What’s the big deal about snoring?

Most of us have poked fun about a family member or friend who snores loudly. It is of course no laughing member when it is your spouse you sleep with every night as it can cause severe sleep disturbance, especially if you are a light sleeper. Thankfully, most Asian wives (yes guys, you snore more than your wives!) are quite tolerant of their husbands or divorce rates would have been much higher!...

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Is there hope when I lose my sense of smell?

I was asked at short notice to write this article but agreed as I knew I was going to be taking a break from my busy clinical schedule to go sailing for 5 days. This was however no luxury cruise but part of my reservist training with the Navy. Knowing this, the person requesting this article jokingly wished me inspiration with the sun and surf! After being stuck with my team of 57 men at sea...

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A runny nose may not be just a runny nose

A runny nose may not be just a runny nose

  This patient had clear watery runny nose coming from one side of the nose every time she leaned forward. It turned out to be brain fluid or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and the patient runs the risk of developing brain infection (meningitis). Fortunately, repair of the leak can now be done endoscopically through the nose.     Many other brain or skull base operations can now be...

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Blocked nose

A blocked nose can be a major annoyance in the day and cause us to have poor sleep quality at night. It can also be a symptom of more serious problems like polyps or even tumours. An ENT surgeon can help exclude serious problems with the aid of an endoscope. “Nose” (nasopharyngeal cancer), a very common camcer among Chinese Nasal polyps looking like clusters of peeled...

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Snoring

Snoring is not only a social nuisance, it can be a symptom of a more serious underlying problem. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is a highly prevalent condition affecting millions of people worldwide. Snoring is a symptom but more worrying is the fact that many stop breathing (apnoea) during sleep because of upper airway obstruction. This results in increased likelihood of high blood pressure,...

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Sinus problems

In the US, sinus problems have overtaken backache as the number One chronic illness! Most of the time, this is due to nasal allergies rather than true sinus disease. This is becoming more and more common in children. In the US, it occurs in about half of all children. In the 90’s, it affected about a third of Singaporean kids but the latest study showed allergic rhinitis afflicted 44% of...

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