Diabetes is a complex disease that is best treated by a multidisciplinary team of healthcare professionals. But even with their help, patients with diabetes often struggle to comply with a bewildering array of medications at home. In conjunction with World Diabetes Day on 14 November, Lim Phei Ching speaks with MIMS about her experiences in 13 years as a pharmacist in Hospital Pulau Pinang’s Diabetes Medication Therapy Adherence Clinic (DMTAC).
Dr Michael Lim, a senior consultant at the Paediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Division, National University Hospital, Singapore, speaks to Roshini Claire Anthony on the rare disease that is cystic fibrosis.
The eighth most common cancer among women in Singapore, the incidence of thyroid cancer has increased exponentially in the past decades. Fortunately, the most common types of thyroid cancer carry an excellent prognosis and are rarely the cause of mortality if detected early and treated.
Diabetic retinopathy is a leading cause of blindness, making early detection of this condition crucial. Dr Yong Shao Onn from the Eagle Eye Centre at Mt Alvernia Hospital, Singapore, speaks to Roshini Claire Anthony on the diagnosis and treatment options.
In this case report, we present the challenges encountered by physicians and cardiologists managing patients with advanced HF, and highlight the broadening spectrum of medical therapies and pathways that comprise contemporary practice.
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A 65-year-old lady with a background of type 2 diabetes, hyperlipidaemia and chronic immune thrombocytopenia presented to us with a 2-week history of generalized malaise and myalgia. Shortly after the onset of myalgia, she was noted to have reduced urine output and the urine was described as dark in colour. Her regular medications included prednisolone, danazol, simvastatin, metformin, and human insulin. Upon further questioning, the patient admitted that her compliance to simvastatin and danazol used to be poor. However, she recently started to take both medications regularly after repeated education.
Adjunct Associate Professor Chong Wei Sheng, Head of the Psoriasis Unit at the National Skin Centre, Singapore, speaks to Roshini Claire Anthony on the vital role played by primary care physicians (GPs) in tackling psoriasis.
Pearl Toh spoke with Dr Teh Ming Ming, senior consultant at the Department of Endocrinology, Singapore General Hospital (SGH), on the major challenges of diagnosing and managing diabetes in primary care, in conjunction with the World Diabetes Day on 14 November. Awareness of the symptoms of diabetes is important, and patients should be empowered to manage their conditions.
Roshini Claire Anthony speaks to Dr Adoree Lim, a consultant at the Department of Endocrinology, Singapore General Hospital, on how GPs can help tackle hyper- and hypothyroidism in the primary care setting.
With the rise in life expectancy and the nation’s fixation with all things sweet, it is no wonder type 2 diabetes is now one of the country’s biggest health worries. The National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS) 2015 places the prevalence of type 2 diabetes at 17.5%. With such a high burden of disease, patient care and education can take its toll on the healthcare system. It falls upon the shoulders of healthcare personnel to ensure complications are minimized and targets are met. Here, the role diabetes educators play in the care of people with diabetes can help stem the tide of type 2 diabetes and its impending outcome on the healthcare system.
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Use of the feminizing hormone therapy medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA) results in minimal side effects, unchanged oestradiol levels and a decline in testosterone in a cohort of transwomen, a study has found.