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Nov 2009

Thursday, 26 November 2009 

First kidney donor received reimbursement from NKF (Berita Harian)

Prof A. Vathsala, Director of the NUH Adult Renal Transplant Programme shared that the NKF Kidney Live Donor Support Fund is a role model for other countries. Read more

Thursday, 26 November 2009 

Swimming is good for asthmatic children (Lianhe Zaobao)

NUH "I CAN!" is the first asthma and allergy management programme in Singapore which is dedicated to the holistic care of children with asthma and allergies. They collaborated with Singapore Swimming Association to organise "I CAN!" swimming event for asthmatic children. Read more

Thursday, 26 November 2009 

Containing the bacteria legion (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

They thrive in Singapore's warm and moist environment and often cause food poisoning. Food poisoning can affect anyone although certain groups are at greater risks. Read more

Thursday, 26 November 2009 

For four years she rejected husband's offer (Prime News, The Straits Times)

Transplant woman was afraid for his health if she took his kidney. HOUSEWIFE Liau Cheok Huey received a priceless gift for her 50th birthday - a kidney from her husband which saved her life. Read more

Thursday, 26 November 2009 

He urged wife to go for surgery (TODAY)

In 13 years of marriage, Mr Teo Eng Hong has never given his wife a rose. But recently the store clerk gave her something much better - his kidney. Read more

Thursday, 26 November 2009 

Transplant affordable - thanks to NKF (Home, My Paper)

TWO weeks ago, Mr Teo Eng Hong, 51, gave his wife an early birthday present - his kidney. But he had been worried that he would not be able to afford the cost of the transplant ... However, the National Kideny Foundation's (NKF) Kidney Live Donor Support Fund made it possible. Read more

Thursday, 26 November 2009 

How to save a choking child (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Clear his airways and perform CPR, but be aware that the emergency procedure differs from that for an adult. Read more

Thursday, 26 November 2009 

NKF has yet to see second applicant for the NKF donor reimbursement scheme (Lianhe Zaobao)

Mr Teo Eng Hong gave his wife the most precious birthday present yesterday - his kidney. Professor A. Vathsala, Director of NUH's Adult Renal Transplantation Programme shared that 8 spousal transplants were performed this year and all were from husband to wife. Read more

Wednesday, 25 November 2009 

He persuaded for four years to accept his kidney (Lianhe Wanbao)

Store clerk Mr Teo Eng Hong persuaded his wife for 4 years to accept his  kidney. Mrs Teo finally accepted and celebrated her birthday yesterday - dialysis free. Professor A. Vathsala, Director of NUH's Adult Renal Transplantation Programme commented that Mrs Teo's kidney function is now normal. Read more

Wednesday, 25 November 2009 

Growing number of child patients (Home, The Straits Times)

NUH sees number doubling in past decade; more kids also suffering from Type 2 diabetes. THE number of children treated for kidney disease at the National University Hospital (NUH) has doubled in the last 10 years, said a paediatric kidney expert yesterday. Read more

Wednesday, 25 November 2009 

Awards for young dialysis patients (News, TODAY)

Five young patients were given awards at the 20th anniversary celebrations of the National University Hospital's paediatric renal replacement programme. Read more

Saturday, 21 November 2009 

Rheumatoid Arthritis can be controlled without medication (Lianhe Wanbao)

If detected early, Rheumatoid arthritis can be controlled without the use of medications. Read more

Friday, 20 November 2009 

A cause to bring smile to your face (News, TODAY)

About 1088 primary school students at Haig Girls School, teachers and parent volunteers penned well-wishes on 'smile cards' yesterday in an effort to raise funds for sick children at National University Hospital and KK Women's and Children Hospital. Read more

Thursday, 19 November 2009 

The nicotine trap (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Getting hooked on smoking is as easy as 1,2,3. Mind Your Body finds out how nicotine tricks the brain and its harmful effects on the body. Read more

Wednesday, 18 November 2009 

Power Dressing (News, The New Paper)

ONE of the main draws at an exhibition, which opened last week at the Japan Creative Centre is the prototype of a solar-powered robot suit, or exoskeleton, which can be used to help rehabilitate stroke patients. Read more

Tuesday, 17 November 2009 

It's nothing to laugh about (Health, TODAY)

Missing teeth can lead to a host of health problems. A TOOTHLESS grin may look cute on a child, but a few missing teeth is no laughing matter for adults. Read more

Monday, 16 November 2009 

Five exercises for arthritic patients (Lianhe Wanbao)

Arthritic patients are advised to avoid high impact exercises. There are some exercises that are beneficial to these patients and will not lead to joint injuries. Read more

Monday, 16 November 2009 

Running more than 10km every week doubles your chances of joint injuries (Lianhe Wanbao)

Females should not run more than 10km a week as it increases their chance of joint injuries. In fact, females are at higher risk of joint injuries than males. Read more

Sunday, 15 November 2009 

90-year-old granny donated her kidney 33 years ago (News, Lianhe Zaobao)

Mdm Woon Peck Jee is possibly Singapore's longest and oldest surviving donor. Her act inspired another son, Mr Tan See Koon to donate his kidney to his wife 4 years ago. Read more

Saturday & Sunday, 14-15 November 2009 

Don't just push (Weekend TODAY)

MS REGINA Lim gave birth to her daughter in circumstances starkly different from most other women's... Ms Lim had practised hypnobirthing - a technique she credited with helping ensure a pain-free birth. Read more

Thursday, 12 November 2009 

Killer hidden in the mouth (Health, Lianhe Zaobao)

Many people are unaware of the signs of mouth cancer. If mouth cancer is detected at an early stage, chances of survival are much higher than a late detection. Dr Victor Fan of the NUH Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery provides expert advice on mouth cancer. Read more

Monday, 9 November 2009 

Kudos to NUH Nurses and Staff (Lianhe Zaobao)

A bouquet for the staff at Ward 63 for their dedication to their work. Read more

Saturday, 7 November 2009 

13-year old stricken with stroke (Shin Min Daily News)

NUH Speech therapist Ms Victoria Lai said that Anastasia appeared to have lost several years' worth of language skills. Her speech therapy sessions tackled word retrieval, sentence construction, reading comprehension and writing. Read more

Thursday, 5 November 2009 

Paddling into asthma relief (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Asthmatic kids can benefit from swimming, provided the necessary precautions are taken. Swimming is one of the best forms of exercise for asthmatic children, although many believe that participating in sports can trigger the condition. Read more

Thursday, 5 November 2009 

Heed the warning signs (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Not all stroke survivors end up severely disabled. Many have recovered well when medical attention is timely and treatment is sustained. Anastasia Heng, 13, can attest to this. Read more

Wednesday, 4 Nov 2009 

Contact lenses that change their tint (Home, The Straits Times)

MOST people are familiar with eyeglass lenses which grow lighter or darker depending on light conditions. But now, Singapore researchers have patented a process that can do the same for contact lenses. Read more

Wednesday, 4 November 2009 

Transition contact lenses: Invented in Singapore (News, TODAY)

A team of seven researchers from Singapore's new Institute of Bioengineering and Nanoengineering (IBN) iCare eye laboratory has scored a world-first: Photochromic contact lenses that will enable the wearer's eyes to change colour in and out of the shade. Read more

Wednesday, 4 November 2009 

S'pore develops UV-blocking lenses (Home, My Paper)

COLOUR-CHANGING contact lenses that protect users from harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation are expected to be available in pharmacies, eye clinics and optic shops in two years' time. Read more

Wednesday, 4 November 2009 

A* Star invents the world's first transition contact lenses (Lianhe Zaobao)

An extension of NUH's Ophthalmology Department, NUH Eye Centre@Biopolis was opened together with the IBN iCare. Some of the services provided by NUH's Ophthalmology Department will be available at the Biopolis, including the Lasik Surgery. Read more

Wednesday, 4 November 2009 

Diarrhoea virus can easily penetrate if children don't take care of personal hygiene (Shin Min Daily News)

Dr Chan Poh Chong, Senior Consultant, University Children's Medical Institute, NUH shared that some other symptoms of diarrhoea include vomiting, nausea and stomachache. The diarrhoea virus can easily penetrate the children's bodies if they don't take care of their personal hygiene by handling their food with dirty hands as well as bite their nails, etc. Read more

Tuesday, 3 November 2009 

Pneumococcal Vaccination - Stay safe, give it a shot (Health, TODAY)

As the pneumococcal shot officially became part of the National Childhood Immunisation Programme (NCIP) on Sunday, parents and medical professionals are applauding the government's move. Now, the jab is compulsory for all newborns in Singapore and parents will be able to use Medisave to pay for it. Read more

Tuesday, 3 November 2009 

NUH shows the way to 'responsible outsourcing' (Home, The Straits Times)

HANDYMAN Teng Tat Chye, 67, has been working at the National University Hospital (NUH) since 2003. And although employed by ISS Singapore, a services company contracted by NUH to handle operations like housekeeping and catering, he is treated almost like a hospital staff member. Read more

Tuesday, 3 November 2009 

Low-wage Staff - On better terms (News, TODAY)

The National University Hospital (NUH) does not want the wages of its porters delivering documents and lab specimens along its corridors to lag behind market rates, and it will address this in its contract with service provider UMC ServiceMaster when it comes up for renewal in March. Read more

Tuesday, 3 November 2009 

Responsible outsourcing is good for employers and employees (LianHe ZaoBao)

Employers using outsourced services should work with service providers who are keen to improve the quality and benefits of their staff, including their productivity and wages. Read more

Tuesday, 3 November 2009 

Cleaners in NUH use PDAs now (Berita Harian)

Normally PDAs are used by executives but now, cleaners in NUH use it to make their job easier. NUH also shared how it has outsourced a few of its services and how this arrangement has benefited NUH, the contractors and the employees. Read more