Sunday, 15 December 2019

Victims of China officials impersonation scam cheated of S$18.8 million from Jan to Nov 2019: Police

At least S$18.8 million has fallen into the hands of people impersonating China officials as the number of such scams continued to surge this year, despite the authorities’ efforts to tackle the scourge.

In an advisory on Friday (Dec 13), the police said that between January and November of this year, at least 401 reports on such scams have been made.

This came despite several advisories from the police who had put up anti-scam posters across the island to warn the public about the scourge. The police had also set up an Anti-Scam Centre in June as scam cases had been on the rise.

In their latest advisory, the police said that the scams typically involve scammers who would impersonate as staff members from courier companies, telecommunication service providers, or officers from government organisations.

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Lutein Can Prevent Age-Related Vision Loss and Cataracts

Lutein is a carotenoid, or a plant compound that gives some fruits and vegetables their rich yellow and orange colors, related to other nutrients like beta-carotene and vitamin A. It's a powerful antioxidant that defends the body against free-radicals that can harm our health. More specifically, lutein is recognized for aiding in long-term eye health, and getting enough of it in your diet is important!

Lutein can help your vision in more ways than one. Since our eyes are exposed to both oxygen and light, they become vulnerable to oxidative damage. Lutein specifically targets these types of free-radicals and cancels them out, protecting the precious cells in the eye.

It’s said that lutein and another carotenoid called zeaxanthin are the only ones that accumulate in the macular area located at the back of the eye. The macula is highly responsible for our vision, and high concentrations of lutein in the area can protect your eyes from oxidative damage as well as damage from blue light.

Studies have also shown that lutein and zeaxanthin can actually ward off age-related vision loss, and could even prevent the progression to blindness. Research also suggests that a diet rich in lutein could also halt the formation of cataracts, the cloudy patches that can develop on the surface of the eye, hindering vision and more.

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Some Y chromosomes mysteriously DISAPPEAR in 44% of men by the time they reach 70

Men's Y chromosomes are disappearing as they get older and could be putting them at a greater risk of cancer, a study has found.

The Y chromosome is considered the male chromosome and women don't have it – they famously have XX chromosomes while men have XY.

But researchers have found many men are lacking Y chromosomes in some of their white blood cells, as well.

A study of 205,011 men in the UK found that more than four in 10 men (43.6 per cent) had lost a noticeable proportion of their Y chromosomes by the age of 70.

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Rubbing fingernails together stimulates hair growth and reverses graying

It is a popular belief among the practitioners of complementary medicine and Indian culture, that rubbing fingernails together can give you thick, dense and healthy hair.

This practice is known as Balayam: where bal means hair and vyayam means exercise. It is a yoga exercise but based on TCM acupressure points.

Doing the exercise worked for some, not all. But remember that exercising alone is not enough. Diet is also important for your hair growth.


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3 magic words that will make you a master conversationalist

It was not until I launched my podcast over a year ago that I seriously started to invest in improving my ability to hold a conversation. My early episodes make me cringe—and I still have plenty of room for improvement.

But over the past 50+ episodes with world-class athletes, authors, and entrepreneurs, I have discovered three principles that can help anyone excel in the dying art of conversation.

Here they are.
  • Listen with this one goal in mind. - listen more to whom you are talking to
  • Say these three magic words - TELL ME MORE
  • Ignorance is bliss - be curious by asking dumb questions