Tuesday, 6 November 2018

Paralysis breakthrough as three paraplegics WALK again after being fitted with an electronic implant

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Three paraplegics have walked for the first time in years after being fitted with a revolutionary new device.

Electrically stimulating the patients' spinal cords helped them regain control of their legs after just one week.

Swiss researchers found surgically placing electrodes in the paralysed participants' backbones activated signals that told their brains to walk.

These signals are thought to have triggered the growth of new nerve connections in the spinal cord of the patients. Therefore, even after the electrodes were turned off, the patients were still able to walk up to a kilometre without tiring.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6338643/Paralysis-breakthrough-three-paraplegics-WALK-fitted-electronic-implant.html

Want to live longer? Lift weights

If you want to up your odds of living a longer, healthier life, you might want to consider lifting weights.

People who have strong muscles are more likely to reach an older age than weaker peers, according to new research from the University of Michigan.

The researchers say that it is never too late to take up muscle-building workouts - and may even be most important for older people to work on strength training than it is for younger ones.

But don't worry about bulking up: the study authors found that it's muscle strength, not mass, that makes a difference for longevity.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6103591/People-weaker-muscles-50-percent-likely-die-early-study-suggests.html

Nearly 600 patients with chronic conditions benefit from Yishun Polyclinic pilot scheme

New Yishun polyclinic

A chronic care plan, which was first launched in April last year, allows patients who suffer from conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol to sign up for a year-long personalised programme.

The plan covers a full suite of healthcare services, including consultations, screenings, as well as medication, and costs between S$100 and S$500, which the patients pay up front but they are able to use their Medisave for up to 85% for the healthcare services.

When patients meet goals such as their target blood sugar, blood pressure or cholesterol levels, they can get rebates of between S$5 and S$20 to offset the cost of the following year's plan.

It also helps cut down the time needed to make payment after a visit to the polyclinic, the National Healthcare Group Polyclinics.

1) https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/health/nearly-600-patients-with-chronic-conditions-benefit-from-yishun-10894636
2) http://str.sg/o7AD

My photo - MRT train

rain water makes everything seems so sparkling

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