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Fertility-sparing treatments for gynaecological cancers

In the past, treatment for cancers which affect the female reproductive organs – the uterus, cervix and ovaries – would generally result in permanent infertility in most women. To make things worse, it has been shown that about 10% of[...]

Inhalable Insulin

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The new treatment for diabetes

Inhaled insulin is much more acceptable to patients with type 2 diabetes. This means that more patients with poorly controlled diabetes would be willing to be started on insulin, which no longer requires painful injections. In June 2014, the Food[...]

Percutaneous (Minimally Invasive) Heart Valve Replacement

Male heart anatomy

No more laying your heart bare

The aortic valve allows blood to be pumped out of the heart to the rest of the body. With ageing, the aortic valve may become narrowed – a condition known as aortic valve stenosis (AS). When the valve narrowing becomes[...]

Breast Cancer in Men

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The guys DO get it

When we talk about breast cancer, we invariably think of women. Associating breast cancer with women is not wrong, after all, it is the most common type of cancer affecting women globally. What many people fail to realise, is that[...]

The Pros of Probiotics

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The natural body boosters

One sunny Sunday morning I met my friends for brunch. We got talking, as usual, about the latest trends, fashion-buzz, make-up, and movies. At one point, we were engaged in an animated conversation about a movie, when out of nowhere[...]

Holes in Your Bone!

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When the skeleton loses more than it can restore

“The bone is a living tissue!” that statement made by my husband’s attending physician shocked me at first. I thought I was hearing things. After all the accident left me shaken, I had barely slept, not had a proper meal[...]

Prenatal Supplements

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Is there a need to take these pills?

‘Congratulations you’re pregnant!’ You’re excited! After all, this is your first pregnancy. There’s a life growing inside of you. You are filled with a warm and fuzzy feeling. Perhaps you’re even choked with emotion. As parents-to-be, you want to give[...]

Transplant Medications

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The important role these drugs play

Organ transplant is a boon to those suffering from organ failure. Some of the commonly transplanted organs include the heart, lung, kidney, liver, cornea, bone allograft, skin, heart valves, vascular tissues, and trachea. After a successful organ transplant, the quality[...]

Woman, Get Tested!

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Important screening tests every woman should do

Health screening is designed for healthy individuals. A good number of health problems do not make you feel ill but can be detected by screening. Earlier detection allows for earlier intervention, thus preventing the health conditions from progressing and leading[...]

Of Minds and Delusions

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Understanding the mind of the delusional

Previously known as paranoid disorder, delusional disorder is a type of serious mental illness involving psychosis – the inability to tell what is real from what is imagined. Delusional disorder’s main feature is the presence of delusions, or unshakable beliefs[...]

New Drug-Free Treatment for Osteoarthritis Now Available in Singapore

FLEXISEQ, the first drug-free treatment, especially formulated and clinically proven to combat joint pain and highly effective in reducing pain and aches associated with osteoarthritis, is now available in Singapore. FLEXISEQ is a specially formulated gel, which does not contain[...]

News Bits

CGH and TTSH Win HIMSS Elsevier Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Health IT

Changi General Hospital (CGH), Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and Integrated Health Information Systems Pte Ltd (IHIS), the Health Ministry’s IT arm, recently won two HIMSS Elsevier awards for outstanding achievement in health IT. TTSH and IHiS clinched the Asia[...]

Beating the Flu

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Understanding influenza and available vaccines

Commonly referred to as the flu, influenza is a viral infection that attacks the body’s respiratory system – the nose, throat and lungs. If not managed well, influenza and its complications can be deadly. Young children, the elderly, pregnant women,[...]

Weight Control for Better Diabetes Management

A new survey of people with diabetes who are overweight in Singapore showed that more than eight in 10 reported that their condition is well-controlled; however, nearly one in five of them did not know their blood sugar reading taken[...]

Prostate Cancer 101

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A brief overview of prostate cancer basics

Prostate cancer is one of men’s worst nightmares. One of the most common types of cancer in men, prostate cancer affects a man’s reproductive system – a man’s prostate is a small walnut-shaped gland that produces the seminal fluid that[...]

News Bits

Sing-Kobe Liver Transplant Centre Opens at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital

The Sing-Kobe Liver Transplant Centre was officially opened in September at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital. The new transplant centre is a collaboration between International Frontier Medical Support led by Dr Koichi Tanaka, Medicro Partners Pte. Ltd. (100% owned by Mitsui[...]

Health Radar

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Stivarga for Advanced Colorectal Cancer now Available in Singapore Stivarga®, first oral targeted therapy proven to extend overall survival in patients with advanced colorectal cancer, is now available in Singapore. First given the green light by the US Food and[...]

Thyroid Disease

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Understanding the basics of thyroid disorders

THE THYROID IS a butterfly-shaped gland located on the front of the neck. Consisting of two side lobes connected by a bridge (isthmus) in the middle, the thyroid gland lies below the Adam’s apple, along the front of the windpipe.[...]

Paediatric Vaccines

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Recommended immunisations for children

All new mothers must be aware that once your baby is born, there is a series of immunisation schedule that you should take note of. Immunisation is given to children as early as right after birth and through the age[...]

Erection Problems

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Understanding erectile dysfunction and available treatments

Fifteen years ago, no man would be caught uttering the word impotence. If they do, it is done in the privacy of the doctor’s clinic. These days, erectile dysfunction (a.k.a. impotence) is pretty much discussed in the open, as much[...]

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