Thursday, 6 June 2019

No more painful finger pricking for diabetics

Due to her type 2 diabetes, Jane had to give up sugary drinks and processed foods, and check her glucose levels daily, which involved pricking her fingers several times a day.

The process can be cumbersome as you have to carry around a blood glucose meter, strips, alcohol swabs, needles and a lancing device.

Dr Kevin Tan, the endocrinologist at Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre and President of Diabetes Singapore told The New Paper: "Pricking on sensitive finger tips is also painful. The traditional finger prick tests are quite burdensome for a person on the go or for children."

After a month of searching online for alternatives to lancets, Jane's family stumbled upon Abbott's FreeStyle Libre digital ecosystem of free mobile apps and a secure cloud-based data management system, all without pricking the finger. All is needed is a small wearable sensor on the back of the user's upper arm and a mobile phone to capture real-time glucose readings.


First female CPR dummy created to help save women’s lives

An advertising agency has created a first-of-its-kind attachment to turn a standard CPR dummy into a female version.

The product, called the ‘WoManikin’, was created in response to a recent study by Duke University, which found women suffering from a cardiac arrest in public are 27% less likely to receive CPR.

This is believed to be related to women’s breasts, which are not represented on a standard dummy model.

The problem is a multi-faceted one. Not only are people unused to practising CPR on dummies which resemble woman’s bodies, but there is also a question of societal attitudes in the wake of the #MeToo movement.


Exceptional people: Passers-by scramble to help woman trapped in car

Source: tnp

A group of six people scrambled to free a woman locked in her car after it mounted a kerb and crashed into tables and chairs at an Indian-Muslim eatery.

They borrowed a knife and other tools from the kitchen of ABC Bistro and tried to break the rear window of the car to get to the woman, who seemed to be having a seizure, said witnesses. Eventually, they did manage to smash the car window and get to the woman.

"Every day there are people smoking in that area. It was very lucky there was nobody smoking there when the accident happened," said Mr Khoo, who called the ambulance.

Mr Khoo was touched when he saw the passers-by help the woman. He said: "Accidents happen every day. It was heartwarming to see people trying to help. Singapore has many good Samaritans."


Forum: Parents need to stop comparing their kids

It is common for many parents to - out of good intentions to get their children to improve - compare them with other children.

The idea is to motivate the child to do better or strive harder through instigating competition.

But when parents compare their children with others, it may undermine the child's potential and ability, resulting in the child feeling more stressed.

Furthermore, the child loses confidence, causing him to lose motivation and his performance to deteriorate.

The child may also feel that he will never be able to live up to his parents' expectations or be as outstanding as others, and this may further impede academic and holistic growth.

Worse still, when parents compare a child to his own sibling, this breeds jealousy and could eventually lead to sibling rivalry.

Parents may want to consider identifying areas that need improvement and work together with the child to overcome this problem. This kind of learning will be much more effective in the development of the child.

Austin Sim Kairen, 15,
Secondary 4 student


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