Friday, 2 February 2018

Exceptional people: NTU student-led campaign brings free eye screening to Tampines residents

Tampines residents aged 40 to 60 can register for free eye screening through the Our Eyes for Life campaign by Nanyang Technological University students.

Regular screenings can catch the four major age-related eyes diseases in Singapore: Cataracts, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy (DR), and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). According to the Singapore Optometrists and Opticians Board (OOB), screenings should be done at least once every two years for those aged 40 to 60.

The four final-year students from the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information were inspired to focus on eye health after realising that all of their parents suffered from some form of eye disease. Tampines was chosen as the pilot site as the Our Eyes for Life campaign is a collaboration with the GRC.

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Soya milk is the healthiest alternative to cow's milk

Soya 'milk' is the healthiest alternative to cow's, new research suggests.

When analyzing the four most popular non-dairy alternatives, soya was found to have the greatest nutritional profile due to its high levels of anti-cancer compounds, known as isoflavones, a study found.

The researchers analyzed the four most commonly consumed milk alternatives, namely, soya, almond, rice and coconut.

Why the need for cow's milk alternatives

Up to 3.5% of infants are allergic to cow's milk. However, around 80% grow out of this by 16 years old.

Lactose intolerance, which occurs due to insufficient levels of the enzyme lactase in the digestive tract, affects between 15% and 75% of adults, with up to 100% of those of Asian or native American origin suffering.

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Consuming sunflower and fish oils causes liver inflammation that could lead to cancer

Consuming sunflower and fish oils can cause liver inflammation that could lead to cancer, new research suggests.

Scientists discovered having either of the two oils each day triggers damage to the organ and made them susceptible to non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) or fatty liver.

Humans often use sunflower oil while cooking, but fish oil is most often obtained through daily supplements, which make up a fifth of the £700 million market.

But olive oil - repeatedly shown to be good for health - caused no such damage, the Spanish researchers concluded from experiments on mice.

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My 2 cents:
I have been taking 1 small cod liver oil capsule daily for many years. I do not have fatty liver.

Our brain is made up of 60% oil, hence omega 3 oil is beneficial for our brain. That is why DHA (or omega 3) is added to baby milk powder. Research on omega 3 and intelligence is not so concrete so far, but omega 3 may help children when they are still studying.

You may want to read How Omega-3 Fish Oil Affects Your Brain and Mental Health

Is walking 10,000 steps a day really good for you?

Some exercising is better than none, therefore if you cannot walk 10,000 steps a day, walking short distances is still good for your health.

But there are people who do not have the time to walk a few thousands steps a day. So, if there are walking exercises that are just as good or even better than 10,000 steps but do not require the same amount of time, it will be great.

Yes, there is and it is called "Active 10".

What one needs to do is to walk very, very fast in 10 minutes, a few times a day.

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Government proposes to regulate e-waste reduction

Manufacturers and retailers of electronic goods will soon need to take responsibility for the disposal and recycling of their products as the government intends to introduce regulations to reduce electronic waste.

During a pre-Budget consultation session with stakeholders on Thursday (Feb 1), Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli said the government will adopt the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) approach.

"This means we have a target for the original producers to look at what they can do to retrieve this e-waste that is produced in the first place," said Mr Masagos.

Mr Masagos said this is a timely move as the improper disposal of e-waste releases toxic chemicals into the environment.

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