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Dear Editor, In recent years, self-harm is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among adolescents in Singapore.1,2 This is just the tip of the...

The global emergence of monkeypox

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SARS in Singapore – Key Lessons from an Epidemic

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Lessons From the SARS Crisis – More Relevant Than Ever

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The 2005 Dengue Epidemic in Singapore: Epidemiology, Prevention and Control

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The Health-Related Quality of Life of Junior Doctors

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