• 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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  • Lego is the toy of the devil.

    According to a Polish priest named Slawomir Kostrzewa, a new line of Lego monster and zombie mini-figures are all about “darkness and a world of death.”

    In a presentation directed at parents, Father Slawomir Kostrzewa said that the popular Danish toy company could have a negative affect on children, which could destroy their souls and lead them to the dark side.

    He believes the formerly friendly Lego pieces have been replaced with dark, soul-crushing monsters, negatively altering the minds of children who play with them.

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    Father Kostrzewa believes that the Lego pieces have “facial expressions [that] may lead to confusion between good and evil.”

    He strongly believes that when it comes to these Lego toys, the good are the ones who suffer in battle and the Lego ‘villains’ show satisfaction through their tiny given facial expressions.

    We get it, he feels uneasy about children playing with these

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    MDA tells Singapore news website Mothership.sg to register under Broadcasting Act

    Mothership.sg has become the third Singapore news website to be asked by the Media Development Authority (MDA) to register under the Broadcasting Act. (FB Photo)Mothership.sg has become the third Singapore news website to be asked by the Media Development Authority (MDA) to register under the Broadcasting Act. (FB Photo)

    Mothership.sg has become the third Singapore news website to be asked by the Media Development Authority (MDA) to register under the Broadcasting Act.

    “MDA has, on 27 March, notified Project Fisher-Men Pte Ltd, the corporate entity behind mothership.sg, to register under the Broadcasting (Class Licence) Notification, which was enacted under Section 9 of the Broadcasting Act,” said an MDA spokesperson in a statement to Yahoo Singapore.
    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/mda-asks-singapore-news-website-mothership-sg-to-register-for-a-licence-104026615.html

    Militants snatch 2 people in Malaysia Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel receptionist from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia, and then fled on the speed boat they arrived in, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday. (AP Photo)Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel receptionist from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia, and then fled on the speed boat they arrived in, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday. (AP Photo)

    Suspected Filipino insurgents seized a Chinese tourist and a hotel receptionist from a dive resort in eastern Malaysia, and then fled on the speed boat they arrived in, Malaysian and Philippine officials said Thursday. (AP Photo)

    Suspected Filipino insurgents

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    Critically injured OCBC Cycle rider dies

    A 25-year-old cyclist Chia Wee Kiat, who was in critical condition after fracturing his skull on Sunday's OCBC Cycle Singapore event, has died. (Facebook photo)A 25-year-old cyclist Chia Wee Kiat, who was in critical condition after fracturing his skull on Sunday's OCBC Cycle Singapore event, has died. (Facebook photo)

    A 25-year-old cyclist Chia Wee Kiak, who was in critical condition after fracturing his skull on Sunday's OCBC Cycle Singapore event, has died.

    "We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mr Chia Wee Kiak. We would like to express our deepest condolences to the family. Spectrum Worldwide and OCBC will continue to extend all the support needed to Mr Chia’s family in this very difficult time," said event organisers Spectrum Worldwide in a Facebook post on Wednesday afternoon.
    https://sg.sports.yahoo.com/blogs/fit-to-post-sports/ocbc-cycle-rider-critical-condition-234648033.html

    5 dead after 8.2-strong quake rocks Chile

    A powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit Chile's Pacific coast, killing at least five people as tsunami waves of more than two meters lashed the shore. (AFP Photo)A powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit Chile's Pacific coast, killing at least five people as tsunami waves of more than two meters lashed the shore. (AFP Photo)

    A powerful 8.2-magnitude earthquake hit Chile's Pacific coast, killing at least five people as tsunami waves of more than two meters lashed the shore.

    Panicked residents poured into the streets after the authorities ordered them to flee to higher ground, while President

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  • An elaborate tongue-in-cheek prank which saw a Malay “makcik” pretending to catch her cheating husband on a public bus has angered several netizens, who accused the actors of portraying Muslims in a bad light.

    The videos of the incident, which many thought was genuine, saw a Malay auntie confronting her husband with his mistress in tow. It quickly went viral after being uploaded on YouTube on 29 and 30 March, and was viewed over 200,000 times in total.

    But after the stunt, which was crafted and acted by the team behind popular Channel 5 comedy show “The Noose”, was revealed to be an April Fool’s Day joke on Mediacorp Channel 5’s Facebook page, several readers were not amused.

    In Malay, Facebook user Midi Yusope said that the prank had humiliated the Malay community.

    According to Maryam Nagisa, the joke had tarnished the reputation of Muslims and that the two Muslim actors involved in it had made a laughing stock out of themselves.

    One of the actors involved in the prank also addressed

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  • Forget cheesy safety dance videos by flight attendants -- this is, by far, one of the best in-flight entertainment performances of all time.

    While waiting for passengers to complete boarding Virgin Australia Flight 0970, the talented Disney on Broadway cast of “The Lion King” in Australia spontaneously broke into the “Circle of Life”, the hit song from the musical made famous by Elton John.

    The cast was reportedly returning to Sydney on Virgin Australia Flight 0970, from a promotional visit in Brisbane, when they broke into sudden song. It’s not clear when the video was shot but the two-minute clip has already been viewed 2 million times since it was uploaded on Tuesday.

    Though there was no theatrical Rafiki-Simba moment, the impromptu a capella performance was truly breathtaking on its own.

    After the song, the flight’s captain was heard saying that he felt a little bit embarrassed because he did not think his PA announcement could compare.

    Well, after that performance, we wouldn’t

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  • Troubled Universal Studios Singapore ride Battlestar Galactica may close for good. (Getty Images)

    The Battlestar Galactica, a star attraction at the Universal Studios Singapore theme park, may be closed for good.

    It was reported in MyPaper that the sci-fi themed rollercoaster, which has been closed since July 2013, will be replaced by a new ride by the end of this year.

    It was also reported that the new ride will follow a movie theme, and is expected to have new interiors and a fresh coat of paint, among other changes.

    Resorts World Sentosa (RWS), which manages the theme park, has not issued any statements with regards to the closing of Battlestar Galactica.

    RWS has only previously said that the “ride is unavailable as it undergoes an attraction review”.

    Touted as the world’s tallest dueling roller coaster, the “Battlestar Galactica” ride was closed for over nine months, about a week after the theme park opened in March 2010. The ride was closed due to technical problems, when cracks were found in the seat-post supports of the coaster cars. It re-opened in February 2011.

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    Malaysia releases transcript of MH370 radio log

    A copy of the full transcript from the conversation between flight MH370 and Malaysian Air Traffic Control, provided by Malaysia Airlines. (Click for larger version)A copy of the full transcript from the conversation between flight MH370 and Malaysian Air Traffic Control, provided by Malaysia Airlines. (Click for larger version)

    Malaysia released the full transcript of communications recorded between the missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 and local air traffic controllers on Tuesday, noting that there was no indication of anything abnormal in the words that were spoken.

    While MAS had initially said the person who spoke the last words from the cockpit, "Goodnight, Malaysian three seven zero" was co-pilot Fariq Abdul Hamid, police have yet to confirm via forensic examination that it was him.

    https://sg.news.yahoo.com/malaysia-releases-transcript-mh370-radio-log-093700376.html

    Man arrested for kicking, punching SBS bus

    Screengrabs from a video showing a 51-year-old man kicking up a fuss after being denied access to an SBS bus that had already left a bus stop in Serangoon. (Screengrabs from video)Screengrabs from a video showing a 51-year-old man kicking up a fuss after being denied access to an SBS bus that had already left a bus stop in Serangoon. (Screengrabs from video)

    A 51-year-old man was arrested on Saturday afternoon after kicking and punching the windscreen of an SBS bus.

    In the process, he damaged the bus's ride side mirror as well as one of its front wipers.

    The video of the incident moved quickly on social media, however, getting 3,000

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    1. Koreas trade fire; island residents in shelters

    North and South Korea fired hundreds of artillery shells into each other's waters Monday. (AP photo)
    North and South Korea fired hundreds of artillery shells into each other's waters Monday in a flare-up of animosity that forced residents of five front-line South Korean islands to evacuate to shelters for several hours, South Korean officials said.

    The exchange of fire into the Yellow Sea followed Pyongyang's sudden announcement that it would conduct live-fire drills in seven areas north of the Koreas' disputed maritime boundary. North Korea routinely test-fires artillery and missiles into the ocean but rarely discloses those plans in advance. The announcement was seen as an expression of Pyongyang's frustration at making little progress in its recent push to win outside aid.

    North Korea fired 500 rounds of artillery shells over more than three hours, about 100 of which fell south of the sea boundary, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min-seok said. South Korea

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  • Being too engrossed when using your smartphone can cause unawareness of bad posture or doing repeated actions for long durations. (Thinkstock photo)Being too engrossed when using your smartphone can cause unawareness of bad posture or doing repeated actions for long durations. (Thinkstock photo)

    Staying connected via a smartphone or tablet can be a health hazard. Texting or gaming – with the hand and fingers repeatedly making the same actions – on a smart device can put the user at risk of injury. The repetitive action can cause damage, while the way that the device is held – especially for long periods – can also lead to soreness and pain in the wrist, thumbs and fingers.

    Likewise, sitting or standing hunched over a tablet can strain the neck ligaments and muscles. Most people stretch their neck and head forward when reading, watching a film, or typing on a tablet, and if they hold that posture for a long time, micro or very tiny tears can occur in the muscle fibres or tendons.

    “The bad posture occurs when reading a book too, but you are more likely to adjust your posture when you start feeling some strain. With digital media that includes sound and moving pictures, people are usually engrossed to the point of not moving, at least not until the battery dies!” said Dr Darren

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