Wednesday, 24 January 2018

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'Inflammatory' diet linked to higher risk of colon cancer

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People who consume lots of foods linked to chronic inflammation, such as red meat and refined grains, may be more likely to develop colorectal cancer than individuals who tend to avoid these foods, a US study suggests.

Researchers examined more than two decades of US survey data on eating habits and cancer diagnoses for 74,246 female nurses and 46,804 male health professionals.

Compared to people with diets that had the least potential to cause inflammation, individuals with diets that were most likely to cause inflammation were 32% more likely to develop colorectal cancer during the study, researchers report in JAMA Oncology.

"A pro-inflammatory dietary pattern has a high intake of red meat, processed meat, organ meat, refined grains, and sugary beverages and a low intake of tea, coffee, dark yellow vegetables and green leafy vegetables," Tabung said by email.

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Singapore primary school pupils rank No. 2 in global reading test

Primary 4 pupils in Singapore have emerged second out of 58 territories in an international test that measured how well they can read.

The results of the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), released last month, also found that pupils here outperformed their peers in other countries in navigating online texts.

Singapore pupils came up tops - surpassing 13 other territories and countries, including the US - in the online task, where they answered questions related to information on the Web.


Singapore ranks third in innovation rankings

Singapore ranked ahead of European countries like Germany and Switzerland in the Bloomberg 2018 Innovation Index according to a report.

The annual index ranks countries based on seven criteria, including their research and development expenditure, productivity and concentration of high-tech public companies.

Singapore came in third this year, with South Korea maintaining its top spot on the index for the fifth consecutive year. Sweden also maintained its position on the index from last year, ranking second.

Singapore's position rose by three notches as compared to 2017, where it was ranked sixth globally.


Is that yogurt really healthy?

Source: ST, 23 Jan, 2018

Oil jumps as Brent tops $70, with inventory data on tap

Oil rose more than 1% on Tuesday, with benchmark Brent crude hitting US$70 a barrel for the first time in a week, boosted by healthy world economic growth prospects and expectations for continued production curbs by OPEC, Russia and their allies.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures closed up 90 cents to $64.47 a barrel, for a gain of 1.4 percent. WTI reached its highest since December 2014 on Jan. 16 at $64.89.

Source: Money CNN

What this means?

For Singaporeans, expect to pay more for your electricity or anything that uses oil or petrol.

For oil-related companies, this means their businesses are picking up.