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Immunisations for the Elderly

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One simple shot could save your life

Take your shot! Get vaccinated against Influenza: Viral illness of the respiratory system; can lead to pneumonia Pneumococcal disease: Bacterial infection affecting various parts of the body, including central nervous system, middle ear and lungs Herpes zoster (shingles): Caused by[...]

Urogenital Syndrome at Menopause

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What can be done about it?

At menopause, hormone production by the ovaries begins to decline. This leads to significant changes in the vulva, vagina, cervix, urethra, and bladder. Postmenopausal women often experience vaginal discharge, accompanied by violent itching, a syndrome now called atrophic vaginitis. Unfortunately,[...]

Pelvic Pain in Women

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Don’t just pass it off!

Pelvic pain is pain or discomfort that is experienced at the lower part of your abdomen below the belly button or pelvis.  It is a common symptom experienced by many women. It is important for women to recognise signs of[...]

End the Silence Part II

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My lifelong battle against endometriosis

Read Part 1 Losing Myself By the middle of 2004, Darion was past his second birthday and had been with us for over a year. Our adoption was now finalised. The next few months were challenging for us though, and[...]

Eat Asthma Attacks Away

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The link between your diet and asthma

From doing the right types of exercises to avoiding extreme weather conditions, asthmatics go to great lengths to manage their disease. However, many do not know that eating the right foods and having a good diet can go some way[...]

Sports Injuries in Children

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Why running can be risky business

Sports injuries account for a quarter of all injuries to children and adolescents, and the incidence is on the rise due to increasing participation in sports at all ages. More corporate runs for young ones are now available, such as[...]

Childhood Myopia

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The long and short of it

Gabriel, a seven-year-old schoolboy whom I have been seeing, had 7 dioptres (700 degrees) of myopia and his parents were clearly anxious and concerned. “Can the myopia be controlled?” and “Is the high degree of myopia dangerous?” are questions frequently[...]

Contact Lenses: An Overview

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Considering contact lenses? Go in with your eyes wide open!

IN A NUTSHELL Complications and risks of contact lens usage Oxygen deprivation: Contact lenses reduce oxygen level to the cornea, compromising the cornea and increasing the likelihood of infections. Infections: Deposits on lens surfaces allow the growth of micro-organisms, which[...]

Gastric Grief

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Digging deeper into what causes that gut wrenching pain

In Singapore’s ultra-modern and fast paced society, many people lead stressful lifestyles. Faced with long working hours and irregular meals, it is no surprise that many suffer from ‘gastric pain’. But what exactly is gastric pain? Gastric pain is commonly[...]

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[...]

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