Tuesday, 4 September 2018

Four in five people at risk of early death from heart attack or stroke, officials warn

Health officials have urged adults to check their risk of having a heart attack or stroke using a free online tool.

The Heart Age Test, developed by experts, asks people over the age of 30 to answer a series of questions about their lifestyle and physical health.

If the tool estimates that an individual's "heart age" is higher than their actual age, they will be told they have an increased chance of having a heart attack or stroke and advised how to cut this risk.

The test has been completed more than 1.9 million times, Public Health England said, with
  • four out of five people (78%) recording a heart age higher than their actual age,
  • ore than a third (34%) had a heart age more than five years above their real age, and 
  • 14% found it was 10 years higher.

Ref: https://sg.yahoo.com/news/four-five-people-risk-early-225500865.html

Exceptional company: DBS Bank - the best bank in the world

In a first for a Singapore and Asian bank, DBS Bank has overtaken larger, more established banks to be named Best Bank in the World. The prestigious top award was conferred to DBS by Global Finance in its World’s Best Global Banks 2018 Awards.

Receiving the Best Bank in the World award underlines DBS’ increasing international recognition and stature on the world stage, particularly for its leadership in digital transformation. In July, the bank was crowned World’s Best Digital Bank by Euromoney for the second time in three years. It was also named World’s Best Bank for SMEs.

Ref: https://www.dbs.com/newsroom/DBS_named_Best_Bank_in_the_World

Forum: Liveability survey does not accurately depict situation in Singapore

I read with some amusement the report on Singapore's liveability standards (S'pore continues to rank highly in liveability polls; Aug 24).

In the report, an expert is spot on in saying that "liveability is about people's expectations, encounters and experiences as they interact with their living environment".

In other words, when Singaporeans complain of things like the rising cost of living, their feelings should not be taken lightly.

Saying that the "inflation figure is low" or "consumer price index has not risen" rings hollow and is meaningless to the layman, when we have to pay 20 cents more for our daily cup of coffee and when our packet of "economic rice" has increased by another 50 cents.

Telling the sick and the elderly that their needs will be taken care of does not help when they are still struggling to cope with the cost of living in Singapore.

The fact that survey findings about Singapore being the most expensive city in the world resonate with the people speaks of the harsh reality on the ground that many at the top may not truly understand.

In short, I have to agree with the experts that the liveability survey does not negate what we witness daily - that many are struggling to cope and make a living in our First World oasis.

Seah Yam Meng

Ref: http://str.sg/oWFu