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Mar 2009

Tuesday, 31 March 2009 


A sign of serious disorders? (TODAY)


WHEN Maggie (not her real name) was born, her parents thought that the café-au-lait spots on her body were harmless birthmarks. Little did they suspect that the flat, coffee-coloured birthmarks were a tell-tale sign of a medical condition. Read more



Tuesday, 31 March 2009 


Ask The Doc (TODAY)


My son, who is mentally ill, is on the following drugs: Olanzapine, Lexotan, Chlorpromazine, Epilim, Concor and Faverin. Are there any food or fruits he should avoid when taking these drugs? Read more



Monday, 30 March 2009 


Recession-Proof Jobs (LianHe ZaoBao)


Which types of jobs are recession proof? With the current economic recession, are there jobs in Singapore that are not affected by it? Find out ways you can keep your job if you do not wish to be retrenched or to switch to a new job. Read more



Saturday, 28 March 2009 


Appropriate Diet can help prevent cancer (LianHe ZaoBao)


NUH Dietician shares about how 30-40% of cancers can be prevented by choosing the correct diet and lifestyle. Read more



Thursday, 26 March 2009 


Fertility nurse, counsellor, friend (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


Lending emotional support and a listening ear to women undergoing fertility treatment is part and parcel of the job of fertility nurses. Read more



Thursday, 26 March 2009 


Head trauma (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


Head injuries can range from a minor bump to a fatal blow like what caused the death of actress Natasha Richardson in a skiing incident. Learning to recognise a serious head injury and getting help early can save a person's life. Read more



Monday, 23 March 2009 


Last Year 12 people went through limb lengthening procedures (Lianhe Wanbao)


Part 2: In this article, find out more about success, unsuccessful and 'rejected' limb lengthening procedure stories. Read more



Sunday, 22 March 2009 


Girl goes through limb lengthening procedure to grow 8cm (Lianhe Wanbao)


Part 1: Find out how two patients went through limb lengthening procedures and how it affected their lives. Read more



Saturday, 21 March 2009 


NUH centre in major clinical trial (The Straits Times)


A SINGAPORE cancer centre has won the plum role in a major clinical trial to test how Asians respond to a colorectal cancer drug. The National University Hospital's (NUH's) Diagnostic Molecular Oncology Centre has been given the task of analysing all the data from the trial, which will cover 260 patients in 11 countries. Read more



Friday, 20 March 2009 


New treatment could lead to cure for hepatitis B (Home, The Straits Times)


Improvements have been made to how drugs are delivered to infected cells RESEARCHERS here are developing a treatment which could eventually lead to a cure for chronic hepatitis B (HBV), the leading cause of liver cancer in Singapore. Read more



Thursday, 19 March 2009 


Put your health where your mouth is (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


Wolfing down food, according to senior dietitian Cherie Tong of National University Hospital, will result in 'not much chewing which does not give the brain and body enough time to process the information and create a sense of satiety (fullness). Excessive eating can lead to indigestion'. Read more



Thursday, 19 March 2009 


Medical tourists turning to public hospitals (My Paper)


The gloomy economic outlook is making medical tourists turn to public/restructured hospitals over private hospitals as they find the medical and service standard comparable. Read more



Sunday, 15 March 2009 


1st female Malay heart surgeon in Singapore (Berita Minggu)


Dr Atasha Asmat, Associate Consultant, Department of Cardiac, Thoracic and Vascular Surgery, National University Heart Centre, Singapore is the 1st female Malay heart surgeon in Singapore. She shares her journey and aspirations with Berita Minggu. Read more



Thursday, 12 March 2009 


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

WHAT ARE THESE RED, ITCHY PATCHES? Q: My mother is 64 years old. Recently, many large ring-shaped spots have appeared on both her ankles and feet. It started with a small round red patch about two years ago. Read more



Thursday, 12 March 2009 


Crushing news just before wedding (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


Just four months before walking down the isle, Deborah Wong was told that she had ovarian cancer. Ms Wong then decided she wanted Dr Joseph Ng, a consultant in the division of gynaecologic oncology, National University Hospital (NUH), to attend to her. Read more



Thursday, 12 March 2009 


Parents, make smart moves (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


"Experiences in childhood determine the wiring of the brain and hence, adequate stimulation determines that the child's intelligence is maximised to its potential within the first few years," said Dr Chong Shang Chee, associate consultant in the division of paediatric neurology, developmental and behavioural paediatrics at the University Children's Medical Institute, National University Hospital. Read more



Wednesday, 11 March 2009 


Girl suffers stroke when she is just 13 (The New Paper)


According to Dr Ong Hian Tat, senior consultant, division of paediatric neurology at the University Children's Medical Institute, it may not always be possible to pinpoint the cause of the stroke. "When a stroke happens, there will always be a sudden onset of neurological symptoms," said Dr Ong. Read more



Thursday, 5 March 2009 


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


Q: I have suffered terrible period pains for more than 20 years. It became worse after childbirth. I understand that there is a procedure whereby a flexible band is inserted into the womb to stop the menses totally. Read more



Thursday, 5 March 2009 


Childhood cancer: Lifting survival rates (TODAY)


New centre targets more affordable treatment, gets $24-million boost. When Indonesian children went through a cancer treatment developed in the United States, 25 per cent of them died from toxicity as the four drugs used were too intensive, and they did not have the same nutrition and supportive care as American children. Read more



Thursday, 5 March 2009 


$12m gift for leukaemia research (The Straits Times)


A trial to treat children who have leukaemia with immune cells taken from their parents will soon begin. These 'natural killer cells' will be purified before they are transplanted into the sick child to help fight the cancer cells alongside chemotherapy drugs. Read more



Thursday, 5 March 2009 


Goh Foundation donated $12m for Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine for children's cancer (Lianhe Zaobao)


The Goh Foundation donated $12m for Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine to promote childhood cancer research. NUH's Viva-University Children's Cancer Centre will benefit from this donation. Read more



Thursday, 5 March 2009 


Fight against childhood cancer gets $24m boost (The Business Times)


Despite the economic downturn, the push towards better healthcare has not faltered. The Goh Foundation yesterday donated $12 million to the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine to help improve the treatment of childhood cancer through Viva's Children Cancer programme. Read more



Thursday, 5 March 2009 


Good Gastrointestinal Health (Lianhe Zaobao)


Find out more from Adjunct Associate Professor Charles Tsang as he talks about constipation and the treatment methods. Read more



Wednesday, 4 March 2009 


Fund for cancer research (Straits Times Interactive)


Research into the treatment of childhood cancer has been given a boost. The National University of Singapore's (NUS) Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine on Wednesday received $12 million from the Goh Foundation to set up a professorship in paediatric oncology, and to fund research in the field. Read more