Tuesday, 9 April 2019

New research reveals why slapping on the sun cream could be bad for your heart

For many decades, the message on sun exposure has been unequivocal: cover up in the midday sun, wear high-protection factor sunscreen and avoid sunburn at all costs.

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But some experts warn against the use of SPF, coining it ‘the new margarine’ – a reference to the nationwide switch from butter to vegetable fats in the 1990s. It has since been revealed that trans-fats in many margarines are more harmful that saturated fat in butter.

So have public health campaigns on sun protection got it wrong?

But has our new-found obsession with protecting ourselves from UV damage come at a cost? The answer, according to mounting evidence, is a possible yes. Indeed, some studies show that people with high sun exposure live longer than sun-avoiders.

Read more @ https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6893899/Slapping-sun-cream-bad-heart-new-research-reveals.html

Exceptional people: Born without arms, para-cyclist leads 270km ride from Malacca to Singapore

He was born without full arms but has never seen his disability as a hurdle.

Mr Jagwinder Singh is a competitive cyclist and rides 50km to 80km a day.

Hailing from a small village called Pattran, near Patiala in Punjab, Mr Singh was 14 when he learnt to cycle.

"Everyone said it would be impossible to ride without my arms, but I did not want to give up," he said.

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/disabled-cyclist-leads-270km-ride-malacca-singapore

Big spike in dengue as cases hit 2,000 in first three months of 2019

The number of dengue cases has shot up to more than 2,000 in the first three months of this year, almost 3.5 times more than the 600 cases reported in the same period last year.

Minister for the Environment and Water Resources Masagos Zulkifli has also warned that the hotter weather due to climate change would increase the mosquito population.

Mr Masagos, who launched this year's national dengue prevention campaign at Kampung Admiralty Community Plaza yesterday, said: "In Singapore, dengue continues to be an ongoing threat.

The dengue prevention campaign, which was launched in mid-May in the past two years, was rolled out earlier this year to raise public awareness ahead of the peak dengue period from June to October.

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/big-spike-dengue-cases-hit-2000-first-3-months

A walk on the wild side: Singapore’s upcoming nature attractions

Singapore may be known as a thriving modern city, but it is also home to a diverse, rich ecosystem.

In January, the National Parks Board (NParks) announced a 10-year action plan to strengthen Singapore's rainforests and facilitate regeneration in secondary forests in buffer nature parks.

Read the article @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/upcoming-nature-attractions-parks-connectors-trails-singapore-11415202