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Sleep in the Prime Ages


How sleep is different beyond 60 years old

Sleep disorders are more common in older adults than younger adults. In the elderly, these problems become more pronounced, as complaints of disturbed sleep or unsatisfactory sleep are common among older people. In the largest study of a representative sample[...]

Nocturnal Dilemma


Natural remedies in dealing with insomnia

From stress, anxiety and jetlag to hormones and medications, the causes of sleeplessness are one too many. Insomnia is one of the most common sleep disorders and affects not only our performance at work but also our personal relationships. There[...]

The Silent Killer


Prevention and latest treatments for ovarian cancer

Ovarian Cancer is currently the fifth most common cancer in Singaporean women. As the cancer tends to develop insidiously and have vague or no symptoms in its early stages, most women are only diagnosed when they have advanced disease. Awareness[...]

Is it the Flu or Allergies?


Find out what’s causing your runny nose

Flu season is in full swing again, and you’re ready with your anti-flu and cold remedies. You take your vitamins every day, wash your hands often, and stay away from people who are sick. However, you still find yourself sneezing[...]

Sleep Talk


Dr Adrian Siew Ming Saurajen answers our most common questions about snoring and the danger that lurks behind it

Snoring is but a normal part of our sleeping experience. Some people snore when they are too tired or too drunk. However, when snoring becomes excessive and disrupts your sleep, it’s about time you have it checked. Snoring used to[...]

Food Allergies


Common parents’ concerns regarding food intolerance

Food allergies are a common problem and concern to parents and doctors worldwide. Singapore is no exception. In our society, what is known about food allergy is often passed down through word of mouth. More recently, the Internet has become[...]

Fall Hazards


Factors and prevention of falls in the elderly

The risk of falling increases with age and is greater for women than for men. Two-thirds of those who experience a fall will fall again within six months. A decrease in bone density contributes to falls and resultant injuries. Failure[...]

Vibration Training

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An easy and effective rehabilitation and fitness therapy for the injured and the elderly

Singapore’s population is ageing fast. We’ve heard this over and over again, and it’s true. In fact, it has been reported that by 2030, approximately one in every five Singaporean will be aged 65 and above. Aside from a healthy[...]

Forgotten Sound


The journey to better hearing

The road to better hearing is a process, it does not just happen the first day you try hearing aids. Hearing loss affects both your awareness of sound (loudness) and the quality (base/treble) of sound. Don’t Let the 
Sound Fade[...]

Shaking Palsy


Management of Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease, affecting not only the brain, but also other structures such as the autonomic nervous system. It predominantly affects the older population (about 1% of people over the age of 60) and men[...]

Pop the Good Pill


Taking multivitamins helps to stave off cancer in men

There must be some point in our lives when we think taking multivitamins is the answer – from bad hair days to nutritional deficiency to ‘irregular’ bowel movement. Although there are no definite studies regarding the benefits of multivitamins in[...]

Living with Pelvic Organ Prolapse


A problem we rarely talk about, POP affects the quality of life of the older population

With advances in medical care, chronic diseases are identified and treatable in our rapidly ageing population. The problem of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is getting more common as time passes, and it is the adverse effects on the quality of[...]

Cancer of the Cervix


An update on cervical cancer screening and treatment in Singapore

The overall incidence of cervical cancer in Singapore has consistently declined in the last three decades. In the Singapore Cancer Registry Interim Annual Registry Report for 2006 to 2010, cervical cancer is now the eighth most common cancer in women.[...]

HPV Vaccine


Prevention of cervical cancer in teenagers

The number of cervical cancer cases in Singapore has been declining for the last 10 years. It is now the ninth most common cancer among women, but the number of cases of cervical cancer diagnosed remains high. Around 250 women[...]

Women and Coronary Heart Disease


What you need to know about cardiovascular diseases in women

Many women still think that heart disease only affects men. The truth is, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in women. Although there has been a decline in coronary artery disease deaths in men in the last two[...]

Sex Differences in Heart Disease


Perspectives on women’s heart disease from a female cardiologist

The referral letter read, ‘Dear Cardiologist, please see this 60-year-old lady for the problem of chest discomfort.’ Certainly, this is one of the most frequently encountered clinical problems in my General Cardiology clinic, and one of particular concern to me.[...]

Kids and Kidneys


Kidney transplantation in children in Singapore

M, an eight-year-old girl, was born with a developmental disorder of her kidneys, resulting in kidney failure and requiring dialysis since she was seven years old. After her afternoon school session, she had to rush home to start her peritoneal[...]

What’s Your Poison?


The many facets of allergic rhinitis

Allergic rhinitis implies an inflammation of the mucosal lining of the nasal airways primarily caused by an “allergen”. It is one of the most common medical conditions encountered globally. It affects 10% to 40% of the population in industrialised countries.[...]

Thinning Mane


Dealing with Male Pattern Hair Loss

What is the common factor among Bruce Willis, Jude Law, Michael Jordan and Wayne Rooney? Male Pattern Hair Loss. One of the most common problems men face, Male Pattern Hair Loss (MPHL) is hair loss with a specific pattern occurring[...]

Overcoming Obesity


Management and prevention of your child’s weight problems

Childhood obesity is an increasing problem and it is a common health problem in Singapore school children. As a society becomes more affluent, there is better nutrition and an increased intake of dietary fat. Compounded by the fact that children[...]

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