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Dr Ethan trained and practised in Edinburgh and London, before relocating to Singapore. He's big on Sport Medicine and fitness. 

Other hobbies includes snowboarding, surfing, and a good cup of flat white.

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THE COMPLETE GUIDE TO SEEING A DERMATOLOGIST IN SINGAPORE (2018)
Skin, Hair & Nails
Health & Fitness
February 1st, 2018

I'm writing this post because "recommend me a good dermatologist in Singapore" is one of the questions I'm most often asked by friends -  Now I can just direct them to this post.

Incidentally, "dermatologist Singapore" is also one of the most Googled terms in Singapore, receiving over 3700 searches each month - so I figured I'd just help everyone else out by explaining in detail how to find a suitable dermatologist for your condition and treatment needs in Singapore.

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WHICH HEALTH SCREENING TESTS DO YOU REALLY NEED IN SINGAPORE?
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Singapore Healthcare
February 1st, 2018

It's a common scenario in Singapore - your dad or mom receives a letter offering free "basic" health screening services, usually in the form of a tie-up with the company where he or she's working at.

So when my dad asked me last night:

What are the essential tests I should go for?

I had a glance through of what was on offer: 5 pages worth of optional add-ons to the free basic screen, ranging from cancer marker tests, to mind-boggling X-Rays and ultrasound scans.

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6 ESSENTIAL FACTS ABOUT CHIROPRACTORS IN SINGAPORE YOU NEED TO KNOW
Health & Fitness
January 31st, 2018

Everything you need to know about visiting a chiropractor in Singapore, distilled into 6 points. In order to give you this low-down, we analysed 3 pages worth of Google results for the search term "chiropractor Singapore", including some of the controversies reported in the media.

TLDR: There's zero robust scientific evidence that chiropractic treatment works, and may even be harmful.

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I'M A CARB-HATING SINGAPOREAN. IS THAT AN OXYMORON? (A DOCTOR'S TAKE ON THE LOW CARB DIET)
Health & Fitness
January 29th, 2018

In the hierarchy of foods to eat when I'm training for sports and fitness, protein and healthy fats come right at the top, and carbs stay right at the bottom. The less carbs I get in my meal, the better.

I've been asked - "But, DON'T YOU NEED CARBS FOR ENERGY?"

Here's the TLDR answer: No.

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WHY HANGOVERS FEEL TERRIBLE, AND A FEW PERSONAL HANGOVER HACKS
Health & Fitness
January 29th, 2018

It's Saturday morning - You went all out with the champagne last night at Zouk/Bang Bang and didn't bother with any of the 8 hangover prevention steps I covered in my previous post. Every time you try to get out of bed and do something useful, the world looks like this:

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Could I have colon cancer if I have a history of piles and blood on passing motion?

Hi Lee – thanks for your question. Some risk factors of colon cancer are as follows: Age > 50 Family history of cancer/colon cancer Smoker Obesity If you have any of these, then it’s definitely worthwhile going to see your doctor to have it checked out. He can easily risk stratify you from your hist...
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Is it harmful to take long term contraceptive pills (Yasmin) without any breaks?

Hi Cass, Great question. In short, the answer is no, there are no harmful effects or complications with taking the Pill long term, assuming you are in good health (apart from the normal side effects/risks associated with taking the combined oral contraceptive pill, like Yasmin, which your gynae shou...
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EPI-Lasik vs ReLEx® Smile vs LASIK, which degree correcting procedure should I choose?

Hi Bren, thanks for your question. Relex smile wasn’t available as an option at the time I did my Lasik. It’s a much newer procedure. Having said that, I’d still have chosen Lasik if both were available. In medicine, there’s generally a ten year period with each procedure where patients are closely ...
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Am I more at risk of blood clots if I have a broken fifth metatarsal fracture and go on a long-haul flight?

Hi Belinda, Sorry to hear about your foot. Yes, long haul flights and bone fractures are both risk factors for blood clots, amongst other factors. You should take the necessary precautions against developing clots if you do decide to travel. Overall however, the likelihood of developing a clot, in t...
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What are effective methods to reduce pore size? Are lasers able to minimise pores permanently?

Hi Glg, Dr YZ made some excellent points regarding laser treatment, and reducing pore size. As he mentioned, Venus Viva RF treatment is an effective treatment for large pores. “How do I reduce my pore size” is a very common question. There are a couple of useful tricks to reduce pore size, depending...
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Is it possible to be rid of acne and bumps on my face entirely?

Hi Ice, If you want a permanent fix, oral accutane is still your best option. About 2 in 3 people will not have any acne issues after completing a course of oral accutane. Even if they do, any recurring acne tends to be much less severe. Unfortunately, not everyone can be permanently rid of acne aft...
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Should I switch my acne treatment after 2 weeks if I’m still having bad acne breakouts and scarring?

Hi Elaine, Personally, I’d say that stopping acne treatment after 2 weeks is a bit premature. We typically tell patients that for acne treatment, give it a good 2 – 6 weeks to give the treatment some time to work. The caveat is if you’ve noticed that the treatment was actually aggravating your skin ...
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Where should I go to confirm a diagnosis of PCOS in Singapore?

Hi S, Besides the symptoms you’ve described, irregular periods are one of the other hallmark signs of PCOS. In Singapore, PCOS is most commonly managed and followed up annually by gynaecologists, as there are some associated risks with PCOS, such as diabetes and heart disease. Because the diagnosis ...
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Is there any over the counter retinoid cream for milia in Singapore?

Hi gfruit, Topical retinoid creams used to be prescription-only in Singapore. However, I recently chanced upon Differin and Epiduo being sold over-the-counter at Guardian pharmacy. Quoting MIMs, it’s been available OTC in Singapore since 2016, in limited strengths: “Exemptions granted for limited sa...
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Should I continue taking prednisolone for cystic acne?

Hi Natalie – good question and observation. Steroids in general (which include oral prednisolone) are a bit of an interesting drug. They work by suppressing inflammation, as you’ve noticed with your acne settling down. In fact, some doctors prescribe a short course of steroids when starting patients...
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