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..

Extracted from: MIND YOUR BODY – THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 2011 Tan Lay Leng reports If you perpetually wake up to a runny or blocked nose, watery eyes and sneezing fits, you are likely to be one of many people here suffering from allergic rhinitis.  This is an inherited condition caused by allergens, which are substances that induce an allergic response. A study by National University of Singapore involving 391 patients found that among those with asthma and/or allergic rhinitis, 96 percent of them were sensitised to house dust mites. The study showed that dust mites are on..