Monday, 5 February 2018

8,000 patients enrolled in Hospital-to-Home (H2H) programme since launch

About 8,000 patients at high risk of repeated hospital admissions have taken part in a programme that aims to help them return home smoothly since its launch in April last year.

The H2H programme coordinates medical, nursing and social care services at a patient's home after he or she is discharged from hospital.

The programme is currently implemented in all public hospitals and administered by the Agency for Integrated Care.

those in the programme were less likely to come back to hospital, and there was "as much as over 30 per cent reduction in the likelihood of being readmitted to the hospital again".

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Five-year-old no longer has 60 fits a day after switching to the plan and eating avocados

The parents of a five-year-old girl claim she has almost been cured of severe epilepsy after being put on a diet which has involved eating thousands of avocados.

Leafy Liu – who has had the condition since she was a baby – was suffering up to 60 seizures a day. Conventional medication failed to stop the fits, her worried family researched alternative treatments and discovered the ketogenic diet.

Experts believe the way the body burns up carbohydrates can trigger epileptic fits so switching to a high fat, low-carb diet can reduce that risk.

Incredibly, after eating at least two avocados – which are high in good fats – daily for the last four years, Leafy now has just four seizures a year.

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Myth: Why you should reach for that glass of milk

If you cannot drink milk for one reason or another, you may want to read Soya milk is the healthiest alternative to cow's milk

Full-fat milk is better for the heart because it increases levels of good cholesterol

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For decades, skimmed or semi-skimmed milk has been hailed as a healthier option.

But full-fat milk may be better for the heart, according to new research.

A team at the University of Copenhagen in Denmark has found it boosts levels of 'good' High-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol in the bloodstream.

Study is small but adds weight to growing evidence full fat is healthier.

Study participants' low density lipoprotein (LDL) or 'bad' cholesterol levels did not differ significantly between the two types of milk.

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Depression in men often masked in addictions, manifests as anger

The issue of depression in men has been in the spotlight since swimming legend Michael Phelps revealed in an interview that he has battled severe anxiety and depression and even  contemplated suicide. It took him 8 years before he finally seek help.


In December last year, researchers from the Institute of Mental Health (IMH) released the findings of a survey, which found that women aged between 18 and 34 are more prone to depression than men.

But Dr Mok Yee Ming, a senior consultant and chief of IMH’s Department of Mood and Anxiety told Channel NewsAsia that researchers are unsure if the gap is a reflection of the disease or because men are less likely to seek help than women.

“However, there are studies overseas that have found that men are less likely to seek help than women for mental health disorders.”

Dr Lee said by the time his male clients seek help they have often been trying to cope with depression for many years using various methods. Some turn to sports to cope, others turned to alcohol and illicit drugs.