Friday, 13 September 2019

Exceptional people: Yip Pin Xiu winning gold at World Para Swimming Championships

Singapore para swimmer Yip Pin Xiu Yip (centre) with her gold medal at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in London, with silver medallist Aly van Wyck-Smart of Canada (left) and bronze medallist Angela Procida of Italy. Source:

Singapore national para swimmer Yip Pin Xiu became a world champion for the second time in her career, after she clinched the gold medal in the women’s 100m backstroke (S2) race at the 2019 World Para Swimming Championships in London on Wednesday (11 September).

The 27-year-old – who is the world record-holder in the event – clocked 2min 18.61sec to win her race by more than 20 seconds over silver medallist Aly van Wyck-Smart of Canada, who clocked 2:39.27. Italy’s Angela Procida won the bronze medal in 2:42.71.

“I’ve been swimming for 15 years now, but victory is special to me and recognition for all the hard training I do. The journey is important to me and I’m happy to be at this point now.”


How intermittent fasting can help lower inflammation

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Intermittent fasting and related diets are having a moment. And there might be some good reasons to extend their 15 minutes of fame.

A new study has concluded that intermittent fasting reduces inflammation, a condition that can lead to various diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and inflammatory bowel syndrome.

That reduction, the study found, was due to a reduction in cells that cause inflammation — called “monocytes” — in the blood.

You may want to read Alternate-day fasting has health benefits for healthy people

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The secret to back pain is in your feet!

Back pain affects millions of people worldwide and can be caused by a sedentary lifestyle, injuries, stress, and more.  Its intensity can range from mild to severe. health, exercise, science, health, exercise, science, health, exercise, science, health, exercise, science,

Yet, only a few people are aware of the fact that our feet can also contribute to back pain, as they play a major role in our movement, and are vital for our body posture.


You may want to read 9 Easy And Most Effective Stretches to Release Lower Back and Hip Pain

Sleep doctor proves that a 20-minute nap increases reaction times by a third

Most of us would love to have a short nap in the afternoon - but its not likely to happen, especially when we are at work.

However a British sleep doctor, Dr Neil Stanley, on tonight's Inside the Factory, proved that a 20 minute power nap is beneficial for us.

The doctor met Cherry Healey and performed a reaction based experiment, before and after a 20-minute power nap on volunteers - and proved that the nap can improve our reaction time by up to a third.

However, he also claimed that if we nap for any longer we will go into a deep sleep and start to feel groggy.