Women more affected by frailty than men

Frailty affects women more than men, according to Associate Professor Reshma Merchant. A study conducted in northwest Singapore by Assoc Prof Merchant revealed that 37 per cent of adults with an average age of 71 were pre-frail while 6.2 per cent were frail.

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New hopes for prostate cancer patients

Patients with late stage prostate cancer now have a myriad of treatment options. Associate Professor Edmund Chiong explained that hormonal therapy can be performed to reduce testosterone count of patients, circumventing prostate cancer growth.

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Early detection key to lung cancer treatment

Lung cancer has been known to affect long-term smokers. However, doctors have recently seen a rise in middle-aged non-smokers diagnosed with lung cancer. Associate Professor John Tam suggested that air pollution may have been a contributing factor based on clinical studies.

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Managing diabetes with NUH pilot programme

Chronic conditions such as diabetes have become increasingly prevalent primarily due to medical advancements and lifestyle changes over the years. Dr Yew Tong Wei explained that it is important for patients to take charge of their conditions.

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Landmark genetic study better predicts stomach cancer

A research team led by National University Health System (NUHS) and Duke-NUS Medical School has used genomic technologies to better understand intestinal metaplasia (IM), a known risk factor for gastric (stomach) cancer. Patients with IM are six times more likely to develop stomach cancer than those without.

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The dangers of e-cigarettes

The use of e-cigarettes is becoming increasingly popular among youth as an alternative to traditional cigarettes. Dr See Kay Choong explained how e-cigarettes could cause more harm than traditional cigarettes.

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Reviewing coverage for outpatient bone marrow transplants

Blood cancer patients may opt for outpatient bone marrow transplants at a lower cost as a MediShield Life Review Committee reviews on the extension the coverage to outpatient treatment.

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