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9
Nov
2022

Can your ‘stylo’ sunglasses really protect the eyes from harmful UV rays? Here's how to choose the right ones

Channel NewsAsia

Dr Chen Jianping, Consultant, Department of Ophthalmology, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, shared how UV exposure can damage the surface tissues of one's eyes, and how individuals can select the right types of sunglasses that have UV protection. He elaborated that people can determine their sunglasses' level of UV protection by bringing them to optical shops, and highlighted the differences and effects of UV protection for polarised and mirrored lenses.

Dr Loon Seng Chee, Head & Senior Consultant, Department of Ophthalmology, Alexandra Hospital, agreed that Singaporeans are not wearing sunglasses often enough due to spending more time indoors. He shared that the high incidence of spectacle wearing locally could also be a factor as it makes it inconvenient for people to change into sunglasses unless they are purpose-built with the refractive error.

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27
Oct
2022

240 assisted living flats in Queensway to be launched next month

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About 240 community care flats in Queensway would be launched in November’s Build-To-Order exercise. In a joint statement, the Ministry of National Development, Ministry of Health and Housing & Development Board noted that the new community care flats would be situated within the Health District @ Queenstown, a programme that will support residents in leading healthier and more productive lives. The district is where Housing & Development Board, National University of Singapore, healthcare partners such as National University Health System and local grassroots organisations work together to pilot new strategies to create a built environment that promotes healthy living and active and healthy ageing. The statement also mentioned that the new project’s proximity to Alexandra Hospital means medical and healthcare services could be incorporated into care services for residents. Channel NewsAsia also noted that residents can enjoy convenient access to Alexandra Hospital, National University Hospital and Queenstown Polyclinic.

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24
Oct
2022

健康养老 (Healthy ageing)

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Prof Koh Woon-Puay from the Healthy Longevity Translational Research Programme in NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, and Dr Tan Li Feng of Geriatric Medicine at Alexandra Hospital shared advice on how to maintain a healthy lifestyle especially for seniors. Prof Koh said that improving lifestyles and adopting healthy habits during middle age is not too late to improve healthy ageing. The sooner one improves their lifestyle, the greater the effect. Dr Chen said people needed to maintain long-term and sustainable healthy habits, as exercise and dieting cannot be improved in the short term. Those with chronic diseases should discuss with their family doctors. Prof Koh suggested regular checks on blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

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7
Oct
2022

Is the mental health care system in Singapore overwhelmed?

Channel NewsAsia

​Long wait times, the big difference in cost between private and public services and a lack of trained professionals are some critical issues facing us as we tackle mental health issues. Channel NewsAsia Heart of the Matter Podcast speaks to experts including Dr Soo Shuenn Chiang, Head of Psychiatry at Alexandra Hospital and Senior Consultant at National University Hospital, about the gaps in Singapore’s mental health care system. 

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3
Oct
2022

Is snacking necessarily bad for you? How can you cut down if you’re trying to lose weight?

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Various experts weigh in on snacking, including Prof Tai E Shyong, Centre Director of National University Health System (NUHS) Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management; Dr Serene Wong, Consultant with Alexandra Hospital’s Chronic Programme; Toh Hui Moon, Senior Clinical Psychologist at National University Polyclinics (NUP) and Lynette Goh, Principal Dietitian from NUP.

They provided insight and advice on why people feel the need to snack, the reasons for sweet or savoury cravings, whether snacking is necessary at all, how to minimise snacking, and tips to snack smarter.

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30
Sep
2022

New model lets patients get hospital care at home

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​A new care model by the Ministry of Health Office for Healthcare Transformation, National University Health System (NUHS@Home), Singapore General Hospital (SGH@Home) and Yishun Health Medical Home would make use of mobile medical teams to help ease the hospital bed crunch. Called the Mobile Inpatient Care @ Home (MIC@Home), up to 2,000 patients could be treated at home in this manner over the next two years. The aim would be to increase patient comfort, reduce hospital acquired infections, improve manpower efficiency and increase bed capacity without the need to build more inpatient wards in hospitals.

Reports cited an National University Health System study which found that over three quarters of patients were willing to try home hospitalisation. Dr Stephanie Ko, Consultant, Division of Advanced Internal Medicine, National University Hospital, and Lead Clinician, NUHS@Home, said that since the COVID-19 pandemic, more people are a lot more receptive to things being brought to their doorstep, and this programme is coming in at a very opportune time, where medical care is brought to their homes.

Ms Teo Soo Leng, who was hospitalised under NUHS@Home, shared that she was impressed by how proactive and contactable the team was when she was on the programme. She added that her mother had peace of mind to be able to watch over her at home. 

Dr Sandra Tan, Associate Consultant, Division of Advanced Internal Medicine, National University Hospital, said that with the ageing population in Singapore and limited capacity in terms of resources, building more hospitals may not necessarily be the solution and the MIC@Home programme aims to tackle these healthcare resource barriers.

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8
Sep
2022

New clinic looks at how to slow ageing, prolong disease-free years

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A new longevity clinic, where the doctor will diagnose a healthy person's biological age and then provide a customised plan to slow ageing, is being set up at Alexandra Hospital (AH) and is slated to open by January next year. Professor Andrea Maier, the co-director of the National University Health System (NUHS) Centre for Healthy Longevity (CHL), said this at CHL's opening on Wednesday.

To measure biological age, a patient will undergo blood tests as well as a series of other tests to check his heart function, lung function, joints and more. The doctors will then prescribe a personalised plan which can include specific exercise routines and dietary modifications, said Prof Maier.

Professor Brian Kennedy, CHL director, said the centre, located in AH and a laboratory at NUS Medicine, integrates pre-clinical and clinical research to test ways of slowing ageing in a Southeast Asian population. The centre has screening tools that analyse facial ageing and measure arterial stiffness, body composition and functional ability.

The centre's mission is to enhance health span by three to five years in Singapore's population by slowing biological ageing.

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31
Aug
2022

三高也影响眼睛的健康 (Diabetic retinopathy)

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Dr Loon Seng Chee, Head of Ophthalmology, Alexandra Hospital, and Head of Glaucoma, Department of Ophthalmology, National University Hospital, went on a talk show with host Anna Lim on diabetic retinopathy.

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24
Aug
2022

Living with knee pain in your 40s? What can you do now to prevent knee replacement surgery in the future?

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Orthopaedic specialists said that the typical age of patients who require knee replacements was over the age of 60. However, there was a minority of those who suffer knee pains in their 40s. 

Adjunct Assistant Professor Wang Lushun, Head and Senior Consultant of Ng Teng Fong General Hospital's Division of Hip and Knee Surgery, said that their patients in their 40s make up less than 5 per cent of the knee replacement patients. 

However, knee pain in more common than you think. In fact, there are nearly as many patients in their 40s with knee pain as those over 60 years old – or at least in the outpatient clinic at Alexandra Hospital, according to Dr Melvin Tan, an Associate Consultant with Orthopaedic Surgery.

Fortunately, pain for the average 40-something is still “manageable with non-surgical treatment”, said Dr Chua Wei Liang, Head and Consultant with National University Hospital’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Adult Reconstruction and Joint Replacement Surgery.

Generally, ageing, weight gain and being female predispose patients to require knee replacement surgeries. Secondary factors include injuries, inflammatory arthritis and infection.

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20
Aug
2022

Stronger Together: Celebrating Our Healthcare Heroes

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Ms Priscilla Teo, Group Chief Human Resource Officer, National University Health System, shared that the pandemic has provided clear opportunities to accelerate ongoing initiatives by riding current trends. She highlighted the rollout of teleconsult and other e-functions in the OneNUHS app that allowed users to access a myriad of services at their fingertips. The advertorial also featured several National University Health System staff, including Ms Halimah Raheem, Senior Staff Nurse in Ng Teng Fong General Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, and Mr Kelvin Chong, Nurse Manager at Alexandra Hospital.

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9
Aug
2022

National Day Awards 2022

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​The Singapore National Day Awards honour individuals for their service and contributions to Singapore. This year, a total of 6,258 individuals in 21 award categories received National Day Honours. These included several recipients from National University Health System, National University Hospital, Ng Teng Fong General Hospital, Alexandra Hospital, National University Polyclinics and NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. 

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1
Aug
2022

医院疗养院办演出 让住院者感受国庆气氛 (Hospitals and nursing homes organise performances for patients to immerse in National Day atmosphere)

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Ms Vanessa Phang, a musician from Myo Entertainment, will be performing National Day songs in JCH wards on 5 August. She hopes that the familiar songs will spread cheer to the patients. The article also mentioned that NTFGH and JCH have progressively resumed the Music-on-the-Move programme in May.

In AH, a volunteer performed National Day songs on 26 July. Patients will also receive special National Day desserts as part of the hospital’s tradition.

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30
Jul
2022

国大医学组织表扬护士坚毅信念 新品种胡姬花首次以护士命名 (NUHS commends nurses for their commitment and perseverance - new orchid species named after nurses for the first time)

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Lianhe Zaobao reported that public will soon be able to see new orchid species at the hospitals and polyclinics under the National University Health System (NUHS) cluster. This unique orchid species, named Dendrobium Incredible NUHS Nurses, is the first national flower to be named after the nurses in Singapore, in recognition of their efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. On 29 July, NUHS celebrated Nurses' Day, and presented the Chief Nurses, who represented the nurses, a pot of the unique Dendrobium orchid. Giving an orchid a distinguished name is a tradition in Singapore to honour distinguished individuals and organisations, or to commemorate major events. Prof Yeoh Khay Guan, Chief Executive, NUHS, said the nurses in Singapore have shown incredible care, compassion, courage and conviction, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Ms Tan Poh Hoon, Senior Nurse Clinician, Alexandra Hospital, and Ms Noor Hasanah Hasnan, Nurse Manager, National University Hospital, were also featured on their dedication towards nursing.

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30
Jul
2022

Nurses describe their struggles, challenges in new book

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25
Jul
2022

Thyroid disease: Women are 5 times more likely to get it than men – here’s how to spot the signs

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​Dr Kathleen Sek, Consultant, Division of Endocrinology, National University Hospital, and FAST and Chronic Programme, Alexandra Hospital, elaborated on thyroid disease. She added that though thyroid disorder can take different forms, the two most common ones are hyperthyroidism - where the thyroid gland releases too much thyroid hormones, and hypothyroidism - where it does not produce enough of it.      

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