Thursday, 29 June 2017

Voices: Install water coolers at more public places

Water coolers should be installed at public places, such as shopping centres and MRT stations, besides tourist destinations (Water coolers at tourist spots can help reduce plastic waste; June 22).

In our hot and humid country, the best way to stay hydrated is to drink enough water.

While I have noticed more people drinking from water bottles as they walk around, getting a refill may be difficult because water coolers are available only at key bus termini.

In countries such as Britain, France and Italy, water dispensers are easily available in shopping centres, public transport stations and office premises.

If European countries can do it, I see no reason that we who are living in the tropics cannot follow suit.

Drinking water from dispensers would help to cut down the consumption of sugary drinks, besides reducing the use of disposable plastic bottles.

Jeffrey Law Lee Beng


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Bed-sharing raises risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (Sids)

The debate over whether parents should share beds with infants was ignited online, following the death of a 36-day-old baby last Tuesday.

Local paediatricians The Straits Times spoke to said young infants should not share a bed with their parents.

Dr Lim said bed-sharing puts infants less than four months old or born premature at risk of suffocation, strangulation and Sids.

KKH's Dr Arun Kumar Pugalenthi said that studies have shown that bed-sharing is associated with a five-fold increase in the risk of Sids in the first three months of a baby's life, as compared to infants sleeping in a supine position in a cot in the parents' room.

He said: "Currently, there is insufficient evidence to recommend any bed-sharing situation as safe."


Breastfeeding for a year also reduces a mother's chances of heart disease and stroke later in life by nearly 10%

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Breastfeeding for a year reduces a mother's chances of suffering a heart attack or stroke later in life, according to new research.

A study found that the longer a mother breastfeeds, the greater the cardiovascular health benefit appears to be.

Previous studies have suggested that mothers get short-term health benefits from breastfeeding, including weight loss and lower cholesterol, blood pressure and glucose levels after pregnancy. But the long-term effects of breastfeeding on the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases in mothers are unclear.

Now a new study has found that women who breastfeed for 12 months have nearly a 10% lower risk of developing heart disease or suffering a stroke later in life.