Lynette Goh, NUP Principal Dietitian, shares the dangers of consuming food that has gone bad and some of the proper ways to store food to prevent undue spoilage.
Lynette Goh, NUP Principal Dietitian, explains the difference between the ‘best before’ dates and expiration dates found on food labels. She also shares that rather than relying solely on these dates, it is more important to store the food properly.
A study from the National University of Singapore (NUS) found that regular tea drinker might have better brain efficiency compared to non-tea drinkers. By looking at the brain imaging data of older adults, researchers found that those who consumed tea at least four times a week had brain regions that were connected in a more efficient way. The results found that those who consumed either green tea, oolong tea or black tea at least four times a week for about 25 years had brain regions that were connected more efficiently. Team leader Assistant Professor Feng Lei, Department of Psychological Medicine, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, said the results suggest that drinking tea regularly can protect the brain from age-related decline.
At the third edition of the Medical Grand Challenge on 7 September 2019, hosted by NUS Yong Loo Ling School of Medicine, a group of NUS students won the first prize with their invention Kenn – an innovative hand splint which provides stroke patients with greater mobility for their everyday tasks. This year, more than 80 students from 14 teams participated. The winning teams will continue to improve and complete their products with help from NUS Medicine, and will also have the opportunity to join the NUS Graduate Research Innovation Programme. With this programme, each team can get up to $100,000 to help them set up a start-up company and bring their products into the market.
Dr Tan Mei Na, Associate Consultant, NUCOHS and Assistant Professor at the NUS Faculty of Dentistry (FoD) was interviewed on caring and treating elderly dental conditions. She shared that they not only looked at their oral health but also at their social issues and ability to accept treatment etc. Dr Tan also provided some tips on caring for teeth. Professor Patrick Finbarr Allen, Dean FoD said that an ageing population brings with it multiple chronic conditions and studies have long recognised the systemic link between poor oral health and other chronic conditions such as diabetes. The article also reported that NUS FoD has launched the Graduate Diploma in Geriatric Dentistry in July. This was announced by the NUS FoD late last month, in conjunction with its 90th anniversary celebrations.
Removal of age limits, roll-out of subsidies set to increase demand, say medical experts
Associate Professor Catherine Hong Hsu Ling, and Associate Professor Tan Kai Soo from the NUS Faculty of Dentistry (FOD) conducted a one-year longitudinal study of 60 elderly in institutionalised care to investigate the association between respiratory bacteria in the mouth and the development of pneumonia. The study found that the presence of a naso-gastric feeding tube or tracheostomy was associated with a higher risk of pneumonia, with 45.5% of the 33 patients who had a naso-gastric feeding tube found to have pneumonia compared to pneumonia in 7.7% of those without the feeding tube. The doctors explained that this was because the respiratory apparatus offer bacteria a platform in the mouth to colonise. If bacteria in the mouth, especially on the tongue, are not cleaned, they may be inhaled into the lungs, possibly leading to pneumonia. Regular toothbrushing and use of antimicrobials like chlorhexidine as an adjunct are the mainstay of maintaining good oral hygiene, the doctors added.
胆管囊肿（ C h o l e d o c h a l cyst）是胆总管或肝内胆管出现囊肿。此囊肿在成人比较罕见，大多病例是小儿科病人。很多时候，成人发现患有胆管囊肿时，情况可以很严重，因为一部分成人患者发现这种囊肿时已经致癌。有时候，胆管囊肿演变成末期癌症，无法进行切除手术。所以，及早发现并治疗是痊愈的关键。
A/Prof Roger Foo (NUS Medicine) and Dr Troy Puar (CGH, Endocrinologist) were interviewed regarding a new scan that could be used to identify small growths in a patient’s glands. When these glands produce too much hormone aldosterone, it causes hypertension. The article also reported on the establishment of the Brenner Fellowship by NUS and mentioned the inaugural NUHS Innovation Summit where Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat was the Guest-of-Honour.
Efforts critical for S’pore, which has one of the world’s highest rates of the disease
Healthcare Professionals were honoured at the National Medical Excellence Award 2019. Amongst them was Associate Professor Tan Boon Yeow, Chief Executive and a senior consultant at St Luke’s Hospital and Associate Programme Director, Family Medicine Residency Programme, NUHS, who clinched the National Outstanding Clinician Educator Award for his contributions to education in family medicine. Prof Tan helped set up the first family medicine residency programme in the National University Health System.