Monday, 2 October 2017

FDA approves first blood sugar monitor for diabetics that DOESN'T need a finger prick - updated


According to Singapore News 8, the highest and lowest readings of this device may not be accurate. Doctors advised that pricking the finger has to be done to check blood sugar if the reading is too high or too low.

Ref: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4927248/FDA-approves-Abbotts-blood-glucose-monitoring-device.html

Please note the above device checking blood sugar levels without finger-pricking available in Singapore

Boosting recovery for frail elderly after surgery


A different way of treating frail patients at Khoo Teck Puat Hospital (KTPH) has resulted in far fewer deaths and complications following colorectal and abdominal surgery. And its success has spurred other hospitals to introduce similar programmes.

The treatment's secret: Prehabilitation, or getting patients to eat better and exercise more before the operation to boost their health.

Ten years ago, when 100 frail elderly patients were operated on for colon cancer at KTPH, about 10 would die within 30 days of surgery, while 31 would suffer from major complications that could see them admitted to the intensive care unit.

Currently, with the new treatment, two die and five have major complications such as infections and respiratory or organ failure.

This means that 98% recover full use of their functions within six weeks of surgery. On top of that, they spend 2 and a half days fewer in the hospital.

Read the full article @ http://str.sg/49nN

Quote from Mr Shi Yi about having a lot of money


Mr Shi, 28, already a millionaire, is the founder of DotC United Group, which has several global business platforms: digital advertising, mobile games, app development as well as an investment fund for mobile start-ups. Founder of oBike, which has a market presence in 11 countries.

Woman claims that raw HONEY cleared her acne in just one month


Read the full article @ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4925626/Woman-claims-RAW-HONEY-cleared-acne.html

Forum: More to prawn allergies than meets the eye

Not all cases of allergy are as straightforward as the recent unfortunate case of a woman who died of an allergic reaction after eating prawns (Woman with allergy dies after eating prawns; Aug 22).

Years back, I had a near-death experience in China after a teppanyaki meal of prawns and other seafood.

I broke out in hives and was choking, as my tongue was rapidly swelling. I could not speak and was suffocating. My timely admission to hospital saved my life.

Not long after, I had a second attack in Singapore, which came about after a meal of fried prawn noodles. Again, a timely admission to hospital saved me.

I was convinced the culprit must be prawns. My allergy tests, although not quite conclusive, alluded to it as well.

But I could not reconcile this with the fact that I could still take prawn soup, dried prawn sambal, crayfish, crabs and lobsters without so much as a hint of a reaction.

Determined to investigate, at my own risk, I ate nine steamed prawns which had been bought live, and waited. My wife was armed with an EpiPen and was ready to have me hospitalised at the first sign of trouble. But nothing happened.

Months later, I tried again, this time with some wild sea prawns, after confirming with the vendor that these were wild-caught and not farmed. Again, nothing happened.

Unscientific as it may be, I concluded that I am not really allergic to crustaceans, least of all prawns. I believe that the source of the prawns made the difference.

I was told that the feed for farmed prawns is usually concocted by farmers, who use certain antibiotics to safeguard their stock.

My allergy to tetracycline and sulphur-based antibiotics could possibly be the link.

Prawns are a favourite food item among the people in Singapore.

Perhaps the Health Ministry could investigate and help determine the causes of prawn allergies and allay unnecessary fear among allergy sufferers.

The authorities could also issue advisories to farmers on the risks of using antibiotics or other treatments that could pose a hazard to unsuspecting consumers.

Anthony Ng Seet Boo

Ref: http://str.sg/49nt

Exceptional people: Volunteers kayak to remove 500kg of trash in three hours

Image: ST

About 500kg of rubbish was collected by about 100 volunteers, comprising students and members of the public, who ventured out in groups on kayaks to collect trash between Sembawang Beach and Seletar Island.

The Clean-Up on Kayak event, organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), aims to raise awareness of the need to protect Singapore's marine environment.

The event was held in conjunction with the International Coastal Clean-up, an annual global event to encourage people to remove trash from beaches and waterways.

MPA has plans for the Clean-Up on Kayak activity to be done on a quarterly, instead of annual, basis.

Ref: http://str.sg/492h