Saturday, 11 November 2017

Poor heart health linked to Alzheimer's

There may be a link between poor heart health and Alzheimer’s, according to researchers from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in the United States.

The study, which was published in online medical journal Neurology, examined whether a lower cardiac index (the amount of blood flowing out of the heart) was linked to reduced blood flow to the brain and the likelihood of cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Older people, whose hearts pump less blood, have reduced blood flow to the temporal lobe, which is the part of the brain where Alzheimer’s first begins.

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Baking soda plus water best for washing pesticides off apples (and other fruits)

Washing apples (and other fruits) in water with a dash of baking soda is the most effective way to remove pesticide residue, new research shows.

The mix outperformed bleach-spiked water for getting rid of the chemicals, and also worked better than plain water.

The best way to remove more deeper-penetrating pesticides is to peel the skin completely, but that would mean missing about 20% of the nutrients.


Exceptional company: Hotel 81-Choo Chong Ngen Foundation donates S$2.5m to help needy polytechnic students

The Hotel 81-Choo Chong Ngen foundation has donated S$2.5 million to five polytechnics to set up a bursary for financially needy students.

Mr Choo Chong Ngen, founder and executive chairman of budget hotel chain Hotel 81, is making the first donation under the foundation with a one-time pledge of S$2.5 million to Nanyang Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Republic Polytechnic, Singapore Polytechnic and Temasek Polytechnic.

“I have always believed in the importance of having a good education. Growing up, I did not have the privilege of furthering my education due to financial difficulties at that time, but it is clear that education can bring a great transformative impact to individuals and to society,” he said.

Each polytechnic will receive S$500,000, and the government will match the donation by 1.5 : 1, bringing the total donation to S$1.25 million for each institution. The total sum contributed to the five polytechnics will amount to S$6.25 million.

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How smoking kills you and why you should stop smoking

The sooner smoking is given up, the sooner the body can begin to repair itself. Just 20 minutes after the last cigarette, the body begins to heal.

On average, smokers die about 10 years earlier than non-smokers.

Nicotine is the main stimulant in the cigarette that gives the 'kick'. Just like drug, it is very addictive.

Cigarette smoke makes the blood sticky and this is the reason for stroke to happen. Coupled with the fact the smokers are more anxious and stressed than non-smokers, stroke and high blood pressure may happen more in smokers.

Increased heart attacks and heart diseases may also happen to smokers as the heart needs to work very hard because of the sticky blood.

Teeth, gum and taste buds are damaged by smoking. But once one quits smoking, they (taste buds) begin to heal and one can taste food again. Blood circulation returns to normal, repairing the gum tissues but not the teeth.

The air sacs in the lungs will also be damaged by the smoke. This reduces the oxygen and hence walking or running is a problem. Even if you quit smoking and the air sacs healed, the lungs will never be fully functional again. But the good news is shortness of breath or problems in walking or running is not a problem anymore if you quit smoking.

Lung cancer is the biggest health issue with smokers and family members because of secondhand smoke. By quitting smoking, you are not only saving yourself but your family members too.

Do you microwave food in plastic containers

Some handy advice if you are not sure if using plastic container in microwave oven is safe:

  • Transfer food to glass or ceramic containers
  • If you want to use the plastic container with food, use paper towel, wax paper or other kitchen paper to separate your food from the plastic container
  • Most takeout containers are not microwave-safe. Even if they are, they are good to be used once only
  • Do not use old, cracked or those that have been microwaved many times
  • Normally after microwaving food, leave the oven door ajar to clear the odour and smoke.