Tuesday, 23 January 2018

Warning: Health Sciences Authority issues alert over two health products

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has issued an alert over two so-called health products after one consumer was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the other suffered chemical burns.

Tests found that the two products, URE Tonic Herbal Traditional and RDL Hydroquinone Tretinoin Babyface Solution 3, contained potent steroid which are prohibited here, said the HSA in a news release.

Consumers who have used URE Tonic Herbal Traditional are advised to see a doctor as soon as possible as the discontinuation of steroids – such as those found in URE Tonic Herbal Traditional – without proper medical supervision can cause serious withdrawal symptoms such as fatigue, confusion and low blood pressure.

Consumers have also been warned against using any unlabelled facial solutions supplied by the Anita iBrow, a beauty parlour in Orchard Rd, and to see a doctor if they are experiencing adverse side-effects.

Ref: https://sg.yahoo.com/news/health-sciences-authority-issues-alert-two-health-products-053644663.html

A heart risk factor even doctors know little about

While doctors routinely test for other lipoproteins like HDL and LDL cholesterol, few test for lipoprotein(a), also known as lp(a) - high levels of which triple the risk of having a heart attack or stroke at an early age.

For most people, lp(a) is nothing to worry about. Levels are strongly determined by genetics and the majority of people produce very little of it.

But up to one in five Americans have perilously high levels of it in their blood. Studies show that diet and exercise have almost no impact on lp(a), and cholesterol-lowering drugs only modestly lower it.

“People don’t know about it, physicians don’t know about it, and we have to get an education programme out there, but that’s expensive,” said Dr Henry N. Ginsberg, the Irving Professor of Medicine at Columbia University and a leading expert on lp(a).

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/health/a-heart-risk-factor-even-doctors-know-little-about-9863778

Drop in kidney failure cases in Singapore

The number of kidney failure cases in Singapore fell in 2015 but officials are cautious about a turnaround in the fight against what is also known as end-stage renal disease.

The 1,619 people diagnosed in 2015 was 8.6% lower than the 1,772 in 2014, according to the latest Renal Registry report which was released this week.

The main cause of the disease is diabetes which accounts for about two in three cases. Other causes include infection and high blood pressure.

The report said that, taking the age of patients into account, the incidence of kidney failure "among Malays was approximately three times as much as (among) the Chinese", wherelse the rate among Indians was 1.2 times that of Chinese.

Ref: http://str.sg/o3rj

Exceptional people: Singapore team of all-women gamers first to enter world finals

Against all odds, five local gamers have become the first women's team from Singapore to qualify for the grand finals of the World Electronic Sports Games (WESG) in March.

Known collectively as Asterisk, the women achieved the feat by finishing second in Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) in the Asia Pacific (APAC) finals in Qingdao, China last week, winning $4,000 .

They were also Singapore's first women gamers to make the APAC finals, and will compete for a prize pot of $170,000 at the world finals at Haikou on China's Hainan island from March 12 to 18.

Ref: http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/singapores-first-all-women-gamers-enter-world-finals