Sunday, 14 May 2017

SingHealth mobile app helps patients reduce the time spent waiting in line at clinics

A SingHealth mobile registration service aimed at reducing the time spent waiting in line at outpatient clinics is set to be rolled out to more health institutions.

The Health Buddy app allows patients to register for consultations using mobile devices from any place.

They then receive real-time updates on their queue status and can arrive at the clinic just before their queue number is called.

The service has been piloted at the Musculoskeletal Centre at Singapore General Hospital (SGH), Clinic 5A at the National Heart Centre Singapore and SGH's Diabetes and Metabolism Centre.

SingHealth aims to introduce it at KK Women's and Children's Hospital and the National Cancer Centre by the end of this year and hope to introduce similar services to reduce waiting times at SingHealth's polyclinics.


Exceptional company: Hai Sing wins big again at robotics world championship

At the world championship last month, Atom-U, made up of base controller Sam Andrew Sy, programmer Ernest Tan Jun Yi and Shannon, won the top two performance awards - Middle School World Champion and Robot Skills World Champion.

For the competition in the US, invitations were sent to the best 160 teams in the world, including the six from Hai Sing Catholic School's robotics club.

In the end, they took home seven awards in all.

Singapore is the only country with teams to win the top two awards each time it participated in the world championship. Mr Teo Yee Ming, 42, teacher-in-charge said: "When we first went in 2012, nobody respected us. Now, many teams greet us, saying our Singapore teams are good."


What is gua sha (刮痧)

Gua sha is a healing technique of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Sometimes called ‘coining, spooning or scraping’, Gua sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha’ representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis.

The skin is scraped to produce light bruising with a smooth edge made of water buffalo horn, spoon, coin or even fingers. It is delivered, in an orderly fashion, on specific parts of the body, resulting in large area of bruising or petechial hemorrhages, to regulate body function and restore homeostasis.


Apply lubricants such as olive oil or scrapping cream on body surface, and apply pressured strokes repeatedly until localized red dots or mild purplish patches appear.


1) Video showing facial gua sha for a smooth face

2) My experience with gua sha
I tried gua sha on my lower back as acupuncture was not effectively to cure my lower backache. That physician first dipped his hand in a pail of oil. He used his hand to gua sha my backbone until it was red. 
Image for illustration only, from

According to him, if the skin is red, then there is no poison. If it is black or purplish, then the poison has been purged from the body. 

Well, my lower back was good for many years after that one session. But it was a very painful experience, as if my skin was being peeled from my body.

Forum: LED lights send wrong message to 'smartphone zombies'

The use of LED lights on pavements sends a negative message that "smartphone zombies" no longer have to look up to know when to cross the road (Floor lights help 'smartphone zombies' keep eye on the road; May 10).

It suggests that using smartphones when crossing roads is not something to be discouraged.

Efforts should be expended to raise awareness among pedestrians about the dangers of keeping their eyes glued to their smartphones, and of the need to concentrate fully on the surrounding traffic.

It might also be a good idea to erect signs to remind the public of this.

Road accidents can happen anywhere, and it would incur a huge sum of money to install such LED lights at all pedestrian crossings islandwide.

Lim Chee Khiam


Technology: How a blob of rubber turn into a basketball - video

For all those basketball players, have you ever wondered how the ball was made?