Wednesday, 30 October 2019

Pensioners are being 'poisoned' by strong medication because clinical trials use younger people


Pensioners are being poisoned by medication because the elderly are excluded from clinical trials, an NHS chief warned yesterday.

Sir Munir Pirmohamed said older patients are often unable to process strong pills yet can be prescribed between ten and 20 different types of medication at once. He said this led to the risk of adverse effects when drugs interact with each other.

‘Most drugs have been tested in younger people, and tested in people without multiple diseases,’ he told a House of Lords committee. ‘When we use a drug at a dose that is licensed, we’re often poisoning the elderly because of the doses we are using.

‘This is largely because as you get older your renal function declines and you also have drug interactions.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7628649/Pensioners-poisoned-strong-medication.html

Exceptional people: Air force engineer lauded for bright idea at Innovation Symposium


An idea by a Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF) engineer to replace just the lights on the F-15SG fighter jet instead of the whole wing tip component not only saved money and downtime for the plane but also made its way into the technical manual for F-15 operators all over the world.

According to the technical manual by Boeing, the aircraft's manufacturer, the entire wing position lighting assembly, which houses the lights that make the aircraft easier to spot, had to be changed.

But Military Expert 3 Ng Yong Yong, 47, realised that just the LED module could be replaced, instead of the entire assembly.

It was more than 99% cheaper to do it this way and the whole process took just three man-hours instead of two days.

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/air-force-engineer-lauded-bright-idea-innovation-symposium

Forum: Funeral industry needs fundamental reforms

It should concern the public that the funeral industry was flagged by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore for poor record-keeping practices (Taxman recovers $175m in GST, penalties from Jan-Sept, Oct 14).

The industry is not ready for Singapore's transition to a smart nation.

The Association of Funeral Directors should help members digitalise their operations and strengthen their internal controls.

Funeral service providers need to exercise more oversight and due diligence to comply with current regulations.

An industrywide code of conduct to raise the level of professionalism appears to be lacking, and practices vary greatly from company to company.

Some operators that claim to provide funeral-related services are merely name-card holders without full-time staff.

As such, the funeral industry needs to see some fundamental reforms.

The Government and the relevant stakeholders should review the industry's operations and identify consumers' key requirements.

The review should also examine the adequacy of current public-health-related laws.

A comprehensive piece of legislation will eliminate non-compliant companies and go a long way towards consolidating the funeral services market and raise its standards.

Chen Jiaxi

Ref: http://str.sg/JUud

#JokowiChallenge: Indonesian president’s unusual cross-legged sitting pose becomes internet’s latest obsession






Read more @ https://www.todayonline.com/jokowichallenge-indonesian-presidents-unusual-cross-legged-sitting-pose-becomes-internets-latest

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

Measles cases in Singapore hit 149 amid global increase

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The number of measles cases in Singapore has hit the highest level since an outbreak in 1997, figures from the Ministry of Health on Thursday (Oct 24) showed.

According to the latest weekly infectious diseases bulletin published on Thursday, there were 149 measles cases in Singapore as of Oct 19.

That is more than four times the number of cases for the whole of 2018, when there were 34.

The number of measles cases in Singapore hit 1,413 in 1997, before the Government introduced the two-dose MMR vaccination schedule in 1998. The number of cases fell to just 114 that year.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/measles-cases-singapore-highest-level-mmr-vaccine-12033560

Scam warning: SGH files police report over fake invoice scam


The Singapore General Hospital (SGH) said on Saturday (Oct 26) that it has filed a police report over a fake invoice scam.

The hospital also cautioned members of the public against falling for such falsified documents.

"A fake invoice bearing SGH logo was brought to our attention. It was used to borrow money. Please do not fall prey to such scams," SGH said in a post on Facebook.

SGH requested for the public to message them via Facebook should they encounter such a letter.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/sgh-fake-invoice-scam-police-report-12037526

Mother claims her nine-year-old son's eczema cleared overnight after giving him cocoa butter moisturiser





 A mother claims her nine-year-old son's painful eczema was cleared overnight by a cream she bought in Aldi.

Sarah Boyd, from Caerphilly in Wales, was devastated that 'nothing was working' to relieve Ben of his skin condition.

His eczema left him with cracked and bleeding feet, and he even found it painful to put his shoes on and walk.

But Ben's feet improved overnight after trying the Palmer's Cocoa Butter, which was on sale at the budget supermarket chain.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7609211/Boys-eczema-cleared-overnight-taking-2-60-cocoa-butter-moisturiser-Aldi.html

Forum: Unclaimed monies: CPF Board could be more proactive


More can be done to encourage people to nominate the beneficiaries of their Central Provident Fund (CPF) savings.

Perhaps retirees could be recruited to go door to door to speak to CPF members and explain the benefits of nominating beneficiaries and how to go about the process (Unclaimed CPF monies grow to over $200m, Oct 21).

The seniors can be paid for each visit as an incentive.

As the custodian of our savings, the CPF Board should do all it can to ensure that the money does not lie unclaimed when a CPF member dies. The board could be more proactive - that is the socially responsible thing to do.

Mayur Vora

Ref: http://str.sg/JUsM

Monday, 28 October 2019

People who feel younger are healthier than those who feel older, say experts

Not long ago, Stephanie Heller, a New Jersey realtor, was leaving her gym after a workout when she noticed a woman in the parking lot struggling to bend down. “I don’t know if she dropped something and had to pick it up, or if her shoe was untied,” Heller said, but she eagerly bounded over to help. The woman blamed old age for her incapacity, explaining that she was 70. But Heller was 71.

“This woman felt every bit her age,” she recalled. “I don’t let age stop me. I think it’s a mindset, really.”

Each of us has a chronological age, the number we commemorate on birthdays. But some 50-, 60- and 70-year-olds look and feel youthful, while others do not. Scientists can measure these differences by looking at age-related biomarkers – things like skin elasticity, blood pressure, lung capacity and grip strength. People with a healthy lifestyle and living conditions and a fortunate genetic inheritance tend to score “younger” on these assessments and are said to have a lower “biological age.”

Scientists are finding that people who feel younger than their chronological age are typically healthier and more psychologically resilient than those who feel older. They perform better on memory tasks and are at lower risk of cognitive decline. In a study published in 2018, a team of South Korean researchers scanned the brains of 68 healthy older adults and found that those who felt younger than their age had thicker brain matter and had endured less age-related deterioration. By contrast, people who feel older than their chronological age are more at risk for hospitalization, dementia and death.

Ref: https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/wellness/you-re-only-as-old-as-you-feel-12010858

How even a little exercise could help you avoid many types of cancer


In 2008, a large group of researchers convened to comb through the available science about exercise and cancer and decide if there was enough evidence to tell patients that they could and even should work out. In 2010, the group published its recommendations, which amounted to saying that exercise appeared to be safe for most people with cancer and they should try, in general, to be active.

Since then, however, there has been “exponential growth” in research related to exercise and cancer, says Kathryn Schmitz, a professor of public health and cancer control at Penn State University and the immediate past president of the American College of Sports Medicine.

So, last year, she and almost 40 other researchers from 17 international health groups gathered to determine whether there was sufficient evidence now to refine the recommendations about cancer and exercise. The group wound up gathering hundreds of studies involving animals and people that examined the impacts of exercise on dozens of aspects of cancer risk and cancer recovery.

And they concluded that there was more than enough evidence to start suggesting that exercise should be a part of standard treatment for most people with cancer. They also found that exercise should be considered a means to substantially drop the risk of developing cancer in the first place.

Ref: https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/wellness/exercise-advice-for-surviving-cancer-and-maybe-avoiding-it-12007292

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Hip fracture rates in Singapore falling

Hip fractures affect disproportionately more women than men as an abrupt oestrogen decline after menopause puts them at greater risk of osteoporosis, which increases the risk of hip fracture by two to three times compared with men.

Other strong risk factors for osteoporosis are older age and lower body mass index.

After looking at 50 variables, the study concluded that likely risk factors for osteoporosis in Singaporean women were: Short stature, older, thin and Chinese.

Osteoporotic hip fractures in women above 50 years are eight times more common than breast cancer in Singapore.

Read more @
1) https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/hip-fracture-rates-among-spore-chinese-women-fall-still-far-higher-malay-indian-women
2) https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/hip-fracture-rates-singapore-falling

Eye stroke

A man in China went blind in one eye after suffering an 'eye stroke' while using his smartphone in bed, according to reports.

The man, known only as Wang, is said to have temporarily lost his sight while playing games on the device with the lights off.

Doctors in Xi'an, Shaanxi province, diagnosed him with central retinal artery occlusion.

The condition, also known as an eye stroke, is caused by a blockage or narrowing of the arteries carrying oxygen to the retina. They affect one per cent of the population.

Severity of eye stroke:
  • The most common type of eye stroke is called central retinal artery occlusion. It can leave you with little useful vision.
  • You might be able to see a hand move, but not much more. Rarely, your vision might return on its own.
  • If you have the less serious blockage in the smaller arteries, your vision may go back to normal about 80% of the time.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7613781/Doctors-China-claim-smartphone-addicted-man-left-temporarily-blind-eye-stroke.html

Sunday, 27 October 2019

Saturday, 26 October 2019

Exceptional people that helped locals in times of trouble

1) One SBS worker saves a life, another reunites family

(Left) Mr Ang Eng Huat and Mr Abdul Azim Abdul Azizam

2) Manager stops housewife from falling victim to ‘Interpol mission’ scam

(From left) Ms Sally Tay, assistant service manager at DBS Bank; Ms Chiang Boon Cheng Kristie, 42, customer service manager from OCBC Bank; and Mr Ong Teck Cheong Alson, 31, a bank teller from OCBC

3) Commuters recognised for helping to catch upskirters

Ms Chiang Su Sia being handed the award by Assistant Commissioner of Police Evon Ng

The end of hair loss during chemo?


Scientists claim to have found a way to stop cancer patients from losing their hair during chemotherapy.

The destruction of healthy cells, as well as cancerous ones, causes common chemotherapy side effects, such as hair loss.

However, researchers at the University of Manchester found coating follicles with another type of cancer drug may prevent hair loss.

Laboratory tests showed CDK4/6 inhibitors made the follicles 'less susceptible' to chemotherapy drugs called taxanes.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7456511/The-end-hair-loss-chemo.html

Just one dose of 'hugely exciting' eczema jab 'improves the skin of patients within a month'


Millions of eczema patients may benefit from a new injection after scientists found a jab may treat the common condition.

Oxford University scientists found the pioneering therapy improved the skin of 12 patients – and the results lasted for a month.

Charities today said the results were 'hugely exciting' and claimed the medication, called etokimab, is part of the 'future of treatment'.

Researchers are now planning to trial the antibody treatment – which patients get intravenously – on 300 eczema sufferers.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7605453/Pioneering-eczema-jab-improves-skin-patients-month.html

Friday, 25 October 2019

1.4 million Singaporeans to receive Bicentennial Bonus benefits in November

A total of 1.4 million Singaporeans will receive their Bicentennial Bonus benefits in November, the finance ministry said on Thursday (Oct 24).

These benefits include a cash payment under the GST Voucher scheme, a Central Provident Fund (CPF) top-up and a Workfare bonus for lower-income workers.




1) Cash payment


2) CPF top-up


3) Workfare bonus

The 400,000 workers who qualify for the Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) will receive the Workfare Bicentennial Bonus at the end of October.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/bicentennial-bonus-november-singaporeans-gst-voucher-12030286

Study finds ex-footballers are 3.5 times more likely to die of dementia than general population

 

The FA and the PFA enlisted experts at the University of Glasgow to research incidence of degenerative neurocognitive disease in ex-professional footballers.

The study compared 7,676 men who played professional football in Scotland, of which 1,180 have since passed away, against a sample of 23,028 men from the general population.

 “On average, the former professional footballers in this study lived three and a quarter years longer and were less likely to die of many diseases such as heart disease or lung cancer,” the FA statement said regarding the study.

“However, they were more likely to die of dementia. The research found that the health records of 11% of the former footballers who had passed away stated that they had died from dementia, compared to around 3% for the socio-demographically matched sample.

Ref: https://www.eurosport.co.uk/football/study-finds-ex-footballers-are-3.5-times-more-likely-to-die-of-dementia-than-general-population_sto7507805/story.shtml

 

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What causes kidney stones?

Kidney stones are among the most painful medical conditions you can experience, experts and patients agree. Typically made of calcium, kidney stones are hard pellets formed by excess minerals and salts inside the kidney.

If they travel out of the kidney and into the ureter, they can block the flow of urine, causing the kidney to swell. This creates surges of acute pain in the mid-back, abdomen and sides. For men, it can cause severe pain at their penis.

There is no one factor that causes kidney stones in most patients, says Dr. James Simon, a nephrologist in the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute at Cleveland Clinic. "While there are some causes that can be pinpointed and treated in some patients, in the majority of people with kidney stones, we do not find a single cause," Simon says.

Factors for kidney stones:
  • inadequate fluid intake
  • high sodium consumption
  • too much oxalate
  • animal protein consumption
  • obesity and diabetes
  • family history
  • certain medications
  • calcium supplements

Symptoms:
  • severe pain in the groin and/or side
  • blood in urine
  • vomiting and nausea
  • white blood cells or pus in the urine
  • reduced amount of urine excreted
  • burning sensation during urination
  • persistent urge to urinate
  • fever and chills if there is an infection

Ref:
1) https://health.usnews.com/conditions/articles/what-causes-kidney-stones
2) https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/154193.php#causes


My 2 cents
There are cases where people cured their kidney stones by drinking very acidic soda water like pepsi or coke. These acidic drinks somehow melt the stones.  Aonther method is by eating more diuretic food. Diruetic food will help to excrete more water from your body, hence flushing out the stones.

Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Six PMD user deaths since 2017, spike in injuries


At least six people have died from using personal mobility devices (PMDs) since 2017, according to latest figures from Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH).

TTSH has collated the numbers since 2017, which show that head and neck injuries make up a majority of PMD-related injuries. They accounted for 41% of the 303 injuries reported, followed by external injuries such as abrasions and lacerations at 26% and facial injuries at 12%.

The first nine months of this year TTSH  have already seen 79 such patients, an almost 70% rise from the whole of 2017.

The vast majority of these patients were PMD users. The youngest was a two-year-old pillion rider who suffered a head injury. The oldest was a 90-year-old rider.

Ref:
1) https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/hospital-reports-six-pmd-user-deaths-2017-spike-injuries
2) https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/head-neck-injuries-pmd-accidents-tan-tock-seng-hospital-12021174

Why we need to use nature in the fight against climate change

Mangroves at Tampines park

In the fight against climate change, solutions found in nature will be part of the Republic's first line of defence.

While Singapore has big plans to invest in hard infrastructure to deal with the effects of rising sea levels, it also plans to employ “nature-based solutions”, Environment and Water Resources Minister Masagos Zulkifli said on Monday (Oct 21).

Speaking at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meeting, Mr Masagos noted that over 2 million trees, more than 350 parks and four nature reserves have been planted and built across Singapore. An additional 250,000 native trees and shrubs will be planted as part of the Forest Restoration Action Plan.

“To boost our natural defences such as mangroves, we take both hard and soft engineering approaches to mitigate coastal erosion and actively restore our mangrove areas,” he added.

Read more @ https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/explainer-why-we-need-use-nature-fight-against-climate-change

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Have you been ignoring a nagging pain? Here is why you should see a doctor


The World Health Organization estimates that about 22% of the world's population live with chronic pain, or pain that persists beyond three months. And with Singapore's ageing population, the number of patients is also steadily climbing.

At the Pain Management Centre at Singapore General Hospital, for instance, patient numbers have increased by about 10% every year.

“Pain also has a psychological component,” said Dr Mark Chong, consultant with the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at National University Hospital. “Pain can upset other systemic problems like blood pressure and blood sugar control. Inability to cope with pain may even lead to negative psychological consequences such as depression, anxiety and phobia.”

“Typically, you should seek medical help if the high-intensity pain lasts for more than two to three days,” said Chng Chye Tuan, Core Concepts’ senior principal physiotherapist. Get help immediately if the pain is acute and constant. Most soft tissue strains get better within a week and there should be an improvement in the pain intensity over time. “If the pain does not clear up by two weeks, see a doctor or physiotherapist,” he advised.

Ref: https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/wellness/singaporeans-long-term-pain-reasons-12000958

Monday, 21 October 2019

Overweight people develop fat in their LUNGS and it can make it harder for them to breathe, scientists discover

Overweight people develop fat in their lungs which can make it harder for them to breathe, scientists have discovered.

Respiratory problems such as asthma have long been linked to those with a high BMI but the reason for this has never been clear.

Past research has suggested that the lungs become compressed under the excess load being exerted upon them.

For the first time, a study by Australian researchers has found that fatty tissue clogs up the airway walls and restrict the supply of oxygen.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7583773/Overweight-people-develop-fat-LUNGS-make-harder-breathe.html

Migraines caused $1.04 billion loss in Singapore last year: Study

A migraine often progresses through several stages. Symptoms include constipation, irritability and visual disturbances, before the actual headache occurs. It lasts between four and 72 hours, mostly affects 30- to 40-year-olds, and is more common in adult women than men due to hormonal changes.

Migraine sufferers caused about $1.04 billion in economic losses in Singapore last year, a local study has found.

Productivity loss made up 80% of the cost, with the remaining 20% attributed to healthcare costs.

People who experienced these chronic headaches also missed an average of 9.8 work days a year, and for those who continued working, the symptoms greatly reduced their ability to perform tasks, amounting to productivity loss of 7.4 days each year.

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/migraines-caused-104-billion-loss-singapore-last-year-study

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My 2 cents:

One of the causes of migraine is not enough sleep. As more people are addicted to their smart devices, they are depriving themselves of sleep. If one does not sleep well, the head will be the first place to get problems. If the cause of migraine is not removed, medicine or tonic food can only help migraine sufferers to a certain degree.

Simple ways to be active every day

Remember, the more you move, the more calories you will burn. This can maximize your weight loss efforts and help you reach your goal sooner.
  • Pace the room during commercial breaks, between show episodes, or while talking on the phone.
  • Take the stairs rather than the elevator. Take 2 steps instead of 1 for better exercise.
  • Park your car in the back of parking lots.
  • Get a fitness tracker. Some trackers send alerts when you’ve been sedentary for too long. These alerts remind you to move.
  • Schedule walking meetings with your coworkers.
  • Fidget in your seat, such as tapping your hand, rocking your leg, or engaging your abdominal muscles as you sit. According to one studyTrusted Source, people with obesity who fidget might expend an additional 350 calories per day.
  • Get off the bus or subway a stop earlier, and walk the rest of the way to your destination.
  • Put on headphones while cooking or completing other household chores. This will encourage you to move or dance.
  • Walk the dog as a family.

You may want to read Exercises to do when sitting down

Ref: https://www.healthline.com/health/exercise-fitness/best-exercise-to-lose-weight#other-ideas

Nearly all public buses here now wheelchair-accessible

Singapore's public bus fleet of about 5,800 buses is now 99% wheelchair-accessible, said the Land Transport Authority (LTA).


Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/nearly-all-public-buses-here-now-wheelchair-accessible

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Saturday, 19 October 2019

Exceptional people: Singapore nun who counselled death row inmates on BBC list of inspiring women

Sister Gerard Fernandez

A Roman Catholic nun has become the first Singaporean to make the BBC's annual list of 100 influential and inspiring women around the world.

Sister Gerard Fernandez, 81, worked with the prisons here as a death row counsellor for more than 40 years until 2017. She "walked with" 18 inmates on death row, up until their executions.

The BBC's 100 Women list features girls and women aged 15 to 98 from more than 50 countries. This year's theme is The Female Future, which asks what the future would look like if it were driven by women.

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/singapore-nun-who-counselled-death-row-inmates-bbc-list-inspiring-women

Exceptional company: Courts donates $17,000 worth of digital appliances to children in need


Primary Five pupil Mohammad Rudy Faris Mohammad Hairul was excited to learn that he will now be able to complete his school projects using tablets and laptops, which he does not have at home.

The 11-year-old boy is one of 380 kids from low-income households under local charity Care Community Services Society (CCSS), which yesterday received $17,000 worth of digital appliances from Courts for its child beneficiaries to use and to promote digital literacy and e-learning in the classroom, as well as furniture for CCSS administrative offices.

Ahead of Deepavali, the local retailer of home electronics, IT and furniture products reached out to CCSS for the third Courts Charity Home, which connects the company's corporate social responsibility efforts with underprivileged communities during festive periods.

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/courts-donates-17000-worth-digital-appliances-children-need

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Morel chicken soup to boost your immunity


Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/hed-chef/morel-chicken-soup-boost-your-immunity

Malaysia foils attempt to smuggle drugs in durians

Drugs were found inside the husks of durians

Malaysian authorities said on Friday (Oct 18) they have foiled an attempt to smuggle 6.1kg of heroin hidden in a shipment of frozen durians.

The drugs, valued at RM953,529 (US$227,755), were discovered at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport in Subang on Monday during a raid on a cargo company.

“Several customs officers, in the presence of cargo agents as well as the cargo company’s representatives, conducted a check on 20 styrofoam boxes which were designated to be shipped to Hong Kong,” said the Royal Malaysian Customs Department’s Central Zone Assistant Director General Zulkarnain Mohamed Yusuf.

"Checks on the boxes found them to contain packed frozen durians with heroin wrapped with transparent plastic packaging inside," he added.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-foils-attempt-smuggle-heroin-frozen-durians-12013252

Friday, 18 October 2019

Forum: Pressure cooker society results in bad behaviour - with responses

1) Forum: Pressure cooker society results in bad behaviour

Mr Lim Ang-Yong rightly views Professor Tommy Koh's lament about the behaviour of Singaporeans as "the growing and expressed intolerance of a few of our retired elitists, who are often detached from the changing realities of everyday living complexities in crowded Singapore" (No need to put down those from Third World, ST Online, Oct 12).

In a pressure cooker society like Singapore, many Housing Board flat dwellers who commute by public transport and eat in hawker centres face annoyances of all sorts on a daily basis that encourage us to be selfish and rude.

Walking up to MRT stations or eating in hawker centres, we are interrupted by fund-raisers, promoters and distributors of fliers of all sorts, whom we have little choice but to rudely ignore. We cannot be expected to smile back, listen to their story and politely refuse.

We compete for breathing space along narrow MRT escalators, in crowded MRT trains and in supermarket aisles. We cannot relax on footpaths for fear of injury by a personal mobility device user. Any vacant seat, standing space or short queue is a luxury. We have to deal with noise and dust from upgrading works which are endless and omnipresent in Singapore. Back home, some have to contend with smells and noise from inconsiderate neighbours.

Our kiasu attitude is most evident in the bumper-to-bumper traffic at immigration checkpoints. There is little room for kindness to let another driver cut into your lane.

When we are uptight and agitated constantly, we build defence mechanisms to protect our sanity.

Before we become overly judgmental of Singaporeans, we should be gracious and understanding as to why many have descended to becoming selfish and uncaring.

Seto Hann Hoi (Dr)

Ref: http://str.sg/J3Ei


2) Forum: Learn from the Japanese

Dr Seto Hann Hoi, in his Forum letter, contends that the unrelenting pressures of urbanised and competitive living in a compact environment contributes to selfish and uncaring behaviour (Pressure cooker society results in bad behaviour, Oct 15).

If so, why is Japanese society - even in ultra-urbanised parts like Tokyo's Shinjuku Station - markedly disciplined and civil?

During one recession, I witnessed homeless salarymen staying overnight in the station's underground premises.

However, there was no trace of their presence, no litter, no rubbish whatsoever, the next morning when train services commenced.

Japanese discipline regarding civility, in terms of noise, public hygiene, service and green consciousness, is to be envied.

Excuses for incivility, such as competition, cramped co-existing, joblessness and so on are seen as dishonourable and cowardly in Japan.

Japan enjoys an exceptional ethos.

It may be unfair to compare our nascent civility to their centuries of evolution and refinement. But to become gracious and understanding, who better to emulate?

Anthony Lee Mui Yu

Ref: http://str.sg/JUkN


3) Forum: Pressure cooker life is one's own doing

The issues and problems people face daily in society could lead to them living in a pressure cooker society - I will agree with that but I do not think all these should be a reason for bad behaviour (Pressure cooker society results in bad behaviour, Oct 15).

The danger of accepting such reasons for our bad behaviour is that it will become a norm, which could lead to us destroying our own society and country.

With technology advancements and globalisation, it is inevitable that we live in a very fast-moving and competitive world. Everyone would try to get ahead of one another. If we choose to join the race in getting the latest gadgets, a bigger car or house, choose the most luxurious travel, eat at the best restaurant in town, we create pressure on ourselves unknowingly.

We choose the kind of lifestyle and make decisions for our own life, and no one should be blamed for the outcome.

Being tolerant and gracious towards others will set us apart from the rest of the world and could even be a competitive advantage. So let's not use our personal challenges to determine how we treat others, and together we can build a more gracious society.

Steven Lim

Ref: http://str.sg/JUkq

Thursday, 17 October 2019

NTU scientists develop a device that can identify hazardous gases immediately

Associate Professor Ling Xing Yi (left) from the Nanyang Technological University and PhD student Phan Quang Gia Chuong (right) holding their specially designed chip that can trap gas molecules. Source: todayonline

A new prototype device can now be used to immediately identify airborne hazards, allow real-time monitoring of air quality during haze outbreaks and assist in the detection of industrial gas leaks.

The device, which was developed by a team of scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU), can replace current laboratory methods of identifying gases in the air which takes between a few hours and days to obtain results.

“Emergency scenarios require a fast and ongoing analysis of potential air contamination, such as following a natural disaster, chemical spill or illegal dumping of toxic waste, so that emergency responders can take appropriate action,” the university said in a press release on Tuesday (Oct 15).

Read more @ https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/ntu-scientists-develop-device-can-identify-hazardous-gases-immediately

Forum: Motorists continue to impede emergency vehicles

I live in a mature Housing Board estate overlooking an open-air carpark.

Last Saturday at about 11am, I witnessed the selfishness of Singaporean motorists first-hand.

A Singapore Civil Defence Force Hope ambulance entered the carpark. I heard its siren wailing long before it reached my block.

In the carpark, cars were waiting for parking spaces next to double-yellow lines, and other vehicles were waiting for those in front of them to move. A few impatient drivers were trying to squeeze through whatever little space was available, creating further congestion. One driver was even reversing into a space right in front of the ambulance.

All these led to one thing - impeding the progress of the ambulance.

At one point, the ambulance driver had to exit his vehicle and order the motorists to move and give him room.

There are many old and sick residents in my estate, and I have heard of this same scenario playing out several times.

This also happens on the roads. One ambulance driver told me that this happens "all the time".

I have noticed this happening for fire engines as well.

Sirens are loud enough to be heard from far away, giving drivers enough time to filter and clear the lane.

But other selfish drivers may not allow others to filter in.

Clearly, the penalties are not tough enough to end this kind of behaviour.

In countries like Australia, clear-thinking, fast-acting and considerate drivers exercise gracious manners and civic-consciousness on their roads, which deserves applause.

Ambika Vidyadharan (Dr)

Ref: http://str.sg.J3KZ

Some benefits of regular ejaculation? Better sleep and enhanced immunity system


According to consultant urologist Professor Dr George Lee Eng Geap, the scientific basis of ejaculation benefits is associated with the elevation of certain feel-good neurotransmitters in the brain during orgasm.

“The feel good factor is believed to have the impact of stress reduction, some even associate frequent ejaculation with increase in motivation and productive attitude,” he said.

He added that the correlation of frequent ejaculation with improved sleep, enhanced immunity and fertility is well documented in the literature.

Citing the Harvard ejaculation scientific data, he said the study revealed that frequent ejaculation (21 times or more per month) is associated with a 31% reduction in prostate cancer risk when compared with men who ejaculated between four to seven times a month.

Read more @ https://www.todayonline.com/world/some-benefits-regular-ejaculation-better-sleep-and-enhanced-immunity-system


My 2 cents:
There are some sayings that sperms and eggs are essence of life. Therefore, one's life is reduced when one produces sperms or eggs. Hence women outlive men because after menopause, women do not produce egg anymore where else men still produce sperms late into their lives, hence shortening their lives.

Wednesday, 16 October 2019

High on ease, low on nutrition: Instant noodle diet harms Asian kids


A diet heavy on cheap, modern food like instant noodles that fills bellies but lacks key nutrients has left millions of children unhealthily thin or overweight in Southeast Asia, experts say.

The Philippines, Indonesia and Malaysia have booming economies and rising standards of living, yet many working parents do not have the time, money or awareness to steer clear of food hurting their kids.

In those three nations, an average of 40% of children aged five and below are malnourished, higher than the global average of one-in-three, according to a report out Tuesday from UNICEF, the UN children's agency.

"Parents believe that filling their children's stomach is the most important thing. They don't really think about an adequate intake of protein, calcium or fibre," Hasbullah Thabrany, a public health expert in Indonesia, told AFP.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/instant-noodle-diet-harms-asian-kids-nutrition-health-unicef-12001162

You may want to read 1 in 3 young children undernourished or overweight: UNICEF


My 2 cents:
When eating instant noodles, remember to add some vegetables, sprouts, egg or any food that is easy to cook that can provide additional nutrients. Do not add too much of the ingredients that came with the noodles as they are too salty. 

Air pollution is linked to miscarriages in China, study finds


Researchers in China have found a significant link between air pollution and the risk of miscarriage, according to a new scientific paper released Monday (Oct 14).

While air pollution is connected to a greater risk of respiratory diseases, strokes and heart attacks, the new findings could add more urgency to Beijing’s efforts to curb the problem, which has long plagued Chinese cities. Faced with a rapidly aging population, the government has been trying to increase the national birthrate, which dropped last year to the lowest level since 1949.

In a study published in the journal Nature Sustainability, scientists from five Chinese universities examined the rate of “missed abortions” in the first trimester, which can occur in up to 15% of pregnancies. Also known as silent or missed miscarriages, they happen when the fetus has died but there are no physical signs of miscarriage, leading the parents to mistakenly think the pregnancy is progressing normally. Finding out such miscarriages days or weeks later can be quite traumatic for expecting parents.

Read more @ https://www.todayonline.com/world/air-pollution-linked-miscarriages-china-study-finds

My photo - Sentosa Siloso beach


A public domain photo by me

Scientists reveal which genes come from your mom and which you get from your dad


If you have heard someone tell you something like, “You are a copy of your mother,” you should know that this is a false statement.

In fact, we (especially women) are more like our fathers, and not our mothers. Besides, there is a theory that a father’s lifestyle before the conception of the baby, including the food he eats and how he feels, are the basis of the future health of the baby. This article will tell you about the traits that are inherited from the father and which are from the mother.

Read the full article @ https://metrous.co/scientists-reveal-which-genes-come-from-your-mom-and-which-you-get-from-your-dad/

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

People who walk slowly at 45 have older brains, bodies


Walking slowly could be a sign to identify how quickly your brain and body are likely to age, suggests a study.

Slower walkers were shown to have "accelerated aging" on a 19-measure scale devised by researchers, and their lungs, teeth and immune systems tended to be in worse shape than the people who walked faster.

"The thing that's really striking is that this is in 45-year-old people, not the geriatric patients who are usually assessed with such measures," said lead researcher Line JH Rasmussen, a post-doctoral researcher in the Duke University's Department of Psychology and Neuroscience.

Equally striking, neurocognitive testing that these individuals took as children could predict who would become the slower walkers. At the age of three, their scores on IQ, understanding language, frustration tolerance, motor skills, and emotional control predicted their walking speed at age 45.

Ref: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/people-walk-slowly-45-older-brains-bodies-study-131905733.html

Exceptional people: Singapore beat Austria 8-5 to win FINA Water Polo Challengers Cup

Singapore national water polo team. Source: yahoo news

Hosts Singapore were crowned champions of the FINA Water Polo Challengers Cup on Sunday (13 October), after they defeated top-seeded Austria 8-5 in the final at the OCBC Aquatic Centre.

It was the first time the Republic have won the competition. They also made the final in 2009, when the competition was named the FINA World Development Trophy, but lost to Kuwait.

Goalkeeper Lee Kai Yang was named Player of the Game in the final, while Ang earned the the Most Valuable Player of the competition. Austria’s captain Salkan Samardzic won the Best Goalkeeper Award.

Indonesia, potentially Singapore’s closest challengers at the SEA Games, clinched third place when they beat Ireland 14-9 in the bronze-medal playoff.

Ref: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-beat-austria-85-to-win-fina-water-polo-challengers-cup-154124758.html?hl=1&noRedirect=1

My picture - Little India light-up

Deepavali lightup - peacock display

A public domain photo by me

Monday, 14 October 2019

Time management tips for people who are LATE ALL THE DAMN TIME



Being able to manage time is very important, academically, professionally, and socially. Constantly being late may give others the impression that you think your time is more important than theirs. Making other people wait for you before they can order at a restaurant or set off on a trip might be okay once or twice, but after that it begins to look disrespectful.

Here are seven ways to get your time-management skills up to scratch.
  • Keep a to-do-list
  • Get ahead of time
  • Avoid distractions
  • Prepare ahead of time
  • Plan your journey
  • Get a good night's rest
  • Set deadlines or time limits

Read more @ https://www.todayonline.com/world/7-time-management-tips-people-who-are-late-all-damn-time

Things you need to know if you are planning to work into your 70s

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If your retirement savings account is not quite as robust as it should be, the idea of working longer may seem like a useful remedy. So it is not surprising that when you ask people when they plan to retire, about one-third say they will work into their 70s or later.

There is just one problem: Odds are fairly high that life will throw a curveball your way — and you will end up needing to retire a lot earlier than you expected.

In a  2018 survey, almost half of retirees say they left the workforce earlier than planned because their own health worsened, a family member needed care, or they lost their job.

Here are four steps to consider:
1. Do your best to stay healthy
2. Keep up your network
3. Steel yourself for lower pay
4. Aim for financial independence

Ref: https://www.theladders.com/career-advice/4-things-you-need-to-know-if-youre-planning-to-work-into-your-70s

Signs you might have a magnesium deficiency


  • Your fingers and toes feel tingly or numb
  • You think you have the flu
  • You had a seizure, but do not have a seizure disorder
  • Your muscles are cramping all the time
  • You are not acting like yourself lately
  • Your heart is beating a faster than usual

Ref: https://www.womenshealthmag.com/uk/health/conditions/a29338199/magnesium-deficiency-symptoms/

Ways to Lower Blood Pressure and Heart Attack Risk by 60%


1) Dip into guacamole (avocado-based food)











Avocado contains large amount of potassium, which can also be found in food like coffee, tea, tomatoes, carrot, soy, milk, rice or wheat or oat bran.
(Ref: https://nutritiondata.self.com/foods-000122000000000000000-w.html)


2) Turn up the air conditioner to lower your blood pressure

3) Sip this earthy juice - beet root juice















4) Enjoy the outdoors
















5) Try magnesium













Magnesium relaxes arteries and increase blood flow. Food that contain magnesium include wheat or rice bran, soy, flaxseed,  parsley, peanut butter, etc
(Ref: https://nutritiondata.self.com/foods-000120000000000000000-w.html)

Ref: https://www.firstforwomen.com/posts/how-to-lower-heart-attack-risk-173062

Clean snacks you can eat non-stop without ever gaining weight

Here are four clean snacks you can eat non-stop without ever gaining weight, according to experts.

1) Fresh fruits













2) Popcorn (alone)












3) Nuts













4) Avocado hummus (avocado-based food)











Ref: https://www.shefinds.com/collections/clean-snacks-without-gaining-weight/#slide-4