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Personal information of over 800,000 blood donors was accessible online for 2 months: HSA, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The personal information of more than 800,000 people who have donated or registered to donate blood in Singapore since 1986 was improperly put online by a Health Sciences Authority (HSA) vendor for more than two months, but access to the database was cut off soon after the discovery. Disclosing this in a statement on Friday (March 15), the HSA said its preliminary findings indicate that there was only one instance of external access – by a cybersecurity expert who discovered the vulnerability on Tuesday (March 12) and alerted…

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HSA issues alert on 5 cosmetic creams with very high levels of mercury and potent undeclared ingredients, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – It promised to give users “white, fluffy, glowing skin” and claimed to be made from “100 per cent natural ingredients”, but in fact contained mercury levels that were more than 40,000 times over the permissible limits. Deeja Cosmetic Wrinkle cream is one of five cosmetic creams which the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has issued an alert about on Thursday (Jan 31). The four other creams HSA has advised consumers not to purchase or use are Deeja Cosmetic Sun cream, Deeja Cosmetic Dream cream, RDL Babyface Whitening Cream Night…

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No asbestos found in Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder in Singapore: HSA, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) has said that it did not find any asbestos in Johnson & Johnson’s baby powder or other talc products sold here. HSA has also not received reports on adverse reactions associated with the use of talc in cosmetic products in Singapore, including J&J baby powder, the regulator told The Straits Times. J&J is facing thousands of lawsuits in the United States over claims that some of its talcum powder products caused cancer. On Dec 14, Reuters reported that the pharmaceutical giant was aware of trace amounts…

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HSA issues advisory on mahogany seeds, or ‘sky fruit’, after 7 cases of liver injury reported, Singapore News

SINGAPORE – There have been seven cases of liver injury reported in recent years that are suspected to be linked to eating mahogany seeds, which are more commonly known as sky fruit. The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) said it received these reports over the past three years, where patients had liver injuries ranging from mild liver function impairment to liver failure. These seven patients, who are in their 40s to 70s, had eaten the mahogany seeds in both raw form and in capsules. Five of them were hospitalised, HSA said in…

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Singapore not affected by tainted flu vaccines found in Hong Kong, Taiwan: HSA, Singapore, Health News

SINGAPORE – Batches of flu vaccines from French manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur were found to contain impurities, reported Hong Kong and Taiwanese media earlier this week. But Singapore is not affected as the products are not available here, said the Health Sciences Authority (HSA) in reply to queries from The Straits Times. Hong Kong health authorities said 175,000 doses from a batch containing “white particles” had been delivered to the city’s public health care providers, while about 75,000 doses had been administered, said South China Morning Post (SCMP) on Tuesday (Nov…

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