Long term contraception

Nowadays, there are a variety of contraceptive methods available. However, in this topic we will be covering the options for long term contraception (LTC). Please check out our previous article on general contraceptive methods. So why use long term contraception? Firstly LTC has a comparable success rate to the short term options such as the pill. Secondly once the LTC has been put into place it provides effective action for up to 5 years, which means that remembering to take pills everyday is a thing of the past. Thirdly, these methods are...

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My Child & I : The Coughing Child

One of the most common reasons for concerned parents visiting the doctor is a coughing child. Coughs are one of the most frequently encountered symptoms in the primary care setting and when seen in a child can be a source of great anxiety. We’ll try to address some common causes of cough here as well as present some remedies that may be of use. What is a cough? Simply put, a cough is a reflexive action that tries to expel irritants out of the lungs. It does this by creating a rapid burst of exhaled air. Coughs are triggered by airway...

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Herpes zoster (Shingles)

Herpes zoster also known as shingles is a painful skin rash caused by the varicella zoster virus (VZV) that also causes chicken pox. After recovering from chicken pox or after receiving chicken pox vaccine, the virus stays inactive in the body and can reactivate later in life causing shingles. Commonly, the risk of getting shingles increases with age or if one have a weakened immune system such as living with HIV/AIDS, cancer or on treatment such as long term steroids, radiation or chemotherapy. Signs & Symptoms: Shingles is a painful...

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Influenza: Fighting the Flu

It’s the time of year, where the weather is getting colder (for the tropics!), the days shorter and everyone is looking ahead to their end of year plans. Unfortunately, this is also the prime period for influenzal infections, otherwise known as flu season. What is influenza? Influenza is a respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus. The virus is found in humans, mammals and birds. Influenza is usually spread by contact with infective fluids, usually respiratory secretion or bid droppings. Respiratory fluids can be aersolized by...

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Skin Cancers

According to Singapore Cancer Registry, skin cancer ranks number 6th among men and women. Skin Cancers are divided into melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC). Melanoma is the malignant tumour of the melanocytes (pigment cells) and they  behave more aggressive than NMSC. Fortunately melanomas are less common than NMSC. NMSC consists of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC).  Types of Skin Cancers  The most common skin cancer is BCC. It is slow growing and usually occurs in the sun-exposed area. They can...

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