SINGAPORE: At his heaviest, Vasoo Kesavan weighed 212 kilogrammes. Even before he reached that point, he was hurting. Whenever he took his children to the playground, he could see some of the parents looking at him, “as if they’d never seen a big-sized guy in their lives before”. It was the kind of look he got wherever he went. Sometimes there was more, for example once when he was waiting for a taxi with his two children. “A small boy — I think he must’ve been (in) Kindergarten Two or Primary One, somewhere around there — looked at me. He started to tell his mother, ‘Look at this fat man,’” recalled the 47-year-old. “The mother didn’t say anything.” These are stories that one doctor has heard many times before. Tan Chun Hai, a consultant in Khoo Teck Puat Hospital’s (KTPH’s) department of general surgery, has seen many patients like Vasoo. “They have difficulty fitting into the society. They take up more than one MRT seat (and) have difficulty getting on the bus,” he … [Read more...] about He couldn’t lose weight on his own. Then he opted for a surgery that’s gaining ground
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Artificial sweeteners hold the promise of satisfying your sweet tooth without the downside of excess calories, and they are increasingly used in products ranging from diet sodas and powdered drink mixes to yogurt and baked goods. But whether using them can prevent weight gain – a problem many people are struggling with during the coronavirus lockdowns – has long been an open question. Now some studies are providing answers. Researchers have found that artificial sweeteners can be useful as a tool to help people kick their sugar habits, and that for some people, replacing sugar with non-nutritive sweeteners can indeed help stave off weight gain. But they can also have effects on hormones, blood sugar and other aspects of metabolism that some experts say are concerning, and they caution against consuming them routinely for long periods of time. “The idea we need to get rid of is that because they have zero calories they have zero metabolic effects,” said Marta Yanina Pepino, an … [Read more...] about Can artificial sweeteners really keep us from gaining weight?
MARSEILLE: Each day this week, Professor Dominique Rossi has convened a COVID-19 crisis group as intensive care wards in hospitals in Marseille fill up after a summer lull, deciding on how best to distribute beds and find extra staff. With 95 per cent of the southern Bouche du Rhone region's 80 intensive care beds set aside for COVID-19 patients now occupied, Rossi has dusted off his peak-pandemic playbook to deal with a jump in patients at the epicentre of the coronavirus' resurgence in France. READ: French government to consider local lockdowns as COVID-19 worsens "We're back to the working routine we adopted in April," Rossi, a urologist who heads the Marseille Hospitals' Medical Commission, told Reuters. France has seen one of the sharpest accelerations in new coronavirus infections in Western Europe since mid-July. The Bouche du Rhone registered a positivity rate - the rate at which tests show an infection - of 14.2 per cent on Wednesday, more than double the … [Read more...] about Marseille’s hospitals back on crisis footing as COVID-19 spreads again in France
SINGAPORE: The Ministry of Health (MOH) reported 23 more cases of COVID-19 infection on Tuesday (Mar 17), bringing Singapore’s total to 266. This is the highest number of confirmed daily cases reported so far and the first time the number has breached 20. Of the new cases, 17 are imported. MOH added that five more people have been discharged from hospital. To date, 114 patients have recovered from the disease. Of the 152 cases still in hospital, most are stable or improving. Fourteen are in critical condition in the intensive care unit. NEW CASES CASE 244 Case 244 is an imported case involving a 53-year-old male Singapore Citizen who had been in Germany from Feb 26 to 29, Italy from Feb 29 to Mar 7, and Switzerland from Mar 7 to 14. He is currently warded in an isolation room at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID). He is linked to Case 243. He reported onset of symptoms on Mar 7. He presented at the emergency department of Gleneagles Hospital on Mar … [Read more...] about Singapore reports 23 more COVID-19 cases in new high, 17 imported
SINGAPORE: Singapore reported five new cases of COVID-19 infection, the Ministry of Health (MOH) said in an update on Saturday (Feb 15). Of these, three are linked to the cluster at Grace Assembly of God church ; one is linked to the cluster at Seletar Aerospace Heights construction site and the other case is linked to a previous case. This brings the total number of novel coronavirus infections in Singapore to 72. READ: American tourist who disembarked from cruise in Cambodia tests positive for COVID-19 in Malaysia READ: Measures to help firms affected by COVID-19 must recognise differences from SARS: Chan Chun Sing Singapore's Health Minister Gan Kim Yong had earlier said authorities expect the number of COVID-19 cases to increase in part due to enhanced disease surveillance implemented. One more patient has also been discharged from hospital as of Saturday, said MOH. She is Case 24, a 32-year-old Singaporean tour guide who brought 20 tourists from China … [Read more...] about Singapore confirms 5 new cases of COVID-19; 1 more patient discharged