Health Xchange

    HXC by SingHealth has trusted advice to help you make healthier lifestyle choices.

  • How to not set your child up for sleep disorders, diabetes and more

    All parents want their children to be as healthy as they can be. Why cultivate good eating habits in children? Good nutrition is very important for young children to support their health, growth and development.

  • Heart disease: Which treatment option is right for you?

    Many people find out they have coronary artery disease (CAD) when they experience chest pain called angina or have a heart attack. There are three treatment options for CAD: medical treatment, coronary angioplasty and coronary artery bypass graft surgery. How … Continue reading →

  • Parkinson cases expected to rise in Singapore

    Parkinson disease is a neurological disorder that may present with a slight shaking or tremor in one’s finger, hands, lips or feet. Tremors associated with Parkinson disease usually occur when the person is at rest and stop when the person … Continue reading →

  • Try a low FODMAP diet to ease your IBS symptoms

    Do you suffer from flatulence, cramping or a bloated stomach? These are common gastrointestinal complaints often associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), a chronic medical condition affecting about 9 per cent of the population in Singapore. Bloated stomach and other … Continue reading →

  • Why are Singaporeans living longer?

    Efforts put into early prevention and detection of chronic diseases, as well as close monitoring by doctors, have paid off. Singaporeans now have longer life expectancy, according to the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010. In Singapore, men can expect … Continue reading →

  • Want to save money? Prepare correctly for medical check-ups

    The point of health screening is to detect certain conditions before they show symptoms. Early detection and treatment can result in better outcomes, a reduced risk of complications and savings on the cost of treatment later. Thus, it’s important to … Continue reading →

  • Ever heard of delayed drowning? It could kill you

    Unlike in the movies where drowning victims are seen flailing their arms and shouting for help, real drowning victims stay quiet as they are struggling to breathe. They may try to “grab” the water surface in order to keep themselves … Continue reading →

  • Young people can also have urinary problems

    Urinary problems are not restricted to the elderly. Young men and women can also suffer from poor urination or severe urgency, the sensation of incomplete urination or even urinary incontinence, just like older people. These problems are known in medical … Continue reading →

  • Severe upper abdominal pain can cause death if unchecked

    Acute pancreatitis occurs when there is sudden onset of inflammation of the pancreas. It is important to detect it early since it carries a risk of serious complications and even death in severe cases. The pancreas has two main functions: … Continue reading →

  • Can’t get out of bed? You may have depression

    If you’re going through a period of unhappiness and feeling depressed, does that necessarily mean that you’re suffering from depression? What are the key symptoms of depression, also known as major depressive disorder, and what are the treatment options? Dr … Continue reading →

  • 1 in 6 youths in S’pore at risk of noice-induced hearing loss

    If you think blasting music in your earphones or headphones is your safe haven from the noise and bustle on the bus or MRT train, think again. Plugging into your earphones for more than an hour at a time and … Continue reading →

  • Singaporeans consume 60% more salt than recommended

    You may have pre-hypertension if your blood pressure consistently falls between 120/80 and 139/89 mmHg. Pre-hypertension should not be ignored as it can lead to high blood pressure if it is not properly managed. High blood pressure increases your risk … <a href="">Continue reading <span class="meta-nav">→</span></a>

  • Often feel bloated? It could be ovarian cancer

    Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer in Singaporean women. It’s the second most common female genital tract cancer (after endometrial cancer), averaging about 317 cases annually, according to the Singapore Cancer Registry 2008-2012. Dr Cindy Pang, a consultant … Continue reading →

  • 3 simple ways to reduce heart disease risk

    In Singapore, 15 people on average die from heart disease and stroke every day. Fortunately, basic lifestyle changes can go a long way towards keeping cardiovascular disease at bay. Assistant Professor Tan Swee Yaw, Senior Consultant, Department of Cardiology and … Continue reading →

  • Myths and facts about weight-loss foods

    Can consuming coconut oil and coconut, apple cider vinegar, acai berries, protein shakes and caffeine help you lose weight? Many foods, including coconut oil and apple cider vinegar, are commonly thought to promote weight loss, but research studies have failed … Continue reading →

  • What causes back pain that extends to your feet?

    About 80 per cent of the adult population will experience lower back pain at some point in their lives. However, if you persistently experience back pain radiating to your hips, buttocks, back of your legs and even to your feet, … Continue reading →

  • 5 doctor-recommended tips to prevent osteoarthritis

    As Singapore’s aged population is set to increase in the future, elderly health conditions are certain to play increasing prominence. One such condition is osteoarthritis (OA), the most common form of arthritis. Dr Katy Leung, Senior Consultant at the Department … Continue reading →

  • Often get angry at work? Here’s how to manage it

    We are emotional creatures. It is hard for us, as humans, not to be emotional. Whilst it is generally good to be in touch with our emotions and to not suppress them, there are situations where we must somehow manage … Continue reading →

  • Popular hot yoga myths debunked

    What’s the hottest new workout taking the world by storm? That would be hot yoga, also known as Bikram yoga. Conducted in a heated room with sweltering temperatures of about 40°C (or approximately 104° Fahrenheit) and 40 per cent humidity, … Continue reading →

  • Can home remedies cure jock itch and athlete’s foot?

    Contrary to its name, a ringworm infection is not caused by a worm but by a fungus. It can be contagious and is often characterised by a red circular rash with clearer skin in the middle. Offering tips about what … Continue reading →