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Dear Editor, Thrombosis is an unexpected complication of COVID-19 initially reported in 3 patients from China.1 These patients tested positive for immunoglobulin (Ig) A anticardiolipin...

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Breast cancer is a major public health concern and a leading cause of cancer death among women worldwide, including Singapore.1 According to the 2018...

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Dear Editor, Cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection is the most common congenital infection.1 A systematic review that included 77 studies from 36 countries reported that the overall...

Circular RNAs in the pathogenesis of sepsis and their clinical implications: A narrative review

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A Case Report of Neutrophilic Eccrine Hidradenitis in a Patient Receiving Chemotherapy for Acute Myeloid Leukaemia

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Glaucoma Pattern Amongst the Elderly Chinese in Singapore

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The Role of Occupational Therapy in Rheumatoid Arthritis Management

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Rheumatoid Arthritis—A Review

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Advances in Antiphospholipid (Hughes’) Syndrome

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The Appropriate Use of Antineutrophil Cytoplasmic Antibody (ANCA) Testing in Rheumatic Diseases

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The Genetics of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

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Development of Rheumatology in Singapore

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Bullous Dermatomyositis Associated with Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma —A Case Report

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Use of Ligase Chain Reaction and Polymerase Chain Reaction on Urine Specimens to Detect Chlamydia trachomatis Infections in a Sexually Transmitted Diseases Clinic in Singapore

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Spectrum of Abnormal Mammographic Findings and Their Predictive Value for Malignancy in Singaporean Women from a Population Screening Trial

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Immunotherapy in Autoimmune Diseases

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Current Understanding of Pre-eclampsia

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

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

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Primary Meningococcal Arthritis and Endogenous Endophthalmitis: A Case Report

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Intermittent Epoprostenol Infusions in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus Associated Pulmonary Hypertension—A Series of Three Cases

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Behcet’s Disease: Experience in a Tertiary Rheumatology Centre in Singapore and a Review of the Literature

The only published study on Behcet’s disease in Singapore by Tan E et al (34 patients at the National Skin Centre) found that only...

Diabetic Retinopathy in Type II Diabetics Detected by Targeted Screening Versus Newly Diagnosed in General Practice

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Septic Monoarthritis and Osteomyelitis in an Elderly Man Following Klebsiella pneumoniae Genitourinary Infection: Case Report

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Developmental Dysplasia of the Hip: Universal or Selective Ultrasound Screening?

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Financing Newborn Screening Systems: US Experience

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Legal Issues in Neonatal Screening

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Neuroblastoma Screening in Japan: Population-based Cohort Study and Future Aspects of Screening

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Establishing a Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Programme

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Impact of the National Hearing Screening Programme in China

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Neuro-developmental Deficits in Early-treated Congenital Hypothyroidism

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Considerations in Choosing Screening Conditions: One (US) Approach

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Towards Universal Newborn Screening in Developing Countries: Obstacles and the Way Forward

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Early Predictors of Mortality in Pneumococcal Bacteraemia

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The Evolution of Teaching and Learning Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at NUS

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Diabetic Retinopathy in Diabetics Referred to a Tertiary Centre from a Nationwide Screening Programme

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Prevalence of Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis among Female School Children in Singapore

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An 11-year Review of Dermatomyositis in Asian Patients

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Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) in Pregnancy: A Review of the Guidelines for Preventing Mother-to-Child Transmission in Malaysia

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Periarticular FDG Uptake on PET/CT in Malignant Melanoma—Metastatic or Misleading?

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Is the Apprehension Test Sufficient for the Diagnosis of Anterior Shoulder Instability in Young Patients without Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)?

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Acute Onset Polyarthritis with Pitting Edema: Is it RS3PE?

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Chorea precipitated by phototherapy as initial presentation of systemic lupus erythematosus

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Immunomodulator use in paediatric severe sepsis and septic shock

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The Greying Pandemic: Implications of Ageing Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Positive Population in Singapore

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