Monday, 23 October 2017

MOH introduces immunisation schedule for adults - handy guide


Warning: 3 bodybuilding products sold online contain harmful substances

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) is warning members of the public not to consume or buy three bodybuilding products sold online by Enhanced Athlete Singapore.

The three products - Enhanced Athlete Cardarine, Enhanced Athlete Ligandrol and Enhanced Athlete Mutant YK-11 - contain chemicals that are still under research and have not been approved for medical use in Singapore, said HSA in a news release.

The three products, which are sold on social media platforms, promise to increase muscle mass and strength as well as enhance athletic performance.

However each product is labelled "Not for human use/consumption" and carries warning of side effects including serious bodily injury and death, warned HSA. There are also no dosage instructions on the product labels.

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Forum: Lend an ear to lessen 'loneliness epidemic'

The article (The loneliness epidemic; Oct 15) was insightful.

While an illness that is seen can be easily detected and treated, loneliness is not clearly seen.

It is even more invisible when a lonely individual projects a cheerful disposition and is not willing to share what ails him.

Sometimes, loneliness leads to angst and bitterness, and this may progress to sudden outbursts of anger or antisocial behaviour. Close friends and loved ones may be shocked when they see such behaviour in someone whom they thought was happy and well-adjusted. Alienation can happen without others realising it.

I have had conversations with older patients who complain that the younger people in their workplace are not interested in interacting with them. They are left out of lunches and outings. When they ask for help with their work or the computer, they are made to feel they are a nuisance.

This happens even in religious institutions. Various people have shared that they could have been in meetings for years without anyone really taking an interest in them.

Break-ups in marriages and family relationships, everyone being busy with their own careers and pursuits, not giving much thought to the emotional needs of others - all these compound the problem of loneliness.

Dogmatic opinions, the unwillingness to listen to others or learn from those who are older, as well as the preoccupation with mobile phones and computers, further alienate people and do not promote healthy interactions.

Of course, there may be occasions when we need some quiet time for ourselves. But we must be willing to be others-centred, interested in people around us and be prepared to listen, if we want to nurture an environment which may help lessen this "loneliness epidemic".

Quek Koh Choon (Dr)


News: 1 bitcoin is worth US$5,800

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Exceptional people: Young role models lauded for contributions

Award winners Shayna Ng (left), 27, a record-breaking bowler, and Cai Yinzhou, 26, a social entrepreneur.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

Five young people received the Singapore Youth Award yesterday for their contributions to society in the fields of art, culture, sport and medicine.

The award is the highest accolade for young people here.
  1. Dr Isaac Liu, 34, a National University Hospital paediatric nephrologist consultant and clinician-scientist, who cares for children with kidney disease;
  2. Mr Cai Yinzhou, 26, a social entrepreneur who helps marginalised groups such as migrant workers and the elderly;
  3. Ms Shayna Ng, 27, a record-breaking bowler and two-time Sportswoman of the Year;
  4. Mr Muhammad Noramin Mohamed Farid, 30, a choreographer, dance educator and researcher, "whose work aims to challenge normative notions of class, ethnicity, identity and gender";
  5. Mr Shabir Tabare Alam, 31, an award-winning music producer and singer-songwriter, who hopes to promote Tamil language and culture through music.


Exceptional people: 2 economics teachers honoured for outstanding contributions

Mr Haniss B. Ali (left), senior teacher for economics at Nanyang Junior College; and Mr Khoo Gee Hwee(right), lead teacher of economics at Pioneer Junior College. The two were given Outstanding Economics Teacher awards by the Economic Society of Singapore at a ceremony yesterday.

The awards, which were started by the society last year, were presented at the annual Singapore Economic Policy Forum at the Regent Hotel.

Saturday, 21 October 2017

Singapore's first long-span wind turbine installed at Semakau Landfill

Singapore's first long-span wind turbine was installed at Semakau Landfill.

At 14 storeys high and with three 10.5-metre long-span rotor blades, the turbine can produce enough energy to power 45 four-room HDB units a year, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) said in a press release.

“The deployment of Singapore’s first wind turbine is a big milestone in the nation’s commitment in developing clean energy technologies for the region," said Professor Lam Khin Yong, NTU’s acting provost, chief of staff and vice president for research.


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Pollution killed nine million people in 2015

Pollution claimed the lives of nine million people in 2015, one in every six deaths that year.

Almost all the deaths, 92%, happened in low- and middle-income countries, it said, with air pollution the main culprit, felling 6.5 million people.

Almost half of the total toll came from just two countries - India and China - researchers reported in The Lancet medical journal.

In rapidly-industrialising countries such as India, Pakistan, China, Bangladesh, Madagascar and Kenya, pollution can account for as many as one in four deaths, they added.

"Pollution and related diseases most often affect the world's poor and powerless, and victims are often the vulnerable and the voiceless," said co-author Karti Sandilya of Pure Earth, an anti-pollution NGO.

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