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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[...]

Alcoholism and Liver Cirrhosis

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The price of overindulgence?

A Look at the Numbers Drinking 30–60g/day results in cirrhosis in 1% of patients Risk of cirrhosis increases to 5.7% with 120g of alcohol/day 1 can beer contains 15g alcohol = 1 glass red/white wine = 1 shot hard liquor[...]

What’s Eating You?

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Recognise the signs of eating disorders

Are you suffering from OSFED? What is that, you might ask. Is it a Mexican dish, or an abbreviation for a new federal bank? No, absolutely not! In fact, it is a serious, life-threatening illness and stands for Other Specified[...]

Medications for High Cholesterol

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What are your options?

There are several medications used in the treatment of high cholesterol (otherwise known as dyslipidemia). As the low density lipoprotein (LDL) or “bad cholesterol” is the main target of treatment, most of these drugs act primarily to reduce the LDL.[...]

I’m Going So Often!

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Help for the overactive bladder

Overactive bladder is a condition where patients experience urgent sensation in passing urine, frequent urination, and may leak urine before they are able to reach the bathroom. These symptoms may appear singly or in combination, in the absence of identifiable[...]

Avoiding ‘Holiday Heartburn’

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Dining without Discomfort

Heartburn and regurgitation are symptoms of gastroesophageal reflux (GER). GER is a condition whereby stomach acid refluxes back into the foodpipe (oesophagus). While this can occasionally occur in everyone, excessive amounts of acid reflux may result in inflammation of the[...]

Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

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Slowly losing control of your body

An elderly man felt weak in his left leg as he boarded the bus. “Could I have pulled my muscle going up the stairs a week ago?” A lady in her early forties felt tremors in her hands, and easily[...]

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

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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

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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[...]

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