Friday, 21 July 2017

Exceptional people: 10-year-old raises funds for cancer-stricken hawker - updated

When 10-year-old Phoebe Lim learned to make sambal chilli from chef Benny Teo of Eighteen Chefs months ago, little did she expect that her love for cooking would also help a man in need someday.

Phoebe found an article about Mr Tan trying to raise fund for his medical fees as he is suffering from stage 3 colon cancer on Facebook.

Her father, Mr Joshua Lim, asked her if she wanted to pitch in. The home-schooled student agreed, then launched an appeal on the social networking platform on Jul 13 with a simple message: "Hi everyone, I will be selling my homemade chilli to raise funds for Uncle Tan from Armenian Street Char Kway Teow who is suffering from Stage 3 colon cancer. Please let me know how many bottles you want by commenting below. :) Each bottle is S$15."

In just a few days, Phoebe received orders for 346 bottles of homemade chilli. She has ended taking orders as they are over her target.

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Hand transplant boy can now play baseball

The first child in the world to undergo a double hand transplant is now able to write, feed and dress himself, doctors said, declaring the ground-breaking operation a success after 18 months.

"Eighteen months after the surgery, the child is more independent and able to complete day-to- day activities," said Dr Sandra Amaral of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, where the operation took place. He continues to have daily therapy, she added.

Zion had his hands and legs below the knee amputated at the age of two following a sepsis infection. His kidneys also failed. At the age of four, after two years of dialysis, he had a kidney transplant using a kidney donated by his mother.


Laziness has its use

Exceptional people: Singapore teens win silver in global robotics competition

A team of four teenagers from Singapore's Anglo-Chinese School (Independent) have won a silver medal at the First Global Challenge Robot Olympics in Washington DC.

The team finished second, behind Finland and ahead of India, in the Challenge category for the most match points.

The ACS (I) team was among the top six teams representing nearly 160 countries in a global competition run by First, an organisation founded by inventor Dean Kamen, who is best known for inventing the self-balancing scooter Segway.


Forum: Include eye screenings in the healthcare system

The 67-year-old woman who was found with 27 contact lenses stuck in one eye obviously did not visit an optometrist regularly (Surgeons find 27 contact lenses stuck in woman's eye; July 17).

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Optometrists are independent primary healthcare providers specialising in eye examination and screening.

They represent the frontline of vision health.

They are trained to fit spectacles and contact lenses, and even to provide vision therapy and low-vision rehabilitation.

Public education about vision health is part of their responsibilities.

A general eye examination carried out by an optometrist usually takes about 30 minutes.

If a biomicroscopic test to detect any foreign bodies, for example contact lenses remaining in the eye, is done, then it may take longer.

Besides testing eyesight, appropriately trained optometrists with the right equipment can also screen for diseases such as diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and cataracts, and refer individuals who need specialist consultation for further management.

Eye health screening consultations by optometrists for early detection of common eye diseases should be included in our healthcare system.

With an ageing population in Singapore, chronic eye conditions can be managed by optometrists in order to reduce the demands on healthcare system.

Chua Yee Leen (Ms)


A common malaria drug can protect fetuses from Zika birth defects

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A malaria drug could block Zika from infecting unborn babies, new research shows.

Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have discovered that a malaria drug - which is already FDA-approved - blocks the virus from infecting the fetus.

Ironically, the drug works to dial down the body's defense reaction, since research shows Zika thrives on turning the body's weapons against itself.

'It appears that Zika virus takes advantage of the autophagy process in the placenta to promote its survival and infection of placental cells,' PhD student Bin Cao said.

Hydroxychloroquine, a drug prescribed to protect against malaria, does just that: it suppresses the autophagy response.

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