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May 2009

Friday, 29 May 2009 

Keeping an eye on stroke prevention (The Straits Times)

Study shows state of blood vessels at the back of the eye may hint at possible stroke. BLOOD vessels at the back of the eye may offer a good guide to predicting those more prone to suffering a type of stroke more common among Asians. Read more

Thursday, 28 May 2009 

Snacks: plan, don't ban them (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Establish snack time and choose healthy treats which contribute to a healthy diet. Parents might wish their children would take to nibbling on healthy snacks like carrot sticks when they are hungry. Read more

Thursday, 28 May 2009 

The Quirky body (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

A door creaks at midnight. You are alone at home and it gives you goosebumps. You take a long dip in the bathtub and your skin becomes wrinkled. MIND YOUR BODY asks doctors what lies behind 10 of these quirky occurences and whether they affect your health in any way. Read more

Wednesday, 27 May 2009 

NUH opens critical care training lab (The Straits Times)

Facility has a lifelike patient simulator that can be used to train doctors and nurses. Read more

Wednesday, 27 May 2009 

Almost the real thing (Today)

NURSES training to be specialists in critical care at the National University Hospital (NUH) are getting help from technology to ensure their practice is as realistic as possible - thanks to a $250,000 simulation laboratory. Read more

Wednesday, 27 May 2009 

NUH sets up critical care nursing simulation laboratory (LianHe ZaoBao)

To provide training for nurses in critical care, NUH has set up the Critical Care Nursing Simulation Lab. It is the first hospital in Asia to have such a facility. Read more

Tuesday, 26 May 2009 

Sudden upright motion could lead to a drop in blood pressure and giddiness (LianHe WanBao)

A reader shares about feeling giddy after getting up from bed. Dr Raymond Wong gives advice to reader on how to prevent giddiness from drop in blood pressure due to sudden upright motion. Read more

Thursday, 21 May 2009 

Ask the Experts - Am I carrying baby the wrong way (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Q: I am a first-time mother and the sole caregiver of my son. About a month after giving birth, I felt a sharp pain from the thumb down to the wrist area. Wearing a wrist guard or using a heat pack does not help. ... Could it be that we are carrying our babies the wrong way? Read more

Monday, 18 May 2009 

Housewife fears operation but now tries to encourage people to seek treatment early (Lianhe Wanbao)

A NUH patient shares her experience with cancer and how the Women's Emotional Health Service has helped her get back on her feet. Read more

Monday, 18 May 2009 

A low blood pressure reading does not mean one has low blood pressure (Health Monthly, Lianhe Wanbao)

Dr Raymond Wong from NUHCS defunks the myth that a low blood pressure reading means one has low blood pressure. Read more

Saturday/Sunday, 16-17 May 2009 

Double your protection (Health, The Business Times Weekend)

Besides going for a flu jab during an outbreak of influenza, it could be just as important to get inoculated against bacterial infection. Read more

Saturday, 16 May 2009 

Tips for travellers (Science, The Straits Times)

With more than 800 million people traveling by air every year, the risk of respiratory diseases spreading rapidly is immense. Read more

Friday, 15 May 09 

Essential for diploma graduates of pharmacy course to pursue advancements (Lianhe Zaobao)

When 21 year-old Ms Lau graduated from Ngee Ann Polytechnic with a Diploma in Pharmacy Science, her dream is to work as a pharmacist. But her dream career is not within her immediate reach. In Singapore, you need to have an university degree in pharmacy in order to practice as a pharmacist. Read more

Friday, 15 May 2009 

Medical failures' lead to wasted organs (Home, The Straits Times)

Catch-all term includes potential donors' organs not used due to late identification of suitability. THE ailing who need a life-saving organ transplant will mourn the number of organs going to waste. Read more

Thursday, 14 May 2009 

Fixing jutting jaws, weak chins (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Orthognathic surgery fixes receding chins and disproportionate jaws. Miss Li Weixin, 23, can now pronounce her 'th's' with ease. The recent graduate had a protruding lower jaw - which gave her a bad overbite and speech problems - until last May, when she had orthognathic surgery at the National University Hospital (NUH). Read more

Thursday, 14 May 2009 

Perks of motherhood (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Experts have found that becoming a mum makes women smarter, feel better and look more radiant. Some women may bemoan the sacrifices they have to make for motherhood but some experts have found that becoming a mum may be more rewarding than one expects. For one, it may make you smarter. Read more

Wednesday, 13 May 2009 

A cough contains 20,000 viruses, says NUH expert (Lianhe Zaobao)

Dr Julian Tang, Consultant with NUH's Division of Microbiology shared that every time a person cough, he/she can produce as many as 3,000 tiny droplets. "Based on a research and assuming about 3,000 droplets are produced per cough, this range of influenza viruses produced per cough is about 195 to 19,500," said Dr Tang. Read more

Wednesday, 13 May 2009 

Immunity Advisory (TODAY)

Addressing concerns on your child's immunity. We caught up with noted paediatrician, Dr Daniel Goh (NUH), to help moms gain further insight into strengthening their child's immune system. Read more


Tuesday, 12 May 2009 

20,000 viruses in a cough (Breaking News, The Straits Times Interactive)

THE next time you cough or sneeze, there is good reason to cover your mouth. As many as 20,000 viruses are expelled in an average cough, which may be sufficient to infect many people - particularly those who are not vaccinated. Read more

Tuesday, 12 May 2009 

Take another shot (Health, TODAY)

Disease is more severe if older adults get it; vaccination is advised. OLDER adults are often advised to go for regular flu and pneumococcal shots. Now, doctors are urging them to add another shot - against chicken pox - to their vaccination schedule, if they have not been exposed to the virus during their childhood days. Read more

Monday, 11 May 2009 

3 in 4 patients rate hospital service as good or excellent (Lianhe Zaobao)

3 out of every 4 patients surveyed rated hospital services as good or excellent. NUH is the only hospital to show an improvement in rating. Read more

Monday, 11 May 2009 

Health-care satisfaction levels dip (Home, The Straits Times)

74% polled rate service standards as excellent or good - down 2 points. PATIENTS were slightly less satisfied with the service standards of health institutions last year than in the previous year, a Health Ministry-commissioned survey has found. Read more

Monday, 11 May 2009 

Weight Loss: The Bad - 'Thinspire' me (Home, The Straits Times)

Pro-anorexia groups growing but under fire for touting illness as lifestyle choice. WHEN Mr Fauzi Rassull decided he wanted to be stick-thin for beauty's sake, he got flak from his family and friends. Read more

Monday, 11 May 2009 

Breastfeeding good for mums too, says US study (My Paper)

PAST research has shown that mother's milk is good for a baby but a new United States study says breastfeeding benefits mums, too. The progressive study of 140,000 American women from the mid-1990s showed that those who had breastfed their children for over a year were 9 per cent less likely to get heart diseases. Read more

Sunday, 10 May 2009 

Prostate Cancer - Before the symptoms surface (LianHe WanBao)

Many older man are not concerned with prostate cancer. But prostate cancer - the number 3 cancer killer among males in Singapore - is increasingly becoming a health worry for them. Read more

Thursday, 7 May 2009 

She gets a degree - and a promotion (The New Paper)

SHE would spend her mornings at a quiet spot near her workplace - studying. In the afternoons, she would switch to work mode when she steps into the National University Hospital (NUH). Read more

Tuesday, 5 May 2009 

The girl who tiptoes (Ask the Doc, TODAY)

My granddaughter is almost 10 and she tiptoes when she walks. We’ve told her to stop doing it but it seems to be an ingrained habit. Is there a cause for concern? How can we make her walk normally again? Read more


Sunday, 3 May 2009 

Inevitable pandemic unlikely to exact heavy toll (Think, The Sunday Times)

Over the past couple of weeks, both the traditional and new media have been inundated with reports and commentaries on the Influenza A (H1N1) epidemic. Read more