SingHealth eNews JANUARY 2020
Study Links Insufficient Sleep to Premature Ageing
In a recent study, the sleep patterns of over 480 healthy Singaporeans were analysed through data collected from wearable technology. Researchers also studied whole-genome data to evaluate telomere lengths - compound structures of DNA that decline in length as one ages - as an estimation of biological age. The results provide evidence for a link between chronic sleep deprivation and premature aging, as well as increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Read more

Detecting Young Onset Dementia
The number of new patients with young onset dementia (YOD) (<65 years) is on the rise in Singapore, and Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common cause. Today, amyloid PET imaging plays a crucial role in the differential diagnosis of YOD due to AD in young patients with atypical presentation, such as those who present with prominent neuropsychiatric symptoms and cognitive impairment. Read more

When Stopping Antibiotics Early May Help Patients
Contrary to popular belief that one must finish the course of antibiotics, a SGH study of 12,000 patients found that stopping intake early could be beneficial when there is no bacterial infection - saving millions in treatment costs, and protecting patients from harmful side effects. Read more

The Division of Surgery (SGH) and Division of Surgical Oncology (NCCS) Merge to Form Integrated Division
SingHealth is pleased to announce the formation of the Division of Surgery & Surgical Oncology, SGH and NCCS, in recognition of the synergies between the two institutions. With 13 departments integrated into the Division, it will leverage the comprehensive suite of services and expand the pool of surgeons, offering seamless care for patients.

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Mar-7 Inaugural SingHealth Duke-NUS Sport and Exercise Medicine Conference 2020

Basic ECG Course 2020


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Medical Team Updates
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Assoc Prof Ong Yew Kuang Simon
MMed (Int Med),
National Cancer Centre Singapore
Deputy Medical Director, NCCS (Education);

Senior Consultant,
Division of Medical Oncology, NCCS;

Academic Vice Chair (Education),
SingHealth Duke-NUS Oncology Academic Clinical Programme

Upper Gastrointestinal, Colorectal,
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Dr Rajneesh Kumar
MBBS (India),
MD (Med) (India),
Singapore General Hospital
Dept of Gastroenterology & Hepatology,
Senior Consultant

Sub-specialties: Hepatology, Viral Hepatitis, Liver Failure,
Diagnostic Endoscopy, Therapeutic Endoscopy