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2010 news articles

Wednesday, 01 December 2010
Obesity starts in the womb (Lianhe Wanbao)


Associate Professor Chong Yap Seng, senior consultant with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at NUH, explained that a mismatch between the nutrition that the fetus receives in the womb and the nutrition that the baby receives after birth may lead to a higher risk of obesity. That is, a fetus that lacks nutrition in the womb and is born into an environment with ample food supplies is more likely to become obese in adulthood, compared to one that is born into an environment where food is scarce. Read more.




Sunday, 21 November 2010

So many couples, so little sperm (The New Paper)


Sperm banks' supply so low that 8 couples can fight for one donation, says a fertility expert. Men cite inconvenience, fear of future incest for holding back. Read more.



Thursday, 18 November 2010

Obesity starts in the womb (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


Mums-to-be who undereat or overeat may predispose their offspring to a lifetime of obesity. Read more.



Monday, 15 November 2010

Sperm donors a rare breed (Home, The Straits Times)


Lack of perks, 'rigid' rules among reasons cited; some couples turning to foreign sperm banks. Read more.



Saturday, 16 October 2010
Pop a Pill, save your life (The Business Times Weekend)

IT BEGAN with the purpose of allaying menstrual disorders and then birth control. That was a revolution in itself, but now, 50 years later, new findings on the birth control pill include the fact that it prevents endometriosis cancer, besides ovarian cancer. Read more.



Sunday, 10 October 2010
Men seek help late for early problem (The New Paper)

1 in 3 S’pore men suffers from premature ejaculation - S’pore’s most common male sexual health problem. Some women are also speaking up about it. Read more.



Thursday, 07 October 2010
Feature: Risk of excessive bleeding in self-induced abortions (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Prescription drug Cytotec, which is abused by foreign women here to halt unwanted pregnancies, can do irreversible damage to the womb. Read more



Thursday, 07 October 2010

Premature ejaculation plagues 1 in 3 men here (Home, My Paper)

A RECENT survey of Singapore men showed that one in three suffers from premature ejaculation (PE), consistent with results of another study done last year on men in the Asia-Pacific region. Read more



23 September 2010

Breast milk nourishes hair follicles and helps hair growth (Lianhe Wanbao)

Sarah Ho-Lim, a lactation consultant at NUH, also shares that there is no scientific basis that the practice of applying breast milk on eye lashes and eye brows of babies will help hair growth. Applying small amount of the breast milk may not have any side effects. But applying of large amount of the breast milk on a large area of the skin and with no proper cleansing post application may result in milk ringworm. Read more



 22 September 2010

Ulcer drug used for illegal abortions (The Straits Times)

A DRUG used to treat stomach ulcers is being abused by foreign women in Singapore looking for quick, clandestine abortions. While it is not banned here, Cytotec is available only with a doctor's prescription. It is, however, relatively easy to obtain on the black market. Read more




22 September 2010

Local female foreign workers use medication for gastric ulcer for illegal abortion (Lianhe Wanbao)

Professor Kuldip Singh, a senior consultant from the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at NUH, shared that some local females also use this medication for gastric ulcer for abortion. Read more


22 September 2010

Agency ordered to pay for maid's abortion (The New Paper)

HER maid complained of stomach cramps and that "something was coming out of her". When the employer took the Indonesian maid to a doctor, she was shocked to find out that the maid was about four months pregnant. Read more



 11 September 2010
NUH Therapy for women who miscarry (The Straits Times)  


Mums-to-be with history of multiple miscarriages gain from method used on autoimmune diseases.  Read more



11 September 2010

NUH uses arthritic treatment to prevent repeated miscarriage (Lianhe Wanbao)


What to do if you have repeated miscarriage? NUH came up with the idea to use treatment for arthritis on pregnant women to prevent repeated miscarriage. Read more




9 September 2010
Early ovarian cancer detector (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times) 


Often known as the silent killer among women, it can now be diagnosed in its earlier stages. Read more



7 August 2010
NUH doctors use new treatment method to help woman deliver first child after three miscarriages (Lianhe Zaobao)


Dr Sheila Vasoo and Dr Anita Lim (Consultants from the Division of Rheumatology, UMC) along with A/Prof Mahesh Choolani (Senior Consultant, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology), helped a patient who suffered three previous miscarriages deliver her first child successfully. Intravenous immunoglobin (IVIG) infusions were administered during her pregnancy, a treatment method that is not usually used on patients who have suffered multiple miscarriages or recurrent pregnancy loss (RPL). Read more



5 August 2010

Illegal abortions a click away (The Straits Times)

Sellers tout pills to Chinese foreign workers here via online forum. Read more




23 July 2010 
NUH Study - Vaccination reduces healthcare expenses due to Cervical Cancer and related diseases (Lianhe Zaobao)


A survey shows that the cost of treating women for HPV-related diseases over the next 25 years in Singapore, especially cervical cancer, could reach SGD83 million. Experts suggest that such costs can be avoided or reduced significantly if young females (12 to 24 years old) undergo early and regular Pap smear screenings, as well as HPV vaccination, to guard against these diseases. A/Prof Jeffrey Low from the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, NUH, led the study investigating the health and economic burden of HPV-related diseases in Singapore. Read more


23 July 2010 
Cutting cancer deaths with HPV vaccination (My Paper)


A MASS vaccination programme for the human papillomavirus (HPV) could cut the total number of deaths and infections among women here by 326,887 over 100 years, a recent study by Singapore researchers has found. Read more


23 July 2010 
Early Screening for HPV, Vaccination can save Millions (TODAY)


For the first time in Singapore, researchers have calculated the economic cost of contracting cervical cancer and diseases caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). Read more


21 June 2010 
Pregnant women who drink beyond the recommended limit are at higher risk of miscarrying or having babies with deformities (Lianhe Wanbao)


Want to know more about the effects of alcohol on pregnant women? According to Dr Tan Eng Kien, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, NUH, pregnant women are advised not to drink beyond the recommended limit of alcohol levels, as this increases their risks of miscarrying or their babies having developmental anomalies. Read more


13 June 2010 
Taking contraceptive pills reduces anxiety (zbWellness, Lianhe Zaobao)


Local doctors have pointed out that the development and improvement of the Pill over the years has resulted in it having fewer side effects, and more benefits today. However, women aged 40 years and above, who smoke, or are at risk of having blood clots are still discouraged from taking the Pill. Professor P.C Wong from the National University Hospital explained that taking the Pill may also sometimes result in slight weight gain, but to a lesser extent compared to the earlier Pill. Read more


07 May 2010 
Woman discovers she has two vaginas (News, The New Paper)

IT was her first pap smear test and the Singaporean, in her mid-twenties, didn't expect any surprises. After all, she is young and healthy.  Read more


04 May 2010 
The other side of the Pill (TODAY)

Dr Anupriya Agarwal, an associate consultant at NUH's department of obstetrics and gynaecology, said oestrogen and progesterone in the Pill can help balance hormones which cause menstrual problems such as bloatedness, irregular or painful menses.  Read more


21 February 2010
More adolescent girls are experiencing menstrual problems (Lianhe Wanbao)


One of the conclusions of a National University Hospital study was that menstrual problems among adolescent girls are common and significant. Read more


21 February 2010
Period pains? The pill can help (News, The New Paper)


WHEN she starting having her periods at 12, she realised something was wrong. It came every 21 days, instead of the usual 28 days. But she and her parents did not do anything about it until she was about 14. Then her parents took her to see a specialist. Read more


21 January 2010
Ask the Experts (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


Q: My mother is 45 years old and she recently has irregular but frequent menstruation episodes... Are there menstruation-related diseases and should she consult a specialist? Read more