Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Tackling that itch: Demand for help with skin issues on the rise in Singapore

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The incidence of eczema in Singapore is one of the highest in the world.

Dr Lynn Chiam, a dermatologist at Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital, attributed the increase in demand to a combination of factors. This includes a greater awareness of skin problems and treatments available. In addition, the use of many different skin products at the same time can create problems.

Travelling overseas frequently exposes an individual to different climates and conditions which can also trigger skin problems, Dr Chiam said.

Severe eczema and psoriasis often result in reduced self-esteem, sleep disturbance, loss of concentration at school or work, social withdrawal, depression, increased leave from school or work,” he said, adding that caregivers may be faced with fatigue looking after the needs of sufferers as well.

Dr Chiam said that research has shown that skin diseases can impact a person’s quality of life more significantly than other medical conditions, as it is visible to other people.

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First care centre for children with special needs to open in 2019

Caregivers of children with special needs will receive more help with a new before-and-after school care centre within MINDS Woodlands Gardens School.

The Special Students Care Centre, which will open by January next year, is a first among MINDS' special education schools.

This was announced at the school's 50th-anniversary celebrations on Friday (Oct 12).

The centre will help caregivers - usually working parents and housewives - take care of their charges. Teachers will coach the students with homework, while taking them through their daily tasks.

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Two new nursing homes to open in Bukit Batok, Bukit Panjang by 2020

Bukit Batok nursing home. Image by channelnewsasia

Senja nursing home. Image by channelnewsasia

Two new nursing homes, with a total capacity of 570 beds, will open in Bukit Batok and Bukit Panjang by the end of 2020.

The homes, operated by Vanguard Health, will include facilities to cater to patients with dementia, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) in a press release on Tuesday (Oct 16).

Both homes will also be co-located with senior care centres within the Housing Development Board (HDB) estates.

This "provides a continuum of options for our seniors, ranging from day care to residential care in the same precinct", said the ministry.

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Burger King Singapore to stop providing plastic lids and straws for drinks

Burger King announced that it will no longer provide dine-in customers plastic straws and lids for their cold drinks at its 42 outlets in Singapore.

The initiative began on Monday (Oct 15).

Replying to Channel NewsAsia's queries, Burger King said that customers can however still request for the plastic lids and straws at the counter.

"We understand that some guests with children will still require straws, so we are happy to accede to their request," said a spokesperson, adding that the lids and straws will still be provided for takeaways and deliveries.

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