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Dec 2009

Friday, 18 December 2009 

Don't panic, it's not common (News, The New Paper)

S'porean infected with Tamiflu-resistant strain of H1N1 but doctors not worried. The health ministry, and at least one doctor here, say there is nothing to fear, especially since this particular strain is rare. Even if patients are infected with the Tamiflu-resistant strain, they can still recover, said a health ministry spokesman. Read more

Thursday, 17 December 2009 

Ask the Experts – Why the need for repeated flu jabs? (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Q: I am confused as to how flu vaccinations work. Childhood vaccinations are given usually as a dose and some boosters. However, for the flu jab, it has to be given annually. Read more

Thursday, 17 December 2009 

Children should wash their hands more often to prevent Gastroenteritis (zbNOW, Lianhe Zaobao)

Associate Professor Marion Aw, Senior Consultant, Division of Paediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Liver Transplantation, University Children's Medical Institute, National University Hospital shared that diarrhoea is a symptom of gastroenteritis. Patients will experience an increase stool fluidity and higher frequency of bowel movement. Read more

Monday, 14 December 2009 

1 in 3 Asian men suffer from pre-ejaculation problems (Lianhe Wanbao)

In Asia, nearly one-third of men have premature ejaculation. According to a survey, South Korean men accounted for the highest percentage among the 5,000 respondents with the problem, and China, the lowest. A/Prof Ganesan Adaikan advises men to seek professional treatment as soon as they discover they have this problem. Read more

Sunday, 13 December 2009 

More locals seeking treatment for sex addiction (Lianhe Zaobao)

Professor P. Ganesan Adaikan, Clinical Sexologist, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, NUH shared his opinion on sex addiction. Read more

Thursday, 10 December 2009 

Ask the Experts – Tell me how I can help my son (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Q: My son had a low IQ score of 69 when he was tested in Primary 6 and had to repeat that year twice... Recently, I read in the papers about people with low IQ getting into trouble with the law... Is there a school that can help him to learn a skill? Read more

Wednesday, 9 December 2009 

H1N1 vaccine cleared for kids' use (Prime, The Straits Times)

THE green light has been given for the vaccine against the Influenza A (H1N1) virus to be used on children six months to 10 years old... The dosage to be given will depend on the child's age. Read more

Saturday, 7 December 2009 

Zooming in on camera-in-pill (The Straits Times)

A TEAM of researchers from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research, Nanyang Technological University and National University Hospital (NUH) is trying to improve on a camera-in-a-capsule device. Such capsules, which contain tiny cameras, are already used to look inside patients' gastrointestinal tracts after they swallow them. Read more

Monday, 7 December 2009 

Three easy exercises to strengthen joints (Shin Min Daily News)

NUH Senior Physiotherapist Michael Yan recommends some simple exercises that arthritic patients can do at home to strengthen their core muscles and relieve pain. Read more

Sunday, 6 December 2009 

New ways to treat arthritis (Shin Min Daily News)

Wearing away of the knee cartilage could be due to high-impact exercises, long distance running or aging. Dr Kevin Lee, Division of Adult Reconstruction, University Orthopaedics, Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery Cluster shares on the new ways to treat arthritis. Read more

Saturday, 5 December 2009 

H1N1 vaccine to be included in flu jab (The Straits Times)

THE vaccine against the pandemic H1N1 virus is expected to be incorporated into the seasonal flu jab in about six months. The World Health Organisation is developing the combination vaccine in time for the Southern Hemisphere's mid-year winter, now that the virus has dug in. Read more

Thursday, 3 December 2009 

Water births allow for a more relaxed and natural birthing process (LOHAS, Lianhe Zaobao)

According to NUH Senior Consultant Associate Professor Chong Yap Seng, women who deliver their babies via water birth are strong believers in natural child birth where there are no medication and pain-reducing injections involved. He added that pregnant women who choose to give birth in the water must be in good health and are required to hire a doula who will guide them throughout the pregnancy. Read more

Thursday, 3 December 2009 

Survivor-Sunny Side Up (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Staying happy is key to being fighting fit, especially when the sufferer's illness is a debilitating autoimmune disease like lupus. Read more

Thursday, 3 December 2009 

Lullaby, say good night (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Establishing a proper sleep routine is crucial to helping babies sleep... clear signals should be given to an infant that time for him to sleep is near. This includes bathing and massaging the baby ... Singing lullabies and reading to the infant can also help. Read more

Wednesday, 2 December 2009 

'Wii-hab' puts fun into physiotherapy (The Straits Times)

THE fun factor in physiotherapy at the National University Hospital (NUH) will go up a notch from March next year. This is because the popular gaming console Nintendo Wii, running specially designed software, will be used in exercise sessions aimed at helping recovering stroke or accident victims regain or strengthen their motor skills. Read more

Wednesday, 2 December 2009 

Stroke patients get help from Wii games (My Paper)

POST-STROKE patients at the National University Hospital (NUH) may be able to strengthen their wrists and arms through two new Nintendo Wii - a motion-detecting video game console - computer games tailored for them, from next year. Read more

Wednesday, 2 December 2009 

Locked-in syndrome: No cases here, say docs (The Straits Times)

DOCTORS here say they have not come across any cases of 'locked-in syndrome', that rare condition in which a person is awake and can reason but is otherwise paralysed. Read more