Wednesday, 3 July 2019

New charity fund to provide financial support for Singaporeans with rare diseases


Rare diseases are conditions that affect a very small number of people. They are often diagnosed during childhood and are mostly genetic in origin.

Many rare diseases do not have available treatments and patients often have shorter lifespans as a result, but for some rare diseases, effective treatments are available which can increase patients' life expectancies and improve their quality of life.

These medicines can cost up to hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, explained MOH, and patients often need to take them for their whole lives.

As such, Rare Disease Fund aims to encourage community donations to support Singaporeans with rare diseases who are treated in public healthcare institutions, but cannot afford treatment costs. For every S$1 the public donates, the Government will provide S$3 in matching contributions.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/charity-fund-health-rare-disease-treatment-cost-11682554

5 Reasons to Keep Exercising



  • You will be happier
  • You will think better
  • You will look better
  • You will get sick less often
  • You will save money

Ref: https://www.healthhub.sg/live-healthy/282/5_reasons_to_keep_exercising?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=display&utm_campaign=healthhub_content_promotion

Do you really burn more calories when exercising in a heatwave?


The answer, annoyingly, is 'possibly'.

Dr Preethi Daniel, Clinical Director at London Doctors Clinic, tells Cosmopolitan UK it is all to do with your basal metabolic rate. This is "the amount of energy we expend per unit time at rest, or a measure of how quickly you break down fuels (calories) to keep your cells running," she clarifies.

Doctor Preethi explains that the basal metabolic rate can vary with activity levels, but notes that in theory it is also movable depending on the weather and climate. "Warmer weather may cause a slight increase in the basal metabolic rate, helping you burn those calories a little bit faster, because the body is working extra hard to keep you cool," the doctor says.

However, there are no firm scientific studies to prove exactly how many more calories you would burn.

Ref: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/really-burn-more-calories-exercising-133400239.html

New Zealand bans single-use plastic bags


New Zealand officially banned single-use plastic shopping bags Monday (Jul 1), introducing hefty fines for businesses that continue to provide them. But the law allows reusable carriers to continue being provided.

Plastic pollution has become a growing global concern, with a million birds and more than 100,000 marine mammals injured or killed every year by becoming entangled in packaging or ingesting it through the food chain.

"New Zealanders are proud of our country's clean, green reputation and want to help ensure we live up to it," Environment Minister Eugenie Sage said.

"Ending the use of single-use plastic shopping bags helps do that."

Read more @
1) https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/new-zealand-bans-single-use-plastic-bags-11677256
2)  https://www.newscientist.com/article/2176417-new-zealand-becomes-the-latest-country-


Note: 
Bangladesh was the first country to ban plastic bags in 2002. China, Israel, South Africa, the Netherlands, Morocco, Kenya, Rwanda, Mauritania, Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu, Albania and Georgia have since implemented similar bans.