Farewell to a jolly good fellow

Staff and students gathered for a light-hearted and rousing farewell to out-going Dean, Associate Professor Yeoh Khay Guan on 30 November 2018.

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Ethical concerns over gene-editing

On November 26, Chinese scientist He Jiankui reported the historic live births of twin girls whose genes he had edited to include a variant protective against transmission of HIV. The move garnered negative reactions from both scientists and ethicists. Dr Owen Schaefer from NUS Medicine's Centre for Biomedical Ethics shares his views on the risky and reckless move.

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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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