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May 23, 2017


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20111115 如何分辨肾阴虚与肾阳虚

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.

Resveratrol and Cancer Prevention

April 1, 2017

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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.

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Resveratrol and Cancer Prevention

March 2, 2017

Ask Kopi Kakis

December 30, 2016

To communicate government policies to the public in a simple and accessible way, PA introduced the Ask Kopi Kakis (AKK) initiative in all Community Centres/Clubs (CCs). Residents can learn more about key government policies and schemes that they can benefit from by visiting any of the Ask Kopi Kakis kiosks conveniently located at 108 CCs island wide.

The Ask Kopi Kakis booklets, a set of three easy-to-read policy booklets, contain bite-sized details on a wide range of topics ranging from healthcare subsidies and housing grants, to transport and education schemes that are of interest to residents at various stages of their lives.

It is grouped into three themes that people would find relevant in different stages of their lives: Getting Ahead In My Career (PDF), Caring For My Family (PDF) and Caring For Seniors (PDF).

Residents can visit their nearest CCs to get a copy of the Ask Kopi Kakis booklets.

Cost of medical check-up for renewal of driving licence

December 13, 2016

Cost of medical check-up for renewal of driving licence: Polyclinic group replies
NOV 25, 2016, 2:35 PM SGT

We thank Mr Long Dengyao for his feedback (“Reduce cost of medical check-up for validation of driving licence“; Forum Online, Nov 21).

We have contacted Mr Long to explain that the medical examination fee for the renewal of a driving licence for drivers aged 65 and above at the National Healthcare Group Polyclinics is $30.60. This covers the doctor’s and nurse’s time for the clinical assessment.

A separate doctor’s fee of $12.60 for adults or $6.80 for those aged 65 and above will be charged only if the patient is also consulting the doctor for a medical condition during the visit.

Serene Teo (Ms)
Assistant Director
Finance Department
National Healthcare Group Polyclinics

 

Inactive ActiveSG members’ credits to expire on Dec 31

December 12, 2016

ST, 30 Nov 2016 Credits for inactive ActiveSG members to expire on Dec 31

If you have not used your ActiveSG dollars, you have two weeks left to extend the $100 in credits for another year. ActiveSG was launched in April 2014 to encourage more citizens and permanent residents to live a healthy lifestyle. All members, upon signing up, are eligible for the complimentary $100 ActiveSG credit.

For members who signed up but did not use their credits, the credits will expire by the end of the year. But they can extend the validity of the ActiveSG dollars by performing a transaction on the ActiveSG website or app. Users must have made a transaction before Dec 31 this year, to extend the validity of their dollars until Dec 31, 2017. Users who signed up before Jan 1 this year and have made at least one transaction at any point will automatically have their ActiveSG dollars expiry date extended to Dec 31, 2017.

Simply perform any web or app transaction, or scan-in to any of our 26 swimming complexes and 16 gyms island-wide today to extend the validity.

 

Resveratrol & Cancer Prevention

November 6, 2016

LearningIn10 Portal

September 25, 2016

Called LearningIn10, the portal features around 150 videos on 15 topics such as paediatrics, infectious diseases, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynaecology. The videos run for 10 minutes and feature mainly slides and a voice-over explanation by a medical specialist or a faculty member from the SingHealth Duke-NUS Academic Medical Centre.

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