Tuesday, 20 June 2017

3 cases a day of sudden cardiac death in Singapore

There are about 1,000 cases of sudden cardiac death among Singaporeans every year. That's around three cases a day.

Though it is rare, even the young and fit can be struck by this condition.

They could be athletes who do extreme sports or take part in endurance races, putting their heart under a lot of stress and the weekend warriors, says heart specialist Dr Hong.

A 2016 study done in the US has found that sudden cardiac death is the most common medical cause of death in athletes.

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/3-cases-day-sudden-cardiac-death-spore

Forum: People with intellectual disabilities need jobs, not sympathy

I hope global companies such as Google, Facebook and Goldman Sachs can show as much support to employing people with special needs as they do for previous Pink Dot events, in line with their policies on diversity and inclusion (Pink Dot draws 120 local sponsors; June 11).

I teach at a school that caters for children with autism and/or mild intellectual disability.

In my five years on the job, I have seen many young people stuck at home upon graduation because they are not able to secure meaningful employment. It is an inevitable downhill road to a poor quality of life for them.

Schools try their best to prepare students for a productive and meaningful life, but the missing piece of the puzzle lies in the hands of the employers.

I applaud companies which employ people with special needs.

However, I have also come across employers who only pay lip service, are not prepared to make accommodations for our students, or offer our students jobs so they can enjoy special incentives but stop hiring them when the incentives are taken away.

I appreciate that employers have bottom-line considerations and that, in today's world, productivity is paramount. People with intellectual disabilities may not be as productive as other workers, but it is a matter of how flexible employers are willing to be.

Perhaps they can pay such workers according to their level of productivity, with a neutral party determining what that level is.

I urge employers to truly embrace diversity and inclusion.

People with intellectual disabilities can contribute to our society, too. What they need is not sympathy but opportunity.

"Employment gives people with disabilities financial freedom and a sense of self-worth when they are a contributing member of the society." - SPD. Image from SPD.

Lum Kwai Yeow (Ms)

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/forum/letters-in-print/people-with-intellectual-disabilities-need-jobs-not-sympathy

Low carb diet to go if you want to lose weight - according to Harvard researchers

If you want to lose weight, what's on your plate is often more important than the minutes you spend in the gym. And if you want to see the most change, a new study from Harvard says you should be cutting carbs, not fat.

try to avoid carb food
Image from https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb

This latest study on the weight-loss benefits of a low-carb diet adds further evidence that if you want to lose weight, ditching bread - not olive oil - can help you see success. Another recent study, for example, showed that dieters who ate fewer than 40 grams of carbohydrates per day lost about eight pounds more than dieters who were put on a low-fat diet.


More young people in Singapore get sexual infections

After seven years of decline, recent figures show there has been an increase in adolescents getting diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

And it is not that young people are clueless about protection, but many simply choose to forgo using condoms, say experts.

Also observed among this group are teens who had sex at an early age - before they reached 16 - as well as those who had several sexual partners before they hit adulthood.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/more-young-people-get-sexual-infections

Probe into bone marrow charity widens after police report against trio

A probe into a healthcare charity has widened after a police report was lodged against three people linked to the Bone Marrow Donor Programme (BMDP) for falsifying records to deceive officers from the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the Commissioner of Charities.

Some of the concerns about EMDP include:
  • BMDP's reserves have grown from $1.6 million in 2012 to $16.7 million last year,
  • Auditor questioned if the services of BMDP's Patient Services and Donor Centre were considered "charitable" since the cost of the services offered to patients was recovered from patients, with a "mark-up",
  • Excessive use of donations on marketing and entertainment.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/probe-into-charity-widens-after-police-report-against-trio

Exceptional company: StanChart donates $250k to ST fund for needy students

Participants enjoying Community Play Day

Standard Chartered Bank (StanChart) donated $250,000 to The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund (STSPMF) at the Singapore Sports Hub's Community Play Day yesterday.

Mr Goh Beng Kim, StanChart's head of transaction banking in Singapore, presented the cheque to STSPMF chairman Warren Fernandez, who is also The Straits Times' editor and editor-in-chief of Singapore Press Holdings' English/ Malay/Tamil Media group.

Ref: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/stanchart-donates-250k-to-st-fund-for-needy-students