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Eczema

Neck Itching

The most common chronic skin condition

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin condition characterised by a red rash, dry skin and itching. In certain patients, there are also signs of thickened skin (lichenification), blisters, hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation and skin infections. Eczema is[...]

Listen to your Heart

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Symptoms of heart disease explained

Every day, 15 Singaporeans die from heart disease and stroke. It is crucial to seek medical help upon encountering any of the symptoms associated with heart disease. But what exactly are ‘palpitations’, and are all chest pains related to heart[...]

HPV and Cervical Cancer

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Circumventing the deadly disease

A LOOK AT THE NUMBERSCervical Cancer in Singapore 10th most common cancer among women 1 case diagnosed every 2 days Causes 360 deaths a year, or 1 death every 5 days 25% of cases are diagnosed in women from 45[...]

Circumcision

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Cutting to the chase

Circumcision refers to the surgical removal of the foreskin at its attachment to the base of the glans of the penis. It is perhaps the most common surgical procedure performed worldwide, with about one-third of the world’s male population being[...]

Help for Hives

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When urticaria flares up

Have you ever had itchy bumps that appeared on your skin out of the blue? Were you clueless as to what caused them and how to get rid of them? You may have had a bout of urticaria, more commonly[...]

Hypertension in Seniors

Worried About High Blood Pressure

When your health comes under pressure

Hypertension, or simply high blood pressure, is a common condition that afflicts many people. The incidence rises with age and is increasingly common with an ageing population. Hypertension is diagnosed when a patient has two separate readings of blood pressure[...]

Brain Attack

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Know the Signs of Stroke

A man walks down the street, suddenly feels unwell, grabs his chest and thinks the end of the world has arrived. The people around him attend to him immediately. Someone in the crowd calls for an ambulance, “Help! A man[...]

Build a Baby!

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Eating right for your baby’s health

Pregnancy is a critical period where the foetus is totally dependent on the mother’s nutrition, diet and lifestyle. It is believed that poor nutrition and a lack of key nutrients can cause changes to the development of cells or building[...]

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[...]

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