Saturday, 6 October 2018

Malaysian lettuce recalled from Singaporean supermarkets over high pesticide levels

Lettuce of Malaysian origin has been recalled by the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) after routine tests showed that the vegetable contained high levels of pesticide.

Imported via Go Fresh Impex, a press release warned consumers that affected goods were intended for sale at NTUC Fairprice, and Sheng Siong supermarkets.

“The AVA has detected high levels of Fipronil, a wide-spectrum pesticide, in (the) Iceberg lettuce,” said the agency in a press release. The recall is ongoing.

Affected iceberg lettuce sold of NTUC Fairprice under the brand name “Pasar,” will also come with a supplier code of 40. The number is unique in identifying the supplier of sundry goods. AVA authorities suggest checking your veg, should you believe your greens might be contaminated.


Huge drop in adults going under the knife for a torn cartilage because it causes more harm than good

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So-called arthroscopic knee surgery is becoming a less common treatment for adults with torn cartilage or painful arthritis as a growing body of evidence shows little benefit from these operations, a new study suggests.

Researchers examined data on all surgeries done on patients 18 and older in Florida from 2002 to 2015, including a total of 868,482 arthroscopic knee procedures.

Overall, rates of these operations declined 23 percent during the study period, with sharper decreases after 2008.

Many experts believe doctors don't change the way they treat patients when studies show those treatments don't work, and knee arthroscopy is often cited as an example, said study author David Howard of Emory University in Atlanta.


My 2 cents:

One good exercise for your knees is the Japanese sit. Sit for 5 to 15 minutes a day and your knees will be more flexible as Japanese sit stretches not only the knees, but the ankles and thighs too.

Just 10 minutes of light exercise a day instantly boosts memory organization

Just 10 minutes of exercise a day could help your brain to better organize your memories.

Over time, connections between parts of the brain weaken, making it harder to distinguish between similar events in your mind.

When you've lost your keys, for example, it can become increasingly difficult to decipher whether it was this morning or last week that you left them in your pocket.

However, new research from the University of California, Irvine and Japan's University of Tsukaba found that even light exercises like tai chi or yoga can have a transformative impact on the part of the brain responsible for storing and organizing memories. 


Slippers and rubber clogs may feel comfy but they can be really bad for your feet

What may feel comfortable may not actually be good for your feet. Which makes the usual excuses you hear like "I don't care about looking stylish – I care about being comfortable" sound pretty silly now, doesn't it?

Flip-flops cling loosely to the feet between the first and second toes, and this design has multiple flaws, said Leow Yen Yong, a podiatrist at Tan Tock Seng Hospital. “They offer the feet close to no support, there is no fastening system to secure the foot in place, there is nothing securing the heel, and they offer the foot minimal protection,” he said.

If you have calluses, corns and deformities such as bunions or claw toes, they are indications that you have been, or still are, wearing ill-fitting shoes.

If you don’t have any issues or pain, chances are, you can continue wearing your slippers – just not all the time, please. But if you are experiencing issues, switch to something else as soon as possible, said Leow.