Archive for the ‘Medical’ Category

World Tuberculosis Day 2018 – 24 March: Tuberculosis today

Saturday, March 24th, 2018

Today is World TB Day. It falls on 24 March every year – the purpose is to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic impact of tuberculosis (TB) and urge acceleration of efforts to end the global TB epidemic.

Editor’s note:

This article first appeared in HalenessMe2018.wordpress.com as the final piece in a 6-part series leading up to World TB Day today.

Hope you’ll find some time to read the series to learn more about tuberculosis.

TB was one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide in 2016, ranking above HIV and malaria.

TB was one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide in 2016, ranking above HIV and malaria.

One of the targets of WHO’s Sustainable Development Goals for 2030 is to end the global TB epidemic.

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Event forecast: IFA Global Press Conference 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal

Monday, March 27th, 2017

IFA this year will be from 1-6 September, 2017. As in previous years, the annual consumer electronics & home appliances show will be preceded by a preview mini-show for the media from 20-23 April.

This year’s IFA GPC will be in Lisbon, Portugal (20-23 April, 2017). Venues in the past have included Dubrovnik in Croatia (2012), Sardinia in Italy (2013), and Belek in Turkey (2014).

This year’s IFA GPC will be in Lisbon, Portugal (20-23 April, 2017). Venues in the past have included Dubrovnik in Croatia (2012), Sardinia in Italy (2013), and Belek in Turkey (2014).

IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung Berlin – international radio exhibition Berlin) is a global consumer electronics and home appliances show held annually in Berlin in September.

IFA 2016 saw more than 1,800 exhibitors showing off their products to 238,000 visitors (including139,000 trade visitors) in 158,000 sqm of rented display area.

Every year, the organisers hold a global press conference (IFA GPC) in another European city (2016 was an exception, when the GPC was held in Hong Kong & Shenzhen).

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New arrival: Essilor launches Varilux 3 progressive lenses in Singapore

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

The new Varilux 3 series includes the Physio 3.0 (S$540), Comfort 3.0 (S$420) and Liberty 3.0 (S$300).

Presbyopia is set to be an increasing concern as Singapore’s population’s median age hits 40.

Presbyopia is set to be an increasing concern as Singapore’s population’s median age hits 40.

The entry-level Varilux Liberty 3.0 offers “effortless sharp vision at a competitive price”.

The mid-tier Varilux Comfort 3.0 promises “effortless, sharp and natural vision no matter the distance or lighting condition”.

The top-end Varilux Physio 3.0 boasts – on top of that – “the ability to easily change focus from something near to another at a distance”.

A photo posted by John Tan (@tech4tea) on

Essilor launched the new Varilux 3.0 in Singapore at the South Beach Hotel this morning.

Below are more details from the press release.

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New arrivals: Sharp Air Purifier cum Mosquito Catcher

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Sharp has launched in Singapore what it claims to be the world’s first air purifier with built-in mosquito catcher. The FP-FM40E-B is now available at all Gain City outlets at S$459.

The FP-FM40E-B air purifier cum mosquito catcher uses Sharp’s Plasmacluster Ion technology and is designed for family protection.

The FP-FM40E-B air purifier cum mosquito catcher uses Sharp’s Plasmacluster Ion technology and is designed for family protection.

The device is suitable for all households and is developed with the intention of providing families peace of mind and added protection against mosquitoes throughout the year.

The device’s built-in mosquito catcher utilises a multi-step process (see below) that eliminates mosquitoes without the use of harsh chemicals.

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New mobile app: Quit Pro makes quitting smoking fun and easy

Thursday, January 2nd, 2014

If quitting smoking is one of your new year resolutions, try out this free app to help you kick the habit.

New mobile app: Quit Pro makes quitting smoking fun and easyQuit Pro offers easy navigation and user experience to enable the user who is ready to quit smoking to easily find out when and what situations caused the need to smoke, along with the emotions that triggered the puff.

The app also has a social feature which allows sharing of one’s progress with their loved ones via Facebook, Twitter, email or even SMS.

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Common hand ailments and preventive exercises

Sunday, September 18th, 2011

“my paper” listed a number of common hand ailments arising from prolonged usage of touch-screen devices such as tablets and smartphones, as well as a number of preventive exercises.

Some common hand ailments that my paper listed in its 14 Sep story included:

Common RSI and hand ailments and preventive exercises from my paper.

Common RSI and hand ailments and preventive exercises from my paper.

  • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Trigger Fingers
  • DeQuervain’s Disease

According to the Hand & Reconstructive Microsurgery Centre at the National University Hospital (NUH), the number of people seeking treatment from the hospital for hand fatigue/injury has been on the rise since 2009.

For Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, the number of cases has increased 13% from 337 in 2009 to 382 in 2010. For DeQuervain’s Disease, the number has increased 60% from 160 in 2009 to 256 in 2010.

my paper also quoted a therapist from NUH as observing that ladies have a greater tendency to suffer from Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSI) compared to men. This was due to the smaller size of their wrists and other gender-related reasons, such as hormonal changes, pregnancy and menopause.

The article also featured four simple preventive exercises. Each could be done in sets of three repetitions, lasting about 5 seconds for each repetition.

my paper reports on touch screen epidemic

Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Four months ago, I mused about how my chiropractor was laughing to the bank with the increasing number of patients he was seeing because of the proliferation of tablet computers and touch-screen devices. That anecdotal episode has now been substantiated by “my paper”.

Front page feature in the Chinese section of my paper on 14 September 2011.

Front page feature in the Chinese section of my paper on 14 September 2011.

In the front page feature in the Chinese section of my paper on Wednesday (14 September 2011), my paper reported that the number of people suffering from hand injuries has risen because of the popularity of handheld devices.

It reports that although individual touch screen gestures seem like slight movements on their own, overly frequent use would result in arm fatigue, as well as malaise in different parts of the body.

The feature related how a new touch-screen smartphone owner suffered – within a week – discomfort in her wrists, and numbness cum loss of strength in the fingers. Her Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) doctor diagnosed that her affliction was related to the daily usage of her touch-screen device.

What was her usage profile like? She played with the phone every 15 minutes, played games and surfed the net when she rode on the bus, occasionally used it at work to check for information, and sent SMS and email while lying in bed prior to falling asleep.

Does it sound like your usage profile?

The 31-year-old tutor related how her wrists felt bruised, and how she had problems typing and holding drinking cups. Her conditions only improved after regular “Tui Na” (a form of TCM massage) and cutting down on her usage.

Another new touch-screen device user also experienced signs of muscle fatigue and discomfort to the fingers and neck. This 42-year-old chauffeur spends four to five hours every night playing games on the device, sometimes persisting even when his fingers ached.

Use of touch screen devices leads to more hand fatigue and injuries

Use of touch screen devices leads to more hand fatigue and injuries.

A TCM doctor from Income Healthcare observed that the unrestrained usage of touch-screen devices has become the leading cause of muscle fatigue and injury, and the number of patients seeking treatment from clinics for such symptoms has increased gradually.

Because the muscles and nerves cannot withstand the prolonged and repeated typing and gesturing of the fingers necessitated by the use of touch-screen devices, fatigue and injuries to the fingers, wrists, muscles and joints occur, the TCM doctor told my paper.

Perhaps it’s time to examine our own usage of touch-screen devices that are increasingly encroaching into our digital lifestyle.

My chiropractor loves tablets … the electronic kind

Monday, May 16th, 2011
Overheard at a chiropractor’s session: the chiropractor was seeing more and more people for pains arising from usage of tablets.

Couldn’t help overhearing the chiropractor talking to a fellow patient in an adjacent cubicle as I was being put through the interferential electrotherapy treatment.

Do chiropractors love tablets?The guy started by commenting that many people going through their mid-life crisis are jumping into marathons without realising what it was going to do to their bodies many years downstream when they grow old – especially if they did not go through the necessary build-up training and if they’ve never gone through a marathon in their younger days before.

Then he went on to observe how he is seeing more and more people for pains and aches arising from the use of tablets. His chiropractic business has seen a pick up from the number of people coming in to see him since tablets started becoming popular.

Something about the weight of the device and having to hold/prop it up in one hand for prolonged periods of time while gesturing with the other hand. Now that more tablets are being introduced by the day and people are buying more and more tablets, this chiropractor must be laughing to the bank, going by his anecdotal correlation between the proliferation of tablets and the health of his business.

Maybe I should reconsider that marathon and think twice about that sleek tablet I’d just read about yesterday …