believe in routine health screening as it helps to detect any early signs of cancer in the body. Recently, I had a computed tomography (CT) scan done on my liver. The result showed multiple cystic lesions that are unilocular (having one cavity) and complicated in both liver lobes. No solid component was noted in any of these lesions. Read more



Thursday, 20 December 2012 


Painful bladder syndrome (Mind your Body, The Straits Times)


For close to a year, Ms Ong (not her real name) did not have a name for the problem that was plaguing her. All she knew was that her life was turned topsy-turvy for most of 2003 by the frequent need to urinate and intermittent pain in her lower abdomen. On bad days, she had to go to the toilet every half an hour, waking up three to four times at night too. Read more



Thursday, 20 December 2012 


Feeling sick over baby (Mind your Body, The Straits Times)


Housewife Syahdah Mohamed Hashim, 26, and consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Dharshini Gopalakrishnakone, 35, were both mentally prepared for morning sickness, or nausea and vomiting, when they got pregnant. But they did not reckon on developing an acute form of the condition called hyperemesis gravidarum (HG). Both could not even keep down a glass of water and had to be hospitalised for dehydration. Read more



Wednesday, 19 December 2012 


Childhood asthma on the rise (TODAY)


This year has been a particularly bad one for 10-year-old Apple Nur Azrina who suffers from asthma. She was hospitalised four times in three months for acute asthma attacks when her wheezing spiralled out of control. Her frequent absence from classes has also taken a toll on her schoolwork. Read more



Saturday, 15 December 2012 


Cut out tantrums with child-friendly salons (The Sunday Times)


Q: My eight-year-old daughter throws a tantrum every time I take her for a haircut. I have tried many ways to coax her but nothing works. Why is she behaving this way? Read more



Saturday, 15 December 2012 


先捐骨髓再捐肝 孪生哥哥 两救弟命 (联合晚报)


先捐骨髓,再捐肝脏!双胞弟弟小时患白血病,长大后又患丙型肝炎,好哥哥两次救弟命。这对手足情深的双胞兄弟,今年41岁,已婚。哥哥是艾尔文,弟弟是艾伦。 Read more



Saturday, 15 December 2012 


He saves his twin brother's life twice (The Straits Times)


Twice, he has saved his brother's life. And twice did this pair of twins make medical firsts in the process. In May, senior customer service executive Alvin Ang donated part of his liver to his brother, Allen, who is younger by 12 minutes. Read more



Friday, 14 December 2012 


Taking medical care to the needy - for free (The Straits Times© Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


Once a month, a white bus weaves its way through the streets, pulling up at a different foreign worker dormitory each time. The mobile medical service is a welcome sight for the workers, who struggle to find time and spare cash for medical check-ups. It is the brainchild of Associate Professor Joseph Thambiah, doctor by profession and Samaritan at heart. Read more



Thursday, 13 December 2012 


The pharmacist is in (Mind your Body, The Straits Times)


Mr Wu Tuck Seng, deputy director of the department of pharmacy at the National University Hospital (NUH), said doctors' workload is reduced as the monitoring and review of patients' medication is done by the pharmacist. Read more



Thursday, 13 December 2012 


Ask the Experts: Child fears going to sleep (Mind your Body, The Straits Times)


Q: Over the last few months, my 10-year-old granddaughter has developed a fear of
sleeping at night. Her fear would keep playing on her mind from the time her head hits the pillow at about 10pm until near midnight. She would sob every night and request for prayers to be said. Read more



Thursday, 13 December 2012 


Miracle of growing bones (Mind your Body, The Straits Times)


I specialised in paediatric orthopaedic surgery because...I was keen to repair and reconstruct the human musculoskeletal system – the bones, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints and other connective tissues. Then, I was inspired by my mentor, Professor Lee Eng Hin, to pursue the sub-speciality of paediatric orthopaedics. Read more



Tuesday, 11 December 2012 


罕见方法派上用场 扫描手腕揭女佣虚报年龄 (联合早报)


树木可以从年轮估测其树龄,人其实也有骨龄,而且是用X光扫描左手就能估测出。这种骨测年龄的方法存在已久,但却因为有一定的局限性而鲜少被引用。不过,在最近的一起案件中,它就派上了用场。 Read more



Thursday, 06 December 2012 


难以预防的疾病 哮喘 (联合早报)


随着天气转凉,一般来说,呼吸道疾病就会进入高发季节,哮喘也一样。现在正值北半球温带国家的冬季,哮喘病人适合到这些国家旅行吗?他们该如何防护?为什么儿童较易患上哮喘?哮喘能预防﹑能根治,会致命吗?中西医有哪些控制病情,防止旧病复发的方法? Read more



Thursday, 06 December 2012 


No special diet for epilepsy patient but... (Mind your Body, The Straits Times)


Q:I am a 24-year-old man who has been an epilepsy patient for the past 11 years.
What types of food are good for epilepsy sufferers? What types of sports and exercises should I do? Are there any associations or clubs for epilepsy patients? Read more



Wednesday, 05 December 2012 


Missed jabs led to more measles cases (The Straits Times)


The number of measles cases trebled last year, largely due to incidents of young children not being vaccinated, the Ministry of Health (MOH) has revealed. The infection rate had declined rapidly since the introduction of compulsory vaccinations in 1985. Read more



Tuesday, 04 December 2012 


BVS支架可助心脏病人血管愈合 (联合早报)


过去一年,本地有越来越多心脏病人植入生物可吸收血管支架。"生物可吸收血管支架" (Bioresorbable Vascular Scaffold,简称BVS)跟一般支架不同的是,它是以可降解的材料聚乳酸(polylactide)制造,在人体两三年后,会自然分解成二氧化碳和水。 Read more



Monday, 03 December 2012 


人老,记忆力不一定会衰退! (联合晚报)


人老了,记忆力就会衰退?国大医院老年医学专家里什玛·麦钱特 (Dr Reshma A. Merchant)高级顾问医生说,事实并非如此。她解释,从临床医学的意义来观察,记忆力的衰退往往与失智症(也译痴呆症)的发生有密切关系。 Read more



Sunday, 02 December 2012 


Help is a call away (The Sunday Times)


She may have stumbled upon her job, but Ms Ranjeet Kaur, 52, a customer service associate at the National University Hospital's (NUH) call centre, has found her life's calling. Some 15 years ago, Ms Kaur found herself without a job when
the travel agency she was working in suddenly shut down. Read more



Sunday, 02 December 2012 


Hospital infections: Stepping up the fight (The Sunday Times)


The Candida albicans fungus lives harmlessly on many people’s skin and in their gut, but the minute it touches blood it turns deadly. Its round, benign cells lengthen in the bloodstream, allowing the fungus to burrow into any organ and take hold there, often killing its victim in the process. Read more



Saturday, 01 December 2012 


Pain, Pain, Go Away (North West CDC Cohesion Magazine)


Many of us, whether young or old, have suffered from neck and back pain. The good news is that most of the time, the pain does go away on its own without posing any major health risk. Read more



Saturday, 01 December 2012 


Baby's Social And Emotional Development (reproduced with permission from Motherhood)


By now your four month old should be happily giggling away. You'll also know what makes her happy or upset. This is the time your little one will start to actively learn and she'll be able to communicate her emotions and desires much better by now as well and you can be sure she'll let you know just exactly how she's feeling. Read more



Saturday, 01 December 2012 


I'm Not Kiasu, I'm Playing It Safe (reproduced with permission from Motherhood)


Being a first-time parent is tough. I remember having many sleepless nights...and worrisome days because every cough, every sniffle and every whimper from my child would send me into a hair-raising frenzy, not to mention an outright panic whenever he cried and could not be calmed down with a bottle, a tummy rub, a burp or a diaper change. Read more