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  • Most of us are aware that the effectiveness or strength of a sunscreen product depends (partly) on its sun protection factor (SPF) value however, what does all the other information on the bottle mean? Lack of proper understanding of these symbols may lead to the selection of an inadequate sunscreen and possibly sunburns. Firstly, labeling requirements of sunscreen products vary depending on the country it is made and marketed in, so…

  • It can be really handy to have some common over-the-counter (OTC) medicines around especially when you are on holiday abroad. There is no one-size-fits-all list for a travel medicines kit, however, here are some pointers to help you organize a medicines kit for your next travel.   How is your personal health? Current medications: Are you on any long-term prescription medications (such as for high blood pressure, diabetes, asthma, heart…

  •   Q: When do babies start teething? What are the symptoms? A: On average, children begin teething around 4 to 7 months. The common symptoms include mild irritability, fever, drooling, and an urge to chew. Q: What is the FDA warning about? A: FDA warns the use of teething gel contains Benzocaine. Benzocaine is a local anesthetic which may cause a life threatening condition called methemoglobinemia (reduce of oxygen carried…

  • Life was a lot less complicated back then when apple and blackberry were fruits. Life was also much simpler back in the days, when drinking milk meant…..drinking cow’s milk. Instead of having only cow’s milk, we now have so many different types of milk that I personally find it difficult to decide which one to drink! So I set myself the task to demystify one of the “most pressing” issues…

  • What is pancreatic cancer? Pancreatic cancers are cancers of the pancreas. The pancreas is an organ that is located behind the stomach and in front our spine. It is responsible for producing hormones (such as insulin and glucagon) which control sugar levels in our blood. When certain pancreatic cells turn into cancerous cells, it affects the function of the pancreas in regulating our hormone and blood sugar. Thus, some of…

  •   Finding your sleep disturbed at night because you have to wake up several times to pee? Turns out, you’re not alone. Well, not least if your spouse’s sleep is also affected by your nightly bathroom visits. Kudos to all the ever so tolerant partners who quietly put up with the squeaking from the other side of the bed and worst still, a toilet flush! Night urination (or medically known…