Monday, 31 October 2016

Clinics must issue itemised bills to CHAS patients from next year


From Jan 1, 2017, it will be compulsory for all general practitioners (GPs) and dental clinics on the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS) to issue itemised bills to subsidised patients, announced the Ministry of Health (MOH) in a press release on Friday (Oct 28).

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Health tip: Omega-3 is important for our brains and eyesight


DHA (omega-3) accounts for 40% of the polyunsaturated fatty acids in the brain, and 60% in the retina of the eye, so DHA is very important for visual and neurological needs.

Several studies suggest omega-3 may protect against Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and reduce memory loss through ageing.

Food that have a high content of omega-3 includes:
  • salmon
  • most fishes
  • almond nuts
  • chia seeds
  • flaxseed
  • walnuts
  • soya beans

You may want to read 13 reasons we need omega-3

Saturday, 29 October 2016

3 in 10 older Singaporeans have no teeth



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3 in 10 people aged 60 and above have no teeth at all, researchers found in a study of 5,000 such Singaporeans.

This is higher than the average rate in other developed countries, which is usually around 17 to 20 per cent.

Apart from the obvious problems of eating, having no teeth could also put people at higher risk of developing problems like dementia, or even death as there is a link between dental health status and mortality.

Researchers found women in particular are more likely to lose all their teeth because they have more cavities and their hormones put them at higher risk of tooth loss.

Reference: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/3-in-10-older-sporeans-have-no-teeth-study-finds

Exceptional people: Mum donates $100 of $800 salary monthly

Tampines GRC MP Cheng Li Hui (L), Mdm Yim (R)

Mdm Jenny Yim, 57, earns $800 monthly as a bus attendant. Yet, she donates $100 monthly to the needy through Club-100@North West.

Friday, 28 October 2016

Prevent This Deadly Condition By Drinking Green Tea



Green tea is known to be remarkably healthy, but did you know that it might actually save your life by preventing certain dangerous conditions?

One of these conditions is abdominal aortic aneurysm, often abbreviated as AAA. This condition occurs when the aorta, the primary blood vessel which supplies blood throughout many regions of the body, balloons in the abdominal region. If this occurs, surgery involving grafts and stents is often needed. If the aneurysm tears, there is only a 20 percent survival rate. Not good odds!

AAA is most common in men over the age of 60. High blood pressure, smoking and certain genetic conditions make experiencing an abdominal aortic aneurysm more likely.

Researchers at Kyoto University recently published a study in the Journal of Vascular Surgery. They found that rats who consumed green tea polyphenol experienced a reduced risk of developing AAA. On this research, the study authors wrote:

“Therapeutic options for abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) are currently limited to invasive surgical or endovascular repair. Although advances in diagnosis have allowed physicians to detect smaller AAAs, no pharmacologic treatment directly targeting AAA progression has been found thus far… Regular green tea consumption might be advantageous for patients with a small AAA or as a prophylactic strategy for AAA.”

Read the full article @ http://www.thealternativedaily.com/prevent-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-with-green-tea/

Exceptional people: Train captain lauded for kindness towards elderly commuter


Mr Goh Kim Han,51, was one of the 25 recipients of the Outstanding Award at the 17th edition of the National Kindness Awards. He carried an elderly man struggling to walk along uneven MRT tracks during a train disruption.

Exceptional people: Community raises nearly S$280,000 to help Jurong West fire victims build temporary market


Reference: http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/community-raises-nearly-s280000-help-affected-stallholders-jurong-west-fire

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

Health tip: Benefits of arm swinging (even when sitting down) - 平甩功

Arm swinging is one of the exercises from qigong, a simple but very effective exercise that can improve your health and may just help you treat your illness.



Video in Chinese

Swinging your arm for half an hour a day for a complete exercise, if not,

  • 10 minutes will help your circulation for the day,
  • another 10 minutes will activate your internal organs, 
  • the next 10 minutes will treat your sickness. 

Of course you may swing your arms for more than half an hour a day.

If for any reason you cannot do the arm swinging standing, you may do it sitting down.



Arm swinging sitting down - in Chinese


Reference: http://swinghandexercisepingshuaigong.blogspot.sg/2014/08/ping-shuai-gong-swing-hand-exercise.html#comment-form

You may want to view this video: Taoist exercise that saved the medical doctor his life

My 2 cents:
I have been feeling tired after lunch, so I started to do the arm swinging for 10 minutes. What a change! After a few days of swinging, I do not feel tired anymore. Even if I wanted to nap, I could not. Nowadays I do 20 minutes each time almost everyday, 30 minutes if I can.

TCM can play greater role in preventing disease

Traditional Chinese Medicine has a potentially important role in disease prevention and management in Singapore, according to Health Minister, Mr Gan Kim Yong.


As Singapore's ageing population increases, and a higher prevalence of chronic disease, TCM can be complementary to main-stream medicine as acupuncture is now available at public hospitals for pain management and stroke re-habitation, providing a more holistic approach to patient care.

Read the full article @ http://www.todayonline.com/singapore/tcm-can-play-greater-role-preventing-disease-population-ages

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Exceptional people: Gardener at NTU herb garden - in Chinese


This is the place for free herbs should you need it. The best thing is, the helpful gardener will help you with the type of herbs that you need for your illness.

Health tip: Bodybuilder reveals how vegan diet and no dairy banished his acne

Before and after change of diet

A bodybuilder turned to veganism after exhausting every possible solution to rid his face of the large pus-filled cysts that had haunted him since puberty.

He guaranteed others could banish acne if they dropped all dairy out of their diet, drank a gallon (3 litres) of water a day and ate at least 10 to 16 servings of vegetables a day.

You may have problem following his strict diet but you can try slowly reducing your meat and sweet stuff intake. Incorporating more water, fruits and natural food like whole grains and nuts into your diet.

Read the full article @ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-3803461/Vegan-acne-cure-shared-bodybuilder.html

What is Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA)?

A Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document which allows a person who is at least 21 years of age (donor) to voluntarily appoint one or more persons (donees) to make decisions and act on his behalf as his proxy decision maker if he should lose mental capacity one day. A donee can be appointed to act in two broad areas: personal welfare as well as property & affairs matters.

By having an LPA in place, it alleviates the stress and difficulties faced by your loved ones if you should lose mental capacity. If not, then the court will appoint a deputy to make decisions on your behalf.


About the Mental Capacity Act

from ST

Please visit Office of the Public Guardian for more info.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Using mosquitoes to fight disease

Some 3,000 Wolbachia-carrying male Aedes aegypti mosquiotes were released to the environment at Braddell Heights.

Bred by Environmental Health Institute, the male mosquitoes neither bite humans nor transmit disease.

Their function is to infect female Aedes aegypti mosquitoes with Wolbachia bacteria so that the eggs cannot be hatched.


NEA


Reference: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/3000-wolbachia-infected-mosquitoes-released-at-braddell-heights-in-study-to-curb-mozzies

Science breakthrough: Scientists reverse Alzheimer's in mice





After ten years of research, scientists are able to reverse Alzheimer's in mice as they are able to identify an enzyme called Caspase-2 that attacks a protein called tau.

Reference: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3838621/Alzheimer-s-breakthrough-Scientists-REVERSE-disease-mice-bringing-closer-cure.html

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Health tip: Eczema sufferer stopped her breakouts with vegan diet of raw fruits and vegetables

Eczema sufferer's hand before and after change of diet



You may not be able to follow a strict fruits and vegetables diet but you may try your best to eat less meat and sweet stuff slowly. Incorporate more fruits and vegetables or more natural food like whole grains and nuts to your diet.

Reference: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-3837828/Eczema-sufferer-itchy-skin-burn-blister-says-strict-vegan-diet-RAW-fruit-veg-stopped-breakouts.html

Friday, 21 October 2016

Science breakthrough: Scientists use skin cells to create healthy egg cells




Scientists have successfully created egg cells for the first time using rodent skin stem cells. The eggs are then implanted into rodent foster mothers after being fertilised.

Even though the success rate is less than 1% and producing human eggs from this technique is still years away, it provides a futuristic possibility of making human eggs in the lab from skin or other cells.


Notice: HSA warning not to buy these pain relief supplements


Health Science Authority has advised the public not to buy these 2 pain relief supplements as they contained undeclared potent ingredients which are prohibited.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Exceptional people: Team lauded for taking Singapore to space

a sample of TeLEOS-1 satellite

A team made up of scientists from ST Electronics, DSO National Laboratories and NTU are behind locally made satellite TeLEOS-1, receives the President's Technlogy Award.

The 400kg earth observation satellite and five other smaller satellites were launched into space last December by a rocket owned by the Indian Space Research Organisation.


Monday, 17 October 2016

Health tip: Long term usage of cooling and heaty food

Cooling food

Cooling food has the tendency to discharge itself and other stuff from the body. This is good for THE long term as the cooling food is not stored in your body.

Precaution: Eating too much cooling food simultaneously (for long term) is very unhealthy as cooling will weaken your body organs. 


Heaty food

Heaty food tends to keep itself in the body resulting in becoming toxic. Therefore, it is not advisable to eat the same heaty food for long term, especially if your heaty food is a supplement.


You may want to check some of the heaty and cooling food here.