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Singapore Health SH 53 - Sep/Oct 2018

Medical advancements have greatly reduced surgery-related risks, but patients undergoing any form of surgery may still have complications. This is because even with the many tests that patients undergo before surgery, it is still difficult to tell for sure how well they will do, or even if they will die as a result. To enhance the accuracy of pre-surgery testing, a team of Singapore General Hospital doctors have developed a new online tool called the Combined Assessment of Risk Encountered in Surgery calculator.
Also in the Sep-Oct 2018 issue, read about a physiotherapy aid that comes in the form of a gaming app; the efforts of SGH pharmacists in developing treatments to combat extensively drug-resistant bacterial infections; and whether it’s possible to die of a broken heart. Discover how scientists are studying the genetic make-up of Singapore’s multi-ethnic population to develop more precise treatments for Asians; how a gene mutation in head and neck cancer is responding to a lung cancer drug; how a pen-sized camera is making it easier to detect glaucoma; and why dentists need to know if patients have swallowing problems before they go ahead with dental surgery.  

Read the Sep/Oct 2018 issue of Singapore Health (PDF)


Singapore Health Nursing Supplement

Nurses Day 2018 Special Supplement - In this year’s Special Nursing Issue, read about nurses who are helping the community to keep well, get well and age well. Find out what a day in the life of a student nurse is like and how nurses go the extra mile to volunteer for overseas medical missions to help those in need. Read these inspiring stories and more in the 2018 Special Nursing Issue.

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Singapore Health SH 52 - Jul/Aug 2018

The latest issue of Singapore Health is out. Our cover story is on how to choose the right implants for missing teeth because going for the wrong type may cause complications in the long run.

Also read about a more accurate way to detect breast cancer risk in Asians, and research on using patients’ own stem cells to heal their weakened hearts. 

Other articles feature what ultramarathoner Lim Nghee Huat will be up to, come August; why some people with diabetes don’t know when their blood sugar is too low and what they should do; when to seek advice on heavy menstrual bleeding ; and why it’s important to test for colon cancer regularly.

Read the Jul/Aug 2018 issue of Singapore Health (PDF)


Singapore Health SH 51 - May/Jun 2018

Growing old and becoming weak and frail often seem to go together. But frailty doesn’t have to be a consequence of growing old, and even for those who have begun showing signs of weakness, the condition can be turned around with better nutrition, exercise and greater social interaction. For that reason, a team from Singapore General Hospital and Sengkang General Hospital has developed a simple but comprehensive community screening programme to identify people aged 55 and older at risk of frailty.

Other stories in the issue: a study that suggests people with diabetes may also suffer from a sleep disorder; new initiatives to enhance the chances of survival of people who suffer a sudden cardiac arrest in public; about older children who continue to wet their beds;  machines with artificial intelligence that can think and decide like humans when screening patients for major eye diseases;  new cholesterol drugs for those who cannot take the standard ones; and the link between diabetes and colour blindness.

Read the May/Jun 2018 issue of Singapore Health (PDF)


Singapore Health SH 50 - Mar/Apr 2018

Our cover story highlights a research breakthrough in cancer’s master gene, which is found mutated in almost half of all cancers. Researchers have discovered a way of attacking it with antibodies while leaving the unaffected tissue intact.   Also find out, in the battle against myopia, how parents can use an app to control their children’s use of mobile devices; and why people with diabetes should be careful of low blood sugar when driving.

In the same issue, read about a study which found that patients who suffer from lupus are also more prone to tuberculosis; a new scan for detecting prostate cancer recurrence when the cells are too small or too few;  a “scarless” technique for thyroid gland surgery;  and a home service for some multiple myeloma patients who receive chemotherapy via injection.

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Singapore Health SH 49 - Jan/Feb 2018

The practice of medicine is changing. In the latest Singapore Health, read about some initiatives that are continuing the advance towards better care for patients:  a new model of managing patients admitted through SGH’s A&E that boosts treatment for a quicker discharge; a GPS that makes for greater accuracy in lung scopes; and remote speech therapy consultations. There’s more – find out how researchers are growing bone in vacant tooth sockets to make it possible to do implants there; how diabetes can affect the heart; and how protein and Vitamin B2 are vital in the diet of the elderly.

Read the Jan/Feb 2018 issue of Singapore Health (PDF)

Last Modified Date :20 Aug 2018