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Food stall suspended, NUS orders audit after 5 students develop gastroenteritis symptoms in 2nd case this month, Singapore, Health News

SINGAPORE – The National University of Singapore (NUS) and the Singapore Food Agency (SFA) are investigating after five students from Prince George’s Park House, a student residence, developed symptoms of gastroenteritis. This incident, which occurred on April 12, is the second one this month. On April 4, 22 students at Ridge View Residential College, another student residence at NUS, came down with similar symptoms. An NUS spokesman on Wednesday (April 17) said that the university conducted preliminary checks after being informed about the latest outbreak on Monday. It found that…

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Along with climate change come mosquito-borne diseases. Is Hong Kong ready for a public health emergency?

Months after Hong Kong was ranked by Bloomberg as the economy with the world’s most efficient health care, its public health system is caught in a crisis. More than 100 medical staff protested about the manpower crunch and ward overcrowding amid a winter flu surge in January, with many holding placards that sent the desperate message: “Breaking point”. This has been followed by a spike in measles infections since mid-March, and a shortage of vaccines. More alarmingly, the next public health… Source link

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Hong Kong’s health insurance and pension saving ‘tax deducting schemes’ find traction in the first two weeks since launch

Two government programmes to encourage individuals to buy private health insurance and save more for retirement have been well received in the first two weeks since launch, providing what could be a long term growth engine for local insurance companies, according to industry players and credit rating agencies.Several major insurers including Prudential, AXA, AIA, Manulife and HSBC Life all told the Post that they have recorded strong sales in the new tax-deductible schemes over the first two… Source link

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Super fungus Candida auris: What you need to know about catching bugs in hospitals, Singapore, Health News

SINGAPORE – The deadly drug-resistant fungus Candida auris, which kills about half of its victims within 90 days, has sparked alarm after news of it spreading globally went viral. It has emerged in locations like China, Europe, the United States, South America, India, Australia, South Korea and Japan. The Straits Times reported on Tuesday that 11 here have been infected since 2012. Three of those infected, including one of two deaths, were treated at Singapore General Hospital between 2012 and 2017. A New York Times report said that the fungus…

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Ant Financial disrupts old school health insurance in China, attracts 50 million users to its newly launched protection plan

Billionaire Jack Ma’s Ant Financial has done more than perhaps any company to disrupt China’s massive banking and asset-management industries. Now it’s trying to reimagine health insurance.Ant’s Xiang Hu Bao, which means mutual protection, has attracted 50 million people since its October inception, or more than five times the population of New York City.The product operates somewhat like a collective, in which members contribute evenly to payouts of as much as 300,000 yuan (US$45,000) when a… Source link

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Finance’s future rests with technology to create health, wealth and wisdom

Modern finance has its origins in medieval Italy. To protect and foster grain farmers, finance was arranged to start the growing process and cover a farmer’s losses. These exchanges can be traced back to Venice in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, and helped build an economy that became the hub of global trade. As the practice of money lending was institutionalised, the bank emerged. The word comes from banca, Italian for the benches where the trade took place.What those Venetian moneylenders… Source link

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Blood test for early detection of gastric cancer could be available by year-end, Singapore, Health News

SINGAPORE – A blood test for detecting gastric cancer early may be available by the end of this year. If approved by the Health Sciences Authority, it will be the first such test in the world, according to the expert leading the project. “Gastric cancer is a silent killer as it is often detected late, making it harder to treat and cure,” said Associate Professor Yeoh Khay Guan of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at the National University of Singapore. “This non-invasive blood test will greatly simplify the…

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Unfazed by trade war, Google collaborates with Huawei on health care AI initiative

When Huawei Technologies announced its latest smartphone last week, the world’s largest telecommunications equipment maker also shared another product. Track AI promises to pair software with Huawei devices to let “non-trained professionals” diagnose eye conditions.Missing from the Chinese company’s announcement was Google’s work behind the scenes.Huawei built Track AI using TensorFlow, a set of artificial intelligence software tools from Alphabet’s Google. TensorFlow is also open-source, so… Source link

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Health and beauty giant AS Watson opens 15,000th store as CK Hutchison chair Victor Li tries to emerge from father Li Ka-shing’s shadow

Founded almost two centuries ago as a simple dispensary, it is now part of the fabric of Hong Kong, selling everything from beauty products and tissues to snacks and its own brand of bottled water.Watsons is almost as ubiquitous as 7-Eleven, with at least one shop in every neighbourhood of the city. Breakneck expansion into overseas markets has seen AS Watson Group grow into the world’s biggest and fastest growing health and beauty retailer, opening a new store on average once every seven hours… Source link

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Lessons I learnt from living in the world’s happiest place, Singapore, Health News

Happiness is not a laughing matter, at least not in Bhutan. Happiness is serious business for them over there. So serious, that they’ve even established a Gross National Happiness (GNH) Commission, which ensures that everything the country does contributes to the overall well-being and happiness of its people. The pursuit of GNH is also enshrined in the country’s Constitution and when you ask a Bhutanese if they are really happy, most would say yes. Having lived and worked in Bhutan for almost a year now, what I’ve learnt about happiness…

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