Monday, 19 August 2019

Health Ministry, Singapore Food Agency investigating recent increase in typhoid cases

Authorities are investigating the cause of an outbreak of typhoid fever in recent weeks.

As of Aug 16, the Ministry of Health (MOH) was notified of 18 local cases of typhoid fever, developing symptoms between Jul 13 and Aug 4, MOH and the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) said.

Both said in a joint reply on Sunday (Aug 18) that all 18 cases were hospitalised, as diagnosis of typhoid is typically done in hospitals. They added that those affected are currently in stable condition with 14 people discharged.

Typhoid fever is a bacterial infection caused by Salmonella typhi, and is transmitted through the ingestion of food or water contaminated by faeces and urine of patients or carriers. A person with typhoid fever usually has prolonged fever which may be accompanied by other symptoms common to many diseases, such as headache, body aches, vomiting, diarrhoea or constipation.

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Warning: Lavender oil found in soaps, shampoo, and laundry detergent 'causes boys and girls as young as THREE to develop breasts'

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Lavender oil found in soaps, shampoo, diffusers and laundry detergent may cause young boys and girls to develop breasts before puberty, according to a study.

Researchers studied four children - one as young as three - who had abnormal breast growth and found they often used lavender products.

One child had visited the doctor after a year of sitting near her teacher's desk where lavender oil was released by a diffuser all day.

All of their symptoms went away when they stopped being exposed to the oil, which is widely known for having a calming effect.


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Scientists discover massive new organ under our SKIN that causes us to feel pain

Scientists have discovered an organ in the skin that may cause people to experience pain.

Up until now, experts believed nerve fibres in the skin were responsible for picking up on uncomfortable stimuli, like pricks and blows.

But a team at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have discovered a mesh-like organ within the skin that consists of glial cells. It has been dubbed the nociceptive glio-neural complex.

When this network of cells were blocked in mice, it reduced their sensation of pain, the researchers claim. They hope their study will help experts 'understand chronic pain', which could lead to new treatments for the millions of sufferers.