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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[...]

Leukaemia

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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

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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

Disease

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[...]

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[...]

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