Friday, 21 September 2018

What you need to know about the new active mobility regulations

From early next year, cyclists and users of personal mobility devices (PMDs) will have to watch their speed when travelling on footpaths following the recommendations made by the Active Mobility Advisory Panel.

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More seniors to benefit from hearing, eyesight and oral health tests

Source: ST

More senior citizens will be able to enjoy subsidised rates for hearing, eyesight and oral health tests - also known as functional screenings - following the launch of Project Silver Screen at Kampung Admiralty on Wednesday (Sep 19).

This is part of a new collaboration between the Ministry of Health, Temasek Foundation Cares and the business community to help people above the age of 60 actively manage their health and well-being.

The programme enables Pioneer Generation citizens to have these screenings done for free. Community Health Assist Scheme card holders pay S$2 and while others pay S$5.

Vouchers worth between S$15 and S$200 will also be given to purchase spectacles, hearing aids and dentures.

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Hope for an Alzheimer's cure

It is nice to note that more researches are done on Alzheimer's cure.

Attempts to stop the memory-robbing disorder in its tracks were targeted at the toxic build-up of amyloid beta in the brains of patients.

However, researchers at King's College London now claim why decades worth of studies have failed to find a solution. They claimed that once these clumps have formed it is 'too late for drugs' to work.

Instead, they found that targeting a little-known protein that causes the clumps to develop 'dramatically' improves signs of Alzheimer's in mice.

The good news is that drug treatments that act on blocking this protein are already available in China and Japan for stroke.


Scientists successfully reverse Alzheimer's in mice

Alzheimer's disease is caused by 'zombie cells' in the brain, according to new research.

Flushing out the lifeless cells could cure the devastating condition - as well as other neurological disorders, say scientists.

They have been dubbed 'zombies' because they can't die - but are equally unable to perform the functions of a normal cell.

In the mice a team of scientists removed these cells using genetic modification throughout the lifespan but unsure of  how to do this in humans.