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Sep 2009

Sunday, 27 September 2009 

Beyonce secretly sings for cancer victims (The New Paper on Sunday)

THE name Beyonce may not have rung a bell for little Mohamed Saleh. But a kiss and a hug from the American R&B singer were all it took to make the 4-year-old's day. Yesterday afternoon, he met Beyonce, 28, at the Viva-University Children's Cancer Centre of the National University Hospital (NUH). Read more

Saturday – Sunday, 26-27 September 2009 

Support for childhood cancer survivors (TODAY)

A ONE-STOP clinic to address long-term health issues faced by childhood cancer survivors may be available at the National University Hospital (NUH) next year. This development is spurred by a recent local study, which found that young cancer survivors were at higher risk of developing side effects later in life from the treatment. Read more

Friday, 25 September 2009 

NUH to set up clinic for childhood cancer survivors (Home, My Paper)

A NEW clinic, to better prevent childhood cancer survivors from developing permanent side effects from their treatment, will be set up by next year in the National University Hospital (NUH). The clinic will gather doctors of different disciplines under one roof, to offer patients more holistic care and convenience. Read more

Thursday, 24 September 2009 

DIY cures (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Self-medication may save you some doctors' fees, but experts tell June Cheong there are certain risks involved. All of us 'play doctor' to ourselves, some more so than others. You are self-medicating when you reach for that Panadol whenever you have a headache, skipping a visit to the doctor in the process. Read more

Tuesday, 22 September 2009 

Doc warns of food pipe inflammation (LianHe WanBao)

NUH Division of Paediatrics Gastroenterology, Hepatology & Liver Transplantation’s Prof Quak Seng Hock shared that babies are the same as adults. Babies have their own personality and when they are feeling sad, the most direct way of expressing it will be to cry. Read more

Friday, 18 September 2009 

Boost for video games as teaching tools (Home, The Straits Times)

Govt in talks with game developers and it also plans to fund them. NURSES in Singapore could soon learn how to treat patients by practising their techniques on a video game. Read more

Thursday, 17 September 2009 

Childhood cancer trauma (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Cancer not only takes a toll on a child's body but is also emotionally devastating for the family. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and two families recount their ordeal. Read more

Thursday, 17 September 2009 

Hypertension hastens kidney failure (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Hypertension will hasten or worsen kidney failure. It leads to faster progression towards end-stage kidney disease that will, in turn, require dialysis or kidney transplant, said Dr Titus Lau, a senior consultant at the division of nephrology at the National University Hospital. Read more

Tuesday, 15 September 2009 

One in 4 kids with nose allergy shuns nasal sprays (My Paper)

ONE in four children here with allergic rhinitis – an allergy which results in runny or blocked noses and also affects the eyes – does not use nasal sprays regularly as prescribed. Not using this more effective form of medication consistently could affect their grades and overall quality of life. Read more

Tuesday, 15 September 2009 

Many have misconception about bone marrow (Berita Harian)

A/Professor Allen Yeoh, Medical Director, Viva University Children's Cancer Centre shared that bone marrow is not the same as other organs. It will regrow after being taken out in about one week. Read more

Monday, 14 September 2009 

320 thousand children have allergic rhinitis – Dust Mite is the common cause (Lianhe Wanbao)

NUH latest research shows that although nasal sprays is the main treatment for allergic rhinitis patients, it is not commonly accepted. Some patients are also not comfortable with the use of nasal spray. Read more

Monday, 14 September 2009 

NUH Research shows that nasal spray which treats allergic rhinitis smells bad and 25% of paediatric patients shun it (Shinmin Daily)

NUH University Children's Medical Institute's research shows that 25% of children with allergic rhinitis cannot accept the use of nasal spray and 50% of these children complain that this treatment is difficult to use and using it makes them uncomfortable. Itchiness, pain and backflow of medication down the throat are some of the problems. Read more

Saturday, 12 September 2009 

Primary school children who are still in diapers may have low self esteem (LianHe WanBao)

Dr Chan Poh Chong from the NUH's University Children's Medical Institute pointed out that only 1% of 8-10year old children wear diapers to sleep to prevent bedwetting. Only a small percentage of these bedwetting children suffer from bladder problem. Read more

Friday, 11 September 2009 

Cutting off limbs is her last resort (The New Paper)

EVEN at the risk of death, Madam Teo Siew Kim is unwilling to have the decaying parts of her limbs removed. Doctors have told her that surgery may be needed but she is hanging on for a miracle. Read more

Thursday, 10 September 2009 

Heart failure (ZbNOW, Lianhe Zaobao)

Associate Professor Tan Huay Cheem, Director, National University Heart Centre shared with Zaobao readers on what is heart failure and how one can take care of their health and condition. Read more

Thursday, 10 September 2009 

Ask the Experts – Many new moles and spots (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Q: I am a 38-year-old woman with fair skin. Recently, I noticed many new black moles on my hand and neck. Many tiny brown, red and white spots have also appeared. Is it due to pigmentation and is there any way to remove them? Read more

Tuesday, 8 September 2009 

Ask the doc – Severe pain in stomach (Today)

Question by Mr Tham. I will be turning 30 this year. For the past three weeks, I've had bad stomach pains that are accompanied by nausea and a pulling pain in my heart... What could be the reason for the pain, and how can I manage it? Is there any underlying medical condition I should be aware of? Read more

Saturday, 5 September 2009 

Hospitals on alert for new flu wave (The Straits Times)

Four-fifths of people in S'pore have not been exposed to H1N1 yet. HOSPITALS are on their guard for a possible second wave of Influenza A (H1N1), even as the number of cases dips. Read more

Saturday, 5 September 2009 

NUH to focus on research and training (The Straits Times)

THE National University Hospital (NUH) is returning to its roots - being a university hospital with an emphasis on research and training, instead of just another general hospital. Its doctors will spend less time treating patients and put more into finding better treatments and training the next generation of doctors. Read more

Saturday, 5 September 2009 

More research equals better health care (The Straits Times)

Taking doctors out of clinical work will benefit patients in the long run. SINGAPORE is short of doctors. And although 1,000 foreign doctors have been hired over the past three years, more still need to be recruited. With a greying population, the demand for doctors will only grow. Read more

Friday, 4 September 2009 

In Singapore: Painkiller Bextra withdrawn in April 2005 (The Straits Times)

PAINKILLER Bextra, used mainly by arthritis sufferers, was withdrawn from the Singapore market in April 2005, because of the potential health risks it posed. Read more

Thursday, 3 September 2009 

SGH & NUH work through the night for the patients (LianHe ZaoBao)

The Children's Emergency at National University Hospital, provides services 24 hours a day for 365 days a year and ensures that children are seen in a clinical setting that focuses on their special needs. NUH also has a team of Lactation Consultants who the public can contact at the free 24-hour hotline at 65-97220376. Read more

Thursday, 3 September 2009 

Stem cells - no magic bullet (Mind Your Body)

Stem cells have been touted as the cure-all for diseases from diabetes to spinal injury. Stem cells may point the way forward in medical research, but their use in real life is still limited. Read more

Tuesday, 1 September 2009 

Beware of premature cornea ageing (News, Today)

HERE's one more thing for contact lens wearers to be wary of - your corneas may be prematurely ageing. Wearing contact lenses with low oxygen permeability for prolonged periods can damage the cornea, a transparent layer covering the eye. Read more

Tuesday, 1 September 2009 

Knowing the signs will save your neck (Health, Today)

THE sign seemed innocuous at first - a sore throat, which Mr L H Sim thought nothing of. But, unlike most sore throats, the discomfort didn't go away. Mr Sim gradually lost his voice and appetite, too, which prompted him to seek medical attention. Read more