16 March 2017 | Research

A study led by Asst Prof Feng Lei from the Dept of Psychological Medicine at NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine found that seniors who are regular tea drinkers have a 50 to 61 per cent lower risk of having cognitive impairment, compared to those who did not drink tea at all. This applies to  tea brewed with leaves from the tea plant, and not to fruit or flower teas.The study also found that seniors with a gene known as APOE e4 – which can increase a person’s risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease by several times – had an 86 per cent lower risk of developing this problem if they were regular tea drinkers.

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16 March 2017 | Research

The Steps to Avoid Falls in Elderly (Safe) study involving researchers from Duke-NUS Medical School, Singapore General Hospital, Changi General Hospital and the Agency for Integrated Care, found that physical therapy may not significantly reduce the number of falls for the elderly, but it helps in dampening the severity of falls. The study also found that physical therapy has a limited impact if the patient has two or more chronic ailments.

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16 March 2017 | Entrepreneurship

Singapore medical robotics company, EndoMaster, a spin-off by NUS and NTU, raised $20.5 million in Series B funding, said to be one of the largest such amounts for a medical technology company here. 

The Business Times Online

15 March 2017 | Education

Prof M Ramesh from the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at NUS has been appointed as UNESCO Chairholder. In his four-year appointment as UNESCO Chairholder, Prof Ramesh will spearhead research to shape key conversations in the area of social policy design in Asia. He will also join a group of international scholars in the UNITWIN/UNESCO Chairs Programme aimed at building research capabilities of universities to address pressing social problems and promote sustainable development.

The Business Times Online, Lianhe Zaobao, Channel NewsAsia

14 March 2017 | Education

Prof Tan Tai Yong has been named Yale-NUS College’s new President. Currently Executive Vice President (Academic Affairs) of the College, he will assume office on 1 July, taking over from Prof Pericles Lewis who has helmed the liberal arts college since its founding in 2011.

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14 March 2017 | General News

The Kent Ridge Ministerial Forum 2017 featured Mr Lim Swee Say, Minister for Manpower, who spoke on the topic “Singapore’s Changing Demographics – Maintaining a Thriving Economy with a Diversified Workforce”. Minister Lim also fielded questions from the audience, such as what workers of the future would need and whether increased automation would displace jobs.

Channel NewsAsia, The Straits Times, TODAY

14 March 2017 | Research

A study led by Asst Prof Tamra Lysaght from the Centre for Biomedical Ethics at NUS had demonstrated that the effectiveness of the common practice of mass culling of animals to prevent the spread of disease is debatable. According to the scientists, disease could spread as animals move away from the areas where culling is taking place. Instead, public health policies should take into account the health of both human and animal populations, through means like vaccinating the animals instead of culling them, for example.

The Straits Times, TODAY, Lianhe Zaobao

14 March 2017 | General News

Prof Zheng Yongnian, Director of the East Asian Institute at NUS, noted that China must continue to urbanise even though the focus on GDP growth has caused serious problems for the country. He added that China will face tremendous challenges in this area for a long time as it has to take care of its society, particularly the rural population, along with the needs of its economy.

Lianhe Zaobao

13 March 2017 | General News

Duke-NUS student Mr Tan Chin Chuen, who won silver for the men’s C2 200m canoeing event at the 28th SEA Games in 2015, shared on how he manages his time between sport training and studies.

Lianhe Zaobao

12 March 2017 | General News

Assoc Prof Simon Poh from the Dept of Accounting at NUS Business School explained the term “progressive tax system”, which is often used by the authorities to indicate whether they tax high income earners proportionately more than low-income earners, and its importance.

The Sunday Times