News & Info - Department of Psychological Medicine

The health implications of a better diet among the Elderly

20th December 2017

Malnutrition among elderly is a serious health issue, and SingHealth had recently announced the launch of a new study to help undernourished elderly in Singapore. Assoc Prof Ng Tze Pin, research director in the Department of Psychological Medicine at NUS Medicine, commented on the significance of this new interventional study. “Numerous studies show that malnutrition…

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Reversing frailty

15th December 2017

The Lien Foundation opens a senior-friendly strength-training programme to the public to reverse frailty among the elderly, which is possible based on a study led by Associate Professor Ng Tze Pin from NUS Medicine’s Department of Psychological Medicine. The study found that half of the elderly in Singapore living at home are frail, but it is not…

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Hikikomori – Hidden Youth Syndrome Symposium 2017

24th November 2017

Hikikomori – Hidden Youth is an evolving syndrome affecting late adolescents and young adults, presenting with features of social withdrawal, isolation, depression, social anxiety with psychosocial impairment and internet gaming addiction, which is estimated to affect 1.6 percent of youth globally, especially in Asian cities like Japan, Hong Kong, China and Singapore. A/Prof John Wong…

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Congratulations to A/Prof Roger Ho for winning the NUHS Teaching Excellence Award 2017

15th September 2017

Congratulations to our A/Prof Roger Ho for being recognised as one of the recipients for the NUS Annual Teaching Excellence Award winners, once again! This Annual Teaching Excellence Award serve three important functions in an institution of higher education. First, they recognise excellent, inspiring and passionate teachers who excel in their profession. Second, the awards…

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Preventing Dementia in an Ageing Singapore

8th August 2017

As Singapore’s population ages, the number of people with dementia is expected to increase rapidly in the next 10 to 20 years. Thus, prevention is key, said Assistant Professor Feng Lei from NUS Medicine’s Department of Psychological Medicine. Asst Prof Feng added that local research had found that the risk factors for dementia included heart…

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Insights into Ageing and the Elderly

13th July 2017

A new book on dementia written by Professor Kua Ee Heok of NUS Medicine’s Department of Psychological Medicine was launched in June 2017.   Titled ‘Colours of Ageing’, it is a collection of Prof Kua’s research findings, stories and individuals’ experiences from his past 30 years of research on dementia and mental health. The “Colours”…

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Good nutrition, physical training and mental exercises can reverse physical frailty in the elderly: NUS study

20th June 2017

These interventions help enhance muscle strength and walking speed, reduce depressive symptoms and improve cognitive functioning   Physical frailty is common among the elderly and is strongly associated with cognitive impairment, dementia and adverse health outcomes such as disability, hospitalisation, and mortality. A four-year study conducted by researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS)…

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Successful hosting of the inaugural MRCPsych CASC Exam

16th June 2017

The team of collaborators and examiners from RCPsych, DGMS and Department of Psychological Medicine. We are pleased to share that our department has successfully hosted the Clinical Assessment of Skills and Competencies (CASC) Examination on 13 – 14 June 2017, under the strong collaboration with DGMS and RCPsych. This is the first time that the…

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Individuals with high life satisfaction are protected against the risk of developing Dementia

21st March 2017

Based on a collaborative cohort study, it was found that cognitive performance declines with age, and more rapidly with increasing age. This study uses samples from diverse ethnocultural groups and geographical regions (including Singapore); the associations varied across cohorts, suggesting that different rates of cognitive decline might contribute to the global variation in dementia prevalence.…

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Cognitive performance declines with age, across ethnocultural groups and geographic regions

21st March 2017

Based on a collaborative cohort study, it was found that cognitive performance declines with age, and more rapidly with increasing age. This study uses samples from diverse ethnocultural groups and geographical regions (including Singapore); the associations varied across cohorts, suggesting that different rates of cognitive decline might contribute to the global variation in dementia prevalence.…

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