Spotlight on Health


Habits That Harm the Kidneys By Belle & Juliana Sun   Kidney damage can happen over a period of time as a result of poor lifestyle choices, ignoring symptoms, and improper management of health conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure. Many commonly accepted habits can put the kidneys at risk.   1. Sleep Deprivation Research has shown that those who do not get sufficient…
Four Seasons of Kidney Care By Belle & Dan Shan   Kidney health has a profound impact on the overall health of the body. When in poor condition, the kidneys can be the cause of many illnesses. Keeping them healthy is an essential part of total-body wellness.   The optimal methods of kidney care change in accordance with the seasons. The methods are in sync with the elements assoc…
Strengthening the Kidneys By Belle & Dan Shan   Here are a few simple exercises that you can do at home, outdoors or even at work to keep your kidneys in good shape and functioning properly at everystage of life.   Massage your ears Use your thumb and index finger to gently massage your ears. Do this a few times throughout the day. Comb your hair Spread your fingers and comb throu…
The Rise of Superbugs By Lesley & Qing Cha   When there is an overuse or repeated use of antibiotics, antibiotic-resistant bacteria will increase in number over time.   In 1928 Sir Alexander Fleming (1881 — 1955) discovered, by accident, a class of antibiotic known as penicillin. A milestone discovery in the 20th century, it was a turning point in history. From fighting a large n…
Detecting Kidney Disease By Belle & Juliana Sun   Our body takes what it needs from the food we eat and leaves the waste to be cleared by our kidneys. Without the sophisticatedworkings of these “trash collectors,” wastes would build up in the blood and cause damage to the body. Taking care of our kidneys starts with becoming aware of the various symptoms associated with kid…
      Perfect Love: A Futuristic Fable             By Caral Goh & Jacqueline Sam             My best friend, Melissa, had called me from abroad on my birthday. I was feeling a little lonely that day. I would have liked to celebrate with her, the way we’d always done. Ever since she’d moved away, I hadn’t felt lik…
      Journey of Love         By Lu Yi Lin, Malaysia         Gradually, I could take control of my body. Having experienced the torture associated with Parkinson’s disease, I have great empathy for the deep despair of sufferers.           In 2006, at the age of 56, I decided to retire. Although that meant forgoing a …
      Impossible to Possible            Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive disorder that attacks the nervous system, thus significantly impacting movement. Parkinson’s severely compromises the quality of life of its sufferers, as well as that of the patient’s loved ones. Watching helplessly as a family member or friend withers away …
      Improve Quality of Life           Research has shown that an active lifestyle prompts improvement in the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. As exercise helps to maintain and improve mobility, flexibility and balance, and ease depression and constipation, regular workouts must be cornerstones of a long-term care plan. Connecting with supportive, positiv…
      Body Talk: Little-Known Facts           By Caral Goh   The amazing heart muscle               You probably experience tired muscles in your legs after running some distance or fatigued hand muscles after playing basketball. Those parts of the body need to be rested after exertion. However, the heart muscle…