Friday, 25 October 2019

1.4 million Singaporeans to receive Bicentennial Bonus benefits in November

A total of 1.4 million Singaporeans will receive their Bicentennial Bonus benefits in November, the finance ministry said on Thursday (Oct 24).

These benefits include a cash payment under the GST Voucher scheme, a Central Provident Fund (CPF) top-up and a Workfare bonus for lower-income workers.

1) Cash payment

2) CPF top-up

3) Workfare bonus

The 400,000 workers who qualify for the Workfare Income Supplement (WIS) will receive the Workfare Bicentennial Bonus at the end of October.

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Study finds ex-footballers are 3.5 times more likely to die of dementia than general population


The FA and the PFA enlisted experts at the University of Glasgow to research incidence of degenerative neurocognitive disease in ex-professional footballers.

The study compared 7,676 men who played professional football in Scotland, of which 1,180 have since passed away, against a sample of 23,028 men from the general population.

 “On average, the former professional footballers in this study lived three and a quarter years longer and were less likely to die of many diseases such as heart disease or lung cancer,” the FA statement said regarding the study.

“However, they were more likely to die of dementia. The research found that the health records of 11% of the former footballers who had passed away stated that they had died from dementia, compared to around 3% for the socio-demographically matched sample.


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What causes kidney stones?

Kidney stones are among the most painful medical conditions you can experience, experts and patients agree. Typically made of calcium, kidney stones are hard pellets formed by excess minerals and salts inside the kidney.

If they travel out of the kidney and into the ureter, they can block the flow of urine, causing the kidney to swell. This creates surges of acute pain in the mid-back, abdomen and sides. For men, it can cause severe pain at their penis.

There is no one factor that causes kidney stones in most patients, says Dr. James Simon, a nephrologist in the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute at Cleveland Clinic. "While there are some causes that can be pinpointed and treated in some patients, in the majority of people with kidney stones, we do not find a single cause," Simon says.

Factors for kidney stones:
  • inadequate fluid intake
  • high sodium consumption
  • too much oxalate
  • animal protein consumption
  • obesity and diabetes
  • family history
  • certain medications
  • calcium supplements

  • severe pain in the groin and/or side
  • blood in urine
  • vomiting and nausea
  • white blood cells or pus in the urine
  • reduced amount of urine excreted
  • burning sensation during urination
  • persistent urge to urinate
  • fever and chills if there is an infection


My 2 cents
There are cases where people cured their kidney stones by drinking very acidic soda water like pepsi or coke. These acidic drinks somehow melt the stones.  Aonther method is by eating more diuretic food. Diruetic food will help to excrete more water from your body, hence flushing out the stones.