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Ask the Expert: Do White Patches On My Skin Mean I Have Vitiligo?

Question: I recently heard about a pigment disorder called vitiligo. What are its symptoms and causes? Is there any cure? I have some white patches on my arms and breasts and I can’t help wondering if it is vitiligo. Answer: Vitiligo is a disorder due to the loss of pigments in certain areas of the …

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Ask the Expert: I Don’t Like Exercising, How Can I Learn to Like It?

Question: I don’t like physical activity of any sort. I’ve tried going to the gym, doing home workouts, but I just can’t get into it. I know it’s good for my body and health, but how do you suggest I overcome this hatred for physical activity? Answer: Starting an exercise program is tough especially when you are …

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Ask the Expert: Can Supplements Replace Real Food?

Question: I do not usually eat enough veggies, fruits, or nutrients daily to meet my recommended nutrient intake (RNI). Do you think it’s wise for me to take multi-vitamins then? I’m not sure if I should take multivitamins as they have been quite controversial, but my diet is definitely not hitting my RNI. Answer: Boosts your …

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Ask the Expert: Do I Need Medication for a Fever?

Question: I’ve heard that the immune system naturally triggers fever to fight off bacteria and viruses. Is it necessary to take medication for fever? What types of fever medication are there? How do they work? Answer: A fever develops when your body’s temperature rises, most commonly because of an infection. Fever is usually present with common disorders like flu. However, there is no evidence …

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Ask the Expert: Which Milk Powder is Best for My 5-Yr Old Child?

Question: I would like to know how I should go about choosing a milk powder formula for my five-year-old daughter. What should I look out for to ensure the milk will be suitable for her? Answer: Milk is an excellent source of nutrients such as calcium, B-vitamins, phosphorus, magnesium, zinc, carbohydrates and fats. All of …

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Ask the Expert: How Do Anti-Hypertensive Drugs Work?

Question: Recently, I started taking medicines to lower my high blood pressure. Can you tell me more about these anti-hypertensives and how they work? Answer: Anti-hypertensives are medicines used to lower high blood pressure. In the long term, uncontrolled high blood pressure can damage the blood vessels of the brain, heart and kidneys – causing stroke, heart failure or kidney failure. Anti-hypertensives are …

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Ask the Expert: Can My Pharmacist Help Me Manage My Diabetes?

Question: How can a pharmacist help as part of a long-term diabetes management plan to care for my health? Answer: These are several ways that your local pharmacist, who is a trained health professional, can help once you’re diagnosed as being a person with type 2 diabetes – who faces a condition in which his body cells are unable to receive glucose (sugar) …

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Ask the Expert: What Can I Do to Get Rid of My Pigmentation Problems?

Question: I have pigmentation problems and it is really bothering me. I have already obtained some treatment at some skin clinics and the results have so far been unsatisfactory. What causes pigmentation problems and what more can I do to make them go away? Answer: There are many types of pigmentation disorders – which can …

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