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  • Couples who drink together stay together, study finds - for better or for worse  

    November 22, 2013 9:15 PM 11

    A study of married couples found pairs who had similar drinking habits - whether they drank heavily or not at all - were less likely to divorce after 9 years than couples where one spouse drank more heavily than the other. Science has some good marital advice your mother never gave you: Marry someone who drinks as much as you do. That applies whether

  • Orchard dengue cluster shows “signs of stabilising”: NEA

    November 21, 2013 4:43 PM 19

    Latest figures on Thursday show that there have only been two new cases of dengue in Orchard Road in the past two weeks. SINGAPORE: The National Environment Agency (NEA) says the Orchard Road dengue cluster is showing "signs of stabilising". Latest figures on Thursday show that there have only been two new cases of dengue in the area in the past two weeks

  • In Latin America, 120 Million People Do Not Have Access To Toilets Or Sanitation

    November 21, 2013 1:57 PM 25

    According to the World Bank, 2.5 billion people -- roughly 37 percent of the world’s population -- don't have access to safe sanitation. Open disposal of human waste is one of the main causes of diarrhea, which results in more deaths per year than HIV/AIDS and malaria combined, including 750,000 children under the age of 5. In Latin America, 120 million

  • Quintiles, Vietnam Ministry Of Health To Collaborate

    November 21, 2013 1:36 PM 26

    The Vietnam Ministry of Health has signed an agreement with Quintiles to enhance clinical research in Vietnam’s growing nation of 90 million people. AsianScientist (Nov. 21, 2013) – The Vietnam Ministry of Health’s Administration of Science, Technology and Training (ASTT) has signed an agreement with Quintiles to enhance clinical research in Vietnam’s

  • What can you do about shin splints?

    November 21, 2013 1:19 PM 24

    If rest and ice doesn’t help your shin splint pain, it’s time to see a health specialist. (Thinkstock photo) If you’ve ever jogged, chances are you would have experienced shin pain either during or after your run. This common condition is called shin splints. But what exactly causes this pain and do only runners suffer from it? Ms Khoo Shin Jiun, Senior

  • TCM physician fined, censured for causing patient thermal burn

    November 21, 2013 11:38 AM 24

    The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioners Board has fined a registered TCM physician S$1,000 and censured him for professional negligence. SINGAPORE: The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) Practitioners Board has fined a registered TCM physician S$1,000 and censured him for professional negligence. In a statement issued on Thursday, it said Zhang

  • UN’s challenge: The 638 million in India who go outdoors

    November 21, 2013 10:34 AM 27

    About 638 million people in India, or more than half of those residing in the second-most populous nation on Earth, defecate in the open. Remedying the dearth of toilets, its toll on children from diarrhea and other diseases related to dirty water and sanitation, and the lack of a safe clean place to go is the challenge facing India and others on the first

  • 53-year-old woman becomes seventh person to die of dengue this year

    November 20, 2013 12:29 PM 18

    She was diagnosed with dengue and admitted, but her condition got worse and she died on Saturday. She was the seventh person to die of dengue this year. So far, 20,115 people in Singapore have been diagnosed with dengue in the worst epidemic the country has experienced. About 5,000 people have been hospitalised for this viral disease that is spread by the Aedes

  • Toxic waste 'major global threat'

    November 20, 2013 8:31 AM 38

    More than 200 million people around the world are at risk of exposure to toxic waste, a report has concluded. The authors say the large number of people at risk places toxic waste in a similar league to public health threats such as malaria and tuberculosis. The study from the Blacksmith Institute and Green Cross calls for greater efforts to be made to control

  • Tampines Polyclinic reopens with enhanced services, patient-friendly features

    November 20, 2013 5:08 AM 4502

    The newly-redeveloped Tampines Polyclinic reopened on Wednesday. The polyclinic now boasts new elderly-friendly features and enhanced services. Key infrastructure features include low ramps and low counters at service areas for wheelchair access.  SINGAPORE: Physiotherapy and mental health care will now be closer to patients' homes with the newly-redeveloped