Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Flowers, orchids at Jurong Lake Gardens (exhibition already ended)

The orchids are found at the Oval

orchids exhibition

Horticulture competition

Horticulture competition

orchids exhibition

Big insects

You may want to view more pictures of Jurong Lake Gardens

Men twice as likely to commit suicide

The latest statistics show the number of male suicides in Singapore is double that of women, which mental health experts find unsurprising.

They cited various reasons, including men being more unwilling to express vulnerabilities and facing pressures from gender identity.

Suicide prevention service Samaritans of Singapore (SOS) said 239 men committed suicide in 2017, compared with 122 women. The majority of the men were 60 years old or older.

SOS senior assistant director Wong Lai Chun told The New Paper that men tend to hide their struggles, making it difficult for friends and loved ones to provide support.

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/men-twice-likely-commit-suicide

Does natural immunity from infection protect better than vaccination?

Immunisation saves millions of lives every year and is widely recognised as one of the most successful and cost-effective health interventions.

Yet, there are many who still believe that natural immunity provides better protection for ourselves, which is not true.

There are still nearly 20 million unvaccinated and under-vaccinated children in the world today, according to the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Recent outbreaks of the oldest vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, pertussis, diphtheria and polio in developed and developing countries are calling for global vigilance on immunisation programmes.

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/does-natural-immunity-infection-protect-better-vaccination

What 'no added sugar' actually means

Source: thenewpaper 29 April, 2019

Make your morning coffee healthier

Monday, 29 April 2019

Women snore too - and just as loudly

It is long been assumed that snoring is a man's problem. But a new study finds that women snore too and often do not own up to it. And even when they do admit to snoring, they insist, incorrectly, that theirs is not as loud as men's.

Researchers studying nearly 2,000 patients who came into a lab for sleep studies found that nearly 40% of women who declared themselves to be non-snorers turned out to have severe or very severe snoring intensity, according to the study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.

Snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea, which increases a person's risk for serious conditions including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/health/women-snore-men-sleep-apnea-loud-11483410

Tropical forest the size of England destroyed in 2018

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Last year, humanity destroyed an expanse of tropical forest nearly the size of England, the third largest decline since global satellite data became available in 2001, researchers reported yesterday.

The pace of the loss is staggering - the equivalent of 30 football fields disappearing every minute of every day, or 12 million hectares a year.

"For the first time, we can distinguish tree cover loss within undisturbed natural rainforests, which contain trees that can be hundreds, even thousands, of years old," said team manager Mikaela Weisse.

Despite a slew of counter-measures at both the national and international level, deforestation has continued largely unabated since the beginning of the century.

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/news/world/tropical-forest-size-england-destroyed-2018-report

'Plogging' craze goes global as fitness fanatics take out the trash

The Swedish phenomenon of "plogging", where joggers combine their run with picking up the trash they find in nature, is going global as both environment and fitness fanatics benefit from the new trend.

Started in 2016 by Swede Erik Ahlstrom in the town of Are, which hosted the recent Alpine skiing world championships, the craze is now spreading around the world.

"The world record is actually in Mexico City, four thousand people have been plogging in one day, but I think it's about 10 thousand people doing it regularly in India. In India, the biggest trend for running, it's plogging right now," Ahlstrom told Reuters at a recent plogging event in Stockholm.

In Swedish 'plocka' is pick, and then jog of course. It's a combination word, it's two words put together - pick and jog.

Ref: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/plogging-craze-goes-global-fitness-fanatics-trash-093227921--spt.html

Game of Thrones actor has been sexually assaulted repeatedly by ‘Game Of Thrones’ fans

Daniel Portman, who plays Podrick in Game Of Thrones, has opened up about being sexually assaulted by fans of the show on a repeated basis.

“I’ve been grabbed by so many… like the amount of like older, older women who are very…” at this point he then made a grabbing gesture.

“What can you do? You know? Obviously tell them not to do it. It hasn’t happened for a while. In this day and age you’d think that people would be able to separate reality from fiction.”

Said a fan Nashi:
This is one sick society when they could not differentiate between Reality and Fictional situation. If this had been a girl instead of a guy, imagined the outrage and the media frenzy over the scandalous acts of these fans. "Me Too" marches would explode over the TV screens...

Ref: https://sg.yahoo.com/style/podrick-actor-daniel-portman-repeatedly-sexually-assaulted-game-thrones-fans-191622979.html

My 2 cents:
This is one reason why male and female actors will not have the same pay yet.

In the music world, male and female artistes know who has the biggest fan base will earn the most money. That is why they strip, show their boobs, swear and use foul languages, etc. Even Dolly Parton makes jokes about her boobs occasionally.

In the movie world, the actors have a bigger fan base because they please their fans with their bare chest, nice body shape, naked bodies and they make jokes. I do not know who the actresses please. Definitely not the fans. There seems to be a line between the actresses and the fans.

Pain during sex? Incontinence or constipation? You might benefit from pelvic floor physiotherapy

"How did I not know this was a pelvic floor issue? Why didn't my doctor send me here sooner? Do you have other patients with problems like mine?"

As a physiotherapist, I hear these questions again and again, from people of all ages and genders, who are struggling with issues related to the urinary system, sexual function and the lower digestive tract.

From pain during sexual intercourse to urinary incontinence after surgery for prostate cancer, to anal incontinence after pregnancy, physiotherapy can help.

Examples of pelvic floor exercises. Source: Pinterest

In pelvic floor physiotherapy, patients learn exercises, and they may receive manual treatments, biofeedback and/or electrical stimulation. Biofeedback displays pelvic floor activity on a computer screen, making it easier to contract and relax muscles that are usually hidden from view. Electrical stimulation causes a pain-free muscle contraction, with the goal of improving the ability to contract and relax naturally.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6964801/Pain-sex-benefit-pelvic-floor-physiotherapy-study-finds.html

Saturday, 27 April 2019

Deliveroo riders to be trained in first aid by Singapore Red Cross

On April 11, Deliveroo, which has 6,000 riders here, sent the first batch of 20 riders for the course.

The two-hour essential first aid with cardiopulmonary resuscitation and automated external defibrillator session covered important aspects on emergencies involving bleeding, choking or unresponsiveness in adults.

Mr Siddharth Shanker, general manager of Deliveroo Singapore, said equipping the riders with such essential skills has the potential to make a huge difference in local communities.

He said: "They go above and beyond to deliver Singaporeans' favourite food, and we wanted to empower our riders with the necessary skills and confidence to step in and make a difference in the instance when members of the public need help the most."

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/deliveroo-riders-be-trained-first-aid-singapore-red-cross

2,700 students vaccinated against cervical cancer so far, more than 9 in 10 eligible opt in

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Some 2,700 female students from 25 secondary schools have received free vaccination against cervical cancer since the programme began this month.

Students from Pei Hwa Secondary School and Anglican High School were the latest to receive their Cervarix shots on Thursday (April 25), and the Health Promotion Board (HPB) is aiming to vaccinate 18,000 girls from 139 secondary schools by September.

The Cervarix vaccine protects against strains 16 and 18 of the human papilloma virus (HPV), which account for 70 per cent of cervical cancers.

HPV, which is mainly transmitted through sexual contact, is a common sexually transmitted infection and certain types can sometimes lead to cancer.

Ref: https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/2700-students-vaccinated-against-cervical-cancer-so-far-more-9-10-eligible-opt

Millions of children miss measles shots, creating outbreaks: UNICEF

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More than 20 million children a year missed out on measles vaccines across the world in the past eight years, laying a path of exposure to a virus that is now causing disease outbreaks globally, a United Nations report said on Thursday (Apr 25).

"The measles virus will always find unvaccinated children," said Henrietta Fore, executive director of the United Nations children's fund UNICEF, adding: "The ground for the global measles outbreaks we are witnessing today was laid years ago."

The UNICEF report said an estimated 169 million children missed out on the first dose of the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017 - equating to 21.1 million children a year on average.

As a result of greater vulnerability to the disease, the measles infections worldwide nearly quadrupled in the first quarter of 2019 against the same period in 2018 to 112,163 cases, according to World Health Organization data.

In 2017, some 110,000 people, most of them children, died from measles - up 22% from the year before, UNICEF said.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/health/millions-of-children-miss-measles-shots--creating-outbreaks--unicef-11476500

5 ways you could become a memory champion

1) Walk backwards
2) Do a drawing
3) Do some exercise, but get the timing right
4) Do nothing
5) Take a nap

Read for detail @ http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20190329-five-ways-you-could-become-a-memory-champion?ocid=global_future_rss

High number of penis amputations in Brazil


Brazil's far-right President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday (April 25) expressed horror over the 1,000 penis amputations that occur each year in the country including those due to a lack of basic hygiene, a figure he called "ridiculous and sad."

A spokeswoman for the Brazilian urology society said the figure is based on official data for penis amputations.

The society said the amputations were necessitated by untreatable infections along with cancers and complications from HIV.

Ref: https://www.todayonline.com/world/brazils-bolsonaro-shocked-high-number-penis-amputations

Friday, 26 April 2019

WHO recommends one-hour maximum screen time per day for under-5s

Young children should not spend more than an hour a day watching television and videos or playing computer games and infants less than one year old should not be exposed to electronic screens at all, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Wednesday (April 25).

The United Nations agency, issuing its first such guidelines, said under-fives should also be physically active and get adequate sleep to help develop good lifelong habits and prevent obesity and other diseases in later life.

"What we are cautioning on is over-use of those electronic screen times with young children," WHO expert Dr Fiona Bull told a news briefing.

In its guidelines to member states, the WHO said children between one and four years old should spend at least three hours in a variety of physical activities spread throughout the day.

Ref: https://www.todayonline.com/world/who-recommends-one-hour-maximum-screen-time-day-under-5s

Trying to lose weight? It could be as easy as swallowing a self-inflating pill

Losing weight could soon be as easy as swallowing a pill.

Researchers from the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and National University Health System (NUHS) have invented a pill designed to make one feel full, thus helping with weight management.

On Wednesday (Apr 24), they demonstrated a prototype of the EndoPil, a 3cm by 1cm capsule containing a balloon that can be self-inflated (by carbon dioxide gas) with a handheld magnet once it is in the stomach.

When used in regular treatment, researchers expect the balloon to remain in the body for about two weeks to a month. Thereafter, the balloon will deflate on its own and pass out of the body naturally.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/-inflatable-weight-loss-pill-singapore-11474538

Photo: 不想上班 snicker bar, stinky tofu (Taiwan)



Public domain photos by Philip Chang

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Human drugs are polluting the water - and animals are swimming in it

Salmon’s life cycle draws nutrients from forested areas to the ocean and then back upstream, onto floodplains, into woodlands, and higher still, to alpine lakes. En route, salmon bodies feed wolves, foxes, eagles, otters, flies, and others, including forests. Tree rings record years of abundant fish as well as thinner seasons.

Today, another kind of migration - a pernicious, microscopic one that folds together the private lives of humans with those of riverine creatures - risks disrupting this cycle, even as it offers (a meager silver lining) insight into fish mentality and animal migration.

Pharmaceuticals are emitted from our bodies, homes, and factories, entering waterways and accumulating in fish, bugs, mollusks, crustaceans, birds, and warm-blooded animals.

Traces of many drugs, among them antifungals, antimicrobials, and antibacterials, as well as ones for pain, fertility, mood, sleeplessness, and neurodegenerative diseases are found in the waterways.

Ref: https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2019/05/pharmaceutical-pollution/586006/

43 million US women have heart disease - more than HALF of them do not do exercise to offset the disease

More than half of all women with cardiovascular disease do not perform exercise and the number is growing, a new study says.

Researchers found 61% of the 43 million women with heart disease were not meeting the physical activity guidelines recommended by the American Heart Association (AHA).

Additionally, healthcare costs were about $4,000 more for women who were not exercising compared to those who were.

Around one-third of the US female population has heart disease, and doctors say exercising could help strengthen the heart muscle and manage blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6951625/43-million-women-heart-disease-HALF-not-exercise-offset-disease.html

Stubbed out: Japan university stops hiring smoking professors

A Japanese university has stopped hiring professors and teachers who light up, officials said on Tuesday (Apr 23), as the nation steps up an anti-smoking campaign ahead of the 2020 Olympics.

Nagasaki University spokesman Yusuke Takakura told AFP they have "stopped hiring any teaching staff who smoke", although applicants who promise to kick the habit before taking up their post could still be offered employment.

The university will also ban smoking entirely on campus from August, opening a clinic for those who cannot give up, said Takakura.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/stubbed-out--japan-university-stops-hiring-smoking-professors-11471242

My photos

Jewel Changi Airport

Jewel Changi Airport


Red flowers

Public domain photos by me

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Four reasons to walk the weight off

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Juggling work and personal commitments can be hard. Sometimes, it just feels impossible to keep to your exercise routine. But there is something you can do every day to help you lose or maintain your weight - walking. Here are four reasons to start walking more.

1. Fast-paced walking, when combined with a healthy diet, is effective for weight loss
2. Power walking is easier on the joints than running
3. Walking will improve your health
4. It is super easy to add walking to our daily routine

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/four-reasons-walk-weight

Company cuts off ties with NUS, students express 'deep concern' as fallout from peeping tom incident widens

On Sunday (April 21), OnHand Agrarian, an urban farm that has taken in NUS students for internships, said in a Facebook post that it has made "the monumentally stupid decision" to compromise its product and clients by "allowing a criminal" to continue to use its facilities.

Therefore, the company said that it will "suspend all dealings" with NUS until the perpetrator is expelled.

Meanwhile, the victim's mother has called the 12-month conditional warning issued by the police to the perpetrator as "completely ridiculous".

"What this means is, the police are giving him a slap on his hand and say don't do it again within 12 months," Mrs Mary Baey commented on Facebook.

"I was given to understand that this is not the first case, there have been many cases, some reported to NUS and some that went unreported," Mrs Baey said.

"How can we place our trust in NUS, a national and international institution? This trust is now broken."

Ref: https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/company-cuts-ties-nus-students-express-deep-concern-fallout-peeping-tom-incident-widens

Forum: Unfair to knock TCM because of one mistake

The letter by Dr Ong Siew Chey (What is TCM diagnosis based on?, April 18) was an unnecessary attack on the very core of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) treatment philosophy. One mistake by a TCM practitioner does not justify throwing the baby out with the bathwater.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

To leap from this complaint of the uncertain utility of TCM to the conviction that it must then be useless is, according to physicist Carlo Rovelli, the failure to grasp the utility of uncertainty, bringing about the "origin of much silliness in our society". Is science-based medicine the iron-clad practice that it is made out to be? Albert Einstein was humble enough to proffer that "if we knew what it was we were doing, it would not be called research".

While experts revel in their scientifically proven practices, people should acknowledge that they do not know everything.

Thus, to denigrate TCM just because it had its roots in primitive and herbal cures is to commit the fallacy of argumentum ad ignorantiam, or arguing from ignorance, that something is false simply because it has not been proven true.

Amos Wu Pom Hin

Ref: http://str.sg/orPH

You may want to read TCM gaining traction worldwide

Scary thing sugar does to your body

Source: the new paper, 22 April, 2019

NTUC FairPrice to slash prices of 50 housebrand products; extra discount for Merdeka Generation shoppers - updated with more freebies

Two new initiatives to help alleviate daily living costs for Singaporeans were announced by NTUC FairPrice on Monday (Mar 18).

1) The first initiative 

The supermarket chain hold the prices of 50 housebrand products from now until Jun 30, 2020. This offer will be extended to all customers.

FairPrice will also lower the prices for 50 other housebrand essentials by at least 20% cheaper than other comparable leading brands, the company said.

2) The second initiative

Starting from Jul 1, people from the Merdeka Generation will be offered a 3% discount on all FairPrice purchases when they shop on a Wednesday.

The Merdeka Generation is anyone born between 1950 and 1959. To qualify, shoppers would need to show their Merdeka Generation cards or a valid ID. This discount will be valid for a year.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ntuc-fairprice-slash-prices-housebrand-products-merdeka-discount-11355074

Gardens by the Bay

Pioneer and Merdeka generations will enjoy free admission to the Flower Dome on the second Tuesday of every month for a year. This free entrance starts from June 2019.