Submitted by jylim@a1 on Thu, 2016-07-28 08:39
Researchers at Duke-NUS Medical School have found that low vitamin D levels predict cognitive impairment in elderly Chinese people.
Cognitive abilities include memory and thinking skills.
Professor David Matchar, director of the Health Services and Systems Research Programme at Duke-NUS, led a team of six others in a two-year study of 1,202 subjects with a mean age of 80 from eight provinces in China.
Submitted by grongloh@a1 on Wed, 2016-07-27 18:51
Cities are home to uncounted millions of microorganisms, many of which are only there because we bring them. But the built environment is a uniquely challenging place for them to live
Submitted by xwwei@a1 on Wed, 2016-07-27 12:31
The pain of watching his father slowly dying of chronic respiratory disease in the intensive care unit 21 years ago still lingers for Professor Chong Siow Ann, 54.
He had to watch his once-independent father:
Submitted by rissaho@a1 on Tue, 2016-07-26 17:17
In a recent finding, scientists have found that cockroaches could be the future of superfoods that can solve your health and nutrient woes.
For thousands of years, cockroaches have been used in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for their extensive medicinal properties. Whether they are powdered, decocted or fried, they are said to be able to cure ailments without causing harmful side effects.
Submitted by jylim@a1 on Tue, 2016-07-26 13:05
There is still a misconception that pork is white meat, said dietitians, responding to a study of over 60,000 Chinese adults here which found that eating more red meat is linked to an increased risk of kidney failure.
Almost all of the red meat eaten by study participants was pork. Cooked pork is lighter in colour compared with other red meat such as beef and mutton, which may have led to the misconception, dietitians said.
Submitted by jonsilva@a1 on Tue, 2016-07-26 12:37
Q: I am over 68 years old and I have lost about 4kg in four months.
I had been exercising on the stationary bicycle about five times a week for a few weeks and also did some springcleaning before the weight loss.
I did a computed tomography (CT) scan and it showed hepatic cysts and calcified granuloma.
No suspicious lesion was seen in the thorax, abdomen and pelvis.
Is my sudden weight loss due to liver lesions?
Submitted by jonsilva@a1 on Tue, 2016-07-26 12:22
Have you checked your fridge temperature?
Well, you should, especially in view of the recent spate of food-poisoning cases reported in the newspapers.
You can stop bacteria from growing by keeping food cold. And the fridge should be kept below 5 deg C.
I know of people who will remove all the food they want to cook and put them in the sink in readiness for cooking.
Actually, they should leave them in the fridge.
Food should be kept out of the fridge for the shortest time possible.
Submitted by shabanan@a1 on Tue, 2016-07-26 12:15
Q I specialise in geriatric nursing because...
A I was close to both my paternal and maternal grandparents, who helped take care of me during my growing-up years.
I have developed an affection for older people over the years and am able to communicate well with them in their own dialect, including Teochew, Hokkien and Cantonese.
Q Our brain is fascinating because...
A It is the centre of our well-being.
Submitted by jonsilva@a1 on Tue, 2016-07-26 12:11
Recovering from prostate cancer surgery takes time and effort.
Some men may feel quite fine after a radical prostatectomy or surgery to remove the prostate gland because of cancer, said Associate Professor Edmund Chiong, president of the Singapore Urological Association and senior consultant, Department of Urology, National University Hospital.
But they should refrain from lifting heavy objects and strenuous exercise as the "internal wounds" usually take longer to heal.
Submitted by shabanan@a1 on Tue, 2016-07-26 12:04
Q What's your secret to looking so fabulous?
A Lots of exercise. I practise gongfu for five to six hours every day. In the mornings, I run for half an hour.
I also maintain a peaceful mind through meditation. I live with younger fellow monks and they make me feel the power of youth.
Q Was there a time when you weren't fit and fab? What happened and how did you get out of it?
A No, I meditate and exercise daily. I don't go through such changes in my life.