Last updated: February 2017 | Obtained from Public Health Service's Facebook page 

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21/2/17

One of the complications of diabetes is chronic kidney disease (CKD). If you are a diabetic, you can adopt lifestyle changes that can potentially slow down the progression of kidney disease to a more advanced stage. This article will provide you with more information on CKD and its symptoms, along with its management with both lifestyle changes and medication.

https://www.healthxchange.sg/diabetes/prevention/diabetes-kidneys-prevent-diabetic-nephropathy

7/2/17

In Singapore, colorectal cancer is the most common cancer in men and the second most common cancer in women. Here's a good article to help you understand a bit more about the risk factors for this common cancer and take steps to reduce your risk.

https://www.healthxchange.sg/cancer/colorectal-cancer/colorectal-cancer-tips-lower-risk

24/1/17

Do you hear the familiar festive tunes ringing out at supermarkets and shopping malls? It's Chinese New Year yet again! While we delight at the prospect of filling our stomachs with the delicious goodies that never seem to run out, why not put in some exercise as well to relive the guilt from consuming all those calories? Here's an article to help you do just that in a convenient way!

https://www.healthhub.sg/live-healthy/893/stay-fit-tips-for-chinese-new-year

10/1/17

It is a brand new year - and if you're wondering if you drank too much at those new year parties, this article on the liver is for you!

The liver is an extremely vital organ in the human body as it performs many crucial functions such as detoxification, metabolism and regulation of the body's biological processes. Unfortunately, liver conditions such as fatty liver are becoming increasingly common in our population. However, the good news is that such conditions can often be reversed via simple lifestyle and dietary changes!

Find out more on how we can have a healthy liver via 10 simple tips in this article.

https://www.healthxchange.sg/digestive-system/liver/tips-healthy-liver

20/12/16

The holiday season is here and Christmas is coming up. This means good food, good parties, get togethers and a lot of fun. But it could also mean greater difficulty in controlling one's diet and exercise regime. Here are some tips on how to keep up an active lifestyle despite the holiday season.

https://www.healthhub.sg/live-healthy/196/toast_to_health_christmas_new_year

6/12/16

Tuberculosis affects over 1500 people in Singapore each year and remains a pressing problem. What exactly is TB, what is it caused by, how does it spread, and how do I know if I am infected with TB? This article will help to clarify your questions!

https://www.healthhub.sg/a-z/diseases-and-conditions/91/tuberculosis

 

25/11/16

"My doctor tells me I have high blood pressure, but I feel normal." Do you have high blood pressure, and do you wonder why your doctor makes such a big fuss over it? This video will tell you more about why high blood pressure, or "hypertension", is known as the silent killer.

If you have yet to measure your blood pressure, do request for a measurement of your BP at your nearest polyclinic or GP clinic. It is important for one to measure BP regularly.

8/11/16

Have you heard of COPD? COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and in line with COPD Awareness Month this November, here is an infographic to tell you more about what COPD really is. The primary cause of COPD is cigarette smoking, which greatly increases one's risk of several diseases and cancers.

Read this article to find out more about what it is like living with COPD: 

http://www.healthxchange.com.sg/healthyliving/ManagingChronicIllnesses/Pages/COPD-Heavy-Smoking-Has-Damaged-His-Lungs.aspx

25/10/16

Prevention is better than cure. Health screenings are a way where we can detect problems with our body and put in preventive measures before these problems worsen. Find out about the importance of health screenings and how they can potentially save your life.

https://www.healthhub.sg/live-healthy/403/abcs_of_health_screening

 

11/10/16

In line with our recent theme of prevention, this week's theme is about Diabetes. Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in Singapore. There are however, steps to reduce your risk of contracting diabetes. Find out more in this week's article!

http://www.healthxchange.com.sg/healthyliving/ManagingChronicIllnesses/Pages/diabetes-singapore-stats-prevention-tips.aspx

 

27/09/16

Cancer is the leading cause of death in Singapore. There is good news. If cancer is detected early enough, the sufferer stands a good chance of survival. The earlier it is detected, the better. Go for regular health check-ups to ensure that any problems are detected early and protect your health.

http://hpb.gov.sg/HOPPortal/dandc-article/9696

 

14/09/16

If you could do one simple thing to lower your risk of getting certain diseases, would you do it? Read up more on how adopting a less sedentary lifestyle can help reduce your risk of getting certain diseases!

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/for-healths-sake-change-sedentary-lifestyle-doc

30/08/16

High blood pressure (hypertension) is a frequent cause of worry, especially among the older generation. A common question asked is - what can I eat to lower my blood pressure? This article sums it up nicely - the DASH diet (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension). The simple advice given here, when put into practice, will go a long way in the management hypertension.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/dash-diet/art-20048456

 

16/08/16

Women have been wondering for years: Are antiperspirants safe for use? Do they cause breast cancer? How about bras and hair dyes? This article helps to dispel some myths relating to such concerns - a good read for those of us who have been struggling with such questions!

http://www.healthxchange.com.sg/healthyliving/SpecialFocus/Pages/Cancer-Myths-Facts-The-Truth-About-Antiperspirants-Bras-Hair-Dyes.aspx

02/08/16

There may have been times when you've gone to the toilet and got frightened, because you discovered blood in your urine. Is blood in urine (haematuria) always dangerous? What could it entail? While you should definitely pay a visit to your doctor, this article shows us that it does not always have to be a cause for worry.

http://www.healthxchange.com.sg/healthyliving/SpecialFocus/Pages/Blood-in-Urine-Hematuria-Is-It-Always-Dangerous.aspx

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19/07/16

Colorectal cancer is the most common cancer amongst both men and women in Singapore. Perhaps you may know someone who is suffering or has suffered from colorectal cancer. What is it? What are the risk factors? What are the symptoms to look out for? This video tells you about what you need to know.

Our PHS free health screening, which will be taking place on 8-9 Oct (Sat-Sun) at Clementi Central, will offer free Faecal Immunochemical Test kits, used in the screening and early detection of colorectal cancer. Do come down for our screening and get your FIT kits!

http://www.healthxchange.com.sg/healthyliving/SpecialFocus/Pages/ask-the-specialists-colorectal-cancer-video.aspx

 

05/07/16

Stroke can strike anyone, anytime. Stroke occurs when blood supply to the brain is cut off, and brain cells are deprived of oxygen and begin to die. Time is of the essence after a stroke - every other second spent waiting means greater brain injury. How can we recognise a stroke? Learning the simple acronym - FAST - can help to save precious lives.

http://www.healthxchange.com.sg/…/…/Act-FAST-for-Stroke.aspx

21/06/16

Rub a hot hard-boiled egg over a bruise... Tilt your head back in a nose bleed... Place a metal spoon in a child having a seizure... We've all heard these age-old remedies that have been passed down to us through the generations, but what do doctors think about these remedies though? Dr Lim from SGH helps us sort out fact from myth.

http://www.healthxchange.com.sg/healthyliving/SpecialFocus/Pages/First-Aid-Home-Remedies-10-Facts-and-Myths-Page-1.aspx

07/06/16

Are you at risk for Type II Diabetes? Know the symptoms, take preventive measures, checkup early, and seek early treatment if necessary. Take the Type II Diabetes risk test here: http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/diabetes-risk- test/?loc=atrisk-slabnav. Do explore the other helpful links on this website, which will let you learn more about what diabetes is, the risk factors, and how to manage diabetes.

24/05/16

Sleep deprivation causes weight gain - myth or reality? In busy busy Singapore, we never seem to get enough sleep. But what's the price we pay for this productivity? It may be time to reconsider some of our habits in pursuit of a healthier lifestyle... time to kiss those late nights burning the midnight oil good bye!

http://www.healthxchange.com.sg/healthyliving/FitnessandExercise/Pages/Sleep-Deprivation-and-Weight-Gain-Is-There-a-Link.aspx

10/05/2016

What is this Zika virus that everyone has been talking about? This article provides the information you need to know in a comprehensible, illustrated way. Given that the virus is transmitted by the Aedes mosquito (which also transmits dengue), MOH has reported that it is possible for the virus to be spread to Singapore. As such, let's continue being vigilant and keep up our anti-dengue habits, such as:

  • Changing water in vases and bowls on alternate days
  • Removing water from flower pot plates on alternate days
  • Turning over all water storage containers such as buckets and pails
  • Covering bamboo pole holders after doing laundry
  • Cleaning roof gutters and putting BTI insecticide in them monthly.

http://www.bbc.com/news/health-35370848

26/04/2016

Looking for a recipe for a healthy lunch? Look no further! Laksa is one of the synonymous hawker foods in Singapore, but can also be unhealthy due to the coconut milk which is high in saturated fat. This recipe teaches you how to make delicious, yet lean laksa. Bon appétit!

http://www.healthxchange.com.sg/healthyliving/HealthyRecipes/Pages/Not-so-lemak-laksa.aspx

12/04/2016

A study conducted by NCSS has shown that elderly cancer patients who are emotionally well-off are likely to have a better chance of recovery than those who are not. If you know of an elderly person stricken with cancer, do read this article to find out more about how you can provide a supportive environment for the elderly to recuperate.

http://www.healthxchange.com.sg/healthyliving/seniorhealth/Pages/Good-Emotional-Health-Can-Improve-Survival-Rate-of-Elderly-Cancer-Patients.aspx

29/03/2016

Have you been having heartburn (acid reflux), chest pain lately? And the standard medications just don't seem to be working? These symptoms of gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD) could be a sign of more serious conditions. Read on to find out more!

http://www.healthxchange.com.sg/healthyliving/SpecialFocus/Pages/GERD-When-Reflux-Medicine-Is-Not-Effective.aspx

15/03/2016

This may seem unbelievable but experts on the condition say it is one that is growing. With the rise of the silver tsunami in Singapore, it is crucial that we provide adequate support for dementia patients.

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/elderly-people-caught-shoplifting-they-may-have-dementia

01/03/2016

You are what you eat. This famous saying couldn't be more true. When choosing our meals and snacks let us remember that the key to a healthy body is a healthy diet. Check out HPB's guide on what and how to eat healthily!

http://www.hpb.gov.sg/HOPPortal/health-article/2758

16/02/2016

As we enjoy the festivities of Chinese New Year, lets remember that everything, no matter how delicious, should be consumed in moderation. Take a look at the amount of calories found in some popular Chinese New Year goodies. And lastly, we wish all of you a Happy Chinese New Year!

http://www.ladyironchef.com/2016/01/chinese-new-year-snacks-calories/

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03/02/2016

Another way to work towards a healthier lifestyle is exercise! Let's take a look at how we can incorporate exercise into our daily lifestyle. Remember, even a short walk everyday is better than nothing!

http://www.naturalnews.com/024202_exercise_body_blood.html

 

19/01/2016

Wholemeal? Multi grain? White bread? What exactly is the difference between all these types of bread? Today lets take a closer look at something that most of us consume everyday. A simple substitution to another variety of bread could make a huge difference on the nutritional benefits you obtain.

http://www.healthxchange.com.sg/healthyliving/DietandNutrition/Pages/Which-Bread-Is-Most-Healthy.aspx

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05/01/2016

To kickstart the new year's HealthFeed, we shall look at favourite drinks in our local hawker centres! Many of these drinks contain sugar and condensed milk which form a bulk of its calories. Perhaps it should be our New Year's resolution to ask for less sugar when ordering such drinks.

http://www.ladyironchef.com/2015/09/singapore-hawker-drinks-calories/

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~2015 Archives~

22/12/2015

It is a sad truth that many elderly are facing problems such as social isolation and depression. As families and friends let us look out for the old folks around us, and help them out if possible. Let us take the first step in caring for them, before it is too late.

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/more-seniors-in-spore-taking-own-lives

17/11/2015

Type II Diabetes is also known as non-congenital diabetes and is closely associated with diet and lifestyle factors. By keeping a healthy diet and lifestyle, Type II diabetes is preventable and early stages are reversible. However, when things are not kept in check at all, like the 3-year-old girl in the article, things can go awry.

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/sep/16/type-2-diabetes-three-year-old-girl-obesity

10/11/2015

Who's guilty of treating yourself to a good meal after exercise? Be aware and beware of such "licensing effects". Read on to find out more!

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/25/opinion/sunday/how-salad-can-make-us-fat.html

03/11/2015

If you haven't already heard about it, red meat and processed meat are now considered carcinogens according to the cancer agency of the World Health Organisation. As with all other foods, take everything in moderation!

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/oct/26/ham-risks-cancer-red-processed-meat

27/10/2015

Exciting research that may possibly lead to cures for old age-related diseases such as Alzheimer's. This is especially important in Singapore where we're facing a silver tsunami.

"So to summarize, we find the old mouse, and its brain in particular, are malleable. They're not set in stone; we can actually change them. It can be rejuvenated. Young blood factors can reverse aging, and what I didn't show you -- in this model, the young mouse actually suffers from exposure to the old. So there are old-blood factors that can accelerate aging. And most importantly, humans may have similar factors, because we can take young human blood and have a similar effect."

http://www.ted.com/talks/tony_wyss_coray_how_young_blood_might_help_reverse_aging_yes_really

20/10/2015

Did you know there is a free Singaporean Healthy Cookbook online? For all those interested to expand their home-cooked recipes, this is a good place to look!

http://www.singhealth.com.sg/AboutSingHealth/CorporateOverview/Newsroom/Special-Publications/Pages/SimplyHealthy.aspx

13/10/2015

Keeping physically active as you age is important! It helps keep healthy joints and muscles, enhances your sleep, and keeps you mentally active. Start with small steps to keep your life active! Small steps go a long way in one's health.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/goodlife/11815795/How-to-keep-fit-after-50.html

06/10/2015

"Human beings have a natural and innate need to bond, and when we're happy and healthy, we'll bond and connect with each other, but if you can't do that, because you're traumatized or isolated or beaten down by life, you will bond with something that will give you some sense of relief. Now, that might be gambling, that might be pornography, that might be cocaine, that might be cannabis, but you will bond and connect with something because that's our nature. That's what we want as human beings."

Interesting take on addiction. If you have friends and family who are addicted to something, be it smartphone, smoking or alcohol, show more love to them to help them quit.

http://www.ted.com/talks/johann_hari_everything_you_think_you_know_about_addiction_is_wrong?language=en

29/09/2015

The month of October is where we see HPB's Healthy Lifestyle Festival (24th year running)! Free cooking workshops and exercise activities available every weekend for the month! Feel free to check it out!

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/putting-the-fun-into-healthy-living

22/09/2015

"Too busy to exercise" is now just an excuse with this 7-minute workout app by The New York Times. This kind of short but intensive interval training has been scientifically shown to bring benefits to the body comparable to prolonged endurance training. We won't downplay the benefits of long hours of running or cycling but this 7-minute workout is definitely better than lying on the couch.

We suggest that you make this a daily habit by either doing it the first thing you wake up or before showering at the end of a long day. Exercise has been shown to improve mental function so it'll definitely be a great start to a productive day!

http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/10/24/for-a-7-minute-workout-download-our-new-app/

15/09/2015

Take this with a pinch of salt (but no, please cut down on your salt intake for your blood pressure's sake). More needs to be studied before we can conclusively agree with this new study and apply it in Singapore. Listen to what your doctor says instead!

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2015/09/12/health/blood-pressure-study.html?referrer

08/09/2015

All of you probably come across tons of health news daily but can you trust them all? Here's an article which will help you discern the good from the bad in the field of scientific research.

Do not trust any study without finding out the methodology, trial size or even funding (remember the Coca Cola research scandal that we posted in our very first Healthfeed?).

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/18/upshot/how-to-know-whether-to-believe-a-health-study.html

01/09/2015

Exciting initiative to tackle the issue of an ageing population in Singapore!

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/elder-friendly-gym-machines-for-active-ageing

25/08/2015

Last week we posted an article about the hidden dangers of soft drinks. This week, we have an article on food, and some simple tips to change your diet for the better.

http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/essential-tips-to-lose-weight-healthily

18/08/2015

Hi everyone! Here's our first Healthfeed! PHS will be posting health related articles every Tuesday at 8pm.

Here's an interesting article for all you coke lovers out there! Remember that diet and lifestyle changes are both important when trying to lose weight. Exercise alone will definitely not do the job if we do not eat healthily!

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/14/opinion/coke-tries-to-sugarcoat-the-truth-on-calories.html?_r=0

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