Friday, 15 March 2019

Exceptional people: National fencer Amita is new world No 1 junior

Source: Today online

National fencer Amita Berthier has topped the world junior rankings in the women’s foil to become the first Singaporean to achieve the feat in the sport.

Her world No 1 junior ranking comes after her double gold-medal triumph in the individual and team event — also a first for a Singaporean team — at the Asian Junior Championships in the Jordanian capital of Amman last week.

This is the first time that any Singaporean fencer across all disciplines has reached the world No 1 ranking.


Seniors who eat more mushrooms may have lower risk of cognitive decline

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Seniors who eat more than two standard portions of mushrooms weekly may be half as likely to develop mild cognitive impairment (MCI), according to the findings of a study revealed on Tuesday (Mar 12).

The study, which was conducted on 600 Chinese seniors over the age of 60, defined a portion as three quarters of a cup of cooked mushrooms with an average weight of around 150g.

Two portions would be equivalent to about half a plate.

"While the portion sizes act as a guideline, it was shown that even one small portion of mushrooms a week may still be beneficial to reduce chances of MCI," according to a press release from the National University of Singapore (NUS).

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1 serving is about the size of your fist.

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Babies may get better hospital care when parents say thanks

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Critically ill infants may receive better care in the hospital when their parents take the time to thank doctors and nurses than when families do not express any gratitude, a small study suggests.

"Small expressions of gratitude originating from the patients or their families (but not from a medical authority) facilitate patient care and enhance patient safety," said lead study author Dr Arieh Riskin, director of the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Bnai Zion Medical Center in Haifa, Israel.

"While this is something that many long assumed to be true, the effects were never systematically demonstrated," Riskin said by email. "More importantly, the magnitude of the effect is substantially larger than we ever expected, explaining far more of the variance in team performance outcomes than many other patient safety interventions typically implemented."

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