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Fighting cold effectively: Your A to Z – MyDoc

Is the constant weather change in Singapore taking a toll on your health? Find out the A to Z on fighting cold right here; what causes the common cold or flu, how to tell them apart, and ways to protect yourself against them.


Sneezing, having a runny nose, and suffering from a sore throat are common symptoms of a cold or flu, and many of us have, unfortunately, experienced them before. Cause of cold and flu More than 200 different types of viruses are known to cause the common cold. With no vaccine available for colds, our body has to learn to fight against these viruses. And when our body’s immune system fails to protect us, we catch a cold. On the other hand, the flu is only caused by influenza virus types A, B and C, and flu vaccines are available to provide you with some level of protection against the virus. Differentiating between a cold and flu Both colds and flu present symptoms such as sneezing, runny nose, sore throat and cough, and laboratory tests may be required to determine if…

What is sore eyes and why do they need to be cured?

‘Sore eyes’ is a collective term commonly used to describe conditions that affect the eyes. These conditions typically involve pain, irritation, inflammation or tiredness. The two most common eye problems that lead to sore eyes are conjunctivitis and dry eye syndrome.

Conjunctivitis
This is the inflammation of the clear covering of the eyeball’s forepart. There are several types of conjunctivitis: Allergic conjunctivitis (AC) – This is mainly caused by pollen, dust, animal dander, or smoke. AC normally presents itself as red watery eyes accompanied by eye itching. The first step of AC treatment is to remove the offending substance. Artificial tears or eye lubricants can be used to relieve irritation, while an eye decongestant can be used to relieve the redness. Eye drops containing phenylephrine are easily found in most pharmacies, while others containing naphazoline or tetrahydrozoline can only be obtained from pharmacists. Eye drops with the addition of anti-histamines (e.g. pheniramine …

Diabetes: Living with it #Part2

Research shows that the developments in pharmaceuticals have made it possible for people with diabetes to lead normal lives and not be weighed down by the condition, as long as a healthy lifestyle is maintained.


1. What are health supplements beneficial for diabetics?
There are a few supplements that can lower blood glucose levels however, they should not replace a prescribed diabetic treatment from your physician. Furthermore, lowering blood sugar levels too low (hypoglycaemia) can lead to fatigue, dizziness and even coma as well. So do discuss with a healthcare professional before starting any herbal remedies. Some studies on chromium supplements did indicate better glucose control, but mainly with those with already elevated blood glucose levels. Magnesium and fibre-rich foods did show some promise in lowering the risk of developing diabetes. However, there are conflicting research reports on the efficacy of alpha-lipoic acid, cinnamon, vitamin D, selenium, bitter melon or iron intake …

Myth-buster: To consume or avoid those late night meals

We are often told to avoid consuming a late night meal. Read on as Dr Katrina Gallagher clarifies a false myth.


Hundreds of years ago, our ancestors didn’t have the modern conveniences (grocery stores, refrigerators, or packaged foods) that we have today.  Different hypotheses exist as to how our ancestors ate, but one hypothesis is that they had to hunt their meat and gather their vegetables, which took a substantial amount of time.  They would snack on the fruits, nuts, and seeds they found along the way.  When evening fell, they would commune to cook and feast on the game hunted that day.  The largest meal was often times the last meal of the day.  They would go to bed with their tummies filled but yet they would wake up the next morning, energized and restored for the next round of hunting and gathering. We have all heard that we shouldn’t eat within 3 hours of sleep, either because we will get fat or because we will get sick, as our bodies cannot digest while we sleep.  But we also…

Tech Insights by Mark Ridley, CTO & Head of Engineering

Our very own Mark Ridley, MyDoc’s CTO and Head of Engineering took time off his busy schedule to share relevant tech insights for today’s world. His candid and honest answers are a great way to understand how we’ve grown and built our product over the years. His skill, knowledge and tech leadership ensures that we offer a secure online service for our users.


1 . What are some of the security challenges you face and how do you overcome them?  The threat of attack from the Internet is increasing exponentially and is a very real problem that should be taken seriously, by everyone; not just those in IT Security. Technology is changing at an incredibly rapid pace and with new forms of technology comes new and more sophisticated forms of attack. 2 . Is constant maintenance required and is it short term or long term? Absolutely! Automated vulnerability scans and regular maintenance updates are a must to protect against attack. Software should be kept up-to-date at all times. Reading and staying …