New standard for high blood pressure in US

The American Heart Association (AHA) recently set a new cut-off standard on high blood pressure in the US. If Singapore adopts this new recommendation, one-third of the population will be grouped into having high blood pressure. Professor Tan Huay Cheem at the Department of Medicine, NUS Medicine, and Director at the National University Health Centre, Singapore, shared this thoughts.

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Managing blood pressure at home

Home blood pressure monitoring (HBPM) and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM) are essential tools and habits that need to be emphasised among physicians and patients with hypertension. Poorly controlled hypertension tends to lead to conditions such as coronary artery disease, stroke and chronic kidney disease.

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It’s in the blood

NUS researchers have uncovered the secret behind how blood cells release a vital biological substance involved in essential processes like immune and blood vessel functions. This knowledge of the pathway by which blood cells release sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) carries broad implications for the treatment of various immune and vascular diseases.

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Vice-Dean to helm two leadership appointments in NUHS

Associate Professor Aymeric Lim, Vice-Dean (Leadership Development and Strategy), will hold two new leadership appointments – Physician-in-Chief and Group Chief Human Resource Officer (GCHRO) – at the National University Health System (NUHS) from January 2018.

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New programme for stroke survivors targets brain health

A brain health and memory training programme designed by Dr Catherine Dong from NUS Medicine’s Department of Medicine, was rolled out on 27 October 2017 by charity organisation Stroke Support Station (S3) to help stroke survivors with memory and thinking issues.

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Quick action is key for stroke victims

"People need to know that the (stroke) treatments are very effective if they get treated within the 4.5-hour window. We reduce their risk of dying from the stroke significantly and we give them the best chance of living an independent life," said Associate Professor Vijay Kumar Sharma from NUS Medicine’s Department of Medicine.

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Winning the fight against antimicrobial resistance

Singapore launched its National Strategic Action Plan on Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) on 1 November 2017. The Plan includes five core strategies to limit the spread of antimicrobial-resistant microbes and the hard to treat drug-resistant infections that they can cause. Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang, who leads the AMR Programme at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health and Professor Paul Ananth Tambyah from NUS Medicine’s Department of Medicine share their views in a commentary piece.

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