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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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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.

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Mr Luke Lee is an actor and lawyer who has suffered from acne since childhood. He underwent INFINI acne scar treatment to resolve his skin concern.

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

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She's extremely passionate about nutrition, and enjoys helping people to achieve their goals by supporting them along their journey towards a healthier diet and weight loss.

As an Italian she loves fresh and healthy foods, but also indulges occasionally with a slice of pizza. 

Join her live AMA on Wednesday, 13 March 2019, at 5:00 PM as she answers all the questions you have on weight loss and nutrition. 

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All-On-4 Dental Implant In Singapore - A Patient's Journey

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Meet Mr Arturo Pacheco, a 54-year-old Flipino Singaporean engineer who underwent an All-On-4 procedure to replace his missing teeth.

He chose an All-On-4 procedure because it was a much quicker method as compared to having dental implants, which may take up to 6 months. 

Watch to find out Mr Pacheco's story in this exclusive feature.

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This Singapore-Based Clinical Dietician With A PhD Gives You The Low Down On Fad Diets

Modern-day diet trends seem to have taken hold as people look for ways to better manage their lifestyles in this strange, fastpaced world of ours.

Low-fat, low-carb, keto, paleo, detox, and vegan diets are just some of the words that float around in the news, online and that flow out of the mouths of celebrity gurus.

Understandably, trying to figure out which ones work and which ones don’t (or which ones are suitable for you) can all get a little confusing (and overwhelming), to say the least.

Dr Naras Lapsys is a clinical dietician with more than 14 years of experience (as well as 10 years of research on diabetes and obesity). He’s helped people address dietary patterns, sleep, exercise and well-being.

He shared some tips on DxD and weighed in on common fad diets. Here's what he had to say.

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When it comes to food and nutrition, you’ve likely been eating up a lot of less-than-true diet information. There are way too many food myths floating out there!

To learn the truth, we got Dr Naras Lapsys, a clinical dietician with more than 14 years of experience to host an AMA session on food and nutrition

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