Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Batches of ACUVUE contact lenses recalled in Singapore

Johnson & Johnson has voluntarily recalled three batches of ACUVUE contact lenses, some of which were "off-power", meaning the degree of sight correction was not accurate.

It said in a media statement that the affected contact lenses are:
  • ACUVUE OASYS (Lot number: L002QH9)
  • ACUVUE OASYS for Astigmatism (Lot number: B00GW4Z)
  • ACUVUE OASYS for Astigmatism (Lot number: B00HRMG)

Those with affected products can contact the optical shop where they bought the products, said Johnson & Johnson.

Those who bought the affected products outside Singapore can contact ACUVUE at 800-101-3130 or email

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Warning: HSA, dentists warn against popular DIY teeth whitening kit

The Beautiful-Cold Light Teeth Whitening Kit, contains 4% hydrogen peroxide, well above the 0.1% limit allowed for home use without a prescription.

Regulations on hydrogen peroxide are strict because high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide, a chemical agent that is commonly used in teeth whitening products, is potentially corrosive, and an assessment of the cause of teeth discolouration has to be made before the whitening can be done.

High concentration of hydrogen peroxide may worsen pre-existing teeth and gum problems such as gingivitis, periodontal disease and gingival lesions.


Across Asia, liver cancer is linked to herbal remedies

Researchers have uncovered widespread evidence of a link between traditional Chinese herbal remedies and liver cancer across Asia, a study said.

The findings suggest stronger measures are needed to prevent people from consuming chemicals called aristolochic acids (AA), which are derived from the woody vines of the Aristolochia plant family, [like birthwort, also known as pipevine or Dutchman's pipe,] said the report in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

Due to its resemblance to the uterus, the doctrine of signatures held that "birthwort" was useful in childbirth

The acids can be found in some traditional Chinese medicines that are given during childbirth, to prevent parasites and promote healing.

Taiwan banned in 2003 some herbal preparations using the plants after it was discovered that aristolochic acids could cause kidney failure and urinary tract cancers.

However, there is no outright ban in China or Taiwan, and "only specific plants, rather than any plant and product containing AA or its derivatives, are regulated", making it hard for consumers to avoid them, said the report.


Forum: Don't count on kids outgrowing bad behaviour

The finding that an adult's life may, to a certain extent, be predicted in one's childhood is interesting (How well will a kid fare in life? Study offers clues; Oct 8).

The study pointed to self-control, which is the ability to regulate one's emotions in response to experiences, as one key factor.

This holds some lessons for young parents. Occasionally, I hear remarks such as "they are children, let them be", or "they will outgrow their behaviour", from parents when justifying their children's difficult behaviour.

Young parents need to recognise that their children are growing up in a different era. They expect instant gratification. Being impatient or making a loud enough noise are often rewarded.

Instead of believing that the children will outgrow their unwanted behaviour without intervention, I suggest that parents assume these types of behaviour will stick with them unless corrected.

Certainly, there will be times when parents have split opinions about their children's behaviour.

At such times, we can rely on the adage, "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you".

With this, we can teach several important values, such as patience, respect and empathy for others, at the same time.

Tan Chin Hock


Lower-calorie meals for SAF non-combat servicemen

Image: Lianhe Zaobao

Two cookhouses have been trialling lower-calorie meals for national servicemen in non-combat roles since June, as part of efforts by the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) to serve healthier food.

The meal will be about ¼ lower in calories - between 750 and 800 kcal - compared to about 1,000 kcal for a typical lunch, to help reduce the risk of obesity and chronic diseases.

Selected servicemen might receive less rice and one less serving of meat.

Since last month, a mix of 20 per cent brown rice with 80 per cent white rice has been served at all SAF cookhouses. This follows a trial that started in August last year.

There is also no added MSG in any of the food served at cookhouses.


Exceptional people: Singaporean indoor skydiver Kyra Poh retains world championship title

Singapore's Kyra Poh at the 2017 World Championships. (Photo: SkyVenture Montreal)

There was joy once more for defending world champion Kyra Poh, as she retained her junior freestyle title at this year’s Federation Aeronautique International (FAI) World Indoor Skydiving Championship 2017 in Laval, Canada on Sunday (Oct 22).

The School of the Arts Singapore (SOTA) student also won silver in the dynamic 2-way artistic category in the 2017 World Championships, after linking up with her training partner Choo Yi Xuan in the open category and competing against men.

Watch her winning performance video here.