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Aug 2008

Saturday, 30 August 2008 


Up: Subsidised ward charges (Prime, The Straits Times)


SINGAPORE'S public hospitals have raised ward charges in the last two months. As the Government had promised to keep increases small, the hospitals say they have upped their rates judiciously. Read more



Saturday, 30 August 2008 


Surgery cuts risk of further heart attack (Home, The Straits Times)


Patients on drugs alone do not fare as well, study reveals. ONLY 6 per cent of heart attack patients suffer another attack within a year if they undergo a bypass or other surgical treatment. Read more



Friday, 29 August 2008 


Demand for A&E Treatments at Restructured Hospitals on the Rise (LianHe ZaoBao)


There has been an overall increase in restructured hospitals' patient load at A&E from 378, 835 in the first half of 2007 to 398,167 in the first half of 2008. Read more



Thursday, 28 August 2008 


Spilling the beans on soya (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


Although touted as the complete protein, the soya bean has had some bad press lately. MYB investigates. Read more



Thursday, 28 August 2008 


Ask the expert (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


AT HOME DUE TO PANIC ATTACKS. Q: I would like to know what panic attacks are because I may be experiencing them. Read more



Thursday, 28 August 2008 


Appropriate Heart Checks (Now, Lianhe Zaobao)


A/Prof Tan Huay Cheem contributed to an article on the need to do appropriate heart checks to prevent sudden cardiac death, especially for the young NS men or atheletes. Read more



Wednesday, 27 August 2008 


Increase in Ward Charges for Restructured Hospitals Over the Last Two Months (Lianhe ZaoBao)


Restructured hospitals have raised their fees for B2 and C class wards over the last two months. Read more



Saturday & Sunday, 23-24 August 2008 


Test-tubes in demand? (Weekend Today)


KKH, NUH gear up to handle up to 600 extra patients a year. JUST two days after the Government announced it would co-fund In-Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) treatments, public hospitals have been getting an increased number of calls from interested couples, and are ramping up capacity in the months ahead. Read more



Saturday, 23 August 2008 


Study on what makes 'happy' ageing (The New Paper)


HE wants to study how well people age and find out what makes some of them more resilient and "happier", with fewer mental problems such as depression. Read more


 

Saturday, 23 August 2008 


Government Co-pays: More enquiries on IVF from three hospitals (Lianhe Wanbao)


Together with SGH and KKH, NUH noticed an increase of calls pertaining to IVF after the government's announcement on its co-funding scheme for Assisted Reproduction Technology (ART) treatments. NUH is expected to help 400 couples conceive per year. Read more



Thursday, 21 August 2008 


Urge Incontinence (LianHe ZaoBao)


Dr Joe Lee (Department of Urology, NUH) shared on the causes, prevalence, treatment options and prevention methods of urge incontinence. Read more



Thursday, 21 August 2008 


Step-by-step weaning (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


At some point, milk just isn't enough. After the first six months, a baby will need more than breast or formula milk to grow. The process of introducing solid foods is called weaning. Read more



Thursday, 21 August 2008 


Mindset change led to fertility treatment perks (Prime, The Straits Times)


THE plight of women struggling to have babies, after marrying late, is what prompted the Government's change of heart towards fertility treatments. Read more



Thursday, 21 August 2008 


Drug trial explores link between genes and dosage (Prime, The Straits Times)


100 patients are part of a research project on blood-thinning warfarin. IT'S in the genes. Researchers here have come up with a formula that calculates precisely how much of the blood-thinning drug warfarin patients need, depending on their genetic makeup. Read more



Thursday, 21 August 2008 


Best milk for life (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


National Breastfeeding Week, observed throughout August by over 120 countries, is supported by the World Health Organisation and celebrated by Singapore mums. Read more



Tuesday, 19 August 2008 


ASK THE DOC (Health plus, Today)


MUM'S CHRONIC BACK PAIN. My 75-year-old mother is suffering from osteoporosis and has been taking Fosamax Plus since March this year. However, she keeps complaining that her back and spine are painful and uncomfortable when she sits, stands or walks for too long. Read more



Friday, 15 August 2008 


More S'pore couples turn to IVF (Prime - Special Report, The Straits Times)


717 babies born through assisted treatments in 2006; $40m spent a year. MOTHERS like Madam Noor Azlinah Baharudin represent the flip side of Singapore's great baby debate - the ones who pray and wait for babies, without success. Read more



Thursday, 14 August 2008 


When bones pop out (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


A strong tug at your young child's arm could dislodge his elbow joint. Prevention is better than cure in such a case, doctors tell GABRIEL YUE. Read more



Thursday, 14 August 2008 


Fixing 'antiques' (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


Dr Reshma Merchant, 37, is a consultant geriatrician in the Department of Medicine at National University Hospital. She tells SAMANTHA ENG why she finds working with old people intellectually stimulating. Read more



Wednesday, 6 Aug 2008 


Ask the expert (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


INJECTION FOR ARTHRITIC KNEE. Q: My husband is 44 years old and weighs 65kg. He is 1.63m tall. He has had arthritis of the knee for about four years. Read more



Wednesday, 6 August 2008 


The Pro (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


Art and science. Dr Tan Poh Lin, 40, is a blood and marrow transplant specialist who focuses on paediatric oncology at the National University Hospital. She speaks to SAMANTHA ENG. Read more



Wednesday, 6 August 2008 


Angst over acne, those pesky zits (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


When you left your teen years behind, you probably thought it would also be the end of pimple outbreaks. Here's the bad news: Adults are not immune to acne. Read more



Friday, 1 August 2008 


Thanks from the patient with the interesting heart (Forum, The Straits Times)


I e-mailed the National University Hospital cardiac clinic on Wednesday, concerned over the side effects of my prescribed medication. I received an immediate reply that the e-mail had been forwarded to my doctor. Read more



Friday, 1 August 2008 


I wasn't going to let her die (The New Paper)


Yesterday, we reported on a couple who rejected doctors' advice to abort baby with heart problems. Today, a Vietnamese mother whose child survived same defect shares her story. Read more