Submitted by seanyap@a1 on Sat, 2016-09-24 16:51
SINGAPORE - Sixteen women in Singapore are confirmed to have Zika, said the Ministry of Health (MOH) on Friday (Sept 23).
"Their doctors are following up closely with them to provide support and counselling," said an MOH spokesman.
The number has doubled from the eight cases that were confirmed on Sept 11.
In Brazil, Zika has been linked to microcephaly in babies born to mothers with the virus.
Microcephaly is a birth defect marked by small head size that can lead to severe developmental problems.
Submitted by jonsilva@a1 on Sat, 2016-09-24 16:06
How many of us regularly read the nutrition information on food labels when we buy food products and how much do we understand?
Food labels can be confusing and tricky and we may forgo perusing them when making a busy supermarket dash.
But more people are becoming interested in food labels for health reasons. They want to know what they are eating and how much sugar, salt and other ingredients go into the products they buy.
Submitted by seanyap@a1 on Fri, 2016-09-23 19:08
SINGAPORE - Singapore has been ranked one of the healthiest countries in the world, according to a new study published in medical journal The Lancet.
In the study, which is based on the health-related Sustainable Development Goals that were set out by the United Nations, Singapore shared top spot with Scandinavian countries Iceland and Sweden in the ranking of 188 countries.
Submitted by chrisp@a1 on Fri, 2016-09-23 13:31
For more than 10 years, Madam Sham has had to apply eye drops every day to maintain her vision.
The 60-year-old senior customer service officer suffers from glaucoma, a chronic condition that causes pressure to build up in the eye and damage the optic nerve. It is most widely treated with medicated eye drops, usually applied for life.
However, since taking part in a new trial treatment last December, Madam Sham, who gave only her surname, has been spared the hassle of applying the eye drops.
Submitted by nithiyat@a1 on Fri, 2016-09-23 10:33
WASHINGTON - A pair of experimental vaccines being developed by the US National Institutes of Health protected monkeys against Zika virus infection after two doses, researchers said Thursday.
One of the vaccines, known as VRC5288, has already begun early trials in humans to test safety and efficacy, according to a study published in Science.
A phase 2 trial in Zika-endemic countries could begin next year, officials said.
The second vaccine (VRC5283) is awaiting a Phase 1 clinical trial start date.
Submitted by nithiyat@a1 on Fri, 2016-09-23 09:14
If you look around to see what your colleagues are eating at lunchtime, it is probably not unusual to find someone who is on a diet.
In fact, a survey has found that about one in two, or 57 per cent, of Singaporeans follow diets that limit or omit certain ingredients, such as fats, sugar or meat.
The Nielsen Global Health and Ingredient-Sentiment Survey released yesterday polled more than 30,000 people online in 63 countries, including 514 people from Singapore.
Submitted by chrisp@a1 on Thu, 2016-09-22 14:22
Tobacco smoke leaves its mark on DNA by changing a chemical code on the DNA molecule that can sometimes change gene activity, according to a new study.
Some of these molecular changes revert to their original state when a smoker quits, but others persist in the long term, the researchers found.
Submitted by chrisp@a1 on Thu, 2016-09-22 14:16
Case of popular TV, film actor Qiao sparks call for greater understanding
The death of a popular actor and singer, rooted in depression, has stirred public attention and drawn calls from medical experts for better understanding of the condition.
Qiao Renliang, 28, was found dead at an apartment in Shanghai on Friday, the police said online, ruling out the possibility of foul play. The case is under investigation, the statement said.
Submitted by jonsilva@a1 on Thu, 2016-09-22 09:46
KOTA KINABALU - People in Sabah may not need to be too worried about the Zika virus because they could have inborn antibodies since it is said to be endemic here.
A Universiti Malaysia Sabah (UMS) Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences (FMHS) professor said the virus has been found in apes and probably humans here as early as the 1960s.
Submitted by seanyap@a1 on Wed, 2016-09-21 16:31
JOHOR BARU - The husband-and-wife couple who tested positive for Zika disease has been discharged from the hospital.
Johor Health and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat, who confirmed the matter, said the couple's health had improved before the medical team allowed their discharge last week.
He added that blood and urine tests showed that they did not have Zika virus strains in their system.