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NUH neurosurgeons initiated study to assess feasibility of using holographic technology to spatially locate brain tumours
12 Aug 2021

The National University Health System (NUHS) has embarked on a research and development programme within the academic healthcare cluster to explore the use of MR technology in clinical care. As part of the first phase of the research programme, a team of neurosurgeons at NUH has initiated a study to assess the feasibility of using holographic technology to spatially locate brain tumours when operating on patients. 

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Clinician-scientists from NUHS awarded $4.9 million grant to further develop the mitral valve bioprosthesis
01 Jul 2021

​Clinician-scientists from NUHS awarded $4.9 million grant to further develop the mitral valve bioprosthesis, named SingValve, which mimics the exact appearance, form and physical properties of a human mitral valve.

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Boy who is obese & overweight
12 May 2021

​Adults with severe obesity who undergo metabolic-bariatric surgery (MBS) to lose weight, may have substantially lower mortality rates and longer life expectancy compared to those who tried to lose weight through conventional obesity management. The study findings by a team of clinicians and researchers from the National University Hospital (NUH), NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH) and NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS Medicine) are published in the prestigious medical journal The Lancet in May.

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Dormitory COVID-19 Swab Exercise
25 Apr 2021

​Two widely-used therapies – oral hydroxychloroquine and povidone-iodine throat spray – have been found to significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection, according to a study by a team of NUHS clinician-scientists.

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Dr Anand Jeyasekharan
13 Apr 2021

​A widely available cancer drug could potentially be used to treat COVID-19, found researchers from the National University Cancer Institute, Singapore - NCIS and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in the United States. The team found in pre-clinical trials that the drug, Topotecan, reduces the severity and death rate of SARS-CoV-2 infection by inhibiting the expression of inflammatory genes in lung models. This could have potential implications for COVID-19 treatment in humans, said NCIS.

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New aerosolized chemotherapy could help end-stage cancer patients live longer
24 Mar 2021

​A novel drug delivery technique that could extend the lifespans of advanced cancer patients has been successfully introduced in Singapore, at the National University Hospital - NUH and National University Cancer Institute, Singapore - NCIS — and for the first time in Asia. Known as pressurised intraperitoneal aerosol chemotherapy (PIPAC), the procedure targets cancers within the peritoneal cavity in the abdomen, including colon, gastric, and ovarian cancer.

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OneNUHS research team’s breakthrough in developing an incredible tool for gastric cancer detection
23 Oct 2020

​After 8 years of discovery research, product development and clinical validation involving 5,248 subjects from Singapore and South Korea, NUHS has developed a non-invasive blood-based test targeting gastric cancer, more accurate than any of the existing conventional blood-based biomarker tests for detecting the cancer. This is a major event in the advancement of gastric cancer care, with the feasibility of rolling out the test in primary care in the near future.

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