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Keeping Fit in the Golden Years

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Exercises and nutrition for the elderly

Doctors often meet patients who feel that their daily physical activity level suffices. “The housework… walking to workplace… these are enough to tire me out.” Self -admissions as such often reflect the poor state of underlying physical health and reserve[...]

Back-up Plan

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Should you be concerned about that low back pain?

Jim was working out in the gym one day when he felt a ‘strain’ in his lower back. He dismissed that and went on with his workout – hitting the treadmill and free weights as usual. The next morning, the[...]

Beat Psoriasis

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Are biologics the answer?

Psoriasis is a chronic and inflammatory auto-immune disorder affecting about 2% of the population[i] and is characterised by red plaques with scales on the skin. Psoriasis has a genetic predisposition and is triggered or exacerbated by other environmental factors.[ii] The[...]

Birthing Options

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What is best for you?

Labour and childbirth can be both an exciting yet daunting feeling for most women especially first time mothers. The joy and excitement of your baby arriving is often mixed with fear of labour itself. It is thus important for mothers[...]

Fight the Flu

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Seven ways to combat the flu

The term ‘flu’ is often loosely used interchangeably with the ‘common cold’ or any illness consisting of runny nose, sneezing, watery eyes, cough, throat irritation, and fever. This is actually a misnomer. Flu by definition refers to influenza, a contagious[...]

Heel Pain

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Extra-corporeal shockwave therapy for plantar fasciitis

If you’re on your feet a lot, you might experience pain on the underside of the foot or in the heel whenever it strikes the ground as you walk. If so, you might be suffering from plantar fasciitis. What is[...]

Cartilage Regeneration

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A difficult but possible endeavour

Cartilage damage is a common problem in many joints especially the knee. It is not an easy problem to treat, but there are many treatment modalities available to repair or regenerate damaged cartilage.  Cartilage Damage as a Cause for Knee[...]

Dealing with Pneumonia

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This lung condition can be fatal even in otherwise healthy people

Pneumonia is an infection of one or both the lungs. It is the second most common cause of death and the fifth most common cause of hospital admissions in Singapore.* Germs such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi can cause pneumonia.[...]

Understanding ADHD

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What can you do when your child has ADHD?

Kelvin never seems to be paying attention in class. He tends to drift off into daydream-land so frequently that his teachers have given up on his academic potential.Michelle is considered a ‘naughty’ girl because she talks incessantly in class, too[...]

NeoVaginal Laser

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The healing power of light by Dr Lee Lih Charn

Vaginal Relaxation Syndrome (VRS) is a common medical condition among females. VRS is described as a loss of the optimal vaginal structure. Most women (and their husbands or partners) refer to VRS as ‘loose vagina’.  However, they delay coming forward[...]

Nail Alert!

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What these 10 common nail disorders say about your health

Changes to the fingernail, nail bed, or area surrounding the nails can provide clues on the disease afflicting the nail. Nail changes are often due to fungal infections or injury, but they could also indicate more serious underlying disorders. Here[...]

End the Silence Part 1

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My lifelong battle against endometriosis


Endometriosis is a condition where the womb lining responsible for menstruation (or endometrium) is found outside the womb. It is a common condition affecting about 10% of women. As many as 30% of women complaining of severe menstrual pain are[...]

Ear Affair

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Things to consider when choosing hearing aids

Technology advancements have certainly contributed to reducing the size and improving the ease of use and performance of hearing aids. It is now possible to customise hearing aids and adapt them to an individual’s hearing loss, age, lifestyle, expectations, and[...]

Acid Reflux

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Don’t take GERD for granted

Overeating and overdrinking can cause indigestion, bloating, burning sensation in the chest, acid taste in the mouth, and vomiting. Many of these are due to gastro-oesophageal reflux disease or GERD. GERD is fairly common in Singapore, with a prevalence of[...]

A Pain in the Neck

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What is cervicogenic headache?

A Patient’s Story A 44-year-old woman, Mrs Chan always comes home from work with a headache, which usually starts around mid-afternoon. She is a secretary in a bank and works long hours in front of the computer. However, this headache[...]

Cervix Check

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How to keep your cervix healthy

The cervix is situated at the top of the vagina where it forms the doorway to the womb. It is a multitasking organ and plays a pivotal role throughout the life of a woman. A healthy cervix allows the passage[...]

Insomnia and Snoring

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It’s a bigger problem than you think

A good night’s sleep is not a luxury but an integral aspect of good health and quality of life.  There is now increasing evidence that poor sleep has an adverse effect on health, especially cardiovascular health. There are a myriad[...]

There’s Blood in My Urine

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Should I be worried?

Blood in the urine usually refers to the presence of red blood cells in the urine, known as haematuria. There are two main types of haematuria: (1) microscopic haematuria, where normal-looking urine contains small traces of red blood cells detectable[...]

Breastfeeding Jitters

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Tips for first-time moms

You’re expecting your first baby. Congratulations! How are you feeling? Are you at ease, calm, and confident? Or are you anxious, apprehensive, and worried? This article is mainly for the latter group. I have met first-time mothers (and fathers) who[...]

Ovarian Cancer

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Hope after diagnosis

The Story of Amanda Living well with late stage ovarian cancer Amanda, the 50-year-old lady whose story started this article, is an otherwise healthy and cheerful lady who is full of energy. Because she was usually healthy and does not[...]

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