Malaysia's PM receives top honour from NUS

Prime Minister of Malaysia Yang Amat Berhormat Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was conferred an Honorary Doctor of Laws by NUS Chancellor and President of the Republic of Singapore Madam Halimah Yacob on 13 November in recognition of his outstanding leadership of Malaysia and his contributions to the longstanding bilateral relations between Singapore and Malaysia.

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Frailty tests for elderly at senior activity centres

In February 2019, a team of researchers from NUS and the Geriatric Education and Research Institute will seek to delay or reverse frailty in 300 seniors in the community. These seniors will undergo frailty screening at senior activity centres run by NTUC Health in Whampoa and Taman Jurong, and centres run by Presbyterian Community Services in Hougang and Tampines.

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A potential new treatment method for melanoma skin cancer

Researchers at the National University of Singapore’s Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS Medicine) have discovered a small man-made molecule that can activate a receptor in the cell membrane to “kill” tumour cells in melanoma skin cancer, controlling the growth of the cancer cells.

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Low oxygen levels leads to higher lung damage in TB patients

Neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, are produced in a person’s body and contain enzymes which destroy the TB bacteria. Unfortunately, these cells also destroy lung tissues in the process. Assistant Professor Catherine Ong from NUS Medicine’s Department of Medicine and her team found that in a low-oxygen environment, the damage to the lungs of TB patients could worsen.

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More children diagnosed with high blood pressure

High blood pressure is more prevalent among middle-aged adults but there has been an increase in the number of children falling prey to this condition. Dr Andrew Sng, NUS Medicine’s alumnus and Associate Consultant at NUH’s Division of Paediatric Endocrinology shared that his team attends to a new paediatric patient with high blood pressure every month, up from one every two months five years ago.

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Making hearing checks easy and accessible for seniors

Professor William Hal Martin, Director of the Master of Science (Audiology) Programme at NUS Medicine’s Department of Otolaryngology and his team of hearing experts from NUS, National University Hospital and Singapore General Hospital, is developing innovative ways to bring accurate, reliable and cost-effective hearing screening services into the community so that seniors can access them easily.

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Scientists reveal mystery of superbug evolution

Assistant Professor John Chen and his research team have found a new way in which bacteria evolve, one which they believe is at least 1,000 times more efficient than any currently known ways.

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