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Dear Editor, The selection process for potential residents needs to be reviewed regularly and assessed if effective in selecting the best-fit residents who can achieve...

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Fetal congenital heart diseases: Diagnosis by anatomical scans, echocardiography and genetic tests

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Molecular testing in non-small cell lung cancer: A consensus recommendation

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Dear Editor, Sarcomas are rare and heterogenous tumours that constitute fewer than 1% of adult solid cancers.1 Owing to their aggressive behaviour, relative rarity...

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Dear Editor, The first use of surgical robotics started in the domain of orthopaedic and urological surgery. However, it was the initial concept of using...

Consensus statement on Singapore integrated 24-hour activity guide for early childhood

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An approach to genetic testing in patients with metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer in Singapore

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Rapid exome sequencing to aid diagnostics in genetic disorders: Implementation and challenges in the Singapore context

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Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children in Singapore

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Multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children: A unique manifestation of COVID-19

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Child passenger safety training for healthcare professionals in Singapore

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Clinical characteristics of macrolide-resistant Mycoplasma pneumoniae infections among hospitalised children in Singapore

Dear Editor, Mycoplasma pneumoniae has become the leading cause of paediatric community-acquired pneumonia in countries where pneumococcal vaccination is included in the national immunisation programme,...

Childhood interstitial lung disease: The end of a diagnostic odyssey

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Low-dose computerised tomography screening for lung cancer in Singapore: Practical challenges of identifying participants

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High burden of respiratory viral infection-associated mortality among critically ill children

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Barriers to breast cancer screening in Singapore: A literature review

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Gastroesophageal reflux disease in Asian infants: Similar condition, different perceptions

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Plasma Vitamins A, C and E in the General Population of Singapore, 1993 to 1995

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Dear Editor, Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) arrived in Singapore in January 2020 as imported cases, followed by local transmission predominantly involving dormitories, with later spread...

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Financing Newborn Screening Systems: US Experience

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Considerations in Choosing Screening Conditions: One (US) Approach

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Parathyroid Carcinoma: A Case Series

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Thoracic Complications of Radiofrequency Ablation of Recurrent Hepatoma

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Mohs micrographic surgery in Singapore: A long-term follow-up review

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Treatment of Ewing sarcoma in children: Results from a single centre

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Does pulmonary metastasectomy of colorectal metastases translate to better survival? A systematic review

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Immunomodulator use in paediatric severe sepsis and septic shock

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Cost of inpatient rehabilitation for children with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury

The cost of rehabilitation for children post-traumatic brain injury (TBI) is significant. The annual total healthcare cost of TBI had been estimated to range...

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Decrease in emergency department attendances during COVID-19 especially in school-going children

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Penile preserving surgery in penile cancer management

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Alternating hemiplegia of childhood presenting as recurrent apnoea in a term newborn infant

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