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DxD enables medical professionals to share their personal insights on an unaffiliated online platform. You can find out more about our contributing experts, who are all doctors with years of experience on this page.

Our goal is to have the most trustworthy and unbiased information in Singapore, so that you can make good decisions about your own health.

Finally, we are all too aware that medical stuff can be pretty dry to digest, so we aim to write all content in the most entertaining (yet accurate) way possible. 

FAQs about DxD:

1. Which doctors are invited to participate on DxD?

DxD relies on word of mouth recommendations from fellow doctors to identify specialists in each field. We then meet with each doctor in person.

Yes, it's time-consuming, but besides expertise, we think it's important that the doctor is friendly and enthusiastic about raising the level of healthcare awareness in Singapore.

2. Why did we start a free QnA?

People who don't know a doctor friend are disadvantaged in engaging with healthcare. The QnA addresses this by enabling doctors to share expert opinions directly with you.

Every question is also opened up to a range of doctors and specialities to answer, so you don't get a "one-sided view".

Don't just take our word for it. We strongly encourage you to do your own research, and to read up on other health sites. It's important that everyone takes responsibility for their own health.

3. Is the QnA sustainable if it's free?

Frankly, we don't know. The platform will always be free, because that's the reason it was set up - to help people.

Doctors who contribute do so to share their knowledge and experience. They are never paid or reimbursed for their answers. If you've benefitted, you can show your thanks by spreading the word to others who may benefit as well.

4. How to ask a good question on DxD

DxD's QnA lets doctors provide definitive, expert answers to important health questions.

The goal for each question on DxD is that it becomes the best resource for anyone else looking for the answer to that question.

Questions should be clearly written

The question must be clear from the question title itself; it should not depend on the question details. Question details should make clear how answers can meet their expectations.

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DxD requires correct spelling, punctuation, grammar and capitalization to be used in questions. A question should consist of complete sentence(s) and end in a question mark.

Questions should be concise.

As a general guideline, questions should be no longer than 2 sentences, and only 1 question should be asked at a time. If you want to ask more than 1 question, submit them separately.

Questions should comply with DxD site policies

Medical questions that contain patient-specific facts are not allowed, and may be deleted or reworded to describe a general situation.

Questions may be deleted by moderators if they contravene policy. A question can be merged into another question if both ask the same thing.

Adhering to these guidelines will ensure that:

1. Your question is approved.
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S'porean Therapist Shares Useful Tips On How To Manage Lymphoedema; This Cancer-Related Disease Affects 250 Million Patients Worldwide

Lymphoedema is a chronic disease characterised by massive swelling of limbs or tissues. This disease affects about 250 million patients worldwide.

It happens when there is an excessive collection of fluid in the leg, trunk or body part, due to disruption of the normal lymph flow; mainly caused by the removal of the lymph nodes during surgery and/or radiotherapy for cancer treatment.

If you've undergone surgical removal of lymph nodes or radiotherapy, you may be at risk of developing lymphoedema. When left untreated, this disorder can lead to many other complications.

Veronica Yap, a certified lymphoedema with more than 20 years of experience, hosted an AMA session on DxD recentlyShe answered plenty of reader questions related to lymphoedema. Here's what she shared. 

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Getting A Knee Replacement In Singapore – A Patient's Journey

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Meet Mdm Pan Mei Yun, a Singaporean lady who's suffered from knee pain for more than a decade. 

10 years ago, she often experienced numbness and pain in both her hands and legs. After a thorough medical examination, she was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis.

At times, the pain was so crippling that she found it difficult to go about with her daily tasks. She could hardly walk to the toilet, let alone shower while standing. She had to be seated on a chair when she took her bath. 

Mdm Pan shares her story with DxD in this exclusive feature. 

Meet The Patient is a new DxD series that shares heart-warming patient journeys and stories. If you have a patient story that you’d like to share, give our editorial team a shout: jeeyan@dxd.com.sg

46 views 18 Jan 2019

Brown Marks After A Facial Extraction? These S'porean Doctors Explain How To Get Rid Of Them

Facial extractions can be great for clearing up clogged pores. However, some people have experienced dark, brown spots after the treatment. If you’ve experienced these as well, you’re probably wondering what's the cause and how to get rid of it. 

Experienced doctors from the DxD community shared their professional insights with a 22-year-old reader. She was concerned about the brown marks that were left behind after a facial session. Here's what they had to say.

185 views 9 Jan 2019

Can You Go For LASIK If You Are Pregnant? S'porean Ophthalmologists Explain Why It's Better To Wait

While LASIK is a fairly fast and straightforward procedure, many women wonder if it's advisable to do it during or after pregnancy. 

Experienced ophthalmologists and gynaecologists on the DxD platform shared their professional advice with a DxD reader who had just given birth. She intends to breastfeed and wanted to find out when's the best time to go for LASIK

Here's what they had to say. 

77 views 14 Jan 2019

I Am A Clinical Dietician In Singapore, AMA!

Meet Dr Naras, a clinical dietician with more than 14 years of experience. He holds a PhD in molecular genetics, a master’s degree in nutrition and dietetics, and has done 10 years of research on diabetes and obesity. 

Nutrition and lifestyle play a critical role in how long and how well we live. Dr Naras is committed to helping people obtain the knowledge, skills, direction and motivation to make lasting changes to their health. By addressing dietary patterns, sleep, exercise and well-being, he hopes to help everyone live healthier and longer lives. 

Join his live AMA on Wednesday, 9 January 2019, at 6:00 PM as he answers all the questions you have on nutrition and lifestyle. 

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