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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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Happy 2019! A year has passed. This is the time of the year that I often hear people exclaim: “time flies”! However, the perception of time is subjective. Most people will agree that time seems to pass more rapidly as we grow older. The perception of time when we age ...
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A friend was worried when she found uterine fibroids in her recent ultrasound scan. Indeed, it can be disturbing especially when the doctor said one of the fibroids was as big as her uterus. However, this condition is more common than most people think. In fact, it affects as many ...
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I was asked by my cousin to comment about the use of soursop as an anti-cancer remedy, which is a very popular complementary and alternative medicine for cancer in Malaysia. The dry leaves of soursop are either taken in powder form or as a tea made from boiling dry soursop ...
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This writing is inspired by the talk on smiling by Dr Gooi Chien Hoong at the Metta Convention 2018. Smiling is the universal indicator of joy. “Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful”, this is a wonderful saying from Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh. Smiling and positive emotions ...
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I have heard many times from patients who suffered from joint pain that they were warned by well-wishing friends and family to avoid taking soybeans and soy products. There is a common belief that soy can cause inflammation and exacerbate the pain. In fact, this is a myth. Soy isoflavones ...
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Selenium is a trace mineral that our body cannot do without. It is present in most body tissues, with the highest concentration at internal organs and glands such as kidney, liver, spleen, pancreas, heart, brain thyroid, and lungs [1]. Selenium presents in the body in the form of a class ...
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