I was invited to give this talk at the ECHO Singapore 2018 conference last Saturday, and had to do a bit of reading up. Who should receive antibiotic prophylaxis against endocarditis, particularly when undergoing dental procedures, is obviously an important clinical decision. Endocarditis – inflammation of the inner layer of the heart, particularly the heart […]

Last few days before the essay contest officially closes on 31st August! We have already received a number of interesting submissions and well-written essays from students from a number of schools, including Tanjong Katong Girls School, Raffles Institution, Dunman High, and Anderson Junior College. Thank you! But naturally, we are hoping for even more! There […]

The screenshot of the news article below says it all. I have never seen a case of diphtheria in my career and hence needed to do a little reading up. Respiratory diphtheria is a clinical syndrome characterized by sore throat and fever (the initial presentation is identical to most viral upper respiratory tract infections), followed […]

I was asked to provide some comments for the local Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao on antibacterial product recently, and the article was published two days ago (in Chinese). I am glad that the other people who commented, including another ID physician (Dr Changa from Raffles Hospital), a dermatologist, and a Watson’s pharmacist, all basically said […]

I had the distinct pleasure of chairing the final panel of the workshop “Disease Across Species: The Science, Ethics, and Anthropology of One Health” organised by the enterprising Mr Zohar Lederman and Dr Lyle Fearnley of the Centre for Biomedical Ethics (NUS) and Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) respectively. The panel was refreshingly […]

Today is World TB Day, and this is the 36th edition since it was first inaugurated on 24th March 1982 by WHO and the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (IUATLD). 135 years ago, Robert Koch presented perhaps the most important of his multiple seminal works, “Über Tuberkulose”, to the scientists gathered at the […]

Had an all too short visit to St Andrews in Fife, Scotland. St Andrews appears to be better known for golf and the Prince William-Kate Middleton romance, but it also houses a university and medical school (pre-clinical only) that punches well above its weight where research is concerned. It was a treat touring Falkland Palace […]

Naturally, this is biased by what I know and has been reported. But here is what I feel are the significant events in 2016. Outbreaks These are the most easily recalled and form the biggest group of infectious disease events by far. The major outbreaks this year include: Rotavirus gastroenteritis at Pek Kio Market affecting […]

An end of the year tongue-in-cheek answer to the spin-off question: why do more specialists look happier in the Singapore private sector? Personally, I think there could be several reasons. Firstly, part of it could just be perceptual in nature: they look happier because appearing happy pays off better than looking pessimistic and frustrated. A […]

I read icddr,b’s (the acronym for the famous International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh) blog post recently about their ongoing work on antimicrobial resistance. The work is impressive and very relevant to the situation in that country, and the post also brought back memories of a time 6 years ago when I was in […]