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Previous history of hyperthyroidism in emergency department patients with atrial fibrillation does not increase the risk of thromboembolism and death

Dear Editor, Atrial fibrillation (AF) is frequently encountered in the emergency department (ED) and is a major risk factor for thromboembolic events. The clinical decision...

Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Presenting with Visual Blurring, Diplopia and Visual Loss: Heidenhain’s Variant

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The Profile of Hospitalised Patients with Parkinson’s Disease

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The Alien Hand Sign–Case Report and Review of the Literature

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Electrophysiological Features in the Management of Meralgia Paraesthetica

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Survival after Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation in the General Wards—The Results of a Dedicated “Code” Team

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is widely practised for cardiopulmonary arrests with variable success. The initial intention was to defibrillate patients with ventricular fibrillation after acute...

A Retrospective Review of Patients with Clinically Definite Multiple Sclerosis

Genetic susceptibility and environmental factors influence the prevalence and clinical manifestations of multiple sclerosis (MS). Since MS is rare in Southeast Asia, descriptions of...

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Disseminated Penicillium marneffei Infection: A Report of Five Cases in Singapore

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Palatal Myoclonus—A Case Report

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Homocysteine and Atherosclerotic Disease: The Epidemiologic Evidence

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Extensor Pollicis Longus Paralysis Following Thoracoscopic Sympathectomy

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Role of Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Magnetic Resonance Angiography in Patients with Hemifacial Spasm

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Clinical Drug Trials: Practical Problems of Phase III

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The Reliability and Validity of the Alzheimer’s Disease Assessment Scale Cognitive Subscale (ADAS-Cog) among the Elderly Chinese in Hong Kong

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The Current State of Multiple Sclerosis Genetic Research

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The Genetics of Human Epilepsies

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Sleep/Wake Cycle and Circadian Disturbances in Shift Work: Strategies for Their Management—A Review

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Incidence and risk factors of delirium in post-anaesthesia care unit

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Listeria Meningoencephalitis: Two Cases and a Review of the Literature

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Introduction of Problem-based Learning in a Traditional Medical Curriculum in Singapore—Students’ and Tutors’ Perspectives

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Book Review

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Advances in Neurointensive Care

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The Eye in Neurology: Evaluation of Sudden Visual Loss and Diplopia—Diagnostic Pointers and Pitfalls

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Current and Emerging Treatments in Parkinson’s Disease

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Trinucleotide Repeat Analysis of Huntington’s Disease gene in Singapore

Huntington’s disease (HD) is an autosomal dominantly inherited disease, affecting 1 in 10,000 individuals of European origin. The incidence in the Asian population is...

A Retrospective Study of Melanocytic Naevi at the National Skin Centre

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Aseptic Meningitis in Children—The Singapore Experience

Aseptic meningitis is a common diagnosis among infants admitted for fever without an obvious source. In cases where the aetiologic agent could be identified,...

Update in the Management of Stroke

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Stroke Disease Management—A Framework for Comprehensive Stroke Care

Disease management (DM) is an approach to patient care that coordinates medical resources for patients across the entire healthcare delivery system. It requires a...

Variance Analysis Applied to a Stroke Pathway: How This Can Improve Efficiency of Healthcare Delivery

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Measuring Health-related Quality of Life in Singapore: Normal Values for the English and Chinese SF-36 Health Survey

Advances in diagnosis and therapy in the second half of the 20th century have lead to impressive improvements in survival for patients with many...

Validity and Reliability of the EQ-5D Self-report Questionnaire in Chinese-speaking Patients with Rheumatic Diseases in Singapore

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Seeing How We Think About Words Using BOLD Contrast fMR Imaging

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Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) — 150 Days On

The Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) has been identified as a new clinical entity in the year 2003. It was on 12 March 2003...

Nipah Encephalitis Outbreak in Malaysia

From September 1998 to June 1999, there was an outbreak of viral encephalitis in several pig farming villages in Malaysia. The outbreak, which started...

Eating Disorders in Singapore: A Review

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Youth Suicide and Parasuicide in Singapore

The World Health Organization defines suicide as an act with a fatal outcome that is deliberately initiated and performed by the person himself or...

MELAS: A Case Report

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Case Reports of Two Biopsy-proven Patients with Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease in Singapore

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Axoglial Interaction via the Notch Receptor in Oligodendrocyte Differentiation

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Behcet’s Disease: Experience in a Tertiary Rheumatology Centre in Singapore and a Review of the Literature

The only published study on Behcet’s disease in Singapore by Tan E et al (34 patients at the National Skin Centre) found that only...

Hemifacial Spasm in Singapore: Clinical Characteristics and Patients’ Perceptions

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Characteristics and Acute Rehabilitation of Guillain-Barré Syndrome in Singapore

The Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) is an acute, frequently severe evolution of a demyelinating inflammatory polyradiculopathy with an autoimmune pathogenesis. In developed countries, GBS is...

Clinical Indications for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Scanning

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Positron Emission Tomography – A Vital Component of Molecular Imaging

Contemporary medical imaging is progressing towards quantification of tissue function in addition to merely providing anatomical information, as illustrated by the rising use of...

Spinocerebellar Ataxia Type 2 with Focal Epilepsy – An Unusual Association

The spinocerebellar ataxias (SCAs) are a rare group of neurodegenerative disorders that are clinically and genetically heterogeneous. Almost all SCAs are due to trinucleotide...

Familial Risk of Allergic Rhinitis and Atopic Dermatitis among Chinese Families in Singapore

Family history has been shown to be a risk factor for the development of allergic rhinitis (AR) and atopic dermatitis (AD). However, the increase...

Identification of a Common Genetic Risk Variant (LRRK2 Gly2385Arg) in Parkinson’s Disease

For diseases with complex inheritance, the age-old debate regarding the relative contribution of gene-environment interaction never fails to generate interest, discussion and hypothesis within...

Neural Progenitor and Stem Cells in the Adult Central Nervous System

Seminal studies in the 1960s, using -thymidine autoradiography, reported that neurogenesis occurs in discrete areas of the adult mammalian brain, in rodents. Studies in...

Early Dengue Infection and Outcome Study (EDEN) – Study Design and Preliminary Findings

Dengue fever/dengue haemorrhagic fever (DF/DHF) is a re-emerging disease that is endemic in the tropical world. It is caused by 4 closely-related dengue viruses...

SARS in Singapore – Predictors of Disease Severity

Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) is a recently defined illness caused by a novel coronavirus. The outbreak in Singapore originated from Hong Kong via...

Concurrent Intermediate Uveitis and an Enhancing Intracranial Lesion as the Initial Manifestation of Sarcoidosis

Sarcoidosis remains an enigmatic disease with protean manifestations. It is a multi-system disorder of unknown cause characterised by an accumulation of T-lymphocytes, mononuclear phagocytes...

Re-defining Neurological Syndromes: The Genotype Meets the Phenotype

Since time immemorial, generations of medical students and physicians have always been taught that a thorough and detailed history and examination is the foundation...

The Clinical Predictors of Hypertension and Sleepiness in an Asian Population with Sleep-disordered Breathing

Sleep physicians have only recently began to learn much about the epidemiology of sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) from large, well conducted prospective community-based studies. These...

The Future of Medical Education: The Second 100 Years

This is a proud year for the medical profession in Singapore, as we celebrate 100 years of medical education. As the oldest faculty in...

The Medical Students’ Societies and Medical Students’ Publications

For a very long time, King Edward VII (endearingly abbreviated “KE”) was synonymous with the medical school and its associated hall of residence. The...

The Teaching of Radiology

A record of Diagnostic Radiology would be incomplete without reference to Wilheim Roentgen, who discovered the rays that he could not comprehend; hence, X-rays....

In vitro Activities of Antifungal Drugs Against Yeasts Isolated from Blood Cultures and Moulds Isolated from Various Clinically Significant Sites in Singapore

Fungaemia carries with it high mortality rates and appropriate as well as timely antifungal therapy has been shown to be life saving. Amphotericin B...

Antimicrobial Resistance: A New Beginning and the Need for Action

In this issue, the articles (historical, original and review papers) highlight the extent and problem of antimicrobial resistance in Singapore. The authors should be...

The Media and Suicide

Suicide worldwide is estimated to represent 1.8% of the total global burden of disease in 1998, and 2.4% in countries with market and former...

Ultrasound Assisted Thrombolysis in Acute Ischaemic Stroke: Preliminary Experience in Singapore

Most patients with acute ischaemic stroke have arterial thrombi that occlude extra- or intracranial vessels. Intravenously administered tissue plasminogen activator (IV-TPA) induces thrombolysis and...

Diabetic Retinopathy in Diabetics Referred to a Tertiary Centre from a Nationwide Screening Programme

Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a leading cause of vision loss in Asia. Singapore has one of the highest prevalence rates of diabetes mellitus (DM)...

Functional Neuroimaging of Sleep Deprived Healthy Volunteers and Persons with Sleep Disorders: A Brief Review

Most adults have experienced sleep deprivation at some stage of their lives, be it in the context of work, illness or play. Sleep deprivation...

Treatment of Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders with Light

In humans, the daily pattern of consolidated sleep and wake is strongly influenced by the timing of exposure to light and darkness. In the...

Basic Science Review on Circadian Rhythm Biology and Circadian Sleep Disorders

The sleep-wake cycle, with its characteristic intervals of activity alternating with restfulness that recur with a periodicity approximating the 24-hour day-night cycle, is the...

A Doctor’s Duty is to Heal the Unhealthy: The Story of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad

Mahathir Mohamad was born in 1925 in Alor Setar, Kedah. In 1947, after living through the turbulent times of the Second World War, he...

Concurrent Chemoradiotherapy followed by Surgery in Locally Advanced Squamous Cell Carcinoma of the Oesophagus: A Single Centre Experience

Carcinoma of the oesophagus is a relatively uncommon malignancy in Singapore and incidence rates have been declining since 1968. A total of 506 cases...

Acceptance of Prophylactic Surgery and Chemoprevention of Cancer in Singapore – A Survey

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Delayed and Extra-pontine Myelinolysis after Osmotic Dysregulation

A 58-year-old Chinese man was admitted because of increasing lethargy and confusion over 4 days. He had been taking hydrochlorthiazide for hypertension and regularly...

Limb-Shaking Transient Ischemic Attack with Distal Micro-Embolic Signals and Impaired Cerebrovascular Reactivity Using Transcranial Doppler

We present a patient with limb-shaking transient ischaemic attack (TIA) associated with extracranial carotid occlusion and suggest that the pathophysiological mechanism is hypoperfusion, as...

Neuropsychiatry – An Emerging Field

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Alzheimer’s Disease – Towards More Patient-centred and Meaningful Clinical Outcomes

More than 100 years ago Alois Alzheimer first presented the clinical and pathological features of an unusual brain disease at his seminal lecture in...

Sir Gordon Arthur Ransome (1910-1978) – His Teaching Style and His Legacy

Sir Gordon Arthur Ransome was born in Salop, England, in 1910.1 He came to Singapore in 1938, where he taught and practised medicine for...

Corticospinal Tract Degeneration in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis: A Diffusion Tensor Imaging and Fibre Tractography Study

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a fatal neurodegenerative disorder characterised by spinal and cortical motor neuron degeneration. Although electro myography, muscle biopsy and motor...

Biomarkers of Mild Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most prevalent form of age-related dementia in the modern society. Other than symptomatic treatment with acetylcholinesterase inhibitors at its...

Validation of Transcranial Doppler with CT Angiography in Cerebral Ischaemia: A Preliminary Pilot Study in Singapore

Transcranial Doppler (TCD) is routinely performed to assess the blood flow in patients with cerebral ischaemia and provides important real-time information about cerebral haemodynamics....

Superior Sagittal Sinus Thrombosis: Subtle Signs on Neuroimaging

Cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT) is an infrequent but potentially deadly disease. The mortality rate of CVT is 10% to 20%, and surviving patients may...

Embryonic Stem Cells and Parkinson’s Disease: Cell Transplantation to Cell Therapy

Although levodopa is currently a well-endorsed form of treatment for Parkinson’s Disease (PD), the search for a safe, long-term and dyskinesia-free treatment remains an...

Bridging the Gap Between Primary and Specialist Care – An Integrative Model for Stroke

Cerebrovascular disease (CVD) is Singapore’s fourth leading cause of death, comprising 9% of all deaths, a crude death rate of 40.4/100,000, an age- and...

Concerns, Perceived Impact and Preparedness in an Avian Influenza Pandemic – a Comparative Study between Healthcare Workers in Primary and Tertiary Care

The danger posed by emerging infectious diseases has become greater in the past few years with the World Health Organization (WHO) warning that the...

Malignant Syndrome of Two Parkinson Patients due to Withdrawal of Drugs

Neuroleptic malignant syndrome (NMS) is characterised by the impairment of consciousness, high fever, rigidity and autonomic instability. Although originally described in patients taking neuroleptic...

Menopause, Hormone Therapy and Cardiovascular and Cerebrovascular Disease

Cardiovascular disease is a major cause of morbidity among postmenopausal women. Up to the age of 50 years, the prevalence of coronary artery disease...

Should Beta-Blockers Still be Used as Initial Antihypertensive Agents in Uncomplicated Hypertension?

Beta-blockers have been widely prescribed to treat hypertension over the years.1 While the benefits of these agents in reducing cardiovascular events in people with...

Concomitant Use of Midazolam and Buprenorphine and its Implications Among Drug Users in Singapore

Benzodiazepines (BDZs) (commonly known as “sleeping pills”) are routinely and successfully used in the treatment of sleep and anxiety disorders. However, studies have indicated...

Neurogenic Pulmonary Oedema Misdiagnosed as Acute Myocardial Infarction in a Comatose Patient

Neurogenic pulmonary oedema (NPO) is a well recognised complication of subarachnoid haemorrhage (SAH) and severe traumatic brain injuries (TBI).1 The incidence of NPO was...

A Brief History of Pathology and the Chapter of Pathologists

A history of the Chapter of Pathologists would be incomplete without a history of the specialty of Pathology in Singapore. Pathology is in fact...

From the Chapter of Physicians, Academy of Medicine, Singapore to the College of Physicians, Singapore

The transformation of the previous Chapter of Physicians, Academy of Medicine, Singapore to the current College of Physicians, Singapore in 2004 was the outcome...

From the Chapter of Anaesthetists to the College of Anaesthesiologists, Singapore

The arrival of Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819 herald the birth of western medicine in Singapore. Doctors were then sent here from Britain. These...

Academy of Medicine, Singapore – The Next Twenty-Five Years (1982-2007)

The Academy of Medicine was founded in 1957 as the professional corporate body of medical and dental specialists in Singapore. From a modest beginning...

Epidemiology, Management and Treatment Outcome of Medulloblastoma in Singapore

Medulloblastoma (MBL) is the most common type of malignant brain tumour in childhood. It belongs to the group of tumours known as primitive neuroectodermal...

Timing of Hospital Presentation After Acute Cerebral Infarction and Patients’ Acceptance of Intravenous Thrombolysi

Intravenous thrombolysis in acute cerebral infarction has been proven to be efficacious in improving functional outcome if given within 3 hours from stroke onset.1...

Demographic and Clinical Features of 150 Pathological Gamblers Referred to a Community Addictions Programme

Pathological gambling has been defined as a persistent and recurrent maladaptive gambling behaviour that disrupts personal, family and work life. The diagnosis is not...

Successful Rehabilitation With Cochlear Implant in Post-irradiation Induced Hearing Loss in Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma Patient

Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) is a common disease in Asia.1 Radiotherapy is the mainstay of treatment. Following radiotherapy, complications like profound sensorineural hearing loss may...

Emerging Therapies in Stroke Rehabilitation

Stroke is the fourth leading cause of death in Singapore since 1998.1 While mortality due to stroke has steadily declined over the years with...

Botulinum Toxin for Post-stroke Spastic Hypertonia: A Review of its Efficacy and Application in Clinical Practice

Botulinum toxins (BTX) have revolutionised the management of focal spastic hypertonia in a variety of neurologic diseases. Prior to the introduction of BTX for...

A Prospective Cohort Study on the Impact of a Modified Basic Military Training (mBMT) Programme Based on Pre-enlistment Fitness Stratification Amongst Asian Military Enlistees

Basic military training (BMT) is seen as a vital initiation phase into military service when new recruits are conditioned to the rigours of military...

Residual Neurovascular Function and Retinotopy in a Case of Hemianopia

Homonymous hemianopia is one of the most common forms of acquired visual field defects.1 It is typically produced by head injury, tumours or stroke...

Where the Elderly Die: The Influence of Socio-Demographic Factors and Cause of Death on People Dying at Home

The subject of place of death was brought to the forefront of the medical community in July 2004 when 2 important publications were released;...

Multimodal Therapeutic Approach in Acute Ischaemic Stroke with Real-time Neurovascular Monitoring

Intravenously administered tissue plasminogen activator (IV-TPA) induces thrombolysis and remains the only FDA-approved therapy for acute ischaemic stroke (IS) within the therapeutic time-window according...

Trends in Importation of Communicable Diseases into Singapore

Singapore is a city-state in Southeast Asia, with a total population in 2007 of 4,839,400, of which 3,642,700 (75.3%) are Singaporean residents. The remaining...

Acceptance of Information and Communication Technologies for Healthcare Delivery: A SingHealth Polyclinics Study

Information and communication technologies, such as internet portal and short message system (SMS), are increasingly used in healthcare delivery worldwide.1,2 Typically, these technologies are...

Chewing-induced Facial Dystonia

Dystonia is a movement disorder characterised by sustained muscle contractions, repetitive twisting movements, and abnormal postures of the trunk, neck, face, or arms and...

Alzheimer’s disease–The Inexorable Epidemic

Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia which refers collectively to syndromes of progressive deterioration of memory along with other cognitive...

Unusual Cause for Unilateral Headache: A Quadrigeminal Cistern Arachnoid Cyst

Young adults are frequently presented with headaches due to various causes. Atypical facial pain, renamed as persistent idiopathic facial pain (PIFP) is a poorly...

Diagnostic Accuracy of Anthropometric Indices for Obesity Screening Among Asian Adolescents

Obesity or excess body fat is strongly associated with enhanced risks of morbidity and mortality, and its prevalence is rapidly escalating worldwide. Despite these...

Genome-wide Association Studies: Promises and Pitfalls

Genetic testing is an important means to confirm the diagnosis of an inheritable disease. For this to be feasible, genes that are associated with...

Health-related Quality of Life is Associated with Diabetic Complications, but not with Short-term Diabetic Control in Primary Care

Type 2 diabetes mellitus is a major chronic disease globally. With increasing life expectancy, long-term complications of diabetes mellitus leading to significant morbidity and...

Quality of Life in Pathological Gamblers in a Multiethnic Asian Setting

Pathological gambling is categorized under the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV-TR) as an impulse control disorder not elsewhere classified....

Causes of Death in Hospitalised Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-infected Patients at a National Referral Centre in Singapore: A Retrospective Review from 2008 to 2010

The advent of the highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) era has greatly reduced the mortality and incidence of new diagnoses of acquired immune deficiency...

Causes of Death and Factors Associated with Early Death Among Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-Infected Persons in Singapore: Pre-Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) and Peri-HAART

Since the first case of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was diagnosed in Singapore in May 1985, a total of 4845 cases and 1389 HIV/acquired...

Melanoma: Differences between Asian and Caucasian Patients

Cutaneous melanoma is the most common cause of mortality amongst skin cancer in Caucasian populations and incidence rates per 100,000 patient years vary between...

Overcoming Barriers to Mammography Screening: A Quasi-randomised Pragmatic Trial in a Community-based Primary Care Setting

Breast cancer is the leading cancer among women in Singapore, accounting for 29% of all cancers occurring in women between 2006 and 2010. Evidence...

Hoarding in an Asian Population: Prevalence, Correlates, Disability and Quality of Life

Hoarding is defined as the acquisition of, and inability to discard items even though they appear to others to have no value, leading to...

Clinical Outcome and Cost Comparison Between Laparoscopic and Open Appendicectomy

Acute appendicitis is one of the most common causes of acute abdominal pain requiring surgical intervention. The traditional operation of choice was the open...

Osteogenic Sarcoma in Children and Young Adults

Osteogenic sarcoma (OS) is a primary malignant tumour of the bone, derived from primitive bone-forming mesenchyme and characterised by the production of osteoid tissue...

Epilepsy: Looking Beyond Seizures

World Epilepsy Day falls on 26 March 2013. As we observe this important date in Singapore, it is perhaps instructive to take a step...

Sleep, Public Health and Wellness: The Elephant in the Room

The rising cost of health care and the burden of chronic illness are perennial concerns. Remarkably, there exists a measure that around 30% of...

Single Centre Experience of Transjugular Liver Biopsy in 152 Patients

The first reported case of liver biopsy was recorded in 1883 by Ehrlich. Since then, the technique of liver biopsy has been modified tremendously...

Projecting the Number of Older Singaporeans with Activity of Daily Living Limitations Requiring Human Assistance Through 2030

Similar to other developed countries in Asia, including Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, the population of Singapore is ageing rapidly. In 2011, 9.3% of...

Wake-up Stroke and Onset-to-door Duration Delays: Potential Future Indications for Reperfusion Therapy

In ischaemic stroke, acute reperfusion therapy aims to recanalise arterial obstruction leading to salvage of hypoperfused cerebral tissue with the goal of improving clinical...

Determinants of Health-Related Quality of Life Among Community Dwelling Elderly

Singapore is experiencing an unprecedented age shift as the post-war baby boomers turn 65 years in 2012. Currently there are 378,700 people aged 65...

A Review of Back Injury Cases Notified to the Ministry of Manpower from 2011 to 2012

Work-related low back disorders consist of both low back pain (LBP) and low back injuries. They are a significant and increasing problem all over...

Single-level Anterior Corpectomy with Fusion versus 2-level Anterior Cervical Decompression with Fusion: A Prospective Controlled Study with 2-year Follow-up Using Cages for Fusion

Anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF) and anterior cervical corpectomy and fusion (ACCF) are performed for decompression of the spine when the primary compressive...

Academic Medicine Education Institute (AM∙EI): Transforming the Educational Culture of Health Professionals

In 2010, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS) and Singapore Healthcare Services (SingHealth) launched an initiative to improve the lives of patients by combining their...

Chorea precipitated by phototherapy as initial presentation of systemic lupus erythematosus

Dear Editor, Chorea is a well-recognised albeit rare neuropsychiatric manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We describe here a case of a 67-year-old woman presenting...

Evolution and trends in the adoption of laparoscopic liver resection in Singapore: Analysis of 300 cases

Over the past few decades, the introduction of laparoscopic surgery has been the biggest game changer in abdominal surgery.1 However, although the first laparoscopic...

Attendance for ischaemic stroke before and during COVID-19 lockdown in Singapore

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak has impacted healthcare systems worldwide. Globally, visits to the emergency department have fallen as much as 25% during...

Rare homozygous PRKN exon 8 and 9 deletion in Malay familial early-onset Parkinson’s disease

Little is known about the genetics of Parkinson’s disease (PD) in Southeast Asian populations.1 We extended knowledge of the Southeast Asian monogenic PD landscape...

Assessing the Content Validity of the EQ-5D Questionnaire Among Asians in Singapore: A Qualitative Study

EQ-5D is a tool to measure and value health status. It is a standardised questionnaire that comprises 2 components: a Descriptive System (DS) on...

Transcatheter Aortic Valve Implantation in Singapore: Reflecting on the First Decade

Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has markedly changed the way aortic valve stenosis is treated. It is 18 years since the first patient was...

Neuro-Behçet’s disease presenting as isolated intracranial hypertension

Behçet’s disease (BD) is a chronic multisystem inflammatory disease with a classic triad of painful oral ulcers, genital ulcers and uveitis. Neurological manifestations, though...

Cost of inpatient rehabilitation for children with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury

The cost of rehabilitation for children post-traumatic brain injury (TBI) is significant. The annual total healthcare cost of TBI had been estimated to range...

Long-term outcomes of ischaemic stroke patients with diabetes in a multi-ethnic cohort in Singapore

Asia faces an epidemic of diabetes. The prevalence of diabetes in Asia is projected to grow from 114 million in 2007 to 180 million...

Recurrent vascular events in ischaemic stroke patients with diabetes

Stroke is a major cause of death and disability globally, with 6.55 million deaths (95% uncertainty interval 6.00–7.02 million), 101 million prevalent cases...

The Singapore Cerebral Palsy Registry: An important new resource for cerebral palsy research

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a common, lifelong disorder of movement and posture resulting from an insult or maldevelopment of the developing brain. The movement...