Friday, 27 July 2018

Exceptional people: Four members of the public honoured for catching upskirt video suspects

Mr Justin Law (L) and Mr Song Wei Zong with Commander Koh Wei Keong. Source: channelnewsasia

“You’ll never know if the next victim is from your own family."

For Mr Song Wei Zong, 35, that was the reason he decided to help two others (Mr Leow Fa Dong and Ms Tan Yi Jing) detained a man who was believed to have taken an upskirt video of a woman.

All three received the Public Spiritedness Award along with Mr Justin Law, 25, who was commended for his actions in a separate upskirt video taking incident at Marymount MRT station.

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UNICEF warns of HIV crisis in teen girls, with 20 cases every hour

Teenagers, and particularly girls, are bearing the brunt of the global AIDS epidemic with around 30 adolescents becoming infected with HIV every hour, according to a report by the United Nations children's fund UNICEF.

Of those 30 new infections each hour among 15 to 19 year-olds in 2017, around 20 - or two-thirds - were in girls, UNICEF said, representing a "crisis of health as well as a crisis of agency".

It said the epidemic's spread among adolescent girls is being fueled by early sex, including with older men, forced sex, powerlessness in negotiating around sex, poverty and lack of access to confidential counseling and testing services.

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Pregnant women who wear perfume and use plastic containers are more likely to have children with damaged brain

Pregnant women who heat up food in plastic containers and wear perfume may be inflicting long-term damage on their unborn child's brain development, a new study on rats suggests.

A team at the University of Illinois baked cookies laced with phthalates, chemicals used in plastic and fragrances which are known to affect the way our hormones work.

They fed the cookies to pregnant and nursing mice - and found that, when their offspring reached adulthood, they were not as cognitively sharp as their peers who weren't exposed to the chemicals.

Lead author Dr Janice Juraska, a professor of psychology in the neuroscience department, told Daily Mail Online she was shocked by how clear the impact was, and said she would now urge pregnant women to avoid plastics and fragrances of any kind.


Eating just ONE orange a day reduces people's risk of blindness by 60%

Snacking on the popular citrus fruit reduces people's risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), which affects central vision, by 60%, a study found.

Lead author Professor Bamini Gopinath, from the University of Sydney, said: 'The data shows that flavonoids found in oranges appear to help protect against the disease.

'Flavonoids are powerful antioxidants found in almost all fruits and vegetables, and they have important anti-inflammatory benefits for the immune system.'

Despite flavonoids also being found in other produce such as apples, for unclear reasons, only antioxidants in oranges protect against sight loss.