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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[...]

Eczema

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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[...]

Circumcision

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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[...]

Constipated?

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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.[...]

Dipsomania

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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

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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

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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[...]

Male Menopause

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Answers to commonly asked questions about testosterone deficiency in ageing males

Testosterone is an important hormone produced by the testicles in men and the ovaries in women, although small amounts are also produced by the adrenal glands. In men, it is the chief sex hormone and is vital for normal development[...]

Strike Out Stroke In Atrial Fibrillation

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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[...]

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