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Serious and Dangerous


Effective management of Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is an endemic disease in Asia. It is transmitted either vertically or horizontally. Vertical transmission refers to transmission from mother to newborn during childbirth. Horizontal transmission is the transmission via blood transfusion with contaminated blood or sexual intercourse[...]

Joy Overcast


Dealing with pregnancy-associated breast cancer

Lynette had just gotten over the worst of her morning sickness when she felt the somewhat bony lump in her left breast. Her breasts were still sore and tender, and she couldn’t be sure if it were the hormones or[...]

Not Dazed about the Haze

As hazy conditions return to Singapore, we answer your burning questions about this phenomenon

Haze results from the accumulation of dust and smoke particles in relatively dry air. The haze in Singapore is often due to northeasterly winds bringing in smoke from the forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia. Haze particles carry air pollutants such[...]

Dealing with Migraines


When it’s more than just a headache

In 400 BC, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, described the visual aura that may precede migraine and how vomiting seemed to relieve it. Aretaeus of Cappadocia, in the second century, “discovered” migraine due to his description of a one-sided headache[...]

Suffering from Sinusitis Often?


It may not be just a simple case of infection of the paranasal sinuses

Sinustis is a common complaint which patients present to the physician. A “sinus” literally means a “cavity”.  When applied to the nose, these “sinuses” are, in fact, air cavities around the nose that communicate with, or rather, drain into the[...]

Preterm Labour

Warning signs and prevention of premature labour and delivery

Preterm labour with attendant premature delivery of a baby is a frightening and traumatic experience that no mother would like to experience. Having an experienced and empathetic obstetrician is very reassuring for mothers-to-be, as they can discuss the possibility and[...]

Less Is More


Surgical advances in breast cancer treatment

Advances in the surgical treatment of breast cancer over the past two decades have been influenced by two factors – the impact of breast cancer screening and greater emphasis on the quality of survivorship as a result of improved survival.[...]

Pregnancy Prevention


The lowdown on the different birth control options available for you

For women in reproductive age group, every sexual intercourse can result in pregnancy. Contraceptive (or birth control) methods help to prevent unwanted pregnancies. The ideal contraceptive is one that is effective, safe with minimum side effects, reversible, cost effective, convenient[...]



Well, the long wait is over

Everyone experiences constipation at some point in their lives. Constipation is a symptom and not a disease in itself. One does not need to have daily bowel movements to be normal, as patterns and habits vary from person to person.[...]

The Iron Dilemma


Iron deficiency anaemia vs iron overload

Iron is an important mineral which is required for the production of haemoglobin, a pigment in the red blood cell that helps to transport oxygen to various organs in the body. Therefore, insufficient iron can lead to reduced haemoglobin level[...]

Itching Down There?

Vaginal infections are common. Most women will experience one or more episodes throughout their lifetime. It is a myth that vaginal infections are Sexually Transmitted Infections/Diseases (STI/STD). Most vaginal infections are not STI/STDs. Most are caused by overgrowth of normal[...]

HIV and Discrimination


A glimpse in the life of people living with HIV

In the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Angels in America, American playwright Tony Kushner’s seminal and inimitable play about the nascent days of the outbreak of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), an angel pays a feverish newly-diagnosed character a visit in the[...]

Get Vaccinated


Don’t risk ruining your well-earned break this year

Year-end is a time when many Singaporeans head out of town for a holiday. If you are one of those heading abroad on a well-earned break this year, you are likely to have already booked your air tickets, arranged accommodation[...]

HIV and Stigma


Challenges and hope in working with people with HIV

The human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) epidemic officially started in 1981 when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in USA found a rare infection amongst homosexuals and drug users in Los Angeles. It was later found that this infection does[...]

Under the Weather


How to avoid the flu, heat rash, frostbites and other weather-related illnesses

You feel tired and your muscles are starting to ache. For some reason, you feel chilly. Then, you develop a stuffy nose. Your throat gets itchy then you start getting a cough. No matter what you do, you haven’t been[...]

Alcohol and Cigarettes


The dangers of heavy smoking and drinking

Growing up, many children may consider drinking and smoking – some of the privileges of adulthood – as something really “cool” to do. Media portrayal of smoking and alcohol use has certainly helped to perpetuate the appeal of these social[...]

Busy Bladder


Management options for urinary incontinence

Urinary incontinence (UI) is the inability to control one’s bladder, with involuntary leakage occurring. The severity can range from occasional accidents upon coughing or sneezing, to having sudden and unpredictable severe leakages. In the USA alone, UI is a common[...]

Combating COPD


Five common challenges we face in the battle against chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a common lung condition in chronic smokers. Many people in Singapore are not aware of this disease, and due to a lack of understanding and knowledge, many smokers are not diagnosed early and treated[...]

Stress Busters


10 Useful tips for stress management

Stress is the body’s natural physical and psychological response to challenging situations. It serves to protect us in times of danger, by increasing our heart rate and blood pressure, quickening our breathing, releasing energy stores and improving our alertness. This[...]

Know Your Breasts


Be vigilant about breast health

The female breast is an asset, but it can also be a source of anxiety to many. With all the talk and conflicting evidence surrounding breast cancer, it is time to get our women educated and empowered to “Know their[...]

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