New Arrival: Fitbit Launches 3 Health & Fitness Wearables

Fitbit officially launched in Singapore the Fitbit Versa Lite Edition (S$248), Fitbit Inspire HR (S$158), and Fitbit Inspire (S$118). The wearables brand also introduced the Fitbit Ace 2 (to be launched later).

This story first appeared in tech4tea.com.

Consumers of any fitness level can choose the wearable that fits his/her needs. Louis Lye (Left), Regional Director, SEA, HK & Taiwan, Fitbit; and Steve Morley, VP & GM, APAC, Fitbit.
Consumers of any fitness level can choose the wearable that fits his/her needs. Louis Lye (Left), Regional Director, SEA, HK & Taiwan, Fitbit; and Steve Morley, VP & GM, APAC, Fitbit.

Beyond devices, the Fitbit platform offers users software features, access to their data, and connection to one of the largest global health and fitness social networks to help drive positive behavior change.

Fitbit will also soon launch a major redesign to the Fitbit app so users can further personalise their dashboard, better understand their data, discover new content and more easily connect with others on Fitbit’s social community.

At S$248, Versa Lite Edition is Fitbit’s most affordable smartwatch, targeting users who want an attractive, versatile, and easy-to-use device with core features, actionable insights and personal guidance to motivate them to improve their health.

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New Arrival: Schick Hydro 5 Sense Razor

The new Schick razor head comes with 5 Ultra Glide Blades and 7 Hydrating Gel Reservoirs that hydrate throughout each shave. Prices below.

* This story first appeared on tech4tea.com.

Schick Hydro 5 Sense will be retailing in all major Guardian Health and Beauty, Fairprice and Watsons outlets: Schick Hydro 5 Sense Hydrate Kit retails at S$15.90, with both the Hydro 5 Sense Hydrate Refills and Hydro 5 Sense® Comfort Refills available at S$24.80.
Schick Hydro 5 Sense will be retailing in all major Guardian Health and Beauty, Fairprice and Watsons outlets: Schick Hydro 5 Sense Hydrate Kit retails at S$15.90, with both the Hydro 5 Sense Hydrate Refills and Hydro 5 Sense® Comfort Refills available at S$24.80.

The Schick Hydro 5 Sense features shock absorb technology that allows the razor to follow the contours of your face and regulate the pressure applied.

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Is TeleMedicine Useful for Veterinary Diagnosis and Treatment?

Pet ownership is on the rise, and so is telemedicine for humans. Is telemedicine also useful for diagnosis and treatment of animals? Aspiring vet med student, Erin Tan, did some research on the topic and shares what she thinks.

* This article was first published on tech4tea.com.

Consult a vet from home via the Internet. Photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash.
Consult a vet from home via the Internet. Photo by Velizar Ivanov on Unsplash.

Pet ownership is on the rise.

With canine pets licensed in Singapore increasing by 32% in the past decade – according to the Agri-Veterinary Authority of Singapore – and the booming pet industry in places like China and India, it is evident that pet owners form a large, and valuable, market.

With teleconsultation, the vet can “see to” animals needing medical consultations even when he/she is not in the clinic.
With teleconsultation, the vet can “see to” animals needing medical consultations even when he/she is not in the clinic.

The pet-care market in Asia is valued at around US$1 billion a year, and is expected to grow to US$1.5 billion by 2020.

Another trend in recent years is the rise of telemedicine in the human health industry.

There has been a proliferation of apps like MaNaDr, Doctor Anywhere and MyDoc, which aim to connect patients with doctors over a digital platform and make the provision of healthcare much more convenient.

There is much potential in marrying the two thriving industries together, by making telemedicine available for veterinarians to deliver medical advice and consultations to pet-owners, through virtual means.

Manifestations of veterinary telemedicine would include platforms for pet-owners to ask vets for advice by sending photos and messages to vets on duty, or tele-consults via video calls.

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Government-Subsidised HDB Home Renovations for the Elderly (EASE)

Falls are common causes of elderly injuries at home. You can install special tools and aids around your Housing and Development Board (HDB) apartment to help prevent falls. Under the Enhancement for Active Seniors (EASE) programme, the costs of some of the installations will be subsidised by the Government.

The safety aids will enable senior citizens living in HDB apartments in Singapore to move around freely and safely to enable a more independent life.
The safety aids will enable senior citizens living in HDB apartments in Singapore to move around freely and safely to enable a more independent life.

Changes could be simple adjustments or lifestyle changes, or more complicated like the addition of fittings or structural changes.

Simple adjustments could include:

  • Addition of grab bars
  • Use of non-slip mats or application of non-slip treatments on floors of wet and slippery areas, eg bathroom and toilet
  • Removal of rugs and wires on the floor to prevent falls
  • Changing switches to an accessible level, if your care recipient is wheelchair bound
  • Highlighting steps and stairs with fluorescent tape for better visibility at night
  • Relocating your care recipient to a room on the ground floor (if you stay in a multi-storey house)

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Weekend read: The value of the Doctor-Patient relationship

“Tryng to put a value on the doctor-patient relationship” – by Km Tingley in the New York Times (16 May, 2018).

How does one put a value to the traditional doctor-patient relationship in the pursuit of greater efficiency that decouples a patient from a regular family doctor?
How does one put a value to the traditional doctor-patient relationship in the pursuit of greater efficiency that decouples a patient from a regular family doctor?

This long yet engrossing read offers a heartwarming perspective on how a sustained relationship between the patient and his/her primary care doctor can enhance healthcare for the patient and reduce costs to the overall healthcare system.

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World Family Doctor Day 2018 on 19 May

World Family Doctor Day was first declared by the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) in 2010. This year’s theme is: “Family doctors – leading the way to better health”.

World Family Doctor Day is known as “519世界家庭醫師日” in Mandarin.
World Family Doctor Day is known as “519世界家庭醫師日” in Mandarin.

The World Family Doctor Day – on 19 May every year – highlights the role and contribution of family doctors in health care systems around the world.

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Leveraging technology to provide better healthcare

Today, we put the focus on a primary care doctor practicing in Punggol – to get a feel of what it’s like running a GP clinic in a residential neighbourhood in Singapore.

Dr. Paul Ang founded Zenith Medical Clinic in Punggol, Singapore. Visit its website for location and opening hours
Dr. Paul Ang founded Zenith Medical Clinic in Punggol, Singapore. Visit its website for location and opening hours

Dr. Paul Ang belongs to a new generation of young doctors establishing themselves as the community’s trusted general practitioners (GPs), providing primary care to the residents in Punggol.

Dr. Ang’s clinical interests include Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT), Mental Health and Wellness, and Paediatrics.
Dr. Ang’s clinical interests include Ear, Nose, Throat (ENT), Mental Health and Wellness, and Paediatrics.

As a millennial, Dr. Ang is tech savvy and fully cognizant of the importance of harnessing technology to reap improvements to traditional work processes.

Having spent the past three and a half years practicing at Zenith, the Gen-Y doctor’s greatest frustration is with the typical fluctuations of patient volumes at GP clinics.

As most practitioners or patients would have observed, a typical primary care clinic can be really crowded at times eg. on Saturdays and Mondays, and at different times of the day.

With many traditional first-come-first-serve basis, the staff has to cope with long lines of patients vying for an earlier time slot, with tempers occasionally flaring up.

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