Friday, 17 November 2017

Taking charge in the home dialysis process

These days, people with kidney failure can opt for home dialysis rather than make trips to centres.

This is made possible with the use of peritoneal dialysis, which can be done with the use of a machine.

Besides, home dialysis does not require needles and, because it causes less strain on the heart, less medication is also needed to control one's blood pressure and anaemia.

There are two types of dialysis that can be done at home: continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) and automated peritoneal dialysis (APD).

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The 'time travel' 1860 painting that appears to show a woman engrossed in an mobile phone

While the true explanation behind the painting may be far more time-appropriate, the century-old piece bears remarkable similarity to a scene that’s become all too familiar today, as ‘distracted walkers’ dominate the sidewalks with phone in hand.


Ten-Year-Old's Face Unlocks Face ID on His Mom's iPhone X

Apple iPhone X facial recognition security is not as secured as one may think.

What the new blood pressure limits mean for Singaporeans - updated

The American Heart Association’s (AHA) new standards for high blood pressure may be "the impetus" that Singaporeans need "to be more aggressive with lifestyle modifications”, said Dr Paul Chiam, cardiologist with Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital.

This is especially so since the AHA announced that 130/80mmHg now qualifies as high blood pressure instead of the previous limit of 140/90mmHg in the journal, Hypertension, and the Journal of the American College of Cardiology on Monday (Nov 13).

Checks on blood pressure levels should be done at least once every six months for those without hypertension. Individuals with hypertension or have elevated readings by the new cut-offs should monitor theirs every two to three months, said Dr Chiam.

There is no need for medication or major lifestyle changes if your blood pressure is between 130/80mmHg and 140/90mmHg, said Dr Chiam.

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Update: Singapore will not adopt US' blood pressure limits: MOH

Forum: SMRT should learn from SIA

SMRT should learn from Singapore Airlines (SIA) how to run a transport service - namely, to have an attitude of zero tolerance for mistakes.

To fix its numerous problems, SMRT should not hesitate to hire foreign experts if need be or second SIA staff over. After all, SIA staff have the right work culture. Safety, a young fleet, and top rate customer experience define the airline.

Also, engineering is one of its key strengths. It sells excess engineering capacity to other top international carriers. That is how good the engineers are and that is how good its reputation is.

SMRT is in the same business as SIA, the only difference is the vehicle that is used.

Singapore cannot claim to be a good transport hub if one of our three transport pillars is not up to scratch. Intermodal visitors who fly in to Singapore and have a bad experience travelling by train to their final destination will remember only the worst part of their journey.

Ray Teo Guat Choon


Eating nuts linked to lower heart disease risk

People who regularly snack on a variety of nuts may face a lower risk of heart disease than those who donot, said the largest study of its kind, which was released this week.

Eating five weekly servings of walnuts, peanuts or other kinds of tree nuts was linked to a 14% lower risk of cardiovascular disease, and a 20% lower risk of fatal complications due to hardened arteries, said the report released on Monday in the Journal Of The American College Of Cardiology.

Walnuts appeared to be the healthiest option, according to the findings, based on more than 210,000 people who answered regular surveys as part of a nurses' study that spanned 32 years.

However, because it was an observational study based on self-reported questionnaire responses, it was unable to prove cause and effect.