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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..