Posts Tagged Health
Just a little more than a decade ago, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak dealt a death-blow to the travel industry. Considered an incurable disease that spreads rapidly by contact of infected people, the speed of the viral propagation paralysed public transportation. People were petrified. Official warnings were issued to cease all unnecessary travel and contact with people. As the transport industry grinds to a halt, so does the economies of hard-hit Asian countries. Read the rest of this entry »
Medical News Today – “Narcissistic personality disorder, also known as NPD, is a personality disorder in which the individual has a distorted self image, unstable and intense emotions, is overly preoccupied with vanity, prestige, power and personal adequacy, lacks empathy, and has an exaggerated sense of superiority. NPD is closely associated with egocentrism – a personality characteristic in which people see themselves and their interests and opinions as the only ones that really matter.
People with narcissistic personality disorder are not interested in the feelings of others – they lack empathy; they are unable to feel or appreciate feelings which are not their own.” Read the rest of this entry »
Vatican document: “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer the Christian community: are we capable of welcoming these people, guaranteeing to them a further space in our communities? Often they wish to encounter a Church that offers them a welcoming home,” said the document, known by its Latin name “relatio”. After a two-week meeting of bishops on family issues, Catholic bishops have made a major shift with unprecedented openness to accepting cohabitation of people who are gay or unmarried couples. It is no longer a secret that there are many reports of Catholic priests who are gays and pedophiles. Is this change a result of high level pressure from the Vatican to allow promiscuity to be let loose without restraint in the Vatican?
Ever since the earthquake cum tsunami incident that destroyed the nuclear plants at Fukushima, the effort to contain radioactive fallout is apparently futile. Official reports on the situation there are scanty. The Abe government has since November 2013, effectively placed a gag order to prohibit unauthorised reports of the calamity. Under these circumstances, speculation of the true nature of the nuclear disaster is rife. What is the impact of the aftermath and on the ongoing effort to mitigate radioactive contamination cannot be adequately assessed. Read the rest of this entry »
“Without the right to the truth about our genetic origins, donor-conceived people will remain products of industry, not human beings.” (Sydney Morning Herald, 16th august 2014). Sarah Single, a 27 year old Sydney-sider of mixed parentage, was shocked to discover that she was conceived using a donor sperm. Her mother had resorted to artificial insemination as a result of paternal infertility. The revelation of her conception triggered her instinctive urge to trace her “real” roots. Ethics surrounding artificial insemination demands that donors are kept anonymous. Her quest for her genetic origins is in vain. It only deepens her frustration now that she knows that she may have several “siblings” from the same sperm donor.
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The man who makes people laugh – Robin Williams died today at age of 63. The cause of death is reported as “suicide”. Robin had a successful career over 40 years. He is funny, outwardly at least. He has to, it is his job to be funny, appear funny and make people laugh. People loved the affable man. The mainstream media and social media is abuzz with his sudden departure. Mainstream media splashed the pictures of Robin on their front pages. Media coverage detailing stories of his humorous appearances in the past and also about his intimate life was extesnive. This celebrated man’s death evokes so much attention. Fans all over the world flooded social media Facebook and Tweeter with tributes, condolences and expression of deep sadness. Even Obama pays his tribute! Truly, a celebrated legend has moved on. Read the rest of this entry »
“Faced with a widening crisis over the spread of the deadly Ebola virus, Sierra Leone’s government said Tuesday that it would deploy hundreds of troops and police officers to ensure that patients and family members who may be infected remain isolated. A battalion — 750 soldiers — will be sent to clinics housing Ebola patients in areas where the disease is most virulent, and the police presence will be reinforced at homes where family members are at risk of having contracted it, said Abdulai Baratay, a government spokesman” (The New York Times, 6 August 2014).
The recent Ebola outbreak started in Guinea, West Africa in March 2014, just a few months ago. It progressed rapidly to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Ghana and Nigeria. It was not contained and is now heading for uncharted waters as the disease is poised to spread round the globe. The disease is reported to have no known vaccine, and has a high 50%-90% fatality rate. It was first reported in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it resulted in 431 deaths out of 602 known cases. Read the rest of this entry »
The urban kid who has never been outside the confines of a city thinks that eggs come from the supermarket. It sounds so laughable and preposterous. But truly, these new generation kids cannot see and think outside the city walls. They have not seen a live chicken, nor how an egg is laid. All that they know is that the egg is an item on the shelves of a supermarket. The world of a modern urban child is so shielded. With all the conveniences available at the touch of the finger, the end is all that is sought. The means are of no value nor meaning. It is a ME and NOW syndrome that permeates all stratum of society in modern cities. To a certain extent, it is immaterial where an egg originates. Just like the burger in a fast food restaurant. What is in the burger is of no importance so long as the burger tastes great and the nutritional contents are meticulously labelled in accordance with regulatory requirements.
Calories: 520, Fat (g): 27, Saturated Fat (g): 10 , Trans Fat (g): 1, Cholesterol (mg): 85, Sodium (mg) 950, ….. looks good and we got what we need!
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Last week, the world turned its attention to Ukraine. Malaysian flight MH17 was shot down over war-torn Ukraine. Perhaps many people have forgotten that Ukraine also the took center stage on world news almost three decades ago. On Saturday, 26 April 1986, disaster struck at reactor number four of the Chernobyl plant in Ukraine. Just like last week’s event, the world was shocked when the nuclear meltdown took down the nuclear plant. The mishap caused a large 30 km off-limits cordon around the area. Besides uprooting more than 350,000 residents, the enormous cost to the tune of USD$18 billion was incurred for containment and decontamination purposes. The economic costs and the impact on health have not been fully evaluated. Nuclear accidents are not new. The world’s first nuclear power plant was commissioned on June 27, 1954 in Obninsk. Before Chernobyl, the first serious nuclear plant accident occurred at Three Mile Island in 1979. Fukushima became the next victim. In 2011, a huge earthquake induced a tsunami that took down three nuclear plants at Fukushima-Daiichi. Read the rest of this entry »
Yumen, a city in northern China was shuttered last week after a man died of bubonic plague. About 151 people with direct contact with the deceased were quarantined. Fortunately there have been no signs so far of the infection spreading. As a precautionary measure, the 30,000 residents have reportedly been barred from leaving the city while local police are also blocking people from entering the city. The plague is a bacterial infection, which spreads largely through fleas living on wild rodents. If diagnosed early, bubonic plague can be successfully treated with antibiotics. Pneumonic plague, on the other hand, is one of the most deadly infectious diseases; patients can die 24 hours after infection. The mortality rate depends on how soon treatment is started, but is always very high (World Health Organization). Read the rest of this entry »