Sunday, 2 June 2019

Exceptional people: Constance Lien wins jiu-jitsu world title

Singapore's jiu-jitsu exponent Constance Lien stands on the podium upon winning the blue-belt adult featherweight world title at the World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Long Beach, California. Source: yahoo news

Constance Lien, Singapore’s first Asian Games medallist in the sport of jiu-jitsu, has added a World Championship title to her name.

She emerged triumphant in the blue-belt adult featherweight division at the 2019 World IBJJF Jiu-Jitsu Championships in Long Beach, California, on Thursday (30 May).

The 19-year-old, who was named Sportsgirl of the Year at the Singapore Sports Awards earlier this month, beat Jaine da Silva Fragoso 8-3 in the final to clinch the title. Astrid Scholin and Jasmine Wilson were tied for third place.


63-year-old man dies from dengue in 4th death this year

A 63-year-old man has become the fourth person to die from dengue this year, the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) said on Friday (May 31). The man died on Wednesday.

“The patient’s residence at Hougang Ave 1 is not an active dengue cluster. Nonetheless, vector control operations to kill adult mosquitoes and destroy any potential breeding habitats are ongoing,” MOH said.

Other deaths due to dengue in 2019:
  1. In March, a 71-year-old woman who lived in Ang Mo Kio Avenue 4 died from dengue.
  2. A 74-year-old man, who stayed in Bedok Reservoir Road, died on Feb 3, 
  3. A 77-year-old man, who stayed at Hougang Avenue 3, died on Feb 7.

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Childhood adversity tied to sleep problems decades later

Children who suffer adverse experiences like abuse and neglect may be more likely to have sleep problems in adulthood, a U.S. study suggests.

Adverse childhood experiences, commonly called ACEs, can include witnessing parents fight or go through a divorce, having a parent with a mental illness or substance abuse problem, or suffering from sexual, physical or emotional abuse. ACEs have been linked to what's known as toxic stress, or wear and tear on the body that leads to physical and mental health problems that often continue from one generation to the next.

For the current study, published in the journal Sleep, researchers surveyed 22,403 adults who were 47 years old on average about any adversity they experienced during childhood. Overall, 42% of the participants did not report any ACEs, while another 23% experienced one type of ACE and the rest were exposed to at least two ACEs.

About 61% of the adults got an optimal amount of sleep - 7 to 9 hours a night - and roughly one-third of them got too little sleep - less than 6 hours nightly.

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