Thursday, 7 September 2017

A serving of meat a day raises risk of diabetes - chart

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Exceptional people: The Seng family

Seng Boon Hock, 26, graduated from Nanyang Poly and has a day job as an accounts assistant. But he collects old newspapers every Saturday to re-sell them to make some extra money.

Boon Hock has cerebral palsy, a neurological disorder that primarily affects body movement and muscle coordination.

His mother cannot speak and can barely hear.

Boon Hock was still in Primary 3 when his father was admitted to the hospital. Senior Seng was in pain and his left leg had turned blue. Doctors had to have his leg amputated or risk dying.

Boon Hock never complained about his meagre upbringing. Sure, there were times when he yearned for a new iPhone, he said. But the desire disappeared quickly. “Growing up, even though I didn’t have much, I was quite happy.”

He never doubted his parents’ love for him either. They are his “pillars of support”.


Make Someone's Day Campaign

Deejays William Xavier and Denise Tan rewarding a generous shopper for his kindness. (Photo: Gold 905)
A woman fumbles for cash, holding up the queue at the supermarket as she tries to pay for her groceries, but she is S$2 short.

Would you switch to another queue or give the woman the cash to buy what she needs?

The social experiment conducted by the radio station Gold 905 in mid-August showed that the spirit of generosity is alive and well in Singapore. They just wanted to prove it.

Watch the video here.

Forum: Step back, appreciate what we have

Singapore is a very fast-paced society. When we get caught up in our own issues, we tend to neglect others and take what we have for granted, such as our teachers.

Normally, we students do not think teachers need to be appreciated. But their job is not easy at all - they have to not only ensure that a class of students do well academically but also that their students' well-being is taken care of.

We should always show our appreciation to those who have groomed us, not just on Teachers' Day.

We must also take a step back from all the things keeping us busy and reflect from time to time.

In our own bubbles, it is hard to realise that there are many who are less privileged than us and in need.

Let us do more to give back to society so that kind acts are not a rarity but something that happens commonly in Singapore.

Only when everyone is empathetic will we be able to be a truly cohesive society.

Vera Chen Yu Jing, 16
Secondary 4 student


Seniors engaged in arts experience higher quality of life

Seniors who are engaged in the arts – whether as a participant or an attendee – are likely to experience a higher quality of life, according to the results of a survey in Singapore.

The Arts for Ageing Well Study, funded by the National Arts Council (NAC), polled 1,000 people in Singapore aged 50 and above. It found that three in four respondents recognise the benefits of arts in their lives, and 60 per cent had attended at least one arts event in the past six months.

Seniors who attended arts events experienced enhanced social support (+4 per cent), physical health (+3 per cent) and cognitive functioning (+3 per cent). Those who participated in arts activities indicated better spiritual (+10 per cent) and mental (+4 per cent) well-being.


New urology hub to inject hope for men with erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction sufferers could soon get a lift with a medical device maker opening a new urology headquarters here yesterday.

The centre will lead and coordinate clinical trials for erectile dysfunction treatment with the company's Dornier Aries device.

The second-generation version is now seeking regulatory approval in the United States. The device offers a shockwave therapy that is being billed as a non-surgical, drug-free potential cure for penile problems.