HEALTH

Watch that hidden poison in your rice

MANY may be surprised that the large majority of cancers are related to environmental causes and genetic causes comprise a minority. Hence, the air we breathe, the food we eat and the water we drink - they all have a bearing on our health.

HEALTH

Truths and myths about stroke

WITH increasing longevity, stroke has become an increasingly important cause of morbidity and mortality. The good news is that advances in medicine have made it easier to prevent stroke and made it possible to provide good therapeutic options.

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Should I eat more fish?

BEYOND just eating fish, it is also important to understand what fish to take, how it should be cooked and the quantity that should be consumed.

HEALTH

Are fish oil supplements good for the heart?

A VERY common question asked of me by patients is, "Should I consume fish oil supplements?" The fish oil supplements referred to are those containing the omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA), namely eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA).

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Making an informed choice for the best heart test

A PATIENT of mine related how her husband, who had passed his treadmill testing with flying colours during his recent annual health check, died within minutes before her eyes after complaining of shortness of breath and chest tightness. You may wonder how then is it possible to die of a heart...

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Impact of frequency and intensity of exercise on health

SOME of the commonest questions posed to physicians pertain to the potential benefits, frequency and intensity of physical exercises. The release of the 2018 Physical Activity Guidelines (PAG) for Americans issued by the US Department of Health and Human Services provides useful advice and is...