Monday, 30 October 2017

More stroke patients arriving within crucial time period for treatment

More patients are arriving at the hospital "early enough" for time-sensitive stroke treatments, according to Ministry of Health's Stroke Services Improvement team.

The finding emerged from a study by the National Neuroscience Institute, whose results were revealed at the launch of the second annual Spot Stroke nationwide awareness campaign in conjunction with World Stroke Day.

The Spot Stroke campaign is focused on helping more Singaporeans recognise the symptoms of stroke using the acronym FAST - which stands for Face drooping, Arm weakness and Speech difficulty, as well as Time to call 995 - as a checklist.

According to the study, the proportion of patients arriving within the crucial three-and-a-half hours increased from 28% before the first campaign in 2016 to 41%. This has increased the chances of survival for patients undergoing clot-busting treatment.

The study also found that the percentage of patients coming within seven hours increased from 42% to 58%, improving chances of eligibility for those who require endovascular therapy.


World Stroke Day: New programme launched to help stroke survivors improve memory, cognitive functions

Stroke patients may end up with physical impairment such as not being able to move a part of their body, but about half of them also develop memory and thinking problems which hinder recovery.

To help these patients, Singapore’s first community-based brain health and memory training programme was launched by non-profit organisation Stroke Support Station (S3).

The programme will be conducted in small groups with the stroke patients and their caregivers. Stroke survivors will first be given a neuropsychological assessment before they are recommended specific programmes to help their brain health.

The long-term aim is to enable stroke patients to live independently. Those who wish to return to work will go through sessions on memory strategies and coping skills to adapt to work life after stroke.

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My Skills Future portal portal has been launched.

A one-stop portal that enables Singaporeans of all ages to make informed learning and career choices, so that they can pursue their skills and career development throughout their lives.

Foods to avoid if you want a seriously taut tummy

No matter how many crunches you do, you will never achieve the flat stomach of your dreams if you are eating the wrong food.

That is because certain food and beverages can bring on the dreaded post dinner bloat, making you feel all uncomfortable and fumbling to undo the button of your jeans.

So if you want to give Beyonce a run for her money in the flat tummy stakes, here are the food you really need to swerve or limit their quantity intake.

1. Cruciferous vegetables - broccoli, cauliflower, kale and cabbage can cause bloating and excess wind

2. Refined foods and starches - highly refined white flour products like bread, pasta and rice

3. High in digestive resistant starches - lentils, beans and pulses

4. Food high in fibre - whole grain cereals and grains like beans, brown rice, nuts

5. Plums and other stone fruits like peach or cherry - can ferment causing bloating and gas

6. Fizzy drinks

7. Sugar substitutes

8. Salt - too much salt causes water retention and leads to bloating

9. Dairy - lactose intolerance resulting in fermentation and causing pain in gut and gas

10. Spices - some spicy foods can stimulate the release of stomach acid, which can cause irritation and bloating.


Ways to soothe your gut and bloating

Dr Dale Pinnock explains why up to 70 million people are affected by digestive diseases in his latest book, Eat your Way to a Healthy Gut.

He explains the causes and how to soothe your gut from digestive complaints like bloating, constipation, IBS, inflammatory bower disease, etc.

1. Sugar and refined carbohydrates are bad as they do not have nutrients, fibre, healthy fats for your gut.

2. Stress can influence the digestive rhythm.

3. Chew your food properly and eat slowly.

4. Take digestive enzyme supplements or tea (like peppermint) to ease and reduce digestive problems.

5. Take probiotics.

6. Eat good quality, fibre-rich food. Do not take too much in the beginning or it will cause more harm than good to your gut.

7. Complex carbs are food source for the bacteria that live in the gut.

8. Drink more water.