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  1. Just responding to the current situation to begin a chat on this. Generally psychiatric illness can be classified into The BAD, The SAD, and the MAD... You can also have a mix of conditions, such as borderline personalities, or a bipolar condition. If one has a serious psy issue, you need treatment by a psychiatrist, who may be assisted by a psychologist. A psychiatrist is a qualified doctor, who can diagnose, and more importantly treat a patient. The treatment can be in the form of words, such as counselling, psychological methods and medical or even ECT: Electroconvulsive treatment A psychologist aids by using non medical methods, such as listening, and active methods like flooding and other ways to help. There are POC (Psychiatric Outpatient Clinics) s to visit. IMH may be too scary or a label for them.... These are Government subsidised clinics nested within the polyclinics. Usually in a quiet corner and they get poly MCs so their bosses won't know otherwise. IIRC, Bedok, Tampines and Geylang poly have it - we had names for them - BePOC, TamPOC and GeyPOC Private help is always available, but it's costly.. but very private. Remember, illness must be correlated with the social context. Eg mediums are part of our society, so a person who claims he / she can talk to the Monkey God isn't necessarily mad. Medications can be taken orally, injected and you also have ECT. Training of a psychiatrist requires someone to take the basic degree, then enter residency for it and receive specialist training. Apart from IMH aka Woodbridge, there is NUH, which has a unit, and now TTSH too. It isn't a glamour practice, but it is needed. Psy illness isn't that uncommon, up to 1 in 150 can have it, just in various forms and at various parts of the spectrum. You can have traits, eg obsessive compulsive traits, eg, checking all your car doors once or twice before you can walk off, but you remain functional, all the way to a disorder, where you can't stop washing your hands, and even end up without skin because of hand washing.
  2. Didn't expect an article on Gym to comes from ShopBack. https://www.shopback.sg/blog/cheapest-gym-singapore Cheapest Gym Memberships in Singapore (and Alternatives) for All the Fitness Aficionados It’s a new year and time to live a healthier life. That not only means eating healthier but also striving to lead an active lifestyle with proper exercise and physical activity. For most people, it can be hitting the gym regularly. For others, it may mean squeezing in a short workout in their day to day routine. Let our guide to the cheapest gyms help you do this. Don’t worry if hitting that treadmill or exercise machine if not for you. We also include cheap alternatives to the gym for you to keep fit and to stay fit. It also pays to eat well and have supplements on your fitness journey! Get the best fitness fuel from iHerband get Cashback at the same time! Now with 8% Upsized Cashback until 31 Mar. 1. ActiveSG Gym Image Credit: ActiveSG ActiveSG is a nationwide movement for the promotion of sports for a better living. And behind this movement is a network of sports facilities and programmes that help individuals and families achieve an active and healthy lifestyle. Singaporeans of all ages and permanent residents can become members of ActiveSG for free. Once a member, you can have access to all their facilities which include gyms and swimming complexes. You can also sign up for ongoing programmes if you are interested in a particular sport. For gym-goers, there are 20 gyms to choose from, depending on which is closest to you. Best of all, it offers the cheapest fees for use of gym facilities. Adults who want access to any of the locations during all opening hours only need to pay $300 for a year, or $30 a month. There is also a pay per entry fee which as low as $1.50 for students and senior citizens. Locations: 20 gym facilities all over Singapore Opening Hours: 7am – 10pm (except for PH eve and PH) Website: https://www.myactivesg.com 2. Gymmboxx Image Credit: Photo via Gymmboxx Facebook If you are looking for a gym that offers personal training services, it is best you check out private gyms such as Gymmboxx. It has seven outlets all over the island and according to most reviews, Gymmboxx has the best weight training equipment available. They have three membership categories – Standard, Classic and Signature, which range from as short as 3 months to as long as 12 months. If you are not too keen on membership, you can also opt to go for their pay-per-entry rates. A 3-month plan for Classic membership will set you back $210, while a 12-month plan is $720. Special discount prices are available for youths and seniors. If you have extra money to splurge, you can invest in a personal trainer for $599 for 10 sessions. Locations: 6 gym facilities all over Singapore Opening Hours: Varied. Check website for details. Website: https://www.gymmboxx.com 3. Anytime Fitness Image Credit: Anytime Fitness Singapore Anytime Fitness is true to its name – you can go to the gym any time of the day, as their outlets are open 24/7. In Singapore, they have 38 outlets for you to choose from, making it quite convenient for you to shed off those unwanted pounds. With a variety of equipment available and your access key, you will have no more excuses not to go. Memberships start at $88 a month, and include options to sign up for 6, 12 or 18 months. You also get an Anywhere Club access which means you can use any of the thousands of Anytime Fitness gyms all over the world. That also means any of the 38 gyms in Singapore will be yours for the picking. And if you happen to be traveling abroad in a country where there are Anytime Fitness gyms, you can access those too. Locations: 38 gym facilities Opening Hours: 24/7 Website: https://www.anytimefitness.sg/ 4. Dennis Gym Image Credit: inSing.com Dennis Gym was set up by bodybuilding coach Dennis Tew. From one gym in Simei to 4 gyms, Dennis continues to promote an active and healthy lifestyle through his gym facilities and his dedicated personal trainers. If you are into weightlifting and bodybuilding, this is the gym for you. Working with their gym specialists allows you to try a customised program that will help you achieve your fitness goals. With flexible membership packages that allow monthly payments for 6, 12 and 24 months, Dennis Gym promises to combine effective physical training with fun elements. Group classes on muscle toning and combat training are available here, which is not usual in most gyms. Locations: Simei, Tai Seng, Jurong, Farrer Park Opening Hours: Mon to Fri: 7am-10pm, Sat & Sun: 8am-8pm Website: http://www.dennisgym.net 5. Yoga for fitness and exercise Image Credit: Eli Christman | Flickr Studies show that yoga, despite its low impact activities, has tremendous effects on one’s physical and mental well-being. It increases flexibility, improves muscle strength and tone and maintains good cardiovascular health. Concentration and balance are also on the list, as yoga helps one focus. Gone are the days when yoga classes are difficult to come by and are expensive. With many yoga studios and instructors already offering their services in Singapore, it won’t be hard to include yoga into your fitness routine. It will also add some variety to your program for better health. In Singapore, there are more than enough studios where you can get some Zen-inspired exercise for under $25 per session, which usually lasts for 10 to 20 session. Here is our list, although not exhaustive. For more yoga studios options, check our yoga guide. Yoga Studio Price Location YOGA in SYNC $23 (10 classes package) Bukit Pasoh YogaDivas $23 (10 classes outdoor package) Botanical Gardens/ Woking Rd Yoga Mala $22 (20 classes package) Circular Rd Yoga+ $20 (25 classes package) Pagoda St/ Arab St Yoga Inc. $20 (20 classes package) Guillemard/ Tiong Bahru/ Punggol/ Tampines Alpha Balance $20 (20 class package) Duxton/ Thompson Rd/ Bukit Timah Rd/ Sentosa/ East Coast/ Botanical Gardens Vyasa Yoga & Ayurveda $20 (10 classes package) Tessensohn Rd Yoga Lab $20 (10 classes package) East Coast/ Duxton/ Boon Tat St Yoga Movement $19 (20 classes package) Carpenter St/ East Coast/ Orchard/ Robertson Quay/ Tanjong Pagar/ Tiong Bahru Yogabar $19 (12 classes package) Far East Shopping Centre Akash Yoga $16 (23 class package) Bishan Park Outta Hatha Yoga $15 (10 classes package) Clifford Square 6. Dance your way to fitness with 1Fiesta Zumba Image Credit: Esther Max | Flickr Zumba continues to gain popularity in Singapore, especially with groups like 1Fiesta that promote a fun way to shed off some pounds. Since 2010, 1Fiesta has maintained such a high standard in classes with the best Zumba instructors in the city. Aside from standard Zumba classes, they have also ventured into Zumba Circuit, Zumba Toning, Aqua Zumba, Body Combat and many more. Since they aim to fill the demands of working professionals, they hold their classes after work hours and on the weekends. Classes only cost $15 per session in most of the locations, except for those that are part of a package. About 80 classes are being conducted every week, so you have more than enough chances to hit the Zumba dance floor. Locations: Waterloo, Riverside Point, Tampines, Jurong East, Bukit Batok, Bishan, Yio Chu Kang, Woodlands, and Functional Training Institute Website: https://1fiesta.com.sg 7. Fitness Passes If you can’t commit yourself to a conventional gym and need to change up your routine every once in a while to keep motivated, get a fitness pass. With a fitness pass, you can attend a variety of classes (HIIT, dance, spin, yoga and many more) at different studios for a fixed fee! You can choose between ClasPass and KFit for different fitness classes in Singapore. Below is a comparison between the two fitness passes. Price Location Price per class $12.90 Around $20 Availability of free trial No Yes Able to pause membership? Yes No Locations: At studios and gyms all across Singapore Website: 8. Swim away those calories Image Credit: Pexels Do you hate breaking a sweat when you are working out? Then swimming will be perfect for you. Singapore is endowed with many swimming facilities you can take your pick from. ActiveSG, for example, has one of the cheapest entry rates in the city. Category Weekdays Weekends & Public HolidaysChild/ Senior Citizen $0.50 $0.60Adult $1.00 $1.30Others $0.80 $1.10 Aside from ActiveSG, you can also check the swimming pools under SAFRA. Although they are a bit more expensive than ActiveSG, the entry fees will still be lower than $2. You can find out more through their website at http://www.safra.sg/. 9. Sunrise In The City by HPB Image Credit: Health Hub Sunrise in the City (SITC) is a fitness programme introduced by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) to encourage working adults to squeeze in some exercise before work. The best part is that it is free! Exercises for SITC include yoga, pilates, cardio and many more! There is a session almost every day of the week and there is a range of timings and locations to meet your convenience. HPB has also started introducing more sessions during lunchtime which works if you’re not keen on tiring yourself out before you reach the office. Locations: At studios and gyms all across Singapore Website: https://cprmsadfs.hpb.gov.sg/HPBOnline/events.aspx?program=sitc 10. Hike your way to better health Image Credit: Zairon | Wikimedia Commons Don’t be fooled by Singapore’s cityscapes – it’s not called the garden city for nothing. It has its share of parks and nature reserves, which has the best hiking trails for you to explore. It’s no secret what hiking can do for your cardiovascular health, let alone in strengthening your muscles. Plus, the outdoors can do wonders for your mood. We suggest The Southern Ridges which is a connector trail that is 10km long and is full of gorgeous views along the way. You can reach 5 other parks through this trail. Other parks you can add to your list are MacRitchie Reservoir Park, Fort Canning Park, Pulau Ubin, Labrador Nature Reserve and many more. Time to take exercise seriously Whether you prefer hitting the gym or dancing those pounds away with Zumba, there is a place for you to work towards your fitness goals. For the non-conventional fitness aficionado, if you want to try something new and different, give yoga, swimming or hiking a try. These options can be cheaper than your regular gym with the same health benefits. So, take those first steps for a healthier, more active you this year. The best first step towards a healthier you is to get the right sports attire. If you are looking for good deals on sportswear and equipment, don’t forget to check Shopback to make the most of all the Cashback deals. If you’re lucky, you might even find a Fave promo code offering discounts on gym and exercise classes too! Read more: 55 Fantastic Things To Do in Singapore Throughout the YearStay updated on our Shopback deals and blog posts through our Telegram channel! *Disclaimer: Originally published in December 2018 and updated for March 2019.
  3. Just like donkey years back, scientists once said that lard is bad for our health but over the past few years, researches have shown that lard is a good source of fats that support a healthy heart. What about MSG? Isn’t it bad for me? Source: https://www.channelnewsasia.com/singapore/what-lower-sodium-salt-msg-himalayan-pink-salt-sea-salt-2983936 For years, MSG has been viewed as unhealthy as a small percentage of the population reported that they had symptoms like headaches and increased thirst after consuming food at Chinese restaurants, said Dr Bhaskharan. However, newer research has questioned the accuracy of its supposed adverse effects on health, she said. MSG, or monosodium glutamate, is a flavour enhancer derived from L-glutamic acid, which is naturally found in foods like tomatoes, mushrooms and onions, nutritionists said. It also can be artificially made via fermentation using corn or sugar beets. MSG is a non-essential amino acid, which means that our body can produce it and doesn’t need to get it from food, said Dr Bhaskharan. It contains about 12 per cent sodium, which is lower than regular salt. Even though it has less sodium, it can enhance salt perception, and the flavour of food by adding umami, which is a taste that helps to intensify the meaty, savoury flavour, said Ms Stephen. This means that just a small amount is needed to elevate the overall flavour of healthier foods with lower sodium content, she added. Research has also shown that MSG can be used as a suitable replacement for some salt in packaged foods like snacks and soups, which can help to reduce their sodium content by 30 to 50 per cent. “This provides good potential to use MSG to formulate healthier, ‘better-for-you’ food products without compromising on taste. This in turn can propel consumers to choose more nutritious food options and positively impact health,” Ms Stephen said.
  4. What health screening or checkup packages (not for car) are among the popular ones out there, and what to look out for ? Are the neighborhood clinic ones as good as those offered by hospitals ? How often do you do health sceening, and how comprehensive the coverage should be ? Please discuss and share experience, thanks.
  5. I think we need more effort in stopping Dengue. The more I think about it, the more I think we over-reacted for Covid. 12 people died from Dengue, 24 people died from Covid. Are we going to throw 50 billion for stopping Dengue??? Because I live in a red cluster, I have narrowed my jogging range to avoid getting bitten on my morning jog. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/dengue-cases-this-year-could-surpass-2013-peak-12800008
  6. https://www.healthhub.sg/programmes/55/my-healthy-plate?utm_source=yahoo&utm_medium=native-display&utm_campaign=fy19-nutrilit-oct-feb&utm_content=mhp
  7. Hi All, Do you have any good recommendation for Health Centre/ Spa with good service and facilities? Many years ago, went to badminton Hall centre. I am not sure if its still there. Clean type hor, here not SBF.
  8. Hi Bros and Sis, I suggested many time but no one started this. Thus, I set it up so that all of you can share. Some people will think this is just flu. But as a person going thru many of these cases. I am very sure it is not like flu and I would really want all of us to share this and stay safe with it. For those that have someone close to you and even if you have been infected. I would really say there should not be any prejudice and hope you will share your experience. I have many people close to me got it and back to normal life. But we also have people with Long Covid and unknow as to what is the seriousness. Please share. Stay safe, keep well protected nd good habits......Cheers
  9. With the situation escalating by the day and the other thread moving 2Fast2Furious, we have decided to start this thread to share / highlight critical information relating to the virus outbreak and important health tip for easy reference by all MCF readers. We urge all to post only official information and useful tips from reputable sources to maintain the "tidiness" of this thread. Any post we deem unfit for this thread will be deleted or shifted to the other thread. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. @pChou @BabyBlade @kobayashiGT Please feel free to add other criteria to this thread and we shall regulate it from time to time. As a rule of thumb, NO tcss here... Some useful websites for official information: Ministry of Health - Updates on Wuhan Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Local Situation World Health Organization - Novel Coronavirus 2019 The Straits Times - Wuhan Virus Outbreak Channel News Asia - Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak Singapore Government - Wuhan Coronavirus Updates Singapore Government - WhatsApp Push Notification Some useful tips for protect yourself and others from getting sick. More will be added in due course.
  10. SINGAPORE — Temasek Foundation will be providing a free oximeter for every Singapore household, to enable Singaporeans to monitor their blood oxygen levels regularly. This will help them detect "silent pneumonia", a serious side effect of COVID-19 where ill people can feel generally well despite damaged lungs and dangerously low levels of oxygen. Scroll to continue with content https://sg.news.yahoo.com/temasek-foundation-distribute-oximeter-each-singapore-household-031353106.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cDovL20uZmFjZWJvb2suY29tLw&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAFbphg8TM8YXMmVUlhdEv8MG0BqIsw1vfPyz4MihB__r8BXtKv-zVUB0dZ_RfnM94L3d43igDvNpfuG8nLsbLC15ZFxfT0dQ4u3ApGLYgWW5-hVy4nukkIIxerzVKbB8TvYRiPN8N0IMw4Ys2WO_B2ev0ctQnHumPyy4i2fe3kKp
  11. I am wondering how irritated are you by motor air pollution? I jog everyday and I LOVE the fact that the mini bus in my estate has turned electric. Previously, it will always spew smoke on to me.... When driving on the road, I notice that there are smoky lorries who emit like a smoke screen to hide themselves. I always wonder how did these vehicles even drive in Singapore. https://www.nea.gov.sg/our-services/pollution-control/air-pollution/air-pollution-regulations It is supposed to be illegal to drive them and yet I see them sometimes. I also realised there is an app, myEnv, to report such vehicles and I am going to try to report them to see if it helps. Just hoping to increase the awareness of this app so hopefully we can get a greener Singapore earlier than later. I am just wondering how fresh the air will be when there is no emissions from motor vehicles... Will it be like in the mountains fresh?
  12. Who have brought this? Good? https://www.nonda.co/products/smart-vehicle-health-monitor Nonda ZUS Smart Vehicle Health Monitor: Give your car a health check any time https://www.straitstimes.com/tech/give-your-car-a-health-check-any-time The Nonda ZUS Smart Vehicle Health Monitor is a small Bluetooth adapter that connects to your car's On-Board Diagnostics II (OBD-II) port. The OBD-II is your car's on-board computer that monitors important information, such as emission, engine coolant temperature, mileage, and ignition. Its port is usually used by professional mechanics to troubleshoot vehicle issues. And now, you can monitor your car's vital statistics at your convenience with this adapter. Just plug it into the OBD-II port, pair it with your smartphone using the ZUS app (available on Android and iOS) and you will be able to keep track of your car's health in real time. The most difficult part is locating the hidden OBD-II port. It is usually located behind the dashboard, above the brake pad or accelerator pad (transport regulations dictate it must be located 0.6m from the steering wheel for easy access). Once you find it, pop in the adapter and start your car's engine. Launch the ZUS app at the same time. Note that you will need an account to use the app - either sign up for a new Nonda account or use your Facebook account. Upon logging in, tap on Add Device at the top right corner of the Dashboard window of the app and choose the ZUS Smart Vehicle Health Monitor option. The pairing is almost immediate. The Dashboard will show real-time data of your car's current speed, top speed, current engine revolution, top engine revolution and engine coolant temperature. It is great to know such data, so as not to "over-rev" the car's engine. The app also has Car Finder, Mileage and Safety Centre options. Car Finder remembers where you parked your car, while Mileage automatically logs your drives in terms of distance travelled, time taken and mileage cost. It has pre-set mileage rates for the United States, Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand. You can key in your mileage rate by calculating the cost of petrol, based on your car's fuel consumption. It is a good way to keep track of your fuel expenditure. You are allowed up to 60 free mileage logs a month, but you can have unlimited mileage logs via a monthly subscription of US$2.99 (S$4.09). The Safety Centre option is probably the highlight of the adapter. It allows you to identify potential issues by performing a number of checks, which encompass emission, ignition system, speed and idling control, computer circuit and gear box. I am glad my three-year-old car passed all the checks. But I cannot verify how accurate the checks are as the app just shows the list of checks being done. There is no data associated with the checks - for example, the gear ratio is not shown. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SuqzCD649Z0 It saves you trips to the mechanic by giving you real-time telemetry and allows you to perform checks any time you want. SPECSPRICE: $99 CONNECTIVITY: Bluetooth WEIGHT: 25g (body with battery and memory card) RATINGFEATURES: 4/5 DESIGN: 3/5 PERFORMANCE: 3/5 VALUE FOR MONEY: 3/5 OVERALL: 3/5
  13. MediShield premiums could rise, Health Minister says Updated 02:29 PM Mar 07, 2012 SINGAPORE - Health Minister Gan Kim Yong said MediShield premiums are due for an increase soon. Mr Gan, speaking in Parliament at the Committee of Supply debates today, said the premiums "need to be adequate to sustain MediShield members' claims and to fund future liabilities under the scheme". "As MediShield premiums are set to be sustainable for a five-year period and the last increase was in 2008, we are due for the next update soons," said Mr Gan, noting that MediShield has paid out 21 per cent more in claims each year between 2008 and last year, during which time the premiums collected grew by only 10 per cent a year. "Ultimately, MediShield operates on a not-for-profit basis, with premiums actuarially calculated to cover expected payouts and meet risk and reserve requirements. The reserves ensure that MediShield will be able to honour policyholders' future claims." He said a 45-year-old may see a premium increase of S$7 per month, with younger age groups seeing a smaller increase, while a 75-year-old could see an increase of S$25 per month. To offset these increases, a one-time Medisave top-up of up to S$33 per month was announced in the recent Budget for all Singaporean policyholders to help cushion the impact of the increase. In addition, older policy holders who are beyond the re-employment age of 65 will receive direct and long-term assistance via Medisave top-ups under the GST voucher scheme, up to S$37.50 per month which can offset the premium increase in full. CHANNEL NEWSASIA URL http://www.todayonline.com/Hotnews/EDC1203...h-Minister-says Copyright 2012 MediaCorp Pte Ltd | All Rights Reserved
  14. Hi Bros, Pls recommend a good Gastroenterologist( Specialist in Digestive System) in Sgp.. Was recommended to Dr. Tan Chi Chiu at Gleneagles but think his charges will be high.. So need some recommendations here.. TIA.
  15. Allow me to kickstart... vitamin c - 500mg chlorella - 1000mg chia seed - 10g cordycep - 250mg some fruits like banana and kiwi too
  16. https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/exhausted-dutch-minister-leading-coronavirus-fight-quits-12558254 Not meant to be a political thread. but just want to give thanks to the man in charge of overseeing the situation in sg. The face of COVID-19 in Sg is that of National Development Minister Lawrence Wong. Maybe nt noticed by many before the task force was setup, surely well noticed by all now. Not an easy task to be the one delivering all the bad news every day. From dorscon orange, to the panic buying situation, to announcing all the new travel advisories, pleading with sgreans not to go overseas this period, taking questions from the press, being asked tough questions like will sg be seeing triple figures soon since 47 cases recorded, still kept a calm face throughout. speaks well, good english, measured response. stil cannot escape from all the negative responses from public saying wayang etc but majority of sgreans dont thinklike that... lawrence wong has been seen as the main person overseeing all the press conferences instead of our health minister. sai gang warrior. i give credit where credit is due. it is a stressful job this period. wish him best of health. http://theindependent.sg/lawrence-wong-gets-high-marks-from-netizens-for-coronavirus-crisis-response/ Singapore— National Development Minister Lawrence Wong, who co-chairs a multi-ministry task force specially formed to combat the coronavirus outbreak, has quietly been winning over many Singaporeans for how he has handled the crisis, with even normally critical netizens calling him “nuanced,” “measured,” and “better than the rest of the team.” People have even noted how the tech-savvy minister uses his smartphone as a tool during press conferences. Some have even called for him to be the next Deputy Prime Minister, and there are those who have compared other ministers to Mr Wong quite unfavourably.
  17. Hi, What kind of daily supplements is recommended for age 50 & above? I am taking Mega Men right now, thinking of other option. Thanks
  18. Safety Moment is a tool, used by some companies, to maintain a high level of awareness towards Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) issues, often in relation to the company operations. It involve the sharing of an EHS topic, usually by safety representative within the team, prior to the start of a work shift and/or meeting. To make it effective, such briefing / discussion are kept short and sharp (typically lasting just 1 - 3 minutes), with the aim of recognizing hazards and risks, reinforcing the importance of health and safety, and get everyone gearing towards a positive safety culture. I think it will be useful for MCF to have one, and let me start the ball rolling. Topic for today: Do not leave the engine of your vehicle running when it is stationary In accordance to section 21 of Environmental Protection and Management (Vehicular Emissions) Regulations, vehicle driver shall stop the engine, when the vehicle is stationary for reasons other than traffic conditions. Failing to do so shall constitute to an offence under the said regulations. While it might look like the authority (NEA) is finding fault with motorist, but in reality, leaving the engine on for an extended period have the following impact: 1) Polluting the environment (running engine emit harmful pollutants such as Hydrocarbons, Carbon Monoxide, Nitrogen Oxides, as well as Particulate Matter) 2) Create health issue for other road users and general public in the vicinity (prolong inhaling of pollutants stated above may have adverse health effect over an extended period of time) 3) Depleting natural resources (continuous burning of fuel) So please do our part, switch off the engine when waiting, to protect the environment and people around us.
  19. A woman in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) who was seriously injured in a car crash in 1991 has finally woken up from a 27-year-long coma. Munira Abdulla, then 32, had just picked up her 4-year-old son Omar from school when the car they were in collided with a school bus, reported local daily the National on Monday (Apr 22). While Omar was unharmed, Ms Abdulla, who had tried to protect her son from the impact, was left unconscious with a serious brain injury. Last year, Ms Abdulla, now 60, regained consciousness in a hospital room in Germany. “I never gave up on her because I always had a feeling that one day she will wake up,” said her 32-year-old son Omar Webair in an interview with the National. Ms Abdulla, who was taken to a local hospital after the accident, was later transferred to one in London where doctors diagnosed her to be in a minimally conscious state. She was then returned to the UAE where she was transferred several times due to insurance constraints. In 2017, Ms Abdulla was finally taken to a German hospital after the Crown Prince Court heard the family's story and gave them a grant. There, Ms Abdulla underwent surgery to treat her weakened limb muscles as well as physical therapy. Last June, Ms Abdulla was seen stirring in her bed when an argument broke out in her hospital room. “She was making strange sounds and I kept calling the doctors to examine her,” Mr Webair told the National. “They said everything was normal. “Then, three days later, I woke up to the sound of someone calling my name. “It was her. She was calling my name. I was flying with joy. For years I have dreamt of this moment, and my name was the first word she said.” Ms Abdulla is now receiving treatment in Abu Dhabi, where she is able to communicate “in a very reasonable manner”, said the hospital. “I shared her story to tell people not to lose hope on their loved ones,” Mr Webair said. “Don’t consider them dead when they are in such a state. “All those years, the doctors told me she was a hopeless case and that there was no point of the treatment I was seeking for her, but whenever in doubt I put myself in her place and did whatever I could to improve her condition.” Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/uae-woman-wakes-up-from-27-year-coma-after-car-crash-report-11472950 Miracle story to kick start this morning. In Singapore, this may not even be remotely possible no thanks to expensive healthcare bills. How comprehensive or rather how limited is our life insurance for coma patients? How many of us can afford to keep our loved ones alive for so long, with or without hopes of them even waking up? Then there are other deciding factors... What are the moral implications to deciding when to pull the plug for a coma patient whom is showing minimal signs of consciousness, on life support etc? Who is going to decide quality of life vs quantity of life? When is the right time to pull the plug? Is there ever a right time? Do insurance companies put pressure on hospitals or even doctors? This is a miracle case. It has given hope to families out there to keep the faith and not give up on their loved ones. But food for thought, how many of us would have been able to do the same? At 60 years old, she still has many good years to catch up on lost time with her family.
  20. Salad lovers, take note... So far SG no advisory but just becareful. If kiasu n kiasi, avoid romaine lettuce for time being. This includes mixed salad cuz got romaine inside. Canada has also issued advisory to abstain from it according to CNA.. https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-issues-health-alert-on-romaine-lettuce https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/health/abstain-from-romaine-us-canada-warn-on-e-coli-in-lettuce-10952288 WASHINGTON (AFP) - US health officials warned consumers on Tuesday (Nov 20) not to eat any romaine lettuce and to throw away any they might have in their homes, citing an outbreak of E. coli poisoning. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued the warning against all romaine lettuce just two days before the Thanksgiving holiday, when American families gather and feast together. "Consumers who have any type of romaine lettuce in their home should not eat it and should throw it away, even if some of it was eaten and no one has gotten sick," the CDC said, after 32 people were reported sick from E. coli poisoning in 11 states, with 13 of them hospitalised. One of those had suffered kidney failure. Health officials in Canada said they had also identified 18 people stricken with the same strain of food poisoning in two provinces, Ontario and Quebec. "This advice includes all types or uses of romaine lettuce, such as whole heads of romaine, hearts of romaine, and bags and boxes of pre-cut lettuce and salad mixes that contain romaine, including baby romaine, spring mix, and Caesar salad," the CDC said, noting that it had not been able to pinpoint precisely where the suspect leaves had originated. "If you do not know if the lettuce is romaine or whether a salad mix contains romaine, do not eat it and throw it away," the CDC said. It advised anyone who had stored romaine lettuce in their refrigerator to wash down the shelves where the leaves had been kept. No deaths have so far been reported.
  21. How many of you enjoy practicing self-defense? For fun I mean. When I say self-defense, I am not referring to any particular school of martial arts. Just simple techniques meant for real life self-defense situations. Like Krav Maga, except I don't do Krav Maga. I am just asking because I used to hang out with a couple of friends at Bishan Park once a week for self-defense training. Purely for fun. Nothing serious. I prefer that sort of atmosphere compared to the sort of strict training you have to adhere to in a proper school. Plus Bishan Park is free. No membership fees needed. But then we slowly drifted apart and the Friday Night Group was soon disbanded. Kinda sad, really.
  22. Hi ya all, recently read a book bout organic vinegar and did some online reading. Seems like it can help to lose weight, regulate blood pressure etc. Anyone here into this? Jus wanna learn more fr ppl who hv tried it. Been on some Taiwanese vinegar for 2 wks Liao. Drinking apple cider vinegar in office
  23. feel like getting one of those foot massagers...but am torn between that few big players e.g, OSIM, OTO... anyone has any recommnendations? wat would be the price range like?
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