Saturday, 29 September 2018

Steroids found in 2 juice drinks from Malaysia

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has warned the public to avoid buying and consuming two juice drinks from Malaysia after they were found to have caused serious steroid-induced side effects in at least five people, including a child.

The HSA said yesterday that the two products, Jus Al Sunnah Gold 1001 Khasiat Jus Alternatif and Jus Al Sunnah 1001 Khasiat Jus Alternatif, were tested and found to contain potent medicinal ingredients.

The undeclared ingredients included dexamethasone and prednisolone, which are potent steroids usually prescribed for inflammatory conditions that should only be taken under strict medical supervision.

Long-term unsupervised use of oral steroids can cause Cushing's syndrome, diabetes and high blood pressure, the HSA said. Users may also be susceptible to bone disorders and an increased risk of infections and muscle weakness.


2.8 million Singaporeans to get S$700 million in SG Bonus: MOF

Eligible Singaporeans will receive an SG Bonus of up to S$300 by December, the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said on Friday (Sep 28).

A total of 2.8 million Singaporeans will receive letters from Oct 2 onwards, informing them of their SG Bonus benefit, MOF said. The roughly S$700 million in bonuses will be paid out to citizens by December.

Eligible citizens will receive S$100 to $300, depending on last year's Assessable Income.

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Exceptional people: Charity golf event raised $600,000 for Rainbow Centre

A charity golf event at the Singapore Island Country Club yesterday raised $600,000 for the new Rainbow Centre campus. The event also saw artwork by four Rainbow Centre students auctioned off for $138,288, which will also go towards the new campus.

The new campus will be able to serve 300 students with autism aged between seven and 18 .


PMD users, cyclists among groups to enjoy free entry into Sentosa from 1 October

Personal mobility device (PMD) users and cyclists will be able to enjoy free entry into Sentosa from 1 October onwards, said the Sentosa Development Corporation in a press release on Friday (28 September).

The initiative, which allows PMD users and cyclists to explore the island resort’s on-road and off-road cycling trails, is part of SDC’s “commitment to cultivate a car-lite Singapore”.

In addition, organisations, community and school groups entering Sentosa via chartered coaches on weekdays - excluding public holidays - will be able to enter the island for free from 1 October as well.

Entry fees via the Sentosa Express will be halved to $2 for selected Transitlink concession card holders include senior citizens, persons with disabilities, workfare transport Transitlink concession card holders, as well as primary, secondary, junior college and ITE student Transitlink concession card holders. TransitLink child concession card holders can enter the island for free.

The free entry is good for 2 years.


Friday, 28 September 2018

How high blood pressure can give you dementia

Peter saw his doctor and was referred to a memory clinic for his memory problems, but in the weeks before the appointment, his problems took a turn for the worse.

In May 2015, he had surgery for a hernia — and the night after the operation, he had a stroke that left him temporarily paralysed on his left side. After this, it soon became clear that his memory problems had worsened. Peter was confirmed to have dementia in January 2016.

Yet could the answer be as simple as controlling your blood pressure? Although we tend to associate high blood pressure (or hypertension) with heart attacks and strokes, new evidence suggests it is also linked to dementia.

The findings could mean thousands of people avoid dementia by keeping their blood pressure at a healthy level — by exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and, if necessary, taking blood pressure pills.


Antibiotics for appendicitis? Surgery often not needed

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When emergency tests showed the telltale right-sided pain in Heather VanDusen's abdomen was appendicitis, she figured she'd be quickly wheeled into surgery. But doctors offered her the option of antibiotics instead.

A new study from Finland shows her choice is a reasonable alternative for most patients with appendicitis. Five years after treatment with antibiotics, almost two-thirds of patients had not had another attack.

Advances in imaging tests, mainly CT scans, have made it easier to determine if an appendix might burst, or if patients could be safely treated without surgery.

The results suggest that nearly two-thirds of appendicitis patients do not face that risk and may be good candidates for antibiotics instead.


Heed these 5 warning signs

Kids getting too much screen time, too little sleep

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Only one in 20 kids in the United States meets guidelines on sleep, exercise and screen time, and nearly a third are outside recommendations for all three, according to a study published on Thursday (Sep 27).

On average, children aged eight to 11 spent 3.6 hours per day glued to a TV, mobile phone, tablet or computer screen, nearly double the suggested limit of two hours, researchers found.

Too little sleep and excess screen time were clearly linked to a drop off in cognitive skills, such as language ability, memory, and task completion, they reported in The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health.

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Mum warns parents about hidden dangers of black marks on public baby changing tables in the US

Source: Jessica's facebook account

A mother has shared a warning to parents on the dangers of using public changing tables without cleaning them first.

Jessica Wayman from Indiana took to Facebook to claim that the black marks you often see on the device aren’t necessarily scuffs from wear and tear but proof that drug use has taken place in the past.

She took to the social media platform to warn parents: “Before putting your babies anywhere near these things, ALWAYS wipe them down first.”


Wednesday, 26 September 2018

Work out for better skin

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As the saying goes, there are no ugly women, only lazy ones.

Other than going through your daily skincare routine, exercise is also essential when it comes to attaining a better complexion.

We often emphasise the various cardiovascular benefits of working out but fail to stress how better circulation during exercise can promote healthier skin as well.

Even if you suffer from sensitive skin, you can still reap the benefits of exercise.

Read how your sweat session can give you a clear and radiant complexion here.

NTUC FairPrice halts all strawberry imports from Australia

NTUC FairPrice said on Monday (Sep 24) that it has halted all strawberry imports from Australia, following recent reports of needles found in the fruit.

Australian police have received reports of more than 100 alleged incidents of pins and needles being found in fruit since the scare began in Queensland state earlier this month.

Replying to queries from Channel NewsAsia, an NTUC FairPrice spokesperson said Australian strawberries from previous batches of imports remain available, but will not be replenished when they are sold out.

"As a responsible retailer, FairPrice takes food safety and quality matters very seriously," said the spokesperson in the statement.

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Ask the experts: Can cataract surgery correct various eye conditions?

Source: ST , 25 Sept, 2018

Police warn of concert ticket scams ahead of high-profile gigs

The Singapore Police Force (SPF) warned the public to be wary of online purchase scams involving the sale of concert tickets.

In a news release on Monday (Sep 24), the police that they had received at least 120 reports of such scams in 2017.

In these reports, the victims either did not receive the tickets or received fake/invalid tickets after payments were made.

Ahead of several high-profile gigs in the last quarter of 2018 and first quarter of 2019, including acts like Maroon 5, Sam Smith and Mariah Carey, the police warned the public not to fall victim to scams.

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Tuesday, 25 September 2018

Forum: Policymakers should walk a mile in commuters' shoes

The Land Transport Authority is certainly on the right track with its initiative to seek users' perspective for its 2040 masterplan (LTA seeks ideas to realise Singapore's car-lite dream; Sept 20).

The heart of any transportation system is the commuter experience, and LTA has consistently sought to align its efforts with what the users need through ground-sensing.

However, it is puzzling that much intervention is needed to manage and regulate major initiatives.

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An example is the active mobility programme promoting the use of alternative means of transport such as walking, cycling, and using personal mobility devices (PMDs) or others for first-and last-mile journeys.

Initial attempts at introducing bike-sharing has seen bicycles being abused and haphazardly parked, obstructing walkways with even a few of them ending up in trees.

The new licensing regime for bike-sharing operators is now much more stringent and costly.

How much of these obligations and costs would roll down to commuters?

The introduction of PMDs and e-bicycles has gained traction, but in such a dysfunctional manner that the Active Mobility Act had to be enacted to ensure safety.

Even then, the Act is unwieldy and not intuitive; one has to remember the rules and where the four main types of mobility devices can be legally used.

This ironically puts people off such alternative means of transport. The cost of enforcement is also significant.

If LTA is already receiving sufficient feedback from the ground, then why is the execution of the programmes seemingly not so well thought-out?

Does the problem lie with the policymakers then?

For a start, how many of those on the advisory panel reviewing the feedback actually take public transport daily, and are PMD users championing active mobility?

Getting users' feedback lets policymakers sympathise with users, but unless they actually go through the user experience themselves, policymakers will lack the empathy to come up with effective and sustainable solutions. Going through the commuting experience will also allow them to stand by their recommendations.

Teo Chian Chye


Forum: Many Singaporeans lack perspective

1) Living abroad will let Singaporeans better value what they have here

Vlogger Nuseir Yassin's comments about many people in Singapore lacking perspective struck a chord with me (Too many in Singapore lack perspective, says vlogger; Sept 21).

The issue is really about the references against which people compare their circumstances.

Of course, cars are costly in Singapore, there are still MRT breakdowns and there are long queues in polyclinics and government hospitals, among other things. But Singapore has progressed, and we are benefiting from the improvements.

Is Mr Yassin wrong to say that we are an "almost perfect country" after 53 years? Which country are we referencing if we say that Singapore is not good enough?

Only people who have lived abroad for some time will really value what we have in Singapore because their point of reference is where they lived. This does not include only neighbouring countries, but also other First World countries.

Are the countries safe? Do they have our food and kampung culture? Does the average citizen own a house?

It is really sad to see Singaporeans reacting ungraciously to a non-Singaporean who is able to see our country for what it is by referencing what the world out there is like.

Singaporeans who complain should really spend a good period of time living abroad because only then will they have the perspective to make comparisons.

And if there are people who conclude that there is a country out there that is perfect, then perhaps Singapore is the wrong place for them to call home.

Nicholas Lim Chye Khiang


2) Cut vlogger some slack

The "almost perfect country" video made by Mr Nuseir Yassin, better known as the creator of Nas Daily , about some facets of Singapore drew criticism from some people, who say he is painting a picture too beautiful to be true.

Some people even asked him to get Singapore citizenship, live in an HDB flat, take the frequently breaking down MRT and eat at overpriced hawker centres to have a taste of the real life in Singapore.

I think we should give him a break.

He is just saying what he knows best about the country and I think he has done a good job so far, putting together so many facts in such a short time and creating such a wonderful video that put us on the world map yet again in a positive manner.

In fact, what he has mentioned is not untrue - we do have clean drinking water from the tap, an island made out of trash, a powerful passport that allows us to travel to many countries visa-free, about 80 per cent of us live in public housing and most of us do have a roof over our heads. Almost 100 per cent of the population is educated and the people here are not denied basic healthcare.

No country in this world is perfect. We should manage our expectations and appreciate what we already have.

We can make this almost-perfect country perfect if we put in effort together, but to attack and insult a visitor will only make us go backwards.

I would like to apologise to Mr Yassin on behalf of the critics. The majority of us appreciate what you have done and you are welcome to visit Singapore again.

Please continue to make more great videos and show us the world.

Lim Soo Huat


You may want to read Commentary: If Nas Daily Is So Likeable, Why Do Singaporeans Hate Him?

Making the most of your fruits and vegetables

thenewpaper, 24 Sept, 2018

Exercise reduces signs of mental health disorders

People who exercise may experience symptoms of mental health disorders less often, a US study suggests. That may be true even when the exercise is doing household chores, researchers have found.

The study team examined survey data collected from more than 1.2 million American adults.

Participants were asked how often in the past month they had exercised, aside from physical activity at work.

Overall, people reported an average of 3.4 days of poor mental health each month, according to the results in The Lancet Psychiatry. This is 1.5 fewer days of poor mental health each month than those who never exercised.


Sunday, 23 September 2018

New scheme for people to appoint professional proxies should they lose mental capacity in future

A scheme has been launched to allow individuals to appoint professionals to act as their proxies and make decisions on their behalf, should they lose their mental capacity in the future.

This was announced by the Office of the Public Guardian and the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) on Friday (Sep 21).

Under the newly launched Professional Deputies and Donees scheme, qualified individuals - such as lawyers, accountants, medical practitioners and social workers - will be able to help vulnerable people such as the elderly who have no family to make decisions about their personal welfare or property.

The difference between a professional deputy and donee is that the former is appointed by the Family Justice Courts through a Court order for a person who has lost mental capacity. A professional donee is appointed by a person who still has mental capacity to do so.

Professional deputies and donees will be paid for their services.

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Children inherit their intelligence from their mother, not their father

A mother's genetics determines how clever her children are, according to researchers, and the father makes no difference.

Women are more likely to transmit intelligence genes to their children because they are carried on the X chromosome and women have two of these, while men only have one.

But in addition to this, scientists now believe genes for advanced cognitive functions which are inherited from the father may be automatically deactivated.


The risks to children from adults who smoke

Adults who wish to avoid exposure to second-hand smoke have options. Among my strategies: I don’t allow smoking in my home or car; I have no friends or close family members who smoke; I walk in front of smokers or cross the street to avoid them; I eat inside restaurants; and I hold my breath when passing smokers outside stores and office buildings.

But children are at the mercy of the smokers in their lives - not just parents and other relatives who smoke, but also babysitters, day-care workers, school bus attendants, even teachers.

Although smokers may refrain from lighting up around children, the youngsters they contact are exposed to health-robbing toxicants in third-hand smoke, the residue that lingers on furniture, clothing and skin. If you’re a non-smoker, I’m sure you can smell a smoker at arm’s length. Do you really want that person holding your baby?

While only a quarter of Americans now smoke, as many as half of youngsters are chronically exposed to second-hand and third-hand smoke. And, experts say, many of these youngsters pay a price with their health, now and in the future.


Exceptional people: Singapore para-rider Laurentia Tan wins silver in world meet

Tan, who has one silver and three bronze medals from the Paralympics, applauding gold medallist Sara Morganti on the podium.PHOTO: ST

Friday, 21 September 2018

What you need to know about the new active mobility regulations

From early next year, cyclists and users of personal mobility devices (PMDs) will have to watch their speed when travelling on footpaths following the recommendations made by the Active Mobility Advisory Panel.

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More seniors to benefit from hearing, eyesight and oral health tests

Source: ST

More senior citizens will be able to enjoy subsidised rates for hearing, eyesight and oral health tests - also known as functional screenings - following the launch of Project Silver Screen at Kampung Admiralty on Wednesday (Sep 19).

This is part of a new collaboration between the Ministry of Health, Temasek Foundation Cares and the business community to help people above the age of 60 actively manage their health and well-being.

The programme enables Pioneer Generation citizens to have these screenings done for free. Community Health Assist Scheme card holders pay S$2 and while others pay S$5.

Vouchers worth between S$15 and S$200 will also be given to purchase spectacles, hearing aids and dentures.

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Hope for an Alzheimer's cure

It is nice to note that more researches are done on Alzheimer's cure.

Attempts to stop the memory-robbing disorder in its tracks were targeted at the toxic build-up of amyloid beta in the brains of patients.

However, researchers at King's College London now claim why decades worth of studies have failed to find a solution. They claimed that once these clumps have formed it is 'too late for drugs' to work.

Instead, they found that targeting a little-known protein that causes the clumps to develop 'dramatically' improves signs of Alzheimer's in mice.

The good news is that drug treatments that act on blocking this protein are already available in China and Japan for stroke.


Scientists successfully reverse Alzheimer's in mice

Alzheimer's disease is caused by 'zombie cells' in the brain, according to new research.

Flushing out the lifeless cells could cure the devastating condition - as well as other neurological disorders, say scientists.

They have been dubbed 'zombies' because they can't die - but are equally unable to perform the functions of a normal cell.

In the mice a team of scientists removed these cells using genetic modification throughout the lifespan but unsure of  how to do this in humans.


Thursday, 20 September 2018

NUS team develops cheap, portable test kit for quick screening of diseases

Source: channelnewsasia

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS) has developed a new test kit that is able to screen for multiple diseases in less than an hour, and for under S$1.

The portable test kit – about 4cm in length and 3cm wide – is designed to detect a wide range of diseases. They range from Zika and Ebola to hepatitis, dengue and malaria, said NUS in a media release on Tuesday (Sep 18).

It can also detect various types of cancers and genetic diseases.

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Olive oil may be better than viagra

According to a new study, adding at least nine tablespoons to your diet per week could prove as effective as - if not more effective than - Viagra in treating erectile dysfunction (ED). Who would have guessed?!

The study, led by cardiologist Christina Chrysohoou at the University of Athens School of Medicine in Greece, looked at 660 men who averaged 67 years old. Some ate a Mediterranean diet - eating a robust amount of fish, nuts, fruits, vegetables, legumes, and of course, olive oil - and those who did, reduced their incidence of ED by up to 40%. That nine tablespoons per day translated to elevated testosterone levels, which can help restore phallic functioning.

But that is just part of olive oil's penis magic. While viagra boosts performance for a few hours window only, olive oil's beneficial effects may last months or years.


Synthetic sandalwood can treat baldness

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New research shows that human hair follicles express an olfactory receptor of their own called OR2AT4, and when OR2AT4 comes into contact with the molecular structure of a specific scent –synthetic sandalwood, as it turns out – it stimulates hair growth.

In other words, your hair – or rather your hair follicles – can 'smell', and if they sniff out the right chemical, it could be a radical new way of preventing hair loss.

This is the first time that smell is proven to be a strong stimulant.

Another reason for using synthetic sandalwood is because the natural sandalwood oil is the most expensive essential oil and also its oil does not bind well with the receptor, unlike synthetic sandalwood oil.


You may want to read Could The Smell Of Sandalwood Help Treat Leukaemia?

Scientists discover why hair turns gray and goes bald

This is old news, about 1 and a quarter years old late. But it is still good news for those who are bald.

Here is what is going on when researchers accidentally stumbled upon this answer when they were studying about cancer tumours on mice:

A specific protein called KROX20 turns on in skin cells, which becomes the hair shaft. This triggers the production of another protein called stem cell factor (SCF).

When the scientists deleted KROX20 in mice, they became bald. And when they deleted the SCF gene, the mice’s hair turned gray, and then whitened as they aged.

Hopefully soon, the researchers should have more answers since they have pinpointed the actual genes that cause grey hair and baldness.


Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Lantern festival @ Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall and Vivo City- Sept 2018

Sun Yat Sen Nanyang Memorial Hall during Autumn Festival

The right moves: How to use tai chi to build strength

tai-chi @ Bishan-AMK park
Watching a group of people doing tai chi, an exercise often called “meditation in motion,” it may be hard to imagine that its slow, gentle, choreographed movements could actually make people stronger. Not only stronger mentally but stronger physically and healthier as well.

I certainly was surprised by its effects on strength, but good research – and there has been a fair amount of it by now – does not lie. If you are not ready or not able to tackle strength training with weights, resistance bands or machines, tai chi may just be the activity that can help to increase your stamina and diminish your risk of injury that accompanies weak muscles and bones.

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Forum: Can maids cope with the added burden of being a caregiver too?

The reports of domestic helpers inflicting injuries on elderly members in their care is both disturbing and distressing to the families concerned (New laws must protect vulnerable elderly too; Sept 12).

However, rather than focusing on strengthening the Penal Code to deal with such abuse, perhaps we should look at the underlying issues giving rise to it.

Most domestic helpers have very rudimentary training in caregiving skills. This, coupled with the toil of being responsible for the care of a frail elderly member, puts undue pressure on them.

We cannot ignore the fact that caregiver burnout also affects domestic helpers with poor coping mechanisms.

This can lead to a breaking point, with the tragic consequence of ventilating their frustrations through physical violence.

Many of us would have faced similar situations of relying on domestic helpers to step up and shoulder daunting caregiving tasks such as transferring, tube feeding, giving medication and others with little lead time.

The learning curve to master such skills within a short period is immensely steep for domestic helpers.

We need to acknowledge the invaluable support domestic helpers can give to families who are looking after their frail or sick relatives and, rather than threaten more severe punitive laws, we should reframe the discussion to ask ourselves: Are our domestic helpers really suited to be both a housekeeper and a caregiver?

We need to be realistic.

Not everyone has the temperament to be a caregiver. It requires patience, resilience and a willing heart.

It is only when we look after our domestic helpers and treat them like our extended family members will they look upon our family members like their own.

Daniel Tan (Dr)
Caregiving Welfare Association


Monday, 17 September 2018

Many babies still being injured in infant walkers

Baby walkers give quick mobility - up to four feet per second - to young children before they are developmentally ready.

Baby walkers remain a serious and preventable source of injury to young children and should not be used. There are safer alternatives, such as stationary activity centers that spin, rock and bounce, but do not have wheels, and good old-fashioned belly time, where a child is placed on their belly on the floor and allowed to learn to gradually push themselves up, then crawl and eventually walk.

The majority of the injuries occurred when a child in a walker fell down stairs, often wounding the head or neck. according to the study published in Pediatrics.

Read more @

Low dose aspirin risks overwhelm benefits in healthy elderly

In healthy elderly people who never had a heart attack, the widespread practice of taking a baby, or low dose, aspirin every day may do more harm than good, according to a US-Australian study of more than 19,000 volunteers.

The trial has "provided convincing evidence that aspirin is ineffective in preserving good health in elderly people without a medical (reason) to be using it," chief author Dr John J. McNeil of Monash University in Melbourne told Reuters Health in an email.

The results - which show that risks of major bleeding in low-dose aspirin users overwhelm any heart benefits - were reported online in the New England Journal of Medicine and presented Sunday at the European Respiratory Society International Congress in Paris.

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Recharge your brain at work with exercise that does not require much thinking

Non-working memory exercise is good for recharging your brain

A good way to recharge your brain at work might be with a short bout of exercise that doesn't require much concentration, according to a small study from Japan.

"The present study suggests that simple exercise is better than cognitively demanding exercise during working hours," lead author Keita Kamijo, an assistant professor on the faculty of sports sciences, Waseda University, Tokyo, told Reuters Health by email.

Working memory is what allows people to maintain and update information in their brains about things they're working on, such as assignments, goals and strategies.

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Warning: Australians warned to cut strawberries after needles found in fruit - updated

Australians have been warned to cut strawberries before eating them after sewing needles were found in several punnets, triggering the withdrawal of three brands from sale nationwide.

Australian authorities earlier this week asked people to dispose of strawberries purchased from Woolworths Group if they bore the brand of Berry Licious or Berry Obsession after three punnets were discovered to include fruit embedded with sewing needles.

The advice was late on Thursday expanded after police in Australia’s north east said they had received four complaints about needles with Donnybrook branded strawberries.

All three brands have now been withdrawn from sale.

Read more @

If you just came back from Australia with lots of strawberries, please cut them before eating. If you bought strawberries from local stores, please check where they are from.

You may want to read No import of Australian strawberry brands with needle contamination: AVA

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Muji recalls red bean jam pancake due to mould

Japanese retail firm Muji has recalled its mini dorayaki, or red bean jam pancake, after mould was found in some of the packages, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) said on Friday (Sep 14).

In its media release, AVA urged customers who have bought the product not to eat it.

The affected pancakes have expiry dates of Sep 12 to Dec 5.

"Consumers can bring the product to a Muji outlet, or contact Muji customer service at 6346 4123 or for a refund," said AVA.

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Forum: Reinventing the hawker centre would kill its charm

hawker centre - a place where hawkers sell afforable food to the locals

Reinventing the hawker centre means making it what it is not, and this would cause it to lose its appeal (Reinvent the hawker experience, by Dr Patrick Liew Siow Gian; Sept 8).

Why do Singaporeans enjoy the hawker centre culture?

Hawker centres are conveniently located. There is variety. Often, we can find tasty, affordable, and familiar food that is local and close to our heart.

The non-air-conditioned setting may get too warm occasionally, but the casual atmosphere makes the experience of eating there unpretentious and fuss-free.

Simplicity of experience, variety of choices and affordability - these are the hallmarks of our hawker culture that have thrived for so many years. These are possible because hawker centres offer low overheads and are usually in good locations to attract customers, allowing hawkers to focus on their culinary craft and offer good food.

Singapore already has a diverse range of dedicated entertainment spots catering to "a wide spectrum of tastes, sights, sounds, smells and feelings", so there is no need to reinvent the hawker experience into something it is not.

Such an attempt at reinvention would also incur heavy costs. Would this be passed on to the customers, making the pricing no different from that at a foodcourt?

To reinvent the hawker centre experience is to dilute its identity.

To improve the hawker centre experience, we should focus instead on enhancing its simplicity, variety and affordability. We can attract the next generation of hawkers by focusing on the reason why people become hawkers: to make a good living.

Create an environment that makes it easy to enter the industry and possible for hawkers to continue offering cheap and good food.

Teo Chian Chye


You may want to read Forum: Old model of a hawker centre works well

Scam alert: Singapore police warn of kidnap scams targeting China students

Police are warning of a kidnap scam involving Chinese national students in Singapore, where their parents are deceived into thinking that their children have been kidnapped and that a ransom must be paid to secure their release.

In a statement on Friday (14 September), police said that they have received several reports since January 2018 about the scam.

Police would also like to advise members of the public who receive unsolicited calls to do the following: don’t panic, don’t believe and don’t give.


Dairy IS good for you!

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Having three servings of dairy a day could help lower your risk of heart disease, a new study claims.

The last few years have seen the rise of the anti-dairy health fad, with advocates saying whole milk and other dairy products - high in saturated fat - raise LDL cholesterol, which increases the risk of cardiovascular disease.

But researchers said they found those who consumed three servings of milk, cheese, butter or cream per day were almost two times less likely to suffer from heart disease and strokes, compared to having fewer servings.


Bad Apple: More Mac Apps Have Been Stealing User Data

News broke last week that Adware Doctor, an ad-blocker sold in the Mac App Store, quietly stole its users' browser histories and sent them to a server in China. This malicious data collection was independently confirmed by two researchers and promptly disclosed to Apple but remained in the virtual store, seemingly until it started making headlines. Over the weekend, the saga continued with revelations that several other apps in the Mac App Store were doing the same thing.

A report said to be published by cybersecurity vendor Trend Micro says people had been complaining that Dr. Unarchiver, Dr. Cleaner and other utilities sold in the Mac App Store were exfiltrating their browser history since at least December 2017. Nobody seemed to pay much attention to those reports until Adware Doctor's scandal.


Saturday, 15 September 2018

See the last kampong in Singapore by Erwin Soo

Lorong Buangkok kampong, maybe the last kampong in Singapre.

Photo Journal - The Last Kampung / Village

Singaporeans are not eating enough vegetables – and health experts know why

According to the National Nutrition Survey, which was last done in 2010, it was revealed that nine in 10 Singaporeans do not eat enough fruit and vegetables.

“Most Singaporeans do not know how much vegetables they should eat daily. And they do not make the effort to try to achieve it,” said Jaclyn Reutens, clinical dietitian and founder of Aptima Nutrition & Sports Consultants.

So, what is the amount of vegetables you should be eating? According to the Health Promotion Board, it is two servings per day. And no, fries and that corn cup do not count since starchy or root vegetables are regarded more like rice or bread.

Read more on why you are not eating enough vegetables @

My 2 cents:
The easiest way to remember how much is one serving of food is roughly the size of your fist.

Note that some vegetables are actually fruits. Any vegetables that have seeds are technically fruits. They are called vegetables is because they do not taste sweet like conventional fruits. Therefore, for those vegetables with seeds, try to eat them raw as cooking will destroy their vitamins and other nutrients, espically vitamin C which will be destroyed at 70degC.

Why LED bulbs are bad for our eyes

LED bulbs are being recommended as it is very efficiency in producing bright light with very little energy and they are long lasting.

The three primary types of color temperature for light bulbs are:
  • Soft White (2700K – 3000K), 
  • Bright White/Cool White (3500K – 4100K), and 
  • Daylight (5000K – 6500K)
Daylight bulbs are the whitest as they are near the white/blue zone, hence they also emit the most blue light.

Effects of blue light
  • increases cataract risk
  • increases macular degeneration risk
  • risk of eye cancer
  • harder to sleep
  • makes eyes uncomfortable, watery
Note only LED bulbs emit blue light, smart device screens (mobile phones, laptops, tablets, etc) also emit blue light.


Friday, 14 September 2018

Weight loss product found to contain potentially dangerous ingredients: HSA

The weight loss product marketed as Ke Le was sold online and promoted as an appetite suppressant for weight loss. (Photos: HSA)

A weight loss product promoted as an appetite suppressant for weight loss was found to contain two undeclared potent chemicals that could pose serious health risks to individuals with heart conditions, the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said on Thursday (Sep 13).

In a news release, HSA warned members of the public not to purchase or consume the product, known as Ke Le, which has packaging labelled in Korean.

HSA tests found that the product contains ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, which are used to treat the common cold, flu and allergies by relieving symptoms such as coughing and a blocked nose.

The adverse effects include an increased heart rate, anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, stroke, seizures and even death, it added.

Read more @

My 2 cents:
Nature has provided us with good food for weight loss. Yet most of us would instead look elsewhere to find that drug, supplement or other herbal weight loss tea for weight loss help.

Doctors have always advised us to eat fruits after a meal. 

Fruits help us in 2 ways:
1) digestion (acid in all fruits),
2) clear of unwanted stuff from our bodies (fibre).

One should eat some fruits after a meal, including breakfast and tea breaks. The more food you eat, the more fruits you should eat, and less fruits if you have just eaten a little food.

I have been following this advice and I am happy with the outcome as this works better than physical exercises. You should try. It is natural and safe. Exercise is still needed for one to build strong bones and muscles.

Picture of me taken on 14Sept2018. My weight is getting lighter ever since I ate more fruits 6 months ago.

Forum: Bouquets: Singapore's generosity needs highlighting

I recently spent a very pleasant eight-week holiday in Singapore and I'd like to thank Singapore for the welcome I and other foreigners have received - a welcome which goes far beyond the friendliness of Singaporeans.

When my father and I had some minor illnesses, we were seen and treated by an excellent doctor at the My Family Clinic in Rivervale Mall within 30 minutes and at a cost of about $30. Our jaws dropped.

This is unheard of in private healthcare in Britain, where I come from.

I can use public Singaporean gyms at the same rates as locals, and I can stay in the country for up to three months.

It is easy to criticise Singapore for its anti-gay laws, its anachronistic use of caning, its curbs on free speech and the Internal Security Act (plenty of people are busy doing this), but I think it is also important to highlight how wonderful and generous Singapore is.

One of the opportunities that the proponents of Brexit are always fond of highlighting is closer engagement with the wider world.

I sincerely hope that the future will bring a closer connection between Singapore and Britain.

Daniel Emlyn-Jones (Dr)


Why onions and garlic are good for your liver

Your liver and kidneys are vital organs that help process and filter out food, medications, alcohol and other substances that enter your body. What you take into your body can pollute your liver and kidneys, make it hard for them to function properly. This can lead to innumerable kinds of complications, including renal failure, kidney stones, liver cirrhosis and hepatitis. Detoxification techniques utilizing household items are available. Exercising and eating the right kinds of foods are key to effectively detoxifying your liver and kidneys.

Garlic and onions contain allicin, a sulphur-containing compound that promotes liver detoxification. Allicin occurs best when garlic or onions are finely chopped or crushed. Add these to your entrees at the end of cooking to receive the most benefits from the allicin.


Thursday, 13 September 2018

Scam alert: Police issue advisory on lucky draw scams

The Singapore Police Force on Wednesday (Sep 12) warned the public to be wary of scams involving lucky draw winnings.

The police revealed in a news release that they had received at least 84 reports of lucky draw scams between October 2017 and July 2018.

The total amount cheated from the scams was about S$122,000, where the highest amount cheated was about S$34,400.

According to the police, the scammers' modus operandi involved making contact with a potential victim through the instant messaging application IMO.

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Exceptional people: 2 members of the public commended for helping detain suspects in upskirt video cases

Mr Wong Dong Hai receiving the Public Spiritedness Award from Head Operations, TransCom, SUPT Alan Wong. (Photo: Singapore Police Force)

Two members of the public were commended for their public-spiritedness in assisting the Singapore Police Force (SPF) in separate cases of insulting the modesty of a woman, SPF said in a news release on Wednesday (Sep 12).

In the first case, Mr Wong Dong Hai caught a man placing his mobile phone underneath a women's skirt at Bishan MRT Station.

In the second case, Mr Ng Jian Zuan caught a man in front of him at Braddell MRT Station placing his mobile phone underneath a woman's skirt.

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Bestsellers compiled 11 Sept 2018


1. (1) Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

2. (2) China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

3. (3) Rich People Problems by Kevin Kwan

4. (4) Origin by Dan Brown

5. (5) Surprise Me by Sophie Kinsella

6. (7) Fugitive Six: Lorien Legacies Reborn by Pittacus Lore

7. (-) The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

8. (-) The President Is Missing by Bill Clinton and James Patterson

9. (-) The Sun And Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

10. (10) Sea Of Strangers by Lang Leav


1. (2) This Is What Inequality Looks Like by Teo You Yenn

2. (1) The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson

3. (-) 21 Lessons For The 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari

4. (3) Retire Smart: Financial Planning Made Easy by Lorna Tan

5. (7) Sapiens: A Brief History Of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

6. (8) Asking Why by Ho Kwon Ping

7. (5) When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

8. (9) The Art Of War by Sun Tze

9. (4) The Art Of Thinking Clearly by Rolf Dobelli

10. (-) Homo Deus: A Brief History Of Tomorrow by Yuval Noah Harari


1. (2) Geronimo Stilton #11: The Guardian Of The Realm by Geronimo Stilton

2. (1) The 104-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths

3. (-) Dog Man #5: Lord Of The Fleas by Dav Pilkey

4. (-) Dog Man #4: Dog Man And Cat Kid by Dav Pilkey

5. (5) Geronimo Stilton #69: Hug A Tree, Geronimo by Geronimo Stilton

6. (4) To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han

7. (6) Dog Man by Dav Pilkey

8. (9) National Geographic Kids Almanac 2019 by National Geographic Kids

9. (7) The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

10. (-) Five Nights At Freddy's #3: Fourth Closet by Scott Cawthon

• This is The Straits Times' compilation of bestseller lists from Books Kinokuniya, Times, WHSmith and Popular bookstores.


Wednesday, 12 September 2018

Tom Watson reveals he has Type 2 diabetes but has 'reversed' the disease

UK Labour’s deputy leader has revealed that he was diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes but has “reversed” the disease by adopting a radically different diet that has meant he has come off medication.

Tom Watson, 51, said he developed diabetes through being “overweight, deeply unfit, [and] addicted to sugar and fast foods”. However, he has lost 44.5kg since being diagnosed in the summer of 2017 and improved his health so much that his diabetes is now in remission, he claims.

Watson has eliminated all junk food, processed food, starchy carbohydrates and refined sugar from his diet. He does not even eat bananas because they contain some sugar.

He believes that official dietary advice over recent years, to minimise fat intake, is misguided and that a drastic reduction in sugar intake is the single most effective way to tackle Britain’s obesity epidemic.


Forum: Cashless drive doesn't appear to be 'smart' move

Ironically, the drive to go cashless does not appear to be as "smart" as expected (Paying more to go cash free; Sept 2).

On the one hand, leaders have been touting the benefits of going cashless and how this would save on the costs of handling real money during transactions. On the other hand, consumers are left wondering why they should be paying more to go cashless.

It begs the question: Isn't something that leads to savings supposed to cost less?

If going cashless is going to cost more, it is logical for most people to want to pay in cash as it appears to be the smarter way to save money.

If the Smart Nation drive is going to make everything cost more in order to go cashless, then it is not the "smart" way to go after all.

Seah Yam Meng