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Dr Milton Lum


Recent and archived articles by Dr Milton Lum

26 Apr 2015 | 7:00 AM

Medicines for diabetes

For diabetics who can’t control glucose levels with lifestyle measures, drugs are required.

When lifestyle measures are no longer effective to control diabetes, oral medications are prescribed. Photo: AFP
12 Apr 2015 | 7:00 AM

When sepsis strikes

Sepsis is a potentially life-threatening condition triggered by an infection, and must be detected and treated early.

Severe sepsis or septic shock can only be treated in a hospital and may require admission to the intensive care unit. – Filepic
29 Mar 2015 | 7:00 AM

What happens to our medicine if the proposed Pharmacy Bill passes

Various aspects of the proposed Pharmacy Bill, particularly its governance mechanisms and its impact on medical and dental practice, need to be clarified.

15 Mar 2015 | 7:00 AM

Before it gets too sweet: Testing for diabetes

Doctors have at their disposal various ways to test for diabetes.

Glycohaemoglobin (also known as glycated haemoglobin) comprises 6-8 of haemoglobin, and is formed when blood glucose attaches itself to haemoglobin. Photo: AFP
15 Feb 2015 | 7:00 AM

The implications of health tourism

There is active promotion of medical tourism by more than 50 governments, including Malaysia. The primary reason is that it is a growing source of foreign exchange.

The worldwide  increase in  tourism has led to  the development  of medical  tourism, with  travel agencies  offering  traditional travel  abroad combined  with packaged  medical or  healthcare in  private hospitals.  Photo: AFP
1 Feb 2015 | 7:00 AM

Understanding the different types of diabetes

The number of people afflicted by diabetes has risen significantly in recent years. What is your understanding of diabetes?

Type 1 diabetes is often called insulin-dependent diabetes, and requires life-long insulin treatment. –Filepic
18 Jan 2015 | 7:00 AM

Infections and water

When there are natural disasters such as floods or earthquakes, access to safe water, adequate sanitation and hygiene are compromised. This leads to water-related infections.

The primary measures to address water-related infections include providing access to safe drinking water and promoting good personal and food hygiene. – AFP
4 Jan 2015 | 7:00 AM

The counterfeit menace

The term ‘down and dirty’ best describes those peddling in fake medicines.

Fake medicines may contain toxic substances that include heavy metals (e.g. aresenic) and additives (e.g. steroids). – AFP
21 Dec 2014 | 7:00 AM

Is it safe to take hormone therapy for menopause?

Our columnist presents the current medical position on the role of hormone therapy for menopausal women.

Complementary and traditional therapies like qigong have not been scientifically proven to be better than placebos when it comes to treating menopausal symptoms. - Filepic
7 Dec 2014 | 7:00 AM

Confusion over GST and healthcare

Our columnist wades into the murky waters of what is exempted from GST and what is not in the private healthcare sector.