Submitted by maryanns@a1 on Sat, 2016-07-30 16:16
He has a mind of a four-year-old but the looks of an 80-year-old senior citizen.
Bayezid Hossain, from Magura in southern Bangladesh, has a disease that ages the body at eight times the normal rate.
He has a swollen face, saggy skin, achy joints and difficulties passing urine, reported The Daily Mail.
Submitted by shabanan@a1 on Sat, 2016-07-30 15:26
Reader Sarah Ho asks if the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep for adults need to be taken in a continuous stretch at night or if the count can include short naps while commuting on the MRT or bus.
Senior health correspondent Salma Khalik answers.
The simple answer is "No".
The recommended sleep time refers to normal night-time sleep. People who consistently do not get enough sleep are at higher risk of getting dementia as they age.
Submitted by candicec@a1 on Fri, 2016-07-29 19:29
PETALING JAYA - Brisk exercise everyday can offset the risks of early death linked to desk-bound jobs, say scientists.
In a series of articles as part of a study of physical activity published in the Lancet, it is found that those who sit for a long time and are inactive are at a greater risk of premature death.
Experts found that people who sat for eight hours a day, but were physically active, had a lower risk of premature death compared to people who sat for fewer hours a day, but were not active.
Submitted by jonsilva@a1 on Fri, 2016-07-29 15:00
About one in three Singaporeans suffers from early-morning sniffles, a runny or blocked nose, and other nasal allergy symptoms, according to a study in 2013.
But a new study indicates that help is at hand.
It shows that such afflictions can be kept at bay when the body switches off a specific type of immune cell.
In doing so, it builds up a natural barrier against such attacks, scientists of the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) and National University of Singapore (NUS) have found.
Submitted by shabanan@a1 on Fri, 2016-07-29 09:16
One hour of brisk physical activity a day "eliminates" the increased risk of death associated with life spent mostly sitting - be it at your desk or in your car - according to new medical research. But it won't do much good to completely eliminate the risks associated with long periods of sitting in front of the TV.
Submitted by candicec@a1 on Thu, 2016-07-28 20:29
SINGAPORE - A 27-year-old woman who suffered a seizure during a tuina therapy session and subsequently fell into a coma was found to have died of natural causes, according to an inquiry into the incident.
The Straits Times reported that Ms Serene Lim Xin Hui was found to have died of a lung infection, usually caused by viruses, which can cause sudden death, the court heard on Thursday (July 28).
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 18:55
More and more people are suffering 'burnout' - but is this the fault of modern life or is physical, mental and spiritual exhaustion a far older condition? BBC Future investigates.
A few years ago, Anna Katharina Schaffner became the latest victim of the exhaustion 'epidemic'.
It began with a kind of mental and physical inertia - as she put it, a "sense of heaviness" in all that she did.
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: