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Jan 2013

Thursday, 31 January 2013 


体检, 是预防胜于治疗 (联合早报)


身体无恙,不表示健康就没问题,不能凭感觉走,而必须定期做身体检查,确保健康。新加坡国大心脏中心(NUHCS)总主任陈淮沁医生说,做体检是预防胜于治疗,希望病从浅中医,减少并发症等不良后果的产生。 Read more



Thursday, 31 January 2013 


Lacklustre results from hair-loss treatment (Mind your Body, The Straits Times)


Q: I am a 29-year-old woman and I have had alopecia areata on my scalp for a while. I had a few steroid jabs at a skin institution. It has been almost a year since then and I see only minimal hair re-growth. The affected area is still very sparsely spotted with hairs. Read more



Thursday, 31 January 2013 


Look Ma, no teeth (Mind your Body, The Straits Times)


Seven-year-old Shyann Lee slept weekday nights at her grandparents’ home because
her parents were too busy with work. Every night without fail, her grandmother
would help her brush her teeth. So when she complained of toothache at the age of four, her mother, Mrs Julie Lee, an associate director of corporate communications at a university, looked in her daughter’s mouth and was shocked at
what she saw. Read more



Wednesday, 30 January 2013 


专家:随着人口老化 越来越多长者 受肺炎球菌威胁 (新明日报)


随着人口老化,越来越多年长人士受肺炎球菌威胁。上周末,"亚洲肺炎球菌疾病大会2013"在我国召开,亚洲区老年人深受肺炎球菌威胁,是大会的主要议题之一。 Read more



Friday, 25 January 2013 


不收手术费的好医生 (联合早报)


在当今这个忙碌而又现实的社会中,却演绎了这样一段让人永生难忘的真情实爱! 妈妈去年9月在国大医院被诊断出鼻咽癌中期,向来任劳任怨的妈妈只懂得照顾别人,却从来不懂得照顾自己。 Read more



Friday, 25 January 2013 


New hydrogel that kills superbugs (The New Paper)


Researchers have developed a unique antimicrobial hydrogel that may make patient deaths from hospital-acquired infections and superbugs a thing of the past. These infections, such as MRSA and E. coli, have often been stubbornly resistant to antibiotic treatment, reported The Straits Times Online. Read more



Thursday, 24 January 2013 


The old man and the radio (Mind your Body, The Straits Times)


When I first saw him, he was just another chap who had been referred to me. In his late 60s, he had weathered brows and a beard peppered with silver bristles. He walked with a careful and purposeful gait and it took him effort to cross the clinic floor to my room - something I did without much thought. Read more



Thursday, 24 January 2013 


Difficulties walking after accident (Mind your Body, The Straits Times)


Q: I am a 55-year-old man who was involved in a car accident last March last year. I had no open wounds or cuts. After the accident, I was unable to flex my right ankle and my toes. Read more



Wednesday, 23 January 2013 


NOW OPEN: Ronald McDonald House at NUH (The New Paper)


NOW OPEN: A new Ronald McDonald House officially opened its doors at the National University Hospital (NUH) yesterday. The 24/7 facility is managed by Ronald McDonald House Charities and established in partnership with the Paediatric Cluster of NUH. Read more



Tuesday, 22 January 2013 


Subsidi lebih tinggi bagi rawatan dapatkan anak (Berita Harian)


Lebih banyak sokongan akan diberi kepada pasangan suami isteri yang mempunyai kesukaran mendapat zuriat. Mereka boleh mendapat subsidi 75 peratus bagi menjalani rawatan Teknologi Bantuan Penghamilan (ART), berbanding 50 peratus sebelum ini. Read more



Tuesday, 22 January 2013 


助孕术津贴提高至75% 不孕夫妇求子负担减轻 (联合早报)


为减轻不孕夫妇的负担,他们寻求科技生子时将获得更多资助。以辅助受孕术进行新鲜胚胎移植的妇女,政府补助将从目前的最高3000元增加一倍至6300元。 Read more



Tuesday, 22 January 2013 


Higher subsidies for fertility treatments (The Straits Times)


Couples looking to science to help them conceive will get more help financially, with increased subsidies for fertility treatments. The subsidy will now also be made available to couples who already have children, and will cover in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) treatment using frozen embryos. Read more



Tuesday, 22 January 2013 


Charity helped her to lead normal life (The Straits Times)


When Ms Jane Lee became a staff nurse at the National University Hospital's medical intensive care unit, she fulfilled a childhood dream inspired by a charity that helped her lead a normal life. Read more



Tuesday, 22 January 2013 


Home away from home for families with children in hospital (The Straits Times)


A charity-run home where parents can stay for free while their children undergo treatment will open today at the National University Hospital (NUH). Read more



Monday, 21 January 2013 


My Child, A Social Being (reproduced with permission from Motherhood)


Does your child clam up when you introduce her to someone whom she has not met before? Does your child hide behind you when your neighbour, the friendly auntie who always has a smile for everyone, says hello? Read more



Wednesday, 16 January 2013 


Can home therapy help autistic kids? (TODAY)


After being diagnosed with severe autism at the age of three, much of Nathan Perez's childhood was centred on shuttling between numerous therapy centres. Read more



Monday, 14 January 2013 


Sanctuary for children with cancer (The New Paper)


It looks like any other childcare centre. Bright flowers adorn the walls and cute paintings – obviously done with a child's sense of colours – are hung up with pride. Toys are piled into two boxes, and they contain the usual plastic dinosaurs, figurines, and dolls. The only difference? Children milling, wearing face masks. Read more



Sunday, 13 January 2013 


Read to child to keep him on the potty (The Sunday Times)


Q: My 3 & 1/2-year-old son refuses to use his potty, let alone the toilet bowl. He poos in his underwear or diapers. How can I encourage him to use the potty for a start? Read more



Saturday, 12 January 2013 


植入干细胞盲鼠重见光明 (联合早报)


本地眼科医生同英国牛津大学一组医生与科研人员合作进行干细胞移植研究,成功让盲老鼠眼前一“亮”。参与研究项目的本地医生曼迪 (Mandeep Singh),是国大医院的眼科医生,也是新加坡眼科研究院的临床科学家。他目前在牛津大学攻读博士学位。 Read more



Friday, 11 January 2013 


More malnutrition cases detected with NUH screening tool (TODAY)


Patients with malnutrition or those at risk can now be more quickly identified at the National University Hospital (NUH). Nurses can make direct referrals to dietitians, if needed, after patients have undergone the 3-Minute Nutrition Screening Tool developed by NUH. Read more



Friday, 11 January 2013 


NUH sees success in tackling patient malnutrition (The Straits Times Online)


A two-year comprehensive effort by the National University Hospital (NUH) to screen for and tackle patient malnutrition has shown positive results. Almost all malnourished patients are detected compared to just three per cent of admitted patients screened before this effort. Read more



Thursday, 10 January 2013 


肥胖与心血管疾病 (联合早报)


肥胖的治疗需要多方面的注意和配合,多管齐下,方能奏效。减重治疗包括:一﹑饮食调整,肥胖者必须限制高糖及油脂食物的摄入,根据自身活动量的大小,调整卡路里的摄入。一般小学生每日所需热量为1200卡路里,中学生1600-1800卡路里,成年男性一般为1900卡路里。 Read more



Thursday, 10 January 2013 


Ask the Expert: Constipation despite high-fibre diet (Mind your Body, The Straits Times)


Q: I am a 73-year-old man and have been suffering from constipation over the years. I eat fruits and vegetables and I drink about 2 litres of water daily in addition to coffee and other beverages. I have also been drinking 150ml of prune juice twice a day, once in the morning and once before retiring at night. I tried taking a high-fibre product, but it does not seem to work. Read more



Thursday, 10 January 2013 


No more reading glasses for her (Mind your Body, The Straits Times)


The ageing population in Singapore is contributing to more cases of presbyopia, or the age-related loss of ability to focus on near objects. And among a slew of options, a minimally invasive procedure may spell the newest hope for old eyes. In this procedure, a bifocal lens is implanted into the cornea of the patient's non-dominant eye. Read more



Thursday, 10 January 2013 


Surgery is like cooking (Mind your Body, The Straits Times)


I specialise in foot and ankle disorders because... I was inspired and encouraged by my department chairman, Professor Wong Hee Kit, to specialise in orthopaedics. When I was doing my training in this specialisation, I realised that our understanding and treatment of foot and ankle conditions lagged behind what we could do for other joints, such as the knees and hips. Read more



Thursday, 10 January 2013 


Teaching parents to cope (Mind your Body, The Straits Times)


Mealtimes were torture for Gilbert Leong and his mother, Jasmine. Mrs Leong, 41, a housewife, said: "He preferred porridge or rice plain. If there was a piece of meat or vegetable in it, he would take it out. If I refused to let him do so, he would not eat." Read more



Thursday, 10 January 2013 


Don't avoid the dentist (Mind your Body, The Straits Times)


The best way to see less of your dentist is, ironically, to see him regularly. Most people avoid seeing the dentist until they get a toothache or other dental problems, said Dr Fu Jia Hui, a registrar in the discipline of periodontics (treatment of the gums and bones that support teeth) at National University Hospital (NUH). Read more



Wednesday, 09 January 2013 


细胞移植治疗失明 患者有望重见光明 (新明日报)


双目失明者可被治好而重见光明,将来可能会事实。国大医院的一名临床科学家,和英国牛津大学的一组医生及研究人员携手合作,研创出用细胞移植的方法恢复视觉的新科技,这可能是迈向将来使用干细胞治疗失明的一大步。 Read more



Wednesday, 09 January 2013 


There may be more serious injuries behind sprained ankles (TODAY)


Ankle sprains may prove to be more sinister than first thought, a National University Hospital (NUH) study of 50 patients has found. Besides lateral ligament injuries, which are commonly associated with ankle sprains, seven in 10 patients surveyed were found with injuries that included swollen bones, inner ligament injury, cartilage injuries and bone marrow edema after being given an MRI scan. Read more



Thursday, 03 January 2013 


Battle of the bulge (Mind your Body, The Straits Times)


Like most people, Mr J.G. Deng, 25, has been caught up in the rat race for most of his life. Exercise has always taken a back seat, said the engineer, who has battled obesity since primary school. This year, he wants to change his lifestyle for good. He has made it his New Year resolution to lose 20kg. Read more



Wednesday, 02 January 2013 


Transplant coordinators' role in live kidney donations (The New Paper)


The National University Centre for Organ Transplantation(NUCOT)said that of the
people referred to them, about 12 per cent get a live kidney transplant. In such a transplant, the organ is given by a living donor, as opposed to someone who donates a kidney on his death. The centre also said that about 1.5 per cent of the donations are between strangers. It uses transplant coordinators to facilitate arrangements. Read more



Wednesday, 02 January 2013 


NUH welcomes baby at 00.00.13 on 01-01-13 (The New Paper)


The National University Hospital (NUH) delivered its first baby of 2013 at 13 seconds past midnight on New Year's Day. The baby girl was born naturally, the hospital said. Helen Huo, who weighed 3kg, is the first child for Madam Guo Yanhua, 29, and her husband, Mr Huo Xuan, 31, Channel NewsAsia reported. Read more



Wednesday, 02 January 2013 


2013's first little bundle of joy (The Straits Times)


At 13 seconds past midnight on the first day of 2013, little Helen Huo – weighing 3kg – came kicking and wailing into the world. Her mother, housewife Guo Yanhua, endured 51/2 hours of labour before the natural birth at the National University Hospital. Read more



Wednesday, 02 January 2013 


Bayi 2013 dinamakan sempena bekas pemain bola sepak jersi 13 Italy (Berita Harian)


Sebagai seorang peminat bola sepak, Encik Nas Muhammad Nasta'in amat menggemari nombor 13 kerana ia nombor jersi pemain kesukaannya, Alessandro Nesta. Oleh itu, apabila anak sulungnya dilahirkan pada hari Tahun Baru 2013 semalam, beliau bercadang menamakan puteranya itu Nas Muhammad Nesta, sempena nama bekas pemain Italy dan kelab AC Milan itu. Read more



Wednesday, 02 January 2013 


元旦第一婴 新移民女娃 (联合早报)


往年的"元旦第一宝宝"、"农历新年首名宝宝"、"圣诞第一婴"等都出自妇产科医院-竹脚妇幼医院,或是安微尼亚
山医院、鹰阁医院、康生医院等私人医院。今年的情况却很特别,2013年元旦首两名宝宝,让国大医院与中央医院这两家未"强打"妇产科的综合医院抢了先。 Read more



Tuesday, 01 January 2013 


Mum... I think I'm not feeling well (reproduced with permission from Singapore's Child)


It's the phrase that no parent ever wants to hear when it comes to your little ones. However, the best way to tackle it is to be armed with the knowledge of the various illnesses that your child is susceptible to when he enters school for the first time. Read more



Tuesday, 01 January 2013 


40 weeks (reproduced with permission from Motherhood)


Q: I had an abortion three years back and now I'm 27 years old. Would that past abortion affect my chances of pregnancy? We have been trying for almost one year now. Read more



Tuesday, 01 January 2013 


Health Matters (reproduced with permission from Motherhood)


How can I tell if my child has the cold or flu? Does Vitamin C help with either the cold or flu? Symptoms of the common cold are fever, cough, sneezing, runny nose and nasal congestion. The throat may feel sore or scratchy, and the voice may be hoarse. Nasal discharge is initially clear and watery but then becomes thicker and coloured. Nasal congestion may disrupt sleep. Read more



Tuesday, 01 January 2013 


别小看没预警晕倒 专家:这表示心脑出状况 (联合早报)


每次在下楼梯时,曲梅(55岁,家庭主妇)都会异常小心,深怕自己晕倒。她受访时说:"我偶尔会在下楼梯时突然晕过去,每次持续好几秒的时间,但很快又会缓过来。做了各种检查后也都还好,所以我觉得可能是有点害怕下楼梯的感觉。" Read more



Tuesday, 01 January 2013 


元旦首12小时 39宝宝出世 (联合晚报)


新年头一天12小时内,本地有至少39名小宝宝相继问世,而"元旦第一婴"午夜时分在国大医院诞生!元旦前夕,本地民众怀着喜悦的心情以各种倒数活动迎接新一年的到来,不过对郭艳华(29岁,工程师)和丈夫霍轩(31岁)来说,
昨天是紧张和快乐交织的一天。 Read more