Thursday, 22 June 2017

Exceptional people: Singaporean teenager sets new powerlifting world record

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Singaporean teenager Matthew Yap has set a new squat world record at the World Classic Powerlifting Championships in Minsk, Belarus.

Yap, an 18-year-old Republic Polytechnic student, lifted 208kg in his final attempt under the men’s Under-66kg sub-junior division, which is for 14- to 18-year-olds. The previous world record of 207.5kg was set by Swede Eddie Berglund in Texas last year.


An egg a day helps babies stay healthy

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Feeding an egg each day to children helps healthy growth in babies, a study has found.

The often messy ritual of feeding a baby a daily runny egg has fallen out of favour in the UK.

But the latest independent research by Washington University suggests eating an egg a day prevents babies becoming stunted or underweight.

It has another beneficial effect too in that babies fed them were found to eat less sugary food.


Sharp rise in breast and prostate cancers here

There has been a sharp rise here in two cancers associated with wealthy countries, more sedentary lifestyles and greater obesity: breast and prostate cancers.

Breast cancer accounts for one in three cancers in women, while prostate cancer has gone up five fold in the past 40 years and now causes one in seven cancers in men. But the most common remains colorectal cancer.

The good news is that with better treatment today, people with cancer have better chances of survival.


‘Unglue’ those ears to prevent hearing loss, speech delays

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Otitis media with effusion (OME), or glue ear, in which the infant’s middle ear was blocked due to a build-up of sticky fluid, is estimated to affect some 84,000 children here every year.

It may occur when the child contracts an upper respiratory tract infection such as a cold, when fluid or mucus accumulates in the middle ear. Children who are born with a cleft lip or palate, or other craniofacial abnormalities, are also more vulnerable to glue ear.

More worryingly, glue ear is the leading cause of hearing loss and doctor visits among children worldwide.

Symptoms to watch out for include communication and speech problems, but the signs are not always so straightforward.


Tampines hub's way to cut food waste and cost

At Our Tampines Hub (OTH), an investment in two food waste digesters half a year ago has been bearing fruit. Not only has it reduced the amount of waste produced at the community and lifestyle hub by two-thirds, it has saved the management about $40,000 per annual.

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The resulting fertiliser converted from the waste has also been used to help grow a range of vegetables, fruit and herbs at a rooftop garden.

The savings will later be channelled back to the food outlets and supermarket in the form of rebates.

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli, who is also an MP for Tampines GRC issued the invitation that anyone can visit the hub to better understand how its food waste management and other eco-sustainability efforts work.