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Singapore Red Cross website hacked, details of almost 4,300 potential blood donors leaked, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – More than 4,000 individuals have had their personal information leaked after part of the Singapore Red Cross’ (SRC) website was hacked last Wednesday (May 8). This is the latest of a string of data breach incidents affecting health-related organisations in Singapore. The part of the SRC website affected was the section that recruits people interested in donating blood, it said in a statement on Thursday (May 16). Through the website, members of the public can indicate their interest in making a blood donation. The SRC then manually makes…

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Bill Gates is backing this Hong Kong biotech start-up that can screen for cancer through a drop of urine or blood. Here’s why

A Hong Kong biotechnology start-up claims to have come up with a new procedure that could dramatically improve the efficiency and lower the cost of cancer screening.Phase Scientific International’s has developed a new way of preparing samples for liquid biopsy, a diagnostic screening tool to detect cancer cells or their DNA fragments in fluids such as blood and urine.In the short to medium term, the nascent technique of liquid biopsy could allow doctors to more accurately monitor a tumour’s… Source link

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Blood test for early detection of gastric cancer could be available by year-end, Singapore, Health News

SINGAPORE – A blood test for detecting gastric cancer early may be available by the end of this year. If approved by the Health Sciences Authority, it will be the first such test in the world, according to the expert leading the project. “Gastric cancer is a silent killer as it is often detected late, making it harder to treat and cure,” said Associate Professor Yeoh Khay Guan of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore. “This non-invasive blood test will greatly simplify the…

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800,000 blood donors’ personal data accessed illegally and possibly stolen; police investigating, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The personal information of more than 800,000 blood donors which was put online improperly for over two months was accessed illegally and possibly stolen, a Health Sciences Authority (HSA) vendor responsible for the mistake said on Saturday (March 30). It was initially thought that only a foreign cyber-security expert, who spotted the vulnerability in the server that stored the data, had accessed it. However on Saturday, Secur Solutions Group (SSG), an independent vendor of HSA, said its server was also accessed suspiciously from several other IP addresses between…

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HSA recalls three brands of high blood pressure drug losartan over cancer risk, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Three brands of a medicine prescribed for high blood pressure are being recalled because they contain higher than acceptable amounts of nitrosamine impurity, which can potentially cause cancer. However, patients currently taking these three brands of losartan are advised not to stop taking the medicine, as the immediate health risk is low, the Health Sciences Authority said in a statement on Thursday (March 28). The drugs affected are the 50mg and 100mg tablets from these brands: Hypergen, Losagen and Losartas. The Ministry of Health (MOH) said that about…

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Personal information of over 800,000 blood donors was accessible online for 2 months: HSA, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The personal information of more than 800,000 people who have donated or registered to donate blood in Singapore since 1986 was improperly put online by a Health Sciences Authority (HSA) vendor for more than two months, but access to the database was cut off soon after the discovery. Disclosing this in a statement on Friday (March 15), the HSA said its preliminary findings indicate that there was only one instance of external access – by a cybersecurity expert who discovered the vulnerability on Tuesday (March 12) and alerted…

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Baby ‘dumped’ by S’pore couple in Taiwan: Blood samples found in hotel room match newborn’s DNA, Singapore News

Taiwanese police on Monday (March 4) confirmed that blood samples taken from the hotel room of a Singaporean woman, who is alleged to have disposed of her newborn girl, match the DNA of the baby. The confirmation reported in Taiwanese media comes nearly a week after the authorities launched investigations into a Singapore couple suspected of wrapping the baby’s body in a black plastic bag and dumping it in a food recycling bin in central Taipei. Police believe that the body of the baby, which had the placenta and umbilical…

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Structural issues not behind why blood dripped from Tampines flat ceiling: Baey Yam Keng, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The blood that seeped through the ceiling of a Tampines Housing Board flat last Tuesday (Jan 29) – and later led to the body of an elderly man being found in the unit above – was not due to an issue with the ceiling’s structural integrity. Rather, it happened because of the porous nature of the concrete ceiling, Tampines GRC MP Baey Yam Keng told The Straits Times on Monday. “So there should not be anything wrong with it. Only the toilet area would have a waterproof membrane…

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77-year-old found dead in Tampines flat after blood drips through neighbour’s ceiling, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A Tampines resident noticed a strange smell in her flat on Tuesday morning (Jan 29). The 62-year-old eventually traced the smell to a dark red liquid which was dripping from the ceiling in her master bedroom. Suspecting that the liquid might be blood, the woman, who gave her name only as Ms Jamilah, asked her son-in-law to call the police. In response to queries, the police said that they were alerted to an incident at Block 440 Tampines Street 43 at 8.43am. It was classified as a case…

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Neighbour’s grisly discovery: ‘Cough syrup’ was blood trail, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – A strange liquid seen flowing out of a flat in Beach Road drew curious neighbours, who thought it might be cough syrup. In an attempt to figure out what it was, a man, who wanted to be known only as Mr Luo, 70, used his finger to touch the dark liquid and sniff it. The dark liquid turned out to be the blood of his 79-year-old neighbour, who had died in the flat at Block 4 Beach Road. Mr Luo told Chinese evening daily Lianhe Wanbao that he…

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