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What is it? Trigger finger (also known as stenosing tenosynovitis) is a condition in which one experiences pain and swelling over the base of the thumb or finger. This is associated with a jerking, snapping or clicking when one extends the affected digit from a fully clenched position, much like how the trigger of a gun clicks when one pulls on it to fire, hence the name “trigger finger”. Thi

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What is it? Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition where the median nerve is compressed under the transverse carpal ligament, located over the base of the palm (Figure 1). The symptoms are: pins-and-needles, numbness and even pain over the tips of the thumb, index, middle and radial half of the ring fingers. In its severe condition, CTS may cause sleeplessness due to pain and the feeling of

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What is it? The scaphoid and the lunate are 2 very important carpal bones sitting atop the distal end of the radius bone (Figure 1). This forms part of the essential articulation in the wrist joint. Strong ligaments between the carpal bones (intercarpal ligaments) hold these components together. These ligaments are strong enough to withstand an axial load placed across the wrist joint without giv

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What Is Periodontal Disease? Periodontal (gum) disease is a chronic, bacteria-induced, inflammatory disease that attacks the gums and the bone supporting the teeth. This inflammation is the body’s response to fight the bacteria and toxins that live on your gums and teeth. However, when the inflammation persists for too long and becomes too strong due to untreated periodontal disease, it starts

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Currently, cancer, ischaemic heart disease and pneumonia together account for approximately 60% of the total causes of death in Singapore.1 33 people are diagnosed with cancer every day and 1 in 3 Singaporeans die of cancer.2 While some people would associate oral cancer treatment (including tongue cancer) with dentists (usually oral surgeons and oncologists working together), few people realiz

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This is a very common question and we get many requests to explain the options available. I will start by saying that not all gaps need to be filled or missing teeth need to be replaced. Many people have missing teeth and have no desire to replace them or fill the gaps. The two main purposes of teeth are aesthetic and functional (i.e mastication), and if either of these is compromised, that is w

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Despite current treatment including insulin, only 40% of patients in Indonesia[1], 35% of patients in Singapore[2] and 22% of patients in Malaysia[3] have good diabetes control. A new class of medication called the SGLT2 inhibitor has been approved in Singapore, the first one being Invokana (canagliflozin). It has a unique mode of action for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus. In the kidn

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Common Thyroid Problems

- 28-April-2014
The thyroid hormone is a hormone (chemical messenger) made in the thyroid gland from Iodine. The thyroid gland is located at the lower part of the neck in front, just outside the windpipe. The thyroid hormone travels around the body, controlling the metabolic rate of our body. In children, it is also important for growth. Some common thyroid problems are hyperthyroidism (high thyroid), hypothyroid

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Breast cancer is now the most common cancer among women in many countries. The incidence of breast cancer is rising and this has been attributed to a combination of multiple factors including modernization of society, changing lifestyles, women bearing children later and shorter duration of breastfeeding. Leading a healthy lifestyle may reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer. However there is no

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Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer in the world and ranks the top in Singapore. The local numbers have been escalating at an average annual rate of approximately 2.6 percent. This disease is also the second highest cause of cancer-related deaths, especially for Chinese males. The chances of getting colorectal cancer increases with age and more than 75 percent of the cases are

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