Healthy living masterplan launched for Sembawang residents

Ask Healthy Living: Do Mosquitoes ‘Like’ Some People More Than Others?

The Health Promotion Board also plans to approach malls and coffee shops in Sembawang to provide healthier food options. It will also implement regular community health promoting programmes such as cooking classes and brisk-walking sessions. At the same time, HPB will also work with schools on healthy initiatives. In addition, each Residents’ Committee will go door-to-door to encourage older adults to go for earlier health screening. Mr Khaw said he wants to see a “hospital without walls” approach to healthcare. He said: “Traditionally, hospitals are only active within the four walls. When the patient walks in through the A&E department, or falls sick, outpatient, then our responsibility starts. “And as soon as we discharge the patients, our responsibility ends. And that is the traditional approach of running hospitals.

Pharmacies sign up to healthy living

The scheme was set up by Northumberland County Council in partnership with the Local Pharmaceutical Committee last September to turn pharmacies into community hubs, offering healthy living literature, advice and support. In February, 27 pharmacies were accredited and now another ten have joined them. They include Wellway Pharmacy in Pegswood and Morpeth, Lynemouth Pharmacy, Health Hut in Morpeth and Boots pharmacies in Morpeth Market Place, Bridge Street and Stobhill. MORE STORIES

Another estimate from the research suggests that 20 percent — or one in five people — are mosquito magnets. It is definitely true that some people are more attractive to the pesky insects than others, but the reason why remains a bit of a mystery. There are a number of myths out there , including the assertion that mosquitoes prefer blondes. In reality, mosquito preference doesn’t seem to have anything to do with hair color, blood sugar levels, floral perfumes or many of the other factors we’ve heard rumors about. First of all, sometimes it’s not you — it’s them. “Different species have different cues for being attracted,” says Janet McAllister, Ph.D., an entomologist in the Division of Vector-Born Diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While scientists don’t know exactly what attracts female mosquitoes to some and not others — it’s worth noting that male mosquitoes don’t feed on human blood — there are some observed patterns.

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