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The Birds and the Bees

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How to talk to your child about sexuality

As a parent, talking about sex and sexuality to your children often leaves you tongue-tied. Well, you are not alone. It’s a topic many parents choose to avoid or leave until later. Yet this is one of the most important[...]

Jabs for Grannies

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Two recommended vaccinations for the elderly

Vaccinations and immunisations are crucial for babies’ health. Everybody knows that. However, as we grow old, we also become more at risk of certain diseases. Hence, vaccinations are necessary for the elderly as well. There are two vaccinations recommended for[...]

The Warning Bells

6 Common symptoms of a heart attack

HEART DISEASE IS the number one killer in most developed countries, and in Singapore it is the number two. One of the most important components of heart disease is heart attack. In at least 50% of instances of heart attacks,[...]

Dry Eyes

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Everything you need to know about diagnosis and treatment of dry eye syndrome

DO YOU EXPERIENCE one or more of these symptoms in your eyes? • Dry, gritty, scratchy or burning sensation • Foreign body sensation • Itch • Redness • Blurry vision that improves temporarily with blinking • Excessive tearing • Light[...]

Prime & Fit

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Safe exercise routines for the elderly

The elderly population in Singapore is increasing steadily, and the number of residents aged 65 and over was 352,600 in mid-2011. The life expectancy of a person aged 65 is currently 20 years. This means that there are 20 years[...]

Osteoarthritis

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Tips to keeping your joints healthy

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative condition that affects joints in our body. It is the most common form of arthritis and is caused primarily by the breakdown and loss of cartilage in a joint. This usually results from wear and tear[...]

All About Gastric Cancer

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The lowdown on stomach cancer

Gastric cancer remains a relatively common cancer in Singapore. Though the rate of gastric cancer is declining, it is prevalent amongst Asians. It is common in patients above 50 years of age and is more common amongst men. What is[...]

The Red Flags

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Five signs of cancers you shouldn't ignore

Cancers can be lethal if discovered late. Yet many people would never imagine that they could one day be cancer patients themselves. They tend to ignore the initial tell-tale symptoms and signs of cancers. This is particularly true of younger[...]

Belly Bane

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The benefits of probiotics for patients with irritable bowel syndrome

Most people take their daily ablutions for granted when they have normal bowel movements. But when the plumbing doesn’t work, it can make life a living hell. And problems are more common than you think. One in every ten Singaporeans[...]

Throat Tickle

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Managing dry vs wet cough

It can be annoying and embarrassing sometimes, but coughing is our body’s natural way to keep our airways clear. If we have chest congestion, be it mucous, dust or other irritants, coughing helps to get our lungs clear. A cough[...]

Kiss the Itch Goodbye!

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Management of itchy scalp and common skin conditions in young adults

Are you distressed by itchy skin and bothered by white flakes on your clothes? Take comfort, you are not alone. More than one million of men and women suffer from dandruff and itchy skin and scalp problems. Seborrhoeic Dermatitis The[...]

Twinkle Toes

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Tips to get your child up and going

Due to the popularity and increasing use of hand-held computer games, children nowadays are becoming less and less physically active. Make sure you always have activity options available for your kids every day! Sports and physical activity should be an[...]

Help! My Baby Needs CPR!

A guide to performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on infants and babies

Every year about 1,500 people in Singapore suffer from out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest. Although this figure mostly applies to adults, infants do make up a small percentage too. Many parents or adults think that infants are not susceptible to cardiac[...]

The Snip

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Things to consider before going for a vasectomy

Vasectomy has become a very popular and effective method of birth control for couples who have completed their families, with 20% to 25% of such couples who use contraceptive methods in the United States, United Kingdom and Canada choosing vasectomy.1[...]

Molluscum Contagiosum

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Most common in children, this skin viral infection is harmless but highly contagious

Molluscum Contagiosum is a viral skin infection that presents as small clusters of raised, pearl-like papules or nodules (small bumps) on the skin. They range in size from 1mm to 6 mm and may be skin-coloured, white or pink. They[...]

Itchy and Scaly Skin

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Dry skin and eczema management in the elderly

Dry skin in the elderly is a common problem affecting up to 50% of all senior citizens. The causes are multifactorial but if left untreated, often results in pruritus (itch) and eczema. Causes of Dry Skin The causes of dry[...]

The Angelina Jolie Effect

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Putting genetic testing for breast cancer in the spotlight

On 14th May 2013, Angelina Jolie, the most beautiful woman in the world by most people’s opinion, made a shocking announcement in the New York Times. She had undergone a preventive double mastectomy after learning that she carried a genetic[...]

The Prostate Cancer Dilemma

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Highlighting the different challenges we face in the management and diagnosis of prostate cancer over the years

Many controversies have surrounded Prostate Cancer (PCa) in the past decade – from the ethics of PCa screening, to the utility of PCa treatment and the choice of the optimum treatment regimes. These controversies sometimes translate to management dilemmas in[...]

Smothering in Smog

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Protect yourself from the country’s worst haze in history

As of 11am on 21 June, Singapore’s Pollutant Standards Index (PSI) hit 400, the highest recorded reading in the country’s history, a far-cry from the previously recorded highest PSI reading of 226 in September 2007. The smog coming from the[...]

Allergic Salute

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Management of allergic rhinitis in children especially amidst the haze

An allergy is an over-reaction or hypersensitivity of the body’s immune system to normally harmless substances called allergens. An allergic reaction occurs when the body’s immune system responds to an allergen as if the substance was disease causing. Subsequent exposure[...]

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