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causes-and-treatment-of-eczema

Question:  I recently found traces of rough skin on one of my arms after scratching. Is this a sign of eczema? What causes eczema and what should I do to cure and prevent this? - Mrs Tan, 55 Answer:  Rough skin, especially on the arms of one who belongs to the older age group, is not necessarily eczema. Eczema is a skin condition characterised by th...

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zika-virus

The first case of the Zika virus infection in Singapore was confirmed on 13 May 2016. What is Zika virus? In mid-2015, there was an outbreak of the Zika virus in Latin America and until March this year, there were close to 4,900 of such cases and 9 deaths in North and South Am...

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is-there-treatment-for-lantern-jaw

Question: I have a daughter who has genetic lantern jaw. She did not see the need to adjust her jaw alignment when she was young. As a result, her face becomes asymmetrical and she has difficulty closing her mouth and chewing food. These inconveniences became evident as she grew older, affecting her facial appearance....

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tips-to-survive-a-long-haul-flight

Counting down the hours to your travel destination? We offer you some travel tips to make your long flight a more pleasant trip! Hydrate, hydrate! Hydrate well the night before your flight. When travelling on a16-hour flight, drinking fluids is crucial. Avoid caffeine and alcohol as they can dehydrate your body. Instead, drink warm tea to help you sleep...

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instalment-1-war-on-diabetes-battle-fronts-prevention-and-screening

Healthy Ageing 2017 Join The War On Diabetes Mellitus Instalment 1 of 3: War on Diabetes: Battle Fronts, Prevention, and Screening By Associate Professor Goh Lee Gan, Senior Consultant, Division of Family Medicine, Department of Medicine, National University Hospital. One important resolution each of us can make for 2017 is to support our Health Minister Gan Kim Yong’s...

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foods-for-heat-stroke

Want to beat the heat? Foods for Heat Stroke – Beat the Heat! Every year, some 150 people in Singapore fall prey to heat stroke. We recommend you some foods to hydrate your body in the hot weather. Heat stroke is a serious condition and can be dangerous to the extent of needing emergency medical attention. It can cause seizures and problems with the liver and kidneys. E...

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influenza-flu

In 2009, H1N1 swine flu developed in Mexico and created a worldwide flu pandemic. In 2012, H3N2V developed. We take a look at what influenza is. What is Influenza? Influenza, commonly known as the flu, is a viral infection that infects the respiratory system – your nose, throat and lungs. It is a contagious respiratory illness. How influenza spreads...

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know-these-terms-glycaemic-index-and-glycaemic-load

For those who are particular about blood sugar, both Glycaemic Index and Glycaemic Load provide figures that will affect the sugar level in our blood for each food intake. Let’s find out the difference between these two values. Glycaemic Index (G.I.) The G.I. checks out how much glucose a particular food with carbohydrates will add to your blood. The highest G.I. value is...

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5-common-types-of-arthritis

We look at five common types of arthritis and break it down for you. Osteoarthritis This is the most common type of arthritis, especially among older people. Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that mostly affects the cartilage. Cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage allows bones to glide over one another and absorbs energy...

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enlarged-pores

I have been troubled by deep and enlarged pores on both sides of my face for many years. I will usually use cosmetics to cover them up. Are there any treatments to eliminate deep and enlarged pores from my face? - Mrs Tay, 48 Enlarged pores are caused by undulations between the superficial layer (epidermis) and the deep layer (dermis) of the skin. There are three main causes of enlarged pore...

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