Xiang Yin Tan

World AIDS Day: Debunking myths about HIV/AIDS

HIV is one of the highest profile diseases globally, with 38.4 million infections at the end of 2021. However, many are unaware of how the disease works and how to live with it.

Stigmas about HIV still prevail, and many still hold myths surrounding its transmission and treatment. In this article, we’ll debunk some common myths about HIV, in light of World AIDS Day.

Providing Care Through the 3 Stages of Dementia

In Singapore, one in 10 seniors aged 60 and above has dementia. By 2030, this will rise to one in five.

Your loved one has just been diagnosed with dementia, and you may need time to get used to performing a new, unfamiliar role as a caregiver. You may feel lost, stressed, worried, or frustrated. Deal with your emotions at your own pace until you can accept the diagnosis.

In order to support your loved one, it is good to understand the progression of dementia and its associated challenges.

World Patient Safety Day: What Patients Should Do

All of us, at some point of time in our lives, will require medications to prevent or treat illness. However, medications that are incorrectly stored, prescribed, dispensed, or administered can cause serious harm. Unsafe medication practices and errors are the main cause of injury and preventable harm in healthcare systems worldwide. Across the world, the cost associated with medication errors has been estimated at $42 billion USD annually.

Mistakes can happen at various stages of the medication use process. These can occur due to factors such as poor medication systems and human factors. In addition, staff shortages and fatigue can affect the administration, monitoring, and prescribing of medications. Medication errors may also be caused by poor communication between doctors and patients. This can result in severe patient harm, disability, and even death.

World Suicide Prevention Day: Identifying Signs & Seeking Support

One in every 100 deaths worldwide occurs due to suicide. Each suicide is devasting and has a deep impact on people around them.

Every year, we observe World Suicide Prevention Day on 10 September to raise awareness of suicide and suicide prevention. The theme for 2022 is ‘Creating Hope Through Action’, as the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) hopes to empower people to care for those experiencing suicidal thoughts.