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Don’t forget to include a hearing test in your upcoming health check! Hearing is an essential part of our life and enables us to communicate, socialise and work, keeping us connected to the world. Yet, the gift of hearing is often taken for granted. Just like your eyes or your teeth, your ears need regular screenings to ensure that they are healthy and to maintain your qualit...

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in-vitro-fertilisation-by-prof-ng-soon-chye

Question: My wife and I have been married for 20 years and we have 2 daughters. 15 years after our youngest daughter was born, my wife expressed her wish to have a son. My wife is in her early 40s and I am 48. What are the chances of us getting a baby and the risk involved at this age? Answer: For someone who is above 40, it is definitely more risky to be pregnant at this age. Your wife s...

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teeth-whitening-by-dr-raymond-lim

Question For many years, I have been trying to make my teeth clean by brushing twice or sometimes thrice daily and that includes flossing. However, I am disappointed that my teeth still remains yellow despite all efforts to remove the stains. What can I do to whiten my teeth?...

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toothbrush-bristle-by-dr-raymond-lim

Q: I have been using a softbristled toothbrush for many years since this type of toothbrush is gentle on my teeth during brushing. However, I do not understand why medium or hard-bristled toothbrushes are still available in the market as they are likely to damage our teeth. Please explain the purpose of these medium/hard-bristled toothbrushes and when we should use them....

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braces-by-dr-raymond-lim

Question When I was younger, I realised that my teeth were not properly aligned and there were significant gaps between each tooth. However, I did not wear braces due to financial constraints then. I am now 45 years old and considering getting braces. Is it too late to do so and are there any risks involved?...

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irregular-menstruation-by-dr-annapoorna-venkat

Question:  I’m in my late 40s. I used to have regular menstruation but for the past months, my menstruation has become irregular. My friends told me that they had the same experience prior to their menopausal period.  I would like to know what causes the irregularity in a woman’s menstrual cycle. Should I be worried about this? Is there any health screening or test that can...

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tcm-flu-by-physician-jeffrey-ong

In TCM, flu is perceived as an invasion of the body by external pathogenic factors, brought about by seasonal changes. The battle between pathogenic factors and the body’s immunity, also known as Vital Qi results in the exhibition of symptoms such as runny nose, cough, dry throat and fever. The six external pathogenic factors are the wind, cold, summer heat, damp, dryness and fire heat. They...

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angina-by-dr-julian-tan

Q: A friend of mine, who is in his 60s, was hospitalised a few weeks ago due to complaints of chest pain. We thought he had an heart attack as he had previously suffered from high blood pressure and cholesterol. However, the doctor concluded that my friend had angina instead. What are the differences between the two and how can we prevent angina? A: Angina, or...

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cataracts-from-cloudy-to-clear-skies-by-dr-elaine-huang

If your vision’s getting blurry and a frequent change of prescription doesn’t help, it could be cataracts clouding your vision. Causes of cataract progression When eyes start to age, vision can start getting blurry for many reasons. One of them is cataract, which refers to a ‘clouding’ of the lens. The lens, which lies behind the iris and the pupil, lets light into t...

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floaters-possible-red-flag-symptoms-of-a-serious-eye-problem-by-dr-elaine-huang

If you see new floaters, they may be a sign of retinal tears or detachment. As the name suggests, floaters are tiny specks, similar to dust that float around the field of vision. They may appear as spots, cobwebs, circles or squiggly lines and are more obvious against a bright background, such as when you are looking up into the sky or at a white computer screen. They will drift when you move y...

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