Tuesday, 2 October 2018

Living within 100 metres of a park as a child slashes the risk of asthma as an adult by up to 71%

lake boat rocking gently @ bishan-amk park

Growing up near a park cuts a person's risk of developing asthma in adulthood, a study has found.

Those who lived within 100 metres of 'green spaces' as children are up to 71% less likely to develop the characteristic asthma symptom wheezing.

And researchers discovered they were also less likely to develop breathlessness, coughs that woke them up or late-onset asthma.

Green spaces, like parks and public gardens, are thought to offset the effects of air pollution, which worsens the risk of asthma.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6183901/Growing-near-park-cuts-persons-risk-developing-asthma.html

People who look after their teeth are less likely to get insomnia

People who look after their teeth are less likely to suffer from insomnia, new research suggests.

Pensioners with less than 10 teeth often do not get the recommend seven hours of sleep a night, with some getting by on less than four hours, a Japanese study found today.

Missing teeth are thought to affect how the tongue lies in the mouth, which may lead to obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA), according to the researchers. OSA occurs when the walls of the throat relax and narrow during sleep, interrupting normal breathing.

Previous research suggests insomnia increases an elderly person's risk of high blood pressure, stroke, heart disease and depression.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6082139/People-look-teeth-likely-suffer-insomnia.html

Exceptional people: SCDF paramedic team win international competition

(From left) Team members Zane Ang, Naomi Wee, Noraini Kasbani and Jason Kwek. TNP PHOTO
They had practised at least 60 different accident scenarios, but nothing could have prepared the team for what greeted them.

The "accident" scene set at a "beach" was chaotic: A couple had been flung off a jet ski and the team first had to gather as much information as they could from a "fisherman" who had witnessed the incident.

The four paramedics from the Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF) sprung into action and beat five teams from around the region to emerge champions at the annual Ferno Australia Paramedic Simulation Challenge in Gold Coast, Australia.

This is the third time an SCDF team has participated in the international challenge and the first time the force claimed the top prize in the competition, which was held on Sept 21.

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/scdf-paramedic-team-win-international-competition