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Special School


Guide in choosing schools for your child with special needs

Finding a school which helps mold your child into a happy, confident, innovative and well-rounded individual is any parent’s dream. Finding the “right” school is even more of a priority for parents of children with special needs. In their case,[...]

Safeguarding Sleep in our Children


Understanding the three common sleep disorders in infants and toddlers

Sleep is a vital part of every child. Abnormalities or disorders in sleep can result in significant and long-term complications affecting health, growth and development of the child. Unfortunately, sleep is often not evaluated in the routine medical consultation, and[...]

Living with Dementia

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Caregiver’s guide to coping with dementia

Dementia is an illness that leads to the decline of the brain and one’s abilities in judgement, language and planning. In many cases, the person with dementia may also exhibit difficult behaviour. The illness is a significant challenge facing our[...]

Spinning Sensation


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


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


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[...]



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[...]

Zapping Zits


What you can do about your teenager’s acne

For today’s teenagers, appearance and personal image are very important. How they feel about their appearance affects how they feel about themselves – so acne becomes one of those factors that could be preventing them from fulfilling their potential. Remember[...]

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[...]

Dodging Diabetes


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[...]

Joint Malady


Things you need to know in dealing with arthritis

Cartilage is a thin layer that lines the end of the bones that form a joint. Joint cartilage is extremely smooth (five times smoother than ice sliding on ice), and its function is to provide lubrication and shock absorption. It[...]

A Parent’s Guide to Autism


Amazing, Unique, Totally Interesting, Sometimes Mysterious children

Do you have an Amazing, Unique, Totally Interesting, Sometimes Mysterious child? I have had the honour of working with hundreds of such children for the past decade, and I have accrued an invaluable set of parenting tools, which any parent[...]

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[...]

Traveling with Kids


5 Tips to prevent motion sickness during family trips

The Christmas and New Year’s holidays are just around the corner, and this means a few weeks off from work and a chance to get out of town. But with two or three kids in tow, a vacation that involves[...]

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[...]

Head and Neck Cancer at a Glance


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[...]

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