Ouch!!!!! That joint bloody hurts……is it GOUT?

What is Gout? Gout is a painful condition that develops in some people who have chronically high blood levels of uric acid (hyperuricemia). Not everyone with high uric acid levels develops gout. Generally up to two-thirds of individuals with hyperuricemia never develop symptoms. The symptoms of gout result from the body’s reaction to deposition of these uric acid crystal in our bodies. Uric acid crystals have a tendency in deposit themselves in joints hence joints are the most commonly affected part of the body. The crystals however can...

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Zika Virus – What you need to know

What is Zika? Zika is a type of virus. Zika virus is closely related to the dengue virus. Like dengue Zika is also spread mainly through mosquito bites, Aedes mosquito. Zika has occurred in Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. Since May of 2015, there has been an outbreak happening in Central and South America, Mexico, and the Caribbean. The virus has also been found in Thailand, Australia, the United States  and China. Most of the infection has happened to people who have travelled to countries where the virus is found. What are...

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Rash on Penis – Penile Rash

Unusual spots or blotches or any kind of rash on the penis can cause a lot of concern. It is not always caused by an STD or an infection. This article will break down some of the possible causes. For causes of lumps and bumps on the penis, read our other article by clicking HERE. 1.) Herpes Simplex This presents classically as a cluster of 3 to 5 painful blisters. Each blister is 3mm to 5mm in diameter. The skin under the blisters is always red. Herpes is transmitted by sexual contact even oral sex. Click HERE for our full article on...

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What is your risk of getting Chlamydia?

We all know that Chlamydia is an extremely commonly diagnosed STD.   It is the number 1 commonest STD in Singapore, Japan and many other parts of the world. But how likely are you to catch it if you had sex with someone who has Chlamydia? A recent study done by the Melbourne Sexual Heath Centre helped shed some light on this. This study was published in the Journal Of Sexually Transmitted Infections (Sex Transm Infect. 2015;91(6):434-439) The Centre did a cross-sectional study of patients over a 3 year period from 2010 to 2013. They...

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Rabies Outbreak in Malaysia

1st October 2015 The Malaysia Department of Veterinary Services has reported an outbreak of rabies among dogs in three states in Northern Malaysia: Perlis, Penang and Kedah. There have been 12 people reported to have been bitten by dogs but fortunately none of them got infected with Rabies. Singapore has been rabies free since 1953.   How do you get Rabies? Most people get infected with Rabies via dog bites. The saliva of infected animals contain the Rabies virus. Animals that are infected with rabies are usually very agitated and...

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