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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

Deaf woman with heraring aid

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


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[...]

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[...]

Cervix Check


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


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

Figure 2: The urinary tract in males, comprising the kidneys, ureters, bladder, prostate, and urethra. The prostate gland is absent in women.

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[...]

Breastfeeding Jitters


Tips for first-time moms

You’re expecting your first baby. Congratulations! How are you feeling? Are you at ease, calm, and confident? Or are you anxious, apprehensive, and worried? This article is mainly for the latter group. I have met first-time mothers (and fathers) who[...]

Ovarian Cancer


Hope after diagnosis

The Story of Amanda Living well with late stage ovarian cancer Amanda, the 50-year-old lady whose story started this article, is an otherwise healthy and cheerful lady who is full of energy. Because she was usually healthy and does not[...]

Delivering Hope


Fetal stem cell treatment to help babies with brittle bone disease

When scans of a 26-week fetus revealed multiple bone fractures, the diagnosis was dire. The unborn child had brittle bone disease, also known as osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). Brittle bone disease is triggered by a genetic defect that impedes the body’s[...]

Travelling with Kids


A checklist for parents with small children

School’s almost out and your kids are already looking forward to a much-needed vacation. For the folks, however, travelling with kids can be more fuss than fun. Ezyhealth brings you some hard-won wisdom on how to lessen the fuss and[...]

Let’s Tackle Dyslexia


Understanding one of the most common learning disabilities

What do Richard Branson, Ted Turner, John Reed, and MM Lee Kuan Yew have in common? If your answer was their charismatic personalities, brilliant IQ, and successful careers, kudos! However, you left out the most important trait connecting them: they[...]

Bowel Problems


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[...]

A Weak Heart


Alternative treatment for advanced heart failure

Mr M was 60 years old and looking forward to retirement. He had worked hard all his life and raised his family well. A slim, fit, and healthy man, he never needed to see a doctor, did not smoke or[...]

Lead a Brainy Lifestyle

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Tips to protect yourself from Alzheimer's disease

Latest research results suggest that there are certain lifestyle measures we can take to prevent or at least reduce our risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a degenerative brain disorder that causes extreme problems with memory, thinking, and[...]

Facial Pain


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,”[...]

A Guide to Pap Tests and HPV Vaccine


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[...]

Diabetes Dilemma


Dealing with the misconceptions of type 1 diabetes

Not so many people know that there are two types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Both have something to do with blood sugar levels and the way the body produces or fails to produce insulin. But how they[...]

Bubble Trouble


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[...]

Bladder Bother

Figure 1. Staging of bladder cancer, based on depth of invasion into the muscular wall of the bladder

New advances in the treatment of muscle-invasive bladder cancer

The bladder is a hollow muscular organ whose twin functions are to store and empty urine produced by the kidneys. Bladder cancer refers to the uncontrolled growth of cells in the lining of the bladder wall. It occurs most commonly[...]

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