Saturday, 21 December 2019

Eczema-suffering mother, 36, claims going VEGAN healed her flaky skin

An eczema-stricken mother claims going vegan healed her flaky skin which was caused by steroids and made her go into hiding.

For a decade, steroid creams had managed to keep her condition under control but the powerful drugs slowly stopped working.

But she began to suffer from flaky skin, severe itching and even hair loss as a result of giving up the drugs – known as topical steroid withdrawal (TSW).

Mrs Pierce, from Los Angeles, claims her doctor recommended she cut out foods including dairy, eggs, and gluten to test whether they would help.


Vegans warned about vitamin B12 deficiency as doctors say health risks are not a 'myth'

Doctors have warned vegans to take the danger of vitamin B12 deficiency seriously – or potentially risk nerve damage, irreversible numbness and degeneration of the spinal cord.

The warning comes ahead of Veganuary, when more people take up the plant-based diet for the first month of the year.

Doctors are concerned many see the dangers of B12 deficiency associated with a vegan diet as a “myth” and urged them to read up on how to ensure they get enough of the vitamin if they continue past the first month.

However it takes several years to become deficient in the key vitamin, which can lead to neuropathy, nerve damage, irreversible numbness, and degeneration of the spinal cord.


You may want to read Vitamin B-12: Foods for Vegetarians

Why are there still tuberculosis cases in Singapore

With the exception of Japan, TB is endemic in Singapore as well as most other Asian countries - meaning it is regularly found and is common in these places.

Tuberculosis, also known as phthisis and the white plague, is an air-borne infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis.

Associate Professor Hsu Li Yang, who heads the Infectious Diseases Programme at Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, said that TB is primarily spread through the air by the cough of those with undiagnosed or untreated TB.

Experts contacted by TODAY said that there are several possible factors why this might be the case in Singapore:
  • Ongoing community transmission due to a delayed diagnosis for infectious cases
  • Reactivation of latent TB in an ageing population
  • A large immigrant workforce from countries with high TB incidence

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Switching to unleaded petrol 'may be behind dementia rates falling 15% each decade

Switching to unleaded petrol may be behind a decline in cases of dementia across Europe and North America, research suggests.

Ageing populations have meant more people than ever are living with the memory-robbing disorder.

But other studies have shown dementia rates have actually been falling by up to 15 per cent every decade, since the 1980s.

This date coincides with Governments switching to unleaded petrol, according to researchers from the University of Toronto.


Forum: Cost of hospital MRI higher than private clinic's

I am a retiree unhappy with my recent experience at Changi General Hospital (CGH).

I made an appointment with the orthopaedic department on Dec 16 to have my shoulder looked into. I did an X-ray and saw the doctor, who decided I needed a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan to ascertain the severity of a suspected rotator cuff tear.

But the earliest appointment for the MRI was in late March. I was quoted $1,450 for it.

Because my shoulder was causing me a lot of discomfort and sleepless nights, I decided to do the MRI privately. I was able to get an appointment almost immediately and did the scan for less than $600, including goods and services tax.

I am puzzled by the difference in charges between CGH and the private imaging clinic I went to. What is the basis for CGH charging so much more for a similar service?

My concern is whether, besides the MRI, general hospitals are over-charging patients for other services. I hope the hospital and the Ministry of Health will look into reviewing healthcare charges.

Lim Chuan Poh