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That’s Just Swell

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Spondyloarthritis and your joints

Spondyloarthritis refers to a group of disorders where the joints of the spine and pelvis can become painful and swollen, also known as inflammation. Inflammation can also affect other joints, such as the hands and feet, and occasionally other organs,[...]

Be Kind to your Spine

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Mind your posture

Having a good posture is more than cosmetic. It is an important aspect of keeping your spine healthy. It can prevent neck and back pain from occurring or worsening. Back (to) Basics Looking at the spine from the side, it[...]

Job Jeopardies

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A guide to workplace health risks

Working in an office environment used to be considered “low risk”, but not anymore! We are now exposed to a variety of health risks, whether we know it or not. The regular and repetitive actions involved, combined with improper posture,[...]

There’s a Problem Building!


Step into the office and feel sick? It’s not just your imagination

If you start sneezing and wheezing the moment you get to work, you might suspect you are “allergic to work”. Actually, that wouldn’t be too far off the mark – but it might be your building that’s really causing your[...]

Haze Help


Don’t get hazed by this health hazard

With the recent bush fire in Malaysia on 12 February which affected the landfill site in southern Johor, the smell of haze once again pervaded the air over our small island. Singapore residents, especially in Sengkang, Hougang and Serangoon, were[...]

Nutrition No-no


Why skipping meals won’t solve your weight woes

Skipping meals is a popular method used to lose weight. Unfortunately, the side effects of skipping meals are much more serious than its assumed potential benefits. Mount Alvernia Hospital’s Nutrition and Dietetics Services Department debunks the myth of skipping meals[...]

Doubling Down on Diabetes

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A novel combination therapy to manage the condition

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is increasing in epidemic proportions all across the world. The health risks are well known. DM significantly increases the risk of coronary heart disease, kidney disease, amputation and eye disease in affected people. Fortunately, if the condition is[...]

Stress and High Blood Pressure

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What’s the link?

In today’s fast-paced world filled with expectations in the workplace and even from raising a family, it is common to hear people admitting they feel stress. Some may even claim that stress has cost them their health by increasing their[...]

Too Stressed to Sleep

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When worry is bad news for bedtime

Stress is common in our fast-paced, highly connected world. Stress is the feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure. Pressure turns into stress when you feel unable to cope. Many of life’s demands can cause stress, particularly[...]

Is your job bad for your heart?

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Work stress can do a real job on your ticker

It is commonly accepted that work stress can affect our cardiovascular health. You’re probably familiar with the phrase “worked to death”! Various kinds of jobs create different types of stress, and whether the stress becomes harmful depends on the individual[...]

Aortic Aneurysms


The silent killer within

Aortic aneurysms affect 3 – 4% of adults aged 60 and above, and are more common in men. They are characterised by an abnormal enlargement and ballooning of the aorta, the main artery that carries blood from the heart to[...]

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[...]

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