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A New Type of Medicine that Works Independently of Insulin Now Approved in Singapore for the Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes


AstraZeneca recently announced the Health Sciences Authority has approved Forxiga™ (dapagliflozin) tablets for the treatment of type 2 diabetes in Singapore. Forxiga is a selective and reversible inhibitor of sodium-glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT2) that works independently of insulin to help[...]

The Pros of Probiotics


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[...]

Finding the Right Fit

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Pedorthist Owen Oo tells us how to choose our shoes

“My message to everyone is to learn to appreciate and love their feet. When your feet feel good, you feel good too.” There is a Chinese belief that the state of one’s feet is linked to the overall health of[...]

SG-developed Drug-coated Chocolate® Balloon Enrols First Patients in Clinical Study

TriReme Medical LLC, a subsidiary of Singapore-based QT Vascular Ltd, announced recently that three patients have been enrolled in a clinical study of its unique drug-coated Chocolate® PTA balloon. Dr Andrew Holden, co-Principal Investigator of the study, performed these procedures[...]

Actavis Launches Asia Pacific Regional Headquarters in Singapore

Actavis plc (NYSE: ACT), a leading global specialty pharmaceutical company, recently announced the official opening of its new regional office in Singapore that will serve as the headquarters for the Company’s Asia Pacific and Africa (APACA) region. In addition, Actavis[...]

AIA Singapore Offers Easy Access to First Critical Illness Coverage for Older Adults

AIA Singapore launched AIA Prime Critical Cover, the FIRST critical illness insurance plan designed for older adults aged 40 to 70 years, which allows them to enjoy easier access to wider critical illness coverage at an affordable premium with coverage[...]

The World’s First Large-Scale Dengue Vaccine Efficacy Study Achieved its Primary Clinical Endpoint

Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, recently announced that the first of two pivotal Phase III efficacy studies with its dengue vaccine candidate has achieved its primary clinical endpoint. The efficacy study showed a significant reduction of 56% of[...]

Study: Two in Five Young Adults Suffer from Sensitive Teeth

New data from the ESCARCEL study, the largest and first Pan European Epidemiology Study on Non-Carious Cervical Lesions (NCCL) and Associated Risk Factors, reported up to one in three (29.4%) young adults suffer from tooth erosion or tooth enamel erosion.[...]

Doctor on a Mission


Dr Tyng Tan cuts a graceful figure in the aesthetic industry

Whether treating hair loss and skin problems at her clinic along Orchard Road or helping underprivileged farmers with undiagnosed silent diseases in far-flung places in Cambodia and Thailand, Dr Tyng Tan, Clinic Director of The Aesthetics and Hair Clinic, makes[...]

Holes in Your Bone!


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[...]

Healer and Educator

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Dr Elisa Koh and her fight against gynaecological cancers

Oprah once said, “The real work of your life is to figure out your function – your part in the whole – as soon as possible, and then get about the business of fulfilling it as only you can.” Dr[...]

Infectious Disease Specialists®, First Private Clinic in SG Awarded Accreditation by US-based JCI

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The Infectious Disease Specialists® clinic at Gleneagles Hospital has become the first private specialist clinic in Singapore to be awarded the Joint Commission International (JCI) Accreditation. This accreditation recognises healthcare providers that have met rigorous international standards in patient safety[...]

Prenatal Supplements


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


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[...]

Gut Check

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A peek at the life of an internationally recognised endoscopist

As a child, Dr Jarrod Lee dreamt of becoming an environmentalist. He didn’t just want to save one tree or a turtle, mind you. He wanted to save the planet. Fast forward to the present – instead of saving the[...]

Beyond the Call of Duty

Ophthalmologist Dr Gerard Nah – on service, humility, and fidelity

It’s so easy to get caught up in the everyday demands of your job, especially if it’s one that requires a lot of your time and energy. But it seems Dr Gerard Nah, Ophthalmologist and Senior Eye Surgeon at W[...]



Showing a relentless growth in medical tourism

To say that the Medical tourism in Thailand is booming is an understatement. In 2012, roughly 2.5 million medical tourists came to Thailand from around the world for medical treatment, bringing in some 121.6 billion Thai baht. This accounts for[...]

NCCS and Clearbridge BioMedics Partner to Push Cancer Diagnostics to the Next Level

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A collaboration between the National Cancer Centre Singapore (NCCS) and Clearbridge BioMedics, in partnership with the Pathology Department at Singapore General Hospital (SGH), has resulted in the establishment of the region’s first Circulating Tumour Cell Centre of Research Excellence (CTC[...]

Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital Now Offers MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing Procedure

Patients with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee can now undergo a less invasive partial knee replacement surgery, thanks to Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital’s new MAKOplasty® Partial Knee Resurfacing procedure powered by the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System.[...]

Woman, Get Tested!


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[...]

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