Friday, 27 September 2019

Prostate cancer could be cured in one week thanks to incredible new treatment

Prostate cancer patients could be cured in as little as a week with new high-dose targeted radiotherapy.

In trials, tumours were wiped out within days with treatment times slashed from the standard one to two months.

The breakthrough could save the NHS millions. It comes after Sir Rod Stewart revealed he has beaten the disease.

One patient who took part in trials said: “It was a breeze – not something I’d usually associate with cancer treatment.” Developed by a UK team, it is the quickest form of the therapy to get this far in clinical trials.


Applications for new home caregiving grant to open from Oct 1

Seniors or their caregivers will be able to start applying for a new grant to offset costs of long-term care from Oct 1 this year, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said on Wednesday (Sept 25).

The S$200 Home Caregiving Grant (HCG) replaces the existing S$120 Foreign Domestic Worker (FDW) Grant.

Those who are already receiving the FDW Grant will be automatically enrolled onto the HCG, and need not apply, MOH said in its press release.

The new grant, a monthly cash payout, will be paid to eligible care recipients, who can also choose to nominate a caregiver to receive it, MOH said.

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Warning: Coffee sold online found to contain banned substance that may increase risk of heart attacks, strokes

Consumers here have been warned not to buy or drink S Gold Coffee - a brand of coffee sold online - after it was found to contain sibutramine, a banned substance that may increase the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said in a statement on Thursday (Sept 26) that it was alerted by a member of the public who became suspicious when her appetite “was suppressed significantly” after consuming the coffee.

Tests revealed that the product contained sibutramine, which used to be a prescription medicine for weight loss but has been banned here since 2010 as it increased the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

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Is date fruit good or bad for the heart?

Dried and fresh dates

Your food choices are the biggest determinant of your risk of heart disease. Ample consumption of unprocessed plant foods coupled with limited intake of refined, nutrient-deficient foods is a major key to heart protection. Three of the top risk factors for heart disease are obesity, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

Dates are a sweet and chewy fruit that are not only delicious but are also packed with nutrition that can benefit your heart.

Dates contain:
  • Fibre
  • Minerals include potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, etc
  • Vitamins A, C and several B vitamins
  • Antioxidants such as lutein and zeaxanthin


My 2 cents:
Fruits that are red like dates, beetroots, dragon fruits are good for the blood too.