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World Health Day 2022
7 April was marked World Health Day to commemorate the founding of the World Health Organisation (WHO). This year’s theme, “Our planet, our health”, underscores the importance of protecting planet health as a means to secure human health and well-being.
There are inextricable linkages between our health and our natural environment. An estimated 13 million people die from avoidable environmental causes globally each year. More than 90% of people breathe unhealthy air due to fossil fuel burning, causing diseases like lung cancer, heart disease and stroke. Rising temperatures and floods are expected to put two billion people at risk of dengue.
In response, WHO is calling for accelerated action toward keeping humans and the planet healthy, and creating societies that are committed to achieving equitable health and social outcomes. Collective action from governments, corporations and individuals will be required to break the current destructive cycles. It is time to reimagine a world where clean air, water and food are available to all.
Healthcare in the Spotlight
The Straits Times: Doctor Anywhere rides telemedicine wave
Built on the concept of doctors making house calls, the company is innovating further by looking at how AI and machine learning can personalise healthcare and lower healthcare costs.
Asia One: Singapore’s TCM clinics see rise in patients with serious pandemic side effects
More people are turning to TCM to manage a myriad of side effects arising from the protracted pandemic. These include postural pain, gastrointestinal issues, anxiety and other physiological concerns.
My Star: Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (UTAR)’s own hospital almost ready
The not-for-profit teaching and community hospital will provide local communities with quality yet affordable healthcare services in both Western and traditional medicine.
Bloomberg Quint: India to distribute fortified rice to tackle malnutrition issue
Fortified grains, which contain several micronutrients such as iron, folic acid and vitamin B12, could be an effective and cost-efficient strategy to address nutrition-related problems.
Stanford Medicine: Test can predict risk of severe dengue, study finds
Researchers have created a test that can predict which dengue patients will likely have mild symptoms and which should be clinically monitored for a high risk of severe illness.
Daily Mail: Having a sense of purpose in life can slash risk of developing dementia, study suggests
Having a higher sense of purpose was linked to 19% reduced rate of clinically significant cognitive impairment.
NRDC: The inequitable health & economic burdens of climate change
Climate change is causing calamitous harm to the world’s poor, but coordinated action can prevent suffering and advance global health equity.
Healthy ageing tips to ageing gracefully
Ageing is a journey better shared. Staying connected with friends, and engaging in social activities will help older adults live a full life and age gracefully.