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Not hard to overcome midlife crisis

Dr Victor Kwok, Head and Consultant, Department of Psychiatry, SKH, shared that midlife crisis is not a scientific diagnosis although it could be associated with psychiatry. People should not be overly concerned as it is not as prevalent as it seems and there are ways to overcome it. People in their midlife may deal with a range of problems that may cause extreme stress and burden, increasing the risk of developing depression. Should these stressors result in sleep disorders, loss of appetite, or an inability to perform daily activities, they may be suffering from depression and should seek medical attention. In general, Dr Kwok encourages positive thinking, lending others a listening ear without being judgmental or critical, and having hobbies and a support network. 
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Three stretching exercises to prevent cycling injuries

Cycling is a growing in popularity amongst Singaporeans. While cycling brings about benefits like improved cardiovascular fitness and a reduction in fat and stress, it can cause injuries due to over-exertion or muscle strain. According to statistics from 2015, the number of cycling injuries has increased by 17% or 590 cases. Four common areas of pain experienced by cyclists are the neck, knee, heel, and lower back. SKH's Senior Physiotherapist, Mr Kelvin Ng, demonstrated three stretching exercises to improve joint flexibility and muscle strength which can help prevent cycling injuries.


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​Acupuncture Scoring Points With Hospital Patients

Acupuncture is now more widely accepted and is offered by several hospitals and clinics, complementing Western medication and the way doctors treat their patients. Dr Richard Tan, Principal Resident Physician, SKH, shared that ailments treated in the hospital using acupuncture are most often musculoskeletal in nature such as neck, back and shoulder pains. He advised against going straight for acupuncture therapy and encouraged patients to first be diagnosed by a doctor trained in Western medicine. Acupuncture can then be a complementary treatment to relieve pain. In the article, Dr Tan also shared about the services offered by the acupuncture clinic at Alexandra Hospital, how acupuncture works and what to expect during a hospital acupuncture session.



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Two public hospitals joint hands to provide help to injured patients

Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and SKH are working together to optimise care for patients with severe traumatic injuries. Dr Kam Juinn Huar, Consultant, Department of General Surgery, SKH, mentioned that the shared expertise and resources achieved from the collaboration will enhance the efficiency of care delivery as SKH continues to develop its trauma services in preparation for the hospital's opening this year. Protocols are also being worked out on where patients in the central and north-east regions should be sent in the event of a critical emergency. The collaboration was announced at the two-day Singapore Trauma and Acute Care Conference, which started on Friday (April 20). 


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Five public hospitals offering acupuncture services

Mainstream medical practitioners have been paying more attention to the use of both Western and Chinese Medicine. More and more public hospitals are offering acupuncture services as complementary medicine. The hospital environment offers stricter infection control. Doctors offering such services in the hospital also hold a qualification as a family physician, which clear doubts on the use of acupuncture in treatments. Dr Richard Tan, Principal Resident Physician and Acupuncturist, Department of Family Medicine, SKH, explained that the main use of acupuncture is to complement Western Medicine treatment. Patients will need to be referred by GPs or other doctors who will recommend the treatment based on consultations and tests results, such as X-rays.


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Stretching exercises to increase flexibility of lower limbs

Running brings about many health benefits and is an increasingly popular sport, especially among those who are 20 - 59 years old. Running injuries are common with as many as 79% of runners getting injured at least once during the year, and of which 50% of them suffer from recurrent injuries. SKH Physiotherapist, Joanna Wee, listed runner’s knee (pain around the knee), shin splints (pain along the front of the shin bone to the ankle) and plantar fasciitis (heel pain and/or pain in the sole of your foot) as 3 common injuries experienced by runners. She provided advice on how to prevent the injuries and demonstrated stretching exercises to increase the flexibility of the lower limbs. Joanna also shared that if a runner often experiences pain when running, they should seek a physiotherapist’s advice before resuming training so as to prevent further injuries.





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Exercises to prevent injury from dance

Zumba, pole-dancing, and bungee dance are some examples of dance exercises that are increasingly gaining popularity. To prevent injuries from dance exercises, aerobic and strength training are as important as flexibility training. SKH Senior Physiotherapist Sharon Wang shared some pre-disposing factors associated with dance injuries and findings from a recent local survey which reported that the most common injuries involve the foot and ankle (53.8%), knee (48.9%) and back (34.1%). She also shared what could be done to prevent injuries during dance and demonstrated exercises that encourage muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and cardio-respiratory endurance.


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Is your weightlifting posture correct?

Weightlifting is a popular fitness activity. SKH Physiotherapist, Toh Song Choon, demonstrated the correct weightlifting techniques to prevent injury and pointed out common mistakes in weightlifting postures. He shared that in the gym, one can make use of the various equipment available to perform various exercises aimed at improving muscular strength and endurance, flexibility, and cardiorespiratory fitness. It allows individuals to target the various components of fitness for the improvement of one’s general wellbeing, overall fitness and stamina, strength and mobility, self-confidence and sleep patterns. Longer term benefits include increasing life expectancy, decreasing the risk of disability while increasing the ability to function independently with age, reducing the risk of development and progression of chronic diseases.

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A career of caring

Ms Khairunnisa Binte Jumat, Staff Nurse, SKH, shared her learning journey having pursued the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing Studies under the MOHH Healthcare Merit Scholarship, and insights into her work as one of the pioneer batch of nurses involved in the setting up of SKH's Emergency Department. She also shared about an incident which inspired her while she was on clinical attachment at SGH.

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本地肥胖孩童比率增加 拒绝肥胖从小做起

Childhood obesity is on the rise. As children's waistlines have continued to grow, so has the concern that obesity will lead to even more children developing diabetes. Prof Christopher Cheng, CEO, Sengkang Health shared that obesity in children can lead to chronic illnesses such as type 2 diabetes - currently an increasing and worrying trend. To avoid diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, sleep apnea, and other chronic illnesses, one has to start fighting obesity from young.







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