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Cholesterol Control

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How can you keep cholesterol in check?

Cholesterol is important for our body functions but could also cause problems if there are high levels in our blood. The fat that we eat gets changed by the liver into cholesterol and triglycerides. Since cholesterol is made in the[...]

Metabolism Matters

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Lots to digest on metabolism and obesity

The causes of obesity are complex and have not been fully uncovered, despite scientific breakthroughs. The relationship between metabolism and body weight is an area of great interest as well as controversy for researchers, healthcare providers and patients alike. Here,[...]

Burning Issue


Recurrent urinary tract infections in women

Urinary tract infections (UTI) in women are a common occurrence. One in two women will experience a UTI at some point in their lives, and up to a quarter of these women may experience multiple repeated urinary infections. The majority[...]

Take Control. Get Screened.


Don’t give diseases a chance to develop

One of the best ways to improve your long-term health is to nip developing health problems in the bud – and that’s where health screening comes in. Health Screening Physician Dr Ang Geok Lian tells us more about health screening.[...]

Save My Leg, Doc!

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The danger of deep damage in diabetics

Here is a little-known fact: a major lower limb amputation due to complications from diabetes occurs once every 30 seconds worldwide. In Singapore, an estimated 700 major lower limb amputations take place every year, or approximately two a day. These[...]

Deep Vein Thrombosis

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Clots you can live without

Being a vascular surgeon, I am often called upon to evaluate patients who present with seemingly innocuous symptoms, such as calf swelling and pain, to exclude deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Most of them are usually caught by surprise as they[...]

Nagging Knee Pain


What’s the cause?

“Do I have to stop running?” was the thought that went through Janice’s mind.  She had been running regularly about three times a week, for a distance of approximately seven kilometres. Everything was good initially but she noted that recently,[...]

Colon Cancer Condensed

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A quick run-through of everything you need to know

Colon cancer is the most common cancer in Singapore. Dr Foo Kian Fong, the Senior Consultant Medical Oncologist at Parkway Cancer Centre, explains about colon cancer, tells us what we can do to avoid it, and what we have to[...]

The Perils of Obesity in Women

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How putting on weight puts your health at risk

The worldwide prevalence of obesity is increasing steadily. In Singapore, the percentage of obese adults has increased from 6.9% in 2004 to 10.8% in 2010. In 2010, 9.5% of female adults were classified as obese. What is obesity? Obesity is[...]

Reduce your Risk of Cancer

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Safeguard yourself with these simple steps

While there is no proven way to prevent cancer, changes in lifestyle can help to prevent many types of cancers – as many as 40%! Dr Khoo Kei Siong, Deputy Medical Director of Parkway Cancer Centre, shows how the risk[...]

What am I Doing Wrong?

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Common issues in getting pregnant

A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS The Stats on Conception 15% of couples in Singapore do not get pregnant within 1 year 1 in 7 couples worldwide have fertility problems Female factors, male factors and couple factors each contribute to 1/3[...]


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When cancer runs through blood

Our bodies usually do a pretty amazing job of protecting themselves. In particular, our blood constantly renews itself, gets rid of harmful foreign bodies and fights off infections. But what happens when blood turns into the bad guy? Dr Lim[...]

“Infertility” is not Infallible

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What you can do about reproductive issues

Fertility problems may arise due to problems in the female or the male reproductive system. Female infertility reasons can broadly be divided into: Ovulation disorders, e.g. caused by polycystic ovaries Endometriosis where the lining of the uterus occurs outside its[...]

Too Busy for Baby?

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What you need to know about getting pregnant after 40

Most of us, if given the choice, would like to have it all. Given the high level of education in women today, it is not surprising that many would look forward to having a fulfilling career or even desire to[...]

Gestational Grief

Aches, nausea and other pregnancy woes

There are a number of problems that can be associated with pregnancy. Here’s a quick guide to the more common ones, and what you can do about them. Backache – A discomfort across the lower back; may also be felt[...]

Genetic Testing to Know my Future Cancer Risk

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Blessing or curse?

In the movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, the opening scene shows the heroes avoiding death because their knowledge of future events provided them with early warning. Would knowing the future of one’s health, and in particular one’s cancer risk,[...]

Excessive Sweating and Body Odour

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When less is more

Sweating or perspiration is a natural process, whereby our “sweat glands” release a fluid that is high in salt along with some fractions of minerals and oil. Sweating is the body’s natural temperature regulation system. Everybody Sweats We are all[...]

Hairline Fractures


Don’t let this problem slip through the cracks

Johnathan had been training for an upcoming half-marathon for about a month before he felt his right shin start to hurt increasingly during and after running. The previously inactive 40-year-old executive had become more health and fitness conscious after celebrating[...]

Severe PMS


Monthly mayhem in my mind and body

 Do you have mood swings before your period?  Do you feel bloated?  Does your acne flare up?  Do you crave for sweets or salty foods?  Do your friends and family stay away from you because[...]

Vacation Vaccination

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Don’t kick the bucket while fulfilling your bucket list

The increased availability of cheaper air travel and the mobility of population from one continent to another have made tourism a risk factor of exposure to unfamiliar diseases. Tourists are exposed to diseases to which they have little or no[...]

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