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Dear Editor, Haemoglobin H (HbH) disease is a haemoglobinopathy affecting 3 of 4 α-globin genes on chromosome 16. It results from the deletion of 2...

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Activated Protein C Resistance: A Study Among 60 Thromboembolic Patients in the Singapore Population

In 1993, Dahlback and colleagues described a new hereditary thrombophilia state-activated protein C resistance (AK-R). Further studies showed this to be the commonest genetic...

Retinopathy of Prematurity in Very Low Birth Weight Infants

Retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), which could lead to visual impairment and blindness, is a recognised serious morbidity amongst surviving premature infants. The inverse relationship...

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Pseudomembranous Tracheobronchitis Caused by Aspergillus in a Patient after Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation

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Philadelphia Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia (ALL): Clinico-Haematologic Characteristics, Molecular Analyses and 3-year Follow Up—A Single Institution Study

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Thrombotic and Haemorrhagic Complications in Patients with Mechanical Heart Valve Prostheses Attending the Singapore General Hospital Anticoagulation Clinic

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Introduction to Bayesian Methods for Medical Research

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Abdominal Complications after Cardiac Surgery

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Four Pregnancies in Two Patients with Essential Thrombocythaemia—A Case Report

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Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia in Pregnancy

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Thrombophilia in Pregnancy

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The Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill in Women Over Age Forty

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Fetal Cells in Maternal Blood: State of the Art for Non-Invasive Prenatal Diagnosis

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Human Papillomavirus Triage of Patients with Atypical Squamous Cells of Undetermined Significance on Cervical Papanicolaou Smear

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Carcinoma of the Cervix: Role of MR Imaging

In females with cancer, cervical carcinoma is second to breast cancer in both incidence and mortality worldwide. About 465,000 new cases are diagnosed each...

The Use and Abuse of Steroids in Perinatal Medicine

Preterm birth, delivery prior to 37 weeks of gestational age, accounts for a major and disproportionate amount of infant and neonatal morbidity and mortality....

Challenges in Perinatal Medicine

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Surgical Management of Colorectal Metastases to the Liver

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The Diagnosis and Management of Hypercalcaemia

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Trauma-induced coagulopathy: Mechanisms and clinical management

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Clinico-pathological Analysis of Myelodysplastic Syndromes According to French-American-British Classification and International Prognostic Scoring System

Myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are a heterogeneous group of acquired clonal haemopoietic stem cell disorders characterised by ineffective haematopoiesis and peripheral cytopenia. The natural history...

In vitro Biological Characteristics of Human Cord Blood-derived Megakaryocytes

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Haematopoietic Graft Engineering

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Stem Cells: Current Usage and Future Potentials

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Extensive Calcinosis Cutis in Relapsed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia

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Guidelines on Cardiac CT in Singapore (2006)

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The Association Between Parental Socioeconomic Status (SES) and Medical Students’ Personal and Professional Development

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Cerebral Microangiopathy in Patients with Non-insulin-dependent Diabetes Mellitus

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Bone Marrow Cytogenetics Workup: Application of Lean Management System to Determine if Additional Cell Workup is Helpful and Necessary to Analysis

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