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Oct 2009

Wednesday, 28 October 2009 

The invisible hearing device (Home, The Straits Times)

THE success of the first total middle ear implant performed here could mean the end of silence for sufferers of advanced hearing loss. Until recently, a person whose condition was somewhere between moderate hearing loss and total deafness had little choice but to use a conventional external hearing aid. Read more

Tuesday, 27 October 2009 

Liver cancer: Early screening can save you (The Straits Times)

MANY of the 400 people who die of liver cancer here each year could have been saved if they had gone for regular screening to catch the disease early. Doctors calling for more people to get checked point to how the test could more than double the chances of survival for people at high risk. Read more

Tuesday, 27 October 2009 

Lightning activity at its peak now (The Straits Times)

IT IS lightning season. These bolts of electricity are splitting the skies every other day, compared with about once a week in the off season. This means the chances of people being struck this month and the next are higher than usual - and Singapore already sees one of the highest rates of lightning activity in the world. Read more

Sunday, 25 October 2009 

What baby fat? (Pulse, The Sunday Times)

Babies are usually not classified as obese. Instead, they are either large, a good size, small for their gestational age, or weeks of pregnancy. Paediatricians whom LifeStyle spoke to said children up to one year old are simply too young to be classified as obese. Read more

Saturday - Sunday, 24 – 25 October 2009 

Is it difficult to get your child to eat (TODAY)

SINGAPORE - For the almost one in two parents here reporting difficulty in feeding their young children, the good news is that some 320 paediatric and general practitioner clinics will soon be equipped with a new diagnostic tool to help deal with the condition. Read more

Saturday, 24 October 2009 

How many immunisation jabs should I give my child? (LianHe ZaoBao)

Senior consultant from University Children's Medical Institute, National University Hospital, Dr Chan Poh Chong shared that many research studies have shown that vaccines is not related to learning disabilities in children or neurological diseases. Hence parents need not worry unduly. Read more

Friday, 23 October 2009 

Is it difficult to get your child to eat? Get help from paediatrician (Lianhe Wanbao)

Paediatrician from National University Hospital, Dr Chan Poh Chong shared that 40 – 50% of parents meet all sorts of problems when feeding their children. There are many types of causes, both physiological and psychological. With the help of a new diagnostic tool, parents can seek help from their family doctors. Read more

Friday, 23 October 2009 

Bone marrow donors needed (TODAY)

Just before Hari Raya, Mohammad Reza Ramadhan received the most precious gift that money can't buy - a bone marrow transplant. The 11-year-old Malay boy has leukaemia and his only real chance to live was the transplant. Read more

Friday, 23 October 2009 

Why does my bread smell of alcohol? (The New Paper)

Woman concerned about child's health after she finds alcohol listed as ingredient in flavoured bread she bought. ALCOHOL in my bread? Impossible, she thought. Yet the smell of alcohol coming from the Hokkaido Cream flavoured bread was distinct once she opened the package, said 31-year-old school administrative assistant Siti Nor Sheila. Read more

Tuesday, 20 October 2009 

Immunise infants early, specialists urge (Home, The Straits Times)

CHILD specialists are urging parents to have their infants immunised with the new MMR vaccine which will guard against measles, mumps, German measles (rubella) and chicken pox (varicella). The Singapore Paediatric Society (SPS) wants to talk to the Health Ministry (MOH) about including the vaccine in the National Immunisation Programme. Read more

Tuesday, 20 October 2009 

World Osteoporosis Day 2009 - Don't wait for the bones to break (Health, TODAY)

Start young, and stub out, to prevent your bones from crumbling. LIKE a thief in the night, the disease creeps up on you. A silent killer, osteoporosis - or brittle bones, in layman speak - has no early warning signs. Read more

Monday, 19 October 2009 

He gave sis 16 more years (News, The New Paper)

THEY were very close. As his elder sister, she played matchmaker and found him a wife. As her loving younger brother, Mr Sukdev Singh, 58, donated his right kidney to her, when both her kidneys failed. That was 23 years ago. But sibling is no longer around to see him get an award for being one of Singapore's longest surviving organ donors. Read more

Saturday, 17 October 2009 

MOH swings into action after critical report (The Straits Times)

It has drawn up list of benchmarks for public health institutions. THE Ministry of Health (MOH), responding to the Auditor-General's criticisms that the health-care targets it was shooting for were inadequate, has drawn up a list of benchmarks. Read more

Saturday, 17 October 2009 

Call to vaccinate children against pneumococcal diseases (Home, The Straits Times)

About 300 toddlers in Singapore are now trying out a new vaccine that should protect them better against killer diseases like pneumonia and meningitis than anything else now available. The results of the trial, being carried out by the KK Women's & Children's Hospital (KKH), the National University Hospital (NUH) and the National Healthcare Group's polyclinics, will be out next year. Read more

Thursday, 15 October 2009 

When doc gives too much info (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Patients deserve to know about their illness and treatment options but too much information can add stress and confuse them. Read more

Thursday, 15 October 2009 

Kidney transplant - Two big challenges were overcome (Berita Harian)

NUH overcame 2 medical hurdles, blood group incompatibility and cross match positive, and successfully performed a complex living donor kidney transplantation on Mrs Daisy Thung. With the team of doctors and staffs' dedication and expertise, Mrs Thung is given a new lease of life. Read more

Sunday, 11 October 2009 

Robotic surgery removes gynae and colorectal cancer - more agile and safe (ZbWellness, Lianhe Zaobao)

Find out how robotic surgery is used to treat Colorectal and Gynaecological Cancer from Dr Dean Koh, Consultant, Division of Colorectal Surgery, University Surgical Cluster and Dr Joseph Ng, Consultant, Division of Gynaecological Oncology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology. Read more

Saturday – Sunday, 10-11 October 2009 

Against the odds, she has kidney transplant (News, TODAY)

Even though her blood group was incompatible with her husband's (ABO incompatibility) and her antibodies were against his tissue antigens (cross-match positive), 35-year-old Mrs Daisy Thung - an end-stage kidney patient - became possibly the first patient with both medical complications to undergo a successful kidney transplant in Singapore at the National University Hospital (NUH). Read more

Saturday, 10 October 2009 

Local hospital performs its first successful difficult kidney transplant (Lianhe Zaobao)

A multi-disciplinary team from the National University Hospital (NUH) surmounted two medical challenges to successfully perform a living donor kidney transplantation - a situation that was reported in less than forty cases worldwide. Read more

Saturday, 10 October 2009 

Getting her body to accept his kidney (Prime.People, The Straits Times)

HOUSEWIFE Daisy Goh's kidneys were failing, but the only kidney available was from her husband, who had a different blood type. On top of that, she had a hyperactive immune system which would attack and destroy donor tissue. But a team of doctors from the National University Hospital (NUH) overcame the two challenges, giving the 35-year-old a working kidney, and a new lease of life. Read more

Thursday, 8 October 2009 

Spousal Violence - Doc, it's me again... and again (News, TODAY)

Call for doctors to be trained to detect, help victims of abuse. It was her third or fourth trip to the emergency department for minor injuries, and while being tended to, the patient burst into tears. Concerned she might be suffering from depression, the doctor sent her to the psychiatric medical officer on duty. Read more

Thursday, 8 October 2009 

Ask the Experts – Bony lump a worry (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Q. I am a 23-year-old man. I exercise intensively thrice a week, cycling and lifting weights. Recently, while exercising, I found a tiny bump the size of a five-cent coin just below my right knee... Is it a cause for concern and should I still exercise regularly? Read more

Saturday, 3 October 2009 

Only 40% of women aged 50 to 69 do mammogram (Lianhe Wanbao)

Dr Lim Siew Eng, Senior Consultant, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore shared that between 1990 and 2002, 14% of the breast cancer patients who seek treatment in National University Hospital are below 40 years old. She urged women to go for mammogram earlier. Read more

Saturday, 3 October 2009 

Just a 1.5cm hole to remove ovarian tumour (Lianhe Wanbao)

National University Hospital's Obstetrics and Gynaecology (O&G) Department performed South East Asia's first single port laparoscopic surgery to remove ovarian tumour in July this year. Dr Fong Yoke Fai, Senior Consultant, NUH's O&G Department shared that Conventional laparoscopic surgery utilises 3 to 4 ports but the new single port surgery makes use of only the umbilicus to introduce the camera and instruments to complete the surgery. Read more

Friday, 2 October 2009 

Asthmatic child turns into national swimmer (Lianhe Wanbao)

NUH's Department of Paediatrics Dr Eugene Han shares that some asthmatic children missed out classes or physical education due to asthma attacks. They may feel marginalized and ashamed because they have to carry asthmatic medications with them to schools. Besides making the child healthier, exercise can also build up the child's self confidence. Read more

Thursday, 2 October 2009 

No kidding! It's their day (Home, The Straits Times)

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Tan Wen Jun will sit for the first paper of her Primary School Leaving Examination next week, but she took leave of her books for a day yesterday to join in a Children's Day bash. Read more

Thursday, 1 October 2009 

Dr Chan Poh Chong: Helping sick children regain their health brings me joy (ZbNOW, LianHe ZaoBao)

Dr Chan shared that National University Hospital recently established the Adolescent Medicine Services. Many of his patients are seeing him because of problems arising from school and relationships. Read more

Thursday, 1 October 2009 

H1N1 INFECTION - A prenatal risk to kids? (News, TODAY)

Expectant mothers infected with a H1N1 strain of Influenza A could give birth to children at greater risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood, according to a new study at the University of Southern California (USC)... But Singapore doctors are less certain of the study's validity. Read more