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  • Dental surgery: Things to know

    Sometimes, you might feel that the only use of your teeth is chewing food and perhaps oral health does not need as much attention, but the truth is far from it.

  • Putting the spotlight on women’s cardiac health

    While cancer is a much-hyped topic, we often seem to overlook another common cause of deaths — cardiac problems. In fact, this is one of the leading causes of death in women worldwide.

  • Managing dentine hypersensitivity

    In medical terms, dentine hypersensitivity is a form of dental pain which is sharp in character and of short duration, arising from exposed dentin surfaces in response to stimuli, typically thermal, chemical, or electrical; and which cannot be ascribed to any other dental disease.

  • Making dental care a regular habit

    Professor Dr Mostaque H Sattar is a veteran in the dental profession in Bangladesh and has been a major influence on many dental students and patients alike. He is an expert on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Orthodontics.

  • Of caries and cavities

    Dental problems are tended to once they occur. But, would it not be better if we were more knowledgeable regarding the looming troubles around our oral health and could take precautionary measures?

  • Herbal goodness

    Have you ever wondered how to spruce up your kitchen game? Cooking shows on every platform have been enticing you to try a dash of herbs, but sometimes it is possible to get lost.

  • The whys of a regular dental check-up

    Dental hygiene is often overlooked by the general population and being involved in raising awareness about this issue, and Prof Dr. S M Iqbal Hussain, the ex-Principal of Dhaka Dental College and Hospital, was happy enough to share his views on the importance of visiting the dentists at least twice a year. He has long been a veteran in dentistry with multiple degrees from countries around the world.

  • Know your basics of dental health

    Dental health and oral hygiene is an often overlooked matter, especially among us Bengalis. Two things contribute to the commonness of this matter; first is our carefree attitude.

  • Treating head and neck cancers

    Associate Professor Dr Tan Hiang Khoon is an esteemed head and neck surgeon, specialising in resection of complex head and neck malignancies,

  • Essentials of maintaining oral hygiene

    The concept of wellbeing of the whole body is more important than ever, and yet, the teeth are not in the priority zone for most people’s checklist.

  • The matter of urologic diseases

    Dr Henry Ho is an adjunct Associate Professor at both Duke-NUS Medical School and NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine. He is the Head & Senior Consultant with the Department of Urology.

  • Exploring the discontents of sleep apnea

    Dr Toh Song Tar is the Head & Senior Consultant at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology--Head & Neck Surgery in Singapore General Hospital.

  • Exploring the discontents of sleep apnea

    Dr Toh Song Tar is the Head & Senior Consultant at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology--Head & Neck Surgery in Singapore General Hospital. He is also the Head of Singhealth Duke--NUS Sleep Centre.

  • Living with Lupus

    Another day, another torment. The same will follow the next day — the excruciating pain, inexplicable fatigue, and never-ending drowsiness.

  • Dr Choo Su Pin enlightens on Gastrointestinal Cancers

    She recently visited Bangladesh, thanks to the International Medical Consultants (IMC), a unique healthcare assistance centre in Bangladesh.

  • Treatment of liver cancer

    Professor Pierce Chow is a Senior Consultant and Co-Director (Surgical) of the Comprehensive Liver Cancer Clinic at the National Cancer Centre Singapore; Senior Consultant Surgeon in HPB (Hepatic-Pancreatic-Biliary) and Transplant Surgery at the Singapore General Hospital; Professor and Course Director at Duke-NUS Medical School Singapore. He is specialised in the treatment of liver cancer and has carried out extensive research on hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).

  • Forestalling joint pain

    It’s a chilly weekend afternoon and snuggled up on a cosy rocking chair by the bedroom window, you are about to finish reading this fabulous novel. After having basked quite a while in the feel-good vibes of the novel’s climactic finish, you decide to rise from your chair for a brisk walk around the house.


    Positive psychology can help people in their battle against cancer, and can help others in similar situations. It is common for cancer patients to be told to “think positively,” as it is believed to improve their mental and emotional health, and thus,


    Maintaining ideal weight is essential to a healthy lifestyle, and is especially so for post-therapy cancer patients. Find out how you can make the most of your diet without compromising on nutrition and enjoyment.


    In 2007, Time magazine reported that 1 million women in the world will be diagnosed with breast cancer that year. The incidence is typically higher in developed nations and cities.

  • Common cancers in women

    Dr See Hui Ti, Medical Oncologist at Parkway Cancer Centre, looks at common women genital cancers. Of the top 10 cancers in women, three are to be found in the gynaecologic organs. Some of them can be easily screened or detected early, so it is important for women to keep their genital organs healthy.

  • Lymphoma treatment: Targeted therapies and immunotherapy

    Lymphoma is the most common form of blood cancers in adults — one in 50 people will develop lymphoma in their lifetime. As populations age, lymphoma will become increasingly common and indeed, the incidence of lymphoma has been steadily increasing over the past 15 years.

  • Gastrointestinal Cancer

    Quit smoking! Skip the alcohol. Say no to sugar. Forget the relief of air fresheners. And while you are at it, ditch your cell phones and avoid going out into the sunshine too! Just don’t do anything.

  • Gastroenterology

    Washing your hands before eating seems like a simple enough instruction to follow, even though the whys of which are often left out.

  • life gives you lemons

    When life gives you lemons but no lemonade

    If given the choice to play thumb war and win a burger or to possibly do ten push ups and then win a burger, most of us would choose thumb war. Why? Because it is as simple as it sounds and takes up less energy and time. So, the question eventually pops -- are we slaves to simplicity?

  • The universal language of humanity

    Writer Emily Esfahani Smith, in her TED Talk, told the world that happiness is not the answer to a healthy life, but rather, having meaning to it. So what does it mean to have a meaningful life?

  • Home is where the health is

    For most of us, our home is where we spend most of our lives in. It is where we wake up and go back to bed, where we relax and let go and feel safe.

  • Relieving pain, and improving quality of life

    Palliative medicine is the branch of medicine in palliative care which aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of life of patients who are facing life-threatening illnesses such as advanced cancers.

  • Ramadan calling!

    Fasting is an essential part of faith in innumerable religions spread across the world. Yet, the fundamental difference between fasting in Islam and other beliefs is that the one prescribed in the sacred book of Islam ensures that although abstinence is there, the permitted period of food consumption guarantees that there is no real chance of malnutrition or inadequate calorie intake.

  • Shattering the savant myth

    I hope from the last article the complex nature of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is starting to become clear.