Tuesday, 18 June 2019

NTUC FairPrice to offer Merdeka Generation discount from July


Merdeka Generation seniors will get a 3% discount on their groceries at more than 140 NTUC FairPrice stores every Wednesday from Jul 1, the supermarket chain said on Monday (Jun 17).

The promotion, which will last for a year, will also be extended to those from the Pioneer Generation, who already enjoy a 3% discount on Mondays.

To enjoy the discount, shoppers need to present their Merdeka or Pioneer Generation card at the cashier, or select the discount option at self-checkout counters. The discount is subject to a S$200 cap per transaction per day.

With this, FairPrice now has offers for seniors on three days of the week - a 3% Pioneer Generation discount on Mondays, a 2% seniors' discount on Tuesdays and a 3% Pioneer and Merdeka Generation discount on Wednesdays.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/ntuc-fairprice-merdeka-generation-discount-pioneer-11633604

Acne drug could prevent deadly heart attacks and strokes

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An acne drug could protect against heart attacks and stroke by preventing arteries from hardening, scientists say.

Atherosclerosis occurs when calcium deposits build-up in the vessels, causing them to stiffen and restricting blood flow to vital organs.

But experts found molecules in the antibiotic minocycline can block the pathway that causes calcium to build-up in the arteries.

The drug, often prescribed to treat acne, was 'highly effective' at preventing plaque from forming in rats considered at risk of the condition.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7128321/Acne-drug-prevent-deadly-heart-attacks-strokes.html

Feeling blue? Check your hormone levels guys


You could be suffering from androgen deficiency, or low testosterone, also also known as andropause, or the male counterpart of menopause.

Symptoms include mood fluctuations, poor concentration, low energy or lethargy, low stamina, decreased libido, difficulty getting and keeping erections, hot flushes, sweats and even osteoporosis (the thinning of bones).

Said Dr Ng: "The more common symptoms are low libido, low energy, erection issues and mood changes.

"These are problems many men find difficulty talking to anyone about. Thus they tend to suffer in silence."

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/lifestyle/health/feeling-blue-check-your-hormone-levels

Two espressos a day cured boy, 11, who could barely walk due to Parkinson's-like shakes


Two cups of espresso a day cured an 11-year-old boy who could barely walk due to Parkinson's-like shakes.

In a new case report, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, the junior schooler was diagnosed with a disorder known as ADCY5-related dyskinesia, which caused him to involuntarily tremor and shake.

Researchers at Hôpitaux de Paris, a university hospital in France, decided to prescribe him caffeine to relax his muscles and activate the receptors of an enzyme that plays a role in muscle contraction.

One cup of espresso stopped his tremors for up to seven hours, while two cups kept the twitches at bay for almost an entire day.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7125689/Two-espressos-day-cured-boy-11-barely-walk-Parkinsons-like-shakes.html