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Health Advice: Birth Defects

Baby Sleeping in HospitalWhat is it? 

A birth defect is an abnormality that may be detected during pregnancy, at birth or in early childhood. The abnormality may affect the function or structure of a body part or alter the baby’s metabolism. Birth defects range in severity from minor to fatal. 

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Health Advice: Liver Transplantation

This article gives an insight into what to expect when the doctor has pronounced that you need a liver transplant. 

What is a liver?

Health WorkersThe liver is the largest internal organ in your body. An average adult liver weighs approximately 2% of the total body weight. It is located in the right side of the abdomen just beneath the diaphragm and behind the lower ribs. The liver has a right and a left lobe. Beneath the liver lies the gall bladder which is the reservoir for bile.

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Medical advice: Effects of Passive smoking

Effects of Second Hand smokingPassive smoking means breathing in other people’s tobacco (cigarette) smoke. A smoker’s exhaled smoke is called exhaled mainstream smoke. The smoke drifting from their lit cigarette is called sidestream smoke. The combination of mainstream and sidestream smoke is called second-hand smoke (SHS) or environmental tobacco smoke (ETS). 

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Medical advice:What is Bowel Cancer

Health WorkersBowel cancer is cancer in any part of the colon or rectum. Untreated it will increase in size and may cause a blockage or can ulcerate leading to blood loss and anaemia. 

What is the bowel?

The bowel is a 6-metre-long tube made of muscle, with a lining similar to the inside of the cheek. It is part of the digestive system and extends from the stomach to the rectum and anus. There are two parts of the bowel – the small bowel and the large bowel. Food and liquid are broken down in the stomach and then passed into the small bowel to be digested. From there, the nutritional parts of food are absorbed into the bloodstream and the remains pass into the large bowel. The large bowel is made up of two parts – the colon and the rectum. The colon is the first one-and-a-half metres of the large bowel, and the rectum is the last 12 to 15cm, ending at the anus. The colon removes liquid from digested food, which is turned into solid waste. The rectum holds this solid waste until it is expelled as a bowel motion (faeces).

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Learning about Men’s Health

Learning about men's Health from AsiaMed ConnectMen often tend to assume that they need to visit their doctors only if they get sick. However, men need to have regular health checks too. Regular medical check-ups help you stay healthy and to pick up early warning signs of disease or illness. Diseases such as cardiovascular (heart) disease, diabetes and some cancers that men are prone to develop can often be picked up in their early stages, when treatment outcomes may be more successful.

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