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Big Brother tech
If you own an Apple Watch, you might already be using Lumihealth, an app developed by the Health Promotion Board (HPB) to help users lead healthier lifestyles. It’s fun, has cute animations, and is part of a larger collaboration between tech giant, Apple, and Singapore’s government. Sure, we want to help Lumi move, but we also like free HPB vouchers (yay free things!).
Many of the tech giants have become highly involved with public health in light of the current pandemic. Apple is even putting rivalry aside and working with Google to facilitate contact tracing for governments worldwide. This move by Apple and HPB brings to light the continued effects of the company’s involvement in healthcare as we move forward into the post-pandemic world. While there are undoubtedly many benefits that will come from this, there is also a growing concern over the issue of data privacy.
Tracking your every move
From wearable health tracking devices to the new TraceTogether tokens being distributed across the country, more and more of our personal health data is being recorded and stored digitally. Even the elderly in Singapore are getting more acclimatized to using technology in their daily lives – have you seen how long the queues for those tokens are?? Gosh.
While the information being recorded helps users with their personal health concerns and at a larger scale, can even help with policymaking in the healthcare sector, great care must be taken in terms of managing all of this personal data (otherwise, we might as well be the star of a Black Mirror episode).
They’ll never take our freedom
Luckily for us, Singapore has a pretty robust privacy protection act in place and it’s unlikely that we’re all going to end up in a 1984-esque surveillance state anytime soon. Apple itself has stated that data “will be stored in a highly secure system that is fully compliant with Singapore’s data privacy and security laws”. So fingers crossed, we’re gonna have all the freedom and privacy that we need (at least for now).
5 Singaporean stories to catch up on
1️⃣ Pack your bags! Singapore’s cruises to nowhere have finally begun to set sail.
2️⃣ In the works: An NUS research team has designed a wearable health sensor that’s entirely flexible.
3️⃣ Zoom in on your mental wellbeing – You can now get mental health support via video call.
4️⃣ A healthcare hero in the making: Victoria Quek, who cared for her chronically-ill mum as a teenager, has just won the Singapore Patient Caregiver Award.
5️⃣ Mental health days might become an actual thing with Singapore’s new Advisory on Mental Well-being at Workplaces.
And 5 facts to spice up your life:
1️⃣ Thinking of going vegan? Here are 5 tips from a man who recently made the switch.
2️⃣ Cannibalistic cultures – Everyone knows zombies are scary, but here are some examples of humans in history who were just as terrifying.
3️⃣ Medieval bowel movements are being studied to understand the evolution of our digestive systems.
4️⃣ Just choose one! Recent studies show that mixing skincare brands might be harmful to your skin.
5️⃣ Priority use – WHO states that healthy young people might not get the coronavirus vaccine until 2022.
I’M LOAFING IT
Let’s get this confectionery
Ireland’s Supreme Court has recently ruled that Subway bread isn’t actually bread – at least according to Ireland’s official food regulations. This ruling came about during a tax dispute raised by Bookfinders Ltd, an Irish Subway franchisee. In Ireland, the sugar-to-flour ratio of bread is 2% but Subway’s bread exceeds that ratio by about 5 times.
6-inch hearty Italian cake
So if Subway’s bread isn’t bread, what exactly is it? Some bread options in Subway contain 5g of sugar, which is roughly the same amount as a single Oreo. So it might be some sort of cookie, maybe. But if we’re talking sugar-to-flour ratio, Ireland’s food regulations probably categorise Subway’s bread as a type of cake. Subway, of course, insists that their bread is, in fact, bread.
Don’t worry though, Subway’s bread is still bread in Singapore, where food regulations don’t actually stipulate how much sugar is allowed to be in bread. And most of Subway’s various bread options actually only contain 2 or 3 grams of sugar (curse you, honey oat bread). Compare this to, say, Gardenia’s Enriched White Bread, which contains 2.1g of sugar per serving of 2 slices.
Of course, once you add in your Subway sandwich fillings and dressings, the sugar content will begin to go up – but hey, if it makes you feel like you’re eating healthy, then this writer says go for it. Just maybe consider running an extra lap at the stadium afterwards.
Had one too many Subway sandwiches (or cakes)? We gotchu! Here’s Dr Terence Tan’s ultimate guide to effectively losing weight.
Weird & Wonderful
- Frankenstein was basically a “living” collage.
- If you skip steps while climbing stairs, you’re both athletic and lazy.
- We could make cheese out of breast milk if we really wanted to.
- It’s really easy to make an Earth taco.
- Tater tots are potato marshmallows.
Listen to your favourite tunes at the dentist
Music soothes the savage beast — but in this case, the worried dental patient.
Not everyone likes going to the dentist, some even find it downright terrifying. Here’s a dental health hack: get your favourite music playlist and noise-canceling earphones ready for your procedure.
Studies show that music with a slower tempo can help calm your nerves and reduce stress. But hey, if something more upbeat is your cup of tea, go for it! Anything that helps cancel out the drilling sounds and distract you from the smell of Dettol in the clinic (Alexa, play Despacito).