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Insomnia and Sleeping Pills


Understanding prescription sleeping pills and their mechanism of action

A sleep disorder, insomnia is the inability to sleep or to stay asleep as long as desired. Treatments of insomnia (or sleeplessness) are available. However, underlying conditions causing the sleeplessness (e.g. frequent travels, shift work sleep disorder, other diet and[...]

Don’t Let HPV Infection Become Cervical Cancer!


Understanding HPV and cervical cancer prevention

The cervix is that organ connecting the uterus and vagina. When abnormal cells on the cervix grow out of control, cervical cancer develops. Cervical cancer is usually a slow-growing cancer that may not have symptoms but can be detected early[...]

The ‘Black Magic’ in Slimming Supplements


Scrutinising slimming supplements and other OTC weight-loss products

There is no magic pill for weight loss. We all know that by now. These days, people with the perfect BMI didn’t get that from drinking a miracle capsule or coffee, but from tonnes of hard work – regular exercise,[...]

Antibiotics 101


A lowdown on antibacterial drugs

Antibiotics (or antibacterials) are medicines that are used to fight off bacterial infections. These are powerful medicines that cannot be used against viral infections (e.g. flu, colds, most coughs and bronchitis, and sore throats not due to Streptococcus bacteria). When[...]

Preventing Antibiotics Resistance


Proper use of antibiotics is key

The discovery of antibiotics, also known as microbial drugs, has been considered one of the most relevant healthcare breakthroughs in the world. Antibiotics are medications that fight infections caused by bacteria. Penicillin, the first antibiotic, was discovered by Alexander Fleming[...]



Developing innovations for sustainable health

It’s a scary fact that almost every day, a new disease is being discovered. And our fast-paced lifestyle is not helping one bit. But thanks to breakthrough technologies that come just right on time to help us detect early and[...]

Docs, Mind your Bedside Manner


Understanding the psychology of the patient

This could very well be an apocryphal tale, but I have a suspicion it is more true than false. When Mrs Lim, a 79-year old lady, first noticed a lump in her left breast in 2006, she went alone to[...]

Minimally Invasive Surgery For Colorectal Conditions

Most people cringe at the mere mention of anything to do with the colon, particularly when it comes to its function of disposing bodily waste. Nevertheless, a healthy colon is serious business and deserves our attention – especially when it[...]

Strike Out Stroke In Atrial Fibrillation


How can we avoid a stroke crisis?

Every year, 15 million people worldwide experience a stroke.1 Approximately five million of these suffer permanent disabilities and over five million more die.2 In the Asia-Pacific region in 2004 the approximate number of patients who had survived a stroke at[...]

New Vision For Myopia


Battling shortsightedness in Singapore with new treatment approaches

A silent epidemic across Asia, myopia affects many children between the ages of six and twelve. Research indicates that a quarter of them require glasses by the age of seven, and eight in ten Singaporeans are myopic by the time[...]

Medical CT Scanning


Latest trends in low dose management

The lowering of patient radiation dose remains a prevailing concern for healthcare providers, and medical practitioners worldwide are increasingly looking to leverage advanced solutions for faster, more accurate and gentler imaging that enable better patient care. While it used to[...]

Minimally Invasive Surgery For Colorectal Conditions


A healthy colon is serious business and deserves our attention – especially when it loses its ability to work properly.

The colon, also known as the large intestine, serves an important purpose in your digestive system. It is a long, hollow tube at the end of the digestive tract where the body makes and stores stool. Simply put, the proper[...]

Smart Cancer? Smarter Drug


Zooming in to the problem

Learning that you have cancer cannot be an easy experience. On top of the fear and anxiety, you wonder how you are going to cope with the chemotherapy and its dreadful side effects. Now, thanks to years of research, a[...]

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