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Finding Your Personal Strength

Age Is Not The Enemy Ageing is a universal phenomenon that affects us all.  To many, the word “ageing” is synonymous with low physical energy, no muscle tone, slowed thinking, fragile bones, stooped posture, debilitating disease…in short, decline. You don’t have to accept that ageing means becoming the shadow of your former self. In fact, […]

All About Grains

Rice is an integral part of our diet in this part of the world. We often refer having a meal as “吃饭” in mandarin, literally translated as “eat rice”. Rice, is one of the most important food crops in the world, is consumed daily by more than half of the world’s population. Being the second […]

Visceral Fat – What You Need To Know

  What is Visceral Fat? Visceral fat is the excess intra-abdominal apidose tissue accumulation, also known as the “deep fat”. It’s a form of gel-like fat stored within the abdominal cavity that wraps around the major organs including liver, pancreas and kidneys. It is not the same as the type of fat that most people […]

Anger and Anxiety: Bad for the Heart?

Are people who have strong emotional reactions to stress more susceptible to inflammatory disease-including heart disease-if stress is frequent occurrence? A study conducted at the University of Pittsburgh suggests the answer is yes. Subjects who reported high levels of anger and anxiety after performing a laboratory-based stress task showed greater increases in a marker of […]

Pneumonia

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs usually caused by an infection. Pneumonia is a serious medical condition and potentially a life-threatening illness. It can result from a variety of causes such as infection (i.e. bacteria, viruses, fungi, or parasites), chemical and physical injury. In pneumonia, the alveoli (air-filled sacs in the lungs responsible for […]

Berries Battle Parkinson’s

Berries being credited with reducing certain kinds of cancers, sharpening memory and improving version, strawberries, blueberries and their berry cousins are now being linked to decreasing your chances of developing Parkinson’s disease, say scientists at the Harvard School of Public Health. The key is in the flavonoids: antioxidant chemicals found in plants and fruits- and […]

Rotator Cuff Injury

The rotator cuff comprises a group of 4 muscles that function to stabilise and move our shoulders. Though the rotator cuff muscles are extremely important structures in the shoulder, they are also prone to tears and weakening. A rotator cuff injury, which is fairly common, involves any type of irritation or damage to your rotator […]

Lipid Disorders

Lipid disorders are a group of medical conditions which refer to excessive levels of fatty substances in the bloodstream. These fatty substances include cholesterol and triglycerides. An excess of bad cholesterol increases your risk of heart disease and stroke. Types of Lipids Lipoproteins carry cholesterol in the blood. High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) Cholesterol – HDL […]

Sugar-Sweetened Drinks Not Heart Smart for Men

Recent Research led by professor of nutrition and epidemiology at the Harvard School of Public Health adds to the growing evidence that sugary drinks are detrimental to cardiovascular health. Men who drank a 12 ounce sugar sweetened beverage every day had a 20% higher risk of heart disease than men who didn’t consume any sugar-sweetened […]

Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

What is IBS Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a disorder that affects the large intestine (colon). IBS is a functional disorder, meaning that the bowel does not work, or function as per normal. It more commonly affects women than men.   Causes & risk factors The exact cause of IBS is not known. People with […]

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