The ancient Chinese, like modern psychologists and physicians, regarded good posture as a key to maintaining physical vigour and spiritual health. According to traditional Chinese medicine and philosophy, your stance and gait play not only a significant physical role, but reflects your inner character as well. Hence the traditional proverb: “Stand like a pine, sit
Cataracts are one of the most common eye conditions, and they are the leading cause of blindness. According to research, cataracts account for 41 percent of blindness cases, and 49 percent of low vision cases. In the elderly (age greater than 60), this number jumps to 73 percent. The Disease Stages of Cataracts Cataracts take
Everybody understands the importance of sleep to our overall health. After a good night’s sleep, we wake up refreshed and ready to face the challenge of the new day. To some of us, sleep is of a second nature and it is as effortless as eating or breathing. However, others are not that fortunate as
When the year-end festive season comes around, it’s hard to avoid the inevitable feast of rich, greasy, and meaty dishes. However, this season of excessive indulgence can be harmful to your health. Uncontrolled bingeing may cause bloating and indigestion. Here are a few tips to survive the New Year binge: Firstly, try massaging the zusanli
Constipation affects thousands of people. About 80% of Singaporeans will experience constipation at some point in their lives, and 25% suffer from chronic constipation. In addition, constipation becomes more common as we age. It is estimated that 6 or 7 of every 10 elderly patients has constipation, and they are also more likely to suffer
The Lien Foundation commissioned Blackbox Research to survey 800 parents of special needs children for an Inclusive Attitudes Survey on how inclusive Singapore society is to special needs children. The survey was conducted between January to May 2016. The survey found that only 28% of these parents regarded Singapore as an inclusive society, while 57%
Just because we don’t see evidence of danger, doesn’t mean there’s no danger. – Professor J. Kevin Baird, Head of Eijkman Oxford Clinical Research Unit in Jakarta Malaria is long thought of as an African problem. Yet close to home, in the Asia-Pacific region, over 2 billion Asian lives are at risk of endemic malaria.
One in six deaths worldwide is due to cancer, while in Singapore, the figure is one in three deaths. According to the Singapore Cancer Society, about 37 people are diagnosed with cancer every day. In 2015, cancer made up 29.7% of the total deaths in Singapore, the highest among all other causes of death, as
Fighting Cancer: The Silver Lining—Would Well-being Improve If We Were Genuinely Kinder Towards One Another?
Robust investments are being made to Singapore cancer research to further develop the medical capability to fight cancer. But, there may exist great potential on the path of the intangible that is left unventured – the mind. According to the 2015 report by American Cancer Society (ACS), one in seven deaths worldwide are caused
Despite advances in modern medicine, heart disease remains the leading cause of death among adults in Singapore and in most advanced or developed countries. From the perspective of conventional medicine, the main targets for preventing heart disease are treating high blood pressure, high cholesterol, lifestyle such as smoking and alcohol, and obesity. Therefore, the emphasis
Hence, in light of creating a society of inclusion for these mental health sufferers, the hidden and agonising stories of these individuals need to be told. Seven in 10 persons with mental conditions experienced problems living with dignity due to discrimination and the negative attitudes of others, according to a recent study by National Council
I invite you to embark on a journey of healing with herbs and, if possible, work with a healing-centred naturopath or herbalist toward a holistic approach in promoting the overall health of the body and mind. Cancer has become one of the top three causes of death in many developed countries. It is also one
How can we enjoy ourselves while minimising – or even avoiding – the discomfort and fatigue associated with all the visitations and feasting? With the onset of festivities, the ‘sin’ of gluttony tempts us once again. Our affluent lifestyle turns every festive season into an overindulgent affair. I am not implying that we should not
Practicing mindfulness meditation for ten minutes a day improves concentration and the ability to keep information active in one’s mind, a function known as “working memory.” The brain achieves this by becoming more efficient, literally requiring fewer brain resources to do these tasks. Many big claims have been made about the effects of meditation, but
Your subjective age—meaning the age you feel in your spirit and in your bones—is the magic number. In fact, a growing body of research suggests your subjective age may be a better predictor of your physical health, well-being, vitality, and even life expectancy. Feeling younger than you are might: Keep you open to new experiences; Maintain or
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