Singapore 

Scientists discover new viruses that can help identify persons at high risk of ‘Cantonese cancer’, Health, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Scientists in Singapore have identified new variants of a virus that are associated with various cancers – including one that affects Cantonese people more than others. This could make it easier to identify individuals at high risk of developing the cancers, and get them to undergo intervention programmes early. The scientists discovered that the two new Epstein-Barr Virus (EBV) variants are associated with the most common head and neck cancer in Singapore – nasopharyngeal carcinoma – as well as gastric cancer and several kinds of lymphoma. Nasopharyngeal carcinoma…

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Singapore 

Chatroom: Singaporean indie games developer Joysteak Studios on birbs, burnout, and mental health, Digital, Singapore News

Born in 2017, Joysteak Studios is a three-man squad of NUS graduates: Muhammad Hanif, Tan Kang Soon, and Chue Sai Hou. The trio has been working on an insanely adorable musical platformer, Songbird Symphony, which finally gets to leave its nest on July 25 this year. So far, the award-winning game has already received praise from Waypoint and Alpha Beta Gamer for its relatable, heartfelt story about Birb, a lonely chick with an identity crisis. Players guide Birb on a journey to find out who and what he is, all…

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Singapore 

Mentally ill people likely to die earlier, Singapore, Health News

About half of patients with mental health disorders also end up with chronic diseases, which reduce their life expectancy by about 20 years compared with the general population. The National Healthcare Group’s (NHG) book, River Of Life, lists the life expectancy of 891 Institute of Mental Health (IMH) patients who died between 2015 and 2016 as 64.3 years. The national average is 83.1 years. Half of these patients also had chronic physical ailments, said NHG, which looks after IMH. Experts told The New Paper that mental health issues can have…

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China 

China’s fragmented health care system under increasing pressure as nation rapidly ages

In April, scenes of a seasoned doctor from a large public hospital in Shanghai being taken away by police in handcuffs after a confrontation with the relative of a patient went viral, but also reignited the debate about the often fiery relationship between medical professionals and the public in China.Thoracic surgeon Zhao Xiaojing had allowed one extra patient to be added to his already full schedule for the day, a common practice due to overwhelming demand, but that meant the patient had been… Source link

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Foreign start-ups eye China’s vast digital health care market, but finding the right revenue model holds the key to success

Digital therapeutics and smart medical management, an emerging field in the health care industry, is attracting some foreign companies to China, which has the potential to improve the lives of people living with chronic conditions and reduce their medical bills.“In China, digital technology will play a massive role in patient outcomes and health care costs,” said Celina Chew, German life science company Bayer’s president for Greater China.While China’s market potential is huge in chronic… Source link

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Singapore 

HSA issues alert on ‘weight loss’ products after woman suffers severe heart failure, Health, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has raised the alert on four health products, including three marketed for weight loss, after five consumers reported adverse reactions to them, including one woman who now has severe heart failure. The products were tested by the HSA and found to contain undeclared potent medicinal ingredients. BB Body, Bello Smaze and Choco Fit contained sibutramine, a banned substance for weight loss. Seahorse Chop Du Zhong Ba Ji Wan had dexamethasone, a potent steroid that was fraudulently added into the product, as well as…

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Singapore 

Office Tea Episode 6: The Health Screening Nightmare, Singapore News

Company health screenings come free – so why is Le En so reluctant to take it? In this episode, actual tears were shed, and people were traumatised.  Follow and subscribe so you won’t miss a single episode of our new series, Office Tea!  To catch more of her antics, follow her on Instagram @goofy_feline!    WATCH EPISODE 5: Bosses and Things editor@asiaone.com Office Tea is an AsiaOne original series where our new colleague Le En embarks on her adventures (or misadventures) in her first steps into the into the corporate world with AsiaOne.…

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Singapore 

Keto diet in Singapore: How to go low carb, high fat on a budget, Singapore, Health News

The very idea of a low carb high fat (LCHF) diet, often called the keto diet, is the stuff of most Singaporeans’ nightmares. If you ever let slip that you’re on this diet, best be prepared for critiques like, “How to lose weight when it’s HIGH fat?” and “You need carbs to live!” But dealing with concern-trolling family members/colleagues is only the second hardest thing about doing the keto diet in Singapore. The number one hardest thing is going LCHF on a budget. Try swapping your $3 char kway teow…

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Singapore 

MOH confirms first case of monkeypox in Singapore, Singapore, Health News

SINGAPORE – The Ministry of Health has confirmed one imported case of monkeypox infection in Singapore, involving a Nigerian national who arrived last month for a workshop. The 38-year-old man tested positive for the rare viral disease, which is primarily transmitted to humans from animals, on Wednesday (May 8), said MOH on Thursday. It is the first case of monkeypox reported here. He is currently in an isolation ward at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID), and is in stable condition. Meanwhile, 22 out of 23 individuals who have…

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