Eye Health for the Elderly – Role of nutrition


According to the World Health Organization (WHO), age-related macular degeneration (AMD) ranks third among the global causes of visual impairment with a blindness prevalence of 8.7%.1 It is the primary cause of visual deficiency in developed countries, with an ageing population as the primary factor.2 A recent study by the Singapore National Eye Centre (SNEC) […]

Ear Disorders


Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world that can be traced back for at least 2,500 years. The role of acupuncture in modern day Otology practice will be discussed from the perspective of an experienced Otolaryngologist and practicing acupuncturist with a PhD research training background. Adopting scientific principles, the author critically […]

Terrible Sinuses


“Doc I have terrible sinuses.” This is a common complaint which patients present to the physician. Patients often use the term ‘sinus’ to refer to a variety of nasal conditions, ranging from simple allergies of the nose to true sinus infections. As migraine and various neuralgias can also cause similar symptoms, patients with these conditions […]

Hoarse Voice


A normal voice is one that is appropriate in pitch, loudness and quality for a person’s age, gender and culture. Changes in pitch, quality and loudness often signal a voice problem. Persons with voice disorders may face difficulties talking in their usual manner. They would complain that their voice has become hoarse and occasionally experience […]

From Oral Sex to Robotic Surgery

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Paradigm shifts are few and far between in the field of cancer research and treatment. One is presently occurring in the field of oropharyngeal cancer which includes the tonsils and tongue base [Figure 1]. Previously a disease in older men who smoke and consume alcohol, there is a rising incidence amongst the young who neither […]

Salivary Gland Tumours


Salivary glands are responsible for the production of saliva and consist of three major and about 600 to 1000 minor glands. The major glands are paired – the largest being the parotid gland, the second largest is the submandibular gland, and the smallest is the sublingual gland. Minor salivary glands are even smaller and are […]

When Snoring Sounds Trouble


Snoring is common and one can argue that it is normal by virtue of its prevalence. Snoring has been reported to range from 5% to more than 80% in various population studies. However, no matter how prevalent it is, it is not all harmless. When the upper airway muscles repeatedly collapse during sleep, this may […]

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