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25
Mar
2020

Singapore scientists on the front lines of fight against Covid-19

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Feature on Singapore’s research and development capability noted comments by Group Director of Medicine/NUHS Prof Dale Fisher that all of Singapore’s public hospitals could test for COVID-19 by end January. He noted that less than 1 per cent of tests were positive, which reflected the large number being done. A/Prof Hsu Li Yang from SSHSPH also noted that there are many diagnostic tests and kits being developed in China and the US, as well as those by local companies.  

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25
Mar
2020

Young adults now make up largest group of patients here

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​On young adults making up a majority of patients infected by COVID-19, Dean/SSHSPH Prof Teo Yik Ying noted that this reflects the demographics of people returning to Singapore as a result of the global situation.  He added that COVID-19 is not a disease of the elderly, with children and healthy adults being susceptible as well. A/Prof Hsu Li Yang, Infectious Diseases Programme Leader at SSHSPH noted that it is likely a small fraction of young people here would defy stay-home notice, possibly as they do not appreciate the risk of getting the disease.  

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25
Mar
2020

Countries, including Singapore, in race to develop vaccine Singapore kit makes it easier to transport samples for testing

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​A/Prof Hsu Li Yang noted that while the cost of bringing a vaccine to market is beyond Singapore’s institutions, we can conduct the vaccine trials here, given our excellent research facilities. On the development of a new testing kit by A*STAR and Lucence, a genomics company, A/Prof Hsu noted that the kit was timely, as primary care and community testing of COVID-19 are becoming an urgent need.  

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25
Mar
2020

Singapore kit makes it easier to transport samples for testing

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​A/Prof Hsu Li Yang noted that while the cost of bringing a vaccine to market is beyond Singapore’s institutions, we can conduct the vaccine trials here, given our excellent research facilities. On the development of a new testing kit by A*STAR and Lucence, a genomics company, A/Prof Hsu noted that the kit was timely, as primary care and community testing of COVID-19 are becoming an urgent need.  

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24
Mar
2020

及早发现结肠直肠癌 别轻视排便变化 (Early detection of colorectal cancer)

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​A/Prof Tan Ker Kan and Asst Prof Chong Choon Seng from NCIS Division of Surgical Oncology (Colorectal Surgery) gave clinical comments on public awareness and common misconceptions on colorectal cancer. They shared that some patients were unaware that they had cancer as they only experienced mild or no symptoms in the early stages. The article was part of a campaign initiative from a group of students from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information.

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24
Mar
2020

第四期癌症病患新希望 立体定向体部放疗 (Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy - a new hope for stage 4 cancer patients)

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​ZB carried a commentary by Dr David Chia, NCIS Department of Radiation Oncology, mentioning a new form of treatment that can specifically tackle metastatic tumours. The new method, called "Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy" (SBRT) or "Stereotactic Ablative Body Radiotherapy" (SABR), uses radiation technology that can target cancer tumours up to millimeter accuracy, at high doses between one to five times. At present, some of the top hospitals in the world have started to list it as the standard treatment for advanced cancer patients. Doctors hope that when combined with effective systemic therapies, it will be able to help cancer gradually become a more controllable chronic disease.

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24
Mar
2020

Antithrombotic drugs: The difference between antiplatelets and anticoagulants

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A commentary by Professor Tan Huay Cheem, Director, NUHCS, highlighting the key differences between antiplatelets and anticoagulants, which are medicines that can reduce blood clots.  He noted that they come with different side effects and risk of haemorrhage, and patients should heed their physician’s advice when using them.  

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23
Mar
2020

We need to find a cure for fake medical news

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Prof Tan Huay Cheem, ​Director NUHCS, contributed an article on how physicians, medical experts and scientists need to combat the effects of fake medical news in this era of information overload. He cited an example of a patient who decided to stop taking statin medication without seeking medical advice due to online claims of serious and irreversible side effects. Prof Tan added that transparency and clear communication to patients are critical in maintaining trust between medical professionals and the public. As the epidemic of fake medical news is here to stay, everyone in the medical and healthcare system has a role to play to rein it in.

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23
Mar
2020

We need to find a cure for fake medical news

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Prof Tan Huay Cheem, ​Director NUHCS, contributed an article on how physicians, medical experts and scientists need to combat the effects of fake medical news in this era of information overload. He cited an example of a patient who decided to stop taking statin medication without seeking medical advice due to online claims of serious and irreversible side effects. Prof Tan added that transparency and clear communication to patients are critical in maintaining trust between medical professionals and the public. As the epidemic of fake medical news is here to stay, everyone in the medical and healthcare system has a role to play to rein it in.

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22
Mar
2020

医生:心脏病患染冠病 出现并发症和死亡率较高 (Patients with a history of hearts diseases should take caution against Covid-19 due to higher risks)

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Prof Tan Huay Cheem gave expert comments in his capacity as Chairman of Singapore Heart Foundation on how Covid-19 poses a greater risk to patients with heart diseases. He explained that most people with heart conditions are elderly patients and their immunity against Covid-19 is lower compared to others. Singapore reported its first two Covid-19 deaths on 21 March 2020, and both patients had past histories of heart diseases.

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21
Mar
2020

S’pore will have to change strategy if cases keep rising / Children less likely to be sick from Covid-19: Professor / WHO expert gives advice on the virus through comic strips

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A Full-page interview with NUHS Group Director of Medicine Prof Dale Fisher, who chairs the WHO Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network, highlighted his remarks that Singapore has been ahead of the curve for several weeks in the COVID-19 outbreak. However, its strategy will have to evolve if infections continue to rise.  He noted that Singapore does not let positive patients go back to the community, which is different from what some other countries are doing. 
 
Report also highlighted a Q&A with Prof Fisher on how children appear to be asymptomatic or less likely to be sick from COVID-19 than adults, which is why there is no real reason to close schools for now. 
 
Report also featured NUS Med’s The COVID-19 Chronicles, a comic series aimed at educating the public about the disease.  ST noted that the idea for the comics were initiated by Dean Prof Chong Yap Seng.  Report added that A/Prof Hsu Li Yang from SSHSPH had also partnered graphic artist Sonny Liew to produce educational comics on COVID-19. 

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21
Mar
2020

Community nurses pay home visits, use teleconferencing amid COVID-19 outbreak

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Amidst the COVID-19 situation, NUHS is still providing care services to residents in the western region to ensure that they remain well-supported. Although operations at the 15 NUHS Community Health Post sites have ceased during this period, the community care team continues to provide care services for residents through home visits and teleconferencing.


CNA interviewed two community nurses, a CHP resident and a caregiver where they shared their experiences.

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20
Mar
2020

Number of infections here could rise in coming weeks, say experts

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A/Prof Hsu Li Yang commented that Singapore will continue to see more imported cases over the next couple of weeks with many returning travellers, especially with the exponential rise in Covid-19 numbers overseas. He added that it will take a couple of weeks for the imported cases to fall, given the incubation period of the virus and before the travel restrictions dampen the wave of imported cases to Singapore.

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20
Mar
2020

Isolation not that bad, infected S’porean says of hospital stay

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​Mr Raymond Sim, Case 227 of Singapore’s Covid-19 patients, shared his personal experience having caught the coronavirus in France and being in the isolation ward at NUH. The 53-year-old pastor at Lighthouse Evangelism church said that nurses enter the room to measure his vital signs every five to six hours. Mr Sim hopes to encourage people who are afraid of reporting themselves to step forward and get tested if they suspect they have the virus.

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20
Mar
2020

Radio interviews on cancer treatments despite Covid-19

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​A/Prof Lee Soo Chin gave expert advice to assure cancer patients that it is safe for them to continue to seek treatment in hospitals as precautionary measures have been put in place to ensure their safety. Patients can choose to reschedule non-urgent treatment for 2-3 months. A/Prof Lee also advised cancer patients to take more precaution than other individuals to avoid Covid-19 infections.

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