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Oct 2013

Thursday, 24 October 2013 


Low platelet count plus easy bruising (The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


Q: I am a 34-year-old woman and I have been having a low platelet count ranging from 60,000 to 100,000 per microlitre of blood over the past few years. I tend to bruise easily and the bruises take a long time to heal. Read more



Monday, 21 October 2013 


She wakes from 3-year coma... and discover daughter's disease (The New Paper © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


One minute she was taking a break after giving a client a massage. The next, she was waking up in the hospital — three years later. "I could not speak and I had no recollection of who I was or how I got here in the first place. I didn't even remember my four children," former masseuse Mona Lisa Sabadah, now 37, said. Read more



Saturday, 19 October 2013 


Should S’pore legislate eldercare leave? (The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


Lung disease, high blood pressure, prostate problems, difficulty walking. These are the health problems of just one man, aged 89. It means he has to go to the hospital many times to see multiple doctors: cardiologist, lung specialist,
kidney specialist, a urology and diabetes specialist. Read more



Friday, 18 October 2013 


吞咽困难 小心引起肺感染 (联合晚报 © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


因中风、痴呆或帕金森而吞咽困难的病人要注意,提防食物掉进气管而抵达肺脏,引起感染和发炎,甚至造成营养不良和脱水。新加坡国立大学医的高级语言治疗师庄西· 康塞普西翁(Johncy Concepcion)说,中风、痴呆、帕金森病人及曾撞伤头和患神经系统疾病者, 都可能出现吞咽困难(Dysphagia),因为病情会损坏或减弱人们正常吞咽的肌肉和神经。 Read more



Thursday, 17 October 2013 


Cochlear implant helps those deaf in one ear (The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


When Madam Kartina Tan, 63, suffered sudden one-sided hearing loss in her left ear in May, her tinnitus, which she had suffered from for years, worsened. The buzzing sound became much louder and continuous, rather than just intermittent. Read more



Monday, 14 October 2013 


不慎割伤手臂 老翁皮肤变蓝 (新明日报 © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


只是不小心割伤手臂,几天后开始肿起来,部分皮肤还变蓝!这名七旬老翁不小心割伤前臂被送入院,几天后右前臂开始肿起来,部分皮肤变蓝,体温骤降至摄氏35.1度,心跳为每分钟100下。 Read more



Monday, 14 October 2013 


巧思设计的国大医院新医疗中心 (联合早报 © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


《联合早报》10月9日有一则关于新国大医院医疗中心的新闻,提到医疗中心坐落在肯特岗地铁站上方,并且设有商场,环境设计新颖。我起初还心想,这医疗中心大概是私人诊所。 Read more



Sunday, 13 October 2013 


More youngsters diagnosed with eating disorders (The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


At the National University Hospital, doctors have observed a 20 per cent increase in cases involving young patients in each of the last three years. "Based on estimation – 70 per cent of them are brought by parents," said Dr Rajeev Ramachandran, a consultant at the hospital's division of general ambulatory paediatrics and adolescent medicine. Read more



Saturday, 12 October 2013 


类风湿关节炎病患 亲睹关节扫描 会更勤于服药 (联合晚报 © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


让病人亲眼看到关节发炎的严重性,他们才会更听话服用药物?国大医院研究显示,用超声波让类风湿关节炎病患看到关节扫描,使他们更勤于服用治疗药物,病情因此更快好转。它在去年针对大约100名病患做了调查,其中一半病患按原定方式接受药物治疗,另一半则接受药物治疗时,也接受超声波扫描,通过扫描图片看到皮肉之下关节发炎的情况。 Read more



Friday, 11 October 2013 


膝盖疼痛者 避免蹲或跪 (新明日报 © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


膝盖疼痛者可考虑避免蹲下或跪下,因为这些动作会向膝盖施压,造成疼痛。国大医院骨外科医生王以仁副教授说,膝盖疼痛主要是因为过度使用膝盖以致磨损所造成。起立蹲下或下楼需要很好地控制膝盖,他建议膝盖疼痛者考虑避免蹲下或跪下,以免疼痛加剧。 Read more



Thursday, 10 October 2013 


超声波扫描 助风湿关节炎好转 (新明日报 © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


本地一项研究显示,患风湿关节炎的病人,接受超声波扫描进一步了解发炎的情况,并根据情况服药,病情好转的程度,比没有扫描只接受普通观察的病人高一倍。 Read more



Thursday, 10 October 2013 


女舞蹈员车祸毁容 3D打印技术救脸 (新明日报 © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


3D打印技术辅助下,国大医院协助车祸毁掉半边脸的舞蹈员,救回原来的面貌。21岁的舞蹈员汉娜沙斑今年2月发生车祸,左脸骨头撞到碎碎,半边脸毁容。 Read more



Thursday, 10 October 2013 


Mercury poisoning fears prompt new guidelines for silver dental fillings (TODAY)


The health authorities have instituted guidelines on the use of dental amalgams, or "silver fillings" for dental cavities, as Singapore is set to sign the Minamata Convention on Mercury, a global agreement to reduce the risk of mercury exposure to human health and the environment. Read more



Thursday, 10 October 2013 


'I could hear his cries through glass' (The New Paper © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


Her husband had dropped off their baby boy at the infant care centre as he did every morning before going off to work. Twenty minutes later, the parents received a call asking them to go to the centre and get their six-month-old baby. Read more



Thursday, 10 October 2013 


Looking out for the mentally disturbed (The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


More than one in 10 people will suffer mental illnesses in their lifetimes, but most will never seek help, either from ignorance or shame. That is why pyschologist Cornelia Chee has made it her mission to get doctors to pay more attention to their patients' pyschological well-being. Read more



Wednesday, 09 October 2013 


国大医院新医疗大楼 有如酒店购物中心 (My Paper © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


走进地铁环线肯特岗站上方的新医疗大楼,很多人会误以为步入了购物中心或酒店,那里不但有5层楼的商店和食阁,接待大厅也装潢得整洁明亮,病患在候诊室外等候时,还可从落地窗鸟瞰窗外的风景,就如在机场候机室一般。 Read more



Wednesday, 09 October 2013 


NUH '4-room flat' a big help to parents of sick children (The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


It might sound like a modest facility but a "four-room flat" in the National University Hospital (NUH) is proving to be an incalculable blessing for parents with gravely ill children. The Ronald McDonald House has been open only since January but it has already become indispensable when stricken kids need support from mum or dad. Read more



Wednesday, 09 October 2013 


国大医院医疗中心各部门陆续投入服务 全国最大门诊中心也是大商场 (联合早报 © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


走进地铁环线肯特岗站上方的新医疗大楼, 不少人会误以为步入一座购物中心或豪华酒店。那里不但有五层楼的商场和食阁,接待大厅也装潢得整洁明亮, 病患在候诊室外等候,还可从落地窗鸟瞰窗外明媚的风景,就如在机场侯机室一般。 Read more



Tuesday, 08 October 2013 


母婴与婴儿床电子标签系统划一 三重认证确保婴儿抱对 (联合早报 © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


为防止抱错婴事件发生,竹脚妇幼医院和鹰阁医院最近开始推行能够进行三重认证的识别系统,将母亲、宝宝和婴儿床用无线方式连系起来。 Read more



Tuesday, 08 October 2013 


Elderly not getting enough 'sun' (The New Paper © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


This is sunny Singapore. Yet seven in 10 of the elderly here are not getting enough vitamin D. Many of them tend to stay indoors, often after suffering from falls, strokes or depression. An international expert on geriatric medicine, Professor John E. Morley, said the problem is not unique to Singapore. Read more



Sunday, 06 October 2013 


Errors may be sign of learning difficulty (The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


Q: My seven-year-old daughter spells "medicine" without an "e" and "intelligent" with a missing "l". How do I get her to be less careless? Read more



Friday, 04 October 2013 


如何吃得健康? (联合晚报 © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission)


没有任何一种食物可以预防乳癌,不过均衡的饮食、适量的运动和维持理想的体重有助于降低罹患乳癌的风险。国大医院营养师林慧云说,高纤维、低脂肪(特别是低饱和脂肪、无反式脂肪)和多新鲜、少加工的饮食原则,配合健康的生活作息、适量的运动和维持理想的体重不仅有助于减低罹患乳癌的风险,还可以改善整体健康及降低罹患其他癌症的风险。 Read more



Thursday, 03 October 2013 


Robot to the rescue (The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


For years, Mrs Serene Chiang, 44, put up with what she thought were menstrual cramps every month. In January, the pain became so bad that she could not get out of bed. When she finally did, she could not stand up straight. Painkillers did not work. "It was so bad, I cried," she said. An X-ray at the emergency department found nothing wrong. Read more



Thursday, 03 October 2013 


Steward of the ICU ward (The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


I specialise in caring for patients who are critically ill because... It gives me a great sense of purpose and fulfilment to look after such patients, who require advanced and complex machines to support them. I know that at the end of the breathing tube and the medication infusion line is a patient with family and loved ones, so I do all I can to meet his basic needs. Read more



Thursday, 03 October 2013 


Those who can, teach (The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission)


I have been a doctor in the public sector for about 20 years. Through the years, I have been asked quite a number of times why I am still in the public sector when life is better in the private sector. One can be a good doctor, regardless of whether one is in a private or public institution. But I stay in the public sector for several reasons. Read more



Tuesday, 01 October 2013 


Serious Childhood Diseases (reproduced with permission from Motherhood)


Most illnesses seen in kids are fairly harmless. However, there are some serious diseases that can occur in children, especially the younger ones. These can cause dreadful effects and even death. Though not rampant, parents should be on the alert. Read more



Tuesday, 01 October 2013 


Bedtime Routine (reproduced with permission from Singapore's Child)


My daughter is turning nine this year and she still sleeps at night in the same room as us. She has her own bedroom and we have tried persuading her to sleep there, but she cries and fusses, leaving us no choice but to let her back into our bedroom. Is this normal and how can I get her into her own bed? Read more