Good sleeping habits for better health

With sleep deprivation becoming a serious health issue due to Singapore’s stressful lifestyle and work-oriented culture, Assistant Professor Michael Lim sheds light on the importance of good sleeping habits, and the long-term health problems of not getting adequate good-quality sleep.

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Fending off colorectal cancer

A recent discovery of five married couples afflicted with colorectal cancer have prompted a team of researchers from NUS Medicine and National University Cancer Institute, Singapore (NCIS) to study whether genetic or environmental factors are culpable.

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Tackling latent tuberculosis with preventive therapy

A latent form of tuberculosis (TB) could develop from exposure to TB bacteria, and is a prevalent condition amongst up to 30 per cent of older residents locally. This is a growing concern as latent TB can progress into infectious active TB when the carriers’ immunity weakens with age, according to Assistant Professor Catherine Ong. She shares how preventive therapy can help to address the threat.

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Cracking the mystery of flu transmission

New and more effective flu medicines could be in the offing after a multidisciplinary team of researchers from NUS Medicine used the CD151 protein to show how flu viruses infect people by hijacking a unique class of proteins within the host’s respiratory cellular machinery.

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Cancer treatable even for elderly patients

With cancer becoming more common amongst the elderly in Singapore, Assistant Professor Angela Pang shared how older patients are able to receive and tolerate the appropriate cancer treatments under the guidance of healthcare professionals and the support of their families.

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Giving meaning to breast cancer

Researchers from the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health (SSHSPH) and NUS Medicine, as well as area studies specialists, anthropologists and the medical community have completed their first pilot study investigating the non-medical and cultural complexities that may influence breast cancer literacy in Asia.

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Addressing healthcare challenges

Researchers from NUS and the National University Health System (NUHS) are part of two teams awarded $5.1 million in funding for up to three years through the Johnson & Johnson World Without Disease Grant Call Collaboration with Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR).

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