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Milk Thistle

Ask the Expert: Does Milk Thistle Help With Liver Diseases?

Question: I heard my friends telling me that milk thistle helps with liver diseases. Is this true? Answer: Although the Cochrane review concluded that the milk thistle or St Mary’s thistle (Silybum marianum, seed) has no statistically significant effect on liver diseases, it is still claimed as a reasonable complementary medicine to support the liver …

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Atrial Fibrillation

Heart Beating Too Fast or Slow? You May Have Atrial Fibrillation & Be At Risk for Stroke

The Gist of It Atrial fibrillation causes the heart to beat too fast, too slow or with an irregular rhythm. Atrial fibrillation can cause very serious strokes. Many people with atrial fibrillation have no symptoms. If there are symptoms, they can include: palpitations, dizziness, chest pains, breathlessness. Managing atrial fibrillation focuses on reducing the risk of stroke through …

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Diarrhoea

Ask the Expert: What Should I Do When I Have Diarrhoea?

Question: Can I consume dairy products like fresh milk, cheese and low-fat yogurt when I have diarrhoea? Are there foods which can help relieve diarrhoea symptoms? Answer: Diarrhoea is one common symptom for many illnesses – from food poisoning to bacterial infection. The best way to relieve diarrhoea is to consult a doctor to identify the cause, especially if you’re having frequent bouts of diarrhoea. It’s not necessary …

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Liver cancer

Liver Cancer 101 – Risk Factors, Symptoms, Treatment Options & Prevention

Cancer, the dreaded word nobody wants to hear from their doctor. Liver cancer especially, is one of the big silent killers as symptoms rarely surface until the cancer is at a later stage. Liver cancer is the third most common cause of cancer-related deaths. It is also one of the most fatal cancers, with five-year relative …

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Ask the Expert: My Friend was Diagnosed with Tuberculosis, Should I Get Checked Too?

Question: My best friend was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis. Is it contagious and should I get myself checked too to see if I’m infected? Answer: Yes, tuberculosis (TB) is contagious – particularly if the infected person coughs excessively and is in close contact with others. In fact, there is a possibility of TB making a widespread comeback due to the increase in overseas …

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