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The obvious thing is to think about what we could remove from our diet. But I took a completely opposite approach and began asking: What could we be adding to our diet that could boost the body’s defense system? In other words, can we eat to starve cancer? — William Li

William Li, a cancer researcher, discusses how anti-angiogenesis can help to treat cancer and other diseases. Cancer, as he describes, starts out as a harmless microscopic tumor and gets larger when they gain access to enough blood supply and nutrients. Without these, the cancer cells are not deadly. What anti-angiogenesis does is to help prevent blood vessels from reaching cancer cells and thus, the tumor simply can't grow.

He then goes on to discuss how eating natural foods such as fruits and vegatables can help to prevent cancer.

Watch the 20 minute talk by clicking on the picture above.

Source: TED.com

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Other than featuring stories from our students, faculty members and blog authors, we at upbeat also want to share interesting videos/talks with our readers. These videos and talks will of course, be medically related and are aimed at providing our readers with some "food for thought".

Today, we would like to share with you a talk from TED.com:

You can't make a recipe for something as complicated as surgery. Instead, you can make a recipe for how to have a team that's prepared for the unexpected. — Atul Gawande

In this 19 minute video clip, How Do We Heal Medicine? , Atul Gawande, a surgeon and public health journalist, discusses how doctors can improve their practice using a checklist for surgery. You might ask, why a checklist? Well, watch the video below to find out more!

You can learn more about him by reading his profile here.

Source: TED.com

Contributed by Kizher, Class of 2012

The countdown is finally over; I am officially Dr. Kizher Shajahan Mohamed Buhary! It has certainly been a long and painful yet rewarding journey for all of us in the class of 2012.   

Year 1

Contributed by Zhou Yi, Class of 2015

During the periods of spring-summer, the 2012 Project Karen team set off as planned on 27th April and headed towards Chiang Mai, Thailand. Sixteen of us, including thirteen Duke-NUS medical students and three doctors, felt very excited about this mission trip and were ambitious in achieving our planned goals.

Project KAREn collage


More Pics can be found on the Duke-NUS Education flickr page here

Once again, another group of enthusiastic students continue the tradition of Project KAREn by embarking on their journey to Huay Khao Lip, a Karen Hill Tribe village near Chiang Mai in northern Thailiand. Conceived by a group of devoted Duke-NUS seniors in 2010, the objectives of Project Karen are to give much needed help to this village and improve students' clinical skills by training as volunteer doctors.

World Autism Awareness Day

Contributed by Debra Quek and Anu Pandey, Class of 2015.


Ion Orchard in Singapore, all lit up in blue

In 2007, the United Nations General Assembly declared 2 April World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). Events to commemorate this day are organized all around the world.

Last year, students of Benjamin Sheares College spearheaded the first celebration of WAAD in Singapore, bringing together various autism centres in Singapore to organize a one-day seminar for caregivers. The event was well received and even drew participants from outside Singapore! This year, we had the privilege of collaborating with 5 autism centres in Singapore, namely, Autism Association (Singapore), Autism Resource Centre (Singapore), Rainbow Centre, Shoulders Singapore and St. Andrew’s Autism Centre to organize this year’s activities for WAAD 2012.

Gurangad Singh Chandok

Contributed by Gurangad Singh Chandok, Class of 2015.


Having a Barbeque lunch with the team.

My time at Duke-NUS so far has been extremely rewarding and satisfying. I came to Duke-NUS unsure of how diverse our class would be. I was concerned about adjusting to Singapore and coping with the stress of an intense medical program. However, I was pleasantly surprised right from orientation. Our class is an excellent mix of people from different spheres of education and culture. It has been an absolute pleasure to be a part of Duke-NUS thus far.


Outing with my classmates after an exam.


Outing with my seniors at Clarke Quay.

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