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Motorised Exoskeleton Helps People with Spinal Cord Injuries to Walk

The US Food and Drug Administration has allowed marketing of the first motorised device intended to act as an exoskeleton for people with lower body paralysis (paraplegia) due to a spinal cord injury. ReWalk is a motorised device worn over[...]

Singaporean Taxi Drivers to be Ambassadors for Eye Care

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Ophthalmic optics company Essilor, in association with the National Taxi Association (NTA), Health Promotion Board, Singapore Optometric Association (SOA) and Singapore Polytechnic, has initiated the Taxi Drivers Eye Care Ambassador Programme. The Programme is designed to ensure that Singaporean taxi[...]

Survey: 80% of Smartphone Users Interested in Healthcare Alerts

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A global survey by FICO, a leading predictive analytics and decision management software company, has revealed that 80% of people would like the option to use their smartphones to interact with healthcare providers. These organisations include government and private insurers,[...]

No Premium Increase for Top-up Portion of Integrated Shield Plans for One Year Following Implementation of MediShield Life

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For one year following the implementation of MediShield Life by the Ministry of Health (MOH), the five Integrated Shield Plan (IP) insurers are committed to not increase the top-up portion of IP premiums for plans covering Class B1 and A[...]

Chondroitin

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For strength and flexibility

Here is another clue to healthier, pain-free joints! Chondroitin is a natural component found in cartilage – the tough, connective tissues that cushion our joints. Chondroitin helps draw fluid into the cartilage, making it more flexible, and also blocks enzymes[...]

Vitamin E

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More than skin deep

Vitamin E is not only a choice ingredient in cosmetics; it also bodes well for our eyes, hearts and nerves. As a powerful antioxidant, vitamin E neutralises the oxidant effect of free radicals, which destroy the healthy cells in our[...]

Pep up your Peepers!

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3 easy recipes for healthy eyes and sharp vision

Zesty Carrot Ginger Soup (Serves 4) Packed with vitamin A, carrot prevents night blindness and is essential for retinal health. It also reduces the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration. Ingredients 3 tbsp unsalted butter 680g carrot (about 6 or[...]

Robotic Surgery for Early Prostate Cancer:

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What you need to know

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that is part of the male reproductive system, and is found below the bladder in the male pelvis (Figure 1). Prostate cancer remains the most common cancer affecting men in the United States, Europe,[...]

Home is Where the Heart is

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Cardiologist Dr Soon Chao Yang puts his heart into his work

For Dr Soon Chao Yang, serving others has always been close to his heart. As a teenager, Dr Soon suffered from allergic rhinitis and frequently needed to visit his family doctor. At the doctor’s office, he was inspired by the[...]

First Impressions Count

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Transform your look, transform your life

Have you ever gone for a job interview looking sloppy? Well, most of us would dress up in a suit and ensure our hair looks neat and tidy when the day comes for us to present ourselves in front of[...]

Scent of a Woman

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Flaunt your femininity

Strong yet tender, mysterious and seductive, playful and full of life… women are complex, multi-faceted creatures. Our personalities have so many dimensions. These unique fragrances, inspired by different places and emotions, celebrate the diversity of a woman’s beauty in all[...]

‘Gumming’ for the Perfect Smile

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Too much or too little gum? Now you can get it just right

About 85% of the general population suffers from periodontitis.  Early treatment is essential and, if left untreated, can lead to tooth loss. It is said that having a nice smile can often determine how well you leave an impression on[...]

Immunisations for the Elderly

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One simple shot could save your life

Take your shot! Get vaccinated against Influenza: Viral illness of the respiratory system; can lead to pneumonia Pneumococcal disease: Bacterial infection affecting various parts of the body, including central nervous system, middle ear and lungs Herpes zoster (shingles): Caused by[...]

Urogenital Syndrome at Menopause

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What can be done about it?

At menopause, hormone production by the ovaries begins to decline. This leads to significant changes in the vulva, vagina, cervix, urethra, and bladder. Postmenopausal women often experience vaginal discharge, accompanied by violent itching, a syndrome now called atrophic vaginitis. Unfortunately,[...]

Pelvic Pain in Women

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Don’t just pass it off!

Pelvic pain is pain or discomfort that is experienced at the lower part of your abdomen below the belly button or pelvis.  It is a common symptom experienced by many women. It is important for women to recognise signs of[...]

End the Silence Part II

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My lifelong battle against endometriosis

Continued from Part 1 in the June issue. Losing Myself By the middle of 2004, Darion was past his second birthday and had been with us for over a year. Our adoption was now finalised. The next few months were[...]

Eat Asthma Attacks Away

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The link between your diet and asthma

From doing the right types of exercises to avoiding extreme weather conditions, asthmatics go to great lengths to manage their disease. However, many do not know that eating the right foods and having a good diet can go some way[...]

Sports Injuries in Children

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Why running can be risky business

Sports injuries account for a quarter of all injuries to children and adolescents, and the incidence is on the rise due to increasing participation in sports at all ages. More corporate runs for young ones are now available, such as[...]

Childhood Myopia

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The long and short of it

Gabriel, a seven-year-old schoolboy whom I have been seeing, had 7 dioptres (700 degrees) of myopia and his parents were clearly anxious and concerned. “Can the myopia be controlled?” and “Is the high degree of myopia dangerous?” are questions frequently[...]

Just Joey

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Say it like you Mead it!

For someone who comes from the world of high fashion, where makeup, styling and posing for the camera are all part of the job, Joey Mead is surprisingly… real. There is no pretense about her, and she’s refreshingly forthright with[...]

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