Friday, 3 August 2018

Doctors tell us what is in their travel bags

Dr Eric Wee, gastroenterologist, Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital

What is in his suitcase:

1. A medicine for diarrhoea called loperamide.

2. A medicine for abdominal pain called hyoscine butylbromide (Buscopan).

3. Paracetamol, which is effective for fever and pain.

4. A medicine for vomiting called metoclopramide. This requires a doctor’s prescription.

Food poisoning is the top medical problem that travellers encounter. This is called traveller’s diarrhoea and is associated with fever, vomiting, watery diarrhoea and crampy abdominal pain. In my practice as a gastroenterologist, I have treated many patients with this problem.

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This is my equivalent Chinese medicine when I travel:

1) Po Chai pills are good for diarrhoea (not so frequent), vomiting, stomach discomfort.

2) Teck Aun chikit pills are good for serious diarrhoea.

3) Any tea o kosong is good to relax stomach discomfort.

Beware of fake SMS, calls, emails on GST Voucher cash payouts: MOF

Eligible Singaporeans who will receive their 2018 GST Voucher (GSTV) cash payouts this month should be wary of receiving fake SMSes, calls or emails regarding the payment.

The Ministry of Finance (MOF) said in a Facebook post on Wednesday (Aug 1) that the SMS should come from sender "GSTV", adding that the text will not ask for any information.

It also posted an infographic on what recipients should look out for in telling an official SMS apart from a fake one.

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Stop putting your kids' food in plastic containers: Top pediatricians tell parents

A panel of top pediatricians is urging parents to cut out as many chemicals from their child's packed lunch as possible.

Cans, plastic containers, and processed meats are just a few of the culprits they singled out as classic carriers of toxins that can get into a child's blood system and affect their hormones - potentially impacting development.

The new policy statement, which will be published in the August edition of the journal Pediatrics, warns "we now have significant evidence about the dangers of even tiny amounts of these toxins" - and yet, the authors believe many parents remain blasé about the risks.

Some recommendations to avoid these toxin include:
  • use glass or stainless steel - more expensive but they can also last longer
  • eat fresh or frozen food when possible
  • avoid microwaving food or beverages in plastic, if possible