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Lower concentration of atropine eye drops can greatly reduce myopia: study

A five-year study of up to 800 children has shown that a low concentration of atropine eye drops can significantly reduce myopia.

SINGAPORE: A five-year study of up to 800 children shows that atropine eye drops of a lower concentration significantly reduce myopia.

The study shows that atropine eye drops of 0.01 percent were more effective than those of one per cent.

Nikhil Angappan was diagnosed with myopia when he was 10 years old, no thanks to bad reading habits like reading in the dark.

In 2006, he took part in the first phase of the myopia study where he was given the atropine eye drops at a concentration of 0.5 per cent over a two-year period.

“I started doing the atropine eye drops under the 0.5 concentration which resulted in me having certain amounts of glare on the field and it was kind of inconvenient. The glare was slightly addressed when I used photo sensitive glasses,” said Nikhil.

Later in 2009, he moved on to the second phase where he received the eye drops at a concentration of 0.01 per cent.

This stabilised his myopia and prevented further worsening of his eyesight.

After the treatment, his eyesight stabilised to 200 degrees in both eyes which could have otherwise shot up to 600 degrees in both eyes.

Professor Donald Tan, medical director at Singapore National Eye Centre, said: “The lowest dose of 0.01 per cent almost had no side effects. There is minimal dilation of the pupil and almost no effect on the near vision ability for the children. All of them can see very well. There were no safety issues at all.”

He added: “At this ultra-low dose, there were no side effects but we were still getting a significant effect on controlling myopia. It turns out that 0.01 per cent can reduce myopia progression by about 50-60 per cent which is actually huge.”

Professor Tan said the Singapore National Eye Centre is now awaiting approval by the Health Sciences Authority to allow the atropine eye drops at a concentration of 0.01 per cent to be made available in public hospitals.

He hopes that this will happen in three to six months.

– CNA/fa

via Lower concentration of atropine eye drops can greatly reduce myopia: study – Channel NewsAsia.

Govt budget for dengue prevention rises to S$85m in 2013

File photo of a worker fogging an area near a housing estate in Singapore. (AFP/Roslan Rahman)


The government’s budget for dengue prevention measures has gone up by more than 20 per cent this year to S$85 million as compared to that of the last three years.

SINGAPORE: The government’s budget for dengue prevention measures has gone up by more than 20 per cent this year to S$85 million as compared to that of the last three years.

The National Environment Agency (NEA) told Channel NewsAsia its dengue budget, which is used for research, the elimination of mosquito breeding and public education, is expected to reach S$85 million this year. This is 21 per cent higher than the annual budget of S$70 million from 2010 to 2012.

If necessary, NEA said it will pour in more funds.

These anti-dengue efforts seem to be paying off. After the number of cases peaked at a record high of 842 in the third week of June, the numbers have been trending downwards over the last three weeks to 542 cases last week.

However, the situation in Tampines remains relatively serious with over 400 cases.

Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of a community event, Minister of State for Health, Dr Amy Khor said Singaporeans should remain vigilant even as the number of dengue cases appears to be going down.

Dr Khor said: “It is good that the number of dengue cases has gone down last week by 20 per cent to 542, but the numbers are still significant.

“In fact, there are more than 100 active dengue clusters as of the end of last week July 12. More than 30 clusters have more than 10 or more dengue cases. The public must continue to remain vigilant and not to let their guard down because dengue is still lurking around.”

Dr Khor urged Singaporeans to continue to identify and get rid of any potential breeding spots or stagnant water, particularly in their homes and neighbourhood and work with the town councils to do so.

She also said those living in dengue clusters should use insect repellent to protect themselves.

– CNA/fa

via Govt budget for dengue prevention rises to S$85m in 2013 – Channel NewsAsia.

AVA holds culling exercise at poultry slaughterhouse

During an exercise held on Wednesday morning at a local poultry slaughterhouse, a worker prepares to cull chickens “infected with bird flu”.

Singapore may be free of bird flu, but it cannot let down its guard against an outbreak here, says the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority.

SINGAPORE: Singapore may be free of bird flu, but it cannot let down its guard against an outbreak here — that is the message from the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority (AVA). It held a poultry-culling exercise at a slaughterhouse for the first time, involving 500 chickens.

It takes a few seconds for chickens to be culled via electrocution — the AVA said the method is humane, and globally approved.

Soonly Food Processing Industries is one of 14 poultry slaughterhouses in Singapore, and every day, the slaughterhouses process about 165,000 chickens and ducks. Workers at the slaughterhouses go through regular training to prepare them for emergencies.

On Wednesday, some workers went through the drills that would kick-in during an outbreak.

First, their health is assessed before they start work — their temperatures are taken, and staff with fever are not allowed to be in direct contact with chickens. Staff are also given tamiflu to prevent them from developing flu.

They then put on extra protection. On normal days, slaughterhouse workers don masks and gloves at work, but during an emergency, they will wear extra protective gear, including goggles, hair nets and double-layered gloves.

As for the culled birds, the carcasses are packed into biohazard bags and sent for incineration. Vehicles and equipment that have come in contact with the chickens are also decontaminated.

This is AVA’s seventh exercise since 2002, and the first that involves a slaughterhouse.

Chew Keng Wah, COO of Soonly Food Processing Industries, said: “Workers also appreciate the value of such an exercise because when we talk to them, different people think of different things. But when you put them through an actual exercise, they know exactly what it is, what the stages are.”

AVA said it would continue working with various agencies to improve its contingency plans.

Dr Yap Him Hoo, group director of the quarantine and inspection group at the AVA, said: “The main thing we want to do through this exercise is to train our officers as well as the other parties who may be involved in the contingency planning — to be familiar with the steps and procedures, and to know what to do.

“So far, the progress has been good. We noticed that our staff are well-trained to tackle bird flu incursions.”

Some 100 people from AVA and the slaughterhouse were involved in Wednesday’s exercise. It also included observers from the National Environment Agency and Ministry of Health.

– CNA/ac

via AVA holds culling exercise at poultry slaughterhouse – Channel NewsAsia.

Academia at SGH campus to open its doors on July 20

Artist’s impression of The Academia. (Image: Singapore General Hospital)

The mini-hospital in The Academia is designed to give medical, nursing and allied health staff hands-on training.

SINGAPORE: A mini-hospital in The Academia – designed to give medical, nursing and allied health staff hands-on training – has been set up at the Singapore General Hospital (SGH) campus.

The facility, which houses SGH’s pathology services as well as research laboratories and education facilities, will open its doors on July 20.

The simulated working environment has an operating theatre, intensive care unit and specialist outpatient clinics.

There are also training for cardiopulmonary resuscitation, bedside resuscitation and proper drip care for patients.

The mini hospital will be the base for education and training institutions such as the SGH Division of Surgery, Institute for Medical Simulation and Education and SingHealth Alice Lee Institute of Advanced Nursing.

Trainee surgeons and students will undergo surgical training at a wet skills laboratory.

Division of Surgery Chairman at SGH, Professor London Lucien Ooi, elaborated.

“In surgery, we learn procedure, how to do step one step two, how to cut, how to clip. We can run as many as 48 tables at one go. In the past, it would be six tables max. Most centres anywhere in the world would be between six to eight max so 48 is a tremendous number to increase by. We hope that with the number of tables, we can do more training for more people not just for Singapore but for the region.”

Trainee doctors at the facility will also get the opportunity to get their hands on a range of equipment that actually simulates a real hospital setting.

One of them includes a machine where trainee doctors can learn more about the endoscopy procedure and better understand a patient’s colon, lungs and stomach.

Also, the histopathology department contains sophisticated and innovative equipment.

Dr Rafay Azhar, senior consultant at the Pathology Department of Singapore General Hospital, said: “One of the good things about digital pathology is that you can collaborate with external parties if there is a difficult case and you want an answer right away. You can actually send the images in real time and the other person at the other end can give an opinion, so that does have an impact on patient care and saves a lot of time.”

The facility also boasts the largest clinical biochemistry lab in Singapore.

The lab integrates automated analytical processes and cutting edge technology to offer test results for patients after collecting their blood or urine samples.

– CNA/fa

via Academia at SGH campus to open its doors on July 20 – Channel NewsAsia.

Kegiatan Sosial Mahkota Medical Centre di Panti Asuhan Putra Muhammadyah

Marketing Eksekutif Mahkota,M. Hafiz Memberi Santunan

PEKANBARU, RIAUGREEN.COM- Marhaban Ya Ramadhan, Kantor Representative Mahkota Medical Centre (MMC) di Bulan Suci Ramadhan ini melakukan kunjungan sosial dengan memberikan santunan kepada Panti Asuhan Yatim Putra Muhammadiyah yang bertempat di belakang Plaza Citra pekanbaru pada hari Rabu siang,(17/07/2013).

Dalam kunjungan ini,  Mahkota Medical Centre pekanbaru memberikan santunan berupa beberapa jenis sembako seperti Beras,Minyak goreng berikut mie instan dan juga diberikan santunan berupa uang yang diberikan langsung oleh Muhammad Hafiz, Marketing Eksekutif Mahkota Medical Centre, yang datang langsung dari Malaka,malaysia.

Dalam sambutannya,Hafiz berpesan kepada Anak anak pondok Asuhan untuk selalu semangat dalam menjalankan ibadah puasa.jangan berputus asa dengan keadaan yang ada. Uang yang diterima agar di gunakan dengan baik.” Pesan Hafiz mengakhiri sambutannya.

Pondok asuhan ini di pilih oleh MMC di karenakan panti asuhan ini merupakan panti asuhan putra yang pertama berdiri di kota pekanbaru. Panti asuhan putra ini didirikan sejak tahun 1962 dan di beri nama Panti Asuhan Yatim Putra Muhammadiyah. Saat ini panti asuhan yang di kelola oleh Bapak Agus telah menampung lebih dari 40 orang anak laki laki dari dewasa hingga Anak anak.

“Kami sangat senang sekali dengan kedatangan Bapak bapak dari Mahkota ini. Kami sangat berterima kasih atas bantuannya. Semoga Mahkota Medical Centre dapat di terima oleh masyarakat pekanbaru.” Ungkap Agus.

Kegiatan sosial tahunan yang dilakukan oleh MMC pekanbaru merupakan kegiatan yang pertama dilakukan dari 16 kantor Cabang Representative Mahkota yang ada di seluruh di Indonesia.

Kegiatan kegiatan sosial seperti sunnatan masal,pengobatan gratis akan menjadi program marketing Rumah sakit Mahkota Medical Centre kedepannya.(Rby)

via Kegiatan Sosial Mahkota Medical Centre di Panti Asuhan Putra Muhammadyah | Riau Untuk Indonesia.

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