Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Exceptional people: SingPost staff saved customers from falling prey to online scams

(From left) SingPost workers Lee Mei Chan, Nora Yasmin Zain and Tahir Saleh. Source: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Yesterday, Ms Yasmin and other SingPost workers, Ms Lee Mei Chan and Mr Tahir Saleh, were commended for preventing 10 victims from falling prey to scams on 10 different occasions last year.

Their interventions prevented victims from losing at least $5,500 and for that, the trio were presented a Community Partnership award at a ceremony at Jurong Police Division.

Six members of the public, including Mr Abdul Hamid Abdul Haziz, Madam Fatimah Hayon, Mr Leow Boon Swee and Ms Winnie Tan, were also commended with Public Spiritedness awards at the ceremony for stopping a shoe thief.

Ref: https://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/singpost-staff-saved-customers-falling-prey-online-scams

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Common blood pressure pill could slow down Alzheimer's disease 'by boosting circulation to the brain's memory and learning centre by 20%'


A high blood pressure drug that costs just pennies could slow down and even reverse Alzheimer's disease, research suggests.

A study found patients who took the hypertension medication nilvadipine for six months had a 20% increase in blood flow through the parts of their brains that control memory.

Nilvadipine increases cerebral blood flow by blocking calcium from entering arteries and causing them to relax.

This may allow more oxygen to reach and nourish the areas of the brain that regulate memory and learning.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7149255/Blood-pressure-pill-slow-Alzheimers-boosting-circulation-brain.html

Dementia death toll has DOUBLED in a decade: Government figures reveal one in four over-75s now die with the memory-robbing disease


Dementia is contributing to the deaths of twice as many elderly people as it did a decade ago, data have revealed.

Figures from Public Health England (PHE) show the memory-robbing disorder was involved in one in four deaths among people aged 75 or over in England in 2017.

This is double the number of fatalities in 2007, when dementia killed just 12.8 per cent of pensioners.

Experts have called the condition, which causes the progressive death of brain tissue and is the UK's biggest killer, the 'health crisis of our time'.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7142303/Dementia-kills-TWICE-75s-did-decade-ago.html

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Young male cyclists are more prone to osteoporosis


Bone loss is a normal part of ageing for both sexes, but is most commonly diagnosed in women after the menopause. This is why it was believed that osteoporosis is less common in men. But new research suggests that more men could be affected than previously thought.

In a U.S. study, researchers analysed the bone mineral density levels of 173 healthy adults between 35 and 50.

The study’s author, Dr Martha Ann Bass, associate professor of health, exercise science and recreation management at the University of Mississippi, says their findings highlight the elevated risk of crumbling bones in younger men. ‘I think this is a more prevalent issue than anyone expected,’ she says.

Although the men in the study had good exercise habits, the majority reported cycling as their exercise of choice. Bone is living tissue and gets stronger with use — this depends on weight-bearing exercise such as running and walking: cycling is not weight bearing.

Ref: https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7151573/Why-men-Lycra-risk-bones-crumbling.html