Stemming the perils of blood cancers

The discovery of a laboratory-synthesised chemical substance called C7 by a group of researchers including Associate Professor William Hwang could expand the number of blood-forming stem cells in umbilical cords, paving the way for blood cancer patients to recover faster and minimise their risk of bacterial, fungi or viral infections.

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Spotting out skin cancer

As more skin cancer patients are being diagnosed at a younger age in Singapore, NUS Medicine clinical lecturers Dr Natascha Ekawati Putri and Dr Grace Tan explain what the risk factors of skin cancer are, and the available treatment options.

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NUS scientists discover a new way to control blood pressure

Researchers Professor Soong Tuck Wah and Dr Hu Zhenyu from NUS Medicine’s Department of Physiology have found a new way to lower blood pressure through a key protein in our body. This takes medical science a step closer toward fighting cardiovascular disorders.

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Take care of your kidneys

Kidney failure is on the rise in Singapore, with approximately five people being diagnosed with the condition daily, up from four a day six years ago. Thus, Dr Kwek Jia Liang shares the possible causes of kidney failure and the treatment options available.

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Developing cancer treatments to target cancer biology

Recent research in the field of cancer medicine has provided valuable insights that have driven the development of novel therapeutics targeting the cancer biology, which may eventually grow into smarter cancer treatments that can benefit patients with cancers that are refractory to modern chemotherapy and radiotherapy, according to Dr Tan Poh Lin.

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Inception of proton beam therapy

Proton beam therapy is a type of particle therapy that uses proton beams to target diseased tissue such as cancer cells, and will be introduced in Singapore by 2021. NUS Medicine alumni Professor Soo Khee Chee and Dr Lee Kim Shang share how the therapy differs from standard cancer treatments using conventional radiation, and what benefits it can offer to cancer patients.

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Keeping asthma at bay

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects the lung airways and it has allegedly become prevalent in recent years due to our sanitised living environment, prompting Dr Mariko Koh and Dr Jim Teo Yeo Kwan to discuss the common triggers of asthma and how asthmatics can manage their condition better.

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