Monday, 21 January 2019

Dengue cases in first 2 weeks of January triple the number in the same period in 2018

There has been a steady rise in the number of dengue cases in recent weeks, with 455 cases reported in the first two weeks of January.

This is three times the number reported over the same two-week period in January 2018, said Senior Minister of State for the Environment and Water Resources Amy Khor on Saturday (Jan 19).

“We anticipate that higher temperatures and rainfall patterns brought by climate change may encourage mosquito breeding and worsen the spread of such mosquito-borne diseases,” she said in a Facebook post.

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Long-term exercise by older adults tied to lower risk of falls

Older adults who have exercised regularly for at least a year may be less likely to experience falls or related injuries than their less active peers, a research review suggests.

Researchers analyzed data from 40 clinical trials with a total of 21,868 adults who were 73 years old on average. All of the smaller trials randomly assigned some participants to do a variety of exercise programs for at least 48 weeks while others joined a comparison group that didn't exercise or, more often, an "active control" group that might exercise outside the context of the workouts being tested.

Participants assigned to the tested exercise programs for at least one year were 12 percent less likely to fall and 26 percent less likely to sustain injuries if they did fall than people who were not part of exercise interventions, the analysis found.

Exercise programs were also associated with a 16 percent lower risk of fractures.

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My photo - Preparing for Chinese New Year - peach blossoms

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