Priscelia Chan, cardiac arrest and farts: Top 10 health stories of 2019

Priscelia Chan, cardiac arrest and farts: Top 10 health stories of 2019

To wrap up the year, CNA Lifestyle looks back at the health and wellness stories you’ve eagerly read and shared.

A composite photo of beer in glasses and actress Priscelia Chan
(Photo and art: Aik Chen, Unsplash, Jasper Loh)

A healthy-looking actor dies of cardiac arrest, a local celebrity disappearing from TV for two years because of a skin condition and young Singaporeans having “old people” health problems were some of the most-read stories of the year. Elsewhere, people wondered how e-MCs worked, handphones can lead to problems in the loo, and what’s the deal with farts. Read the stories below.

AFTER GODFREY GAO: HOW DOES CARDIAC ARREST HAPPEN WHEN SOMEONE LOOKS FIT?

Male gym-goer resting hands on locker
(Photo: Freepik)

Our most-read health-related story was also one of our most recent ones. The sudden death of the Taiwanese-Canadian model-actor on Nov 27 came as a shock to many. After all, Gao looked like he took care of himself. So why did he have a cardiac arrest? We talked to doctors, who shared that muscle tone is not an accurate indication of good health – and in fact, there are overlooked factors like stress and even the flu that can also lead to tragedy.

'I FEARED LOSING MYSELF': HOW PRISCELIA CHAN FOUND HOPE AFTER 'TORTUROUS' TWO-YEAR HEALTH ORDEAL

Priscelia Chan 1
(Photo: Aik Chen)

During CNA Lifestyle’s photo shoot with Chan, the 40-year-old revealed it was her first in two years. In fact, she hadn’t been seen in television roles since 2017. The reason was a stress-induced skin condition that struck with no warning and threatened to take away her looks, her career and her relationships – and had her visit four dermatologists and three general practitioners. In our interview, she opened up about how she overcame it, with the help of her family.

WHY MORE YOUNGER SINGAPOREANS ARE GETTING GOUT: TOO MUCH BEER AND PROTEIN

gout young singaporeans too much beer and protein
(Photo: Unsplash / Giovanna Gomes)

Thought gout was an “old person's problem”? Think again. Thanks to high-protein diets and increasing alcohol intake, young people – even someone as young as 17 – are getting it.

A STROKE CAN HAPPEN AT ANY AGE – HOW TO RECOGNISE THE SIGNS AND WHAT TO DO

Man's face with half of it blurred
Facial numbness or drooping is one of the signs of a stroke. (Photo: Unsplash)

According to the World Stroke Organisation (WSO), one in four people will have a stroke in their lifetime. In Singapore, the National Registry of Diseases Office (NRDO) puts the number of stroke cases at 7,741 in 2017 – and it’s also the fourth leading cause of death in the country, according to Healthhub.sg. This article breaks down the symptoms and what you should do if you spot any.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST AGE-RELATED MUSCLE LOSS

Frail seniors age related muscle loss wheelchair
(Photo: Unsplash)

The Ministry of Health Singapore estimates that one in two healthy Singaporeans aged 65 could become severely disabled in their lifetime and require long-term care. And no, this isn’t the result of accidents or disease but a sobering peek into your future if you don't take care of your muscles now. According to medical experts, people lose around eight per cent of muscle every decade, starting at the age of 40.

GETTING AN MC – AND MEDICINE IN 90 MIN – ON YOUR PHONE? WE TESTED IT OUT

A woman using her smartphone in bed
Is telemedicine for everyone? (Photo: Unsplash)

Who knew it would be so easy? We roadtested a new medical collaboration with Grab that promises you can get a consultation, medical certificate and the drugs you need without leaving your house. The story went viral the minute it went out – which goes to show just how many of us were thinking of getting an MC that morning!

DOES YOUR FACE GO RED WITH ALCOHOL? HERE’S WHY YOU SHOULD LEAVE ‘ASIAN FLUSH’ ALONE

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(Photo: iStock)

It turns out, there’s more to having an Asian Flush than just ruining a decent Instagram photo with your friends on a night out. This article looked at what causes it and, more importantly, whether “solutions” such as patches and antihistamines actually work – or might even be dangerous.

IS HEAVY MENSTRUAL BLEEDING NORMAL? AND WHAT DOES EATING PINEAPPLE HAVE TO DO WITH IT?

Woman in jeans sitting next to a plant
(Photo: Pexels/Bianca)

Not many women know what menorrhagia means, but many certainly know what it is – a medical condition where periods last longer than a week. We asked doctors some important questions such as why women don’t faint during their period and what exactly causes heavy bleeding. As for pineapples, it seems like there’s some truth to why your mothers have been nagging you to avoid eating them when on your menses.

SMART PHONES, WEIGHT LIFTING AND MALA ARE CAUSING PROBLEMS IN THE LOO FOR SINGAPOREANS

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(Photo: Pixabay)

It’s not just our gout story that surprised Singaporeans – it seems piles is a problem here, too. The experts we talked to mentioned an uptick in the number of cases involving haemorrhoids, all thanks to our lifestyle choices. We wonder how many people were reading the story in the toilet – and how many skipped curry for dinner that day.

WHAT MAKES FARTS SMELLY OR NOISY? AND IS IT SAFE TO HOLD THESE IN?

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What does your fart say about you? (Illustration: Jasper Loh)

File this under “Things we’ve been itching to ask but were too shy to do so.” How many times do you fart in a day? Are men's farts really smellier than women's? It’s all in this story. Thank you very much.

Source: CNA/mm

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