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..