Health in every size: Balancing the weight of the body positivity movement

Growing up, Ms Shiying Seow struggled with body dysmorphia. She attributes it mainly to her background in ballet.  “I always felt like I had to look skinny [to be a good dancer], and that eventually manifested itself into eating disorders,” she says. “So for the most part of my formative years, I had a very…
11 Apr 2022 4 mins read

In Conversation With: A Sankar, Founder of Herpetological Society Singapore

From The Jungle Book’s Kaa to Harry Potter’s Nagini, snakes have not enjoyed the best image in human literature and media. But Sankar Ananthanarayanan is seeking to repeal their undeserved bad name in Singapore — which, in fact, is home to an incredible diversity of reptiles and amphibians.  “Herpetology is the study of reptiles and…
31 Mar 2022 4 mins read

Down syndrome programme helps their students pass PSLE

Vanessa Teo, 12, graduated from St. Anthony’s Primary School with straight Bs for her Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE) in 2021. She qualified for normal technical secondary education — a momentous milestone for her family and teachers alike.  Vanessa has Down syndrome. This feat would likely have been far from reach if it wasn’t for…
11 Mar 2022 3 mins read

‘Not all captions are the same’: Accessibility for the deaf

For the average hearing person, subtitles at the movies would either irritate or be little more than a bonus aid.  It would likely, then, be a revelation of sorts that captions and subtitles are not the same things, and that certain kinds of captions barely benefit the deaf community.  For deaf person Jessica Mak, 44,…
8 Mar 2022 3 mins read

Latest IPCC report highlights social inequality in Asia

Climate change caused by humans is now dealing out damages to different parts of the world and half of humanity is at risk of increased harm to their lives and livelihoods, the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Changes (IPCC) concludes earlier in the week.  The landmark United Nations (UN) report was released by…
4 Mar 2022 2 mins read

HIIT training: Should be conducted by professionals and in cooler environments

High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a form of exercise that is currently in the grips of the fitness industry — so much so that even the Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) adopts it as a key part of its National Service Fitness Improvement Training (NS FIT) programme.  It is a cardio exercise done in short, intense…
4 Mar 2022 2 mins read

International Women’s Day: #MeToo movement activist, Dani Pereira

Lawyer Dani Pereira experienced sexual harassment long before she even knew to call it that —  as did every single woman she studied or lived with.  “I lived in a house with three girls who were all studying to be barristers when I went to work at a law firm in London for a year.…
3 Mar 2022 5 mins read

Nurses still calling it quits despite Health Ministry’s attempt to retain them

(Updated on 10 March 2022: To include replies from the polyclinics) The Health Ministry (MOH) and public hospitals are working hard to redesign roles for nurses in a bid to retain staff and attract new ones. But on 15 February, Instagram advocates for nursing welfare, @sgnightingales, posted a sobering response.  This comment was splotched on…
25 Feb 2022 4 mins read
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