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​Stay updated on the latest in healthcare news, trends, stories and research at NUHS and its institutions.


21
May
2024

New NUH technique reduces risk of radiation side effects for prostate cancer patients

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In a live studio interview with Channel NewsAsia, Dr Arshvin Kesavan, Associate Consultant, Department of Urology, National University Hospital, explained how rectal spacers work to protect the rectum from overexposure to radiation. He said National University Hospital's experience with more than 150 patients showed that none developed adverse side effects after radiation. One such patient, Mr David Peter Dowdell, 63, was diagnosed with prostate cancer last August and underwent a rectal spacer procedure before he had 41 sessions of radiotherapy at National University Cancer Institute, Singapore.

The Straits Times and other media reports cited A/Prof Edmund Chiong, Head and Senior Consultant, Department of Urology, National University Hospital, and Senior Consultant, Division of Surgical Oncology, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, who said with this technique, doctors are not just aiming to treat prostate cancer, but are also focused on enhancing the comfort and improving the quality of life for patients. Adj A/Prof Jeremy Tey, Senior Consultant, Department of Radiation Oncology, National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, said the technique reduced the occurrence of radiation proctitis from 10 per cent of patients to under five per cent. 

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21
May
2024

八招预防五大心血管疾病 (Eight ways to prevent top five cardiovascular diseases)

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Prof Tan Huay Cheem, Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiology at National University Heart Centre, Singapore, noted that cardiovascular diseases accounted for 31.4 per cent of all deaths in 2022 in Singapore, surpassing even that of cancer. While approximately 30 per cent of heart diseases are due to genetic factors, Prof Tan shared that over 60 per cent are caused by lifestyle, dietary habits, and environmental influences. He recommended eight ways to reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases, such as exercising regularly and making adjustments to diet.

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20
May
2024

Mitigating side effects of radiation therapy amid rising prostate cancer rates in Singaporean men

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19
May
2024

Public hospitals making flexible shifts more accessible to nurses

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Dr Karen Koh, Chief Nurse at National University Hospital, shared that flexible shifts have become a mainstream option, with flexible work arrangements requests being formalised at all inpatient wards in NUH since September 2023. Ms Priscilla Teo, Group Chief Human Resource Officer, NUHS said that about 1,500 nurses, or around 25 per cent of the cluster’s nursing workforce, are already on flexible shifts and that the cluster has more than 50 shift arrangements for nurses to choose from. 

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19
May
2024

I slathered sunblock, but a bad sunburn still left me crippled for a week

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According to National University Cancer Institute, Singapore, skin cancer is the sixth and seventh most common form of cancer that affects Singaporean men and women respectively. 

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19
May
2024

Minor issues: More sleep makes for smarter and healthier kids

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In a commentary on the growing issue of sleep deprivation, a research study by Prof Michael Chee, Director of Centre for Sleep and Cognition at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine was cited which found that less than one in five children get the recommended eight hours a night that they need. Prof Chee further advocated for later school start times as his team found that “students who gained more in sleep enjoy greater improvement in alertness, have less trouble staying awake, and show greater reduction in depressive symptoms”.

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19
May
2024

目标近千仅获八个 脑库需更多人捐脑研究失智等病症 (8 donations out of a target of 1,000 - Brain Bank Singapore needs more brain donors for research on dementia and other diseases)

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Brain Bank Singapore, a joint partnership established in 2018 between NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National Neuroscience Institute @ Tan Tock Seng Hospital, NTU Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine and National Healthcare Group, has received brain tissue donations from only eight individuals thus far, despite 313 people pledging to donate. The national repository appealed for more pledged donors as it needs 1,000 donors to facilitate the necessary representative scientific research on brain diseases.

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18
May
2024

As temperatures rise, low-income families in rental units struggle to beat the heat

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A/Prof Jason Lee, Director of the Heat Resilience & Performance Centre at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, said that vulnerable populations are often disproportionately impacted during periods of extreme heat as they are restricted to low-cost cooling solutions that are less effective. They also usually take on menial jobs which require “long-term exposure to extreme weather conditions".

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18
May
2024

Bring on the glow

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The feature on Global Centre for Asian Women's Health (GloW) at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine interviewed Prof Zhang Cuilin who shared on the Centre’s objectives to build an international platform to address women’s major health concerns and its work on translational research and raising awareness on women’s heath.

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17
May
2024

After a promising beginning, is Singapore's cultivated meat industry on the way to the slaughterhouse

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A/Prof Alfredo Franco-Obregon from NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine believed the livestock industry's sustainability issues will drive the adoption of lab-grown meat, though widespread acceptance may take time.

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16
May
2024

Take yourself out on a date, in a city on the move

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Dr Faye Ng Yu Ci, a junior doctor at the NUH, discussed how urban living can lead to increased anxiety and mood disorders, with studies showing city dwellers have higher stress levels and more active amygdalas compared to those living in rural areas. 

She emphasised the importance of finding inner peace amidst the chaos of city life, suggesting that solitude can provide a necessary respite and help maintain mental well-being, with notable benefits like lowering stress, improving sleep, and fostering independence and creativity.

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16
May
2024

휴런, 싱가포르 국립대병원과 알츠하이머 연구협력 (Heuron collaborates with National University Hospital of Singapore on Alzheimer's research)

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Heuron, a medical artificial intelligence (AI) company, signed a research collaboration with National University Hospital on 27 March to begin a retrospective study on Alzheimer's disease stage classification using AI. The research will be led by A/Prof Christopher Chen, Director of the Memory, Ageing and Cognition Centre at National University Health System and Associate Professor at the Department of Pharmacology at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, with Dr Ngam Pei Ing, Consultant, Division of Neuroimaging, Department of Diagnostic Imaging, National University Hospital, as a key collaborator.

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16
May
2024

An eye on AI

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Singapore’s latest supercomputer Prescience, a collaboration between the National University Health System and the National Supercomputing Centre, is housed at National University Hospital and its capabilities range from training Large Language Models such as Russell, to helping doctors better plan patient treatment as well as allowing dentists to better predict a patient’s risk of gum disease through the SMILE AI project. A/Prof Ngiam Kee Yuan, Group Chief Technology Officer, National University Health System shared that the models developed by Prescience are expected to improve outcomes for clinicians and patients, reducing wait times and costs.

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15
May
2024

Heart truths

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​Singapore Heart Foundation chairman Prof Tan Huay Cheem, who is also Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiology at National University Heart Centre, Singapore, emphasised the importance of managing risks for heart attack survivors, who are at increased risk of a recurrence. As such patients can also become stressed and develop depression due to the possibility of a second episode, Prof Tan explained that this can be managed if they undergo a cardiac rehabilitation programme that includes exercise, education on healthy living and counselling.

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15
May
2024

HAO FM: Interview with Professor Tan Huay Cheem

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​In a radio interview, Prof Tan Huay Cheem, Senior Consultant and former Director of National University Heart Centre Singapore (NUHCS), discussed his latest book, Clinical Insights: New Knowledge on Prevention and Treatment of Heart Disease Volume Three, which is geared towards raising public healthcare awareness and dispelling misinformation. All proceeds from his book go to the NUHCS Heart Fund.

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