The old-school Mediterranean diet high in vegetables, fruit and fish, is said to keep your brain younger and healthier.

Are you about to eat a salami sandwich? It’s probably better to leave it on your plate. This week the World Health Organisation has placed processed meats such as bacon and sausage in the same category as smoking for causing cancer. According to the WHO report, eating just a couple ounces (50 grams) of processed meats per day will increase your chances of colorectal cancer by 18%.

Now that doesn’t mean that you no longer can enjoy a hot dog. You can have one every once in awhile. But if eating a lot of processed meat is not good for you, what else is left for you to eat to stay healthy? Read More →


The WHO has officially classified processed meat as carcinogenic.

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Counting moles on your right arm can help in assessing someone’s risk of developing skin cancer.

The little pink ribbon symbolises Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when public focus and support turns to all those suffering from breast cancer.

It is also important in raising awareness of the disease which will affect one in eight women in their lifetime. It is essential that women attend routine breast screenings and check their breasts regularly because early detection can mean a difference between life and death.

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Exposure to infected rodents can result in the plague.

It wiped 30 to 60 per cent of the world’s population in the 14th century, with an estimated 75 to 200 million deaths and obliterated half of Europe in a matter of months and it is still plastered across history books.

Taught to children as the inspiration for the greater evil in many great writers’ novels and poems, this disease seems ancient and almost mythic. However, it is still lurking around and claims the lives of a handful of people every year across different countries. What was commonly referred to as The Black Death is still here.

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Artificial skin could help amputees feel what they touch.

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5.8 trillion cigarettes were smoked worldwide in 2014.

My mother stopped smoking when I was 6 years old. Although she smoked for many years before she stopped she has been very fortunate and not experienced any health issues related to smoking thus far. I won’t bore you by lecturing you about the health risks linked to smoking; we all know them: cancer, lung disease, heart failure, stroke. I’d rather explain the facts.

In the United States, an estimated 16 million people are living with a disease caused by smoking. For every American that dies due to smoking, there are approximately 30 people living with health issues as a result of it. 4,745 men die from smoking every week.

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Stay on the right side of the law, you are not exempt from it.

British citizen Karl Andree has been sentenced to 350 lashes in Saudi Arabia for being caught with illegal homemade alcohol. The case highlights that expats still face the consequences for criminal behaviour abroad, even if the crime – in this case possessing alcohol – is permitted in one’s home country.

For your general health and well-being, make sure you stay on the right side of the law especially in these 5 countries where your punishment may not always fit the crime. Read More →

Two-thirds of Chinse men smoke

Two-thirds of Chinese men smoke

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  • Scared to sleep –  “The Nightmare” a new documentary portrays the horror of sleep paralysis, a disorder that affects around 10% of the population.
  • Better to be a summer baby – new study finds that babies born in the summer grow up to be stronger and healthier.
  • Trial of ‘in womb’ stem cell treatment begins – scientists and doctors are starting a trial injecting foetal stem cells into babies hoping to lessen effects of brittle bone disease.

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Singapore was ranked the number one expat destination in HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey.

In its 8th year, HSBC’s Expat Explorer Survey is an annual survey that questions expats about their experience of life abroad compared to their previous life at home. The survey includes questions about the expat’s perception of the changes to their health, their careers and lifestyle. The results are based on the responses of 21,950 expats living around the world.

In this year’s survey, Singapore was ranked the top expat destination, replacing Switzerland that topped the survey last year. Read More →

Are you living through your screen?

Think about how hard you try to keep memories in your brain instead of your digital device. In today’s highly technological world, the common train of thought involves  ‘I wish I had more battery to take a picture’ instead of actually enjoying the moment and forcing our brain to create a solid, lasting memory trace.

Not long ago, a photo of an old woman surfaced experiencing life through her eyes rather than her screen, reminding people that reality is not what our digital device suggests.

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