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Jul 2013

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 


Anak bapak (Berita Harian © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission)


Cik Nazirah Ismail Maideen pernah dinasihatkan agar menimbangkan keputusannya sebelum menyertai bidang kejururawatan. Namun, minat dan semangatnya menyumbang khidmat dalam kerjaya kejururawatan terus membara. Read more



Tuesday, 30 July 2013 


The prince & the warrior (The New Paper © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


Believe it or not, more than 350,000 babies were born on the same day as Britain's royal bundle last Monday. Among them, baby Caelon who emerged screaming for attention here. Can't blame him with the world so caught up in the royal baby frenzy. Read more



Tuesday, 30 July 2013 


DJ faints after dog bite in Cambodia (The New Paper © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


Local UFM 100.3 DJ Huang Wenhong was looking to catch a bite before his flight back to Singapore from Cambodia on Sunday afternoon. Instead, he had a bite taken out of him. He was bitten by a dog, which led to him fainting around 30 minutes afterwards. Read more



Saturday, 27 July 2013 


Saving lives within the 'GOLDEN HOUR' (The New Paper © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


A BLOODBATH. That's what it's like in the resuscitation room of the emergency department whenever a slash victim is brought in. And time is of the essence. Often, doctors and nurses need to stabilise and optimise the victim "in as short a time as possible, usually between 1 and 1½ hours after arrival at the hospital" before sending him either to the operating theatre or the intensive care unit (ICU). Read more



Saturday, 27 July 2013 


The many roles of Singapore's Nightingales (The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission)


Changing a blood-soaked bandage. Bringing a smile to the face of a depressed, elderly patient. Suiting up to enter a ward of patients with infectious diseases. Managing to look cheerful when examining a beautiful baby for whom the future may not be so bright. Being a nurse must be one of the most physically and emotionally demanding of all jobs, yet those angels of mercy in their white and pastel uniforms often go unsung. Read more



Friday, 26 July 2013 


积极提高医疗服务素质 七人与一团体获颁全国医学卓越奖 (联合早报© Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


今年的团体奖得主是国大医院传染病科主任兼高级顾问医生戴尔·弗斯尔(Dale Fisher)副教授领导的四人小组,成员包括实验医学部门高级顾问医生林择彬副教授、临床专科护士(感染病控制)张卡萨林(Catherine Teo)和医院企业公关部副主任洪伊玲。 Read more



Thursday, 25 July 2013 


乙肝病毒带原者 对肝病须步步为营 (联合早报© Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


新加坡的乙肝(B型肝炎)病毒带原者,如果把年轻人口计算在内,估计有2%至3%;如果以老年人口计算,则可能高达10%。国大医院肝胆胰外科高级顾问医生郑坚勇副教授,是以香港的统计为参考作出以上推算。 Read more



Thursday, 25 July 2013 


Obesity linked to poor brain function (The Straits Times© Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


More bad news for those who are overweight and have type 2 diabetes: Both conditions are linked to poor cognitive function, according to preliminary results from a local study. In fact, the ongoing three-year study of diabetic patients, which started in September 2011, showed that weight was even more important than blood sugar control in predicting poor cognitive function. Read more



Thursday, 25 July 2013 


Spine surgery can help with shoulder pain (The Straits Times© Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


Q: I am a 53-year-old woman and I have had pain and a feeling of tightness in my neck and my shoulder all the way down to my right arm and fingers since last
November. Now, the pain has become worse. My whole right arm feels numb all the way down to my finger tips, especially my thumb, index and middle fingers. Read more



Thursday, 25 July 2013 


NUH team saves patients from superbug (The Straits Times© Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


Six years ago, one in 10 patients at National University Hospital (NUH) would pick up a common superbug, which could hamper their recovery and sometimes be fatal. Now, that number is one in 40. Thanks to the work by associate professors Dale Fisher and Raymond Lin, Ms Catherine Teo and Ms Lisa Ang, who were yesterday recognised with the National Clinical Excellence Team Award. Read more



Friday, 19 July 2013 


Maid plunges 14 storeys from Tanah Merah Condo Block, Man breaks leg trying to catch her (The New Paper © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission)


He is a cleaning supervisor from Malaysia. She was an Indonesian maid. As foreigners working at Tanamera Crest condominium, they had smiled at each other and spoken briefly. Then, on July 10, she fell into his arms in the worst way imaginable – she had plunged from the 14th storey and he had tried to catch her. Though Mr Rozaimi Zainal, 36, managed to get his outstretched arms to her plummeting body, the impact sent him sprawling to the ground, shattering the bones in his left leg. Read more



Thursday, 18 July 2013 


Delicious ways to cook (The Straits Times, Mind Your Body © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission)


Pick the right ingredients that add natural  avours and colour to enjoy the food. Healthy food need not be bland and boring, contrary to the common misconception. There are many ways to make healthy food enjoyable, such as in the ingredients used and the preparation of the food. Ms Charlotte Lin, a dietitian from the National University Hospital, recommends using a variety of foods from the various food groups according to the healthy eating pyramid. Read more



Thursday, 18 July 2013 


Did you hear that? (Straits Times, Mind Your Body © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission)


Gurgles, pops and clicks may be normal body noises, but check with your doctor if
the problem persists or when you experience any pain. Crackling knees. Why it happens: Crackling and popping sounds from joints are usually normal, unless they are associated with pain. A clicking sound inside the knee joint with a dull pain and grinding sensation may be due to arthritis. When the cartilage in the knee has been worn out, the bone above and below it comes under pressure, leading to the sound and knee pain. Read more



Thursday, 18 July 2013 


He has a kidney transplant…Now he's running for Singapore (The New Paper © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission)


He had a kidney transplant two years ago, when he was 19, but physics student Mark Goh is not letting up on his sporting activities. The Nanyang Technological University (NTU) undergraduate will represent Singapore at the 19th World Transplant Games in Durban, South Africa, later this month. Recipients of organ transplants from more than 55 countries will be competing in various sports. Twenty-one transplant recipients - 16 kidney patients, three liver patients and two heart patients – from Singapore have taken part in the games since 1987 and won 21 gold medals, 30 silver and 25 bronze. Read more



Thursday, 18 July 2013 


Screen early for liver disease (The Straits Times, Mind Your Body © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission)


Comment allez-vous?”, which means “how are you?”, were the first few French words that I learnt while trying to survive in France almost 10 years ago. It can be fun to visit the country as a tourist, but to live there for a year with little knowledge of French is very different. I was there on a government-funded programme to study laparoscopic hepatectomy, which is liver surgery done through keyholes, or small incisions. At that time, very few centres in the world offered this minimally invasive approach to liver surgery and a particular centre in Paris had the most experience then. Read more



Thursday, 18 July 2013 


Determined to walk again (The Straits Times, Mind Your Body © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission)


Woo Seik Yee had finished his Primary School Leaving Examination and he was feeling good. One morning in October 2011, he decided to put his camera to use and went for a walk at the Botanic Gardens, where he snapped pictures of his surroundings. When the 12-year old got home, however, he complained of pain in his back. Then, he suddenly lost all feeling from the waist down. His mother, Mrs Jocelyn Woo, tried to support him, but he had no strength in his legs, she recalled. Read more



Thursday, 18 July 2013 


Criterion for new stem-cell transplant. 50% match (The Straits Times, Mind Your Body © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission)


Every day, about six people in Singapore are diagnosed with blood disorders or blood cancer. For some of these patients, a haematopoietic stem-cell transplant, which replaces defective bone marrow or immune system with a healthy donor's, may be their only option for cure. Haematopoietic stem cells give rise to all of the blood cells that are first formed in the bone marrow. Unfortunately, not everyone can find a suitable donor easily. But now, advances in medical science in treating rejection that occurs after a transplant mean that donors who are not very closely matched can be used anyway, with success. Read more



Wednesday, 17 July 2013 


Hepatitis B, a silent killer (TODAY)


In spite of her busy work schedule, Madam Wan Ching Fang, who discovered that she had chronic Hepatitis B about two decades ago, always finds time for her liver check-ups. Her vigilance saved her life. In 2007, a routine annual screening caught an early-stage tumour in her liver. "Although I knew I was at risk of liver cancer, I couldn't believe my ears when I heard the diagnosis. At that time, I still felt totally normal and had no symptoms," said the 63-year old teacher. Read more



Wednesday, 17 July 2013 


Big waistlines 'best predict' presence of metabolic syndrome (TODAY)


Waistlines of more than 92.5cm for men and 86.5cm for women are the most accurate way to detect Chinese Singaporeans at risk of diseases like Type 2 diabetes and heart disease, suggested a study published recently. Waist circumference is also more accurate than body mass index and blood pressure in identifying this at-risk group with metabolic syndrome, according to findings from the study. Read more



Wednesday, 17 July 2013 


Young artist’s wheelchair is her paintbrush (The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission)


Fourteen-year-old schoolgirl Chelsea Fairclough gets a helper to pour paint on a canvas, attach brushes to her wheelchair and turn on a catchy pop song. She then "dances" in her custom- built vehicle by guiding it with her chin using a ball joystick and after 20 minutes creates a vivid and colourful blend of wheel imprints and brush-strokes. Come Friday, Chelsea will be performing at the launch of visual arts exhibition Project Dreamcatchers 2013, which aims to create awareness about chronic childhood illnesses. Read more



Tuesday, 16 July 2013 


Don's study sheds light on dementia here (The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


Dementia patients in Singapore can expect to live 10 to 12 years after being diagnosed, longer than the eight years for those in the West. But Professor Kua Ee Heok also warned that as many as 80 per cent of sufferers here do not benefit from early treatment, as only a fifth of all cases here are detected. Read more



Sunday, 14 July 2013 


Suicides highest among those in their 50s (The Sunday Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


People aged 50 to 59 made up the largest proportion of suicide victims in Singapore last year, new figures show. Last year, 57 men and 38 women in this age group took their lives, and there was also a worrying rise in suicides among people in their 60s and older. Read more



Thursday, 11 July 2013 


亚洲首个 陈笃生医院采伤口新护理系统 (联合早报© Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


本地医院推出亚洲首个针对慢性伤口而设的临床抉择支援系统,协助护士更准确地辨认病患的伤口严重程度,及时给予最适合的护理,同时也有望减少伤口发炎恶化的可能性,让他们尽早康复,缩短留院时间并节省开销。 Read more



Thursday, 11 July 2013 


Adults missing out on the benefits of jabs (The Straits Times© Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


As children, almost everyone received vaccinations against conditions such as diptheria, mumps, measles and polio. But few adults think of going for any vaccination, including those which protect against influenza and pneumococcal disease, even though for some, these could save their lives or reduce their suffering. Read more



Thursday, 11 July 2013 


She sows the seeds for a baby (The Straits Times© Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


I specialise in embryology because… This is a unique calling and a very fulfilling job. We are scientists who work with sperms, eggs and embryos to help infertile couples have babies. Our work involves the use of highly specialised and sophisticated equipment and we need to have good psychomotor skills because eggs and embryos need to be handled gently. Read more



Thursday, 11 July 2013 


Painful sexual intercourse (The Straits Times© Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


Q: I am a woman in my late 50s. I am physically well and not on any medication. I consume royal jelly capsules as a health supplement periodically. For the past three months, I have been experiencing discomfort and pain during sex. It is becoming unbearable, even with gentle touching. Read more



Monday, 08 July 2013 


THE WAR AGAINST DENGUE: We're battle-ready (The New Paper © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


With the rise in dengue cases coming into emergency rooms, NUH has expanded dengue outpatient monitoring capacity, with measures like increasing the number of
consultation sessions. Read more



Sunday, 07 July 2013 


Get fit on Instagram (The Sunday Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


Mr Lim, who describes his former self as scrawny and geeky, began hitting the gym after reading up on fitness last September. His national service stint had just ended, and the 1.62m-tall young man, who weighed 64kg then, felt unfit. Read more



Sunday, 07 July 2013 


Quick to protect patients and staff (The Sunday Times© Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


The morning after the PSI level hit 321, Ms Clara Sin and her team of senior management officers at National University Hospital swung into action. "Within the day, windows were closed and 86 air-conditioners were deployed in all the subsidised wards," said Ms Sin. Read more



Saturday, 06 July 2013 


亚洲首个接受双重移植手术者 三度出征世界器官移植运动会 (联合早报© Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


许福兴(52岁,自由工作者)一周五天都会坚持到武吉甘柏住家附近运动,无论是跑步,或者打羽毛球和壁球都是他的拿手项目。单看外表,没有人会知道,他其实是亚洲首个接受骨髓和肾脏双重移植的人。 Read more



Thursday, 04 July 2013 


Pain from uneven shoulders (The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


Q: I am 27 years old this year and a mother of two boys. I am currently working as an administrative claims assistant which requires heavy typing and writing at work. For the past few months, I have been experiencing pain in my right shoulder when it is pressed. When I look in the mirror, my right shoulder seems to be tilting upwards and is higher than my left shoulder. Read more



Wednesday, 03 July 2013 


Most babies born with kidney-related conditions go on to lead normal lives (TODAY - Health)


Whenever Mrs Sonie Ang looks at her bubbly, active four-year-old son now, she is grateful that she had not chosen to terminate her pregnancy. Mrs Ang, 34, was five months pregnant with Danvin when a pre-natal scan revealed he had kidney abnormalities. Read more



Monday, 01 July 2013 


Play it their Way (reproduced with permission from Motherhood)


We all know by now that play is an important part of our child's development. Ever watched your 10-month-old fill and spill her toy box over and over again? Or your two-year-old run, jump and climb when he's at the playground? Read more



Monday, 01 July 2013 


Health Matters (July 2013) (reproduced with permission from Motherhood)


I started feeding my six-month-old son solid food three weeks ago. During the first week, he did not have a bowel movement until after six days. The consistency of his stool was thick but still soft. Read more



Monday, 01 July 2013 


Danger of Dengue (reproduced with permission from Motherhood)


Suzy Neo did not even consider Dengue fever a threat till her three-year-old
daughter, Julyn was infected. "We were playing at a park and only came home in the evening. She was restless throughout dinner, refused to play and was rather clingy. The fever started that night itself and spiked to 40˚C early in the morning." Read more



Monday, 01 July 2013 


Sole Concerns - How to choose the right footwear for sports (reproduced with permission from Ezyhealth)


It is important that you wear the appropriate shoes for exercising, as specific shoes are designed for specific sports. For example, running shoes are designed to accommodate shock and aid forward motion, whereas tennis shoes are designed for forward and lateral motion and abrupt changes in direction. Read more



Monday, 01 July 2013 


Doctor of the Month - Associate Professor Allen Yeoh (reproduced with permission from Ezyhealth)


Cheerful and Patient. How long have you been in the practice?
A/Prof Yeoh: I have been practicising for the last 24 years. I graduated from NUS in 1990 and completed my specialist training in 1996. I underwent further training in St Jude Children's Research Hospital in USA from 1999 to 2001. Since then I have been practising in NUH and teaching in NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. Read more



Monday, 01 July 2013 


Smothering in Smog - Protect yourself from the country's worst haze in history (reproduced with permission from Ezyhealth)


As of 11am on 21 June, Singapore's Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) hit 400, the highest recorded reading in the country's history, a far-cry from the previously recorded highest PSI reading of 226 in September 2007. The smog coming from the forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia, was so thick, shrouding the whole country in heavy haze and affecting everyone – from kids to the elderly, the healthy and the ill. Read more



Monday, 01 July 2013 


人体器官移植法令修改后 肾脏移植手术 3年来 不增反减 (新明日报© Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission.)


政府为增加可供移植肾脏的数量,在2009年修改条例,不料条例修改后,过去三年的肾脏移植手术不增反减。2007年至2009年,本地进行了225起器官移植手术,修改条例后,2010年至2012年却只有179起。 Read more



Monday, 01 July 2013 


Incompatible blood type kidney transplants set to rise (The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission)


Five years ago, he spent his days lying on the living room couch, too ill and weak to move. Looking at him today, it is hard to believe that the 51-year-old, who wanted to be known only as Mr K.I., once suffered from end-stage kidney failure and, at his worst stage, was given just 18 months to live. Life for Mr K.I. became "perfect" after an incompatible blood type transplant at Mount Elizabeth Hospital in 2008. Read more



Monday, 01 July 2013 


Fewer kidney transplants despite donor rule changes (The Straits Times © Singapore Press Holdings Limited. Reproduced with permission)


In the three years since the Government allowed the use of organs from deceased donors above 60 years of age, the number of kidney transplants here has actually gone down. This is also despite the green light being given in 2009 to paired donations, in which a donor, whose kidney is not a match for a relative, gives it to someone else who also has a relative willing to give up a kidney. Read more