Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Are you getting more forgetful? How to tell if it is a sign of early dementia

Have you ever walked into the kitchen to get something but forgot what it was you needed? What about the times you could not recall where you had placed your keys? Or you hare at the gym but you have forgotten to bring your workout gear – again. More detrimentally, were there occasions when your mind drew a blank when your boss asked for some crucial numbers at a meeting?

Are you developing dementia?

It is a particularly salient question, considering September is World Alzheimer's Month.

“The answer is no,” said Dr Ng Li-Ling, vice president of Alzheimer’s Disease Association (ADA) in Singapore. “Most people forget little things every day, like people’s names or where we’ve placed our keys. But this is a normal part of life.”

While it is common to forget the name of someone you have just met, someone with early signs of dementia may do so repeatedly and even forget about ever meeting the person.

Interestingly, the early signs seen in younger patients are different from the older ones, according to the Alzheimer's Society in the UK. Older patients tend to suffer from memory loss, but in younger sufferers, they may have problems with eyesight, planning and making decisions, and speech instead.

Ref: https://cnalifestyle.channelnewsasia.com/wellness/dementia-signs-symptoms-11867534

All childhood vaccinations to be subsidised at polyclinics and CHAS GPs by end of 2020

All polyclinics vaccinations under the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule (NCIS) will be subsidised for Singaporeans by the end of 2020, and the subsidies will be extended to general practitioner clinics under the Community Health Assist Scheme (CHAS).

This was announced by the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Wednesday (Aug 28), as part of efforts to make childhood preventive healthcare more affordable and accessible.

With the changes, vaccinations for pneumococcal disease and human papillomavirus (HPV) will be subsidised as well - at both polyclinics and CHAS GPs.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/childhood-vaccinations-subsidies-polyclinics-chas-gp-moh-11848774

Handful of nuts twice a week can cut chance of dying from heart disease by almost a fifth, study finds

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Eating a handful of nuts at least twice a week could cut the risk of dying from heart disease by almost a fifth as experts said they were a good source of unsaturated fat, containing polyphenols which help to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

More than 5,000 adults, aged 35 and over, with no history of heart disease, were quizzed about their diet in detail, every two years.

Over the 12 years that followed, there were 751 cardiovascular events, including 179 deaths.

The study found that those who consumed at least two portions of nuts a week had a 17% lower risk of death from heart disease, compared with those who only ate them once a fortnight.

Ref: https://sg.news.yahoo.com/handful-nuts-twice-week-cut-070000118.html

How processed foods make you fat

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In recent years, many nutrition experts have linked the obesity epidemic to the spread of ultra-processed foods that are engineered to have a long shelf life and irresistible combinations of salt, sugar, fat and other additives.

These foods tend to make people overeat because they are full of refined carbohydrates, added sugars and fat that appeal to the human palate, experts say. Most of these foods, however, tend to lack fiber, protein, vitamins and other important nutrients.

Now a small but rigorous new study provides strong evidence that not only do these foods tend to make people eat more, but they also may result in dramatic and relatively rapid weight gain and have other detrimental health effects.

The research, published this month in the journal Cell Metabolism, found that people ate significantly more calories and gained more weight when they were fed a diet that was high in ultra-processed foods like breakfast cereals, muffins, white bread, sugary yogurts, low-fat potato chips, canned foods, processed meats, fruit juices and diet beverages because these foods caused a rise in hunger hormones.

Read more @ https://www.todayonline.com/world/how-processed-foods-make-you-fat

Technology: 3D printing part of new technologies trialled by HDB

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HDB is exploring the use of 3D concrete printing technology to expand its design capabilities. The process removes the need for moulds or formworks, allowing objects with “intricate detail or geometric forms that would be near impossible to create with traditional methods”, said HDB.

“And since the printing process is highly automated, this reduces their reliance on manual labour,” he added.

While traditional methods could take up to several months to build a room-sized component, it would take just 13 hours – not including steel reinforcement bars – to complete with 3D printing.

There are plans use 3D printing for smaller components used in precinct designs, such as landscape furniture or architectural designs in common areas for some projects in Tengah and Bidadari.

Read more @ https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/hdb-ai-artificial-intelligence-construction-safety-3d-printing-11907782