Wednesday, 17 April 2019

Exceptional people: Three men hailed for helping cops, the public

Three men, from left, Mr Zakaria Rosli, Mr Afiq Roslee and Mr Satesh Kumar Raman were presented with the Public Spiritedness Award at the Bedok Police Division Headquarters for helping police and public.

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Exceptional people: PM Lee to receive World Statesman Award by US interfaith group

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will receive the 2019 World Statesman Award by US-based interfaith group Appeal of Conscience Foundation on Sep 23.

"Prime Minister Lee will be recognised for fostering a society that embraces multiculturalism in which ethnic communities maintain their unique way of life while at the same time living harmoniously," said Rabbi Schneier.

Mr Lee was also recognised for "supporting a knowledge-based economy and an education system that provides its citizens with the necessary skills and knowledge to survive in a globally competitive environment and for implementing a renowned world-class health infrastructure", he added.

The World Statesman Award honours leaders who support peace and freedom by promoting tolerance, human dignity and human rights.

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Global measles cases up 300% year-on-year: WHO

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Measles cases rose 300% worldwide through the first three months of 2019 compared to the same period last year, the World Health Organisation said on Monday (Apr 15), as concern grows over the impact of anti-vaccination stigma.

Measles, which is highly contagious, can be entirely prevented through a two-dose vaccine, but the World Health Organisation (WHO) has in recent months sounded the alarm over slipping vaccination rates.

"Preliminary global data shows that reported cases rose by 300% in the first three months of 2019, compared to the same period in 2018. This follows consecutive increases over the past two years," it said in a statement.

"While this data is provisional and not yet complete, it indicates a clear trend. Many countries are in the midst of sizeable measles outbreaks, with all regions of the world experiencing sustained rises in cases," it added.

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Men with beards 'dirtier than dogs'

Beards are a growing trend among British men, with 42% now sporting some form of facial hair.

Despite face fuzz proving more attractive to the opposite sex than clean-shaven looks, it would seem the popular look falls short in the hygiene stakes.

A new study has found beards carry a ‘significantly higher’ amount of bacteria compared to a dog’s fur.

When the results were compared, all of the beards were found to have a high microbial count – compared to only 23 out of 30 of the dog swabs. Morever, seven subjects’ beards harboured bacteria that was harmful to human health.


Over-the-counter lozenges for a sore throat may be fueling the rise of superbugs

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Over-the-counter (OTC) lozenges for a sore throat may be fueling the rise of superbugs, research suggests.

A study found antibiotics added to non-prescriptions remedies often fail to wipe out the bacteria causing a patient's symptoms.

Researchers worry this will strengthen bacteria and enable the species to evolve antibiotic resistance.


Sitting for long periods may sabotage the benefits of exercise

Sitting for most of the day could make us resistant to the usual metabolic benefits of exercise, according to a small but worrying new study.

The findings in the Journal of Applied Physiology, suggest that inactivity may alter our bodies in ways that are not just unhealthy on their own but also blunt the healthfulness of exercise.

In other words, if we sit too much, our workouts may lose some of their expected punch.