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Healthtech start-up MyDoc raises USD5.2 Million

Singapore,  21  September 2017 –  MyDoc , a Singapore-based regional healthtech start-up, has raised US$5.2 million in a Series A funding round. The investment was led by  UST Global , a California-headquartered leading digital technology services company. Other investors include cross-border early stage venture capital firm  Wavemaker Partners . Led by US-based UST Global; Wavemaker Partners also participating Funding will develop MyDoc@Work, a fully-automated corporate healthcare platform, and to develop health insurtech solutions as well as to enter new markets MyDoc provides companies with an easy-to-use digital health platform that integrates key aspects of healthcare – connecting patients, healthcare professionals, corporates, pharmacies, health data and insurers. Current clients include Asia’s largest insurers such as AIA, AXA and Aetna and other partners including the Health Promotion Board (HPB), Guardian Pharmacy, as well as individual general practitioner cli

Breast Cancer Awarness Month – October 2017

Breast cancer is the number one cancer amongst women in Singapore. Unfortunately only 2 out of 5 women are up to date with their mammogram screening. This October, Singapore celebrates Breast Cancer Awareness month with a host of related events, workshops and educational activities brought to you by the  Singapore Cancer Society . The activities start from 30 September onwards and will carry on throughout the month of October. Highlights of the events include: Launch events across Singapore Month-long mammogram screening activity BCF Pink Ribbon walk What Is Breast Cancer? A woman’s breast is fully developed when she is in her twenties. The female breast is made up of milk glands and ducts and is surrounded by a layer of fat. Each female breast contains about 12 to 15 milk glands. Milk is produced in the milk glands and collects in small ducts. These join together to form larger ducts, which eventually drain via the nipples. During a woman’s reproductive period (ap

Measure your blood pressure, save your heart

Blood pressure is defined as the pressure that moves the blood and is directly linked to heart health. Read on to find out what you will definitely need to know about blood pressure, and do remember to take them to heart. Qn1: Why does the blood pressure tend to increase as we grow older? Ans:   As we age, our blood vessels age too, hence our pressure has a higher tendency of increasing. When our blood vessels age, cholesterol adheres to the vessels and they lose their elasticity. This is further worsened by being overweight and not exercising sufficiently. When pressure is high, it accelerates the hardening of the arteries (i.e. arteriosclerosis) and this increases the risk of a heart attack or stroke. Your pressure fluctuates constantly throughout the day. Monitoring your pressure daily may save your life! Qn2: Why does my blood pressure differ every time I measure it?  Ans:  The blood pressure fluctuates with the contraction of the heart. And as the blood pressur

Diabetes: All you need to know and more #Part1

What are the different types of diabetes and what do I need to know about it? Fret no more! In this two part series, this first instalment answers all your queries on diabetes below. 1. Could you explain the differences between Type 1, Type 2 and gestational diabetes?  Diabetes Mellitus (DM) is a metabolic disease characterized by elevated blood glucose due to impaired or absent insulin secretion or action. Insulin is produced by the pancreas, an organ behind the stomach and is essential for triggering cells to take in sugar from the blood as fuel to produce energy. A malfunction of this process leaves cells without energy and too high blood sugar, which can cause macro and micro vascular issues together with organ damage. There are 2 main types that account for nearly all DM patients. Type 1 DM affects roughly 5-10% of patients and is a result of the body irreversibly destroying its own insulin producing cells. People with Type 1 DM usually develop rapidly progressing sympt

Health risks at work and how to deal with them

An occupational hazard is something unpleasant that one may experience as a result of doing his job. Here are common occupational health hazards faced by office workers and ways to deal with them. 1. Musculoskeletal disorders Back pain, stiff neck and tense shoulders are among the most popular complaints of white collar workers. These problems can result from working on computers and sitting for long hours. To prevent these muscle-related injuries, it is most important to maintain a proper posture: Rest both feet flat on the floor. Adjust the height of the chair so that you can type on your keyboard with your arms straight and parallel to the floor. Push your hips as far back as they can go in the chair. Support your back with either a small pillow or backrest. Position the computer screen or any reading materials at eye level to avoid bending and straining the neck. Secondly, take small breaks during your work to release muscle tension even if your posture is perfectly