Wednesday, 9 May 2018

Even a little exercise – any exercise – might make us happier

Walking is the easiest exercise. You do not need a plan. Just walk anywhere.
Small amounts of exercise could have an outsize effect on happiness.

According to a new review of research about good moods and physical activity, people who work out even once a week or for as little as 10 minutes a day tend to be more cheerful than those who never exercise. And any type of exercise may be helpful.

Science would generally agree with us. A number of past studies have noted that physically active people have much lower risks of developing depression and anxiety than people who rarely move.

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How bad are fried foods?

Although the connection between eating fried foods and obesity and heart disease is well known, a study published earlier this month is the first to link eating fried potatoes to death risk.

The study found people who ate fried potatoes (including french fries, fried potatoes, and hash browns) more than twice a week were more likely to die early than those who ate fried potatoes less often.

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My 2 cents:
Fast food is not the main cause of obesity. It is FRYING of food that is the problem. So if you visit a fast food restaurant next time, order grilled or BBQ burgers instead of burgers with fried patties. And cut down on french fries.

Printing body parts in hospital shows 3D tech's growing reach

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Three-dimensional printers are letting doctors in Minnesota make simulated body parts in a hospital and a Brooklyn startup create rocket engines designed to put satellites into orbit, executives said Thursday at an event hosted by General Electric Co.

At the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, for example, doctors work directly with engineers to print medical devices tailored to patients, said radiologist Jonathan Morris.

"We've put manufacturing inside the hospital," Morris said. The hospital does not make implants but can simulate body parts to help surgeons decide how to do an operation, or can make guides for cutting and drilling during surgery, he said.

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Forum: Unreasonable demands by some users of ride-hailing apps

With ride-hailing apps, commuters have an unprecedented level of convenience when it comes to getting a ride.

However, some passengers seem to think that by paying a fare, they become instant bosses over the driver.

Some ask the drivers to go into their condominium basement carpark, where their lift landing is, instead of using the drop-off point at the condo.

Some Housing Board flat dwellers ask to be dropped off at the end of carparks, where it may be too narrow for drivers to make a three-point turn, resulting in them having to reverse all the way back out.

I have encountered an app userwho called to tell me to hurry up because he had been waiting for five minutes. This was even though the app had informed him I would arrive in seven minutes.

Another passenger kept urging me to drive faster, and cursed and swore whenever I stopped at a traffic light, because he was late in picking his daughter up from kindergarten.

There are many other instances of unreasonable passengers, and many drivers suffer in silence.

Many commuters seem to have forgotten the miserable situation before ride-hailing apps came along - when they had to wait for a long time under the hot sun for a taxi, and when taxi drivers were arrogant and picked and chose passengers.

The only appreciative passengers I encounter are usually those whom I pick up after midnight. I have realised that this is because if I did not take them, they would have to pay a lot more for a normal taxi ride.

Singaporeans should consider not only the cheap fares, but also the intangible benefits that come with ride-hailing apps.

Ong Heng Poh


Bus driver in viral video did not doze off at wheel, has 'neck pains': SBS Transit

The bus driver seen in a video with his head bobbing up and down was not dozing off at the wheel; he has "neck pains" that cause him to bend more than normal, SBS Transit said on Monday (May 7).

SBS Transit's comment comes after a 25-second video, which was posted on a public Facebook group, went viral on social media. The video shows the head of the driver jerk forward every few seconds while the bus in in motion.

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My 2 cents:
The driver should have rested until his neck is better. Looking down while driving is still dangerous, as what my friend said.