Thursday, 15 June 2017

HSA warns against weight loss product Nutriline Bluvelle

A weight loss product called Nutriline Bluvelle was found to contain a banned substance called sibutramine, and the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) cautioned members of the public to not buy or consume it.

Sibutramine was previously available as a prescription-only weight loss drug but has been withdrawn from Singapore since 2010 due to an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes. Other serious adverse effects associated with the use of sibutramine include high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, hallucinations and mood swings, it added.

HSA said the consumer had purchased the product from an online shop based in Malaysia, but it has found out that the product was also sold on several other local and overseas online platforms. The agency said it is currently investigating the local sale of this product.


Dementia affecting more people under the age of 65

Once regarded as a condition affecting mostly those aged over 65, a growing number of younger patients have been diagnosed with dementia in recent years.

Last year, the National Neuroscience Institute (NNI) Neuroscience Clinic (Tan Tock Seng Hospital Campus) saw 179 patients aged 65 and below for young-onset dementia, approximately a fivefold increase from 2011.

Singapore has one of the fastest-ageing populations in the Asia-Pacific region, and the number of people living with dementia is expected to double by 2030. The term young-onset dementia is used to describe dementia that occurs in patients aged 65 and below. The most common form is Alzheimer’s disease, and some of the youngest patients diagnosed with it are in their 40s, said Dr Adeline Ng, a consultant at NNI’s Department of Neurology.

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Your views: Donate blood, it saves lives

Eight years ago, I received a message that urged recipients with the blood group B to step forward and donate as the supply was running low at the blood bank. I stared at my mobile phone screen and remained apprehensive for a while.

I had turned down fund-raisers who approached me and had also not followed through with my intentions to contribute to a few good causes.

As much as I wanted to make a positive contribution to society and help the needy, the good intentions were undermined by other priorities, a reluctance to inconvenience myself and to make sacrifices.

However, that day was different. I could make a difference in not one but three lives.

Having undergone medic training during my national service days, I have a basic understanding of blood transfusion and its risks. Nevertheless, I have full confidence in the Health Sciences Authority's blood donation system.

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In about an hour, I had completed my first donation.

That included answering a questionnaire, undergoing a physical exam and examining my iron level with a finger-prick blood test. The actual blood-drawing process took only 15 minutes.

Watching the nurse handling and storing my blood bag , I got a sense of achievement and gratification, knowing that I had done my part to help improve someone's life.

I then made a lifelong commitment to donate blood for as long my health permits.

Pain and needles did not deter me. It was more about the location of the blood bank and finding time.

To overcome the deterrence, I would apply for leave from work to donate blood.

Fast forward to 2017. I attended the World Blood Donor Day Ceremony at the OCBC Arena last weekend. I have donated 29 times and was awarded a bronze medal.

As with my involvement in other community services, I have never expected any returns. But the medal will help me relate my blood donation story to my girls.



Argentina soccer players in Singapore - picture

World number 2 Argentina came to Singapore for a friendly soccer match with our local boys. A day to remember.

5 things every mother needs to do

Ref: today online, 12 Jun 2017

Nearly a third of world population obese or overweight - numbers

Note: Study based on 2015 figures.


Exceptional people: Motorcyclist helps elderly man stranded on PIE after he misses bus stop

A motorcyclist in Singapore has won praise online after he stopped to pick up an elderly man stranded in the middle of the Pan Island Expressway (PIE).

Mr Elfie - who told Channel NewsAsia that he was an officer with the Singapore Police Force - said that he had been running some errands and was heading home to Tampines on the PIE when he spotted the man.

The man was visiting from India and spending Hari Raya with his son and daughter-in-law, who live in Eunos. He told Mr Elfie that he had gone to get some groceries and taken a bus back to his son's, but missed his stop.

Mr Elfie sent the man home.