Monday, 22 April 2019

Warning: Police warn of new type of e-commerce scam involving mobile phone purchases

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A new type of e-commerce scam has emerged after more than two dozen reports were made by victims, the Singapore Police Force said on Friday (Apr 19).

“Since November 2018, the police have received more than 25 reports where victims were unknowingly saddled with loans while they were trying to purchase mobile phones on e-commerce platforms,” police said in a news release.

The authorities said that in several instances, victims were duped into giving their personal information such as their NRIC, SingPass or bank account details, on the pretext of filing an instalment plan package for the purchase of mobile phones.

“The victims subsequently discovered that a sum of money had been deposited into their bank account, and the perpetrators then demanded the victims to pay back the loan amount with interest,” police said.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/police-warn-of-new-type-of-e-commerce-scam-involving-mobile-11461404

Hyacinths could lead to a cure for blindness


They are a gardener's favourite flower - but hyacinths could offer much more than just adding a dash of colour to your garden.

Scientists now believe compounds abundant in the fragrant flower could tackle several causes of blindness.

Tests have found homoisoflavonoids can halt the growth of abnormal blood vessels in the eye.

The unexpected growth of blood vessel cells in the eyes is linked to blindness caused by both diabetes and old age.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6903127/Hyacinths-lead-cure-blindness-scientists-say.html

Drug used to treat high blood pressure could relieve Parkinson's, Huntington's and Alzheimer's


A drug that is used to treat high blood pressure may relieve Parkinson's, Huntington's and Alzheimer's, research suggests.

A study found felodipine reduced the toxic build-up of proteins in the brains of mice and zebrafish with neurodegenerative diseases.

Felodipine triggered the animals' 'defective cells' to undergo autophagy, when cells 'eat' themselves like 'Pac-Man', with the leftover waste being broken down.

Autophagy occurs naturally in healthy people but is impaired in those with diseases such as Alzheimer's.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-6935481/Drug-used-treat-high-blood-pressure-relieve-Parkinsons-Huntingtons-Alzheimers.html