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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[...]

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[...]

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[...]

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[...]

A Guide to Pap Tests and HPV Vaccine

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Preventing cervical cancer through screening and vaccination

Cervical cancer is the 10th most common cancer among women in Singapore. However, it can be easily prevented with a Pap smear test. The cervix is the lower, narrow end of the womb that opens into the vagina. Cervical cancer[...]

Bubble Trouble

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What you need to know about kidney cysts

Kidney cysts are fluid-filled collections that arise either on the surface of the kidney, or within the kidney tissue itself. What problems can kidney cysts cause? The vast majority of kidney cysts actually do not cause any symptoms. These may[...]

Serious and Dangerous

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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

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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

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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[...]

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