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Dealing with Diabetes

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Don’t let it take life’s sweetness

Diabetes mellitus or diabetes is a common condition in which a person has high blood sugar due to inadequate insulin production or response. In Singapore, it is the fourth most common condition seen in community healthcare. Causes and Risk Factors[...]

I Like to Move it, Move it

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Dump those myths about bowel movements

Bowel movements are one of many normal bodily functions and we often take them for granted. Conversely, there have been numerous myths that have been perpetuated through the years that cause us to worry unnecessarily and in some cases, we[...]

Nix the Neckache

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You don’t have to stick it out

Neck pain may be caused by a variety of factors, including muscle strain, ligament sprains, arthritis of neck joints, or a ‘pulled’ or ‘pinched’ nerve. Approximately 10% of adults have neck pain at any one time. Fortunately, most patients recover[...]

Cigarettes and Lung Cancer

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Your health could go up in smoke

A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS Smoking and Lung Cancer Lung cancer ranks as the #2 cancer in males, and #3 in females Smoking causes 85% – 90% of lung cancers Only 16.6% of lung cancer patients live > 5 years[...]

Challenging COPD

Coughing

How can we manage this?

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a condition that affects the lungs and causes difficulty in breathing. The disease is progressive, that is, it gets worse over time. It affects millions of people world-wide, which is why you should[...]

Prediabetes

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It’s not too late to save yourself

Prediabetes or Impaired Glucose Tolerance (IGT) means being in a state between having normal blood glucose and having diabetic range blood glucose. Prediabetics are usually asymptomatic – that is, they do not display symptoms – and their blood glucose values[...]

Allergic Rhinitis

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It’s nothing to sneeze at

Many of us would have experienced some of the symptoms of allergic rhinitis, which is growing to be a widespread clinical condition. In order to understand it better, let us take a peek into the most common questions about this[...]

Listen Closely

An audiologist answers all

Hearing is one of our five senses, and it’s something we use all the time. Hearing connects us to others. Imagine losing your hearing. How different your world would be! That’s when you need the help of an audiologist. Wait…[...]

Breast Cancer in 20-Somethings

Woman and doctor

Are you at risk?

As the number one cancer affecting women in Singapore, breast cancer has been written up in numerous publications and aired on various media platforms over the years. What is uniquely Singaporean is that there are two peaks of incidence of[...]

Fever and Flu

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In healthy kids, fever generally doesn’t indicate anything serious. Fever is usually caused by infections from viruses (such as the cold or flu) or bacteria (such as ear infections). Although it can be frightening when your child’s temperature rises, fever itself[...]

Endometriosis

Abdominal pain

The inside story

Endometriosis is a gynaecological condition where tissue from the lining of the uterus (endometrium) is found outside the uterus. It is often found in the pelvic and lower abdominal cavity, and rarely, in other areas of the body. What are[...]

Chickenpox? Let’s throw a party!

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Why this disease should be taken seriously

You may have heard of ‘chickenpox parties’, where parents gather to expose their children to an infected child with chickenpox. These parties are organised with the belief that allowing children to come into contact with chickenpox will build their immunity[...]

Robotic Knee Surgery

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Now you can give pain a flying kick

Rose used to be a rather active mother of two, participating in dancing, and weekly hikes around the hilly knolls around Singapore. Over the last year her right knee started to hurt persistently, and she had taken painkillers and anti-inflammatory[...]

Breast Cancer Screening

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Early detection is the best protection

One in 16 women in Singapore will develop breast cancer at some time in their life. The good news is that it can usually be cured if it is detected early. Breast cancer screening is a way in which doctors[...]

10 Health Screenings that Women Must Do

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The essential check-up checklist for women

Nobody likes going to the doctor’s, but there are some visits you shouldn’t skip – screenings are tests for diseases before the symptoms appear. Early detection will help you and your healthcare providers to actively manage your risk factors and[...]

Eczema

Neck Itching

The most common chronic skin condition

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin condition characterised by a red rash, dry skin and itching. In certain patients, there are also signs of thickened skin (lichenification), blisters, hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation and skin infections. Eczema is[...]

Listen to your Heart

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Symptoms of heart disease explained

Every day, 15 Singaporeans die from heart disease and stroke. It is crucial to seek medical help upon encountering any of the symptoms associated with heart disease. But what exactly are ‘palpitations’, and are all chest pains related to heart[...]

HPV and Cervical Cancer

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Circumventing the deadly disease

A LOOK AT THE NUMBERSCervical Cancer in Singapore 10th most common cancer among women 1 case diagnosed every 2 days Causes 360 deaths a year, or 1 death every 5 days 25% of cases are diagnosed in women from 45[...]

Circumcision

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Cutting to the chase

Circumcision refers to the surgical removal of the foreskin at its attachment to the base of the glans of the penis. It is perhaps the most common surgical procedure performed worldwide, with about one-third of the world’s male population being[...]

Help for Hives

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When urticaria flares up

Have you ever had itchy bumps that appeared on your skin out of the blue? Were you clueless as to what caused them and how to get rid of them? You may have had a bout of urticaria, more commonly[...]

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