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The Perils of Obesity in Women

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How putting on weight puts your health at risk

The worldwide prevalence of obesity is increasing steadily. In Singapore, the percentage of obese adults has increased from 6.9% in 2004 to 10.8% in 2010. In 2010, 9.5% of female adults were classified as obese. What is obesity? Obesity is[...]

Overcoming the Blues


Let’s halt the rise of depression

Good physical health is important, but seniors must not neglect their mental health too. Psychiatrist Dr Ko Soo Meng shares tips on preventing and managing depression among seniors. Q: What are the common causes of depression among our elderly? A:[...]

Vacation Vaccination

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Don’t kick the bucket while fulfilling your bucket list

The increased availability of cheaper air travel and the mobility of population from one continent to another have made tourism a risk factor of exposure to unfamiliar diseases. Tourists are exposed to diseases to which they have little or no[...]

Alcoholism and Liver Cirrhosis

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The price of overindulgence?

A Look at the Numbers Drinking 30–60g/day results in cirrhosis in 1% of patients Risk of cirrhosis increases to 5.7% with 120g of alcohol/day 1 can beer contains 15g alcohol = 1 glass red/white wine = 1 shot hard liquor[...]


Neck Itching

The most common chronic skin condition

Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, is an inflammatory skin condition characterised by a red rash, dry skin and itching. In certain patients, there are also signs of thickened skin (lichenification), blisters, hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation and skin infections. Eczema is[...]


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Cutting to the chase

Circumcision refers to the surgical removal of the foreskin at its attachment to the base of the glans of the penis. It is perhaps the most common surgical procedure performed worldwide, with about one-third of the world’s male population being[...]

Urogenital Syndrome at Menopause


What can be done about it?

At menopause, hormone production by the ovaries begins to decline. This leads to significant changes in the vulva, vagina, cervix, urethra, and bladder. Postmenopausal women often experience vaginal discharge, accompanied by violent itching, a syndrome now called atrophic vaginitis. Unfortunately,[...]

Childhood Myopia


The long and short of it

Gabriel, a seven-year-old schoolboy whom I have been seeing, had 7 dioptres (700 degrees) of myopia and his parents were clearly anxious and concerned. “Can the myopia be controlled?” and “Is the high degree of myopia dangerous?” are questions frequently[...]

Acid Reflux


Don’t take GERD for granted

Overeating and overdrinking can cause indigestion, bloating, burning sensation in the chest, acid taste in the mouth, and vomiting. Many of these are due to gastro-oesophageal reflux disease or GERD. GERD is fairly common in Singapore, with a prevalence of[...]

Serious and Dangerous


Effective management of Hepatitis B

Hepatitis B is an endemic disease in Asia. It is transmitted either vertically or horizontally. Vertical transmission refers to transmission from mother to newborn during childbirth. Horizontal transmission is the transmission via blood transfusion with contaminated blood or sexual intercourse[...]

The Dreaded Bump


Different options to get rid of keloid scars

The skin repairs itself in a complex healing process. When the skin gets injured, the body springs into action to heal the wound. First, it tries to limit blood loss by reducing the amount of blood flowing to the wounded[...]

Hearing Loss Solutions


Medical breakthroughs in the treatment of hearing loss

The ability to hear sounds can be partially or completely impaired, resulting in hearing loss. It is one of the most common conditions affecting the elderly. There are three different types of hearing loss, depending on which part of the[...]

Dealing with Migraines


When it’s more than just a headache

In 400 BC, Hippocrates, the father of medicine, described the visual aura that may precede migraine and how vomiting seemed to relieve it. Aretaeus of Cappadocia, in the second century, “discovered” migraine due to his description of a one-sided headache[...]

Going Gluten-Free

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Demystifying the gluten-free diet

While it’s long been part of our everyday diet, gluten has only gained much media attention in recent years. This protein is present in products containing wheat, barley and rye. Gluten is what puts the bread on your table, literally[...]

Brittle Bones


Dealing with osteoporosis, the ‘silent’ disease

Two years ago, in the early hours of a wet Sunday morning, I was asked to see Mdm Liew, a petite lady in her 50s who slipped and fell and was brought in to the hospital by the ambulance for[...]



Well, the long wait is over

Everyone experiences constipation at some point in their lives. Constipation is a symptom and not a disease in itself. One does not need to have daily bowel movements to be normal, as patterns and habits vary from person to person.[...]



The gravity of alcohol addiction

Alcohol is commonly consumed and seen as a harmless beverage in Singapore. According to the 2010 National Health Survey, of the adults aged 18 to 69, 54% are non-drinkers, and 91.3% do not binge drink. The Singapore Mental Health Study[...]

A Parent’s Guide to Autism


Amazing, Unique, Totally Interesting, Sometimes Mysterious children

Do you have an Amazing, Unique, Totally Interesting, Sometimes Mysterious child? I have had the honour of working with hundreds of such children for the past decade, and I have accrued an invaluable set of parenting tools, which any parent[...]

HPB Unveils Singapore’s First Healthy Workplace Ecosystem

The Health Promotion Board (HPB) recently unveiled Singapore’s first healthy workplace ecosystem at Mapletree Business City (MBC) at the launch of the National Healthy Lifestyle Campaign 2013. The creation of a healthy workplace ecosystem marks a stepping up of HPB’s[...]

Alcohol and Cigarettes


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[...]

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