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Reunion, first purpose-built social space for seniors in a local museum opens

Dysphagia-friendly food, tunes from the 60s, and an immersive display room where you can furnish the interior of a kampong house. These were just some of the elements of Reunion, the first purpose-built dedicated social space for seniors in a local museum. Created by the National Museum of Singapore, Reunion was designed to champion museums…
21 Apr 2023 2 mins read

Breast cancer awareness month 2022: Living beyond breast cancer

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in Singapore, with more than 2,000 diagnosed each year, and about 400 die from the disease. One in 13 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime and as of 2020, there were 2.26 million global cases of breast cancer, making it the most commonly diagnosed…
3 Oct 2022 6 mins read

Hypothyroidism caused by Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is more common than you think

Hashimoto’s thyroiditis causes hypothyroidism and may sound ominous. But medical experts say the condition is actually not. That is, if it is treated and its management complied with. Named after Dr Haruku Hashimoto, it is an autoimmune disorder causing chronic inflammation of the thyroid gland.  Hashimoto thyroiditis affects 5 in 100 people in the United…
25 Sep 2022 4 mins read

World Suicide Prevention Day: From losing a loved one to helping save lives

(CONTENT WARNING: This article contains information on suicide) A sinking heart. A blank mind.  This was how Po felt when news of her father’s suicide reached her. “I was just trying to digest it. And, of course, you hope that the police made a mistake, that it is not your loved one. It definitely came…
9 Sep 2022 5 mins read

The healing power of animal-assisted activities: When the dogtors make house calls

Animal-assisted interaction has been proven to have healing power when it comes to the mental wellbeing of those in the highly stressful jobs of healthcare. So these dogtors, hailing from the Animal-Assisted Interactions Singapore (AAISG), made their latest house call to the Khoo Teck Puat and Yishun Community hospitals on 25 Aug to “diagnose” and…
25 Aug 2022 3 mins read

Masks off from Monday except on trains, buses, and in hospitals, clinics, homes

It is masks off from Monday (29 Aug) — finally — after having worn one or more for 28 months since April 2020 when it first became mandatory during the Covid-19 pandemic. The news was first announced by Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the National Day Rally on Sunday (21 Aug), when he said,…
24 Aug 2022 2 mins read

Vaping: An upward trend among young Singaporeans despite a danger to health

Young people in Singapore, who no longer see smoking as glamorous or who are aware of its harm, are attracted to yet another form of smoking: vaping using e-cigarettes.  Just walk into any place with a teeming nightlife and you will find groups of young Singaporeans with an e-cigarette stuck to pursed lips. Despite the…
2 Aug 2022 4 mins read

CrossFit: It’s okay to be a woman with muscles

Being stick thin or looking as emaciated used to be the ideal body image for girls and young women. Many tried their best to emulate runway models such as Kate Moss, Olga Shearer and even Victoria Beckham, often driving them to anorexia and even the brink of death. Today, the image of the ideal woman…
1 Jul 2022 4 mins read

Big Read Unwrapped: The physical and mental price paid by caregivers

According to Howard Gleckman, a published author and writer whose professional expertise is founded on long-term care, health care, elder care, caregiving, tax policy, budget policy and economics, it costs families more to care for a frail older adult than to raise a child for the first 17 years of his life. In our monthly…
26 Jun 2022 5 mins read

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