Wednesday, 27 February 2019

2 health ‘candies’ found to contain erectile dysfunction drug that could lead to death

Two candy brands sold online have been found to contain “very high levels” of an undeclared potent erectile dysfunction medicine that if consumed, could lead to heart attacks, strokes, vision and hearing loss, or even death.

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) issued the advisory on Tuesday (Feb 26) after it found more than 30 times the usual prescribed dosage of tadalafil in the two products, Hickel and Solomon Island Soloco Traditional Candy.

Tadalafil is a potent prescription medicine used to treat male erectile dysfunction and the HSA warned that it should only be used under medical supervision.

For instance, if consumed together with heart medication such as nitrates, the drug could potentially cause life-threatening low blood pressure, which could lead to death.


Exceptional company: Grab - the 2nd most innovative company in the world for 2019

The top two most innovative companies in the world are from Asia, according to Fast Company, a US business magazine, in the latest sign that the West is waking up to the fact that a lot of innovation today is taking place beyond Silicon Valley.

China’s Meituan Dianping, which offers an app-based service that expedites the booking and delivery of services such as hotel stays, movie tickets and food, has taken Apple’s crown as the world’s most innovative company in Fast Company’s 2019 ranking of the world’s 50 most innovative companies. Apple fell to 17th spot.

Immediately behind Meituan Dianping’s No 1 position is Singapore-based Grab, a ride-hailing company that has expanded to offer its 130 million users not only food delivery and travel booking but also financial and other services. Grab operates in 225 cities across eight countries.

“They may not be well known in the US, but Meituan and Grab are changing the lives of hundreds of millions of consumers and millions of merchants with highly complex operations disguised as simple transactions – elegant tech to enable real-world experiences,” Fast Company wrote in an article published on Wednesday, explaining the rationale behind the ranking.


Pot-smokers may have healthier sperm

Men who smoked more than two joints in their lifetime had a significantly higher sperm concentration than those who had never smoked marijuana: on average, 62.7 million sperm per milliliter of semen versus 45.4 million/mL, Harvard researchers report in the journal Human Reproduction.

The pattern was similar when researchers looked at the men's sperm count. The count was higher, on average, in men who had ever smoked marijuana, with no significant differences between those who had only smoked weed in the past and those who were currently using it.

And they were also less likely to have poor sperm motility, which is the ability of sperm to swim toward an egg.

"These findings do not mean that using marijuana will increase sperm counts," lead author Feiby Nassan emphasized in an email. "These results should not be interpreted as a reason to smoke marijuana."

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My 2 cents:
Hopefully the results will spark interest in helping men with low semen count as this is a big problem in the world today. A study in  2018 showed that sperm counts in the U.S., Europe, Australia, and New Zealand have fallen by more than 50% over the past four decades.

More drug abusers arrested in 2018 as meth trafficking reaches 'alarming' levels: CNB

The number of drug abusers arrested rose last year, a significant proportion of whom were new abusers under 30, the Central Narcotics Bureau (CNB) said on Monday (Feb 25).

The number of drug abusers arrested last year rose 11% to 3,438 from the previous year.

Among these, 40%, or 1,366, were new abusers. And among the new abusers arrested, 64% were under 30 years old.

These numbers come amid “a challenging backdrop”, as the global and regional drug situations remain worrying, the CNB said in a statement.