Archive for the ‘Health’ Category

Speedoc app lets you call the nearest doctor to your home

April 5, 2018

Speedoc app lets you call the nearest doctor to your home
TNP Paper, Sue-ann Tan, Apr 05, 2018

Speedoc, which started operating last November, has had more than 1,000 downloads. It now has about 22 doctors, mostly GPs who must prove their qualifications and undergo interviews before being added to the app. Around 120 house calls have been made.

Simple procedures such as providing medication, wound stitching and setting up intravenous (IV) drips can be done at home, rather than having the patient rush to A&E and wait for hours to see a doctor.

The app will match doctor and patient based on location. In the future, it might also take a doctor’s specialisation into account, Dr Verma said.

He said the market rate for house calls is d $200 to $250, while Speedoc’s doctors charge about $150. A trip to A&E might cost a patient about $120.

Speedoc joins other apps such as Jaga-Me in trying to bring healthcare closer to home. Jaga-Me ,which began in 2016, provides nursing for those who need post-hospital care. It has 300 nurses in its network.

The Speedoc app is available for download for both iOS and Android.


HSA issues alert on three health and cosmetic products

March 14, 2018

Woman develops glucose intolerance after taking health product from Malaysia
AsiaOne, Mar 13, 2018 by Karen Lim


In a statement on Tuesday (March 13), HSA said the products – Herba Saraf, Wonderglow Whitening Specialist Super Ultra Glowing Cream and Tati Skin Care 5 in 1 cosmetic set – had potent undeclared ingredients that could cause serious health problems.

Those found guilty of supplying or selling illegal health products may face a fine up to $100,000 or jail term up to three years or both.

Anyone with any information on the sale and supply of these illegal products can contact HSA’s Enforcement Branch on 6866-3485 during office hours (Monday to Friday) or e-mail

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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May 23, 2017

健康之路 千古名方——六味地黄丸

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