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Sharing inspiration at TEDx – How I did it

A couple of days ago, I had my inaurgral TEDx experience – as a speaker on stage. I’ve always been a fan of TED and TEDx, having attended several events in Singapore over these few years. They are usually a blast, and you come out brimming with new ideas and inspired to go change the world. So you can imagine how excited I was to have the opportunity to be a TEDx speaker, and be able to share my ideas and story to hopefully inspire others. It wasn’t as simple as it looked however. That 15 minutes on stage may seem easy, but behind that was probably 40 – 50 hours of...

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Interview with Talking Point (Channel News Asia)

I was recently interviewed by Channel News Asia for their latest episode on diabetes in Singapore. Shared my thoughts on how technology can solve some of the challenges patients face in managing their condition well. Check out the full video here. (Talking Point Episode 38, 16 Mar 2017) The biggest problem patients face is the lack of support. Diabetes is a disease that is with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it never goes away. Yet patients often spend less than 1% of that time with a health professional, the rest of the time they’re left on their own, self-managing their condition...

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Is Type 2 diabetes curable?

“Is type 2 diabetes reversible, doctor?” It’s a common question I get asked by many people. When I was back in medical school more than 10 years ago, we were all taught that type 2 diabetes is a chronic disease. Which means that it will be there with you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it doesn’t go away. Essentially incurable. And once you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, the best you can do is to try to manage it as best as you can. Today, the answer is no longer clear cut. In a positive way. Lets take a deeper look at what the science tells us. (You can find the full post...

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What you should know about diabetes and men

Did you know that men have a slightly higher chance of developing diabetes compared to women? This is according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This means that if you have the Y chromosome (yes, I’m referring to you men/guys), it’s important to know about diabetes symptoms in men. Many of them are similar for both genders. However, there are a few things that are specific to men. Also, if you’re itching to know why there’s a photo of Tom Hanks in this article, read on! I promise you, there’s a good reason. There are 4 key symptoms of diabetes mellitus – no...

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What you need to know about HbA1c

Have you heard your doctor or friends mention the term ‘A1C’ (or ‘HbA1c’) and wonder to yourself what in the world does it mean? Or its could be familiar word, but you never really understood what it meant for you? (and too embarrassed to ask your nurse or doctor) Fret not. After reading this, you’ll know exactly what A1c is, what your ideal A1c should be, and how you can estimate A1c using an A1c calculator/converter. And I promise I’ll make it easy for you to understand. What does A1c (HbA1c) stand for? HbA1C (used interchangeably with ‘A1c’) is a medical term, and refers...

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Why I Joined the Glyco Leap Team

(Reblogging – see the full, original post here) As a doctor, I often get asked why I left behind a promising career in medicine to join the team that developed Glyco Leap, a smartphone-based coaching program for people with Type 2 diabetes. Compared to a stable job as a practising clinician in the hospital, working in a young company means so much more uncertainty – with job security, financial renumeration, career progression, among others. Thinking rationally, it doesn’t make sense. But I believed in the vision to create a new, better healthcare experience for people...

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6 things I learnts at the Malaysian Telemedicine Conference

I had the honour to be a panellist at the mobile health (mHealth) symposium at the 2016 Malaysian Telemedicine Conference held on 16 – 17 Aug at Sunway Medical Centre. It was energising to talk and interact with many different visionaries and stakeholders, all of whom are excited to see telemedicine come to life in delivering better healthcare at lower costs. Here are a couple of key insights I took home from the conference: On mHealth 1. mHealth has been estimated to be a huge market, however it has fallen short of its revenue potential despite the large number of health apps and users...

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Scaling Humans and Healthcare

A key project I’m involved in at work is an online program that helps people with diabetes and prediabetes make sustainable changes to their habits for better health. Our health coaches, in particular dietitians, are an essential component that contributes to the efficacy of the program. An oft-asked question I get is that health coaching is a high-touch human service – how do you scale that up? Or the famous ‘million’ question – Suppose you have 1 million participants, you can’t possible have enough dietitians or coaches to handle them all...

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Machine Learning : I did it, so can you too.

As promised, here’s my Python notebook which I used to generate my first set of predictions using machine learning. This is for passenger survival in the Titanic data set (Kaggle). The Titanic training data set contains 890 rows (Passengers), each with 12 columns including Name, Sex, Age, Ticket number, Passenger Class, Cabin name, Port of Embarkation, number of siblings. A relatively small data set but fun to play with as a novice without feeling overwhelmed! After some quick explorations of the data, I begin with some basic data munging. This is to prepare the data set for fitting...

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How NOT to approach a grant proposal (for startups).

Having written up at least 4 grant proposals for our company’s projects over the past year, I feel that I’m at least partially qualified to say this: Grant writing (for startups) is a painful process. Don’t get me wrong – every single person I’ve worked with at these grant agencies has been very helpful and enthusiastic and I am thankful for their guidance. Singapore is often cited as one of the best places to startup in Asia, with a multitude of sources of non-equity funding  for early / very early stage companies. These grants usually come from various...

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