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Cybersecurity vendor’s server “not adequately safeguarded against unauthorised access” online, blood donors’ personal particulars vulnerable for over two months: HSA

More than 800,000 individuals who have donated blood or have attempted to do so in Singapore had their personal particulars placed at risk over the Internet due to unauthorised access by a Health Sciences Authority (HSA) vendor for over two months. In a statement on Friday (15 Mar), HSA revealed that it was only alerted by “a cybersecurity expert” to …

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Edwin Tong: MediShield to cover inpatient treatment for serious pregnancy

Patients who need inpatient treatment for serious pregnancy and delivery-related complications may see the coverage under the national health insurance scheme MediShield Life with effect on 1 April. Speaking during the Committee of Supply speech on Wednesday (6 March), Senior Minister of State for Health Edwin Tong said that this is expected to benefit up to 4,000 patients a year. …

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Free Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination for Secondary 1 female students

The government will provide free Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination to protect current and future cohorts of Secondary 1 female students if they wish to protect them against cervical cancer starting from April 2019, Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor announced during her ministry’s Committee of Supply debate speech on Wednesday (6 March). She stated that all other female …

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Studies say vaping may be as dangerous as smoking but netizens rubbish the claim

There’s no dispute that smoking is addictive, and it causes endless health issues which eventually could lead to death. But when it comes to vaping, there is no consensus. Since 1993, Singapore has banned sales of imitation tobacco products, including e-cigarettes. But, in February 2018, Singapore also made it illegal to buy, use or possess these. Vapes, or commonly known …

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Fix diabetes now

by Dr. Aesculapius 500 thousand patients in Singapore being treated for Type 2 diabetes. 99.9% are being treated through pharmaceuticals that only only go so far to treat the symptoms but not address the disease itself. Patients are neither being given vital information nor given the choice for metabolic surgery which is an effective treatment for Type 2 Diabetes. The …

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FitnessFest by AIA returns for a third time in April 2019

The FitnessFest by AIA returns for it’s third edition this year on 27th April at Marina Bay Sands with a bigger line-up of international fitness stars and new ‘Fit for Good’ community pop-up challenges. FitnessFest by AIA has established itself as a key highlight in the local sports calendar with its stellar variety of activities and exclusive workout releases. This …

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Netizens divided over Minister K Shanmugam’s stand that using cannabis for medical purposes is like “dealing in destruction and death”

Law and Home Affairs Minister K Shanmugam told Channel NewsAsia that the trend towards accepting cannabis for medical use is driven by the “power of money and propaganda”, as he charged pharmaceutical companies with hiding their intentions behind a smokescreen. Last December, Thailand became the first country in Southeast Asia to legalise the use of cannabis for medical purposes, although …

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Two elderly deaths at Bedok Reservoir Rd and Hougang due to dengue, first two reported dengue-related deaths in 2019

Two elderly men who lived in Bedok Reservoir Road and Hougang passed away from dengue, announced the Ministry of Health (MOH) and the National Environment Agency (NEA) on Saturday (9 February). The 74-year-old man, who stayed at Bedok Reservoir Road, passed away on 3 February. While, the 77-year-old man, who stayed at Hougang Avenue 3, passed away on Thursday. The two …

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Singapore to soon implement standardised packaging for tobacco products

Soon, all tobacco products, including cigarettes, sold in Singapore will come in standard packaging without any logos, colours or brand images. The amendments to the Tobacco (Control of Advertisements and Sale) Bill were passed in Parliament on Monday (Feb 11) and is being moved for a second reading. The amendments include: All logos, colours, brand images and promotional information will …

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