Monday, 11 November 2019

Exceptional people: He went hungry as a teen. Now Stuff’d boss is feeding kids who cannot afford a meal

Image for illustration. Salad

It was 1997, he was 16, and the Asian financial crisis was ravaging his parents’ business. “There was money and there was food,” Adrian Ang said. “And then suddenly, there wasn’t any.”

His only meal for the day: Two slices of bread which he got at breakfast, but always saved until midday for fear of running out of fuel too soon. On a lucky day, there would be kaya to go with it.

This bout of privation lasted for a year – but it had a lifelong impact on him.

In April 2019, he and a team of four staff members at Stuff’d – which serves Mexican-Turkish food – launched the Free Food For Kids campaign at their Northpoint City Yishun outlet. The initiative provides one free meal a day to children in need. It has since expanded to Jurong Point, Bugis and White Sands, feeding more than 140 children under the age of 14.

Read more @

Vaping deaths: Health officials find possible cause of mystery illness linked to e-cigarettes

Researchers have made a breakthrough in determining exactly what could be behind the mystery vaping-related lung illness which has killed 39 people in the US.

Vitamin E acetate, an oil, was found in every lung fluid sample from afflicted patients tested by the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“This is the first time that we have detected a potential chemical of concern in biologic samples from patients with these lung injuries,” the CDC said.

As of last week, there had been over 2,000 recorded cases of e-cigarette, or vaping, product-use associated injury (ECVPI) by the CDC.


Screen use tied to children’s brain development

Image for illustration only

A new study using sophisticated brain scans found an association between screen use and the development of young children’s brains, especially in areas related to language development, reinforcing the messages about minimising screen time for preschoolers.

Parents were asked about their children’s screen use, and the researchers used a composite score called a ScreenQ. A score of zero is best, 26, the highest, is worst.

After controlling for age, gender and income, the children with higher ScreenQ scores had lower measures of structural integrity and myelination, especially in tracts involved with language and literacy skills.

The researchers also tested the children cognitively, looking at measures of language and early literacy. The results of the cognitive tests correlated well with the children’s screen exposure; the children with higher screen exposure had poorer expressive language and did worse on tests of language processing speed, like rapidly naming objects.


Benefits & side effects of cashew nuts

Nutrients of cashew nuts

According to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient DatabaseTrusted Source, 1 ounce of raw cashews (28.35 grams), about 16-18 nuts, contains:
  • 157 calories
  • 8.56 grams (g) of carbohydrate
  • 1.68 g of sugar
  • 0.9 g of fiber
  • 5.17 g of protein
  • 12.43 g of total fat
  • 10 milligrams (mg) of calcium
  • 1.89 mg of iron
  • 83 mg of magnesium
  • 168 mg of phosphorus
  • 187 mg of potassium
  • 3 mg of sodium
  • 1.64 mg of zinc
Cashews also contain vitamins C and B, including 7 micrograms (mcg) of DFE folate.

Side-Effects Of Cashew
  1. Allergy Symptoms - Being allergic to cashew is quite common across the globe. Chances are that if you are allergic to nuts, you are also probably allergic to cashews.
  2. Mess up your digestion - It turns out that raw nuts contain many compounds that impair digestion, including phytates to tannins. Limit your intake of cashew nuts.
  3. Truly raw cashews are not safe to eat, as they contain a substance known as urushiol, found in poison ivy. Urushiol is toxic, and contact with it can trigger a skin reaction in some people. Cashew kernels are often sold as raw but have been steamed, which removes the toxins.


You may want to read How Cashews Almost Killed Me (and I Loved It)

Saturday, 9 November 2019

Heart Palpitations & Magnesium & Calcium

Heart palpitations, a type of cardiac arrhythmia, have been described as an electrical storm in your heart. Heart palpitations can range from mild and sporadic occurrences to life-threatening emergencies.

Magnesium and calcium play important roles in maintaining healthy nerve and muscle function, and imbalances or deficiencies of these nutrients can contribute to your risk for developing heart palpitations.

Magnesium and calcium work together, counterbalancing each other in some of their functions. Magnesium signals muscles to relax, while calcium prompts muscle contraction.

Severe calcium deficiency can lead to a variety of health effects, including abnormal heart rate, convulsions and dementia.  Excess calcium also occurs, particularly if you supplement heavily with calcium or use calcium supplements can lead to irregular contractions that you experience as a racing heart.


All nuts are good for you, but these 8 are the healthiest

  • Almonds - Almonds also have the most vitamin E and protein of all tree nuts, providing 6 grams of protein per serving
  • Pistachios - The highest in potassium (291 milligrams) per ounce compared to other nuts, and the highest amount of vitamin B6
  • Walnuts - Walnuts are an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids
  • Cashews - Cashews have the highest amount of iron per ounce and the highest in zinc (needed for hair growth) per ounce of all nuts. They also serve as an excellent source of copper and magnesium.
  • Hazelnuts - an excellent source of vitamin E and folate, a very important nutrient for pregnancy
  • Macadamia Nuts - The highest in calories and  the highest monounsaturated fat of all nuts.
  • Pecans - high in monounsaturated fat.
  • Pine nuts - A good source of vitamin E and phosphorous, plus they are high in vitamin K.


Download John J. Audubon’s Birds of America (435 Bird Illustrations) for Free

Image for illustration only

Please go here to view and download Birds of America illustrations.

Why Did This Man's Taste Buds Disappear?

When a 64-year-old man stuck out his tongue for a physical exam, doctors could immediately tell something was off: Instead of a typical, textured tongue, his was smooth and shiny. It did not take long for them to recognize why: The man's taste buds were missing (A), a condition called atrophic glossitis, or inflammation of the tongue.

The man, who lives in Singapore, went to the doctor after he experienced pain and redness in his tongue along with a burning sensation around his lips, which had lasted six months, according to the report, published today (Oct. 16) in The New England Journal of Medicine.

But what had caused the atrophic glossitis? Blood tests revealed an important clue: The man's levels of vitamin B12 were very low. Shots of vitamin B12 brought the man's tongue back to normal (B).


Friday, 8 November 2019

TNP Dollah Kassim Award celebrates 10th anniversary

The New Paper Dollah Kassim Award, an annual accolade which recognises Singapore football talents aged 18 and below, celebrates its 10th year this year, making it a decade in support of youth football.

Six nominees - three each from Under-18 and Under-15 categories - have been picked by a selection panel from the Football Association of Singapore (FAS), after having impressed beyond this year's Centre of Excellence (COE) leagues.

Thanks to Singapore Pools, the previous winners went on overseas training stints with renowned clubs such as England's Newcastle United, French sides FC Metz and St Etienne and Belgium's KRC Genk.

It will be no different for this year's winner.


If you are scared of hidden cameras in your Airbnb, Baidu has an app for that

By now, most of us have heard those stories about hidden cameras in hotels and Airbnbs. They are definitely real. Now there is an app that will help you ferret out hidden cameras in your room… if they’re connected to the same Wi-Fi network.

Chinese tech giant Baidu launched an app yesterday called “Privacy Protection Special Version.” The name itself does not reveal much, but Baidu Security says the detection tool will be able to find any spy cameras connected to a Wi-Fi network with the simple tap of a button.

Baidu Security's researchers found that most spy cameras use similar technology. Peeping Toms often choose a tiny Wi-Fi-enabled camera that can be controlled remotely using an app or other software. After looking at the internet protocols used by these Wi-Fi cameras, Baidu developed an app that uses this information to detect cameras after connecting to the same Wi-Fi network.

This means you would not be able to pinpoint exactly where a camera is hidden. But if a camera in your room is streaming video out over the hotel Wi-Fi network you are connected to, this new app will presumably be able to let you know.

Read more @