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2011 news articles


Saturday, 31 December 2011 

Woman in her forties found to have parasites in her womb (Lianhe Wanbao)

A 40-year-old Chinese Singaporean female is found to have parasites growing in her womb. This is believed to be the first such case in Singapore. NUH doctors shared in the latest issue of Annals, the Academy of Medicine’s journal, that the patient had been suffering from irregular menstrual cycles and incontinence for half a year. Read more




Thursday, 29 December 2011 

C-section: More women opt to stay awake (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Associate Professor Ti Lian Kah, senior consultant at the department of anaesthesia at National University Hospital, shared about the use of anaesthesia in pregnancy. Read more




Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Young women can have endometriosis too (Lianhe Zaobao)

Dr Yong Yoke Fai, Head of Division of benign gynaecology, National University Hospital, shared that pain experienced during a period should not be taken lightly as it can be a sign of endometriosis. Read more




Monday, 19 December 2011

More couples signing up for prenatal classes (The Straits Times, Home)

Demand at hospitals, private centres may rise further in the Dragon Year. The National University Hospital predicts a 20 per cent rise in demand next year, with its three classes next month already fully booked. Read more.



Saturday, 17 December 2011

Don't dismiss menstrual pain, says NUH study (The Straits Times, Home)

Menstrual cramp may be part of menstrual experience but you may be alerted if the pain is so severe that it affects your productivity and daily life. Dr Fong Yoke Fai, head of the division of benign gynaecology at NUH's department of obstetrics and gynaecology shares that menstrual cramp can be a warning sign to endometrosis, a female health disorder that occurs when cells from the lining of the womb (uterus) grow in other areas. Read more.



Friday, 16 December 2011
Young women who had menstrual cramp for two years found out she had endometrosis (Shin Min Daily)

A young lady thought her severe stomach cramp during her menstrual circle is a normal part of the experience. But two years later, she was diagnosed with endometrosis, a female health disorder that occurs when cells from the lining of the womb (uterus) grow in other areas. Dr Fong Yoke Fai, head of the division of benign gynaecology at NUH's department of obstetrics and gynaecology shares that one in ten local endometrosis patients are young and often presents with late symptoms. Read more.




Thursday, 15 December 2011
The psychology of six physical illnesses (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

A national study has found that many who are physically sick also have mental illness and vice versa. Hospitals have started to screen their patients in the hope of helping them manage their double-trouble conditions better. Dr Cornelia Chee, the director of Women’s Emotional Health Service at the National University Hospital (NUH) shares more about the link between gynaecological cancer and depression. 
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Wednesday, 14 December 2011
More Parents fighting to be dragon parents (Lianhe Zaobao)

Couples are trying hard to become parents to dragon babies with the coming of the zodiac perceived to be auspicious according to Chinese belief. Dr Tan Eng Kien, Consultant, O&G Department shares some tips on how to prepare for conception. Read more




Sunday, 13 November 2011 

Race of the Dragons (The Sunday Times)

As more Chinese babies are born in the Year of the Dragon, parents are gearing up to ensure their kids get into the schools of their choice. Auditor Josephine Xie's baby is due next April but she has already been discussing with her husband which primary school to send their child to. Read more




Thursday, 3 November 2011

Mesh device helps with pelvic prolapse (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Women who have bad symptoms when a pelvic organ prolapses (drops) often choose to have surgery to repair the loose or torn tissue in the area. The condition occurs when a pelvic organ, such as the bladder, prolapses from its normal spot in the lower abdomen and pushes against the sides of the vagina, causing considerable discomfort and problems like stress incontinence and constipation. Read more




Sunday, 16 October 2011

Doctors who come from China can communicate with locals effectively (LianHe ZaoBao)

Dr Ma Li, a China Resident with the Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, NUH, shares her positive experience of living and working in Singapore for the past year. Read more.




Thursday, 6 October 2011

How robots lend a helping hand (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


With robotic surgery Mr Ng Hwee Khiang has only small scars and was back at work less than three weeks after he had surgery for colorectal cancer in April. Instead of a 25cm-long incision down his abdomen, the grandfather of two has four tiny scars and a slightly longer 5cm one on the side where the golf ball-sized tumour was taken out. Read more


 Tuesday, 6 September 2011  emma

More mums-to-be opting for midwives at hospitals (Channel 8 News)


Midwifery care is gaining popularity among mothers-to-be in Singapore. Launched in February 2011, NUH is the first government hospital to introduce the Enhanced Midwifery Maternity Care (EMMa Care) Programme which has helped more than 60 mothers in their journey to motherhood. Our team of midwives also provide personalised advice and assistance to mothers throughout their pregnancy and right up to the arrival of their babies and two months after.




Thursday, 11 August 2011
Are you fully prepared for breastfeeding? (Lianhe Zaobao (LOHAS))


Lianhe Zaobao speaks to NUH lactation consultant Wong Lai Ying about the myths and benefits of breastfeeding. Two NUH mothers were also interviewed about their positive experiences in breastfeeding their children. Read more



Monday, 25 July 2011
Robotic surgeon 'can ease bed crunch' (The Straits Times)


Less pain and loss of blood for patients allow quick recovery from surgery - freeing up beds. Dr Joseph Ng, Consultant at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, NUH, shares more about the benefits of robotic surgery. Read more.



Thursday, 7 July 2011
17-year-old bloated abdomen was actually Ovarian Cancer (Shin Min News Daily)


Jiamin was diagnosed with ovarian cancer at a young age of 17. Fortunately, a second opinion sought at NUH gave her the option of removing only one of her ovaries instead of both. Today, she is doing well and it is still possible for her to become a mother one day. 
Read more.



Thursday, 7 July 2011
Survivor: Losing an ovary at 17 (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


Only less than 1 per cent of ovarian cancer patients are diagnosed before they turn 20. Lea Wee talks to one of them. Read more.



Saturday, 25 June 2011
You can get Ovarian Cancer even if you are below 20 years old (Lianhe Zaobao)


While Ovarian Cancer is most common among women who are in their 50s, it may also happen to younger women. Associate Professor Jeffrey Low shares more on the condition. Read more.



Thursday, 9 June 2011
Doc Talk: Stopping a silent killer (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


I met an anxious patient, her husband and their immediate families in a crowded consultation room. Read more



Sunday, 5 June 2011
Why low-income mums should breastfeed (The Sunday Times)


Milk formula can be a hefty expense, while breast milk is readily available and nutritious. Read more.



Medical Grapevine June 2011

NUH holds gynaecologic robot-assisted surgical training workshopRead more




Thursday, 12 May 2011
Ask the experts - Too much fluid during foreplay (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


Q: My girlfriend and I started to have frequent sex, sometimes three times in one night. I was surprised to see an enormous amount of colourless fluid coming out from my penis during foreplay. Read more. 



Sunday, 8 May 2011
A first-time mum's pain... and joys (The Sunday Times)


No matter how well you research and prepare, it can come as a huge culture shock. Read more



Thursday, 28 April 2011
Ask the Experts - Can't have sex (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Q: I am a woman aged 28. When I tried to have sexual intercourse for the first time, I experienced pain and I am not sure why. My partner and I have tried a few times to have sex but we have never been successful. He found it hard to achieve penetration and he gave up.

Read more



Tuesday, 12 April 2011


The Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology is pleased to be the key department featured in the March - May 2011 edition of Médico, a publication of NUH GP Liaison Centre (GPLC). Read more


List of articles:


  • The Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology in NUH (page 1 to 3)
  • Endometrial Cancer & the GRACES Programme @ NUH contributed by Dr Joseph Ng, Consultant, Division of Gynaecological Oncology (pg 4 and 5)
  • Early Ovarian Cancer Detecting Test Now Available (pg 6)
  • Birth Defects Clinic (pg 6)
  • Diagnosing Congenital Abnormalities before Birth contributed by A/Prof Biswas, Head & Senior Consultant, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine (pg 7 and 8)
  • Medical Conditions and Pregnancy contributed by Dr Su Lin Lin, Consultant, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine (pg 9 and 10)
  • Recurrent Pregnancy Loss: New Insights and Novel Therapy contributed by A/Prof Mahesh Choolani, Senior Consultant, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine and Dr Sheila Vasoo, Consultant, Division of Rheumatology, Department of Medicine, University Medicine Cluster (UMC) (page 11 and 12)
  • Specialist in Focus: A/Prof Jeffrey Low, Head, Division of Gynaecological Oncology (pg 13 and 14)
  • Prescribing in Pregnancy - Tips and Tricks contributed by Dr E K Tan, Consultant, Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine (pg 15 and 16)



Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Training Centre just for fertility experts (Singapore Round-up, My Paper (English))

A DEDICATED training facility for embryologists and clinicians interested in beginner or advanced courses in fertility treatment was officially opened at the National University Hospital yesterday. Read more 



Tuesday, 22 March 2011
On the CREST of better medical help for childless couples (News, TODAY)

The Centre for Reproductive Education and Specialist Training (CREST) was officially launched yesterday. Housed within the National University Hospital (NUH), the facility is dedicated to training clinicians and embryologists who are seeking to develop their skills in Assisted Reproductive Techniques (ART). Read more



Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Asia’s first fertility training centre opens (News, The New Paper)

DOCTORS and scientists seeking to step up their skills in fertility treatment can attend courses at a new facility at the National University Hospital. Read more



Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Number of IVF local cycles have doubled in the last five years (News, Lianhe Zaobao)

The number of IVF cycle done in Singapore doubled in the past five years. However, this is less than half of the number of cycles done in countries such as Denmark. Public Awareness, cost and attitude may be causes of such disparity. Prof PC Wong, director of Centre for Reproductive Education and Specialist Training (CREST) shared this information on the opening of the first-of-its-kind purpose built centre in Asia-Pacific. Read more



Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Fertility treatment training centre launched (Home, The Straits Times)

Crest, which began conducting courses last September, has so far trained 30 clinicians and embryologists, including foreigners from China, Vietnam and Brunei. Read more



Thursday, 17 March 2011
Down syndrome test for all (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

An early-pregnancy, non-invasive screening for Down syndrome is being offered to all mums-to-be, reducing the need for unnecessary invasive tests which carry the risk of miscarriages. Read more.



Saturday, 5 March 2011
A different way of welcoming a new life (WB News, Lianhe Wanbao)

In an exclusive interview, Ms Deborah Fox, Registered Midwife with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, shares about the benefits of water births. For instance, delivering one's baby in the water creates a more conducive setting for intimate bonding between the mother and her newborn. Under normal circumstances, water births will not cause the baby to drown since the baby is surrounded by amniotic fluid in the womb and the baby is lifted out of the water immediately after it is delivered. Read more.



Thursday, 17 February 2011 
Water babies (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


More women are choosing to give birth in a water tub for a drug-free labour. Read more



Thursday, 10 February 2011
Natural birth after C-section: Is it really safe? (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


Doctors here may advise women against it, but recent findings suggest uterine rupture risk is small. Read more



Thursday, 03 February 2011
Dangers of unnecessary Caesarean section(Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


Women who choose a Caesarean section for non-medical reasons are at least 10 times more likely to be admitted to intensive care than those who give birth vaginally. Read more



January 2011
Understanding Natural Childbirth (Motherhood magazine)


Natural Childbirth is the process of childbirth without the use of pain relief medication and routine medical interventions. It relies on relaxation and controlled breathing to provide a holistic and positive experience for mothers. Read more



Friday, 28 January 2011
Womb cancer on the rise here (The Straits Times)


Lifestyle changes causing obesity a key contributing factor. Read more




Friday, 28 January 2011
Cancer of the womb on the rise (My Paper)


ENDOMETRIAL cancer, or cancer of the womb, is on the rise among older Singaporean women. It is now the top gynaecological cancer in Singapore. Read more



Friday, 28 January 2011
Endometrial cancer has risen to becoming fourth most common cancer among Singapore women (Singapore News, Lianhe Zaobao)


Endometrial cancer has gone from being the eighth most common cancer to the fourth most common cancer in Singapore women in the last 10 years, increasing by almost 60% from 904 cases to 1,434 cases from 1998-2008. Majority of the cases diagnosed at NUH are women above the age of 40 where about 80 per cent are diagnosed as having Stage 1 of the cancer. There are currently three treatment options available, which includes robot-assisted surgery that NUH started using since 2008. Read more



Thursday, 13 January 2011
Feature: Her pregnancy could have killed her (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)


Fortunately for Ms Avril Chua, her doctor picked up the signs that a fertilised egg had implanted itself outside of her uterus. If diagnosed late, ectopic pregnancies can be life threatening. Read more