There are various ear, nose, and throat (ENT) conditions which present to the GP’s clinic. Pearl Toh spoke with Dr Jason Hwang, an ENT Consultant from the Department of Otolaryngology at Gleneagles Hospital in Singapore, on how the majority of the conditions can be effectively managed at the primary care level seeing that these can be treated medically without the need for surgical intervention.
Psoriasis is an autoimmune disease that leads to raised, red, scaly patches on patients’ skin.
Lung cancer still poses a challenge in terms of diagnosis and treatment. In many countries in Asia, the condition remains a significant cause of mortality. The prevalence of tuberculosis in the region also confounds this problem, which necessitates a highly efficient means to differentiate these two entities. Electromagnetic navigation bronchoscopy (ENB), a state-of-the-art lung biopsy technique, was recently introduced in Hong Kong, placing the city as a pioneer in its utilization in the region. Dr Chung-Ming Chu, Specialist in Respiratory Medicine in Hong Kong, discusses the role of ENB in diagnosing pulmonary lesions and shares his experience on its use.
Small talk is frequently considered by many as idle talk. There seems to be this common perception amongst people that small talk is simply meaningless, shallow and trivial conversation. Many people prefer to just get down to business and skip the superficialities and pleasantries at the beginning of the conversation.
Roshini Claire Anthony spoke with Adjunct Associate Professor Gamaliel Tan, head and senior orthopaedic consultant at Ng Teng Fong Hospital in Singapore, on how GPs can help diagnose and treat lower back pain.
Spinal fractures are often the result of underlying osteoporosis. Radha Chitale spoke with Dr. Hee Hwan Tak, medical director and senior consultant at the Pinnacle Spine & Scoliosis Centre at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, about managing osteoporotic spinal fractures in primary care.
Long-term use of corticosteroid in the treatment of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) appears to predispose patients to significant adverse events such as venous thromboembolism (VTE), fragility fractures, and infections, according to a recent retrospective study.