Jun 22, 2018

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Can Retinoblastoma be Treated?

Although retinoblastoma is a rare malignant cancer, it mostly affects children all over the world. In Singapore, it is the most common type of eye cancer, which accounts for half of such cases according to a study in 2000.

How Does It Start?
Like any type of cancer, the location of the cancer cells is important in the treatment approach. The location will also determine the likelihood of saving the person’s vision. Retinoblastoma can affect one or both eyes, but it rarely spreads from the eyes to other body parts. The illness affects children younger than 2 years because there is a fault in the process of eye formation while the baby is still in the womb. Retinoblasts or cells that are found during the formation of the eyes, do not mature into retinal cells, and instead keep dividing and growing uncontrollably. If not treated, the tumor can fill the eyeball, causing pressure, pain, and loss of vision.

Is it Related to Other Cancers?
Retinoblastoma begins in the retina, but the child can also be affected with another eye cancer or melanoma. This is rare, but the treatment approach will also be different if the child has other conditions that need to be addressed. The second most common eye cancer usually associated with retinoblastoma is medulloepithelioma, which begins in the eye’s ciliary body. Retinoblastoma can be inherited by the child and it has been found that the abnormality is associated with the mutation in the retinoblastoma gene, which can also develop sporadically.

How is it Treated?
There is no one treatment for retinoblastoma, because it must be approached based on its location, type, and the side effects. Most doctors recommend the usual treatments for most types of cancer such as cryotherapy, chemotherapy, thermotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, targeted therapy, and stem cell rescue. A child with retinoblastoma will need a team of specialists who will make sure that the side effects of the treatments are minimized. There is also a risk of late side effects that will most likely affect the child as he/she grows up, such as; vision and hearing problems, memory and learning problems, and second cancers.

Can the Eye be Saved?
If the specialists can still save the eye, the person might have to go through systemic chemotherapy or an external-beam radiation therapy. If both eyes are affected, there might be different treatment approaches for each eye depending on the size of the tumor and the likelihood of saving each eye.

What is Enucleation?
One of the treatments for retinoblastoma is enucleation or surgery of the eye that aims to remove the affected eye and parts of the optic nerve. This is recommended if there is a suspicion that the caner cells have spread to other parts of the body or if the individual will most likely lose his/her sight. If the tumor is very large and the patient does not respond to other types of treatment, enucleation is also an option.

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Jun 22, 2018

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What are Childhood Cancers?

Perhaps most of the cancer-related health cases you have seen in media were about adults, but cancer can also affect children and even newborns. Childhood cancer be difficult and complicated to treat, but there are successful stories of survivors who made it past their treatments.

As a parent, you should be aware of the types of cancer that affect children, such as the following:

• Leukemia. This is perhaps the most common childhood cancer not just in Singapore but in most parts of the world. Leukemia among children is not easy to detect, unless it is an acute leukemia which develops suddenly. The following symptoms might show up gradually: bleeding and bruising even with a minor injury; recurring stomachache; difficulty breathing or wheezing and coughing; swelling in the arms, neck, collarbone and groin; frequent bacterial and viral infections; anemia; and frequent pain the joints and bones.

• Neuroblastoma. This type of cancer usually develops after childbirth and affects the adrenal glands. Symptoms include stomachaches, changes in the appetite, weakness in the legs and a formation of a hard mass in the neck that isn’t painful.

• Retinoblastoma. The malignant tumor starts in the retina and can potentially cause blindness of not treated early. Retinoblastoma is asymptomatic, but the parents might notice that the pupil becomes white when light is shone on the eyes.

• Lymphomas. As the name implies, lymphomas affect the lymphatic system and cause the lymph nodes to enlarge. Lymphomas can either be Hodgkin or non-Hodgkin in variety, with the former having a higher survival rate than the latter. Look for the following symptoms: swollen lymph nodes in the groin/armpits/chest, chest pain, fatigue, night sweats, weight loss, fever, abdominal pain, severe itching, and sensitivity to alcohol.

• Wilms Tumor. Also known as a type of kidney cancer or nephroblastoma, it usually affects just one kidney although two kidneys are not rare. Symptoms might not be noticeable, and they can vary among children, but you should look out for the following: abdominal mass, pain, and swelling; blood in the urine; constipation; nausea and vomiting; fever; hypertension; and shortness of breath.

• Brain and Spinal Cord Tumors. The symptoms vary among affected children, that is why it’s important to get an early diagnosis. Look out for the following: recurring morning headache and nausea; problems in speech, vision, hearing, balance, and walking; unusual sleepiness; seizures; increase in head size; back pain and pain in the arms and legs; changes in the bowel movements; difficulty urinating; and leg weakness.

• Bone Cancer. Two most common types of bone cancer, osteosarcoma and Ewing’s sarcoma, affect children. Symptoms include bone and/or joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and tenderness; lump on a bone; weak bones and frequent fractures; anemia; fatigue; difficulty moving; and weight loss.

• Rhabdomyosarcoma. This is a type of soft tissue sarcoma that affects the fibrous tissue or the muscles, usually in the bladder, head or neck, uterus, vagina, and testes. Some affected children also have tumors in the limbs, abdominal wall, and the chest. Symptoms include blockage and discharges in the throat and nose, swollen eye, abdominal pain, constipation, and blood in urine.

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Jun 7, 2018

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4 Signs You Should Replace Your Old Plumbing

When it comes to plumbing works, your home has its own way to letting you know that something is going wrong. A good rule of thumb: use your senses. Observing, listening and smelling are the best ways to prevent potential disasters before they become a major problem. Here are some of the signs that say you need to get your home plumbing works checked and replaced with new lines by a plumbing contractor in Singapore.

The Water is No Longer Clear

Water is supposed to clean you up; therefore, it is supposed to be crystal clear. When you open the faucet and see that the water looks rusty or any color but clear, this raises a red flag.

Water that comes out from your faucet with a hint of brown or rust is usually a sign of pipe corrosion. As the water flows through the plumbing pipes, it can corrode, pick up and carry rut residues in the pipes.

Not only is this water unsafe for household use, rusty pipes are prone to mineral deposits that slowly build up within the pipe, too. When the build up gets too thick, this can cause clogs and increases chances of burst pipes—due to the strong pressure from the lack of open space for the water to freely flow. Before the need to fix burst water tap arises, call a professional plumber to have your pipes checked.

The Water Smells Funky

Does the water from the faucet have a rusty or foul odor? Well it shouldn’t be. Water shouldn’t have a smell; and when it starts to smell funky, it could be a sign of bacteria build up in the pipe. This means that some part of your home plumbing needs to be checked by a plumbing services expert.

You Start to Notice Mold and Water Damage

Broken faucets and leaky pipes can happen every now and then. As long as you get them fixed by a professional plumber immediately, you should be fine. But also remember that not all leaks are easily detectable. Some leaks can be behind walls, which can go silent and undetected. The only time you start to notice these leaks is when you discover a spot of damp moldy wall. Once you see such sign, call 24 hours plumber right away to have it checked and repaired right away before the damage aggravates.

You Hear Bubbling or Gurgling Sound

First off, know that it is normal for some drains, like the dishwasher, laundry machines, bath tub and anything that drains large amount of water, to produce bubbling sounds. However, when this happens to other drain points that only drains low amount of water, it could mean that the line is backed up or is constricted. Again, have it checked by plumbing services in Singapore to detect the problem in its earliest stage possible.

Your homes plumbing works may not age gracefully, especially if it doesn’t have enough maintenance from a reliable plumber. Give your waterways the TLC it deserves and call a professional plumber for maintenance check up and repair.

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May 15, 2018

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Eight Glasses of Water a Day

People do not usually give importance to hydration but what they do not realize is that without proper hydration, we are slowly leading our body to decay. Hydration is very important for a lot of things. One of the things hydration is useful for is circulation. Without proper hydration, the circulation of our blood within our body would not be normal. The circulation of our blood is very important if we are to function to our full potential. People do not realize that trying to function at their best without actually preparing for it would definitely not work.

Our body slowly gets weaker the more dehydrated we become. It may be hard to keep yourself regularly hydrated all throughout your day but water isn’t that hard to find. In fact, finding water around is really easy. All of the restaurants sell them, there are countless stores that all sell water and it is honestly not that expensive.

For those who do not enjoy water as a liquid, there are actually substitutes for that. There are certain fruits with a high water content which is good enough for you to be hydrated. Watermelon is a good fruit to keep you hydrated. If you enjoy the taste of watermelon, eating some throughout the day would be a great way to not just keep yourself hydrated but also a great fruit to snack on.

Drinking the right amount of water at the right time also helps your digestion and bowel movement. Keeping your body functioning at a healthy rate is very important. Your digestive system ban be a little tricky because it is not always about what you eat but also when you eat and the condition of your body while you are eating. A good digestive system is a great way for you to be able to enjoy your life to the fullest since you will be able to not only eat but also enjoy the nutrients you get from your food all throughout the day.

Now, is eight glasses a day really necessary? Well, yes! It is the perfect amount of water we should be drinking everyday. Drinking two glasses of water per meal and one glass of water in between breakfast and lunch and another one glass of water during the afternoon. Easy right? Well, you can drink more water than that. There’s actually no such thing as too much water. Unless of course you aren’t able to get healthy food together with your water.

Staying hydrated throughout your life is a great way for you to enjoy it. Don’t forget to drink water every now and then.

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May 15, 2018

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The Importance of Salt in the Kitchen

Salt is a great spice for you to be able to add such a wonderful taste to whatever you are cooking. Not only is salt cheap but it is also very useful. The good thing about salt is that you can find it just about anywhere. From your local grocery stores to your actual supermarket. Now why is salt so necessary? Why is salt one of the most used ingredient in almost every dish? What does salt do to make our food taste better?

Let’s talk about the answers one at a time. Most of the food we eat and the ingredients we use can be very acidic. For example, lemon or vinegar usually adds a great deal of acid towards your dish. What happens when our dish is very acidic? Well, since our taste buds and pallets can only take such an amount of acid, our food would start to taste horrible. Now, what does an acidic dish taste like? Well, it could taste really sour or basically very different from your regular dish.

Now, what is the use of salt? Well, salt balances out the acid. Salt evens out the taste by countering the acidic taste. Salt is also a great flavoring. Using salt to season you meat can really bring out an amazing taste to your basic meat. Salt is usually met up with pepper and it blends just perfectly.

There are so many ways for you to put salt into good use, you can even use it to prolong the shelf life of your meat. Back in the day when they didn’t have much preservatives around, they would usually put salt around the piece of meat for it to preserve either for transportation or for use later on. When you are putting salt into good use, do not overdo it. Salt may help improve the taste of your food, but it can also ruin it if you use too much.

There are many different kinds of salt and many different size of granules and each of them have a different taste and effect on your food. Having bigger granules of salt usually focuses the taste on a certain part rather than being evenly spread out but the more skilled you become in cooking, the easier it is for you to play around with the different types of salt.

Salt is a must have in the kitchen and is something you should definitely buy in a bundle. Salt has a really long shelf life so you wouldn’t even have to worry of spoiling since salt also helps preserve meat in itself. Make sure you do not contaminate your salt for it to stay clean and tasty.

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Apr 23, 2018

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The Best Fantasy Movies for Everyone

Treat your family and friends to a weekend of the best sword, sorcery and adventure movies.

The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Based on the book series by C.S. Lewis, the first installment of the movie franchise introduces the Pevensie children who discover a wardrobe that leads to the world of Narnia. They learned that Narnia has been cursed by the White Witch for a hundred years.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001)
Inspired by the series penned by J.K. Rowling, this iconic adaptation introduces Harry Potter, an orphan who learns that his parents used magic and were murdered by an evil wizard.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)
Taken from Jules Verne’s novel of the same title, it tells the story of an expedition to the Pacific Ocean led by Prof. Pierre M. Aronnax and Conseil to prove that a sea monster does not exist.

The Dark Crystal (1982)
This animated film features the Gelfling Jen on a mission to restore a shard of a broken magical crystal in order to save the planet Thra. He has to restore the shard before the three suns align to prevent the Skeksis from ruling over the plant.

Star Wars (1977)
The first installment of the famous series was later renamed Star Wars: Episode IV-A New Hope and highlights the attempts of Princess Leia and the Rebel Alliance to destroy the Death Star.

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Based on the book by J.R.R. Tolkien that popularized the fantasy genre, The Lord of the Rings opens the adventures of Frodo, Merry, Sam and Pippin who are on a mission to destroy the One Ring created by Sauron.

Krull (1983)
The movie begins with a prophecy that a queen and a king shall arise and rule the galaxy. This prophecy might be fulfilled by Princess Lyssa and Prince Colwyn who are forming an alliance to stop the Beast from destroying the planet Krull.

Clash of the Titans (1981)
This faithful retelling of the story of the Greek hero Perseus was a wonder at the time it was created because of its use of stop motion animation. Perseus was the son of Danae and Zeus who was banished by his grandfather when he learned that Danae was pregnant.

Avatar (2009)
Set in the future when humanity is colonizing other planets in the universe, the humans threaten the locals on the moon Pandora when they tried to mine unobtanium.

Ugetsu (1953)
Inspired by various tales written by Ueda Akinari, it tells the story of a poor farmer, Genjurou, who left his family during the civil war in the Azuchi-Momoyama period in Japan. The man was later seduced by a spirit, while his friend Toubei became a samurai at the expense of the wife.

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Adapted from the novel by L. Frank Baum, this classic which was among the first few movies to use Technicolor, introduces Dorothy Gale and her dog who were taken by a tornado to the Land of Oz.

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Apr 23, 2018

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The Best 3D Platformers You Should Try

Unlike sidescrolling platformers, 3D platformers can be viewed from different sides allowing for more movement and exploration. If you need variety in your video games, try the best titles from this genre.

Jet Set Radio
Alternatively known as Jet Grind Radio, the player has to guide the character, Beat, who patrols Tokyo-to while spraying graffiti on walls, rollerblading, and evading the cops within a time limit.

Jak 3
The third installment of the Jak series, the game allows the player to control Jak and Daxter in their exploration of the Wasteland, particularly Spargus City.

Mirror’s Edge
Set in a dystopian society, the player meets Faith, a runner who acts as a messenger while evading the eyes of the government. Faith is required to overcome obstacles in the environment using her parkour skills.

Rayman Legends
The fifth installment of the Rayman series, this title details the events a hundred years after Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc. The Bubble Dreamer’s nightmares and the Magician have gained power, so Rayman and his companions have to be awakened to save the 10 kidnapped princesses.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
Prince of Persia has been successful as a sidescrolling platformer, but this version of the game made the franchise a classic in video games. The unnamed Prince receivds the task of saving his father’s kingdom from the tricks of the Vizier after he was lured into releasing the Sands of Time.

Ratchet & Clank
The Lombax Ratchet wants to become a Galactic Ranger, but he was rejected because of his criminal records. One day he met Victor, whom he named Clank, after they learned of the plans of Chairman Alonzo Drek.

Sly Cooper and the Thievius Raccoonus
Also named Sly Raccoon, the game requires the use of stealth to help the thieves Sly Cooper, Murray the Hippo and Bentley the Turtle steal the book Thievius Raccoonus. The book was previously stolen by the Fiendish Five who also killed Sly’s father.

Crash Bandicoot: Warped
Alternatively called Crash Bandicoot 3: Warped, this game is the third installment of the series following the events of the second game. Crash and his friend Coco Bandicoot must travel through time to prevent Doctor Nefarious Tropy, Cortex and Uka Uka from collecting the Crystals.

Conker’s Bad Fur Day
The squirrel Conker is planning to return to his girlfriend Berri, but the Panther King is looking for a red squirrel to replace a leg of his table. Conker has to overcome the obstacles and problems along the way.

The game introduces the gifted Raz who ran away from the circus where he used to work so that he can become a psychic spy. He attends a summer camp which was the site of a meteor crash years ago.

Portal 2
The game is part of the Half-Life series and features Chell who must escape the test chambers in a laboratory with the help of GLaDOS.

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