HEALTH

Can applying ointments cause breathlessness?

Ms A was in her 50s and she was troubled by recurrent breathlessness that limited her physical exertion. At times, the breathlessness was so severe that she just had to rest after climbing a flight of stairs. Her exertional breathlessness was also associated with chest discomfort and palpitations...
HEALTH

Stem cell therapy for the heart: hype or hope?

STEM cell treatment continues to be bandied around as the "magic" bullet for many health conditions. It is time to take stock of the state of technology concerning the use of stem cells in heart disease...
HEALTH

Staying healthy to a ripe old age

HUMAN life expectancy or longevity has always been measured by chronological age, but what is equally important is the biological or physiological age. In the past two centuries, better living standards and significant improvement in healthcare have contributed to more than doubling of human life...
HEALTH

Reducing the risk of a heart attack

ADVANCES in the knowledge of medicine have helped us understand how we can better reduce the likelihood of stroke and heart attack. Diabetes has become a scourge in many affluent countries especially in increasing affluent Asian societies.