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A Rational Alternative for the Diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus in High Risk Individuals

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Microdochectomy for Single-duct Nipple Discharge

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Prevention of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Transmission from Mother to Child—A Cohort Study in Singapore

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Book Review

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A Case Report of Primary Hyperparathyroidism with Severe Bony Involvement and Nephrolithiasis

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Current Therapeutic Strategies for Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

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A Preliminary Evaluation of a Disease Management Programme for Patients with Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension in a Primary Healthcare Setting

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Idiopathic Thrombocytopenia in Pregnancy

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Thrombophilia in Pregnancy

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Current Understanding of Pre-eclampsia

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Pregnancy after Renal Transplantation: Experience in Singapore General Hospital

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Pregnancy in Women with Idiopathic Thrombocytopaenic Purpura

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Are Maternal Deaths on the Ascent in Singapore? A Review of Maternal Mortality as Reflected by Coronial Casework from 1990 to 1999

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Medical Disorders in Pregnancy—The Challenges Ahead

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Statins and Bone Morphogenetic Proteins: New Pathways in Bone Formation

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Comparing Fasting Plasma Glucose against Two-hour Post-load Glucose Concentrations for the Diagnosis of Diabetes Mellitus and Glucose Intolerance in Singaporean Hospital Patients

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The Bone and Joint Decade 2000-2010: For Prevention and Treatment of Musculoskeletal Disease

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Osteoporosis—A Worldwide Problem and the Implications in Asia

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Bone Fragility in Asian and Caucasian Men

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Medical Treatment of Osteoporosis—Increasing Options

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Osteoporosis Risk Factor Assessment and Bone Densitometry—Current Status and Future Trends

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Osteoporosis: A Treatable Disease

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Burch Colposuspension: Review of Perioperative Complications at a Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Singapore

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Endometrioid Adenocarcinoma of the Uterus: Surgico-Pathological Correlations and Role of Pelvic Lymphadenectomy

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FIGO Stage 1B2 Cervical Carcinoma – The KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital Experience

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Bowel Surgery for Epithelial Ovarian Cancer – An Early Case Series

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Quality Control Assurance in National Screening Programmes for Cervical Cancer

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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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Screening for Chromosomal Anomalies: First or Second Trimester, Biochemical or Ultrasound?

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Recent Advances in Obstetrics and Gynaecology

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MR Imaging of the Fetal Brain and Spine: A Maturing Technology

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The Use and Abuse of Steroids in Perinatal Medicine

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Changing Trends in Indications for Caesarean Sections in a Tertiary Hospital

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Obstetric Cholestasis: Current Opinions and Management

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Advances in Imaging in Prenatal Diagnosis and Fetal Therapy

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Factors Influencing Fetal Growth

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Improving the Uptake of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) Antenatal Screening in a Primary Healthcare Setting

Since the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) was first diagnosed in Singapore in 1985, its incidence rose from 15 cases in 1988 to 226 in...

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Evaluation of a Bedside Test for Phosphorylated Insulin-like Growth Factor Binding Protein-1 in Preterm Labour

The diagnosis of preterm labour poses a problem. Preterm labour accounts for about 50% of preterm births; however, most data reveal that only about...

Inaugural College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists Lecture: Recent Developments in Obstetric Care and Maternal Fetal Medicine in Singapore

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The Importance of High Resolution Chromosome Analysis in the Diagnosis of Birth Defects: Case Reports of Holoproscencephaly and Cystic Hygroma

Optimal chromosome preparation is a function of many factors. These include cell density culture initiation, optimal time for harvest, concentration and exposure duration to...

How Much do Diabetic Patients Know About Diabetes Mellitus and its Complications?

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a common and growing healthcare problem in Singapore with a prevalence of 9% in 1998. Since the 1990s, the Ministry...

Tailoring the Field and Indication of Adjuvant Pelvic Radiation for Patients with FIGO Stage Ib Lymph Nodes-Negative Cervical Carcinoma Following Radical Surgery Based on the GOG Score – A Pilot Study

Although no significant survival difference exists between primary surgery and radiotherapy (RT) for the treatment of FIGO stage Ib cervical cancer, radical surgery is...

A Case of Cystic Leiomyoma Mimicking an Ovarian Malignancy

Uterine leiomyomas are the most common gynaecological tumour. Typical appearances of leiomyomas are easily recognised on imaging. This article is available only as a PDF....

Marijuana in Pregnancy

Marijuana has been used for thousands of years for both medical and recreational purposes. Because the pharmacological actions of marijuana are complex and include...

Abnormal Liver Function Tests in the Symptomatic Pregnant Patient: The Local Experience in Singapore

The diagnostic work-up of abnormal liver function tests (LFT) in pregnancy is challenging, as the conditions peculiar to pregnancy have to be considered in...

Twin Births in Singapore: A Population-Based Study Using the National Birth Registry

Twin studies are regarded as one of the better ways to study the effects and significance of gene, environment and interactions of both. The...

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Right Atrial Isomerism – Preponderance in Asian Fetuses. Using the Stomach-distance ratio as a Possible Diagnostic Tool for Prediction of Right Atrial Isomerism

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Diabetes in Asia – From Understanding to Action

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Assessment of Medical Graduates Competencies

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Placental Calcification in Pseudoxanthoma Elasticum

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Holoprosencephaly: An Antenally-diagnosed Case Series and Subject Review

Holoproscencephaly (HPE) is an uncommon congenital developmental defect of the forebrain structures to divide into separate hemispheres and ventricles during embryogenesis. The prevalence rate...

Magnesium, Zinc, Copper, Manganese, and Selenium Levels in Postmenopausal Women with Osteoporosis. Can Magnesium Play a Key Role in Osteoporosis?

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Laparoscopic Heller’s Cardiomyotomy for Achalasia of the Cardia in a Pregnant Patient

Laparoscopy was first used for the evaluation of acute abdominal pain in pregnancy by gynaecologists in 1980. The most commonly reported laparoscopic procedure during...

Spontaneous Vaginal Expulsion of a Filshie Clip

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Care of Women in Menopause: Sexual Function, Dysfunction and Therapeutic Modalities

Menopause is a life change described by biological alterations occurring in the context of important social changes. There is an increasing appreciation for the...

The Relation Between Insulin Resistance Determined by Haemostatic Modelling and Slow Coronary Flow

Slow coronary flow (SCF) is a well recognised clinical entity, characterised by delayed opacification of coronary arteries in the presence of normal coronary angiogram....

Consequences of Right Siting of Endocrinology Patients – A Financial and Caseload Simulation

Right siting, defined as “patients treated in the most appropriate locations by medically competent teams at the lower possible cost”, has been on the...

Phaeochromocytoma the Great Mimicker: A Case Report

Phaeochromocytomas are catecholamine producing neuroendocrine tumours that can manifest a variety of symptoms which mimic other diseases. They are also known for their “rule...

An Unexpected Presentation of Endometriosis – A “Parasitic” Cyst of the Bowel in a Menopausal Woman on Hormone Therapy

Endometriosis commonly affects women during their reproductive years and may involve any organ. Although rare, endometriosis has been reported in postmenopausal women and is...

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...

Metabolic Control in Type 2 Diabetes Correlates Weakly with Patient Adherence to Oral Hypoglycaemic Treatment

Diabetes mellitus is one of the most common chronic diseases affecting Singaporeans. In 2004, 8.2% of the population was afflicted, placing a significant burden...

Elevated Level of Carbonyl Compounds Correlates with Insulin Resistance in Type 2 Diabetes

With rapid development of therapy, the mortality from acute complications of diabetes mellitus (DM) has decreased, but mortality from chronic complications like diabetic nephropathy...

The Influence of Maternal Ethnic Group and Diet on Breast Milk Fatty Acid Composition

Human milk is the ideal food which provides the complete nutritional requirements for infants during the first 6 months of life. The lipids accumulated...

A Clinicopathologic Study of Uterine Smooth Muscle Tumours of Uncertain Malignant Potential (STUMP)

Smooth Muscle Tumours of Undetermined Malignant Potential or STUMPs are interesting tumours from both the standpoint of histological diagnosis and classification as well as...

Peripheral Arterial Disease in Community-based Patients with Diabetes in Singapore: Results from a Primary Healthcare Study

Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a significant complication of diabetes mellitus and accounts for the majority of amputations among these patients with diabetes. In...

Foot Screening for Diabetics

Prevalence of diabetes is high in Singapore (8.2%). Five per cent to 15% of diabetics developed foot ulcers. In fact, the lifetime risk for...

The Singapore National Healthcare Group Diabetes Registry – Descriptive Epidemiology of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus is one of the most challenging global health problems in the 21st century. It is associated with excess mortality and significant morbidity...

Obstetric Outcomes of Influenza A H1N1 (2009) Infection in Pregnancy – Experience of a Singapore Tertiary Hospital

Influenza A H1N1 (2009) is a new viral strain containing gene segments from human, swine and avian lineages. Soon after reports of human cases...

Inadvertent Use of Bevacizumab to Treat Choroidal Neovascularisation During Pregnancy: A Case Report

The recognition that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) plays an important role in the pathogenesis of neovascular age-related macular degeneration (NVAMD) has led to...

Emerging Trends in Breastfeeding Practices in Singaporean Chinese Women: Findings from a Population-based Study

The health benefits of breast milk have been well documented, with positive implications for infants’ metabolic, immunologic, respiratory and digestive health. The World Health...

Dilemmas in Management of Brain Tumours in Pregnancy

Brain tumours in pregnancy are rare with an incidence of 15 per 100,000 and previous reports have shown variable outcomes. We present a case...

A Unique Pair of Monozygotic Twins with Concordant Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma: A Case Report

Studies of monozygotic and dizygotic twins represent an important approach in estimating the relative contributions of genes and environment to the development of various...

Clinical Outcomes of High-risk Labours Monitored Using Fetal Electrocardiography

Intermittent auscultation (IA), cardiotocography (CTG), amniotic fluid colour and fetal scalp capillary blood gas analysis are currently accepted standards for intrapartum fetal monitoring. According...

Microsurgical Reversal of Sterilisation – Is This Still Clinically Relevant Today?

Different contraceptive options are available today; however, tubal sterilisation is still one of the most prevailing contraceptive alternatives. Locally, many prefer mechanically occluding the...

Comparison of Oral Glucose Insulin Sensitivity with Other Insulin Sensitivity Surrogates from Oral Glucose Tolerance Tests in Chinese

Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus are at an increased risk of developing atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases leading to higher morbidity and mortality. These...

Kidney Cancer and Diabetes Mellitus: A Population-Based Case-Control Study in Taiwan

Kidney cancer accounts for 3% to 4% of all cancers. In a systematic review by Mathew and et al,2 the incidence of kidney cancer...

Neonatal Outcome of the Late Preterm Infant (34 to 36 Weeks): The Singapore Story

Neonatologists were caught looking the other way in the early part of the millennium. While they were keenly following the progress of extreme preterms...

Are Pregnant Women Adequately Equipped for Autonomy in Pregnancy Screening?

The concept of first trimester screening (FTS) to evaluate the risk of fetal aneuploidies was first introduced in 1997 by Orlandi et al. The...

Prenatal Diagnosis of Chromosomal Abnormalities—Shifting Paradigm

It is very likely that in 10 years time, invasive prenatal diagnostic tests like amniocentesis and chorionic villus sampling (CVS) will join the club...

Prevalence of vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency in Malaysian infants

Vitamin D deficiency, a worldwide health problem, is also prevalent in tropical countries. It is estimated that 15% of the world’s population are either...

Maternal obesity and risk of adverse obstetric outcomes in Malaysia

Obesity during pregnancy is associated with increased risk of adverse health outcomes such as gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), hypertension and preeclampsia. Unlike the well-known...

Risk factors and outcomes of uterine rupture in Singapore: Emerging trends

Uterine rupture is a catastrophic life-threatening complication of pregnancy with associated high maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. The incidence of uterine rupture varies...

Uterine rupture in Singapore: Trends and lessons learnt

Uterine rupture is arguably one of the most dreaded acute obstetric complications in obstetrics. Synonymous with significant maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality risks,...

Adipsic diabetes insipidus and SGLT2 inhibitor: A perplexing conundrum

A 70-year-old man with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM), hypertension, hypercholesterolemia and alcohol dependence presented intoxicated, with occipital scalp lacerations after a...

Metformin use in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and chronic kidney disease: An evidence-based review

Diabetes is a chronic disease characterised by elevated levels of blood glucose. The most common type of diabetes is type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM)....

Cervical screening in foreign domestic workers in Singapore

Cervical cancer is the most common gynaecological cancer in many countries in Southeast Asia, with a cumulative age-standardised incidence rate (ASRI) of 17.2 per...