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Individuals with cognitive impairment (CI) are predisposed to injuries, infections and treatment complications,1 have poorer treatment compliance, and face greater difficulties with post-discharge care.2...

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Dear Editor, Recognising the impact of medical errors on patients and the doctor-patient relationship has underscored the need for better communication.1,2 For the most part,...

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Dear Editor, Predicting optimal warfarin dosing is difficult due to complex pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics, narrow therapeutic index and susceptibility to many factors.1 Genetic variations of...

Hantavirus haemorrhagic fever and renal syndrome, caused by the Hantaan virus in Singapore: A case report

Dear Editor, We outline a case of a 59-year-old Malaysian man of Indian origin with no known past medical history apart from diabetes mellitus and...

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Dear Editor, Constipation is a common gastrointestinal disorder, affecting about 15% of the global population and severely impacting patients’ quality of life.1 The global constipation...

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Dear Editor, According to the latest Utstein-style consensus, drowning is defined as the primary respiratory impairment resulting from submersion or immersion in a liquid medium.1...

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Dear Editor, Medical school can be a stressful experience for students, with burnout being increasingly common.1 Stressors in medical education include a heavy academic workload,...

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Dear Editor, An 80-hour duty limit for residents was first introduced by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in 2003, with the...

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Dear Editor, The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in many changes to medical education, including the site and mode of teaching, conducting of...

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Dear Editor, I refer to the editorial “Ensuring safe sedation during gastroendoscopy”1 and the original article “Academy of Medicine, Singapore clinical guideline on the use...

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Youth Suicide and Parasuicide in Singapore

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Stress among emergency medicine residents during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study

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

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

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