• Flat foot is very common in Asians with estimates suggesting that it affects approximately 1 in 5 individuals. (Thinkstock photo)Flat foot is very common in Asians with estimates suggesting that it affects approximately 1 in 5 individuals. (Thinkstock photo

    “Do I have flat feet?” is a common question asked by patients I see at SGH.

    You’ve probably come across or heard about the terms “flat feet” or “pes planus” (to apply the correct medical terminology). These terms are often used by patients, shop assistants and health care professionals, but what do they mean?

    Typically, in a non “flat-footed” individual, the arch of the foot is usually raised off the ground when the person is standing. If the foot arch is low or nonexistent, the person is said to have “flat feet” or sometimes, “fallen arches”.

    Pes planus tends to be a very common condition in the Asian population with estimates suggesting that it occurs in around 1 in 5 individuals.

    How do I know I have flat feet?

    Flat feet can only be truly identified while the individual is standing or walking. When someone with flat feet stands or walks, their inner foot or arch flattens. In addition the foot may roll over to the inner side (this is known as excessive subtalar pronation).

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    11 foreign workers charged with rioting at Choa Chu Kang construction site

    In the second case to occur here in two weeks, 11 workers were charged on Tuesday with rioting, this time at a construction site in Choa Chu Kang. (Getty Images)In the second case to occur here in two weeks, 11 workers were charged on Tuesday with rioting, this time at a construction site in Choa Chu Kang. (Getty Images)

    In the second case to occur here in two weeks, 11 workers were charged on Tuesday with rioting, this time at a construction site in Choa Chu Kang.

    According to local media, the workers – four Chinese and seven Bangladeshi nationals – are alleged to have been involved in a fight on Sunday afternoon at the construction site for Rainforest Condominium off Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/11-foreign-workers-charged-with-rioting-at-choa-chu-kang-construction-site-101115452.html
    MOM releases list of Singapore public holidays for 2015, shows bounty of long weekends

    MOM releases list of Singapore public holidays for 2015, shows bounty of long weekends (AP Photo)MOM releases list of Singapore public holidays for 2015, shows bounty of long weekends (AP Photo)

    There will be 7 three-day weekends next year. That’s based on the list of 11 public holidays for 2015 released by the Ministry of Manpower on Tuesday.

    Next year, the Chinese New Year public holidays will fall on 19 and 20 February, which is a Thursday and Friday, respectively.

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  • Singapore writer Felix Cheong and his new book Singapore Siu Dai: The SG Conversation in a Cup.

    Singapore writer Felix Cheong wants to know where and why the country has lost its soul.

    He said, “We have become this glamour city, full of chrome and glass, tall iconic buildings, but no soul.”

    Cheong, author of short stories collection “Vanishing Point”, takes on this issue in his new book, along with hot-button topics like transport, education and economic growth.

    Called “Singapore Siu Dai”, which translates to “less sugar” in Hokkien, it is a collection of 50 short stories that satirize life in Singapore.

    Having previously written poetry collections and fiction novels, this is Cheong’s ninth book and his first foray into humorous fiction.

    The 49-year-old writer feels strongly about the political themes he tackles in his book. Civil servants are satirized in the book, depicted as characters who form the government’s elite but who do not see people as people.

    He said, “We have been in this same status quo for far too long. After 50 years, I think it’s time something changes.”

    He

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  • [UPDATE 9 April 2014, 5:40pm. Added statement from Singapore Tourism Board]

    The Singapore Tourism Board acknowledged that a promotional video that has drawn flak online for low production quality and a cheesy storyline "could have been done better".

    In a statement, Oliver Chong, STB executive director for communications and industry marketing, said the video was produced for the Philippines by Philippine network ABS-CBN "in an effort to customise content for this audience".

    They said that when the video had been shared on STB's Facebook page for the Philippines, it attracted over 3,400 likes in the first week and garnered some 900 comments, largely positive.

    Chong said that it often shared its marketing videos on its YouTube channel. He said that the video was subsequently removed  "as it was not resonating well with audiences".

    Chong added, "In the meantime, we have found some of the responses and spoofs that have been shared online to be creative and clever."

    "Nevertheless, we thank

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    Singapore Medical Council suspends surgeon Dr Woffles Wu for four months

    Singapore plastic surgeon Dr Woffles Wu has been suspended from practice for four months. (Getty Images)
    Singapore plastic surgeon Dr Woffles Wu has been suspended from practice for four months, according to a statement released by the Singapore Medical Council (SMC) on Monday.

    The SMC, which regulates the professional conduct and ethics of medical practitioners here, imposed the suspension penalty after Wu was found guilty in 2012 for getting an employee to take the rap for him for two speeding tickets.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/singapore-medical-council-suspends-surgeon-dr-woffles-wu-for-four-months-072632348.html


    COMMENT: MDA registration — censorship or making legitimate?

    Singapore news site Mothership.sg is the latest news site asked to register for a broadcasting license by the MDA. (Facebook photo)
    The Media Development Authority (MDA) did what any other governing body would do: tick the checklist and invite the Mothership team to register under the same class license that The Independent Singapore did and Breakfast Network did not.

    After a trying year in which skeptics

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  • Shah Salimat is the editor-in-chief of Popspoken, an entertainment, lifestyle and sociopolitical newsblog. He tweets at @shahsalimat. The views herein are his own.

    It was to be expected.

    The moment Mothership.sg scored a feature on national daily The Straits Times, its brand of humourous listicles and quirky personality profiles with a Buzzfeed-like sensibility had been given the seal of approval.

    It also was the time when two things were established: the site was touching on key socio-political issues (no matter how funny the accompanying sarcasm was), and that it had a company behind it with a swanky office space in downtown Singapore and an investor to boot.

    The Media Development Authority (MDA) did what any other governing body would do: tick the checklist and invite the Mothership team to register under the same class license that The Independent Singapore did and Breakfast Network did not.

    After a trying year in which skeptics launched a #FreeMyInternet campaign to challenge a seeming

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  •  Kirsten Han is a Singaporean blogger, journalist and filmmaker. She is also involved in the We Believe in Second Chances campaign for the abolishment of the death penalty. A social media junkie, she tweets at @kixes. The views expressed are her own.

    It’s a convenient argument, trotted out every time unwelcome change – unwelcome to certain groups, that is – is suggested. When faced with arguments supporting LGBT equality, freedom of expression or the abolishment of the death penalty, we get told that it is not in line with our “Asian values”. And that’s meant to be that; the discussion on becoming a more progressive society shut down with one meaningless, illogical retort.

    A letter by Bay Ming Ching in the Straits Times neatly rebutted the arguments of an earlier letter-writer, who wrote:

    “Our traditional values of filial piety, humility and a focus on the family should be promoted, instead of Western values like absolute freedom of speech, sexual permissiveness or gender ambiguity.”

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    Driver involved in 2013 deaths of man and Korean family charged

    The man behind the wheel of a car that killed a Singaporean and members of a Korean family along Central Expressway (CTE) on National Day last year was charged in court on Friday. (Yahoo photo)The man behind the wheel of a car that killed a Singaporean and members of a Korean family along Central Expressway (CTE) on National Day last year was charged in court on Friday. (Yahoo photo)

    The man behind the wheel of a car that killed a Singaporean and members of a Korean family along Central Expressway (CTE) on National Day last year was charged in court on Friday.

    Toh Cheng Yang, 35, is accused of one charge of dangerous driving resulting in death, and another of driving under the influence of drugs, according to local media reports.
    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/driver-involved-in-2013-deaths-of-man-and-korean-family-charged-064536079.html

    Singapore news website Mothership.sg agrees to register under Broadcasting Act

    Singapore news website Mothership.sg has agreed to register under the Broadcasting Act as requested by the Media Development Authority (MDA). It is the third local news site notified by authorities in the past year. (Facebook photo)Singapore news website Mothership.sg has agreed to register under the Broadcasting Act as requested by the Media Development Authority (MDA). It is the third local news site notified by authorities in the past year. (Facebook photo)

    Singapore news website Mothership.sg has agreed to register under the Broadcasting Act as requested by the Media Development Authority (MDA). It is the third local news site notified by authorities in the past year.

    In a statement to Yahoo Singapore on Friday, they said, “We will accede to MDA's request to register under Section 9 of

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  • Real estate crowdfunding is a viable option for property development in Southeast Asia, but there are many limitations and rules that need to be mindful of. (Getty Images)Real estate crowdfunding is a viable option for property development in Southeast Asia, but there are many limitations and rules that need to be mindful of. (Getty Images)

    By Getty Goh & Dr Seh Huan Kiat

    To begin, I would like you to visualise a scenario. Somewhere in South East Asia, there is an aspiring property developer. Let us just call him Bishwas. Bishwas just found the perfect piece of land to build a small backpacker inn. Having worked as a construction project manager, he had been involved in similar real estate projects and has the necessary knowledge to realise the development.

    Bishwas has also done a financial feasibility study and all indications show that he will make good returns from this project. Apart from monetary incentives, he believes that his backpacker inn will be able to benefit his community by offering direct employment opportunities for the builders as well as for staff who he will hire to help maintain the inn. There could even be a spillover effect brought about by the project as small businesses, ranging from makeshift food stalls to rudimentary tourist services, could spring up to support the development and the

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  • Eating healthy and exercising regularly can help minimize your risk of getting abnormal heart murmur. (Thinkstock photo)Eating healthy and exercising regularly can help minimize your risk of getting abnormal heart murmur. (Thinkstock photo)

    A normal heartbeat has two sounds. A heart murmur is the extra rasping, humming or whooshing sound that can be heard in-between. It must be investigated to be sure it’s “innocent”, meaning harmless.

    As opposed to an innocent heart murmur, an abnormal heart murmur may point to a serious underlying heart problem such as damaged heart valves or congenital heart defects like a hole in the heart.

    “Prognosis for abnormal heart murmurs varies according to the underlying heart problem and its severity. It is excellent in patients with otherwise structurally normal hearts and poor in patients with severe underlying valvular or congenital heart defects,” says Dr Peter Ting, Consultant, Department of Cardiology at the National Heart Centre Singapore (NHCS), a member of the SingHealth group.

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    What causes a heart murmur?

    The extra or unusual sound characteristic of a heart murmur is due to the faster blood flow through the heart valves and/or

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