Health Suites


Claressa Monteiro speaks with health and wellness professionals to bring you the most up to date information on our most pressing health concerns. How to keep our stress levels in check and how to make sure our children are their happiest and healthiest selves.

JUL 8, 2022
08/07/22 - Health Suites: Importance of vaccines to protect against disease that infected Justin Bieber
On Health Suites, Justin Bieber’s recent experience with Ramsay Hunt syndrome has thrown light on the importance of protection against shingles and herpes zoster virus. Shingles, also known as Herpes Zoster, is a painful disease caused by the reactivation of the same virus that causes chickenpox that can affect up to 1 in 3 people. Additionally, the risk of shingles can be elevated for up to six months after a COVID-19 diagnosis. Melissa Hyak speaks to Dr Leong Hoe Nam, Senior Consultant Infectious Disease Physician at Rophi Clinic, Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital to find out more about this disease and how vaccines are important to protect us against these diseases.

JUL 7, 2022
07/07/22 - Health Suites: How can enhanced diagnostics and screening access help with reining in the burden of infectious diseases
On Health Suites, while COVID-19 has put diagnostics on the spotlight globally, the power of diagnostics far extends beyond this one disease. Diagnostics has a crucial role to play in addressing healthcare’s greatest challenge, ranging from infectious diseases, cancer or other serious health threats. Despite the value of diagnostic technologies, barriers in regulatory frameworks, funding and reimbursements discussions, and societal-based dilemmas limit the adoption of these tools. Melissa Hyak speaks to Chris Hardesty, Strategic Advisor at APACMed to find out the crucial role of screening and diagnostics to strengthen healthcare systems.

JUL 6, 2022
06/07/22 - Health Suites: All about fertility health
On Health Suites, in Singapore, one in six couples experience problems with infertility, for many different reasons. In about 39 per cent of these cases, the cause is female infertility. In 20 per cent, it is male infertility, and in 26 per cent the problem lies with both partners. Female infertility has various causes, such as lack of ovulation and womb problems. Melissa Hyak speaks to Dr Anupriya Agarwal, Senior Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, IVF Clinician from Virtus Health to find out all we need to know about fertility health. 

JUL 5, 2022
05/07/22 - Health Suites: How artificial intelligence is helping doctors detect subtle colon polyps
On Health Suites, flat polyps are difficult for doctors to detect. Yet, they need to be found and removed as they can become cancerous and some may do so more quickly than regular polyps. Melissa Hyak speaks to Dr Frederick Koh, Consultant at Department of Surgery at Sengkang General Hospital to find how artificial intelligence helps doctors detect such subtle colon polyps. Highlights:  00:44 - What are flat polyps?  03:36 - Are flat polyps more common in older adults? 06:32 - How can you screen for flat polyps as they are more difficult to detect?  09:01 - How has artificial intelligence helped with detecting flat polyps easier?  15:58 - What can we do to prevent flat polyps? 

JUL 4, 2022
04/07/22 - Health Suites: AI software to improve detection of cardiovascular disease
On Health Suites, cardiovascular disease is the biggest killer globally with one in three of us likely to suffer from it. There have also been recent studies into the long term impact of COVID-19 on our hearts. Melissa Hyak speaks to Dr Carolyn Lam, Senior Consultant Cardiologist at National Heart Centre Singapore, Professor at Duke-National University of Singapore and co-founder of to dive into more details about an AI software that improves detection of cardiovascular disease. 

JUL 1, 2022
01/07/22 - Health Suites: A weak pelvic floor may increase your risk of Pelvic Congestion Syndrome
On Health Suites, it turns out, a weak pelvic floor is more than just an inconvenient side effect of pregnancy and childbirth: it could lead to chronic conditions like Pelvic Congestion SyndromeIt is estimated that 10 million women suffer from chronic pelvic pain, of which 7 million do not seek help. Melissa Hyak speaks to Dr Sriram Narayanan, Senior Consultant Vascular Surgeon at The Venus Clinic to find out more about a weak pelvic floor and how it can increase the risk of PCS. 

JUN 29, 2022
29/06/22 - Health Suites: Greater assurance to be a living donor in Singapore
On Health Suites, deceased donor liver donation is unable to keep up with the growing demand for liver donors, which makes living donor liver transplantation an important alternative, especially in Singapore. Living liver donation is a major surgery and there is an ethical dilemma of balancing the requirements of the recipient with the safety of the donor. Melissa Hyak speaks to Associate Professor Shridhar Iyer, Surgical Director and Senior Consultant for the Adult Liver Transplantation Programme at National University Centre for Organ Transplantation to find out more about a study that gives greater assurance to be a living donor in Singapore.

JUN 28, 2022
28/06/22 - Health Suites: You can die from a broken heart in real life, not just in romance novels
On Health Suites, sometimes we get our hearts broken by someone else. But have you ever heard of broken heart syndrome? This condition is not only real, but it’s also deadly. Activated by emotional or physical triggers, broken heart syndrome can happen to anyone, but is more common among women, who make up 88% of all cases. Melissa Hyak speaks to Dr Rohit Khurana, Consultant Cardiologist from the Harley Street Heart and Vascular Centre to find out more about this syndrome and how deadly it can be. Highlights: 00:27- What is broken heart syndrome?  03:55- Is it an acute or chronic condition?  06:09- Why might people die from this?  11:58- What are some prevention tools? 12:45- Does this affect people differently based on personalities? 

JUN 24, 2022
24/06/22 - Health Suites: A gentler treatment for kidney failure that can be done at home
On Health Suites, peritoneal dialysis is a treatment for kidney failure that uses the lining of your abdomen, or belly, to filter your blood inside your body. Such a treatment is gentler than other treatments and can be done in the comfort of your own home. But only 13 percent of those receiving dialysis in Singapore are taking up this treatment. Melissa Hyak speaks to Dr Behram Ali Khan, Medical Director at The National Kidney Foundation to find out more about peritoneal dialysis and the benefits for those needing treatment for kidney failure.

JUN 23, 2022
23/06/22 - Health Suites: How to diagnose and treat prostatitis that affects many men
On Health Suites, Pain in the prostate gland has increasingly become one of the top health concerns in recent years as many men have suffered or are suffering from it. Some examples include prostate cancer, which is fatal and the third most common cancer among men in Singapore. Melissa Hyak speaks to Dr Bernard Lee, CEO and Executive Director of Singapore Paincare Holdings Limited to find out how one can obtain an accurate diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.

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