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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[...]

Breast Cancer Screening

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Early detection is the best protection

One in 16 women in Singapore will develop breast cancer at some time in their life. The good news is that it can usually be cured if it is detected early. Breast cancer screening is a way in which doctors[...]

10 Health Screenings that Women Must Do

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The essential check-up checklist for women

Nobody likes going to the doctor’s, but there are some visits you shouldn’t skip – screenings are tests for diseases before the symptoms appear. Early detection will help you and your healthcare providers to actively manage your risk factors and[...]

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[...]

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