Health News

  • Stay vigilant and ward off Zika with a savvy 'S-A-W' strategy
    by Sam Wong on February 23, 2024 at 5:17 am

    In a joint news release between the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA), it has been revealed that Boon Lay Place in Singapore is under close monitoring for potential Zika virus transmission. Despite the fact that there have been no additional Zika cases reported here since December 2023, persistent Zika virus signals have been detected in the area, indicating ongoing transmission. How is Zika transmitted and what are the symptoms? Similar to the dengue virus, the Zika virus is primarily transmitted by the Aedes mosquito. Individuals in and around the Boon Lay Place area, particularly pregnant women, are advised to protect themselves and monitor their health closely. Symptoms of Zika virus infection include: rashes fever joint pain muscle pain headache conjunctivitis (red eyes) It's worth noting that many infected persons may display mild or no symptoms at all. […]

  • 9 ways to manage arthritis pain at home
    by Grace Koh on February 23, 2024 at 3:32 am

    While arthritis is a common condition typically among older adults, not many are aware that arthritis actually comes in various forms. However, all arthritis have one thing in common-they affect joint mobility, cause or worsen joint pain, and affect a person's daily functioning. There is presently no cure for arthritis, but careful and holistic management of the condition is recommended by doctors and experts. In our guide, you'll find out more about arthritis and home remedies to manage the pain from arthritis for a better quality of life. What is arthritis? Arthritis refers to a variety of conditions that cause swelling and tenderness of the joints. Different types of arthritis stem from different reasons, so it is important to get an assessment from a medical professional to determine the type of arthritis for effective treatment. Some better-known types of arthritis are gout, rheumatoid arthritis, and osteoarthritis. If arthritis is severe, the joints can become bent out of shape, making it hard to move around or get daily activities done. […]

  • More than half the world faces high measles risk, WHO says
    on February 21, 2024 at 4:58 am

    GENEVA — More than half the world's countries will be at high or very high risk of measles outbreaks by the end of the year unless urgent preventative measures are taken, the World Health Organisation warned on Tuesday (Feb 20). Measles cases have been increasing across most regions mainly due to missed vaccinations during the Covid-19 years when health systems were overwhelmed and fell behind on routine vaccinations for preventable diseases. "What we are worried about is this year, 2024, we've got these big gaps in our immunisation programmes and if we don't fill them really quickly with the vaccine, measles will just jump into that gap," the WHO's Natasha Crowcroft, a Senior Technical Adviser on Measles and Rubella, told a Geneva press briefing. "We can see, from data that's produced with WHO data by the CDC (US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention), that more than half of all the countries in the world are going to be at high or very high risk of outbreaks by the end of this year." […]

  • Proteins may predict who will get dementia 10 years later, study finds
    on February 13, 2024 at 1:38 am

    CHICAGO — A study of frozen blood samples has turned up a trove of proteins that may predict several forms of dementia more than 10 years before the disease is diagnosed, researchers from the UK and China reported on Monday (Feb 12). The study, published in the journal Nature Ageing is part of ongoing research from multiple teams to identify patients at risk for dementia using a simple blood test, an advance many scientists believe will accelerate the development of new treatments. Currently, brain scans can detect abnormal levels of a protein called beta amyloid many years before Alzheimer's dementia develops, but the tests are costly and often not covered by insurance. "Based on this study, it does seem likely that blood tests will be developed that can predict risk for developing dementia over the next 10 years, although individuals at higher risk often have difficulty knowing how to respond," said Dr Suzanne Schindler, an Alzheimer's researcher at Washington University in St Louis, who was not involved in the research. […]

  • Symptoms of a heart attack in women: 4 warning signs
    by Paul on February 12, 2024 at 11:35 am

    Contrary to popular belief, women are just as susceptible to heart attacks as men. In fact, signs of an impending heart attack in women are much more subtle and less dramatic, making this condition more dangerous to females. But do you know how to identify symptoms of a heart attack in women? People are generally aware of this common warning sign of a heart attack: a stabbing pain in the chest. But this isn't the only one of many symptoms of a heart attack in women. It's important then that we are familiar with all of the warning signs. Not being familiar with symptoms of a heart attack in women makes them likely to seek medical attention and treatment. […]

  • A guide to understanding colorectal cancer
    by Cheryl Wong on February 11, 2024 at 10:00 am

    In the vast landscape of health concerns, colorectal or colon cancer holds a significant spot, impacting millions of lives globally. Understanding this condition, its causes, symptoms, prevention, and screening methods is crucial for everyone. So, let's break it down in simpler terms and get acquainted with what you need to know about colorectal cancer — a disease affecting men and women in Singapore. What is colorectal or colon cancer? Colon cancer, also known as colorectal cancer, is a type of cancer that starts in the colon or rectum. The colon and rectum make up the large intestine, the final parts of the digestive system. When abnormal cells in these areas begin to grow uncontrollably, they form a tumour, which can eventually become cancerous. What causes colorectal cancer? Understanding the factors that contribute to colon cancer is like having a roadmap to prevention. While the precise cause is often unclear, several risk factors increase the likelihood of developing this type of cancer. These include: […]

  • The cost of healthy eating in Singapore
    by Sihan Chia on February 10, 2024 at 7:30 am

    Eating a healthy diet has a similar compound effect to saving and investing. You would likely not see the results immediately but give it time and you will feel the "dividends" of more energy and a fitter body to carry you through life.  Right before a new year comes along, many of us almost subconsciously gravitate towards a goal-setting mindset to improve our current state.  Whether it’s to save more money, acquire a dream purchase, or climb a mountain, it is almost guaranteed that high on that list is to lose a few pounds.  There’s no escaping the irony that this usually happens before an imminent bout of festive feasting. Then again, being mindful of making healthy food choices has always been essential to good health.  From the addictive sweet-savouriness of bak kwa to buttery flaky pineapple tarts and an assortment of cookies that lined the coffee tables of almost every house visiting. It’s safe to say Chinese New Year can present temptations if you’re trying to be more health-conscious.  Looking to make a lifestyle change? Let’s take a look at how much it will cost you. &nbs […]

  • Survival guide: Travelling overseas when you are pregnant
    by Diane Lam on February 9, 2024 at 8:00 am

    Whether you’re planning a babymoon, going on a business trip, or travelling to see family, going abroad while pregnant can require a fair amount of logistics, depending on which trimester you’re in. I should know — I had to postpone a couple of short holidays during my first trimester due to my debilitating nausea, and I just returned from a two-week family trip to Taiwan, where I spent half the time Googling nearby pharmacies and whether or not I could eat certain types of seafood. Now that I’m a little wiser, I’m ready to embark on a true babymoon before the start of my third trimester. If you’re pregnant, ready for jet-setting, and yet unsure where to start, keep reading: Travel time The biggest question you’re probably asking yourself right now is, "Where should I even go?". Maybe you’re the type to consider far-flung locations since you’ll likely be "grounded" for the next few months or years. Depending on where you are in your pregnancy, you might need to pack some compression socks for a long-haul flight. Definitely book an aisle seat for easy access to the toilet, since you’re probably peeing a lot more frequently now. […]

  • 'Evaluation measures for students' well-being, 4-day work week': MPs suggest ways to promote good mental health
    by Joyce Teo on February 7, 2024 at 3:05 am

    SINGAPORE — Mental health was in the spotlight in Parliament on Feb 6, as more than 20 MPs spoke on ways to improve care and raise societal acceptance in a debate on advancing mental health. The debate followed the October 2023 launch of the National Mental Health and Well-being Strategy, which aims to create a comprehensive ecosystem for people with mental health needs to receive support and help early in community settings, without stigma. The Interagency Taskforce on Mental Health and Well-being, which came up with the strategy, said the idea is to bring mental health support closer to where people live, study, work and socialise. Political office-holders are expected to join the debate on Feb 7, when they will articulate the Government's response. Here are the key suggestions made by the MPs. Individuals, families, caregivers Mental health is a matter that touches every individual, and it must be recognised not just as a part of the country's healthcare system but also as a cornerstone of societal well-being and economic stability, said Dr Wan Rizal (Jalan Besar GRC). […]

  • Pump it up: Your beginner’s guide to lifting & strength training
    by Isabel Michael on February 3, 2024 at 1:05 pm

    Benefits of strength training PHOTO: City Nomads Let’s rewind a bit before diving into the nitty-gritty – why is strength training essential in this day and age? Despite its growing popularity, skepticism persists about its impact on appearance, with the fear of looking ‘bulky’ being a common misconception, especially among women. Dominic debunks this myth, clarifying that while strength training can promote muscle hypertrophy and size increase, it doesn’t necessarily result in a bulky appearance. […]