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Singapore’s foreign domestic workers turning to sport to battle the bulge, Lifestyle, Health, Singapore News

Before Aye Aung made her first trip out of Myanmar to Singapore as a foreign domestic worker, the 25-year-old weighed slightly more than 40kg. But after working in Singapore for just over a year, she has put on some 15kg. “I was very skinny since I was young and people used to call me names. But now I eat much better here. My family will be very surprised and happy to see me getting fatter when I return,” she said. There are some 250,000 foreign domestic workers in the island…

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PepsiCo bets on healthy living, acquiring 26 per cent stake in China’s second-largest health food producer

American beverage and snacks giant PepsiCo has agreed to buy a 26 per cent stake in Natural Food International, reflecting a strategic tie up with China’s second-largest health food producer at a time when rising affluence is leading to change in dietary habits in the world’s most populated consumer market.Natural Food said in a Hong Kong exchange filing on Friday that PepsiCo would spend HK$1.02 billion (US$131 million) to buy 566.5 million shares, equivalent to a 25.8 per cent stake, from a… Source link

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This Indonesian start-up has become the Gates Foundation’s first health care tech investment

Jonathan Sudharta was a brawl-prone, unremarkable student who played in a rock band. Friends of his father, a self-made tycoon, feared he would one day take over the family medical business and ruin it.Instead, in 2016, at the age of 34, Sudharta co-founded a start-up that attracted the interest of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and today becomes the organisation’s first ever equity investment in an online health care platform.His creation, Halodoc, is trying to address one of the biggest… Source link

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5G roll-out: Telcos split on number of networks, individuals fear health risks, Digital, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Some industry players want Singapore to free up more 5G airwaves while others believe one single network will be enough to share among all operators. Individuals, however, are concerned with whether radiation from the 5G radio frequency will be harmful to people’s health. These were the leading responses from a recent public consultation posted on Monday night (July 15) on the website of regulator Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA). The IMDA had held the consultation, which ended last week, to get feedback on its approach to assigning 5G…

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In good health, but 80-year-old has already made her final wishes known to her children, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – Although Madam Tsang Sow Kuen is active, independent and in good shape for her age, the spritely 80-year-old has already made her final wishes known to her children. “They just need to follow my instructions. It’s less complicated that way,” said Madam Tsang. Added her friend, 64-year-old Tan Lu See: “Our mothers never talked to us about these things. We had to learn it all ourselves. Now, we tell our children so that they will know what to do.” Both women took part in a workshop on living and…

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Tencent, health care boost Hong Kong shares, while Chinese shares fall on swirling uncertainties

Meanwhile, the CSI 300 of large caps traded in Shanghai and Shenzhen slipped by 0.17 per cent to 3,786.74. Hong Kong saw rallies by two pharmaceuticals – CSPC Pharmaceutical and Sino Biopharmaceuticals – as traders looked to the sector for safety amid so many uncertainties. CSPC was up 4.1 per cent to HK$12.70 while Sino Biopharmaceuticals jumped 3.3 per cent to HK$8.72. They were the benchmark’s biggest percentage gainers of the day. Chinese carmaker Geely finally had a good day, rising 2.6 per cent to HK$12, after four straight days…

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Defensive health care plays help Hong Kong, Shanghai stock markets ahead of high-stakes Xi-Trump trade meeting

Health care stocks were top gainers in China and Hong Kong stock exchanges, as investors looked for defensive plays heading into the high-stakes trade talks between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping on Saturday.The Shanghai Composite Index on Wednesday closed down 0.2 per cent at 2,976.28.Brokerages weighed on the index, with a gauge tracking 45 brokerages listed in China down 3.2 per cent.That came after disclosures by two brokerages – CSC Financial and First Capital Securities – that two… Source link

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Seeking help for burnout is ‘not weak’, Singapore, Health News

As work stress can exact a toll on workers and employers, sufferers should not be ashamed to ask for help, says IMH psychologist In 2012, work stress coupled with inadequate sleep caused a lawyer in private practice to have debilitating migraines every other day. Mr Wong Yi not only suffered intense pain, but his vision was also affected, rendering him unable to read off his computer screen or review documents. He told The New Paper recently: “I went to see a doctor. But when medication did not stop the pain,…

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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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