News & Info - Department of Psychological Medicine

Congratulations to the Winners of Best Clerkship Prize in Psychiatry AY2017/18!

1st March 2018

(Pictured, left to right) Mr Randy Soh, Mr Poon Kei Jun, A/Prof John Wong, Ms Geraldine Lei, and Mr Marcus Tan  We are delighted to announce that Mr Randy Soh, Mr Poon Kei Jun, Ms Geraldine Lei, and Mr Marcus Tan have won the Best Clerkship Prize for AY2017/2018! This Annual Clerkship Prize is a…

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Hearing loss linked to dementia

27th February 2018

A local study on Singaporeans has revealed that people aged 55 and above with hearing loss are more likely to develop dementia. As more than 60 per cent of Singaporeans aged above 60 years old experience varying forms of hearing loss, the findings could prove to be significant; opening the possibility that early diagnosis and…

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Dementia-prevention programme to expand to 40 community centres by 2023

20th February 2018

Around 2,000 more people aged 50 and above who are at risk of dementia will benefit from a programme that aims to prevent the disease. The Age Well Every Day programme, which has activities such as mindfulness awareness practice and exercise, will be scaled up to 40 community centres by 2023, up from its current nine…

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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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