Friday, 22 March 2019

AWARE extends hours for helpline

The Association of Women for Action and Research (Aware) has extended the operating hours of its Women's Helpline service from 3pm to 9.30pm to 10am to 6pm on weekdays, starting yesterday.

Singapore's first helpline for women in crisis, it provides emotional support, psycho-education, referrals for assistance and legal information.

Aware's Sexual Assault Care Centre (SACC) Helpline has also begun operating under new hours to reflect more efficient use of the centre's resources. It will now run from 10am to 10pm, Monday to Friday.

Those seeking support or information can contact the Women's Helpline on 1800-777-5555 and the SACC Helpline on 6779-0282.

They can WhatsApp 9781-4101, e-mail or go to

They can also visit the Aware headquarters at Block 5 Dover Crescent, #01-22, Singapore 130005.


Measles cases on the rise since start of the year

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The number of measles cases since the start of the year is more than three times that of the same period last year, but no deaths have been reported, said the Ministry of Health (MOH).

In the first 11 weeks of the year, there were 38 cases of measles, compared with 11 cases last year.

It is also the highest number recorded for the first 11-week period since 2015.

MOH assured the public that there is no evidence of further spread of the disease in the community.


Straws made of rice have debuted in Singapore

Source: channel news asia

Rice straws, which are edible, made of a combination of rice and tapioca, are fully biodegradable, decomposing within 90 days.

In cold drinks, the rice straws last between four and 10 hours, and two to three hours in hot drinks.

The straws, which are Halal-certified, are produced by Penang-based Nlytech Biotech Sdn Bhd.

Mr Law Yee Tee, CEO, added that the price of the rice straws “will be very much affordable compared to other types of eco-friendly straws”.


Short walk once-a-week can lower risk of dying from heart attack, stroke, cancer: Study

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A brisk stroll once or twice a week is enough to reduce the risk of dying from heart attack, stroke or cancer, according to a statistical study of nearly 90,000 people released Tuesday (Mar 19).

People who walked or gardened 10 minutes to an hour each week had an 18% lower risk of death from any cause compared to full-on couch potatoes, researchers reported in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.

Two-and-a-half to five hours weekly of such "moderate physical activity" - broken into segments of no less than 10 minutes - resulted in a 31% reduction in risk, they found.

And those who clocked up at least 25 hours almost halved the risk.

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