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Jun 2008

Sunday, 29 June 2008 

Young tongues (Lifestyle, The Sunday Times)

Toddlers as young as two years are picking up foreign languages such as French. Little Shernice Foo is only 3 1/2 years old but is already learning simple Japanese. Read more

Sunday, 29 June 2008 

Desperation drives patients to buy organs (Home,The Sunday Times)

About 600 here need transplant; average waiting time is nine years. For eight years, security guard Allan Wee waited, and waited. He was diagnosed with kidney failure in 1997, but it was not until 2005 that he finally got a transplant. Read more

Sunday, 29 June 2008 

A pain in the back (Lifestyle, The Sunday Times)

Don't ignore that pain in your spine - it could be more serious than you think. At just 54, hotel cleaner Madam Choh Kin Sam had to throw in the towel and take early retirement because of her bad back. Read more

Thursday, 26 June 2008 

Seeing stars (Urban,The Straits Times)

Protect your peepers with colourful shades and wraparound sunnies. Read more

Wednesday, 25 June 2008 

Half an hour op took away a decade of pain (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Mr Liew Siew Kien, 65, has been a lorry driver for more than 30 years. Although his job exposes him to the harsh light of the sun, he has never seen the need to get a pair of sunglasses. Read more

Wednesday, 25 June 2008 

Dark side of the sun (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Do you see it? The dark side of the sun. We all know about UV rays and the damage it can cause the skin. But do you know that it can cause eye problems too? So choose the right shades when you step outdoors. Read more

Wednesday, 25 June 2008 

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

HAIR REMOVAL WITH LASER. Q: My 22-year-old daughter has hairy legs and arms. She's tried waxing and using an epilator, but she gets ingrown hair. Read more

Tuesday, 24 June 2008 

Surgery to get safety boost (Today)

RFID technology helps track all surgical tools. THE last thing you would expect after surgery is to carry home one of the surgical tools in your body. But it happens to 1,500 patients each year in the United States. Read more

Sunday, 22 June 2008 

Foreign service staff as good as locals (Home,The Sunday Times)

Those surveyed say foreigners make up for lack of English with positive service attitude. Read more

Friday, 20 June 2008 

540 Firms agree to rehire older workers (The Straits Times)

NTUC makes good progress on target of convincing 1,000 unionised companies by 2011. TWO years after the labour movement began coaxing employers to adopt re-employment practices for older workers, more than 540 unionised companies have said 'yes' to rehiring them. Read more

Friday, 20 June 2008 

A hand for mature workers (Today)

THE recommendation was for employers to start pre-retirement planning for their workers a year before they hit 62 - but one healthcare provider will give three years to the process. Read more

Wednesday, 18 June 2008 

The Pro (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Fairy godmother. Associate Professor Lynne Lim, 39, is a consultant at the department of Otolaryngology at the National University Hospital. The ear specialist tells SAMANTHAENG she would like to answer all her patients' prayers. Read more

Wednesday, 18 June 2008 

Spine centre opens in NUH (The New Paper)

SINGAPORE'S first centre specialising in the study and treatment of spinal disorders among Asians has opened at the National University Hospital (NUH). Read more

Wednesday, 18 June 2008 

1-stop spine centre in NUH (LianHe ZaoBao)

The 1-stop University Spine Centre in NUH has full-time spine surgeons to manage a whole range of problems from common back pains to major reconstructive spinal surgery. Read more

Wednesday, 18 June 2008 

Managing spinal problems (Today)

NUH launches spinecentre, refers 80 percent of its cases there. Read more

Wednesday, 18 June 2008 

Pandemic potential - Clear and present danger (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

There has been a rising number of deadly infectious diseases - Chikungunya, dengue, Sars, bird flu, HFMD - in recent times. Scientists fear an impending pandemic. Read more

Wednesday, 18 June 2008 

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

SKIN SPLITS ON THE PALMS. Q: I'm a 57-year-old man. In the past two months, I've had skin problems in both palms. The skin tends to split at the life lines on my palms. Read more

Wednesday, 18 June 2008 

1 in 10 above age 40 has curved spine disorder (Home, The Straits Times)

Study shows older patients and women are more at risk. NEARLY one in 10 Singaporeans over 40 suffers from a degenerative spine condition that causes their lower back to bow, according to findings from a study released yesterday. Read more

Sunday, 15 June 2008 

In a flap over flip-flops (The Sunday Times)

The humble rubber slippers are going places - upmarket malls, swanky restaurants and campuses. But is that just plain sloppy? Read more

Saturday, 14 June 2008 

Loud notes that spell trouble (The Business Times)

Noise-induced hearing loss is an increasingly prevalent disorder, especially among the young. Read more

Tuesday, 12 June 2008 

On sex and heart disease (LianHe ZaoBao)

Associate Professor Tan Huay Cheem (Chief, Cardiac Department, NUH) wrote an article on the link between sex and heart diseases. In his article, he advised readers that heart patients can have sexual intercourse. Read more

Wednesday, 11 June 2008 

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

COUGH AND PHLEGM WON'T GO AWAY. Q: I am a 13-year-old girl and I've had a cough which has lasted for more than six weeks. My family doctor prescribed a cough syrup and some medicine to purge the phlegm. I've finished it but my cough wasn't cured. Read more

Saturday, 7 June 2008 

Freeze-and-cut way to remove bone tumours (The Straits Times)

Cryosurgery gives new hope to bone cancer patients and cuts recurrence rate. SAFER METHOD: A computer-controlled machine pumps argon gas under high pressure through metal probes into the bone tumour. Read more

Saturday, 7 June 2008 

Cryosurgery was her only hope (The Straits Times)

NEW LIFE: Madam Chin took three weeks to recover from cryosurgery, performed by Prof Nathan, compared to the nearly two months she spent in bed after conventional surgery. Read more

Wednesday, 4 June 2008 

The Pro (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

He's a father to all his patients. Associate Professor Daniel Goh, 44, is the chief of paediatrics at National University Hospital. He tells SAMANTHA ENG his patients bring him joy and keep him young too. Read more

Wednesday, 4 June 2008 

Ooh, Sand under my tummy (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Babies explore with their senses - from sand to water - putting them in different environments helps them learn. Read more

Wednesday, 4 June 2008 

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

STRANGE BUMPS. Q: I'm 28 and have recently noticed numerous new small hard bumps in my vagina. There was one the size of a hard pea previously. They can't be seen but are felt. Read more

Tuesday, 3 June 2008 

Take your bad breath away (Today)

You can get rid of it by having breakfast, drinking lots of water and eating right. YOU gargle some mouthwash on your way to a hot date, thinking that it will freshen up your breath. Read more

Monday, 2 June 2008 

Viral infection did this to three-year-old (The Straits Times)

Ventilator is the lifeline for boy struck by a virulent form of HFMD. SEVERE DAMAGE: Mohammad Raiyan has been breathing through a ventilator since EV71 damaged his brainstem, which controls key functions such as breathing, swallowing, digestion, eye movement and the beating of the heart. Read more

Sunday, 1 June 2008 

Clinical Scientist Award (LianHe ZaoBao)

Associate Professor Chng Wee Joo (Consultant, Department of Haematology Oncology, NUH) is the youngest Clinician Scientist to receive this award at 37. He is currently embarking on a 3-year research. Read more

Sunday, 1 June 2008 

Stressing on Schizohrenia (The Sunday Times)

The mental disorder can be fatal for the patient, as well as those around him, if left untreated. Mother-of-three Rita Goh used to believe there was a microchip embedded in one of her teeth, and that she was communicating with someone through it. Read more