Article from TODAY – 5 Oct. 18 The Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA) has issued a recall for iceberg lettuce after it detected high levels of pesticide in the vegetable imported from a Malaysian farm. In a press release on Thursday (Oct 4), the AVA said that the product is imported by Go Fresh Impex, and is for sale at NTUC Fairprice and Sheng Siong supermarkets. “The AVA has detected high levels of Fipronil, a wide-spectrum pesticide, in (the) iceberg lettuce,” said the agency, which has directed the importer to recall the product. The rec..

Is alkaline water better for health than tap water?  Published in the Straits Times on 3 May 2018 Q Are there benefits of drinking alkaline water? A Despite the claims, there's no evidence that water marketed as alkaline is better for your health than tap water. "It's all about marketing," said Dr Tanis Fenton, a registered dietitian and epidemiologist at Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary. "There is no science to back it up." The pH scale indicates whether a liquid is more acidic (lower pH) or alkaline (higher pH). Pure..

From The Straits Times, Friday 17 February 2017 by Samantha Boh Even as the flurry surrounding the Zika virus dies down, a new concern has emerged in the scientific community studying the virus at the cellular level. According to a paper published last December in the international scientific journal Clinical And Translational immunology, people who have developed immunity to dengue may develop a worse reaction to Zika, if they contract it later. Zika and dengue are both flaviviruses that are transmitted by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. A person infected with either virus usually de..

Excerpt from The Sunday Times: Sunday 25 Dec 2016 by Benson Ang Bedbug populations have reportedly multiplied since the 1990s, according to the website BedBug Central, which tracks their spread, and the blood-sucking critters can now be found in almost every country and region. Although the reason for their surge is unconfirmed, one contributing factor could be the rise of international travel, suggests a publication by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The parasites thrive in places with a frequent turnover of people, such as hotel rooms, airplanes an..

ST 4 September 2016, By Carolyn Khew Q Can mosquitoes be wiped out here? A Mosquitoes are the world’s deadliest creatures, killing more than 700,000 people a year. But despite all efforts, it is unlikely that we will ever be able to eradicate them completely. Singapore, for one, is known for its decades of tough vector control, but the insect has nonetheless prevailed. According to entomologist Dr Hwang Wei Song of the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, there are more than 3,500 mosquito species in the world.  Over 100 species live in Singapore, most of which do..

Source from: Lifewise (National Healthcare Group) Scientists from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine have discovered that there might be a genetic reason for your attractiveness to the little bloodsuckers. In a study published in medical journal PLOS ONE, Aedes aegypti mosquitoes were released into a tube with two sections leading to a set of twins. The bugs were equally attracted to identical twins, while fraternal twins (who have differences in their genes) displayed varying levels of attractiveness. Scientists say this suggests a genetic component to the “m..

The Straits Times Wednesday, April 6 2016 Reported by Salma Khalik, Senior Health Correspondent With the unseasonably hot weather giving a boost to mosquito growth, and a change in the predominant dengue viral strain, the authorities are warning that there could be a major epidemic of dengue this year. So far, 6,400 people have been diagnosed with the mosquito-borne viral infection – three times the number seen at this time last year.  If numbers continue, there could be 30,000 people infected this year, with many needing hospitalisation. The authorities said eradication..

Excerpt From TODAY-Tuesday, 2 February 2016 Sydney/Geneva (AGENCIES) Infectious disease experts have warned that the Zika virus, which is spreading rapidly worldwide, is likely under-diagnosed in South-east Asia, even as a report indicates mosquito bites may not be the only form of transmission. This comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) convened an emergency committee yesterday to debate whether a Zika Virus outbreak suspected of causing a surge in birth defects in South America should be considered a global health emergency. According to a report published in the Southeast..

Excerpt from The Sunday Times December 7, 2014 By Lydia Vasko Take precautions while on a winter holiday in Hokkaido, especially if you are driving. On 2 December 2014, a coach carrying 16 Singaporean tourists and a tour guide skidded off a snow-covered road in Hokkaido and crashed into an adjacent field. The tour guide lost two front teeth while a 68-year-old grandmother suffered a broken leg in the crash. With ice and snow on roads and unpredictable weather, winter can be a treacherous time to be on the road for even the most experienced drivers. Some Tips: Although road..

From Wikipedia: Black ice, sometimes called clear ice, refers to a thin coating of glazed ice on a surface. While not truly black, it is virtually transparent, allowing black asphalt/macadam roadways or the surface below to be seen through it—hence the term “black ice”. The typically low levels of noticeable ice pellets, snow, or sleet surrounding black ice means that areas of the ice are often practically invisible to drivers or persons stepping on it. There is, thus, a risk of skidding and subsequent accident due to the loss of traction. A similar problem is encountered ..

The Straits Times Saturday, February 8, 2014 The main cause of allergic asthma in Singapore is the house dust mite, scientists in Singapore have found. Invisible to the naked eye, it feeds on flakes of human skin and is found in pillows, mattresses and carpets. A study of about 8,000 people here showed about 80 per cent of them reacted to the mites, and 15 per cent had asthma symptoms.Nearly 40 per cent had allergic rhinitis symptoms – when the nose is inflamed, causing itchiness, sneezing, and a runny or blocked nose. In Singapore, about 5 per cent of adults and 20 per cent ..

Excerpt from TODAY – 10 Oct 2013  NEW YORK In nursing homes across the United States, residents are plagued by cavities, gum disease and cracked teeth, in part because their mouths are not kept clean.  Aides are swamped with other tasks, and when older charges must be helped to the toilet, fed or repositioned in bed, brushing their teeth often falls to the bottom of the to-do list. The neglect can lead to terrible pain for the residents.  Worse, new studies suggest that this problem may be contributing to another : Pneumonia, a leading killer of institutionaliz..

Extracted from : TODAY – WEDNESDAY, 27 JUNE 2012 Eveline Gan reports: Dengue, also known as breakbone fever, afflicts more than 50 million people worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organisation. In Singapore, peak dengue transmission occurs during the warmer months, usually between June and October when higher temperatures and rainfall make good breeding conditions for its carrier, the Aedes mosquito. As of June 16, there have been a total of 1,719 dengue cases here this year.  The virus, which is spread by the bite of an infected Aedes mosquito, has fo..