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Cardiac Marker Point-of-care Testing: Evaluation of Rapid On-site Biochemical Marker Analysis for Diagnosis of Acute Myocardial Infarction

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Impact of COVID-19 infections among kidney transplant recipients

Dear Editor, More than 2 years since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, cases continue to climb despite global efforts at viral control. This is...

Paediatric living-donor liver and kidney transplantation during COVID-19

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Myocardial Infarction in Singapore: A Nationwide 10-year Study of Multiethnic Differences in Incidence and Mortality

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Early Predictors of Mortality in Pneumococcal Bacteraemia

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Retardation of Kidney Failure – Applying Principles to Practice

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The Role of Surgery in High-grade Glioma – Is Surgical Resection Justified? A Review of the Current Knowledge

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Survival of Small-cell Lung Cancer and its Determinants of Outcome in Singapore

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Retinoblastoma: A Recent Experience at the National University Hospital, Singapore

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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

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Singapore Rhabdomyosarcoma (RMS) Experience: Shall We Change Our Practice?

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