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Nov 2008

Friday, 28 November 2008 

DIY oral check can save you (The New Paper)

The ulcer under his tongue that was the size of a green bean turned out to be a major life changer for Mr Liew Shyh Shiun. It was actually a cancerous tumour. Read more

Thursday, 27 November 2008 

Ask the experts – Distressed tresses, distraught teen (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Q: I am a 14-year-old girl. I have short hair and lately a lot of it has been falling out. It happens every time I shampoo my hair, so now I wash it less often. The same happens when I comb my hair. Now I am paranoid and dare not even comb my hair too often. Read more

Sunday, 23 November 2008 

Are these healthier chips? No (Home, The Sunday Times)

'Healthier' claims on packaging blacked out to conform to AVA rule. A brand of apple chips from the United States has raised eyebrows of shoppers here as the word 'healthier' - which appears in three places on the packaging - has been crossed out. Read more

Sunday, 23 November 2008 

First local patient to receive new heart treatment (LianHe WanBao)

Six years ago, he was diagnosed with narrowing of the aorta. As his condition deteriorated last year, Dr James Yip from National University Hospital performed a new heart procedure on him. Read more

Thursday, 20 November 2008 

Ask the experts – Sprouting Spots (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Q: I am a 56-year-old woman and I have noticed that many red moles have appeared on my body over the past five years. They are predominantly on my arms and abdomen. My mother had many red moles too and they also appeared at about this stage in her life, though they never seemed to be a problem. Read more

Monday, 17 November 2008 

Prostate Cancer, now the third Most Common Cancer for Males (Lianhe Wanbao)

Five years ago, Prostate Cancer was the fifth most common cancer for males. Today, it ranks third. Read more

Sunday, 16 November 2008 

Beware of sudden gastric pain (LianHe ZaoBao)

November is the Gastric Cancer Awareness Month. Most people would have experienced gastric pain attacks which usually goes away after medication. Read more

Saturday, 15 November 2008 

Half of heart attack patients delay in seeking treatment (LianHe ZaoBao)

A local study showed that more than half of heart attack patients delayed in seeking medical treatment. This increased the mortality rate. Read more

Thursday, 13 November 2008 

Fat Kids at risk (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

More overweight children and adolescents are at risk of getting type-2 diabetes. MYB finds out why and how to prevent it. While genes can play a part in diabetes, the unhealthy diet and lack of exercise in our modern era are claiming diabetic victims too. Read more

Thursday, 13 November 2008 

No stomach granny remains feisty (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Madam Dolly Kong, 71, who survived stomach cancer and a stroke, eats whatever she wants and lives life to the fullest. For 53 years, Madam Dolly Kong, now 71, made do with only a quarter of her stomach. Then, two years ago, she lost the rest of it. Read more

Thursday, 13 November 2008 

Young diabetics must watch their diet (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Young diabetics must watch their diet. However, healthy eating does not mean having to endure a lifetime of bland foods, says dietitian. In addition to keeping fit and taking their medication, those with diabetes must also control their bloodsugar levels by carefully watching their diet. Read more

Tuesday, 11 November 2008 

Statin cuts stroke risks in healthy folk: Study (World, The Straits Times)

Simple blood test can spot danger in those with normal cholesterol levels. WASHINGTON: A highly anticipated study has produced powerful evidence that a simple blood test can spot seemingly healthy people who are at increased risk of a heart attack or stroke. Read more

Tuesday, 11 November 2008 

Ask the Doc - Excessive Perspiration (Today)

I am 50 years old. I usually do not perspire much. But for the past few weeks, I have noticed that I have been perspiring more than usual even while doing mild activities, such as taking short walks or drinking hot soup. Read more

Friday, 7 November 2008 

Constant tummy pain? Get it checked now (The Straits Times)

It could be stomach cancer, which kills 400 here a year; study on to improve survival rates. FOR more than a year, 33-year-old Tan Teck Siah suffered from stomach pain and a bloated belly. It was not until the fruit handler went for tests earlier this year that he discovered he had stomach cancer. Read more

Thursday, 6 November 08 

She removes stomach to save her life (LianHe WanBao)

Her tumor was 15cm long and occupied 80% of her stomach. Madam Chong Lai Chen has to remove her stomach to save her life. Read more


Thursday, 6 November 08 

Kids' advocate (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

Dr Rosebeth Marcou regards every child patient as a jigsaw puzzle. Her job, she says, is to figure out how to put the puzzle together so that she fully understands all aspects of the child. Read more

Thursday, 6 November 08 

Great playmates (Mind Your Body, The Straits Times)

All toys that are safe and can be handled comfortably by the child can be considered educational. Toys like large building blocks can help babies between one and two years old develop their learning capabilities. Read more

Sunday, 2 November 2008 

Should I worry about this (Lifestyle, Sunday Times)

Although not always fatal, you should see a doctor if you get a hard knock on your head. Read more

Sunday, 2 November 2008 

Organ pool to grow with lifting of age cap (Sunday Times)

Two other changes are on the cards for the Human Organ Transplant Act (Hota). One is removing the age limit for cadaveric donation, now set at 60 years. The other is to allow for paired donations. Read more