Scientists develop self-inflating capsule to help tackle obesity

A team of NUHS and NTU researchers developed a new oral capsule to help obese patients with weight management and treatment.

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Ergothioneine: The magic in mushrooms

A recent NUS study showed mushrooms may hinder mild cognitive impairment in seniors. Ergothioneine, a compound synthesised within mushrooms, could be responsible for this outcome. Professor Barry Halliwell, Senior Advisor in the NUS Office of the Senior Deputy President and Provost, and Dr Irwin Cheah, Senior Research Fellow at NUS Biochemistry, explain the potential health benefits of ergothioneine.

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Stomach cancer trial treatment gives hope to more patients

A collaborative clinical trial has extended the lives of more patients compared to conventional treatments when the chemotherapy drug is directly injected into patients’ abdominal cavity.

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Fighting the stigma of mental illness

People with mental illness often face many prejudices. Professor Kua Ee Heok from the NUS Medicine’s Department of Psychological Medicine has been fighting to eliminate the stigma and discrimination faced by people suffering from mental health issues for the past few decades.

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Quick thinking? It’s all down to timing

Synaptic plasticity, which underlies learning and memory, involves the strengthening and weakening of synapses. This process is affected by the relative timing of spikes in electrical activity in the pre- and postsynaptic neurons. Researchers at NUS Medicine have now found that, when both spikes occur simultaneously (or within tens of milliseconds of each other), the synapses were strengthened for up to 4 hours. These findings could impact research in conditions with impaired learning and memory.

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A ray of hope for organ transplant patients

A collaborative study led by Prof A. Vathsala and Assoc Prof Paul MacAry on organ recipient immune system interaction with transplanted organ offers new insights into chronic organ rejection.

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Early detection of gastric cancer with blood test

Clinicians currently perform diagnosis of gastric cancer by doing an invasive procedure called endoscopy, and it is costly. The Singapore Gastric Cancer Consortium led by Assoc Prof Yeoh Khay Guan is now developing a simple blood test that can detect gastric cancer by measuring microRNA levels in blood, without performing endoscopy.

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