Nutritional value more important than calorie count for heart health, study says

It's time to kick the habit of counting calories and look at the overall nutritional value of foods to promote better heart health and curb obesity, say experts. Simple dietary adjustments such...

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Kids’ blood sugar improves with short walks, study says

Getting off the couch to walk for as little as three minutes during TV commercial breaks or between classes can improve children's blood sugar, according to a new study. "Interrupting a long...

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Component of colourful potatoes could be cancer deterrent, says study

Baked purple potatoes contain compounds that might destroy colon cancer stem cells and limit the spread of cancer, according to a new study supported by the United States Department of...

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‘Good’ fat implants could reduce weight gain

Energy-burning “good” brown fat can be created in the laboratory and implanted in the body to help reduce weight gain and lower glucose levels, scientists have discovered. So far, the man-made...

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A bottle of water before a meal facilitates weight loss

Researchers from the University of Birmingham have revealed that drinking 500ml of water before every meal can help people suffering from obesity to lose weight. The results of this study will be...

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Exploring broader human rights issues at FreedomFilmFest 2015

Back for its 13th year running, FreedomFilmFest 2015's line-up of 26 films delves into more varied themes that goes beyond traditional human rights issues. Focusing on the theme “Unseen,...

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Blood test could predict breast cancer’s return, study says

An experimental blood test may be able to predict whether a woman with breast cancer will suffer a relapse months before new tumours would be detectable on scans, researchers said...

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Global life expectancy rises, but people live sicker for longer

People around the world are living longer, but many are also living sicker lives for longer, according to a study of all major diseases and injuries in 188 countries. General health has...

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Smartphone growth creating etiquette challenges

It's OK to use your smartphone walking down the street or on public transportation. But not at a family dinner. And definitely not in church. Users of mobile devices are struggling to find...

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Tracing Singapore’s rich Malay heritage

In the heart of Singapore’s Kampung Gelam area, a stately yellow bungalow surrounded by a beautifully-manicured lawn looks very much like a regular, classic colonial-era house, with...

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Fish oil supplements don’t prevent mental decline

Fish oil supplements, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids, do not protect against mental decline despite common belief, said a study yesterday spanning 4,000 older people. The five-year...

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The changing face of erectile dysfunction

The profile of men grappling with erectile dysfunction (ED) in Singapore is no longer what most people think. Instead of older men, a substantial proportion of these patients are under the age of...

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Iranian epic on Prophet Muhammad aims to change Islam’s image

The award-winning director of Iran's most expensive ever film, "Muhammad", says he hopes it will improve Islam's "violent image", but the religious epic risks angering many Muslims despite not...

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‘Major step’ towards universal flu vaccine, studies say

Scientists have taken a major step towards creating a vaccine that works against multiple strains of influenza, according to two studies published Monday in top journals. A "universal vaccine"...

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5 outdoor exercises to tone your body

Don't have the time or money to join a gym? That's okay, because exercising outdoors is the new big thing. Fitness coach Thétis Guimbioko has come up with five easy exercises you can do using...

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Ashley Madison hack sends shivers through hook-up, porn sites

Larry Flynt, a defender of free speech and sexual freedom if there ever was one, has this advice for anyone worried by the hack of infidelity site Ashley Madison: muzzle yourself. "Don't do or...

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A celebration of art and life in Kuala Lumpur

The inaugural Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival will offer a month-long celebration of dance, traditional arts, music, comedy and literature starting September 1. Themed "Rediscovering...

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Gloves off as women take to Myanmar’s ferocious kickboxing style

Moe Pwint Oo shoots the grimy punchbag a steely glare before slamming her fist into it, striking a blow for equality as she practises Myanmar's homespun martial art Lethwei – a sport that...

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Greying Japan eyes cheaper gifts for centenarians

Japan said Thursday it is eyeing a cheaper alternative to the pricey gift that it gives to people turning 100 each year, in a nation famous for its long-living population. The welfare ministry...

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In India, faith battles with court ruling

A 96-year-old woman in western India died last week after she gave up eating and drinking as part of a religious ritual under the Jain religion in India. Days later, an 87-year-old Jain monk died...

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