Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Emergency Medical Services (EMS)

November 21, 2017

SCDF Emergency Medical Services and 1777

Top Most Popular FAQs

Q. I was sent to hospital by SCDF ambulance. Will I be charge for the ambulance service?
A. Currently emergency cases sent by SCDF are free. Non-emergency cases are charged $274

Q. What are the SCDF Ambulance Charges?
A. The SCDF does not charge for any emergency case it conveys to hospitals. However SCDF charges $274 for each non-emergency case that it ferries to hospital.

Note: The final outcome of the emergency / non-emergency status of a patient will be based on the assessment of the doctor at the Emergency Department of the receiving hospital.

Q. Can I call 995 for SCDF ambulance if my case is not an emergency?
A. SCDF ambulances only respond to medical emergencies. The public is advised not to call 995 for non-emergencies as this will stretch its resources and affect its fast response to emergency incidents which can cause the difference between life and death. The hotline for non-emergency ambulance is 1777. Non-emergency ambulances are run by private operators. The charges are shown at the Ambulance Service Webpage.



How are products such as Jeunesse Reserve regulated in Singapore?

October 29, 2017

ST Paper, 28 Oct 2017, How are supplements for sale here regulated?


He asked: “How are products such as Jeunesse Reserve, which are expensive and claim to have certain health benefits, regulated?”

Jeunesse Reserve is a blend of fruit juices with added antioxidants and hence is considered a food product, not a health product, said the AVA. The AVA regulates the safety of food products, while the Health Sciences Authority regulates health products such as Western medicine, medical devices and complementary health products.

“(Jeunesse Reserve) is regulated as a food product under the AVA and complies with our food safety standards and requirements.”

The AVA added that Jeunesse Reserve also complies with general labelling requirements under the Singapore Food Regulations.


List of Healthier Caterers

September 14, 2017

A list of caterers that comply with the Healthier Catering guidelines and have the capability to provide healthier menus upon request is available on HPB’s website.

桑叶 (Mulberry leaf)

September 4, 2017

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Resveratrol and Cancer Prevention

August 10, 2017

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Dr. William Li, President and Medical Director of the Angiogenesis Foundation shared that we can eat to starve cancer. Cancer is just 5-10% attributable to genes, while the remaining is Environment and mainly due to our diet. Resveratrol in Red grapes & Red wine inhibits angiogenesis by 60%! That is what we should be having in our daily diet. Resveratrol is thought to limit the spread of cancer cells and trigger the process of cancer cell death (apoptosis). Resveratrol has also been known to reduce the activation of NF kappa B, a protein produced by a compromised immune system that can affect the growth of cancer cells.

Originally studies were conducted to investigate the “French Paradox”, a term coined by Dr. Serge Renaud, that the French seem to have lower rates of cardiovascular disease with a diet relatively high saturated fats. He found that a diet high in red wine correlated to a lower incidence of cardiac diseases, which was found to be very high in resveratrol. Continued studies of resveratrol conducted by Howitz and Sinclair found that in yeast, fruit flies, and small fish there were significant increases in lifespan. Later studies in mice found that there were drops in tumor formations, reductions in the incidents of neurological diseases, and protective benefits to the cardiovascular system.


Certificate required to prove food is organic

July 22, 2017

ST Paper, 8 May 2017, Certificate required to prove food is organic

We thank Mr Liew Ching Seng for his letter (Who checks on claims of food being organic?; April 29).

The Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority (AVA) adopts the Codex guidelines for the production, processing, labelling and marketing of organically produced foods, established by the Codex Alimentarius Commission.

The commission is an international food standard-setting body established by the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation and the World Health Organisation.

Businesses that sell food products in Singapore that claim to be “organic” or “organically produced”, or which make other similar claims, must be able to show proof that the food product has indeed been organically produced.

This proof would be a valid organic certificate for the food product issued by a recognised body for organic food certification.

The certifying body must adopt the Codex guidelines or similar standards for organically produced food.

Local importers and retailers of organic food products, and local farms producing organic food products are required to produce the original organic certificate when required by AVA, for verification.

Enforcement action will be taken if any food products are found to be falsely labelled as “organic”.

Wong Kwok Onn (Dr)

Director, Regulatory Administration Group

Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority

Moringa seed 辣木籽

July 9, 2017

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神奇辣木树 Miracle Moringa


May 23, 2017

健康之路 千古名方——六味地黄丸

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April 15, 2017

10 Apr 2017, askST: Are there adverse effects or long term risks in sleeping next to a wireless router?

Reader Ron Chua wrote to askST: “Are there adverse or long-term risks in sleeping next to a Wi-Fi router?” He also asked about the risks to pregnant women.

Tech reporter Vincent Chang answered the question.

It is safe to sleep next to a wireless router as it produces radio waves that, unlike X-rays or gamma rays, do not break chemical bonds or cause ionisation in humans. In other words, radio waves do not damage the DNA of human cells. Damaged DNA can lead to cancer.

While the radio waves from a router operate in the same 2.4 to 5GHz electromagnetic spectrum as microwaves, the router operates at much lower power levels than microwave ovens.

These waves also deteriorate rapidly, losing their strength as they travel away from the router. Compared to other sources of electromagnetic radiation, wireless routers rank much lower than devices such as mobile phones, especially as the handset is often used against the ear.

According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), scientists have found “no adverse health effects from low level, long-term exposure to radio frequency”.

WHO also says that exposure to radio waves at typical environmental levels “does not increase the risk of any adverse outcome such as spontaneous abortions, malformations, low birth weight, and congenital diseases” for pregnant women.

Is palm oil unhealthy compared to other oils?

April 15, 2017

9 Apr 2017, askST: Is palm oil unhealthy compared to other oils and should one avoid consuming it?

Reader Sujatha Das wrote in to ask if palm oil is an unhealthier option compared to other oils and, if so, whether it should be avoided.

Food correspondent Eunice Quek finds out.

Ms Bibi Chia, principal dietitian of the Raffles Diabetes & Endocrine Centre, says that palm oil costs less than other types of edible vegetable oils, as palm – for the purpose of extracting palm oil – is widely grown in Indonesia and Malaysia.

She says: “Due to cost and proximity, food manufacturers in our region often use palm oil in snacks and other processed foods. It is also the most common oil used in hawker centres and fast food places.

Palm oil is high in saturated fat – about 52 per cent – compared to canola oil, which has 7 per cent saturated fat. Although “not as bad” as coconut oil – with 92 per cent saturated fat – she says that high intake of palm oil will increase bad cholesterol levels, which could increase the risk of heart problem and stroke.

“It is recommended to limit the amount of saturated fat you eat to less than 7 per cent of your total daily calories. If you need about 2,000 calories a day, less than 140 calories (or 16g) should come from saturated fat,” says Ms Chia.

Palm oil is also often hydrogenated to make it suitable for certain foods, such as confectionery items, which increases trans fat content. Her advice is to limit the amount of trans fat intake to less than 1 per cent of total daily calories. “If you need about 2,000 calories a day, less than 20 calories (or 2g) should come from trans fat,” she adds.

She also suggests limiting consumption of oily food when eating out, as palm oil is often used. In addition, one should read labels and avoid foods that have palm oil or hydrogenated palm oil as one of the first three ingredients listed on the label.