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Country Feature - SINGAPORE

Each month we will provide you with information on a particular country or region. This month we focus on Singapore.

"Situated in south-east Asia, the Republic of Singapore comprises 63 islands, with a population of more than five million people. Singapore has a long and varied history. During the early 19th century . . ."

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Expatriate Healthcare update the news everyday on their website. Here's a round up of the top stories from last month.

Monthly round-up:

This month, there were stories about life in foreign countries. India was described as a land of contrast, with great cuisine, while Zagreb in Croatia was called a laid back city, Kenya was said to be dramatic and exciting and a specialist said Barcelona has everything a person could desire.

However, buying property in Barcelona could be risky, as the property market of Spain was noted to be on a downwards trend, although real estate investments across the eurozone could be stabilising in general.

Breakthroughs were made in medical provisions for several diseases, with positive results in liver fibrosis drugs, inflammatory disease treatments, HIV and cancer medicines and diabetes.

Scientists also reported success in the development of a contraceptive for mosquitoes and a cure for malaria, while research examined the link between weight, metabolic abnormalities and cognitive decline.

Psychological support was described as essential for people with dementia and people with allergies were found to be at a lower risk of developing brain tumours than the general populace.

Read on to catch up on other health news from around the world . . .

Underinsurance 'increases mortality rate of heart disease patients'

A new study has highlighted the importance of international health insurance, revealing that people with medical cover have significantly higher survival rates following a heart attack than those without. The research, which was published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine and led by Derek Ng from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, found this factor could explain disparities between the outcomes of African Americans and white people in the US following significant cardiac events. Mr Ng and his colleagues examined whether or not the risk of early death was related to race or medical insurance status.

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Time zone changes 'can lead to illness in sportsmen'

Athletes who travel across more than five time zones are considerably more likely to fall ill when they compete than those who perform where they live, a study has shown. Research published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine suggested the risk of sickness could be between two and three times higher for people who travel a considerable distance before working out. Investigators analysed the daily wellbeing of 259 rugby players who were taking part in the Super 14 Rugby Tournament in 2012, which involved teams from South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.

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Mediterranean diet 'appears to protect bone health'

The Mediterranean diet could protect people's bone health, a study has shown. Research to be published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism from the Endocrine Society found consuming foods high in olive oil for 24 months is linked to higher levels of osteocalcin concentrations in blood serum, which indicates that this could protect people's skeletal system. A total of 127 males aged between 55 and 80 years old were involved in the research.

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'Preparation is key' when relocating abroad

As well as taking out expatriate medical insurance, there are a number of other considerations people must make when relocating abroad. According to Crown Relocations senior move manager Kimberley Millhouse, people ought to leave "plenty of time" to prepare important documentation, such as custom forms, passports and visas.

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'Consider tax obligations' when relocating abroad

While there are many things to consider when relocating abroad, tax obligations are a particularly important issue. Crown Relocations senior move manager Kimberly Millhouse recommended that people inform the authorities in the country they are leaving that they will be moving to another nation. She suggested people tell banks and financial institutions of the move, as well as discover whether or not they will be able to access their pension funds in the new country.

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Sleep problems 'prevalent in developing world too'

More and more people in developing countries are suffering from sleep problems, new international healthcare research has found. The investigation, which was conducted by Warwick Medical School at the University of Warwick, found 16.6 per cent of people in the poorer nations surveyed are suffering from disturbances to their slumber, which is near to the 20 per cent seen in western countries. This growing problem is linked to higher numbers of people suffering from depression and anxiety in the developing world, the study revealed.

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Biosensor monitors glucose levels 'in saliva and tears'

International health insurance policies may soon contain an innovative diagnostic test for diabetes, following the development of a groundbreaking biosensor. Research conducted at the Birck Nanotechnology Center and funded by the National Science Foundation and the US Office of Naval Research provided good evidence of the functionality of the device, which can detect elevated levels of glucose in tears and saliva.

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Antibiotics 'should be given before caesareans'

Women who have a caesarean section surgery could have their health outcomes improved by being given antibiotics before the operation begins, rather than after the umbilical cord is clamped. This is according to a study at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and Barnes-Jewish Hospital, which involved international healthcare specialists analysing the health of more than 8,000 women. The research, which was published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, found taking antibiotics at an earlier stage of the caesarean section could reduce the number of infections that strike at the surgical site by around 50 per cent.

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Eurozone property 'becoming more attractive'

People are continuing to relocate abroad to Europe and purchase real estate on the continent, statements from an expert have indicated. BuyAssociation editor Paul Collins suggested that the economy of the eurozone could have "possibly stabilised a very small amount".

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Drink problems 'require treatment'

People who are suffering from a drink problem are putting themselves at risk of a number of problems that may require treatment through international health insurance policies. According to an Addaction spokesman, some of these are heart and liver problems, cancer and raised blood pressure.

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