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Deep Vein Thrombosis

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Clots you can live without

Being a vascular surgeon, I am often called upon to evaluate patients who present with seemingly innocuous symptoms, such as calf swelling and pain, to exclude deep vein thrombosis (DVT). Most of them are usually caught by surprise as they[...]

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Your post-natal meal choices don’t have to be ‘confined’

Choose your post-natal diet wisely. The right foods can ensure a speedy recovery, keep you from falling ill easily and even promote a good milk supply. Trust me, you want your body to bounce back to full health quickly –[...]

My Encounter with Mycoplasma Pneumonia

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A big scare for my little one

It all began at the start of the year-end holiday when we were at a mall having dinner. My two-year-old daughter, Jie En, was having her usual favourite bowl of handmade noodles when she vomited and became unwell. She felt[...]

Too Busy for Baby?

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What you need to know about getting pregnant after 40

Most of us, if given the choice, would like to have it all. Given the high level of education in women today, it is not surprising that many would look forward to having a fulfilling career or even desire to[...]

Cigarettes and Lung Cancer

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Your health could go up in smoke

A LOOK AT THE NUMBERS Smoking and Lung Cancer Lung cancer ranks as the #2 cancer in males, and #3 in females Smoking causes 85% – 90% of lung cancers Only 16.6% of lung cancer patients live > 5 years[...]

Challenging COPD

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How can we manage this?

COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is a condition that affects the lungs and causes difficulty in breathing. The disease is progressive, that is, it gets worse over time. It affects millions of people world-wide, which is why you should[...]

Immunisations for the Elderly

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One simple shot could save your life

Take your shot! Get vaccinated against Influenza: Viral illness of the respiratory system; can lead to pneumonia Pneumococcal disease: Bacterial infection affecting various parts of the body, including central nervous system, middle ear and lungs Herpes zoster (shingles): Caused by[...]

Eat Asthma Attacks Away

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The link between your diet and asthma

From doing the right types of exercises to avoiding extreme weather conditions, asthmatics go to great lengths to manage their disease. However, many do not know that eating the right foods and having a good diet can go some way[...]

Keeping Fit in the Golden Years

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Exercises and nutrition for the elderly

Doctors often meet patients who feel that their daily physical activity level suffices. “The housework… walking to workplace… these are enough to tire me out.” Self -admissions as such often reflect the poor state of underlying physical health and reserve[...]

Dealing with Pneumonia

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This lung condition can be fatal even in otherwise healthy people

Pneumonia is an infection of one or both the lungs. It is the second most common cause of death and the fifth most common cause of hospital admissions in Singapore.* Germs such as bacteria, viruses, and fungi can cause pneumonia.[...]

Ovarian Cancer

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Hope after diagnosis

The Story of Amanda Living well with late stage ovarian cancer Amanda, the 50-year-old lady whose story started this article, is an otherwise healthy and cheerful lady who is full of energy. Because she was usually healthy and does not[...]

A Weak Heart

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Alternative treatment for advanced heart failure

Mr M was 60 years old and looking forward to retirement. He had worked hard all his life and raised his family well. A slim, fit, and healthy man, he never needed to see a doctor, did not smoke or[...]

Fetal Problems

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Congenital abnormalities of the kidney and urinary tract

“Doctor, will she have a normal life?” the heavily pregnant lady looked at me with a little frown on her forehead, while her husband waited intensely for my reply. Obviously, this is a question that has been in their minds[...]

Not Dazed about the Haze

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As hazy conditions return to Singapore, we answer your burning questions about this phenomenon

Haze results from the accumulation of dust and smoke particles in relatively dry air. The haze in Singapore is often due to northeasterly winds bringing in smoke from the forest fires in Sumatra, Indonesia. Haze particles carry air pollutants such[...]

Newborn Screening

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Screening tests your baby will have shortly after birth

Newborn screening was launched in 1963 in the United States, and 2013 marked the 50th year anniversary since the inception of the programme. The newborn screening programme has expanded to countries around the world, with different panels of disorders screened[...]

Less Is More

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Surgical advances in breast cancer treatment

Advances in the surgical treatment of breast cancer over the past two decades have been influenced by two factors – the impact of breast cancer screening and greater emphasis on the quality of survivorship as a result of improved survival.[...]

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,[...]

Alcohol and Cigarettes

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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[...]

Whooping Cough in Babies

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Respiratory Physician Dr Lee Yeow Hian gives us the lowdown on pertussis

It’s bad enough when kids have simple coughs and colds – imagine when they start whooping and have alarming pauses in breathing. Parents have a reason to worry when their kids have pertussis or whooping cough. Not only is it[...]

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[...]

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