Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Exceptional people: Passers-by receive awards for helping to nab snatch thief, upskirter

11 people received the Public Spiritedness Award from the police yesterday, for rendering assistance in five separate cases.

(From left) Mr Kunwar Sidhant Singh, Ms Rifaransi Hodjatzadeh and Mr Grant Smith McLeod. Source: the new paper


Do not ignore the signs — stomach, colon cancer can hit the young


Although many early cancers do not have symptoms, there are warning signs you should look out for.

For colorectal cancer:
  • Blood in stool
  • Change in bowel habits
  • Abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Anaemia (low red blood cell count)
  • Presence of a lump in the abdomen

For gastric cancer:
  • Upper abdominal pain or discomfort
  • Persistent indigestion
  • Heartburn after meal
  • Weight loss
  • Loss of appetite
  • Black stools
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anemia due to blood loss from tumour

Source: Singapore Cancer Society


How the world's tiniest implant which you cannot see with the naked eye can stop you going blind

Little bigger than a grain of sand, this is officially the world’s smallest medical implant. Yet the tiny device is set to transform treatment for tens of thousands in the UK who are at risk of blindness due to glaucoma.

The £900 i-Stent – a hollow metal tube about ten times smaller than a grain of rice – is so minuscule it can only be implanted in the eye using a high-powered microscope.

Once in place, it drains off harmful fluid that accumulates in the eyeball and which puts pressure on the optic nerve, potentially causing irreversible vision loss.


Women freezing their eggs to raise their chances of conceiving

Egg freezing, or oocyte cryopreservation, provides women the possibility of preserving younger and possibly healthier eggs until they are ready to start a family.

The process first involves stimulating the ovaries with hormones to produce multiple eggs, which is similar to the initial stage of IVF.

A woman is born with a finite number of eggs which continuously depletes throughout her lifetime, said Dr Lim Lei Jun from Sunfert International Fertility Centre in Kuala Lumpur.

“Women are most fertile in their twenties and early thirties. After the age of 30, egg quantity and quality starts to decline,” said Dr Lim.

The rate of decline is steepest after 37 or 38 years old.

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