NUS Medical Grand Challenge 2018

Over the past year, the students from the NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine (NUS Medicine) and their counterparts from the Business, Computing, Engineering, Dentistry, and Science faculties have gone through interdisciplinary boot camps to develop and refine their proposed solutions and prototypes to a number of healthcare problems. The students, grouped into 14 teams, are taking part in the second edition of the Medical Grand Challenge, which was launched last year.

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Neighbourhood Health Service screens for all chronic illnesses

Singapore’s pioneering student-led health screening programme for residents of rental HDB apartments is going big this year, the 12th since the programme began in 2007.

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Retired doctor helps others to live well

Alumna Dr Wong Hee Ong survived World War II, completed medical school and contributed to healthcare in both Singapore and Malaysia as an educator and practitioner. At 91, she is still helping seniors prevent dementia.

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Stronger chemotherapy for children with high-risk leukaemia boosts cure, reduces relapse rates

A team of doctors from Singapore and Malaysia has managed to raise cure rates for a group of child leukemia patients from 69.6 per cent to 91.6 per cent while also lowering relapses from 30 per cent to 13 per cent.

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NUS researchers can now test for HFMD in human saliva

Assoc Prof Justin Chu and his research team at Department of Microbiology and Immunology conducted a study on using salivary micro RNA as a diagnostic marker for Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease (HFMD) in paediatric patients. The team has accurately distinguished HFMD patients from healthy persons in Singapore and Taiwan.

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Save a leg

Amputation among diabetics is increasingly becoming a last resort, as doctors find new ways of saving patients' legs. "As surgeons, we try not to amputate any part of the leg or foot, but it is often a necessary operation... to remove the gangrenous or infected part of the limb in order to save a patient's life or prevent serious infection," said Dr Chee Yu Han from NUS Medicine’s Department of Orthopaedic Surgery.

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A balanced diet keeps diabetes away

The leading cause of death in 70 per cent of the 400,000 diabetic patients is cardiovascular disease. Professor Tan Huay Cheem, Director at the National University Heart Centre, Singapore (NUHCS), believes that everyone should pay more attention to, and adopt measures to control and prevent diabetes. Prof Tan is also Professor of Medicine at NUS Medicine.

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