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A Real Character

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If variety is the spice of life, then Karen Tan must have a very flavourful one. The prolific actress, whose career in theatre spans more than 20 years, has worked with almost all the different theatre companies in Singapore. She’s[...]

Chickenpox? Let’s throw a party!

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Why this disease should be taken seriously

You may have heard of ‘chickenpox parties’, where parents gather to expose their children to an infected child with chickenpox. These parties are organised with the belief that allowing children to come into contact with chickenpox will build their immunity[...]

Back in the Saddle

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Coming back from colon cancer

Bank manager Andi Tenrigappa, 55, loves his motorbikes and riding them. Last August, he went on holiday to the United States with his wife and son. After his wife and son went home to Makassar, Indonesia, Andi stayed on in[...]

Robotic Knee Surgery

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Now you can give pain a flying kick

Rose used to be a rather active mother of two, participating in dancing, and weekly hikes around the hilly knolls around Singapore. Over the last year her right knee started to hurt persistently, and she had taken painkillers and anti-inflammatory[...]

Age-related Macular Degeneration

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Don’t lose sight of this stealthy vision stealer

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) accounts for 8.7% of all blindness worldwide, and is the most common cause of blindness in developed countries. The condition will become more prevalent worldwide as a consequence of the increase in ageing populations. It is[...]

3D Face Sculpting

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Exploring the “basics”

Great advances in medical science and research have led to the blossoming of non-invasive medical aesthetics. It caters to the innate yearning of most people, to look attractive without undergoing surgery. The idea of walking into a clinic and coming[...]

Tele-Health Programme for Heart Failure Patients

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The Eastern Health Alliance (EH Alliance) and Changi General Hospital (CGH) have partnered Philips Healthcare (Philips) to pilot Singapore’s first tele-health programme for heart failure patients in Singapore. The innovative programme integrates three key elements: tele-monitoring, tele-education, and tele-care support[...]

Credit Card for Health and Wellness

With the OCBC Great Eastern Cashflo Card, Singapore’s first health and wellness credit card, customers will now find it easier to enjoy healthy living and manage their cash flow. The OCBC Great Eastern Cashflo Card, issued in partnership with OCBC[...]

Breast Cancer Screening

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Early detection is the best protection

One in 16 women in Singapore will develop breast cancer at some time in their life. The good news is that it can usually be cured if it is detected early. Breast cancer screening is a way in which doctors[...]

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[...]

HPV and Cervical Cancer

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Circumventing the deadly disease

A LOOK AT THE NUMBERSCervical Cancer in Singapore 10th most common cancer among women 1 case diagnosed every 2 days Causes 360 deaths a year, or 1 death every 5 days 25% of cases are diagnosed in women from 45[...]

Programmed for Excellence

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Urologist and robotic surgeon Dr James Tan explores innovative surgery

It’s not everyone who discovers that they are cut out to be surgeons before they even hit their teens. But that is just what Dr James Tan, urologist and robotic surgeon, did. He developed a mechanical bent at a tender[...]

Wipe out Wrinkles with Ultrasound

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NeoAsia (S) Pte Ltd, local distributor of Ulthera® System, announced that Ultherapy® has recently received the latest Food and Drug Administration (FDA) clearance for the Ultherapy® Décolletage Treatment, a non-invasive procedure that improves the lines and wrinkles on the décolletage,[...]

Brain Attack

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Know the Signs of Stroke

A man walks down the street, suddenly feels unwell, grabs his chest and thinks the end of the world has arrived. The people around him attend to him immediately. Someone in the crowd calls for an ambulance, “Help! A man[...]

Build a Baby!

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Eating right for your baby’s health

Pregnancy is a critical period where the foetus is totally dependent on the mother’s nutrition, diet and lifestyle. It is believed that poor nutrition and a lack of key nutrients can cause changes to the development of cells or building[...]

Elizabeth Engaged

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How Liz found love and peace in New York

The last time we sat down with Elizabeth, her exploits in New York were just beginning. A couple of years on, the multi-faceted actress is about to embark on yet another great adventure – marriage. Elizabeth’s fiancé, Ivan Lee Mora,[...]

Robotic Surgery for Early Prostate Cancer:

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What you need to know

The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that is part of the male reproductive system, and is found below the bladder in the male pelvis (Figure 1). Prostate cancer remains the most common cancer affecting men in the United States, Europe,[...]

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[...]

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[...]

Bare Your Sole 2014 Gives the Poor a Leg Up

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  Bare Your Sole 2014saw 5,000 participants walk barefoot to help raise close to S$300,000 in the fight against homelessness and poverty. Funds raised will benefit Habitat for Humanity Singapore’s local programme Project HomeWorks, an initiative designed to improve the living[...]

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