Saturday, 6 April 2019

Fascinating picture shows anti-ageing drugs really DO work

A fascinating picture of two very different mice shows anti-ageing drugs really do work.

Scientists gave the youth-enhancing medication to mice, with some of the rodents being left with glossy fur and bright eyes.

This is a stark contrast from the frail, tired-looking mice who did not receive the drugs - and could easily be confused as being twice as old as the treated animals.

Researchers found giving the rodents anti-ageing - or senolytic - drugs extended their lives by 36% - the equivalent of around 30 human years.


Forum: No practical solution to noise pollution, so we should adapt

There is little we can do to avoid noise if we want to coexist with one another (Noise a problem at parks, gyms, by Dr Quek Koh Choon, March 29).

Should the sale of motorcycles and sport cars be restricted because of noise? Should the Land Transport Authority ban commuters from talking loudly on their phones and to one another, or playing loud music on public transport? Should announcements be banned at MRT and bus stations because they are disruptive to commuters?

The list is endless if we were to be sensitive to noise.

Private and public gyms do not cater to just one person. If a person finds the music loud or that gym users are talking loudly, he should just move away or wear earplugs.

There is no solution to noise pollution other than stopping the activity that is causing it, but how is it possible to stop it without encroaching on people's personal rights?

People need to adjust and adapt because even though noise pollution can be annoying, its effects are minimal compared with other types of pollution which can be more harmful.

Cheng Choon Fei


My photo - flowers

A public domain photo by me

Exercise makes you happier than money

11Feb2019 - a good day for cycling

According to researchers at Yale and Oxford, physical activity could make you happier than being a millionaire.

In a study published in peer-reviewed general medical journal The Lancet, scientists collected data about the physical behavior and mental mood of over 1.2 million Americans.

The scientists found that while those who exercised regularly tended to feel bad for an average of 35 days a year, non-active participants felt bad for an additional 18 days on average.

Too much exercise, however, could have the opposite effect. The study found that physical activity only contributes to better mental well-being when it falls within a certain time frame.