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A mood is a feeling or a state of mind of a person at a point in time. You may feel happy, joy, uplifting or energetic at times. These are positive moods. However, feelings such as lonely, depress, worry, sad, tired, etc. are the opposite. Moods affect how one thinks, ...
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The flower of Butterfly Pea You must have seen the beautiful blue flowers of Butterfly Pea climbing on your neighbour’s fence, blooming in the wild, in the parks, or community gardens. It is a popular horticulture favourite in South East Asia. The scientific name for this plant is Clitoria ternatea, ...
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Breast cancer is widespread. It accounts for a third of all cancer incidence among women [1]. The survival rate of breast cancer patients has improved these days tremendously with better treatment and early detection. A majority (80% to 90%) of those diagnosed at early stages (stage I and II) continue ...
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A friend in her early fifties is starting to get back pain. Spinal compression fracture, a tiny crack in the bones at her lower vertebra, might be a possible cause for her, according to her doctor. The primary cause of such compression fracture in post-menopause women is osteoporosis.  The bones ...
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After a few months of taking a predominantly plant-based diet, a friend notices that her skin starts to show an orange hue. “Is it harmful?”, she asked. “Excellent, it shows that you eat enough fruits and vegetables!”, I said. Indeed, it is a healthy sign! Palm turning orange? What causes ...
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The Body Clock According to TCM One should sleep and function following the seasonal changes in the length of day and night for optimal health. This idea is written in The Inner Canon of the Yellow Emperor (黄帝内经), a classic text of the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), dated over 2000 ...
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Diabetes is now a major pandemic of the world with the number of people with diabetes worldwide has more than doubled during the past 20 years [1]. Many countries including Singapore has now declared “War on Diabetes” – attempting to mobilise the general public to raise awareness on diabetes and ...
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Iodine is an important trace element that is required by the thyroid to synthesise two hormones: triiodothyronine (T3) and thyroxine (T4). These hormones are crucial to the metabolism of almost all cells and tissues in the body [1]. Deficiency in iodine can lead to hypothyroidism, which means the body is ...
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“Vitamin C can help to lower the blood sugar of diabetic patients as well as lowering their blood pressure. A breakthrough finding!” This was widely reported in the major television news in Australia recently. A friend is excited about the news as he has both diabetes and hypertension. He wants ...
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Having painful periods is the most common female reproductive complaint worldwide. It is estimated that between 45% to 95% of women are experiencing this condition depending on the definition of the “pain” [1]. Some may only have mild pain for a few hours every month, whereas others can have intense ...
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