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Oct 2008

Friday, 31 October 2008 

BREAST CANCER - Radiation treatment safe: Study (Home, The Straits Times)

Most skin reactions are mild and do not need treatment; severity depends on age, weight. THERE is now data to back up what doctors have long suspected - that older, heavier breast-cancer patients experience more severe side effects to their skin from radiation treatment. But the study also found that most skin reactions are mild. Read more

Thursday, 30 October 2008 

'HIV-positive? You deserve it' (The New Paper)

Infected man's mum slams him when he reveals condition. He now hides it from friends and colleagues. HE is gay and HIV-positive. Read more

Thursday, 30 October 2008 

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

BEYOND COLON CANCER. Q: I am a 54-year-old woman and had a stretch of colon removed recently due to cancer... I would like to know if there is any medical research which links colon cancer to other forms of cancer. Read more

Thursday, 30 October 2008 

Baby boom in economic gloom (Today)

More couples seeking treatment, thanks to Government funding. SOME families may be thinking twice about having a baby in the current economic downturn, but one group seems undeterred. Read more

Tuesday, 28 October 2008 

The robot and the patient (The New Paper)

THE news that she had cancer struck Madam Koh Siew Jeong like a bolt of lightning. But, just as swiftly, the 52-year-old mother of two went through major surgery to remove the cancer and her womb. She was well enough to go home in 48hours. All with the help of a robot. Read more

Sunday, 26 October 2008 

Avoid leg amputation (Berita Minggu)

Based on the statistics collated from Jan 04 - May 05, half of 27% of diabetic patients who agreed to have their leg amputated were Malays. The doctor urged Malay diabetic patients to go for foot screening at least once a year and to comply with the doctor's treatment plan. Read more

Thursday, 23 October 2008 

Thumbs up from UK scientists (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

A major scientific study has found that women undergoing fertility treatment are far more likely to successfully give birth if they also have acupuncture. Read more

Thursday, 23 October 2008 

Prick me for beauty's sake (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Acupuncture, the ancient Chinese medical procedure, is increasingly being used for aesthetic reasons and to treat problems like infertility and hair loss. Since ancient times, acupuncture has been used to treat ailments. Now, there is beauty acupuncture. Read more

Wednesday, 22 October 2008 

NUH Uses 'Da Vinci' for Gynaecological Cancer Surgery Which Reduces Pain and Leaves No Scar (Lianhe Zaobao)

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology conducted the first robotic surgery for gynaecological cancer in South East Asia and Singapore. The new surgical option offers an option that is less painful, results in lesser scarring, allows patients to get back on their feet faster while being effective in removing cancer. Read more

Wednesday, 22 October 2008 

Robot Performs Surgery on Woman Suffering from Endometrial Cancer (Shin Min Daily News)

The Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology performed the first robotic surgery for gynaecological cancer in South East Asia and Singapore on a 52 year-old patient, Mdm Koh Siew Jeong. Read more

Monday, 20 October 2008 

Funding for medical research and clinical care. S$50m for studies on obesity, dengue (Home, The Straits Times)

PROPOSALS for research into obesity and dengue have each clinched $25 million in government funds to go ahead. The two proposals were chosen by a mix of local and international reviewers in research and healthcare for the financial leg-up as the areas of study will have great impact on Singaporeans and Asians. Read more

Friday, 17 October 2008 

Singapore scorecard predicts risk of colorectal cancer (The Straits Times)

A scoring system developed here can predict Asian's risk for colorectal cancer, the most common cancer in Singapore. A person with high risk can be screened early, giving him and edge in the battle against the No. 1 killer here, says doctors. Read more

Thursday, 16 October 2008 

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

DARK PATCH ON HIP. Q: I am female and I have just noticed a dark patch on my left hip. I tried applying moisturing cream and whitening cream on it daily after my showers but the patch remains. Read more

Thursday, 16 October 2008 

The most serious fracture and test your bone health (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Fractures of the hip or spine among the elderly can lead to premature death and loss of mobility. As the local population is ageing rapidly, osteoporosis is likely to become an increasingly important health problem. Read more

Thursday, 16 October 2008 

Diabetic Malays face bigger problem (Today)

A socioeconomic study by NUH found that Malays with secondary school education, income less than $2000, poor diabetic control, smoking and exercised less than once a week had more diabetic-related foot problems and are more prone to complications. Read more

Thursday, 16 October 2008 

The Pro (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Dr Dan Yock Young, a consultant at the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology shared about his passion for research. He also shared that patients who take an active interest in maintaining their health and liver often enter into a long-term partnership and friendship with the doctors. Read more

Tuesday, 14 October 2008 

Ask The Doc (Today)

Mum's concern about son's chest pain. Q: My eight year old son has been complaining of chest pain (near the heart) for the past year. I've consulted a paediatrician about this problem. Read more

Monday, 13 Oct 2008 

Loss of feeling leads to loss of limb for diabetics (The Straits Times)

A new study by NUH shows a conclusive link between amputation and loss of sensation caused by nerve damage from high blood sugar levels. Patients are advised to check their feet regularly for wounds and cuts. Diabetic food problems account for one fifth of all emergency admissions at NUH. Read more

Friday, 10 October 2008 

Making no bones about donor matches (Today)

Suitable bone marrow donors are difficult to find. But the situation is set to change for the better. SOME 43,000 people have registered with the Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP) in Singapore. Yet, not one of them could offer leukaemia patient Sebha Punnen a matching bone marrow. She was thus forced her to find an overseas donor. Read more

Thursday, 9 October 2008 

Spine chillers (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Factors such as lifestyle and the kind of sport you take up can have painful repercussions in your back. So, are you making your spine work harder than it should? Back pain will afflict more than 80 per cent of people throughout their lives. The condition isn't just confined to the elderly or the frail. Read more

Thursday, 9 October 2008 

Lessons in play (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Playtime lets kids pick up social skills and introduces them to the concept of sharing. Human beings are social animals. Children are no different and social interaction is necessary in their cognitive development. Read more

Wednesday, 8 October 2008 

NUH sets up Dengue Outpatient Monitoring Clinic to help patients save money (Shin Min Daily)

NUH's Dengue Outpatient Monitoring Clinic has been well received by the public. Since its inception in July last, the clinic has treated more than 170 patients. Read more

Tuesday, 7 October 2008 

Is your baby getting enough sleep? (Health Plus, Today)

Insufficient rest can cause babies to be hyperactive, cranky or obese later in life. BEDTIME with my energetic one-year-old daughter, Jubilee, is always a nightmare - she fusses, cries and whines for a good two hours before falling asleep. Read more

Thursday, 2 October 2008 

Hey doc...is your tie clean? (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

The unsuspecting tie and long-sleeved shirt that doctors wear can be crawling with germs, but hospitals here have strict hygiene rules for its staff. Read more

Thursday, 2 October 2008 

I thought it was just a rash (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Three years ago, Indonesian housewife Dian (not her real name) felt a lump in her right breast. She was 37 years old then, married with three children. She knew about breast cancer but dismissed that possibility because throughout her life, she had rarely been ill, even with the flu. Read more

Thursday, 2 October 2008 

Keep abreast of cancer (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The disease can strike anyone, not just older women, and early detection and treatment are vital. Read more

Thursday, 2 October 2008 

THE PRO (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Dr Sophia Ang, 42, is a senior consultant anaesthesiologist at the National University Hospital. She is also the hospital's associate chairman, Medical Board, and patient safety officer. Read more