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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[...]

A Pain in the Neck

Woman suffering from stiff sore neck

What is cervicogenic headache?

A Patient’s Story A 44-year-old woman, Mrs Chan always comes home from work with a headache, which usually starts around mid-afternoon. She is a secretary in a bank and works long hours in front of the computer. However, this headache[...]

Bowel Problems

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Causes and treatment of chronic constipation

The complaint of constipation can mean different things to different people. It could either refer to infrequent bowel movements or a decrease in the amount of stools. In addition, some individuals could experience constipation in the form of difficulty in[...]

Facial Pain

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Symptoms, severity, and treatments of trigeminal neuralgia

Even though they had witnessed her countless severe facial pain attacks over the last five years, family and close friends of Mrs Woon still hadn’t quite gotten used to it. “It was always heart-wrenching to see her go through it,”[...]

Amid Hot Flushes

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Menopause and healthy sex life

Menopause occurs when the ovaries have no more eggs to ovulate and stop producing female sexual hormones. The woman is considered to have reached menopause when she does not get her period for more than a year. Typically, blood test[...]

It’s Not Just About Pain Relief

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Managing knee osteoarthritis

Our knees are one of the most important joints in our body, playing a critical role in all movements that carry our body weight. They are absolutely essential in enabling us to walk, run, jump or stand up from a[...]

Colorectal Cancer Screening

Why you need to do it now!

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is the most common cancer in males and second to breast cancer in females in Singapore. However, when combined, it is undisputedly the most common cancer in the country. More worrying is the rising trend not just[...]

Kidney Pebbles

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New approaches to the treatment of kidney and urinary stones

Urine is produced by the two kidneys situated high in the abdominal cavity, and comprises water associated with waste products of the body. It passes down narrow tubes called the ureters into the bladder, which stores urine until a convenient[...]

Beyond the ‘Baby Blues’

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Managing postpartum depression

Postpartum depression is a disorder that arises shortly in a mother after childbirth. Overseas studies have suggested that up to 15% of new mothers are affected; the rate in Singapore has been estimated to be 6.8%. Women may lack awareness[...]

Spinning Sensation

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Vertigo arising from Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT) conditions

According to the Ministry of Health, Singapore, more than 4,500 patients were admitted into hospitals nationwide over the period of 1st October 2012 to 30th September 2013 for dizziness. This represents only a small proportion of patients suffering from dizziness,[...]

Nephron-Sparing Surgery

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What you need to know about this new treatment option for early kidney cancer

Cancer of the kidney refers to the uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells within the kidneys, which serve important role in removing waste products from the body. Early Stage 1 renal cell cancers, defined as less than 7cm in size, are[...]

Brittle Bones

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Dealing with osteoporosis, the ‘silent’ disease

Two years ago, in the early hours of a wet Sunday morning, I was asked to see Mdm Liew, a petite lady in her 50s who slipped and fell and was brought in to the hospital by the ambulance for[...]

Dodging Diabetes

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Ways to avoid the tsunami of diabetes

Diabetes mellitus is a disease of high blood sugar. Normally, our body makes insulin whenever we eat and the blood sugar starts to rise. The insulin makes sure that the sugar goes into the cells of our body to be[...]

Head and Neck Cancer at a Glance

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Symptoms, surgery and modes of treatment

The term “head and neck cancer” broadly comprises three pathologic groups – Cancer of the Upper Aero-Digestive Tract (UADT), Thyroid Cancer, and Parotid and Major Salivary Gland Cancer. These three cancers are distinct from one another, with different natural histories[...]

The Prostate Cancer Rundown

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What you need to know about diagnosis and treatment options for prostate cancer

The prostate is a walnut-shaped gland located below the bladder surrounding the urethra. Its secretions are a major ingredient in seminal fluid. The prostate gland is positioned very closely to the nerves and blood vessels that supply the penis for[...]

Treatment for Bone Defects

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Is gene therapy the future?

Genes can be thought of as life’s blueprint, and are found in almost all cells that can be found in the human body. Genes contain the instructions to make proteins, and proteins are the “factories” that produce all the chemicals[...]

I Survived Breast Cancer

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How early detection and intervention saved my life

I AM AMELIA Tan, 48 years old, and I survived breast cancer! I had a double mastectomy on 26 July 2013, followed by reconstructive surgery. Like any other woman, I never imagined I would be a victim of breast cancer.[...]

Neck Surgery without Scars

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Minimally invasive approach to thyroid surgery

Neck surgery with no neck scars…. Is that really possible? Well until very recently, it wasn’t. But let’s start from the very beginning to see how far we’ve come with head and neck surgery from a very common procedure called[...]

The Bumpy Truth

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How to tell the benign from the bad

THERE ARE MANY types of skin tumours, and lumps and bumps can appear anywhere on our face and body. Most of them are harmless and need no treatment – these are called benign tumours. Some are cancerous and must be[...]

Smooth Moves

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Causes, diagnosis and treatment of constipation

Constipation is a symptom that has different meanings to different people. These include infrequent bowel movements, decrease in the volume or weight of stool, the need to strain to have a movement, a sense of incomplete evacuation, and the need[...]

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