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Get the Flu Shot to Prevent a Heartbreaking Holiday Season!

In Malaysia, flu can occur year-round. Older persons, especially those with chronic diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure, are advised to make flu vaccination an annual priority, especially during the holiday seasons when mingling and traveling are often inevitable. It’s important to strike a balance between staying safe and creating beautiful memories! DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU COULD END UP WITH A HEART ATTACK OR STROKE WHEN YOU GET THE FLU? Recent studies have cautioned that influenza increases the risk of heart attack by more than 10 times in the first 7 days after contracting the flu. This

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Could Stem Cell Therapy Be the Future of Medicine in Malaysia?

WORDS LIM TECK CHOON Stem cells are a unique type of cell in our body. This is because they are the only type of cells that can develop, under the right triggers and condition, into a variety of more specialized cells, such as blood cells, muscle cells, bone cells, and more. HOW STEM CELLS ARE USEFUL  Researchers can generate a variety of human cells from stem cells in the laboratory. These cells are then used to test new medications for possible side effects. Research is also conducted on generating healthy cells that can replace those in our body that are

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Read This Before You Reach for Your Snacks This FIFA World Cup Season

WORDS LIM CHAIN YIN LIM CHAIN YIN SEA Nutrition Lead Mondelēz International TIP 1 Portion Out Your Snack Be sure to pace yourself throughout the equal halves. Once you’ve decided what you want to eat, portion it out. This can help you slow down, so that you enjoy your snack. Check in with yourself to see if you’re full and satisfied before having another portion. To keep tabs on how much you eat, always check the serving size per package on the label and put your snack in a bowl or on a plate. TIP 2 Alter Your Choices If

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Diets & Exercise Tips to Regain Your Pre-Pregnancy Body Shape

WORDS DR VICKY KOH DR VICKY KOH Medical Director Clinic RX WELL, READ THIS FIRST Every woman’s body is unique. Therefore, the question of the ‘right option’ or ‘best option’ is something that each and every woman has to figure out on her own. For example, mothers that breastfeed often experience rapid weight loss and may benefit from an increased intake of certain nutrients or supplements. Women that gave birth via caesarean section may need a longer time to recover. Existing health issues and lifestyle variables also need to be considered. If you are interested to find out more about

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Tengku Puteri Raja Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan Receives Honorary Degree

WORDS LIM TECK CHOON We would like to express our heartiest congratulations to  Her Royal Highness Tengku Puteri Raja Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan binti Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shahwas. On November 17, she was conferred an Honorary Degree, ‘Doctor of the University’, by Heriot-Watt University Malaysia at the Putrajaya Marriott Hotel today. A PRINCESS FOR THE PEOPLE HRH Tengku Puteri Raja Tengku Puteri Iman Afzan is the eldest daughter of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda The Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Haji Ahmad Shah Al-Musta’in Billah. She is a well-known and well-respected

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How Much Do You Know about Male Breast Cancer? Let’s Find Out!

WORDS LIM TECK CHOON DR NIK MUHD ASLAN ABDULLAH Clinical Oncologist Sunway Medical Centre BREAST CANCER AFFECTS MEN AS WELL AS WOMEN Breast cancer in both men and women share many similar attributes. The most common kinds of breast cancer in men are the same kinds that are present in women, namely: Invasive ductal carcinoma Invasive lobular carcinoma Ductal carcinoma in situ (or DCIS) Dr Nik Muhd Aslan Abdullah says that breast cancer is, however, rare among men. WARNING SIGNS According to Dr Nik, many of the most pressing early warning signs of breast cancer in men are also similar

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Important Advice to Stay Prepared During the Monsoon Season

WORDS LIM EN NI LIM EN NI Chief Pharmacist Alpro Pharmacy The Malaysian Meteorological Department (MetMalaysia) recently announced that Malaysia will experience continuous heavy rainfall from mid-November, leading to probable major flash floods in several states, and the monsoon season will last until early next year. We would like to outline several precautionary measures for residents in flood-prone areas, from a community pharmacist’s point of view, to proactively mitigate flood damages ahead of the period and in the aftermath. BEFORE A FLOOD Closely monitor your surroundings and stay up to date on weather forecasts and warnings Assemble disaster supplies, including

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How Breast Ultrasound & Mammogram May Save Your Life

WORDS LIM TECK CHOON DR WINNIE NG NYEK PING Consultant Clinical Oncologist Subang Jaya Medical Centre NO FAMILY HISTORY OF BREAST CANCER = NO PROBLEM? WELL, THINK AGAIN! “Even if one has no known family history of cancer, external factors such as environmental exposures, prolonged exposure to female hormones and lifestyle features may contribute to an increased relative risk of breast cancer,” says Dr Winnie Ng, a consultant clinical oncologist. “Aside from genetics, there are numerous underlying possible causes of breast cancer,” says Dr Ng Alcohol intake Smoking Prolonged exposure to female reproductive hormones such as oestrogen, such as in

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A Health-Centric Wishlist for the Malaysian GE15

WORDS ANWAR ANIS ANWAR ANIS Executive Director ALTY Orthopaedic Hospital FORMATION OF A LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP BETWEEN PUBLIC & PRIVATE HEALTHCARE Building upon the successful collaboration between public and private healthcare during the pandemic, a long-term policy on greater partnership will benefit both the government and the private sector, with all Malaysians being the key beneficiary. There still are waiting lists for procedures in the public hospitals, and these can certainly be reduced if there is a structure long term arrangement for the private hospitals and centres to assist in reducing and maintaining a short wait time, especially for elective procedures

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Small for Gestational Age: When Baby Is Born Smaller Than Normal

WORDS PROFESSOR DR MUHAMMAD YAZID JALALUDIN PROFESSOR DR MUHAMMAD YAZID JALALUDIN Senior Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Endocrinologist UM Specialist Centre Most babies seem small when they first come into the world, but for some, they truly are smaller when compared to their fellow babies-in-arms. This condition is known medically as small for gestational age (SGA for short). Gestational age, by the way, is the length of time a baby spends growing in their mother’s womb. Small for gestational age babies that weigh below 2,500 g at birth are additionally considered to have low birth weight. SMALL FOR GESTATIONAL AGE CAN

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Keep the Hope of Pregnancy Alive in Spite of Breast Cancer

WORDS LIM TECK CHOON DR CHRISTINA LAI NYE BING Consultant Clinical Oncologist Sunway Medical Centre DR HOO MEI LIN Consultant Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist Sunway Medical Centre WHY IS BREAST CANCER SO PREVALENT AMONG YOUNGER WOMEN THESE DAYS? Aside from unhealthy diet and exposure to cancer-causing chemicals or carcinogens in the environment, Dr Christina Lai Nye Bing shares that one possible factor is that women are choosing to marry and have children at a later age. This somewhat paradoxical concept can be explained by the link between breast cancer and the female sex hormone oestrogen. “Breast cancer is a hormone-related

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Invasive Mold Infections: A Rare but Deadly Fungal Disease

WORDS DR LOW LEE LEE DR LOW LEE LEE Infectious Disease Physician Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital FUNGI: OUR FRIENDS & FOES (IT’S COMPLICATED) Fungi are found naturally in our environment. There are many different types of fungi, over 2 million species however about 600 fungi have caused diseases. Invasive fungal infections typically manifest as a severe and aggressive form of the disease, leading to corresponding to high prevalence and death rates if left untreated. These infections include invasive mold infections. INVASIVE MOLD INFECTIONS AT A GLANCE Usually caused by Aspergillus (giving rise to invasive aspergillosis) but can also be caused by

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#YouMatter Promotes Mental Health Awareness and Creates Safe Space

WORDS LIM TECK CHOON In conjunction with World Mental Health Month in October, Suria KLCC together with The Body Shop invites the public to be part of the change in temoving the stigma of mental health problems. Also coming onboard this year is the is Mental Illness Awareness & Support Association (MIASA). The campaign with the tagline #YouMatter will run until 10 November 2022. A SAFE SPACE FOR PEOPLE TO GATHER AND CONVERSE ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH A safe space is available Suria KLCC for people to come together and converse about mental health without the fear of receiving judgment and

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5 Ways to Eat Healthily and Merrily During Deepavali

WORDS GURSHARON KAUR GILL GURSHARON KAUR GILL Dietitian With Deepavali being around the corner, the thought of delicious, mouth watering dishes comes to mind for most Malaysians. Be it the sweet delicacies or the main dishes, festive food is known to be a crowd favourite. It is during festive seasons, that most people let go of their healthy eating habits and indulge in more than their usual food portion. Because, who doesn’t love their mutton curry, chicken varuval or pineapple tarts? However, the brunt of all the overindulging comes about after the festive season. You might start seeing some extra

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How Intraocular Lens Can Help People with Cataract and Presbyopia

WORDS LIM TECK CHOON DR CHEONG FOOK MENG Consultant Ophthalmologist Gleneagles Hospital Kuala Lumpur CONCERNING CATARACT Dr Cheong Fook Meng shares that it is normal to develop cataracts as you age. However, this condition can also be caused by eye injuries as well as certain diseases or medications. As one’s cataract progresses, the lens in their eyes gradually become hard and cloudy, allowing less light to pass through. This leads to diminished vision and even complete blindness in severe cases. ABOUT PRESBYOPIA  “Presbyopia is another condition that occurs naturally as a person ages; your eyes gradually lose the ability to

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Important Things That You Should Know About Silent Heart Attacks

WORDS LIM TECK CHOON DR PATRICK TIAU WEI JYUNG Consultant Cardiologist Sunway Medical Centre Dr Patrick Tiau reveals that silent heart attacks, also known as silent myocardial infarction, account for 45% of heart attacks. These heart attacks are “silent” because they occur without the usual, recognizable symptoms of a heart attack. COMMON SYMPTOMS OF HEART ATTACK Chest pain (often described as heavy or pressure sensation) Radiating pain in the arm, neck, or jaw Sudden shortness of breath Sweating Dizziness HOWEVER, THESE SYMPTOMS ARE USUALLY NOT PRESENT WHEN ONE HAS A SILENT HEART ATTACK! Because of this, many people may not

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What Every Parent Should Know about Congenital Heart Defects in Children

WORDS DR CHOO KOK KUAN DR CHOO KOK KUAN Consultant Paediatrician and Paediatric Cardiologist Subang Jaya Medical Centre The most common heart disease among children is known as congenital heart defects. This condition occurs when the heart or the blood vessels near the heart do not develop normally before birth. HOW COMMON IS THIS CONDITION? According to our Ministry of Health, the incidence of congenital heart defects among children is about 8 to 10 per 1,000 live births. With an average of 500,000 deliveries in Malaysia each year, the number of children born with congenital heart defects is about 5,000

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Empowering Pharmacists to Better Serve The Nation

WORDS LIM EN NI LIM EN NI Chief Pharmacist Alpro Pharmacy For the longest time, the role of a pharmacist has been seen by many, even among those in the profession, as retailer of supplements and other healthcare products. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the general public have come to recognize the values community pharmacists bring. MEDICATION SAFETY Very often, patients with multiple non-communicable diseases (NCDs) were prescribed with medications by different doctors, they might not be aware of possible medical contradictions. They brought these medications to community pharmacists like me, and we helped them review and explain the

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Reflections of a Pharmacist on Solidarity, Price Wars & Public Service

WORDS LIM KELVIN LIM KELVIN Pharmacist The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own. They do not reflect the opinions of his colleagues, associates, employer, and organizations he is affiliated with. THE 25TH OF SEPTEMBER IS WORLD PHARMACISTS DAY The official theme of the year is ‘Pharmacy united in action for a healthier world’. The aim of this theme is to showcase the positive impact of pharmacists on health around the world and to further strengthen solidarity among the profession. The keywords here are ‘united’ and ‘positive impact’. THE POSITIVE IMPACT OF PHARMACISTS In today’s healthcare

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Children More Vulnerable to Infections During These Post-Pandemic Times?

WORDS DR LIM YIN SEAR & DR MAHFUZAH MOHAMED DR LIM YIN SEAR Senior Lecturer of Paediatrics School of Medicine Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Taylor’s University DR MAHFUZAH MOHAMED Guest Lecturer of Paediatrics School of Medicine Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Taylor’s University NEW NORMAL LEADS TO  NEW ‘CULTURE SHOCK’ FOR A CHILD’S IMMUNE SYSTEM For the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic, children were predominantly confined to their home and as a result, were less exposed to common bacteria and viruses. This will render younger children’s immune system to develop poorly. From March 2022 onwards, as life

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Minister of Health Officiates New Child Health, Safety, and Well-being Programme

WORDS LIM TECK CHOON On September 15 2022, our Minister of Health YB Tuan Khairy Jamaluddin officiated the launch of Healthy Little Bloomers programme and the roll-out of its maiden campaign Junior Germ Busters.  The Healthy Little Bloomers programme aims to promote child health, safety and well-being through a network more than 30,000 early childhood care and education centres nationwide, potentially benefiting more than 800,000 children. This is an initiative led by the Malaysian Paediatric Association (MPA) in collaboration with 10 prominent early childhood care and education organisations from both private and government sectors. These organisations are Jabatan Kemajuan Masyarakat

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Sheep’s Milk vs Goat’s Milk: Is One Better Than the Other?

WORDS GURSHARON KAUR GILL GURSHARON KAUR GILL Dietitian IS GOAT’S MILK THE G.O.A.T? EASIER TO DIGEST, COMPARED TO COW’S MILK The lower levels of alpha-S1-casein protein in goat’s milk explain its easier digestibility and hypoallergenic properties. The casein protein in goat’s milk also results in a smaller and softer curd formation in the stomach, which can be more easily digested by stomach enzymes compared to the harder curd formed by cow’s milk. Goat’s milk has more medium-chain fatty acids than cow’s milk, which has more long-chain fatty acids. Long chain fatty acids are harder to digest, because they require bile

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Here’s What You Should Know About Osteoporosis & Ageing

  ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR (C) DR G RUSLAN NAZARUDDIN SIMANJUNTAK Consultant Orthopaedic, Arthritis & Sports Surgeon ALTY Orthopaedic Hospital Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens your bones, making them more prone to fractures. Often, there are no symptoms. Many people only learn that they have osteoporosis after they experience a fracture and see a doctor. Because fractures are potentially life-threatening when they occur to older persons, it is good to take steps to prevent this disease from quietly ‘sneaking up’ on you. YOU CAN GET SCREENED TO FIND OUT HOW HEALTHY YOUR BONES ARE If you are 65 or older, you

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4 Things Everyone Should Know About ACL Injuries

  DATO’ DR BADRUL SHAH BADARUDDIN Consultant Orthopaedic, Arthritis & Sports Surgeon ALTY Orthopaedic Hospital The anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) helps hold the bones called femur and tibia together at the knee joint. ACL INJURIES ARE ONE OF THE MOST COMMON TYPES OF KNEE INJURIES They are common among people that perform activities involving regular heavy use of the knees, such as avid football, futsal, and badminton players. When the ACL is said to be ‘injured’, what really happens is that there is a tear in the ACL. This tear cannot be repaired in the conventional sense—the doctor cannot ‘sew’

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Rise of the Superbugs

WORDS LIM TECK CHOON PROFESSOR CHIN BEEK YOKE Associate Dean School of Health Sciences International Medical University Superbug is a term coined to describe multi-drug resistant bacteria. Medications that are usually effective on them, such as antibiotics, just don’t work as effectively anymore. “These are bacteria that circumvent the effects of antibiotics and proliferate or multiply uncontrollably in the host,” explains Professor Chin Beek Yoke. EVERY BACTERIAL SPECIES CAN BE A SUPERBUG Any species of bacteria can develop a resistance to antibiotics and become a superbug. “Bacteria are very smart. They will mutate to overcome antibiotics. Once bacteria has the

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Let’s Talk about Monkeypox

WORDS LIM TECK CHOON PROFESSOR DR JAMES KOH KWEE CHOY Head of Division of Medicine School of Medicine International Medical University FACT 1 MONKEYPOX IS CAUSED BY, YES, THE MONKEYPOX VIRUS This virus belongs to the same family (Poxviridae) as the smallpox virus. “The monkeypox virus was first isolated from a colony of monkeys in the 1950s, hence the name. Although it is called ‘monkeypox’, monkeys and humans are incidental hosts,” explains Professor James Koh Kwee Choy, an infectious disease consultant. “The actual reservoir is unknown, but is likely to be certain rodents.” What we know it that the virus

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Must-Know Facts about Respiratory Syncytial Virus

WORDS DR LEE ONN LOY DR LEE ONN LOY Paediatrician Mahkota Medical Centre WHAT IS RESPIRATORY SYNCYTIAL VIRUS?  Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV for short) is a common respiratory virus that usually causes mild flu-like symptoms, except in infants and elderly people. There are two sub types of RSV, RSV-A and RSV-B, which co-circulate during the same season with alternating predominance. However, we do not test for sub types in Malaysia, mainly because we do not have seasonal weather and there is no difference in disease severity between the two sub types. WHO ARE MOST AT RISK WHEN IT COMES TO

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Immunise2Protect Campaign Urges Parents to Protect Their Children against Chickenpox

WORDS LIM TECK CHOON While Malaysians these days are fully aware of the importance of COVID-19 vaccination, the Immunise2Protect campaign urges parents not to overlook other important childhood vaccinations for their children, particularly the chickenpox vaccine. Immunise2Protect is organized by Immunise4Life, an expert-driven community education initiative to promote immunisation against vaccine-preventable diseases and to address issues surrounding vaccination hesitancy and refusal. This initiative is a collaborative effort of the Ministry of Health Malaysia, the Malaysian Paediatric Association (MPA) and the Malaysian Society of Infectious Diseases & Chemotherapy (MSIDC). WHY VACCINATE OUR CHILDREN AGAINST CHICKENPOX? Contrary to the still popular perception

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Why You Need to Dispose Unwanted and Unused Meds Properly, and One Convenient Solution to Do This

WORDS LIM TECK CHOON ARE YOU DISPOSING YOUR UNWANTED OR UNUSED MEDICINES CORRECTLY? If you gather all these medications and dump them into the trash bin, you’re not exactly doing it properly. SO, HOW SHOULD YOU DO IT? Well, the best way to dispose of unwanted or unused meds is to drop them off at a proper facility—a facility that is equipped to dispose of these medications in a manner that will not cause possible harm to other people as well as the environment. HMM, WHERE IS THE NEAREST FACILITY TO DO THIS, THEN? Well, as of the time of

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A Free App for Women, Especially Marginalized Women

WORDS LIM TECK CHOON The University of Nottingham Malaysia (UNM) and Hanai Jiwa Ibu Sdn Bhd have developed an app, called Jiwa Ibu, to provide localised and tailored information on mental, women’s, maternal, and children’s health. This app, developed in collaboration of the two entities with St George’s University of London, Universiti Malaya and Universiti Malaysia Sabah, serves to reduce the great disparity in access to healthcare between those residing in urban and rural communities. This is because rural communities have limited access to quality medical centres and professionals, and residents of those communities have to travel further in search

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Please Take This Short Survey about COVID-19 Vaccination and Your Child

WORDS ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DR ERWIN KHOO JIAYUAN The survey is now closed. All parties involved would like to express their gratitude to everyone that participated in the study. ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR DR ERWIN KHOO JIAYUAN Consultant Paediatrician Department of Paediatrics School of Medicine International Medical University (IMU) IT CAN BE CHALLENGING FOR A PARENT TO DETERMINE FACTS FROM FICTION WHEN IT COMES TO NEWS ON SOCIAL MEDIA Netizens who are vaccine hesitant have an alarming footprint on social media. In a vicious cycle, their hesitance is likely to be fueled by health (mis)information obtained from a variety of sources, including news

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Will Consuming Bak Kut Teh Soup Damage Your Liver?

WORDS DR CHIENG JIN YU DR CHIENG JIN YU Consultant Physician, Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist Pantai Hospital Ampang Back in June, the journal Forensic Science, Medicine and Pathology published a paper titled ‘Could herbal soup be a potentially unrecognized cause of hepatotoxicity at autopsy?’. WHAT DOES THE PAPER SAY? You can read the paper here (link opens in a new tab), but here are the key points: One of the investigators had a patient that suffered liver damage after eating bak kut teh soup. These researchers added 4 different formulations of bak kut teh soup to cultures of liver cancer cells.

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Free Age Plus App Helps Older Persons Self-Manage Their Own Health

WORDS LIM TECK CHOON The University Malaya Medical, Business, Computing and Software Engineering teams have launched a free app, called Age Plus. “The main objective of the project is to develop a health management application for users to self-manage their health,” shares Associate Professor Dr Mumtaz Begum Mustafa, the creator of the Age Plus app. WHAT DOES THE APP CURRENTLY PROVIDE? LIFESTYLE Provides visualization patterns of your daily activities as well as personalized recommendations for a healthier lifestyle Information on healthy foods Calorie calculator to help you plan healthy meals Seat goals for and track your water intake, caffeine consumption,

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Are You Worried That Your Child May Have Scoliosis?

WORDS DR WONG CHUNG CHEK DR WONG CHUNG CHEK Consultant Orthopaedic & Spine Surgeon ALTY Orthopaedic Hospital Scoliosis is a common, sometimes hereditary spinal medical condition, in which a person’s spine curves to the side, typically in the shape of an “S” or “C.” A stable and mild case of scoliosis does not cause significant lifestyle issues, but severe cases with prominent curves can be harmful to a person’s health. THE TRUTH ABOUT SCOLIOSIS People often believe, erroneously, that carrying heavy bags, having poor body posture, participating in sports, or sleeping on one side will cause the spine to bend,

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SPRING SHEEP NEW ZEALAND GENTLE SHEEP STEP 3 TODDLER MILK

Introducing Spring Sheep New Zealand Gentle Sheep Step 3 Toddler Milk

Gentle Sheep Premium Sheep Milk Toddler Formula is specially formulated by experts for 1-3 year olds whose regular diet may benefit from supplementation. Specially formulated by experts ✓Milk from New Zealand grass-fed sheep ✓Made under strictest food safety and quality protocols ✓Ethically and responsibly sourced ✓No GMOs, antibiotics, or artificial growth hormones (use of artificial growth hormones is illegal in New Zealand) ✓ No artificial colours or flavours ✓No added table sugar (sucrose) ✓BPA free packaging with hygienic scoop in lid ✓ A clean, creamy taste that kids love! Most parents are familiar with cow’s milk and goat milk for their toddlers,

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How & Why Organic Milk Can Be Good For Your Child

Your toddler’s body is in a constant state of flux, with new tissues being built and current tissues being developed and fine-tuned. Therefore, you don’t want to just to give your toddler just any milk. Your toddler’s milk should also be free of unwanted ‘extras’ that may hinder their optimal growth and development. Organic milk is that milk your toddler deserves. IT’S FREE FROM TOXIC CHEMICALS The unwelcome news: Pesticides are 10 times more toxic to a child than an adult.1 High-pesticide-residue foods have been linked to chronic or long-term health complications in children, such as learning disabilities and behavioural

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An Infection Called Listeriosis

Home An Infection Called Listeriosis May 8, 2022   Return Words Lim Teck Choon Bad Bacteria The bacteria responsible for listeriosis is Listeria monocytogenes. People get infected by eating food contaminated with these bacteria. What are the Symptoms to Watch Out For?  This is the tricky part, as symptoms may vary from one person to another. Most people experience mild symptoms. Those who are most vulnerable to the more serious consequences are listed below – people in these groups should see a doctor for proper diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible if they suspect that they have a case of listeriosis.   Be

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Breaking Depression’s Spiral

Home Breaking Depression’s Spiral May 8, 2022   Return Words Lim Teck Choon Paul JambunathanConsultant Clinical Psychologist & Senior Lecture Decoding Depression Depression = Cannot Cope? Some people experience depression because they are unable to cope with life-changing events, such as financial problems, unemployment, broken relationships, the passing of a loved one and more. Of course, most people will be affected by such events, but people with depression will experience symptoms that will prevent them from functioning normally, and this will persist for a longer period of time than normal. Other Medical Conditions Can Cause Depression Too Do you know that our mood

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One Step Closer to Happiness

Home One Step Closer to Happiness May 8, 2022   Return Words Lim Teck Choon Assoc Prof Dr Amer Siddiq Amer Nordin Consultant Psychiatrist Universiti Malaya Specialist Centre All About Antidepressants  Wait… medications? Yes, sometimes medications are helpful in overcoming moderate-to-severe depression. Dr Amer explains that these medications, called antidepressants, are prescribed by psychiatrists, who are medical doctors specializing in mental healthcare or psychiatry. Malaysia Has Good Psychiatric Care Some of us may not know this, but Malaysia actually offers some of the best psychiatric care in this region. Dr Amer points out that many of the commonly prescribed and effective antidepressants used

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Healing A Hurt Heel

Home Healing A Hurt Heel May 8, 2022   Return Words Dr Au Yong Pui San The plantar fascia is a thick fibrous band of tissue that stretches from the inner underside of the heel bone to the base of the toes. It provides support to the arch of the foot. When there is too much stress to the plantar fascia, it can become inflamed, thickened and swollen, causing pain on the heel or along the arch of the foot. This condition is called plantar fasciitis (pronounced fash-ee-ai-tis).  The condition is commonly associated with overuse and usually occurs slowly. Typically, the usual complaint

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The Truth About Cats & Dogs

Home The Truth About Cats & Dogs May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON How hard is it to raise a dog or a cat? Well, it’s as easy as raising a beloved child – just give all the TLC your heart is capable of, throw in a heap of patience, sit through moments of exasperation when you realize that your little one can get out of hand and a big smile when, in the end, you realize that you will not change any second of the experience – as all the ups and downs are worth it. HealthToday catches up with

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Perfect Skin For The Holidays

Home Perfect Skin For The Holidays May 8, 2022   Return Dr Ch’ng Chin Chwen Consultant Dermatologist WORDS: HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG Well, there is no such thing as perfect, but with some tender loving care (and the help of a skin specialist), we can certainly make improvements to our complexion. We all want to look our best during the holiday season. But how do we do that when we all have different skin qualms? This month, consultant dermatologist Dr Ch’ng Chin Chwen provides some tips about some of the most common skin troubles we face and how to fix the problem. ACNE SHOULD

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What Determines Our Fertility?

Home What Determines Our Fertility? May 8, 2022   Return WORDS PANK JIT SIN Dr Eeson Sinthamoney President-Elect Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia (OGSM)   The most accurate gauge of a woman’s fertility is the anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) levels in the body and not her age, says fertility expert Dr Eeson Sinthamoney. The AMH test is a simple blood test which determines a woman’s fertility as it is a marker for ovarian reserve—an important consideration for women who are planning their pregnancy or struggling with infertility. For women planning to delay motherhood, the AMH test is also helpful as they can determine

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What Are The Latest Updates On Diabetes?

Home What Are The Latest Updates On Diabetes? May 8, 2022   Return WORDS PANK JIT SIN Think you have heard everything there is to know about type 2 diabetes? Given the ongoing research on this disease, it is very likely that there is some latest news that you may have missed out on. Last November 2018, medical experts from all over the world gathered in Kuala Lumpur for the 12th International Diabetes Federation Western Pacific Region (IDF-WPR) Congress and 10th Asian Association for the Study of Diabetes (AASD) Scientific Meeting. We are fortunate to be among the attendees, and we are pleased

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Protect Them Against Pneumonia

Home Protect Them Against Pneumonia May 8, 2022   Return Words Hannah May-Lee Wong Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail Consultant Paediatrician & Paediatric Cardiologist   Dr Aminah Bee Mohd Kassim Public Health Physician   Dr Hishamshah Mohd Ibrahim Paediatrician   World Pneumonia Day falls on the 12th of November every year. In November 2018, Immunise4Life hosted an educational programme to raise awareness on the importance of vaccination as prevention against pneumonia. Consultant paediatrician Datuk Dr Zulkifli describes pneumonia as a serious lung disease whereby the alveoli in the lungs become filled with fluid or pus, which would cause difficulty in breathing. “Pneumonia is an infection

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“Eeeuw, My Baby Has Diaper Rashes!”

Home “Eeeuw, My Baby Has Diaper Rashes!” May 8, 2022   Return Words Pank Jit Sin and Lim Teck Choon Dr Leong Kin Fon Paediatric Dermatologist   Patches of bright red skin on the buttocks, thighs and genitals… many parents will be familiar with such a sight in their babies as diaper rash is a common condition among babies that regularly wear diapers. Also called perianal dermatitis, diaper rash can cause a baby to fuss and cry (especially when someone touches the diaper area) and alarm the parents. This month, paediatric dermatologist Dr Leong Kin Fon offers a look into what causes diaper rash and

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7 Ways To Motivate Your Kids To Do Their Homework

Home 7 Ways To Motivate Your Kids To Do Their Homework May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LEE WAN TENG All children go through a phase where they just don’t feel like doing their homework, sometimes. So, what can you do to motivate them and make studying a fun experience?  Tip#1: Keep calm and don’t nag Don’t nag, no matter how much you are tempted to. Some kids are natural rebels, so the more you nag them, the more they will refuse!  Just like how you would like a break after a long day at work, your kids need to wind down too

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When Chikungunya Rears Its Head

Home When Chikungunya Rears Its Head May 8, 2022   Return WORDS MAK WEN YAO During the first few weeks of 2019, Thailand experienced a sustained increase in chikungunya infection rate in the southern part of the country. According to Thai health officials, the outbreak was a continuation from 2018. More than 700 cases have been reported for this year mainly from the provinces of Songkhla, Pattani and Phuket. Chikungunya is an infection caused by Chikungunya virus that is transmitted by Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus mosquitos. The chikungunya virus is passed to humans when a bite from an infected mosquito breaks the skin and introduces the

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Kidney Problems & Alternative Medicine

Home Kidney Problems & Alternative Medicine May 8, 2022   Return Words Pank Jit Sin Dr Suryati Yakob Consultant Nephrologist, Department of Nephrology, Hospital Selayang   Complementary and alternative medicine or CAM is a broad term which encompasses the likes of yoga, acupuncture, Ayurveda, aromatherapy, Reiki, hypnosis, homeopathy, herbal medicine, meditation, massage therapy and chromotherapy. Evidently, those involving external manipulations rarely cause kidney complications. It is usually the ingested herbal remedies or supplements which cause kidney damage. Speaking at the 15th Annual Dialysis Meeting 2018, Dr Suryati Yakob said that herbal remedies and supplements may cause acute kidney injury, nephrolithiasis, rhabdomyolysis, Fanconi syndrome, urothelial

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Is Tb Making A Comeback?

Home Is Tb Making A Comeback? May 8, 2022   Return WORDS ABRAHAM MATHEW SAJI Every year March 24th is recognized as World TB Day to commemorate the discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes TB. It was on this date in the year 1882 Dr. Robert Koch announced this discovery. In conjunction with World TB Day and having reviewed the statistics and facts, let’s understand this condition better and spread the knowledge around to others. Tuberculosis, also commonly known as TB was a major cause of morbidity and mortality in the yesteryears and is slowly feared to be making a comeback.

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The Iron In Every Woman

Home The Iron In Every Woman May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON It can be great to be a woman living in 2019. We have our first female Deputy Prime Minister and more women in our government than before. Women have more access to education, career and social rights than before. Things can be better, of course, hence this year, for International Women’s Day, we are calling for #BalanceforBetter. However, making great strides require iron in both fortitude and health. No matter how strong one’s fortitude can be, one also requires iron – the mineral– as it is an essential component

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What goes in, must come out in due time

Home What goes in, must come out in due time May 8, 2022   Return Words Jennifer F. Netto Gut as the second brain Constipation arises because of improper colonic transit also known as the emptying of the bowels and is due to hard and dry stool. Bowel movement is dependent on the efficiency of the enteric nervous system (ENS) which lies within the walls of the gut. The gut is also known as the second brain because of its gut-brain connection which activates ENS under healthy conditions and allows the colon to efficiently aid in bowel movement through transmission of neuron signals to the

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When NSAIDs Cause Pain

Home When NSAIDs Cause Pain May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a group of medications that can help reduce inflammation, pain and fever. As a result, they are commonly used as painkillers. However, NSAIDs can, somewhat ironically, also bring pain and discomfort as they can cause ulcers to form in the stomach and small intestines as a side effect. This month, gastroenterologist and hepatologist Dr Chieng Jin Yu will give us a closer look at these NSAID- induced ulcers, and what we can do about these ulcers. NSAIDS: Friends To Most People Dr Chieng Jin Yu Consultant

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Five Reasons Why Malaysian Women Can’t Conceive, and What Can be Done about Them

Home Five Reasons Why Malaysian Women Can’t Conceive, and What Can be Done about Them May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON Dr Agilan Arjunan Consultant Gynaecologist & Fertility Specialist KL Fertility Centre   Infertility cuts deep into the heart. It hurts for a couple who long for a child, but can’t conceive despite trying so hard, and the hurt is made more intense by the fact that the joy of pregnancy and childbirth is all around them. Other couples share stories, photos, and Facebook posts of their parenthood experiences, making a couple’s inability to conceive seem even more unfair. Yet,

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Mommy, I Want a Pet!

Home Mommy, I Want a Pet! May 8, 2022   Return WORDS JENNIFER F. NETTO From those that peep at us behind a glass to the four-legged furry ones that run between our legs, our friends from the    animal kingdom are no stranger to our homes. They’ve found a special place in the lives of many humans for centuries, and the multiple roles they play in our lives have proven how much of our world depends on them. Having a pet is like having a child. But what if it is our child that wants a pet? Should you venture into it? GETTING

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Expert Advice for Expecting Parents

Home Expert Advice for Expecting Parents May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG We all know that expecting a new born is never easy, even if it isn’t your first time. On January 27th 2019, M&B marketing held their fourth Parentcraft Workshop titled “Nourishing Parents, Nurturing Little One”, a practical and informative crash course on what to expect when expecting. HealthToday was right there to bring you some interesting topics discussed during the event. “IF YOU ARE CALM AND IF YOU ARE HAPPY, IT AFFECTS YOUR BABY POSITIVELY.” In this day and age, the slew of opinions and information shared with

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Your Bundle of Joy Arrives

Home Your Bundle of Joy Arrives May 8, 2022   Return Words Hannah May-Lee Wong Dr Rama Krishna Kumar Krishnamurthy Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologis “Labour, by the English definition, is manual hard work, and that’s what you’re going to be doing when you deliver your baby; either by operation (Caesarean section) or naturally.” Dr Rama begins. “Of course, mums delivering through the normal labour process are going to be burning much more calories. During the whole process of labour, a mother burns 2500 to 3000 calories in one hour! Just imagine those in labour for more than 15 hours. It’s indeed a

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A Man’s Swimmer Problems

Home A Man’s Swimmer Problems May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON Man’s Health and Fertility with Dr Agilan Arjunan Consultant Gynaecologist & Fertility Specialist KL Fertility Centre   According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Moulay Ismail ibn Sharif who ruled Morocco during the 17th century likely fathered 1,042 children during his lifetime. Some historians believed that the number might be as high as 1,171! These days, it may not be possible to have this many children, even if the man is crazy enough to want to, as there are reports that, overall, the sperm count for men in

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How to Spot Contaminated Food in Your Child’s Canteen?

Home How to Spot Contaminated Food in Your Child’s Canteen? May 8, 2022   Return WORDS JENNIFER F. NETTO Every parent desires to have the entire day planned, to wake up early, prepare breakfast, pack lunch-boxes, get the kids ready for school and send them off (right at the front of the school gate if possible). While that’s an ultimate vision, most parents aren’t so lucky especially when other obligations tie them down. Perfect parenting or not, sending your child off to school with lunch money alone is not enough. When it comes to food, there should also be a responsible concern on

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The Cheat Sheet for Post-Raya Damage Control

Home The Cheat Sheet for Post-Raya Damage Control May 8, 2022   Return WORDS JORDAN LAI To all my Muslim friends, I know the last month has been a struggle. I also know a number of you might have put on a little extra weight over the fasting month. Does it come as a surprise? Not really. You would expect to lose weight if you’re only eating half as much as you normally do. But that isn’t the case, is it? Think about it, the heavy breakfasts in preparation for the day ahead, all the Ramadan bazaars conveniently popping up after work, the

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Superdads, Assemble!

Home Superdads, Assemble! May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON Cathie Wu MA Coun Psy (CAN, USA) Director and Counselling Psychologist AbriMentalHealth.com   Just like mothers, fathers are irreplaceable. Traditionally the father is viewed more as a breadwinner, but the truth is, he has just as much significant impact on the emotional development of a child. Most children view their father as a superhero, the protector and the bedrock who fixes all problems in their lives. Perhaps paradoxically, a father also tends to fixate on his role as a breadwinner, sometimes to the point of being emotionally absent from the child’s life.

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Warning: It’s Going to Get Corny

Home Warning: It’s Going to Get Corny May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG Lim Yuanshuang Podiatrist   Longing for smooth, baby-soft feet? Can’t seem to find a way to get rid of those pesky hardened skin known as corns and calluses? HealthToday talks to a podiatrist to find out ways to eliminate corns and calluses safely, and for good. What are corns and calluses? Corns normally come together with calluses. They are thick, hardened layers of skin that develop on the bottom of our feet. The difference between the two is that calluses grow on the outer layer of our

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The Amalgam Dilemma

Home The Amalgam Dilemma May 8, 2022   Return Dr Andrew Chan Kieng Hock Consultant Oral Surgeon Private Dental Practice Klang, Selangor. The debate over the safety of amalgam fillings has been going on for decades and has caused much confusion and anxiety among consumers. The presence of mercury in amalgam has often been blamed for ill-health by some misinformed groups or parties with personal interest in this matter, in particular manufacturers of tooth-coloured dental materials. Dr Andrew Chan Kieng Hock discusses objectively the toxic effects of mercury as an element and presents a holistic view on the safety aspect of amalgam in

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A Cuppa Joe, Anyone?

Home A Cuppa Joe, Anyone? May 8, 2022   Return WORDS ABRAHAM MATHEW SAJI Coffee, one of the most widely consumed drinks in the world, is derived from the beans of Coffea canephora (best known as robusta) and C. arabica. Coffee is unique in terms of its perceived and actual effects on the body and is also loved for its distinct aroma and taste. Our general perception about coffee is that it can keep us awake. However, its benefits go beyond the “wake-me-up” action and it can be categorized as a health drink. What makes up coffee? The various bioactive compounds of coffee

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5 Things You Should Know About Probiotics

Home 5 Things You Should Know About Probiotics May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG THEY’RE ALIVE! The World Health Organisation defines probiotics as live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts, confer a health benefit on the host. In other words, probiotics are live bacteria and yeasts that when taken, give your body good health benefits. Probiotics supplements that are now widely available mainly support the digestive system. However, researchers are still trying to figure out how exactly probiotics work to benefit the body. It is also unsure which probiotics are most helpful for specific health problems and what the

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Make Peace With Food

Home Make Peace With Food May 8, 2022   Return Georgen Thye BSc. (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics, IMU Dietitian, Holmusk Council Member, Malaysian Dietitians’ Association (MDA) Founder of Georgen Cooking www.facebook.com/georgencooking georgen_thye@live.com   “I AM NOT SUPPOSED TO EAT THAT, I FEEL SO GUILTY. I’VE MESSED UP MY DIET, I MIGHT AS WELL GIVE IT ALL UP!” I hear quite a lot of these statements from my patients. It’s like they’re trapped in a diet prison filled with rules and restrictions, thinking that only after going through all these “hardships” can they achieve their health goals. But in fact, diets have been

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When Life Gives You Lemons

Home When Life Gives You Lemons May 8, 2022   Return WORDS PANK JIT SIN Ahhh! Lemon! The fruit that’s synonymous with health and ironically, a hard life. As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. Which means you make the best of your situation. But we should all be so lucky as to be given lemons, literally. The fruit, like all citruses, is versatile and potent. Information abound on the Internet and in hearsay about the benefits of lemon, but do you know if those are true? Let’s delve deeper into lemons and see what else we can get apart from lemonade.

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Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation, A Solution For Women Who Don’t Want To Have Children

Home Laparoscopic Tubal Ligation, A Solution For Women Who Don’t Want To Have Children May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON WOMEN’S HEALTH AND FERTILITY WITH Dr Agilan Arjunan Consultant Gynaecologist & Fertility Specialist KL Fertility Centre   This month, Dr Agilan Arjunan gives us a closer glimpse of a method that allows a woman to stop worrying about becoming pregnant. It’s a relatively simple and safe method but be warned: the result is practically irreversible! WHAT’S LAPAROSCOPIC TUBAL LIGATION? Pregnancy is the result of a sperm cell meeting and fertilizing an egg cell after sexual intercourse. The egg cell is released by

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Banananana…

Home Banananana… May 8, 2022   Return WORDS PANK JIT SIN The banana is a fruit almost everybody enjoys. It’s nowhere quite as divisive as durian or pineapple and is generally well-received by everybody. It can be found pretty much all year round in a tropical country such as ours. Banana is a versatile plant indeed and the entire tree can be used. Let’s delve a little deeper into this super plant. HISTORY Bananas belong to the genus known as Musa. Most modern cultivars (varieties) come from two main species and their hybrids—Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana. There are about 70 known species

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IMMUNITY BOOSTING FOODS

Home IMMUNITY BOOSTING FOODS May 8, 2022   Return Georgen Thye BSc. (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics, IMU Dietitian, Holmusk Council Member, Malaysian Dietitians’ Association (MDA) Founder of Georgen Cooking www.youtube.com/channel/UCrEVuCcW4qHliA3c6dJo1cA georgen_thye@live.com Boost your immune system to fight COVID-19! Healthy eating is important to build a strong immune system, to protect us from falling sick and other health problems. There’s no one food or supplement that can prevent illness. Support your immune system by eating a variety of healthy wholefood on a regular basis! WHAT TO EAT PROTEIN  Heal & Recover VITAMIN A Keep Skin Barrier Strong VITAMIN E Work as Antioxidant VITAMIN

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KEEP YOUR PHONE CLEAN

Home KEEP YOUR PHONE CLEAN May 8, 2022   Return The COVID-19 is spread through small droplets. When a person infected with the virus coughs or sneezes, these droplets land on objects and surfaces in the surrounding area. The virus spreads when other people touch these objects or surfaces and subsequently touch their eyes, nose or mouth. Though it is still unclear how long exactly the virus can survive on surfaces, some preliminary studies have found that the virus can survive from a few hours, up to a few days depending on conditions such as the type of surface (soft or hard

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KILL THE VIRUS

Home KILL THE VIRUS May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON AND HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG The coronavirus disease 2019 – COVID-19 for short—is caused by a virus called the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). Because a virus, not bacteria, is responsible for the disease, what normally works to kill bacteria MAY NOT WORK this time around. DO THESE REGULARLY (THEY WORK) Washing your hands regularly with soap and water (even when they don’t seem dirty). Doing so helps to break down the protective fatty outer layer of the virus, killing it. Sanitizers work, but only if the alcohol content is 70%

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BEAT THE HEAT!

Home BEAT THE HEAT! May 8, 2022   Return We’re all blessed to live in a land where the sun shines all year round. But on the flip side, when it gets too hot, the extreme heat can really work against your complexion and makeup. Luckily, there are some things you can do to keep your skin looking fresh all day while protecting it from sun damage. USE SUNSCREEN Put on your sunscreen 15 minutes before going outdoors, even on cloudy days. Ideally, use one with SPF30 protection or higher. Don’t forget to reapply approximately every 2 hours when you’re outdoors. KEEP

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GO GRILL!

Home GO GRILL! May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON Nothing wrecks a diet as effectively as a meal at a fast food joint. A burger, a drink, and some fries may seem like a simple meal, but the calorie within the burger patty alone is considerable. Load up on sauce, mayo, cheese, extra patties and throw in the fries, and you’ll have a meal that will send your calorie consumption count into overload! Not every trip to the fast food joint has to be a completely sinful indulgence, though. Stick to this simple plan. Choose grilled items These have fewer

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THE ART OF FORGETTING

Home THE ART OF FORGETTING May 8, 2022   Return Our brain can only store a finite amount of information. Hence, it is just as important for us to forget trivial details as it is to remember important ones. Removing unnecessary memories allows our brain to continuously collect new, useful information. Researchers recently learned that cells called microglia play a role in determining which memory is kept and which is forgotten. These cells remove synapses— structures in the nervous system that allow transmission of information from one nerve cell to another—and in the process cause memories linked to these synapses to be

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TAKE CARE OF YOUR BRAIN SO THAT IT TAKE CARE OF YOU

Home TAKE CARE OF YOUR BRAIN SO THAT IT TAKE CARE OF YOU May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON GET ENOUGH SLEEP According to Dr Kok Chin Yong, many studies have shown that poor sleep can lead to or accelerate cognitive decline. Elderly people suffering from insomnia face a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, while too little as well as too much sleep have been linked to migraines.  Dr Kok advises us to avoid light-emitting devices 1 to 2 hours before sleep, caffeine after 3 pm and large meals or high intensity exercises at night. EXERCISE REGULARLY The World

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BEST WAYS TO KEEP YOUR MEDICATIONS AT HOME

Home FRANKINCENSE May 8, 2022   Return WORDS RACHEL SOON Kundur, salai, parangi, dhup, shallaki, cunnampu… depending on which part of Asia you’re in, Indian frankincense is known by many names. Prized as incense in religious ceremonies, as perfume, and as a healing herb, this sweet-smelling resin from an ancient tree species has caught the eye of researchers as a possible answer to painful joints. Besides Boswellia serrata, a few other closely related tree species also produce frankincense. Boswellia carterii grows throughout the Arabian Peninsula, and traditional Chinese medicine makes use of its resin, known as ru xiang (‘fragrant milk’). Boswellia frereana or Coptic frankincense is more local to Somalia and parts of Northeast Africa.

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FRANKINCENSE

Home FRANKINCENSE May 8, 2022   Return WORDS RACHEL SOON Kundur, salai, parangi, dhup, shallaki, cunnampu… depending on which part of Asia you’re in, Indian frankincense is known by many names. Prized as incense in religious ceremonies, as perfume, and as a healing herb, this sweet-smelling resin from an ancient tree species has caught the eye of researchers as a possible answer to painful joints. Besides Boswellia serrata, a few other closely related tree species also produce frankincense. Boswellia carterii grows throughout the Arabian Peninsula, and traditional Chinese medicine makes use of its resin, known as ru xiang (‘fragrant milk’). Boswellia frereana or Coptic frankincense is more local to Somalia and parts of Northeast Africa.

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MUSSELS

Home MUSSELS May 8, 2022   Return WORDS RACHEL SOON In New Zealand, the green-lipped mussel (scientifically named Perna canaliculus) has been regularly eaten by indigenous Maori people for centuries.  According to local history, people from Maori tribes living by the country’s coast had often told their European neighbours that the mussels helped them stay in good health.  Curious, medical researchers took a closer look. They noticed that there were far fewer cases of arthritis among coastal Maori people compared to those living inland or people from European backgrounds. Mussels and arthritis Coincidentally, in the 1960s, US scientists had been on a mission to

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CAN YOU REALLY FREEZE YOUR FAT TO LOSE WEIGHT?

Home CAN YOU REALLY FREEZE YOUR FAT TO LOSE WEIGHT? May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG Body sculpting treatments have been around for quite some time now. With the promise of being a safe, non-invasive method of removing even the most stubborn fat, it has become a popular beauty treatment across the world. But does it really work? What are the risks involved? Dr Ian Tan answer our questions. How does body sculpting work?  Body sculpting refers to a non-surgical treatment that gets rid of fat cells from the body. One of the most common examples is the cryolipolysis procedure,

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CHILD NUTRITION AND HAND HYGIENE

Home CHILD NUTRITION AND HAND HYGIENE May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH WAY-LEE WONG Q: My children are spending a lot of time at home lately. How do I keep them healthy? The best way to make sure your child stays healthy at home is to give them proper and balanced nutrition.  Parents should also allow their children to get adequate amounts of exercise and exposure to sunshine. Physical activity helps children build up their bones and muscles. Furthermore, I would recommend parents to organize fun activities that can stimulate the mind and encourage interaction among family members at home. Q: Can

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MALAYSIA, HOW ARE WE DOING SO FAR?

Home MALAYSIA, HOW ARE WE DOING SO FAR? May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON We take a look at the recent National Morbidity & Health Survey (NHMS) for the answer to this question and it’s… not very good. Nonetheless, it is never too late for Malaysians to take the first steps to improve their health. In fact, let’s take the data in NHMS 2019 both as a wake-up call and a source of motivation to help us become healthier. THE HEARTS OF MALAYSIANS MAY BE BREAKING 1.7 million Malaysians have three major non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which are also major risk factors

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AS OUR HANDS AGE

Home AS OUR HANDS AGE May 8, 2022   Return WORDS DR SIEW TUCK WAH The skin of our hands age just like that of our face and neck. Furthermore, our hands are often exposed to the ravages of environment—heat, cold, pollutants, germs, and more—so much so that it is said that people can tell our true age by looking at our hands! Despite this, many people still overlook their hands when it comes to their personal care regime.  In this article, let’s take a look at some good personal care and aesthetic regimes to address the issue of ageing hands. As we

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LIFESTYLE CHANGE FOR DIABETICS

Home LIFESTYLE CHANGE FOR DIABETICS May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG Being diagnosed with diabetes may change your life. Yes, it can be overwhelming at first. Chances are, you’re navigating through a sea of new information and don’t know where to begin.  Don’t worry. With a few key changes to your diet and lifestyle, you can still enjoy a healthy and active life. Create a healthy eating plan As diabetes is a metabolic disease, one of the first things you must do is to understand how different foods affect your blood sugar levels. If you need help with this, work

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THE ROLE OF NUTRITION IN ADDRESSING NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES IN MALAYSIA

Home THE ROLE OF NUTRITION IN ADDRESSING NON-COMMUNICABLE DISEASES IN MALAYSIA May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON In light of the data presented in the 2019 National Health & Morbidity Survey (NHMS, see page 10), we catch up with Dr Tee E Siong, President of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia, for his views on the matter.   Dr Tee, what are your thoughts on the NHMS 2019 data on non-communicable diseases((NCDs)?  I am not exactly surprised by the findings in NHMS 2019. The data on NCDs have been high over the past 3 decades. This report has showed us clearly

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WHAT TO PREPARE BEFORE YOU RECEIVE YOUR COVID-19 VACCINATION

Home WHAT TO PREPARE BEFORE YOU RECEIVE YOUR COVID-19 VACCINATION May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON   Turn up early for the appointment. (about half an hour before the appointment time). Wear loose clothing that allows doctors to easily access your shoulder. Remember to bring your mobile phone with your MySejahtera ID and your NRIC. A briefing and verification of your identity. You will need to scan several QR codes with your mySejahtera app. There will be a short counselling session by a doctor who will review your medical history such as past medical problems, allergies, etc. If this is

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3 EFFECTIVE TIPS TO EAT HEALTHILY IN THE NEW NORMAL

Home 3 EFFECTIVE TIPS TO EAT HEALTHILY IN THE NEW NORMAL May 8, 2022   Return AUTHORS: PRAMILA MANI MARAN AND DR NURUL HUDA RAZALLI   With the enforcement of Movement Control Order (MCO) during the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us have been living by ourselves, away from families and relatives for months and even a year. During this period, many people especially college students who are living away from homes have developed unhealthy eating behaviors among them. Usually for those who live alone, their diets are high in sugar, salt, preservatives and fats. The existence of food deliveries makes it easier than

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7 TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST COVID-19

Home 7 TIPS TO PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST COVID-19 May 8, 2022   Return   WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG   As the nation continues its long-haul battle against COVID-19, it is our responsibility as good citizens to do the best we can to protects ourselves, our loved ones, and our community from the virus. With time, more knowledge on COVID-19 is uncovered, leading to more effective prevention measures.   BE EXTRA CAUTIOUS IN INDOOR SPACES More evidence shows that COVID-19 is an airborne virus. This means that it can spread rapidly in enclosed spaces where air circulation is limited. High-risk areas include offices, buildings,

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A GUIDE TO COVID-19 SELF-TESTING

Home A GUIDE TO COVID-19 SELF-TESTING May 8, 2022   Return   WORDS LIM TECK CHOON   YOU SHOULD SELF-TEST WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN IN CLOSE CONTACT WITH A POSITIVE CASE  ‘Close contact’ means that you have been in very close proximity to a person who tested positive for a significant period. The virus is most contagious during 2 days before and 3 days after a confirmatory test. If your friend tested positive on Thursday, and you were in close proximity with your friend 2 days before and 3 days after, which is Sunday, you are likely to have had significant risk of

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THINK YOU KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT SOY? THINK AGAIN…

Home THINK YOU KNOW ENOUGH ABOUT SOY? THINK AGAIN… May 8, 2022   Return   When you hear the word “protein”, what is the first thing that crosses your mind? Most people would associate protein with foods like chicken, beef or fish and how it functions to build our muscles. But protein is so much more than that. Protein is the building blocks of life! In fact, protein is the second most abundant compound in the body after water. It is a type of macronutrient that is essential at every stage of life and serves many important roles in our body.   

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WHAT PEOPLE WITH DIABETES & OBESITY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT LIVING IN A COVID-19 ERA Edit

Home WHAT PEOPLE WITH DIABETES & OBESITY SHOULD KNOW ABOUT LIVING IN A COVID-19 ERA May 8, 2022   Return WORDS Malaysian Endocrine and Metabolic Society (MEMS)   The risk factors for severe COVID-19 and death include advancing age (over 60 years old), diabetes, hypertension, kidney problems, heart disease and obesity. The more risk factors are present, the more it will be like living with a ticking time bomb!   Diabetes is a main contributor to severe COVID-19 morbidity and mortality. High blood glucose impairs the immune function and reduces our ability to fight infections.   As such, individuals with poorly controlled diabetes prior to COVID infection will be

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LADIES, WATCH OUT FOR THE SYMPTOMS OF THESE COMMON CANCERS Edit

Home LADIES, WATCH OUT FOR THE SYMPTOMS OF THESE COMMON CANCERS May 8, 2022   Return   WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG   Early detection of cancer may lead to better treatment outcome and higher chances of recovery. Hence, it is important that women go for their regular health screenings and know the early signs and symptoms of cancer.   Consultant oncologist Dr Hafizah Zaharah says, “Women should be aware of their body changes at all times, even when they are still at a younger age—in their 20’s and 30’s. Recently, we have an increasing number of patients in the younger age group.”  

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KEEPING THE ENDOTHELIUM HEALTHY HELPS BOOST HEART HEALTH

Home KEEPING THE ENDOTHELIUM HEALTHY HELPS BOOST HEART HEALTH Edit May 8, 2022   Return     WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG     The endothelium is a single layer of cells that are found between the lumen (the hollow space where blood flows through) and the smooth muscle cells in the blood vessels.   WHY IS THE ENDOTHELIUM SO IMPORTANT FOR HEART HEALTH? The endothelium releases an important chemical called nitric oxide. When nitric oxide is released, blood vessels relax and expand, and this improves blood circulation. “The endothelium is the only cellular network in the entire cardiovascular system that is capable of producing

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GUYS, WATCH OUT FOR THESE SILENT HEALTH THREATS!

Home GUYS, WATCH OUT FOR THESE SILENT HEALTH THREATS! May 8, 2022   Return   WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG   HEART DISEASE Heart disease is the primary cause of sudden death among men in Malaysia. According to Dr Tee Chee Hian, sudden death can be caused by a variety of heart problems such as arrythmia (having an irregular heartbeat), congenital heart disease, or more commonly, coronary artery disease.   Know the signs and symptoms Catching heart disease early may help prevent sudden death. Dr Tee says that men experiencing symptoms such as palpitations, fainting episodes, lethargy, shortness of breath on exertion, chest pain,

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A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO LUNG CANCER, NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

Home A COMPREHENSIVE GUIDE TO LUNG CANCER, NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE! May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG   Lung Cancer Network Malaysia (LCNM) in collaboration with the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM), supported by Pfizer, rolls out our country’s first digital lung cancer patient guide. The guide aims to support lung cancer patients by helping them improve their knowledge and understanding of lung cancer. It includes easy-to-understand illustrations and information about lung cancer and addresses common questions, misconceptions and concerns that lung cancer patients may have when they are first diagnosed. The digital guide is available in Bahasa Malaysia, English and

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TLC for Your Tonsils

Home TLC for Your Tonsils May 8, 2022   Return Tonsils are the soft tissues you can see at the back of your throat, on the left and right sides. They help the body fight infection by filtering and trapping virus and bacteria. When children grow up, their immune system becomes stronger. As a result, their tonsils will usually become smaller. In most adults, their immune system takes over the function of their tonsils.  Viruses such as the cold or flu virus as well as bacteria such as group A streptococcus can infect the tonsils, causing tonsillitis. As a result, the tonsils

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Overeating at Festivals

Home Overeating at Festivals May 8, 2022   Return Question: I have high cholesterol levels, and I tend to eat a lot especially during the festive season. With the Raya celebrations around the corner, is there any way for me to limit my food intake? Answer: According to the National Health Morbidity Survey (NHMS) findings released in 2015, the prevalence of high cholesterol levels is very high – almost 48% of Malaysian adults have high cholesterol levels. The prevalence has been increasing over the past decade.  When you eat too much fatty foods, the cholesterol in these foods is absorbed into your

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A Refuge of Love

Home A Refuge of Love May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next Former Secretary-General of the United Nations Kofi Annan once said, “There is no trust more sacred than the one the world holds with children. There is no duty more important than ensuring that their rights are respected, that their welfare is protected, that their lives are free from fear and want and that they can grow up in peace.” Indeed, there is no greater, no nobler a duty than that of raising and nurturing children – and closer to home, the people at OrphanCARE Malaysia Foundation have chosen to dedicate

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One of A Kind

Home One of A Kind May 8, 2022   Return “Climate change is real; it’s happening right now. It’s the most urgent threat facing our entire species, and we need to work collectively together and quit procrastinating. We need to support leaders around the world who don’t speak for the big polluters, but who speak for all of humanity, for the indigenous people of the world, for the billions and billions of underprivileged people out there who would be most affected by this.” Anyone who did not catch last month’s Oscars ceremony telecast or did not read about it in the news

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Maria & Meldonium

Home Maria & Meldonium May 8, 2022   Return On March 7, when Russian tennis superstar Maria Sharapova admitted to taking meldonium that caused her to fail a drug test, the media became abuzz about the drug. Meldonium, also known as mildronate, is produced in Latvia and marketed in mostly Eastern Europe and Russia as a drug to treat heart problems such as angina, heart attacks, heart failures and even strokes. A quick search on the US National Library of Medicine reveals that there were also several studies on the possible beneficial effects of meldonium on Parkinson’s disease and type 2 diabetes,

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That Dragon, Cancer

Home That Dragon, Cancer May 8, 2022   Return Unlike the more famous professional football player sharing his name, the video game creator Ryan Green is just an ordinary man with a lovely family. Everything changed, however, when his son Joel, then just one year old, was diagnosed with a rare and incurable form of brain cancer. Radiation therapy and chemotherapy followed. Joel recalls those sleepless nights when they would live out every parent’s worst nightmare: their child in pain, unable to get better, and them helpless to do anything other than to pray and try to be strong. He decided to

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Man on a Mission

Home Man on a Mission May 8, 2022   Return While many other 26-year-olds may be too busy juggling work responsibilities and social life to even consider the notion of changing the world, Jeff Lau is bent on doing so starting with the AIDS landscape in Malaysia. And he is doing it, one step at a time – quite literally, if I may add – by participating in the Marathon des Sables 2016. For the uninitiated, the Marathon des Sables (also known as the Marathon of the Sands) is a 6-day ultra marathon covering a whopping distance of 251 km. Ranked by Discovery Channel as the

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Love Lights Up the Shadows

Home Love Lights Up the Shadows May 8, 2022   Return Yong Lee Lee and Remesh Kumar first met when they became classmates in Form 6. What they had was not love at first sight, but rather, a gradual building of affections anchored on a foundation of friendship and respect.   “Together with our friends, we formed a music machine group,” Lee Lee recalls fondly. Just like Bryan Adams sang in his song Summer of ’69, the group did not go far, but those days were a time to cherish and remember. Perhaps it was kismet that had their paths crossed again,

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Love, Life & Lucy

Home Love, Life & Lucy May 8, 2022   Return Lucy Liu couldn’t be in a better place right now. For starters, the actress has a new man in her life. No, she isn’t dating a Hollywood hunk or being wooed by some real estate mogul. I’m referring to her adorable baby boy! Last August, Lucy took to Instagram to announce the arrival of her son born via gestational surrogate with the caption: “Introducing the new man in my life, my son Rockwell Liu. In love!” And no wonder, she’s in love. The photo which she uploaded shows baby Rockwell clad in

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Honouring Tradition with Ethics & Integrity

Home Honouring Tradition with Ethics & Integrity May 8, 2022   Return Merrill J. Fernando loves tea with a passion. But instead of just catering rich, savoury tea to tea lovers worldwide, he is also dedicated to ensuring that ethics and integrity go into the production of his favourite beverage.  Born in 1930, hailing from a middle-class background in rural Sri Lanka – then, a British colony known as Ceylon – Merrill found his calling in life early on during his youth. After completing his college education in the 1950s, he moved to Colombo in hopes of becoming a tea tester. The

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Man of Many Talents

Home Man of Many Talents May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next Dato’ Dr Arunan Selvaraj is a man of many talents and distinguished accomplishments. A lawyer, he is the founding and managing partner of Messrs Rusmah Arunan and Associates. He has also established himself as a proponent and advocate for physical and mental wellness. A popular speaker as well as author, he is well known as a “straight A” man among his peers. The straight ‘A’s A is for ‘attorney’. Dato’ Dr. Arunan Selvaraj is a practising lawyer and he holds a Doctorate in Family Law. He was admitted to the

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Michelle Monaghan & Melanoma

Home Michelle Monaghan & Melanoma May 8, 2022   Return With her svelte figure, vibrant skin and luscious hair, actress Michelle Monaghan resembles a woman at the peak of health – she looks hardly a day over 40!   It would come as a surprise to many that, back in 2011, the star of Source Code, Mission Impossible III and Made of Honour revealed that she was in a secret battle with skin cancer Like many skin cancer patients, Monaghan was barely aware of the risks and initial signs of the disease. Fortunately for her, her husband, graphic designer Peter White, is Australian.

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A Home Away From Home

Home A Home Away From Home May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next “We always aim to deliver our diners the best possible all-in-one Ramadan experience and this year is no different,” said Angeline Lue as she welcomed us, along with others members of the media to the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (also known simply as the Centre) for a sampling of its Kampung in the City Buka Puasa menu. When the Centre’s Director of Sales & Marketing makes a promise like such, you know you are in for a gastronomic treat! And a real treat we had – if the extensive

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Go for the Gold!

Home Go for the Gold! May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next If you have been pondering over these questions for a while now, ponder no more.  This June, HealthToday speaks to the two individuals who are more than capable of answering your burning questions: Malaysia’s very own Ultraman Kannan Murugasan and rising marathon star Edan Syah! So, read on to find out what first motivated these men to foray into the world of sports, what keeps them going as the going gets tough, what their fitness regimens comprise, what tips they have for budding athletes and more. Go the distance “Results don’t

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Growing From Strength to Strength

Home Growing From Strength to Strength May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next When we met up with Atilia Haron recently, the first thing that popped into our minds was just how fit she looked – undoubtedly the result of a fit and healthy lifestyle. Addressing her svelte figure, the Malaysian beauty admits candidly, “I wasn’t always fit, you know. I used to be underweight and had the misconception that if I were to exercise, I would lose even more weight. Hence, exercise wasn’t my thing.” However, Atilia who is also a contemporary songwriter and singer reconsidered her decision when she caught

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Keep Climbing

Home Keep Climbing May 8, 2022   Return Cancer was a part of Sean Swarner’s life since his early teens. He was diagnosed with Stage IV Hodgkin’s Lymphoma at 13, and Askin’s sarcoma at 16. They found a golf ball-sized tumour in his right lung, but its removal only sent him into an induced coma and left him with only one functional lung.   The doctor told him that he had only 3 months to live after his first diagnosis, and 14 days after the second diagnosis. Always the fighter, Sean beat the odds, a turnaround that his friends and family members

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Let Nothing Hold You Back

Home Let Nothing Hold You Back May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next Blessed with exotic looks a result of her mixed parentage of a British father and Nepali mother, along with a cosmopolitan upbringing (her childhood was spent alternating between Malaysia and the UK), Tania Hodges always has had the best of both worlds. With the support of her parents, especially her mother who is a former model, she began modelling for a children’s clothing lines at a very young age. The road to a successful modelling career seemed set for Tania, but her journey was not without hurdles. Early trauma

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A Petite Powerhouse

Home A Petite Powerhouse May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next Effervescent, bubbly, vivacious – these are some of the words that instantly come to mind when you meet Azura Zainal. She may stand at a mere 163 cm but don’t let her petite frame fool you; this lady is a real powerhouse! We say this not just because of her ability to talk a mile a minute (told you she was bubbly!) but also because of her zeal for life which is evident by the ever-growing number of feathers in her cap. And what remarkable feathers her proverbial cap boasts! Over

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Go Hard or Go Home

Home Go Hard or Go Home May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next Speaking to Low Wee Wern, it does not take long for me to realize just how much her maturity belies her age. Only 26 this year, this Malaysian lass is wise beyond her years. Perhaps, it is this very maturity that helped her rebound both physically and mentally from a sports injury which left her with a torn meniscus and anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) early last year. Recalling the fateful day, Wee Wern says, “I was injured on a Thursday so I went to see the orthopaedic surgeon a

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The Artistry of Doctors: Doctor by Profession, Artist by Passion

Home The Artistry of Doctors: Doctor by Profession, Artist by Passion May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next “Immersing myself in art is like losing the edges of life and finding myself again at the end of it.” -Dr Desmond Gan- “Late Night Life” When I first meet Dr Desmond Gan, it is clear that he is a private man, almost reticent about divulging his personal details. At the same time, his eyes light up when I ask him about his art. Here is one man who pours his heart and soul into every stroke onto the canvas, and despite his private

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Dancing to Her Own Beat

Home Rising from the Ashes May 8, 2022   Return It is an understatement to say that losing a child she is carrying is every mother’s worst nightmare. For English singer Lily Allen, that nightmare became a reality in her journey towards motherhood – not just one but twice. The Hard Out Here hit-maker first suffered a miscarriage in 2008, when she was with her former partner, Ed Simons of the band Chemical Brothers. The depression that followed her loss led to her spending three weeks in a psychiatric clinic.   In 2010, Allen was expecting her first child with husband, Sam

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The Impossible Princess

Home The Impossible Princess May 8, 2022   Return Ever heard of the term ‘The Kylie Effect’? The term was popularized after a surge in the number of clinical breast exams, mammograms and breast biopsies occurred following the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer of Australia’s electrifying artist, fashion icon, entrepreneur, actress and philanthropist, Kylie Minogue. This whirlwind effect occurred after Kylie disclosed to the media that she was misdiagnosed the first time when she did her breast screening. Her move to undergo partial mastectomy and chemotherapy at the age of 36 in 2005, after the prior misdiagnosis, caused a colossal increase of

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Nick Jonas, Unchained

Home Nick Jonas, Unchained May 8, 2022   Return The last two years have been very good for 23-year-old Nick Jonas. In late 2014, his self-titled second album hit the shelves to positive acclaim. “His most mature and riskiest work to date,” gushed Jon Caramanica of The New York Times, while tracks like Jealous and Chains hit the charts and solidified Jonas’s coming into his own as an artist in his own right. Meanwhile, he had major roles in the TV series Kingdom and Scream Queens, while playing main leads in a few movies. You may also recall him flaunting his chiselled

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A Man & His Dogs

Home A Man & His Dogs May 8, 2022   Return Anthony Thanasayan is no stranger to advocacy. He is constantly at the forefront when it comes to advocating for the rights of the disabled. His writings are featured in The Star and The Malaysian Insider, among other publications, and he once served as a councillor in the Petaling Jaya City Council. He has certainly come a long way from the student who was once barred from attending school because the administrators felt that the school lacked the proper facilities to cater to wheelchair-bound students. “Malaysians still have the mentality that disabled

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Pet Positive

Home Pet Positive May 8, 2022   Return According to founder Anthony Thanasayan, the Malaysian Animal-Assisted Therapy for the Disabled and Elderly Association (or Petpositive for short) is the first and only nationally registered non-profit society in the country which uses animals to empower the lives of disabled and elderly persons. While Anthony is a dog person, he assures that Petpositive works with all animals and offers a helping hand to all handicapped and elderly Malaysians. “Pets can truly make a difference,” says Anthony, speaking from experience. Having a pet which does not see one’s disability as a weakness can help one

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Just Call Him “Dennis”

Home Just Call Him “Dennis” May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next When Dennis Lau last graced the cover of HealthToday, it was 2008. It was the year when the reformed Spice Girls closed their world tour in Toronto, the last we would see of them in a while; when Leona Lewis’s Bleeding Love was a big hit all over the world, putting her and the show The X-Factor UK on everyone’s radar; and Michael Jackson’s Thriller album turned 25 and was certified as the world’s best-selling album for all time. I had not joined the staff of HealthToday then and when

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Giuliana Ever After

Home Giuliana Ever After May 8, 2022   Return Giuliana Rancic is rarely away from the American small screen. For the last 10 years, she co-hosted E! News and Fashion Police. Of course, she was more than just a host – she starred in a reality TV series with her husband Bill, started her own fashion line, and dabbled in acting and producing TV shows. In 2011, she made headlines for a more sober reason: she was diagnosed with breast cancer. In her latest autobiography Going Off Script: How I Survived a Crazy Childhood, Cancer, and Clooney’s 32 On-Screen Rejections (published in

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Mission: Accomplished

Home Mission: Accomplished May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next There are not many celebrities who are recognizable merely by their first names but Hollywood actor Tom Cruise is an exception. Just mention his first name in a conversation and the chances are that your friends will go, “Oh, you mean Tom Cruise? The latest Mission: Impossible film was pretty awesome. You should check it out.” Cruise, now 53 years old (yes, he is already in his fifties as unbelievable as it may be) has been a household name for nearly 30 years – and his stardom does not seem to waning

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Malala Moves the World

Home Malala Moves the World May 8, 2022   Return The entire world was shocked on 9th October 2012, when a Taliban gunman shot a 15-year old girl three times. Her name was Malala Yousafzai. Malala was born on 12th July 1997, in the Swat Valley of  North-West Pakistan to Ziaudin Yousafzai. Ziaudin was a poet and a passionate advocate for education reforms. Ziaudin always encouraged his daughter’s interests. It was said that he often spent long hours into the night discussing politics with his young daughter. Unsurprisingly, her father’s passion both for education and reform became the foundation of Malala’s own

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Nothing Short of Emmazing!

Home Nothing Short of Emmazing! May 8, 2022   Return Although her acting career has seen her take on many commendable roles, it is safe to say that Emma Watson is most renowned for her role in the epic fantasy series, Harry Potter. While she has put away her wand and cape (metaphorically speaking, of course; it has been 4 years since the last instalment of the Harry Potter franchise), who could possibly forget – and not adore – her as the gutsy heroine Hermione Granger? At first glance, it appears that Emma and her movie character share nothing in common. Be

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Scoring a “Home” Run in Life

Home Scoring a “Home” Run in Life May 8, 2022   Return Phillip Phillips sure scored a home run with his coronation song Home. Winning Season 11 of American Idol was not easy for him, though as he had to endure multiple surgeries to correct his chronic kidney problems during that time. “He’s been doing [well], but it’s just gruelling hours and it’s just amazing what he’s done through the journey,” said Phillip Phillips Sr., Phillips’s father, after the finale. “Eight operations since we started American Idol … He’s hitting 50%, but he’s still up there swinging away.” His father was so

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Magnificent Megan Words

Home Magnificent Megan Words May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next Megan Tan, the former host of 8TV Quickie is now going places with the new travel show, G Travel which is being aired on the new Astro channel 737 GOASEAN. Watching her speak in such a bubbly manner, one would find it hard to believe that she was a very shy kid when growing up. In fact, Megan’s parents were quite worried at one point as she was so quiet and would only speak when spoken to. So, how did she come out of her shell? “My dad sent me to

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Success & Motherhood in the City

Home Success & Motherhood in the City May 8, 2022   Return Just last May, Sarah Jessica Parker was nearly in tears as she listened to a third grade student, Kaliyah Parkin, recite a poem thanking her teacher for all her guidance. “Oh my gosh, are you listening to this?” she asked the teacher as Kaliyah recited the poem, titled I Am Important. It was moments like this that spurred Parker to mentor school children, among her many acts of advocacy and patronage. These days, the actress, humanitarian and entrepreneur has come a long way from the poverty she was born into.

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‘Kampung’ in the City

Home ‘Kampung’ in the City May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next “We always strive for our guests to enjoy the best possible Ramadan experience,” Alan Pryor, General Manager of the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre had these words to offer when recently asked what the public could expect from the Centre’s upcoming buka puasa fare. And nothing short of the best, it will be judging from the array of gastronomical delights which greeted us as we, along with other members of the media congregated at the Centre Core for last month’s buffet tasting event. Meticulously crafted by the Centre’s award-winning brigade of

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Unconventionally Chris

Home Unconventionally Chris May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next Towering at 6 feet 2 inches with bulging biceps, coiffed hair and a chiseled face, Chris Pratt looks every inch a superhero – or an actor who could portray a superhero, anyway. And he did exactly that in the blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy (GOTG), where he played the leader of the titular superhero rag-tag team on a mission to – you guessed it – save the galaxy. The movie won the hearts of audiences worldwide with the wit and self-deprecating humour typically unseen in superhero flicks – something for which Chris

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Back in the Court

Home Back in the Court May 8, 2022   Return April 28, 2015 was a great day; a day that would surely be etched in the mind of Malaysia’s badminton champion, Dato’ Lee Chong Wei for the rest of his life. It was also a day for Malaysians to breathe in relief, as Lee finally received the verdict from the Badminton World Federation (BWF) in regards to his failing a dope test back in September last year. “The panel is convinced this is not a case of doping with intent to cheat,” BWF stated. The 32-year old two-times Olympics silver medallist was

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Liv-ing life to the fullest

Home Liv-ing life to the fullest May 8, 2022   Return If there’s one person who is the epitome of brains and beauty, it has got to be 29 year-old Liv Lo. Her statuesque figure, exquisite facial features (thanks to her mixed Taiwanese and Italian heritage), flawless skin and legs that seem to go on forever are enough to make anyone swoon in admiration. That is why it comes as no surprise that the Taiwanese-born lass has had phenomenal success as a fashion model in Japan – something most girls could only dream of. In fact, her modeling career was so successful

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Practical Crime Safety

Home Practical Crime Safety May 8, 2022   Return Shamir Rajadurai   Crime Safety Specialist, www.PreventCrimeNow.com Shamir Rajadurai, a Crime Safety Specialist has a 2nd DAN (Degree) Black Belt in Taekwondo and is a three-time gold medallist. Even with that experience, he believes that fighting back is never the best solution. He chooses the concept of breakaway as opposed to fighting back because our life is more important than our belongings. Please remember that our belongings are secondary. With permission from the authorities, he and his colleagues interviewed imprisoned criminals to find out how they committed their crimes. The following are some of things

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Her Heart Beats Bravely

Home Her Heart Beats Bravely May 8, 2022   Return “Her parents should have aborted her!” “Shoot her!” “Kill it with fire!” These were just some of the hecklings present in the comment section of a YouTube video called Ugliest Woman in the World. Lizzie Velasquez was only 17 when she clicked on the video and realized, to her horror, that she was the woman being mocked in the video. It was a miracle that Velasquez survived childbirth, according to the doctors. She has a very rare form of neonatal progeroid syndrome (she is one of the two known persons who have

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Keira Knightley… Begins Again

Home Keira Knightley… Begins Again May 8, 2022   Return That sweet smile of Michelle Monaghan’s has charmed many hearts. She is, after all, famous for flicks such as Mission Impossible III and Ghost Protocol. With a calibre like Michelle’s, you would think she truly has nothing to worry about.  But, that is not true at all. There is a battle this American star has been fighting, albeit secretly. And, it is a battle against skin cancer, melanoma. Be safe, be protected The “Slip, Slop, Slap” slogan can never be truer. This slogan, made to increase awareness about the importance of sun protection against

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Surviving Melanoma

Home Surviving Melanoma May 8, 2022   Return That sweet smile of Michelle Monaghan’s has charmed many hearts. She is, after all, famous for flicks such as Mission Impossible III and Ghost Protocol. With a calibre like Michelle’s, you would think she truly has nothing to worry about.  But, that is not true at all. There is a battle this American star has been fighting, albeit secretly. And, it is a battle against skin cancer, melanoma. Be safe, be protected The “Slip, Slop, Slap” slogan can never be truer. This slogan, made to increase awareness about the importance of sun protection against skin cancer

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Still Having Those Election Blues?

Home Still Having Those Election Blues? May 8, 2022   Return Words Lim Teck Choon May 2018 saw the making of a historical milestone in Malaysia’s political landscape, as the country witnessed a change of ruling power for the first time in 59 years. The road to this milestone had been a tumultuous one, however, and regardless of which side of the fence one may be on, some people may still experience or are starting to experience anxiety long after the election results. If you are one of these people, read on to find out what the experts have to say on getting

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Raise the Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness

Home Raise the Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness May 8, 2022   Return Words Hannah May-Lee Wong Puan Sri Maniseh AdamPatron, Pink Ribbon Wellness (L) Foundation Her story, her vision When Puan Sri Maniseh Adam first found out she had breast cancer, it was December 2010 and she was 68 years old. “I was on hormone replacement therapy (HRT) for a very long time. I took it very casually as my gynaecologist only told me that HRT was protective towards heart disease. What she did not tell me was that it was linked to breast cancer,” she recalls. “I was very careful,”

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The Reign of Jane

Home The Reign of Jane May 8, 2022   Return Words Hannah May-Lee Wong When you first meet Jane Teoh, you are immediately taken aback by her height. She stands at a lofty 5’ 10” or 178cm – taller than most Malaysian men! – but looks surprisingly delicate. The lanky lass is only 20 years old, but has gone far in the world of pageants and modelling. A true Malaysian beauty, Jane was born and bred in Penang. Her gentle and demure nature makes her easy to talk to, but under the gentle exterior is the discipline, determination and tenacity that brought her

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The Pop Star and the Friend that Saved Her Life

Home The Pop Star and the Friend that Saved Her Life May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next Words Hannah May-Lee Wong From child star to Disney teen to pop princess, Selena Gomez, 26, has risen to be one of the most recognizable faces in the entertainment industry. If that’s not enough, she is a childhood friend of Demi Lovato, best friends with mega-star Taylor Swift and was once the girlfriend of Justin Bieber (many moons ago). Name dropping aside, beneath the glitz and glamour portrayed on stage, Gomez remains down to earth, using her fame as a platform to speak about serious

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The Fame Meets Fibromyalgia

Home The Fame Meets Fibromyalgia May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next Words Hannah May-Lee Wong Lady Gaga has a reputation. She’s eccentric, enigmatic and perhaps excessively bold; you’ll never know what to expect from her. A chameleon in her personal style and music, she stuns us with her face-covering head pieces and surprises us with her male alter-ego, Jo Calderone. And we haven’t even talked about her meat dress. Much like her influences Madonna, David Bowie and Michael Jackson, her artistry is a blend of music and visuals, which explains her myriad red carpet styles. Music-wise, she is just as diverse, dabbling

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Toners – A Consumer’s Trap?

Home Toners – A Consumer’s Trap? May 8, 2022   Return What do toners actually do? Are they necessary in your skincare regimen? Words Hannah May-Lee Wong Every skincare brand has their own series of toners. They come in big hefty bottles and, for the most part, look like fancy packaged water. We are reminded time and time again that the full cleansing regimen consists of cleansing, toning and moisturising. Yet, toners have always been that in-between product – the step that’s easiest to skip and opt out of, mainly because we don’t know if they’re worth the time or money. After all,

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Five Minutes with Bill Rancic

Home Five Minutes with Bill Rancic May 8, 2022   Return Words and interview by Lim Teck Choon  Bill Rancic first captured the attention of fans of reality TV when he became the winner of the very first season of The Apprentice back in 2004. He was handpicked then by the man who would eventually become the 45th President of the United States. Regardless of how one feels about Donald J Trump, Mr Rancic has since demonstrated that he is an entrepreneur through and through, certainly worthy of the honour of being the Apprentice. His business interests include the restaurant chains RPM Italian and RPM Steak, various real

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Nick Jonas: Braving Type 1 Diabetes

Home Nick Jonas: Braving Type 1 Diabetes May 8, 2022   Return Besides navigating the hurdles of childhood stardom and breaking out of the Disney bubble, Nick Jonas has been candid about his health struggles. He has never held back in being involved as a spokesperson and raising awareness for type 1 diabetes. Words Hannah May-Lee Wong Anybody remember the Jonas Brothers? If you’re a millennial, you probably will. If not, let me fill you in. Of the three members, Joe Jonas was the front man of the band, also known as the resident ladies’ man (he broke up with Taylor Swift via

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Budget Talk: Improving Cancer Care In The Public Sector

Home Budget Talk: Improving Cancer Care In The Public Sector May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG As Malaysia’s new government announced Budget 2019, stakeholders across the country gritted their teeth and hoped for the best as they watched reality unfold before their eyes. One of the biggest items in our nation’s overall budget every year is no doubt the healthcare budget. It increases every year and 2019 is no exception with RM29bil allocated to health services – a 7.8 percent increase.¹ The increased allocation is welcome news because there are areas of our healthcare system that are still in need

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The Effervescent Emily Blunt

Home The Superhero Of The Sea May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG He’s tall, dark, scruffy and good- looking. Standing at 6ft 5in with a great build, Jason Momoa is certainly a physical specimen to behold. While some may remember him from popular TV series such as Baywatch: Hawaii, Stargate Atlantis or Game of Thrones, in December, he showcases his biggest role yet as Aquaman. BORN BY THE WATERS Jason Momoa, 39, was born in Honolulu, Hawaii to Coni and Joseph Momoa. His mother, who was an artist, raised him as a single mother in Iowa, USA. While growing up in the Midwest, Jason

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5 Life Lessons From A Star-Lord

Home 5 Life Lessons From A Star-Lord May 8, 2022   Return Actor Chris Pratt, most well- known for his roles of Star- Lord in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy movies and Owen Grady in the recent Jurassic Park sequels, offered some interesting advice on how to reach for the stars during the 2018 MTV Music Awards. Here is some of his advice that we can take to heart in 2019. You have a soul. Be careful with it. Do good deeds. Be of service, especially to those in need. Doing so will make you feel good and it’s good for your soul. If you’re strong,

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The Effervescent Emily Blunt

Home The Effervescent Emily Blunt May 8, 2022   Return WORDS JENNIFER F. NETTO Emily Blunt burst into our collective consciousness as the caustic and acerbic Emily Charlton in The Devil Wears Prada more than 12 years ago. Since then she has grown from strength to strength as an actress. Recently, she co-produced and co-starred in the hit horror movie A Quiet Place alongside her husband John Krasinski. Hearing the Mary Poppins Returns star’s plummy English accent, one would never realise that Emily struggled with a speech impediment growing up. She stuttered. And she was bullied for it. HER RISE TO FAME Emily Blunt was only 23 when she

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A Refuge For The Refugees

Home A Refuge For The Refugees May 8, 2022   Return WORDS RACHEL SOON In 2017, targeted violence against the Rohingya community in Myanmar forced over a million people to flee across the border to Bangladesh. In this issue, Cpt Manvikram Singh Gill, military pharmacist with the Royal Medical and Dental Corps (RMDC) of the Malaysian Armed Forces (MAF) who was stationed at Cox’s Bazar — now the world’s largest refugee camp — shares his perspective on the first humanitarian assignment of his career. What is the RMDC? The RMDC is one of the service support corps under the MAF, with the aim

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Sweet Sarah Hyland

Home Sweet Sarah Hyland May 8, 2022   Return Sarah Hyland might seem like a new kid on the block with sparkly eyes that adorn her young appearance but this petite young lady is one-short-candle away from entering the big THREE-O. Sarah Hyland is America’s sweetheart, but life has taken quite the twist-and-turn on her off-screen presence. Early Years to Stardom Hyland was born in Manhattan on the 24th of November 1990, to parents Edward James and Melissa Canaday who were no strangers in the acting world. Like most children of Hollywood celebrities, Hyland’s fame came early. She was only seven when she

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How To Plan A Wedding (Without Losing Your Mind)

Home How To Plan A Wedding (Without Losing Your Mind) May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG Ahh… weddings. Such a joyous occasion of celebrating love, family and romance. But anyone who has ever planned a wedding knows, that before the laughter and the happily ever after, comes budgeting, handling RSVP’s and other complicated stuff. He pops the questions, you’re elated! You immediately call up your loved ones to tell them the good news. You have found the one you’re willing to spend the rest of your life with — it’s a miracle and a dream come true. Weeks pass and

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Riding out the Heatwave

Home Riding out the Heatwave May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG In the early months of this year, Malaysia saw soaring temperatures and dry weather throughout the country as an increasing number of areas were put on a heatwave alert. A heatwave happens when temperatures remain high for a few consecutive days. The exceptionally hot weather is a natural phenomenon that typically happens towards the end of the northeast monsoon. Thankfully, the Malaysian Meteorological Department predicted that this heatwave will likely end in April. What are the dangers? The health risks a heatwave can bring include: dehydration, overheating, heat exhaustion

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Surfing through Life … Zhariff Afandi – Motivator, Life Coach & Author!

Home Surfing through Life … Zhariff Afandi – Motivator, Life Coach & Author! May 8, 2022   Return WORDS JENNIFER F. NETTO Being motivated takes a lot of dedication and hard work, and to remain motivated in an ever challenging world can be quite a task, but that’s not the case for Zhariff Afandi. While being in a position where life has challenged him from birth, Zhariff proves to the world that one can surf through life by focusing on what matters most regardless of your circumstances. This psyched, upbeat, multiple award-winning entrepreneur, motivator, life coach, national youth icon and now author, has

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The Chemistry behind Love

Home The Chemistry behind Love May 8, 2022   Return Words Hannah May-Lee Wong Love can be a mystery. It is the one emotion that happens so naturally, yet it consumes us, and confuses even the most rational of us. It is highly addictive—a love that will last is something we all dream of having. Love gets the better of us when it leads to heartbreak. Yet when things go right, it rewards us with the best of times, and with the most wonderful of memories. But what is the point of all this? Well, for most, the ultimate goal is to find

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Favourite dish during Ramadan

Home Favourite dish during Ramadan May 8, 2022   Return WORDS GEORGEN THYE It is the holy fasting month of Ramadan, the month that embraces the purity of thought, action and speech. Besides that, the lively and colourful bazaar Ramadan selling all the mouth-watering delights is also one of the highlights of the fasting month! One of my personal favourites at a bazaar Ramadan is “drum roll …” Bubur Lambuk! Bubur Lambuk is a rice porridge dish or congee that is cooked with a mixture of different spices, making it exceptionally fragrant and yummy. I can still recall my first time trying Bubur Lambuk, I was still working

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It Is Really Good, I Fig You Not

Home It Is Really Good, I Fig You Not May 8, 2022   Return WORDS PANK JIT SIN How It Started Figs are a general term for over 850 species of woody plants.They are rather variable, with some being climbers and others growing into full-sized trees. The fruit we commonly eat comes from cultivar (strains) of the species known as Ficus carica or the common fig. The common fig is believed to have originated in the Middle East and western Asia. It was spread into the Mediterranean region by Greeks and Romans. Today, widespread human travel has brought the fig to every possible country. Fig

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A Brie-lliantly Marvellous SuperHERo

Home A Brie-lliantly Marvellous SuperHERo May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG Through winning an Oscar just before her 27th birthday, Brie Larson instantly became a household name. The best is yet to come; Brie is excited to bring female empowerment to the silver screen and that’s exactly what she’ll be doing when Captain Marvel – Marvel Studio’s first standalone female superhero movie – hits our cinemas. The world watched as Brie Larson accepted her Academy Award for best actress in 2016. It was her first nomination and her first win. Many of us (who are less acquainted with the world

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Noodles, Noodles In The Bowl… Which Is The Healthiest Of Them All?

Home Noodles, Noodles In The Bowl… Which Is The Healthiest Of Them All? May 8, 2022   Return Edna Loh Accredited Practising Dietitian (Aus) Unicare Pharmacy (Petaling Jaya)   Before we begin, Edna Loh points out one should keep in mind that comparisons of nutritional content among different types of noodles – see part 1 in the April issue – are not the only factor that should be taken into consideration. The presence of existing medical conditions can also be a determining factor. For example, someone with food allergy may be better off avoiding noodles that contain a trigger ingredient, while people

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The Mark of an Avenger

Home The Mark of an Avenger May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG Mark Ruffalo may be the incredible Hulk on screen. But in real life, he proves himself just as remarkable with the many obstacles he overcame. In the past, he has battled with depression, ADHD and suffered a brain tumour which left him deaf in one ear. Despite all that, he still hulks through and continues to find success as an established actor. Just like Bruce Banner aka the incredible Hulk, Mark Ruffalo is a multi-faceted character, wearing many hats in his personal and professional life. On Twitter, he describes

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Red Flags In Relationships

Home Red Flags In Relationships May 8, 2022   Return WORDS JENNIFER F. NETTO Fairy tales have always given us the illusion of perfection in relationships but as much as those happily-ever-afters made us smile, no relationship, in reality, is perfect and achieving a happy ending is not as easy as a script. Every relationship requires respect, understanding, compromising, and yes that crazy thing called love. Whether you know your partner for a week, a year or a decade, red flags may present itself at any time in a relationship. Seeing them sooner is definitely better than later, especially in mellowing the severity

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Telemedicine 4.0: Bringing Malaysia to par with Digital Health

Home Telemedicine 4.0: Bringing Malaysia to par with Digital Health May 8, 2022   Return WORDS PANK JIT SIN The fourth conference on Digital Health, aptly named Telemedicine 4.0: Revolution in Healthcare, will be held from 20 to 21 June in Petaling Jaya. In conjunction with the conference, Digital Health Malaysia (DHM) will be collaborating with the International Conference on Bio-Sensing Technology (ICBTS) to host a Digital Health Week from 16 to 21 June. The conference will address concerns and topics pertaining to the fourth industrial revolution. The conference aims to create a vision of the future of healthcare in Malaysia in the

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A Father’s Voice

Home A Father’s Voice May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG Michael Bublé is arguably one of the best performers of our time. Through his career, he has touched the hearts of millions by bringing old forgotten tunes back to life, and putting his own modern spin on them. This Father’s Day, we explore Bublé’s other voice, which is that of a father; and we get  to know the heart- wrenching journey he took supporting his young son through cancer. Jazz swinger and old- tune singer, Michael Bublé is a Grammy Award winning music artist with a career spanning more than

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Emilia Clarke Conquers Real-life Adversities

Home Emilia Clarke Conquers Real-life Adversities May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG Her on-screen character, Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones was meant to be a blend of Napoleon, Joan of Arc and Lawrence of Arabia—courageous heroes of the past. But when illness struck actress Emilia Clarke, she had to channel some of that strength and bravery into her real-life situation. The world’s most watched television series, Game of Thrones comes to a dramatic end after eight spectacular seasons. During its run from 2011 to 2019, it garnered critical acclaim, record-breaking viewership and attracted a fan base which spanned across the globe. One of the

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Should medicine prices in Malaysia be regulated?

Home Should medicine prices in Malaysia be regulated? May 8, 2022   Return The Ministry of Health is collecting our opinion on the implementation of price control on medications in Malaysia. If you are interested in having your views heard, please visit this link no later than 12 August 2019. If you like this article, do subscribe here.   

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A Whole New Aladdin Arrives in Asia

Home A Whole New Aladdin Arrives in Asia May 8, 2022   Return Words Hannah May-Lee Wong Aladdin the hit musical makes its way to Singapore, the only stop in Asia. I know, I know … the location isn’t the most convenient for us Malaysians. But if you just happen to be passing by or are there on a holiday with the kids, this could be the perfect pass time to add to your itinerary.  A real treat for Aladdin fans, the show features a staggering 337 sparkling costumes (not kidding, we were also told around 500,000 Swarovski crystals were used), a super-fit

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Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei, An Inspiration & A Force To Behold

Home Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei, An Inspiration & A Force To Behold May 8, 2022   Return WORDS PANK JIT SIN The legendary shuttler needs no introduction. His recent retirement from professional badminton left friends and foes shattered and the badminton scene will never be the same. For the past decade, the sport of badminton was represented by the rivalry of two giants—our very own Datuk Wira Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan, of China. Their on-court matches were the stuff of legends and any tournaments with the possibility of them clashing would draw in the crowds. In honour of one of

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Have diabetes? Watch out for heart disease!

Home Have diabetes? Watch out for heart disease! May 8, 2022   Return WORDS PANK JIT SIN The vast majority of people know about the link between type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) or simply diabetes and its link to kidney disease, limb amputation, and blindness. But do you also know that if you suffer from type 2 diabetes, you are four times more likely to develop heart failure than regular folk?1 While this may not ring alarm bells, it is important to note that 3.5 million Malaysians are suffering from type 2 diabetes today and this number is expected to increase to 7 million

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Make Way For These aMMAzing Athletes!

Home Make Way For These aMMAzing Athletes! May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG To give our readers a little background, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is a full-contact combat sport using a mix of martial arts techniques such as karate, Muay Thai, jiu-jitsu, taekwondo, etc. This month, HealthToday goes behind the fight scenes to talk to acclaimed MMA athletes: Agilan “The Alligator” Thani, Ann “Athena” Osman and Ev “The Extraterrestrial” Ting.   THE MALAYSIAN ALLIGATOR Known as “The Alligator” in the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) wrestling ring, the cheeky and perhaps unassuming 23-year-old Agilan Thani is right on track to becoming

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Magnificent Jolie

Home Magnificent Jolie May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG Oscar-winning actress, humanitarian and mother of six—Angelina Jolie is back on the big screen as Maleficent this October. Read on as she graces HealthToday’s cover this Breast Cancer Awareness month. A FAMILY HISTORY Growing up, Angelina Jolie wasn’t your average girl. Born in Los Angeles to legendary actor Jon Voight and late actress Marcheline Bertrand, Angelina was a child among the stars. With her poise, charisma, and natural good looks, it’s no surprise Angelina chose to continue running the “family business” in acting. Though she came from a prominent family, she

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Pew! Pew! Pew! Die, Lung Cancer, Die!

Home Pew! Pew! Pew! Die, Lung Cancer, Die! May 8, 2022   Return WORDS PANK JIT SIN Dr Anand SachithanandanConsultant Cardiothoracic SurgeonPresident of Lung Cancer Network Malaysia Dr Tho Lye MunConsultant Clinical OncologistVice President of Lung Cancer Network Malaysia   How is precision achieved? When it comes to cancers, no two are the same. We tend to think that each cancer is the result of a mutation. However, as the cancer grows, more and more mutations may appear in the mass of cancer cells. Over time, the dominant type of mutation changes, and therefore, someone on treatment and who is seemingly under control

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There’s Nothing Holding Him Back

Home There’s Nothing Holding Him Back May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG This month, we shine the spotlight on Vine star turned pop-icon: Shawn Mendes. This young man may have only just turned 21, but Shawn Mendes has been dominating music charts all over the world for years now. His latest selftitled hit album, Shawn Mendes earned him four number one spots on the Billboard pop song charts just before he turned 20 last year—making him one of the hottest, youngest and most influential artists in the current music scene.1 From the vine Shawn Mendes was born in Ontario, Canada to

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The Rise Of Daisy Ridley

Home The Rise Of Daisy Ridley May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON The 27-year-old star of the newest Star Wars trilogy opens up about life under the spotlight and coping with endometriosis. Daisy Jazz Isobel Ridley was born for the limelight. When she was a young girl, the English actress would watch Matilda over and over. The titular character was intelligent, feisty, and brave in face of adversity—a character that Ridley aspires to emulate. As she was a rambunctious child, her parents eventually encouraged the 9-year-old to audition for the prestigious Tring Park School for the Performing Arts. To her parents’ delight, Ridley was

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Influenza A viral message, more viral than the virus itself

Home Influenza A viral message, more viral than the virus itself May 8, 2022   Return Social media is a powerful tool to connect and bring people closer. Unfortunately, it is also the prime source of misinformation and fear mongering. Recently, I chanced upon a message which reads like this: “Hi family, there are cases of influenza fever spreading in Malaysia. It is suspected to be new strand which is harmful and causing infection to brain and death. So far there are 4 cases in Taiping, 2 cases in Hospital Kuala Lumpur and 2 cases in the hospital my brother is working.

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CORONAVIRUS 2019-nCoV: A LITTLE COMMON SENSE GOES A LONG WAY

Home CORONAVIRUS 2019-nCoV: A LITTLE COMMON SENSE GOES A LONG WAY May 8, 2022   Return WORDS PANK JIT SIN The world is abuzz with news, and even more fake news on the new viral outbreak, which was first identified in Wuhan, the capital of Hubei province, in December 2019. The city has 11 million people according to a 2018 census, in a land area of 8,494 km2.1 In comparison, Peninsular Malaysia has a total land area of 132,265 km2 and a population of 26 million. Comparing their population densities, Wuhan has approximately 1,295 persons per km2 while Peninsular Malaysia has 197 persons per km2. From

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“It’s A Universal Story”: Awkwafina On The Farewell And Finding Laughter After Loss

Home “It’s A Universal Story”: Awkwafina On The Farewell And Finding Laughter After Loss May 8, 2022   Return WORDS RACHEL SOON “I know a lot of comedians whose comedy … is a symptom of adversity that they experienced as children. I think that’s where I pulled from too.”Crazy Rich Asians and The Farewell star Nora Lum, a.k.a. Awkwafina, talks about her experiences with loss in the family and the ways people collectively cope with grief. “I felt odd and uncomfortable when adults cried to me … So I started trying to make [them] laugh.” As she’ll admit herself, Awkwafina’s characters on the

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SARIMAH SPEAKS HER MIND: THE TRUTH ABOUT MOTHERHOOD

Home SARIMAH SPEAKS HER MIND: THE TRUTH ABOUT MOTHERHOOD May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG As Malaysians, most of us recognize the gorgeously charismatic Che Puan Sarimah Ibrahim. We watched her on NTV7, Astro, TV3, we heard her on Red FM and Mix FM, some of us even had the chance of attending events where she was the emcee; it’s clear that this half-Irish Malaysian beauty has been around and is here to stay. But something about her has changed lately: she’s become a mother. In this intimate and exclusive interview, Sarimah chats with us about life, motherhood and how taking care of

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Help, I can’t stop touching my face!

Home Help, I can’t stop touching my face! May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG The coronavirus outbreak had public health officials constantly reminding us not to touch our faces. But the warnings highlighted an unexpected issue—many of us can’t stop, even we wanted to. How often do we do it? A study conducted by an Australian University on hand hygiene found that out of the 26 medical students that were observed, each of them touched their faces an average of 23 times per hour.1 WHY CAN’T WE STOP? Apart from face-touching being a habit we’ve had almost all our lives;

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ALLERGIC TO FACE MASKS?

Home ALLERGIC TO FACE MASKS? May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON According to consultant dermatologist Dr Irene Lee Chew Kek of Sunway Medical Centre Velocity, face mask allergy isn’t common, but it can happen. Studies on this phenomenon were made during the SARS pandemic between 2002 and 2004, with face mask allergy being categorized as one of the occupational health hazards faced by healthcare workers. TYPES OF FACE MASK ALLERGY Contact allergy. People with this problem will experience a flare up of skin allergy right below the area of contact with the face mask. The rashes are red, scaly, dry

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Useful Tips for Pregnant Moms during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Home Useful Tips for Pregnant Moms during the Covid-19 Pandemic May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG As we unravel more information about the COVID-19 virus that’s taking the world by storm, we now know that people of all ages can be infected. However, there are groups of people that may be more vulnerable to the virus due to having a lower immunity. These include the elderly, those with pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes or heart disease) and pregnant women. No evidence that baby is at risk when the mother has COVID-19 Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Dr Ramesh Marimuthu assures

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COVID-19: WHEN WE WIN ONE WAR, WE LOSE ANOTHER?

Home COVID-19: WHEN WE WIN ONE WAR, WE LOSE ANOTHER? May 8, 2022   Return A contribution from Dr Hardip Singh Gendeh, Professor Dato Dr Hanafiah Harunarashid, and Dr Levin Kesu Belani As we start a new day afresh, we are greeted by news of SARS-CoV-2, its growing fatalities and the nations that are leading the score board. Governments are controlling numbers through public health efforts of restricted movements and social distancing. Tracing of personal details to turn the tide Earlier battles are won by contact tracing via cluster identification and isolation. We are made to divulge where we have been, people

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Investment Needed for Better Data to Avoid a Potential Surgical Waiting Time Crisis

Home Investment Needed for Better Data to Avoid a Potential Surgical Waiting Time Crisis May 8, 2022   Return A contribution from Professor Dato Dr Hanafiah Harunarashid and Dr Husyairi Harunarashid The implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on surgical waiting lists are profound, including a dramatic rise in cost and further delay in the waiting times for elective surgical procedures. New measures were put in place to counter the significant increased risk of mortality following surgery in patients with active COVID-19 infection, which was reported recently in a global study. Whilst the professional community of surgeons have already made a call for

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CAST AWAY WITH COVID-19

Home CAST AWAY WITH COVID-19 May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson were in Gold Coast, Australia as Tom was set to film an Elvis Presley biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann. Their trip was turned upside down when the 63-year-old actor and his wife experienced flu-like symptoms. According to the actor’s Instagram (@tomhanks), here’s how things went down: “We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and somebody aches.  Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LUNG CANCER

Home WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT LUNG CANCER May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG According to the Malaysian National Cancer Registry Report (2012-2016), lung cancer is the third most common cancer in our nation. However, late diagnosis of the disease is common in our country. Only 3 to 4% of those diagnosed with lung cancer are in Stage I, while up to 90% are in Stage III or Stage IV.  What are the symptoms? Respiratory and internal medicine specialist Dr Ronald Lim Chor Kuan explains: “This disease causes very limited symptoms and may even be asymptomatic at the early

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FEELING STUFFY? IT MIGHT BE SINUSITIS

Home FEELING STUFFY? IT MIGHT BE SINUSITIS May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG According to Ear, Nose, & Throat (ENT) Consultant Dr Kaw Bee Lian,  sinuses are air-filled cavities in our skull. There are 4 groups of sinuses: Frontal sinus, located in the forehead Maxillary sinus, located in both cheek regions Sphenoidal sinus, located behind the nose Ethmoidal sinus, located in between the eye and nasal bridges What is sinusitis? Sinusitis is an inflammation or swelling of the mucosal lining of the sinuses. It can be caused by a viral, bacterial or fungal infection.  People who are more prone to sinus problems include: Those with nasal septal

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SUPPLEMENTS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

Home SUPPLEMENTS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON During a time of pandemic such as COVID-19, we may see a surge of consumption of supplements in an effort to boost one’s defense against infectious diseases. Professor Dr Hans Hauner from the Technical University of Munich recently published an article that reviewed the evidence—or lack of, in some cases—supporting the use of certain supplements. Vitamin D He points out that there are plausible indications that vitamin D may have positive health-related effects. However, he notes that these indications are the results of studies conducted on cell cultures and

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THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT BREAST CANCER

Home THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT BREAST CANCER May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG According to the Malaysian National Cancer Registry Report (2012-2016), there has been a rise in cancer cases in recent years, with breast cancer being among the most common cancers in Malaysia. More alarmingly, it was reported that 63.7 per cent of breast cancer cases were diagnosed at stage III and IV. In conjunction with breast cancer awareness month, consultant oncologist Dr Hafizah Zaharah Ahmad and consultant breast and endocrine surgeon Dr Suziah Mokhtar highlight some important things to know about breast cancer.   Go for regular screening

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THE NEW NATIONAL IMMUNISATION SCHEDULE

Home THE NEW NATIONAL IMMUNISATION SCHEDULE May 8, 2022   Return This year, the Ministry of Health Malaysia once again made improvements to the NIP by introducing a 6-in-1 vaccine and announcing a new immunisation schedule. The Director General of Health, Tan Sri Dato’ Seri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, issued a statement recently regarding the introduction of this vaccine and the change to the new immunisation schedule for children who get their immunisation at Ministry of Health Clinics. He said, “The switch in the immunisation schedule is done following the change in the type of vaccine used, from the 5-in-1 vaccine to

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THE ART OF CAREGIVING PART 1

Home THE ART OF CAREGIVING PART 1 May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON USEFUL HACKS FOR EVERY CAREGIVER Medical check-ups will be part and parcel of an older person’s normal routine.  Send your loved one to medical check-ups as prescribed by their healthcare team. What can you do when your loved one resist going to these check-ups?  Learn the reason for refusal. For example, if they were embarrassed of undressing in front of a stranger, you can find a specialist of the same sex to minimize their discomfort.   Enlist another family member or a friend trusted by your loved

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NEW REFERRAL PROGRAMME

Home NEW REFERRAL PROGRAMME May 8, 2022   Return REFERRAL PROGRAMME When you subscribe to HealthToday, you don’t just get great discounts. Now, you can get rewards for inviting your friends and family members to subscribe as well!   How to Get Your HealthToday Bonus Get a unique referral code when you become a new subscriber. Refer up to 3 friends and family members. When someone becomes a new subscriber using your referral code, you will have 3 bonus issues added to your ongoing subscription as our angpow to you. That means, you will now get 14 issues for the price of

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THE ART OF CAREGIVING PART 2

Home THE ART OF CAREGIVING PART 2 May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON   Many changes will occur as one ages. Your loved ones may experience difficulties adjusting to changes to their health, ability to carry out their daily activities, and more; this perceived loss of control or independence could affect their mental well-being as well.   Here are some ways to help your loved one feel still in control over their life and maintain a positive state of mind.   Let loved ones remain involved in making decisions that affect their lives, as long as they are mentally capable

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THE ART OF CAREGIVING PART 3

Home THE ART OF CAREGIVING PART 3 May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON As your loved one ages, there may come a time when they become bedridden and require more specific care.   Emotional well-being Continue to engage your loved one into being part of the family whenever possible. Help your loved one communicate with friends and family members using WhatsApp, Facetime, etc. Even if your loved one couldn’t speak, they will appreciate being spoken to by friends and family members. Encourage friends and family members to pay your loved one a visit.   Feeding Let loved ones feed themselves

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ALL ABOUT EPILEPSY PART 1

Home ALL ABOUT EPILEPSY PART 1 May 8, 2022   Return WORDS ABRAHAM MATHEW SAJI Epilepsy is a chronic and non-communicable disorder of the brain that causes unprovoked and recurrent seizures, resulting in brief episodes of involuntary jerky movement of a part or full body. These spontaneous attacks may be accompanied with loss of consciousness and control of bladder and/or bowel functions, depending on the type and severity of the attack. Anyone can develop an epileptic condition; but its prevalence is more in young children and older adults than middle age, and more in males than in females. Epilepsy has no cure for

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HPV DNA TESTING FOR MORE ACCURATE DETECTION OF CERVICAL CANCER

Home HPV DNA TESTING FOR MORE ACCURATE DETECTION OF CERVICAL CANCER May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON   According to the Human Papillomavirus and Related Diseases Report on Malaysia 2019, cervical cancer ranks as the third leading cause of female cancer in Malaysia and the second most common female cancer in women aged 15 to 44 years. Approximately 1,682 new cervical cancer cases are diagnosed annually in Malaysia. Human papillomavirus (HPV) infection is a well-established cause of cervical cancer and there is growing evidence of HPV being a relevant factor in other anogenital cancers (vulva, vagina, anus and penis) as

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ALL ABOUT EPILEPSY PART 2

Home ALL ABOUT EPILEPSY PART 2 May 8, 2022   Return WORDS ABRAHAM MATHEW SAJI   Causes of Epilepsy and its Seizures In a majority of cases, the underlying cause of the epileptic seizure cannot be determined. The most possible causes may include: Traumatic brain injury Scarring on the brain after a brain injury (post-traumatic epilepsy) Serious illness or very high fever Stroke (leading cause of epilepsy in people over age 35) Other vascular diseases such as lack of oxygen to the brain Brain tumor or cyst Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease Maternal drug use Prenatal injury and lack of oxygen at birth Brain

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HEALTHIER OPTIONS FOR TAKEOUT FOOD

Home HEALTHIER OPTIONS FOR TAKEOUT FOOD May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG   Food delivery services are now more efficient than ever. With the tap of a button, we have access to almost any kind of cuisine imaginable. With that convenience however, it’s all too easy to treat each takeout order as an occasion to over-indulge. As the pandemic still goes on, we should be prioritizing the nutritional value of our food, to support a healthy body. Thankfully, this is perfectly possible with takeaway food if we make the right choices. Here are a few pointers on how: 1. Order

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JOURNEY THROUGH INFERTILITY TOGETHER

Home JOURNEY THROUGH INFERTILITY TOGETHER May 7, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG Although having a baby is a straightforward and natural process for many couples, according to fertility specialist Dr Farah Leong Rahman, infertility affects 1 in 7 couples. Factors that can affect fertility Dr Farah shares that some of the causes of infertility can include: Irregular ovulation (often seen in women with polycystic ovaries) Blocked or damaged fallopian tubes Endometriosis Poor semen quality (in men) Certain medical treatments or procedures, such as cancer treatment and surgeries on the female reproductive organs, can also affect fertility rate. In a quarter of

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3 IMPORTANT STEPS TO ENSURE A HEALTHY PREGNANCY & BABY

Home WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SCOLIOSIS May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON   TAKE FOLIC ACID “Folic acid is very important for pregnant women. It can prevent abnormalities of the brain and central nervous system,” says Professor Dr Nazimah Idris, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist. She recommends to start taking folic acid at least 3 months before getting pregnant, and to continue for at least 3 months into pregnancy.    GET THE NECESSARY SHOTS, IF YOU HAVEN’T YET Infections such as rubella can also produce structural abnormalities in the baby. However, with vaccination programmes in place, incidence of this

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KEEP TRACK OF THESE DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES

Home KEEP TRACK OF THESE DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG   Each child grows and develops at a different pace. However, consultant neonatologist Dr Hasmawati Hassan explains that there are certain developmental milestones that parents should keep track of, to ensure their child is growing at a healthy rate. More importantly, monitoring a child’s developmental milestones closely allows parents to pick up developmental delays early, if they are present. Early detection of developmental delays and getting the appropriate intervention may be helpful in minimizing its impact on the child’s overall growth. Dr Hasmawati shares a few early

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RUNNING A FOOD BUSINESS FROM HOME? GET YOUR TYPHOID VACCINE.

Home RUNNING A FOOD BUSINESS FROM HOME? GET YOUR TYPHOID VACCINE. May 8, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG   The Covid-19 pandemic has brought on a challenging time for those who have lost their jobs or have had their income cut. To make ends meet, many have set up small food and delivery businesses from home, as an alternative way of making a living.    Seeing this trend, the Academy of Occupational and Environmental Medicine Malaysia (AOEMM), in partnership with CARING MOMS on Facebook, launched a health education campaign themed Healthy Food Handlers, Food Safety Assured (Pengendali Sihat, Makanan Selamat).  

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DON’T FORGET TO SIT STRAIGHT!

Home DON’T FORGET TO SIT STRAIGHT! May 7, 2022   Return WORDS HANNHA MAY-LEE WONG   During the pandemic, children are increasingly spending time hunched over their electronic devices. Matt Kan warns that long hours of sitting, poor posture and slouching when using electronic devices can negatively affect a child’s spine health in the long run. According to Mr Kan, children between 8 and 15 years old go through growth spurts and bone development. During this time, sitting on chairs for too long, coupled to a lack of exercise, can increase the risk of developing spine issues amongst children of this age group.

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A NEW WAY OF DETECTING HEART BLOCKAGES

Home A NEW WAY OF DETECTING HEART BLOCKAGES May 7, 2022   Return WORDS HANNHA MAY-LEE WONG   Coronary artery disease happens when plaque accumulates in the walls of the arteries, the blood vessels that supply blood to the heart. Over time, plaque build-up can make the arteries stiff and narrow, decreasing blood flow to the heart. A complete blockage in these blood vessels can lead to a life-threatening heart attack. Hence, early diagnosis of coronary artery disease can save lives. INTRAVASCULAR ULTRASOUND (IVUS) TECHNOLOGY This is a diagnostic tool for coronary artery disease. How it works is that it uses sound waves

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COVID-19 VACCINE AND PREGNANT WOMEN

Home COVID-19 VACCINE AND PREGNANT WOMEN May 7, 2022   Return   WORDS LIM TECK CHOON   Is it true that the COVID-19 vaccine may harm pregnant mothers and their foetus? The vaccines that are currently available in Malaysia can be used by pregnant mums. However, mRNA vaccines are preferred as these vaccines has the most safety data available to date. In a country like Malaysia, where these vaccines are available, pregnant women should be offered this vaccine.   Why should pregnant women receive the COVID-19 vaccine? Pregnancy can increase a woman’s risk of developing severe COVID-19, needing assistance to breathe, and ICU admission.

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DOES THE COVID-19 VACCINE INTERACT WITH ANAESTHESIA ADMINISTERED DURING SURGERY?

Home DOES THE COVID-19 VACCINE INTERACT WITH ANAESTHESIA ADMINISTERED DURING SURGERY? May 7, 2022   Return   WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG   As more people get their COVID-19 vaccination appointments, some may start to wonder whether they should delay their elective surgeries. A common worry is that the vaccine might interact with the anaesthesia administered during surgery and this may cause an adverse reaction. According to consultant anaesthesiologist Dr Mohamad Fadhil Hadi, many of these concerns stem from misinformation that is circulating online.   YES, IT IS SAFE TO FOR SURGERY Dr Mohamad Fadhil Hadi assures that it is safe to go for scheduled

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WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SCOLIOSIS

Home WHAT PARENTS SHOULD KNOW ABOUT SCOLIOSIS May 8, 2022   Return   WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG   Scoliosis happens when the spine forms an abnormal sideways curve—usually in a C-shape or S-shape. People affected by scoliosis are most often diagnosed during their growth spurt years, usually between the ages of 10 to 17.   ARE HEAVY SCHOOL BAGS TO BLAME? As scoliosis is usually diagnosed in a child’s schooling years, many parents mistakenly believe that heavy school bags are the cause of scoliosis. However, Dr Lim Sze Wei assures that this is only a myth. He explains, “Research and medical reports have

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PNEUMONIA: STILL A THREAT IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

Home PNEUMONIA: STILL A THREAT IN THE TIME OF COVID-19 May 8, 2022   Return   WORDS LIM TECK CHOON   In a time when COVID-19 is still at the forefront of our minds, we should not overlook other infectious diseases that are still a threat to our health—diseases that can be easily prevented or have their severity reduced through appropriate vaccinations.   Pneumonia is the Second Leading Cause of Death in Malaysia over the Last Decade According to the Department of Statistics Malaysia (DOSM), in 2019, it contributed to approximately 12.2% of deaths in the country. During a recent ceremony in which

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PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST CERVICAL CANCER!

Home PROTECT YOURSELF AGAINST CERVICAL CANCER! May 8, 2022   Return   WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG   Cervical cancer is a type of cancer that grows on the cervix—the lower part of the uterus which connects the uterus to the vagina. Most cases of cervical cancer are caused by the human papilloma virus (HPV).  Associate Professor Dr Ganesh Ramachandran notes that there are almost 100 subtypes of HPV. That said, not all HPV cause cancer. He explains that cervical cancer does not occur immediately after exposure to HPV. In fact, about 90% of women recover after a HPV infection. However, some types of

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3 WAYS TO HELP YOUR KID OVERCOME THEIR SEPARATION ANXIETY

Home 3 WAYS TO HELP YOUR KID OVERCOME THEIR SEPARATION ANXIETY May 8, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON   LET THE CHILD IN EARLY ON WHAT THEY CAN EXPECT AT SCHOOL, AND MAKE IT SEEM FUN AND EXCITING One way to reduce your child’s separation anxiety, Dr Yong advises, is to let them know in advance what being in a classroom will be like. “Make it sound exciting instead of fearful,” she says. “Use phrases such as ‘You are so lucky’ to reduce your child’s worries.”   SEND YOUR CHILD OFF AND BE THERE WHEN SCHOOL DAY IS OVER If you

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Deal or no deal?

Home Deal or no deal? May 8, 2022   Return Negotiating with kids can result in a win-win situation. Negotiations are part and parcel of the corporate world. A good discussion results in a win-win situation, an understanding that is mutually beneficial as it is binding. The benefits of bargaining can actually go beyond the boardroom, as something that can get moms and kids on the same page when it comes to things such as new purchases, homework and TV time. Boardroom tactics Ros Fajardo, mom to 9-year old Russ, put this into practice when they drew up a list of daily

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Getting Your Kids to Eat Right at School

Home Getting Your Kids to Eat Right at School May 8, 2022   Return Smart eating is all about eating right in order to lead a healthy lifestyle. It is also easier to do than most people think – even kids can do it with the right advice and support from their parents! Now that the kids are off to school, parents should ensure that their children continue to eat healthily. You may be wondering, “My kids are in school! How can I watch over what they are eating?” Well, here are some tips to help parents like you get started. Make

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First Day School Jitters

Home First Day School Jitters May 8, 2022   Return It’s the first day of school for your precious little one. She clings on to you as you both step into her kindergarten. Her eyes overflow with tears as she starts to sob loudly. Sigh! So much drama on the first day at school … So, how do you handle your darling’s anxiety attacks as he steps into a new world? Have no fear. HealthToday is here to guide you and your little one through one of life’s most challenging experiences. Start early It’s good to teach your child skills she needs

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Mommy, I Want My Blankie!

Home Mommy, I Want My Blankie! May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next Have you seen a kid walk into a restaurant with a little bolster tightly clamped in his arm, and wondered why his mum would let her child hold on to it when it was not even bedtime? Have you seen a kid in an amusement park, enjoying herself in the ball pit with a blanket stuck to her tiny mouth? Well, these little items we often see children lug around are known as security blankets. The term security blanket is defined as a comfort item a child is attached

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Dating in the Digital Age

Home Dating in the Digital Age May 8, 2022   Return The road in search for love and companionship is quite the busy highway. Someone, somewhere around the world, or even next door to you, could be logging on to the internet right now to embark on the journey of possibly finding true love, searching for a friend to chat with or planning their first date with someone.   ”Lonely in KL, hoping to meet …” The World Wide Web makes it easy for everyone to connect – especially, the lonely hearts. Anyone above the age of consent and who has access

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Smart Parenting in Modern Times

Home Smart Parenting in Modern Times May 8, 2022   Return Many of us remember how strict our parents were back when we were young, and it was not uncommon for many of us to be at the receiving end of a smack or a whack of the rotan. However, these days, what worked for our parents might not work for us when it comes to our children. So said Zaid Mohamad, a well-known parental coach and author, during the recent Cita-cita with Wyeth Nutrition event at KidZania Kuala Lumpur. While presenting his talk Role Model: From Nagging to Coaching, he pointed

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Keeping Junior Safe on the Road

Home Keeping Junior Safe on the Road May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next Road accidents happen as much as we hate to think about them and as much as we try our best to avoid them. You may be stuck in a massive holiday season-induced jam, your car crawling at a snail’s pace with your children in the back constantly asking “Are we there yet?” when suddenly, the driver of the car behind yours accidentally steps on the accelerator instead of the brake causing his car’s front bumper to ram into your car’s back bumper. Not a great way to start the

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A Spoonful of Sugar

Home A Spoonful of Sugar May 7, 2022   Return “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down,” sang Mary Poppins as she tried to get the naughty Banks children to take their medicine. Well, you can put all that sugar away, as here are some tips to help you get your children to take their cough medicine without too much fuss. Smile, it’s medicine time! Look happy when you’re about to give your child cough medicine. Children are good at picking up negative tones or body language. So, project some positive vibes to your child! Smile at your child, play

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A Terror in the Night

Home A Terror in the Night May 7, 2022   Return “Mommy, don’t let them catch me! They are coming to take me away!” screams the little boy as he jumps off his bed from his sleep, trembling in fear, dashing left and right in total confusion. His mother comforts him but he continues his loud screams, hyperventilating as he fixes his gaze on a corner of his room as if someone was waiting there to get him. Does that sound like something out of a horror story? Except it’s not. That episode was one of the many experienced by a mother

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The Breastfeeding Adventures of a Modern Day Mommy

Home The Breastfeeding Adventures of a Modern Day Mommy May 8, 2022   Return Dr Tan Sue Yee is a lecturer at the International Medical University – she specialises in matters related to healthy diets and good nutrition – and an active member of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia. She is also the mother of Yong En, who will turn 4 this August, and Yong Hui, who just turned 5 months old in April. Dr Tan exclusively breastfed Yong En – this means offering her daughter only breast milk and not other kinds of milk for the first 6 months of life

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Smells like Teen Spirit

Home Smells like Teen Spirit May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next It seems like it was just yesterday when you were the hero in your son’s eyes and your daughter would be more than happy to accompany you to pick an outfit for the evening. These days, your now-teenage children seem lost in their own world; uninterested in what you have to say and even challenging you in some situations. Whether you are ready for it or not, your ‘little babies’ have entered teenage hood – a confusing, and at times frustrating, period of change for teens and their parents alike.

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When a Breastfeeding Mommy Goes Back to Work

Home When a Breastfeeding Mommy Goes Back to Work May 8, 2022   Return Time can pass very quickly when one is a mother. It seemed like it was only yesterday when one’s child was just an adorable baby, and she seems to be growing up so quickly with every day! Also, just around the corner is the end of the mothers’ maternity leave. While some mothers may welcome a return to a familiar routine, most may experience a twinge of concern about how they can continue to breastfeed their little ones when they return to work. It’s best to get prepared

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“But I’m bored, Mum!”

Home “But I’m bored, Mum!” May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next “There’s a 104 days of summer vacation and school comes along just to end it. So the annual problem for our generation, is finding a good way to spend it!”  Well, parents of young children ought to recognize the lyrics as they are from the theme song of the popular children’s television series, Phineas and Ferb. At least they had spontaneous grand plans on how to spend their holidays, giving their mother her overdue rest; but that’s not the case for most of us. Many parents dread school breaks with

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My Child is a Bully…

Home My Child is a Bully… May 7, 2022   Return Previous Next When news of an 8 year-old boy in Klang who chose to snip his own tongue instead of taking a punch to his face from five bullies in his school spread all over the local media back in March this year, the public was outraged. While this boy is fortunate to still have his tongue (despite the trauma he will probably grow up with, thanks to bullying), what are be the thoughts and fate of the five bullies and their families? Many wanted to see those boys punished for

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Back to Basics

Home Back to Basics May 8, 2022   Return It goes without saying that parenthood is no walk in the park – and even more so if you are a working parent. Trying to juggle parenthood and work duties at the same time can take a toll on just about anybody. This is why it does not come as a surprise that some parents tend to overlook their children’s basic needs. What are a child’s basic needs, you may ask? Let’s take a look at a few of them. Get a good night’s rest Adequate sleep is vital for your children as

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Parents Are Not Helicopters!

Home Parents Are Not Helicopters! May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next Once you become a parent, you would like to believe you are doing your very best for your child. There are no fixed rules on how to parent one’s children, but studies have identified various parenting styles: tiger moms, panda dads … and the subject of this article, helicopter parents. The latter is a term widely used to describe many parents today. When parents hover A helicopter parent is basically a very overprotective parent. They constantly hover over their children (hence, the term ‘helicopter parent’), obsessively planning for and micromanaging

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Screening the Baby Bump

Home Screening the Baby Bump May 8, 2022   Return The longer a couple wait to have a child, their risk of having a baby that carries a genetic disease (Down syndrome, Patau syndrome, etc) increases. This is because the egg and the sperm both have a higher chance of becoming defective as one ages. This is especially documented in women. Table 1 shows the risk of a woman bearing a child with Down syndrome as she ages. Table 1. A woman’s risk of bearing a child with Down syndrome Maternal age Risk of Down Syndrome 25 1 in 1,300 30 1

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Teaching Your Tot Table Manners

Home Teaching Your Tot Table Manners May 7, 2022   Return Previous Next When was the last time you ate out with your toddler? If you answer with a ‘never’, you aren’t the only one. For many new parents, eating out with their young child is a foreign and impossible notion. Why eat out when mealtimes with a toddler at home are already stressful enough, right? Mind their P’s & Q’s If you are a new parent, trying to coax your toddler into finishing their vegetables (and failing miserably), picking bits of spaghetti off the dining room walls, removing crumbs from their

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Taking a Shot for Two

Home Taking a Shot for Two May 7, 2022   Return For every mother-to-be, she will do all in her power to ensure the safety and well-being of the little one she is carrying. However, many often overlook one important aspect of protection: immunization.  Women are generally encouraged to get immunized before pregnancy, as not all vaccines are safe during pregnancy. Doing so allows her to build up a store of antibodies and strengthen her immune system before pregnancy (which is when the immune system is naturally weaker than normal). If she has not been able to get herself immunized prior to

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Table for Two and a Half

Home Table for Two and a Half May 7, 2022   Return Previous Next After a month or two of nursing and caring for your baby at home, you may wish to leave the house once in a while, perhaps for a meal at a favourite restaurant. More importantly, bringing your baby out for a meal can be a learning experience for your curious little one – it is a good way to expose your baby to fascinating sounds and sights as well as to introduce the little darling to your friends or other family members. There are also times when you

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Complements for a New Mother

Home Complements for a New Mother May 7, 2022   Return Motherhood is an exciting and joyous experience for many women, but it comes with its own share of challenges. A new mother will have more specific requirements in the first two years after delivery, wherein her body will be working extra hard to meet the demands of lactation, sleepless nights and adapting to a new routine.  Her body will also need to recover from delivering the baby, especially if the delivery was difficult. On paper, the golden rules for new mothers seem simple enough:  adequate rest, a daily nutrient-rich and balanced

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Tale of Two Daddies

Home Tale of Two Daddies May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next This November, HealthToday celebrates the very special men in our lives by raising a toast to all those fathers who go the extra mile to make sure that their children get the best TLC and guidance. We shine the spotlight on two such daddies: our very own first commercial astronaut Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and popular actor Aaron Aziz. Star Daddy Malaysia’s celebrated commercial astronaut shares how he is guiding his children to reach for the stars. Good looking and well-spoken, Malaysia’s first commercial astronaut Datuk Dr Sheikh Muszaphar

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Start from Young, Good for Life

Home Start from Young, Good for Life May 7, 2022   Return Dr Rohaida Abdul Halim   Lecturer/Paediatric Dentistry Specialist, Faculty of Dentistry, University Teknologi MARA Just like all good habits, good eating habits and oral hygiene – such as daily cleaning of the mouth and teeth – should be taught to children from a young age. The earlier they start, the more likely they will adopt these good habits for life. Before your child’s teeth arrive You should clean your child’s mouth regularly even before his teeth erupt. This helps to create a clean environment for the primary teeth to emerge into. You can

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Helping Children with Dyslexia: Mommy, why can’t I write like other people?

Home Helping Children with Dyslexia: Mommy, why can’t I write like other people? May 8, 2022   Return Selina Ding Wai Eng   Educational and Clinical Psychologist, Ding Child Psychology Centre Selina Ding reads dyslexia better than most, as she is one of the few child development specialists in this country who are heavily invested in developing programmes for dyslexic children. Dyslexia: what is it? “Dyslexia is more than just a reading problem,” explains Selina. “It is actually a layman term used to describe a specific learning disorder.” She goes on to explain that there are three types of learning disorders – impairment in

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Helping Children with Dyslexia: Helping a Child Live with Dyslexia

Home Helping Children with Dyslexia: Helping a Child Live with Dyslexia May 8, 2022   Return Most clinical and educational psychologists who can diagnose dyslexia often offer programmes to help children cope with this condition. Such programmes may differ slightly depending on the centre, says Selina Ding, so it is up to the parents to pick a programme that the child is most comfortable and happy with. The Dyslexia Programme in Selina’s private practice, like many programmes out there, is based on the well-known Orton-Gillingham method, an approach well-known for its flexibility and structure as well as its ability to help dyslexic

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Go for the Eyes!

Home Go for the Eyes! May 8, 2022   Return Previous Next As parents, we surely do not want our children to be forced to wear glasses from an early age. Fortunately, there are simple little things that you can do to protect the vision of your little ones. Do’s: Eye examination:  Send your kids for an eye examination to detect potential eye problems early and while they are treatable. Your child should be receiving their first comprehensive eye test at 6-months old, an additional eye exam at age 3 and just before they enter primary 1 – around 6 or 7 years

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7 Homework Motivation Tips that Work

Home 7 Homework Motivation Tips that Work May 7, 2022   Return All children go through a phase where they just don’t feel like doing their homework, sometimes. So, what can you do to motivate them and make studying a fun experience? Tip#1:  Take a break and don’t nag Don’t nag, no matter how much you are tempted to. Some kids are natural rebels, so the more you nag them, the more they will refuse! Just like how you would like a break after a long day at work, your kids need to wind down too after a long day at school.

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Your Child’s First Fast

Home Your Child’s First Fast May 7, 2022   Return Jamilah Binti Abdul Jamil   Dietitian Watching a child grows up brings bittersweet joy to every parent: sweet joy as the child is spreading his wings and finding his way in this world, with a touch of bitter – just a little! – because it is always hard to watch a child grow up and need you a little bit less each day. Fasting, and discovering the spiritual joy in the abstinence, is one of the milestones that a Muslim parent would want her child to experience. HealthToday asked dietitian Jamilah Binti Abdul Jamil

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ABC – Allergy, Bacteria and Children

Home ABC – Allergy, Bacteria and Children May 7, 2022   Return Prof Hugo Van Bever   Professor in Paediatrics, National University Singapore “Do you know that in the past, many years ago, when I was young and handsome, they said that having a big head at birth increased your risk of allergy?” Amused laughter greeted Prof Hugo Van Bever as he took the stage for a talk during the recent  “Gut Microbiata Modulation: From Insights to Clinical Practice” session. Organised by the Obstetrical & Gynaecological Society (OGSM) and the Malaysian Paediatric Association (MPA), the session enabled Prof Hugo to share his insight into the

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It’s Just a Game!

Home It’s Just a Game! May 7, 2022   Return From Pac-man to Pokemon, from Call of Duty to Candy Crush, electronic games have always been a passion for some and a subject of controversy for others. The debate on whether such games are good or bad for children has been going on for some time, with no signs of stopping or coming to a definite conclusion any time soon! Nonetheless, let us take a look at some of the more recent updates from both sides of the fence, so that we can make our own educated decision on the matter. The

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“Mummy, I’m Bleeding!”

Home “Mummy, I’m Bleeding!” May 7, 2022   Return For your little child, the world is full of new and joyful discoveries. Unfortunately, it is only a matter of time when he experiences his first wound. If your child comes to you with tears, the first thing you should do is to keep your cool. Getting worked up would only terrify your child further. Here are some things you can do to help your child calm down while seeing to his wound:  Keep calm. You may feel tempted to scold him, especially when you have been warning him so many times to

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Learning to Learn

Home Learning to Learn May 7, 2022   Return Dr Selina Ding Wai Eng   Clinical & Educational Psychologist, Ding Child Psychology Centre When a child shows signs of having problems at catching up in school, parents get understandably worried. Failure to learn can affect a child’s ability to secure a good future.Furthermore, it can affect the child’s self esteem. However, when extra help in the form of tuition classes and such fail to show improvements in the child, what can the parents do? According to Dr Selina Ding, a clinical and educational psychologist, there are many reasons why a child could have learning

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In Light of Older Mums

Home In Light of Older Mums May 7, 2022   Return Dr Kiren Sidhu   Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur John Lennon once said, “Life is what happens while you are busy making other plans.” This can be true for most of us. We juggle the need to have a career that provides both fulfilment and enough income to support ourselves as well as seeking that elusive life-work balance. For many women, this tends to cause them entering motherhood at an older age compared to their own mothers and grandmothers. This is a phenomenon widely noted and even studied in developed countries

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To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate?

Home To Vaccinate or Not to Vaccinate? May 7, 2022   Return Previous Next Dato Dr Musa Mohd Nordin   Consultant Paediatrician & Neonatologist Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail   Consultant Paediatrician & Paediatric Cardiologist John Lennon was once quoted as saying, “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love.” And it couldn’t be more apt in the case of Megan Sandlin who first took a stance against vaccination when her daughter turned four months old. It started innocently enough. “One day, I was talking with a friend who told me I should be wary of vaccines,” the mother of two recalls in an interview

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#PleaseLikeMe

Home #PleaseLikeMe May 7, 2022   Return #PleaseLikeMe  October 27, 2016 social, media, internet, addiction, facebook, twitter, family, children  Return The strength of social media is deeply rooted in a person’s need to connect with another. The affirmation one gets from online friendships, however, is balanced out by new dangers on the Internet: cyber-bullying, online stalking, and identity theft, among many others. The most subtly dangerous of all these though, is addiction. “Addiction is something that controls you,” says Myrna Sanchez, a senior counsellor at the Center of Family Ministries (CEFAM). “You have no control over it. You can’t not do it; it will keep gnawing at you until finally, you

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Bedtime Blues

Home Bedtime Blues May 7, 2022   Return Previous Next It is 10:00 pm, and your toddler insists on playing horse with her father. When the two of you finally convince the bundle of energy to go to bed, you can only groan when you feel a tug on your sheets, what seems like seconds after you have closed your eyes. You look through bleary eyes at the clock – 1.00 am – and try not to groan as your little darling tells you, “Mummy, pee-pee!!” If you are like many parents, you may believe that you can finally get some reprieve

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Rescheduling Motherhood?

Home Rescheduling Motherhood? May 7, 2022   Return Dr Eeson Sinthamoney Consultant Obstetrician, Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist A sad fact of life is that biology is not feminist in nature. Women may have come a long way when it comes to attaining equal rights and becoming more independent, but human biology remains primordial. A woman’s peak fertility period is still in her late teens to her twenties – a time when she may not be ready to become a mother. By the time she is 35 (ironically the age when she may be ready to settle down), a woman’s chance of conceiving per

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Beating back bullying

Home Beating back bullying May 7, 2022   Return Previous Next Words by Hannah May-Lee Wong Farah Putrinegara A. BahromClinical Psychologist Bullying is a distinctive pattern of harming or humiliating someone who is perceived as weaker, smaller or more vulnerable. It is often an imbalance of power coupled with aggression, where the weaker person is deliberately attacked on more than one occasion. According to clinical psychologist Farah Putrinegara, there are two modes of bullying: direct and indirect. Direct bullying is when a person is targeted, and the bullying happens only between the bully and the victim. Indirect bullying involves other people; for example,

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Life, Love & Autism

Home Life, Love & Autism May 7, 2022   Return Words Lim Teck Choon Dr Sharifah Aida Alhabshi  Consultant Paediatrician The word “autism” keeps ringing in your brain. Your voice breaks and you are tired of discussing it with doctors, family members, friends. You are bombarded by conflicting emotions – confusion, anger, grief, shame, worry. You want to hold your child, but your child shrieks and breaks out of your embrace to stare at something in the distance. It is not pleasant when your child is diagnosed with autism, but it is not the end of the world. It can be, in fact, the

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The Fulfilled Obstetrician

Home The Fulfilled Obstetrician May 7, 2022   Return Interview Mok Shi-Lynn   Dr Nicholas Lim Lye TakConsultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Shi-Lynn (SL): Why did you choose O&G? Nicholas Lim (NL): The interest began when I was a 3rd year medical student. That was the first time I experienced delivering a baby. I still remember that first mother I delivered – it was her 8th child! SL: She’s more experienced than you, I would imagine. NL: Oh, definitely! I didn’t even have to do much. And when the baby was born and she held the baby in her arms, I could see the joy in

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A Child’s First Flight

Home A Child’s First Flight May 7, 2022   Return Words Hannah May-Lee Wong Flying for the first time sure is exciting. Soaring thousands of feet above the air, waving goodbye to the tiny houses below, seeing clouds float by and anticipating arriving at a new destination. Yes, it is an exhilarating experience… right up until the little one gets tired, bored, hungry or scared. To curb a possible meltdown, here are a few tips you can use to keep the young ones happy (or calm, at least).   #1  Snack attack In preparation for countering those hunger tantrums, come armed with your

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Sibling vs. Sibling

Home Sibling vs. Sibling May 7, 2022   Return Previous Next Words Hannah May-Lee Wong Cathie Wu Counselling Psychologist   The relationship between siblings can be complex. If all goes well, a sibling can be a dependable anchor of family support through the course of your life. They will be there to celebrate with you during special occasions, mourn with you through life’s sorrows and reminisce with you about the good old times growing up – they’re your best and greatest ally. Sadly, that’s not always the case in many families. In contrast, a rivalrous and bitter sibling relationship can feel like an

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Safety Tips

Home Safety Tips May 7, 2022   Return Children do not understand danger. They are going to fall, tumble and slip. This is all part of being a child. The more mobile a child is, the more adventurous they are to explore their environment without heeding the dangers that may be lurking about. As parents, our biggest concern is the safety of our children. We want to ensure that our child is able to explore and be a child without having injuries or accidents. Children are sometimes left at home with minimal adult supervision especially when both parents are at work. This

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Have No Fear, My Brave Little One

Home Have No Fear, My Brave Little One May 7, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON Most of us have heard of the story of Little Red Riding Hood. The version we are familiar with is one of many retellings that had been passed down from parent to child over centuries.But do you know that there is a lesser known version, as retold by the Brothers Grimm, which saw Little Red Riding Hood, having survived her encounter with the Big Bad Wolf, meeting another similar wolf in the woods? She eventually sets a trap by pouring the water her grandmother had boiled some

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What Everyone Should Know About IVF (But Usually Doesn’t)

Home What Everyone Should Know About IVF (But Usually Doesn’t) May 7, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON Dr Agilan Arjunan Consultant Gynaecologist & Fertility Specialist   Infertility is an ugly word for many people, especially for those who are hoping to start a family. Yet, it is an undeniable fact that many of us are settling down later than before, at a time when our fertility is usually on a downturn. Thus an increasing number among us are having problems conceiving a child despite our best efforts. It may be due to some issues with the woman’s reproductive ability, but it may also

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Vaccines Cause Autism? Say It Isn’t So!

Home Vaccines Cause Autism? Say It Isn’t So! May 7, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON Back in the 18th century, smallpox was a deadly plague that killed hundreds of thousands of lives. It was only when Edward Jenner discovered that substances taken from cowpox lesions can protect one from being infected with smallpox did the first smallpox vaccine came to be. Even then, despite the vaccine proving to be successful in preventing smallpox and cutting down the number of deaths from the disease, there were people who railed strongly against the vaccine. Religious leaders condemned it as an arrogant attempt by humans

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Armed And Ready … For The School Holidays

Home Armed And Ready … For The School Holidays May 7, 2022   Return WORDS PANK JIT SIN It’s holiday time again and what do we do? We go on holidays. Gone are the days when kids are contented with stayovers at their cousin or friends’ houses. These days, kids INSIST parents bring them to exotic and new places. This, of course, is stressful to us. But being the loving parents we are, we submit to their requests and bring them to new and far off places. While it may be fun to take in new tastes, sights and sounds, there’s something that

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Fun & Inexpensive Ways to Get Your Kids to Learn New Things

Home Fun & Inexpensive Ways to Get Your Kids to Learn New Things May 7, 2022   Return Words Lim Teck Choon Set up a weather station. Have your kids measure rainfall using empty drink bottles or jars and record the daily temperature using a thermometer for a start. They can record everything in a diary. As they become more knowledgeable about the weather, they can graduate to using home-made wind vanes to record the direction of the wind and home-made anemometers to measure wind speed. Hint! There is plenty of information online on how to set up a weather station for kids

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Dads, take care of yourselves too

Home Dads, take care of yourselves too May 7, 2022   Return WORDS RACHEL SOON Parenting is hard, especially when juggling it with household responsibilities and careers. While dads trying to help mums with parenting duties may be thought of as ‘tough guys’, self-care is as important for him as for her. ‘Self-care’ may bring up images of spa days and long baths, but what it really means is “pouring into yourself the resources you need to perform at your best,” according to Jennifer Wolf, a parenting coach and former writer for Verywell Family. She breaks self-care down into five key facets: Physical

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Internet Safety For Children

Home Internet Safety For Children May 7, 2022   Return WORDS JENNIFER F. NETTO There’s nothing more comforting than to have your chicks safely back in the roost as they unwind on their gadgets in the solace of their rooms. But are they truly alone in their rooms and are they truly safe? Online gadgets are windows to another world, and no one is looking out for your child there. So how do we shield them from the unwarranted possibilities that lie in that realm?    INTERNET, A DOUBLE- EDGED SWORD The Internet has evolved tremendously and shrunken the size of the world we

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Baby’s Best Brain Food?

Home Baby’s Best Brain Food? May 7, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON   Dr Catherine Limperopoulous, Ph.D. Director of MRI Research of the Developing Brain Children’s National Washington, D.C., US   BREAST MILK is called liquid gold for a good reason. It is a nutrient-rich food constantly changing in composition based on the baby’s nutritional needs, as well as a source of antibodies to help the baby fight off infections. Remarkably, a baby can grow and thrive solely on breast milk alone for the first 6 months of his or her life. That’s how complete breast milk is as a source of

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New Parents Special

Home New Parents Special May 7, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON Dr Yong Junina Fadzil Consultant Paediatrician & Paediatric Cardiologist Klinik Pakar Kanak-Kanak Junina   Parenting can be both a joyous and nerve-wrecking experience for a new parent In this special feature, we’ll share with you some of the things you can expect and how to make sense of the chaos in the first few weeks. This feature is also a special celebration of a new phase in New Parents—we’re planning exciting events of which this feature is just a sample. Don’t forget to check out our Raising a Champ class, 

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Go Hard or Go Home

Home Go Hard or Go Home May 7, 2022   Return American surfer and shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton once said, “Courage, sacrifice, determination, commitment, toughness, heart, talent, guts. That’s what little girls are made of; the heck with sugar and spice.” Well, if there is any girl who can fit the description, it has got to be our very own professional squash player Low Wee Wern. Speaking to Low Wee Wern, it does not take long for me to realize just how much her maturity belies her age. Only 26 this year, this Malaysian lass is wise beyond her years. Perhaps,

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Hot, Hot, Hot!

Home Hot, Hot, Hot! May 7, 2022   Return Previous Next This year, the El Niño heatwave was the worst in 18 years, according to the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), tying with that in 1997 and 1998. We Malaysians could certainly testify to that, as we have grumbled enough that “the air-con has no effect or tak ada rasa” many times in the last few weeks while fanning ourselves hard! El Niño… problemo! The El Niño is actually a natural phenomenon. Simply put, it describes a situation in which the water of the Pacific Ocean near the equator gets

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Oh, the Nerve!

Home Oh, the Nerve! May 7, 2022   Return You try to ignore the pain in your lower back at first. But as time progresses, so does its intensity. When you bend down to pick up your laundry basket, you feel the familiar dull ache radiating over your lower back. When you reach for a book on the upper shelves, you feel the pain again. Come bedtime, your sweet slumber isn’t so sweet anymore due to you being woken up by the pain at random times in the night. It seems to be seeping into every aspect of your daily routine. Aargh!

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Why Meatless Mondays?

Home Why Meatless Mondays? May 7, 2022   Return Previous Next Believe it or not, there’s a way that you can minimise global warming, stop killing animals and at the same time become healthier citizens of the earth – just by the mere act of eating. This movement is called Meatless Monday, a non-profit initiative of The Monday Campaigns, in association with the Johns hopskins’ Bloomberg School of Public Health. By reducing meat consumption, you can “improve your personal health and the health of the planet,” as stated on the Meatless Monday website. In an article found in the Blie Cross Health

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Put a Pause on Your Period

Home Put a Pause on Your Period May 7, 2022   Return Previous Next Travelling can be a pain – literally – when you’re having your period. Painful cramps and heavy bleeding definitely take the joy out of travelling and make your life miserable. So, it’s best to delay your period when you’re travelling. How do we do that? In the past, our mothers and grandmothers had to rely on home remedies like vinegar, tamarind and coriander seeds. These were unpredictable methods, as they were only effective at times. Fast forward to the present, you can ask your doctor for birth control

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Lost Your Front Tooth?

Home Lost Your Front Tooth? May 7, 2022   Return Previous Next Dr Siti Mariam Ab Ghani   Deputy Dean (Academic & International), Universiti Teknologi MARA Our teeth are not just for eating. As seen in people who have lost most or all of their teeth, the ability to speak effectively also can be affected by the loss of teeth. Losing a tooth, especially the front tooth may also lead to a loss in self-confidence, affecting our ability to socialize with other people. Missing a front tooth? It is very important to replace the missing anterior tooth. Not only will this restore our ability to

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Parboiled or basmati, madam?

Home Parboiled or basmati, madam? May 7, 2022   Return Dr. Chee Huei Phing   Assistant Professor & Clinical Dietitian, Faculty of Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman Malaysians just love rice – it is hard to imagine a main meal without it! There are many types of “healthy” rice in the market at the moment, catering to health-conscious Malaysians who are seeking an alternative to milled or “white” rice as part of their daily diet. Basmati is best? Basmati (“full of aroma” in Sanskrit) is famous for its distinct fragrant aroma and its long slender grains. The grain originated from the Indian subcontinent, and currently India

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Yourself a Functional Workout

Home Yourself a Functional Workout May 7, 2022   Return Previous Next With functional circuit training, you can dash in and out of the gym within 45 minutes flat, no kidding! And you don’t have to wait in line for any gym equipment! Also, if increasing your heart rate and burning fat are your goals, functional circuit training is what you need. Now, have we gotten you excited? Read on for more exciting information on this made-for-measure fitness regimen. The works Functional circuit training is called such because the circuit of exercises follows your daily activities quite closely. This kind of training

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Keep Burglars Out of Your House

Home Keep Burglars Out of Your House May 7, 2022   Return Previous Next Shamir Rajadurai   Crime Safety Specialist, www.PreventCrimeNow.com Crime safety specialist Shamir Rajadurai’s insight has been sought after by homeowners and residents’ associations wishing to prevent their homes from being broken into. His experience working at grassroots level reveals that, unfortunately, there is no fool-proof method to keep thieves away. However, he has some tips that will improve the odds in the homeowner’s favour. Neighbourhood Ties Form a neighbourhood watch. Even better, we can get the neighbours to form a Rukun Tetangga and have regular ‘night walks’. Mr Shamir has personally witnessed

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Hope is Alive

Home Hope is Alive May 7, 2022   Return Kristen (surname withheld for privacy) was driving by herself when she suddenly felt an excruciating pain in her stomach. Thinking it to be a symptom of the stomach flu, she pulled over at a rest area to use the restroom. Upon reaching the restroom, she realised that she did not have to go after all. The pain, however would not let up. Recalling the incident, she says, “I returned to my car and I just sat in my seat. I felt so weak. All I wanted to do was sleep.” As exhausted as

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Social-phobic?

Home Social-phobic? May 7, 2022   Return It is your turn to speak. You step behind the podium… and promptly forget those words that you have rehearsed so many times over the last few days. Your heart pounds and your hands tremble as you begin to feel something akin to panic. Worst of all, you recognize this feeling. It happens every time you have to do something in front of a crowd. Welcome to the world of the socially anxious. Are you socially anxious? According to the Malaysian Psychiatric Association (MPA), “Social anxiety disorder is the third largest mental health problem in

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Get Fit with the Band

Home Get Fit with the Band May 7, 2022   Return Previous Next You may be thinking that it’s impossible to keep fit, the gym way, on a daily basis. Now, with resistance bands, it is certainly possible! 3 reasons to get down with the band Resistance bands are very light as they are made of rubber latex or plastic. You can take them with you anywhere – just slip them into your pocket! When using the bands, you will feel the resistance in every part of the exercise. This results in a better range of motion strength and more complete stimulation

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Life Hacks for Caregivers

Home Life Hacks for Caregivers May 7, 2022   Return No matter how old we are, a well-balanced diet is one of the keys to a healthy and active life. It is, unfortunately, quite challenging for caregivers to ensure that their care-receivers receive optimal nutrition, especially when age-related issues that affect eating arise. Here are some life hacks to help caregivers continue to help their loved ones make the most out of every meal. Slowly replace ‘white’ (processed) grains with whole grains. Whole grains contain more dietary fibre and nutrients compared to ‘white’ processed grains, so they are definitely the better option.

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Breakfast Is Important!

Home Breakfast Is Important! May 7, 2022   Return The MyBreakfast Study of School Children is the first nationwide breakfast study of its kind. It was first initiated in 2013 by the Nutrition Society of Malaysia with contributions from the Cereal Partners Worldwide and Nestle R&D Centre, Singapore. Almost 9,000 school children aged 6 to 17 years from all over Malaysia were involved. The results of the study were revealed in December 2015, and here are some of the key findings. In this study, ‘breakfast’ is defined as the first eating occasion after an overnight sleep, until 10 am on weekdays and

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Start Your Kids’ Day Right

Home Start Your Kids’ Day Right May 7, 2022   Return Dr Tee E Siong   President, Nutrition Society of Malaysia Simple can be healthy. Always rushing in the morning? Try preparing simple breakfasts, such as the ones listed below. You can make them healthier by picking the right ingredients. For sandwiches, use whole grain bread, and add some sardines or scrambled eggs for protein, as well as salads, cucumber slices or tomatoes for vitamins and minerals. Choose whole grain ready-to-eat cereals, and add oat and muesli along with milk. Steamed pau with red bean or lotus paste fillings can be served alongside milk, malted

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Happy Tummies in an Auspicious Time

Home Happy Tummies in an Auspicious Time May 7, 2022   Return It is hard to avoid food during the Chinese New Year, not that many of us will want to. From reunion dinners to the food served to guests during house visits, not to mention the side trips to the mamak stall to catch up with friends or detours to various restaurants marked on blogs or Foursquare as “must try or die!” during the balik kampung trip … Chinese New Year is a time when one is practically deluged with food! For people whose stomachs are prone to indigestion and other

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The Break-in Prevention Checklist

Home The Break-in Prevention Checklist May 7, 2022   Return Shamir Rajadurai   Crime Safety Specialist, www.PreventCrimeNow.com With the holidays just around the corner, you and your loved ones must be looking forward to that wonderful trip you have planned for a while now. The last thing you want is to come home to a house that has been broken into! The bad news is that there is no absolute 100% way one can prevent a break-in from happening. Mr Shamir Rajadurai, a crime safety specialist, says that a determined burglar will often find a way. Fortunately, there are some simple and relatively inexpensive –

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Yummy Overnight Oats

Home Yummy Overnight Oats May 7, 2022   Return Having oatmeal for breakfast can kick-start your day as oats are a great source of whole grain, a food that is packed with energy. The Goodness of Oats They are rich in soluble fibre and help your digestive system work efficiently. The soluble fibre absorbs water when passing through your gut and bulks up your stool, hence helping to prevent constipation. The soluble fibre of oats is not well-absorbed in your body so your blood sugar levels will remain stable while you feel full. So, soluble fibre helps you maintain a healthy weight

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Vitamin Much In D-mand

Home Vitamin Much In D-mand May 7, 2022   Return In many ways, Vitamin D is an important nutrient for both children and adults. It helps our body absorb calcium from the food we eat, an essential step in the formation and development of strong and healthy bones. Vitamin D also helps our muscles, heart, lungs and brain function properly, in addition to helping us fight infections. It is also an easily obtained vitamin – our body can make it when we expose our skin to sunlight. Since it is sunny all year round in Malaysia, we tend to take for granted

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Fab or Fad?

Home Fab or Fad? May 1, 2022   Return To think that just several decades ago, juicing was quite a novelty. Back then, juicing was something only associated with overzealous health nuts. But how times have changed! It appears the masses have gotten onto the juicing bandwagon – and said bandwagon seems to be throttling on at full speed. Everywhere you turn these days, you will come across juice bars offering a variety of juices and smoothies that will leave you lost for choice. Gone are the days when juicing was solely about fruits. Nowadays, you can have ingredients like wheatgrass, whey

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Food for the Heart

Home Food for the Heart May 3, 2022   Return Box of gourmet chocolates? Check. Bouquet of carnations? Check. Tickets to that romantic comedy currently playing in movie theatres? Check. Dinner reservations for two? Well… you might want to reconsider that one. Although dining out has become the norm for many couples when celebrating Valentine’s Day, why not try something different and opt for a home-cooked meal instead come this February 14th? Now, before you protest in indignation (after all, Valentine’s Day is the time for romance and many people’s idea of romance does not involve slaving over a stove), hear me

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It’s Still Healthy to Go Local

Home It’s Still Healthy to Go Local May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next Malaysian food is the best! We frequently appreciate that when we are abroad, missing our roti canai or nasi lemak. The craving is particularly bad when we are on a healthy diet. Most people may perceive eating healthy as boring. A reason for this is that we are so used to seeing healthy recipes incorporating Western dishes that can be too bland for our feisty taste buds. Furthermore, living healthy is frequently likened to endless restrictions. There are a lot of no-nos – cannot eat this, cannot eat

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Leading By Example

Home Leading By Example May 3, 2022   Return Previous Next Jointly organised by MIMS and University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), this run was open to all healthcare professionals; aside from physicians, attendees also consisted of pharmacists, physiotherapists, nurses and students of various medical disciplines. The event saw a great turnout of more than 500 participants – twice as many as those who turned up for 2014’s HCP Run! Speaking about the event, Professor Dato’ Mohd Amin Jalaludin, Vice-chancellor of University of Malaya, said, “It’s awesome to have activities like this, especially on a Sunday morning as it helps keep everybody in

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ConvOSAtions on Snoring

Home ConvOSAtions on Snoring May 3, 2022   Return Dr Michelle Clare Mah   Lecturer, Faculty of Dentistry, Universiti Teknologi MARA Snoring describes the loud snorts a person makes while asleep. While you may not be aware that you are a snorer, your bed partner or housemates certainly will! Snoring is more common than you think. About half of the world population has snored at some point in their life. Men usually snore more than women, with 4-in-10 male snorers out there compared to 3-in-10 female snorers. It can also be hereditary: if you snore, you could blame your parents as snoring is hereditary in 70%

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Healing with Horses

Home Healing with Horses May 3, 2022   Return Previous Next Green Apple Hippotherapy, Iliza Muhammed Ikhbal, Founder, Dr Ali Azman Minhaj, Consultant Paediatrician, Irdiyana Idros, Occupational Therapist Horses are not normally part of the Malaysian cultural landscape, but many of us have read or watched movies featuring these magnificent creatures. Anna Sewell’s Black Beauty and Michael Morpugo’s War Horse are just some that come to mind. Malaysians may not be familiar with hippotherapy, or horse therapy, which utilises horses as a means to heal both the body and mind. They have an opportunity to discover more for themselves, however, at Green Apple Hippotherapy, the

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Colour the Blues Away

Home Colour the Blues Away May 3, 2022   Return Just walk into any bookstore or newsstand, and you will see them displayed prominently. Colouring books for adults are simply everywhere and it seems like there is a new one released every month. They are all beautifully illustrated, and filling these intricate artworks with colours is said to be good for the mind. A Colourful Mind There may be some truth to claims that colouring books are good for the brain. Our brain has a region called amygdala – not to be confused with Anakin Skywalker’s wife if you are a Star

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A Hairy Situation

Home A Hairy Situation May 3, 2022   Return There are a few things in life which can deal a blow to your self-esteem like the way hair loss does. While your friends are busy discussing the latest hairstyle trends (hair strobing, anyone?), you’re panicking over the increasing strands of hair that are clogging your bathroom’s shower drain and the thinning hair on your head. You have tried various ways to remedy the situation, from diligently using serums which claim to boost hair growth to signing up for pricey treatments at hair care centres. However, none of them works. If anything, your

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It’s Face Yoga Time!

Home It’s Face Yoga Time! May 3, 2022   Return Previous Next Face yoga, or sukshma yoga, is a light form of yoga that can make you look younger and healthier, while rejuvenating your energy levels. It does this by relaxing your muscles and nerves. Here is a set of techniques that you can do every day to reap the most benefits from face yoga. For your eyes First, if you wear glasses, remove them. Make fists with your hands while keeping your thumbs upright. Close your eyes. Using gentle pressure, move each thumb in circles around your eyes – left thumb

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Are instant noodles all that bad?

Home Are instant noodles all that bad? May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next Dr Chee Huei Phing   Assistant Professor & Clinical Dietitian, Faculty of Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman Do you know that instant noodles were first created by a Taiwanese-Japanese inventor? They have come a long way since then, as instant noodles have become a popular meal option due to their convenience and low cost. They are practically a staple for college and university students! Although instant noodles are commonly consumed at home, they have also become a popular alternative to the more conventional mee in mee dishes (fried or soup), especially at

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Understanding Sleep

Home Understanding Sleep May 3, 2022   Return Sleep is a basic physiological drive; to feel a need for it is as natural as feeling hungry and thirsty. Just like how nutritious food nourishes the body, sufficient quality sleep is necessary to rest and rejuvenate both mind and body. It is not an exaggeration to say that our survival, proper daily functioning and overall well-being depend upon getting regular optimal sleep. In fact, sleep deprivation is linked to a number of serious short and long-term health issues. Yet, when our hectic lives get the better of us, getting enough eye-shut often becomes

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Fasting for Children

Home Fasting for Children May 3, 2022   Return Dr Yong Junina Fadzil   Consultant Paediatrician Once again, the holy month of Ramadan is upon us. For parents with young children, fasting is the time to impress upon them the empathy one feels for the less fortunate. It is also a time for spiritual reflection – for many Muslim children, their early experiences in fasting can build a lifelong foundation for virtuous living. “Ideally, if you follow religious standards of Islam, children should start fasting only when they reach puberty. However, in our society, many children wish to follow what their parents do and

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Herbs, Spices & Cancer Prevention

Home Herbs, Spices & Cancer Prevention May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next Dr. Chee Huei Phing   Assistant Professor & Clinical Dietitian, Faculty of Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman Over the centuries, herbs and spices have had a pivotal place in many civilisations and cultures. . These days, they are also valued for their possible health benefits, which include antioxidant properties that can affect drug metabolism, immune-competence, cell division and apoptosis (cell death). Prevents Cancer? There is increasing evidence to demonstrate that cancer is preventable, and herbs and spices may play a role in this. Ginger: Ginger/root ginger (Zingiberaceae) has long been  valued for

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The Delicious Taste of Umami

Home The Delicious Taste of Umami May 1, 2022   Return Dr. Chee Huei Phing   Assistant Professor & Clinical Dietitian, Faculty of Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman How many tastes can an individual taste? There is sweet, of course. Then, sour. Next, salty. Finally, bitter. So, that makes 4 tastes. Now, we have the 5th taste – umami. Uma-what? The story began when Kikunae Ikeda, a chemist, was enjoying a bowl of dashi, a type of Japanese soup made from seaweed. He tasted something that was beyond sweet, sour, salty and bitter – a taste that he described to be similar to the one commonly

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Your First Aid Kit

Home Your First Aid Kit May 3, 2022   Return The Must-Haves You should have items that can be used to treat minor injuries like burns, cuts, scrapes, stings, splinters, sprains and strains. Firstly, get two  clean unused re-sealable transparent plastic bags like the ones you use for your toiletries during flights. You can keep wound supplies in one bag and medications in the other. Your first aid kit should have the following items for a family of four: Bag 1 (wound supplies) 2 absorbent compress dressings 10 antiseptic plaster containing povidone-iodine ointment 1 adhesive cloth tape (10 yards x 1 inch/9

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From Fad to Fit

Home From Fad to Fit May 3, 2022   Return Previous Next Merriam-Webster dictionary defines ‘trend’ as ‘a current style of preference.’ Being time-bound, a trend will eventually run out of steam and get re-labelled a ‘fad.’ That’s true for fashion, but can something more abstract – such as getting fit – burn itself out like an over-trained athlete? When it comes to working up a sweat, we are spoilt for choice. Narrow your options by taking a look back at some examples of fads that faded, and trends that have transcended into healthy habits. Moving pictures Back in the 1980s, the

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5 Ways to A Fit 50s

Home 5 Ways to A Fit 50s May 3, 2022   Return It’s easy to assume that all the changes you notice happening in your body in your 50s are due to aging. But some are not inevitable. Here are 5 things you can do to ensure you’re fighting fit in your 50s. These are the cornerstones of preserving physical health into old age. Muscle up Loss of muscle mass starts around age 30 and by the time the average person reaches 70, they will have lost 25% of their muscle mass. Scientists now know that not all of this loss of

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Empowering Lives

Home Empowering Lives May 3, 2022   Return Previous Next Hannah (real name withheld for privacy) was only in her mid-twenties when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. When she broke the news to her family and some of her closest friends, she had expected them to share in her grief and to offer her financial and emotional support which she so desperately needed to pull through that difficult period. While they initially responded with encouraging words, Hannah soon noticed that they gradually started to distance themselves from her. A few friends voiced their frustrations that ‘she wasn’t the girl she used

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Making Sense of Palm Oil

Home Making Sense of Palm Oil May 1, 2022   Return Dr Jean Graille   Lipid Technology Consultant, Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), France Palm oil is one of Malaysia’s most valuable natural resources, and the palm oil industry is one of the backbones of our economy. Nonetheless, its production has generated much controversy and ire, especially among the Western communities. Palm oil is bad for health, it is claimed, and yet, palm oil continues to be used in various food industries. Also, so many households all over the world cook their meals using palm oil. The situation seems contradictory at times! Poor understanding, hence poor

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Kidney vs Other Medications?

Home Kidney vs Other Medications? May 3, 2022   Return Dr Rafidah Dato’ Abdullah   Consultant Physician & Nephrologist, Head, Department of Medicine, Hospital Sultan Hj Ahmad Shah HealthToday recently caught up with Dr Rafidah Dato’ Abdullah, who came down to Klang in April for the National Kidney Foundation Malaysia’s 12th Patient Forum for Kidney Failure Patients. In her talk, she shares some valuable insight on the subject of our kidneys and the usage of medications. Painkillers Uses To treat all kinds of aches and pains. Worsen the kidneys? “OF COURSE!” says Dr Rafidah. Even common over-the-counter painkillers such as aspirin can be harmful to the

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Treat, Not Tolerate

Home Treat, Not Tolerate May 2, 2022   Return Dr Jose Antonio San Juan   Consultant Orthopedic Surgeon, Chong Hua Hospital, Phillipines When Adam underwent a hernia surgery sometime ago, he expected a certain amount of pain post-surgery. After all, pain after surgery is normal. However when the pain persisted for several months, he suspected something amiss and consulted his doctor. What he thought was a typical after-effect of surgery was actually persistent post-operative pain. Which is which? Like Adam, many people have initially chalked up their persistent post-operative pain to something unimportant and tried tolerating it as long as possible. This only increased their

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Holistic Healing

Home Holistic Healing May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next ‘Ayurveda’ is a combination of the Sanskrit words ayur and veda which mean life and science or knowledge, respectively. Ayurveda and its therapies lead people to live a long and healthy life on the basis of prevention rather than cure. Many Ayurvedic therapies have been shared by word of mouth until 2,000 years ago when the main texts in Sanskrit – Caraka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita and, Ashtanga Sangraha and Ashtanga Hridaya – were written. Ayurvedic concepts about health and disease are holistic and promote the use of herbal compounds, special diets, massages

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Forget Me Not

Home Forget Me Not May 2, 2022   Return Everyone experiences the occasional bout of forgetfulness. You can be shopping for groceries and suddenly find yourself being unable to remember the food items you were supposed to buy for tonight’s dinner or you can be sitting for a very important exam and just as you are about to put pencil to paper, your mind chooses that exact moment to blank out. Sounds familiar, eh? Forgetfulness can be oh-so-frustrating, which is why we at HealthToday decided to share some simple yet effective ideas to help you stay mentally sharp. Socialize frequently Yes, you

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The Miracle of Garlic

Home The Miracle of Garlic May 1, 2022   Return Vivi Noryati Ahmad   Lecturer, Centre of Preclinical Science Studies, Faculty of Dentistry, Sg. Buloh Campus, Universiti Teknologi MARA “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food.” –  Hippocrates. Good oral health is essential to our general health and quality of life. It keeps us free from mouth and facial pain, tooth loss, infections and sores that can affect our ability to eat, speak and even breathe as well as our self-esteem. During ancient times, people consumed natural plant sources such as herbs to maintain their oral health and to prevent and treat oral diseases.

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‘O’ is for Oats

Home ‘O’ is for Oats May 2, 2022   Return Previous Next It may not seem like the right way to start off an article about oats but here’s my confession: I used to hate oatmeal when I was a kid. Oatmeal was the last thing that my primary school self wanted for breakfast. The mere idea of eating that thick, gooey substance every morning repulsed me. Unfortunately, my parents did not share my sentiment and made oatmeal my breakfast staple for the years to come. But looking back now, their efforts have paid off. I may have had to begrudgingly force

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A Matter of Fats

Home A Matter of Fats May 1, 2022   Return Mary Easaw   Chief Dietitian, Institut Jantung Negara Are fats really bad? Not really. Dietitian Mary Easaw points out that we become overweight when we consume more calories than we burn off ie, we eat more than we move. These calories also come from carbohydrates and proteins as well. It is the total of all that we eat, rather than how much fats and oils alone, and how little physical activity we are doing that is the cause of the problem. “Our body needs carbohydrate, protein, fat, vitamins, minerals and water for survival. All these

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Healthy Herbs

Home Healthy Herbs May 2, 2022   Return Previous Next Most of us have taken herbs for medicinal purposes at least once in our lives. Herbs are an integral aspect of many cultures since the dawn of civilization, with records of their uses by the Chinese and Egyptians dating as far back as 3,000 BC. Today, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that up to four fifths of people worldwide use herbs for their basic health needs. We have heard a lot about garlic, turmeric and more. Let’s shine the spotlight on some other herbs that, while may not be as ‘popular’

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Enjoy Intimacy in the Golden Years

Home Enjoy Intimacy in the Golden Years May 1, 2022   Return Professor Nathan Vytialingam   Advisor, Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society (MHAS) As human beings, we welcome and even crave closeness with other people, especially that special someone we are blessed to spend our lives with. As we grow older, this desire to be close to our partner often intensifies, and the presence of children, in-laws and, later, grandchildren often only reinforces the love we feel for that special person. We catch up with Professor Nathan Vytialingam, an advisor for the Malaysian Healthy Ageing Society (MHAS), after he gave a talk on the subject at

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The Other Side of the Story

Home The Other Side of the Story May 1, 2022   Return Dr Jean Graille   Lipid Technology Consultant, Agricultural Research for Development (CIRAD), France Palm oil is the most popular vegetable oil in the world. Dr Jean Graille explains that, in 2012, its global production reached 51 million tonnes, compared to 41 million tonnes for soy, 23 million tonnes for canola and 14 million for sunflower. Unsurprisingly, manufacturers and countries whose main exports are the competitors of palm oil have banded together to repeal the ‘threat’ of palm oil, by forming the anti-palm oil lobbies. Dr Graille explains, “Certain members of the anti-palm oil lobby

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Wide Awake

Home Wide Awake May 2, 2022   Return “Name the days of the week.” “Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.” “What do you cut paper with?” “Scissors.” “What colour is the sea?” “Blue. You’ve asked me these questions before, though.” It is the third time that Jane (name withheld for privacy) has been asked this set of questions but it is for a good reason. She is in the middle of a craniotomy where the surgeon is trying to remove a tumour located dangerously close to an area of her brain which is responsible for speech and language comprehension. Now you

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Let Snoring Kill Your Romance!

Home Let Snoring Kill Your Romance! May 2, 2022   Return The Married Couple Sleep Study 2013, conducted by The Sleep Disorders Center at Rush University Medical Center found that US couples face a much higher rate of divorce when one partner has snoring issues. According to clinical psychologist Dr Michael J Breus, snoring affects relationships in the following manner: Lack of sleep causes stress and resentment in the person who is affected by the partner’s snoring. The snoring person may feel guilty or frustrated. These negative feelings interfere with sexual and emotional intimacy. Lack of sleep also affects the ability to

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Stand Up & Move, People! Stand Up & Move, People!

Home Stand Up & Move, People! Stand Up & Move, People! May 1, 2022   Return Dr Raja Ahmad Shaharul   Consultant Family Medicine Specialist & Certified Nutrigenomics Practitioner Many Malaysians, especially those living in urban areas, are becoming increasingly sedentary. Just take a look at a typical urbanite’s day – how many hours are spent sitting down or being physically inactive? Studies found that the average person in this world sits down for 7.7 to 15 hours a day.[1] That’s about half the day! Sitting down by itself is not a problem, explains Dr Raja Ahmad Shaharul (or Dr Shah to his patients and

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I Just Can’t Lose Weight!

Home I Just Can’t Lose Weight! May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next Despite our best efforts, sometimes it can seem like an impossible task to lose those extra kilos. Unfortunately, it is widely known that the more overweight we are, the harder it can be to slim down to a healthier weight. There are many supplements available on the market that are said to be able to aid us in our weight loss or weight management efforts by helping to ‘burn’ fat. Below are some common natural herbs and substances used for weight loss and weight management, and it is common

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Nipping Obesity in the Bud

Home Nipping Obesity in the Bud May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next As of February this year, it was found that 1-in-10 Malaysians under the age of 18 were either overweight or obese. As if this revelation wasn’t alarming enough, statistics also noted that the number of overweight children had doubled over the last four years, with the latest number standing in at 1 million children! Although some parents may be quick to brush these extra kilos off as something that their children will grow out of, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Unlike some things such as teenage acne,

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Medicine for the Elderly

Home Medicine for the Elderly May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next Dr Tan Maw Pin   Associate Professor in Geriatric Medicine, University of Malaya Associate Professor Dr Tan Maw Pin initially wanted to be a psychiatrist. “I was trained in the UK, and back when I was a medical student, geriatric medicine didn’t have the good reputation it has now. I wasn’t particularly inspired when I was taught by lecturers in that discipline,” she admits. Indeed, students would take up geriatrics only when they could not get into other disciplines, so not much respect was given to geriatrics back in those days. It was

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An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away…

Home An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away… May 1, 2022   Return Dr. Chee Huei Phing   Assistant Professor & Clinical Dietitian, Faculty of Science, Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman How true is the well-known advice that consuming an apple a day can keep the doctor away? Is it because the apple contains helpful substances called phytoestrogens to keep the virus at bay? Fun fact! The full saying is said to be: “Eat an apple on going to bed, and you will keep the doctor from earning his bread.” It was said to be used as early as the 1800s in Wales. The benefits of

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Foods Can Be Deceiving

Home Foods Can Be Deceiving May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next Like fashion trends, dieting fads come and go. What was once hailed as the super food may be considered the bane of a healthy lifestyle a few years later. There are various reasons for conflicting information to continue being perpetuated. For one, scientific information sometimes get misinterpreted and misrepresented in the media. Other times, the health claims (or drawbacks) of a particular food are exaggerated by proponents of a dieting trend to sell products.     It does not help that long-standing myths and old wives’ tales are still floating around,

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The Artistry of Doctors: These are Her Words

Home The Artistry of Doctors: These are Her Words May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next On the day I meet Dr Sundari Ampikaipakan, a consultant respiratory physician, at her clinic at Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur, it is already quite late into the evening and I have been told beforehand that she has had quite a long day. None of the day’s ups and downs show on her cheerful demeanour, however, as she breezes into the clinic and gives me a bubbly greeting. She has a good reason to feel on top of the world. Just a few days before, on May

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Yoga-ta Love Robyn Lau!

Home Yoga-ta Love Robyn Lau! May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next A lawyer by profession, Robyn Lau is now happily doing what she loves – teaching yoga – with her boyfriend Hansen Lee. “I’m the youngest in my family. There’s just my brother, my mum and me. My dad passed away in 2005. We come from a very close family,” says Robyn. According to Robyn, her parents are the traditional kind of parents who believe their children should go to university and graduate with a professional degree. After that, children can do whatever they want. “So I went on to do

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Let Creativity Heal the Wounded Soul

Home Let Creativity Heal the Wounded Soul May 1, 2022   Return Reena Clare   Art Psychotherapist, The Mind Faculty Vanitha Chandrasegaram   Dramatherapist, The Mind Faculty Mental healing through art At the topmost storey of The Mind Faculty is a cozy, inviting art studio. Paintings and sketches grace the walls, and the table that dominates the studio bears a number of paintbrushes of all types, small pots of paint and a stack of canvas pads. It is a room that warmly welcomes the visitor – come, sit down and pour your heart and soul onto the paper, it seems to say. This studio is art psychotherapist Reena

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An Oil with Many Possibilities

Home An Oil with Many Possibilities May 2, 2022   Return Professor Dr Ammu K Radhakrishnan   Professor of Pathology (Immunology), International Medical University, Kuala Lumpur Plants contain unique substances, called phytonutrients, which are believed to confer health benefits to us, such as protection from certain diseases while boosting our heart health. Research has uncovered a considerable amount of phytonutrients in palm oil. In a review paper co-authored by Professor Dr Ammu K Radhakrishnan, published in the Malaysian Journal of Nutrition in 2010, it is stated that palm oil contains the following phytonutrients. Vitamin E, primarily tocotrienols, which we have featured considerably in previous issues. You

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Halitosis: The Solution is in Your Kitchen

Home Halitosis: The Solution is in Your Kitchen May 2, 2022   Return Previous Next Norhayati Liaqat Ali Khan   Lecturer, Faculty of Dentistry, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Halitosis is simply defined as bad breath or oral malodour. The word is derived from the combination of Latin words halitus (breathed air) and osis (pathologic alteration). This is a common condition that affects 30% of people worldwide. People with this condition may suffer from low self-confidence, causing them to curb their social life or isolate themselves from friends and family members. It can also affect the person’s relationships and interactions with other people. Do you have bad

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The Awesome Power of Whole Grains

Home The Awesome Power of Whole Grains May 2, 2022   Return Whole grain refers to the entire grain that contains the bran, endosperm and germ. They are rich in nutrients and should make up at least 50% of your total grain intake. Sources of dietary fibre, B vitamins, iron, zinc and other minerals, some proteins, and phytonutrients Sources of carbohydrates, some proteins, vitamins and minerals, and phytonutrients Sources of B vitamins, vitamin E, unsaturated fatty acids and phytonutrients Some common types of whole grains include brown rice, whole wheat, oats or oatmeal, corn, rye, buckwheat and dehulled barley. What is so

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Good Salt? Bad Salt?

Home Good Salt? Bad Salt? May 2, 2022   Return Most of us use salt to spice up cooking and make dishes tastier. There are various types of salts – table salt, sea salt, kosher salt, rock salt or fleur de sel (flower of salt) – you name it, the market has it. Salt contains sodium. Our body does need sodium to function – to control blood pressure and blood volume, and ensure muscles and nerves work properly. Nevertheless, we only need a minute amount of sodium (500mg) every day. As sodium is present naturally in most foods, we do not really

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Are Cough Syrups Safe?

Home Are Cough Syrups Safe? May 2, 2022   Return Cough syrups are one of the most commonly prescribed medicines in clinics and hospitals. They are generally safe for most children above the age of 6 years old as well as for adults. “Generally” safe? Does that mean… Some cough syrups contain ingredients that can have a psychoactive impact on our mind – altering how our brain normally works (affecting our mood, etc) – when taken at much higher doses than recommended. Such ingredients include dextromethorphan, codeine and promethazine. So, it is important to follow the prescribed dosage carefully and stop taking

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Pumping Iron

Home Pumping Iron May 2, 2022   Return Previous Next Pumping iron may be a part of your workout regimen to help you stay fit but did you know that there is another type of pumping going on in your body which is vital for your wellbeing? Every day, your body continuously pumps iron through the bloodstream. Why is iron so important, you may ask? Why iron? Iron is necessary for the production of haemoglobin, which is a component of red blood cells. To put it simply, haemoglobin is somewhat like a mode of transportation for carbon dioxide and oxygen. It picks

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A Joyous Festival of Lights

Home A Joyous Festival of Lights May 2, 2022   Return Previous Next Deepavali, also known as Diwali, is celebrated as a day when good triumphs over evil – the victory of Lord Krishna over the demon Narakasuran and the victory of Lord Rama over the demon king Ravana. It is also a day when families and friends come together. We gather at our family home, pray to our ancestors and enjoy a feast both for our eyes (read: fireworks and new colourful clothes) as well as for our stomachs (food!). We usually share our past experiences with our loved ones and

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How Do Throat Lozenges Work?

Home How Do Throat Lozenges Work? May 2, 2022   Return Strangely, the word lozenge is derived from an Old French word losenge, which is related to the Latin lausiae lapides or stone slabs. Well, now we know lozenges as medicinal tablets that are used to soothe sore throats! Most of us are used to popping a lozenge in our mouth for that nagging pain in our throat. There are many types of lozenges on sale at supermarkets, pharmacies, and even at your neighbourhood convenience store. But how do you know which one works for you? How do lozenges work? Lozenges come

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Get Your ‘O’ Game On!

Home Get Your ‘O’ Game On! May 2, 2022   Return The list of benefits of omega-3 fatty acids seems to get longer with time as more research is done on them. From lowering cholesterol levels to reducing the symptoms of menopause, the goodness of omega-3 fatty acids is evident and experts agree: they are good for you. Great sources of omega-3 fatty acids are salmon, mackarel, tuna, sardine and other fatty fish. However, not everyone is fond of fish. If you’re not keen on fish, don’t worry, here are some other sources of omega-3 fatty acids to consider. Flaxseed. This is

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More Than Carrots

Home More Than Carrots May 2, 2022   Return Previous Next When I was a child, my mother would often say to me, “You should really eat more carrots.” When I whined in response, she would then reply “Carrots give you good eye sight. You will thank me in the future” while ladling more carrot soup into my bowl. Looking back now, I guess my mother’s efforts have paid off (thanks, mum!) considering how I can see perfectly fine without glasses. But did you know that eating your way to great eye health isn’t just about carrots, carrots and more carrots? There

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8 Sensible Tips for Eating Out

Home 8 Sensible Tips for Eating Out May 2, 2022   Return Professor Winnie Chee   Dietitian & Professor, Division of Nutrition & Dietetics, International Medical University We are all aware of the benefits of cooking at home. The main advantage of home-cooked meals is that we have complete control over what goes into each dish. We can choose to use only fresh ingredients, for example, and cut down on oil and sugar. Such control is not always possible when we eat outside. Several scientific review papers reported rather convincing evidence that eating out is associated with a higher total energy intake, with increased energy contribution

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Am I Pregnant?

Home Am I Pregnant? May 2, 2022   Return When a woman is trying to get pregnant, or when she is concerned about the possibility of an unplanned pregnancy, the pregnancy test becomes a must-have. After all, it is a cheap and painless way to settle a question that, for many women, needs to be answered as quickly as possible for their peace of mind! Using a pregnancy test kit correctly can be a challenging task, however, as it can be a little bit more than simply “wee on the strip and compare the results”. Here are some pointers to help you

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Haze? Fight Back!

Home Haze? Fight Back! May 2, 2022   Return You step out of the house and you’re hit by the heat and smog. Yes, the haze is back – no thanks to the burning jungles of Kalimantan. The problem is not just the heat and smoky smell but the effects on your breathing apparatus. You end up with a nasty cough that can last for weeks. Why cough? Unhealthy levels of air pollution in certain areas along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia is dangerous to people with breathing problems or heart disease, the elderly and children. When we inhale air polluted

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The Tiny Powerhouse

Home The Tiny Powerhouse May 2, 2022   Return There is a famous saying which goes like this: “Good things come in small packages.” This is most certainly true when it comes to krill. Hailing from the zoo-plankton family, krill are crustaceans which very closely resemble shrimp and can be abundantly found in icy cold waters (the Antarctic Ocean, for instance). These tiny creatures have been found to boast a plethora of health benefits due to their high content of eicopentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) (the very same omega-3 fatty acids that are present in fish oil), and astaxanthin (a

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Take a Hike!

Home Take a Hike! May 2, 2022   Return Previous Next Nice views, fresh air, the sounds and smells of nature… aren’t all that enticing? Yes, that’s one of the many perks about hiking. A form of cardio workout, hiking is great for those who are looking to burn calories while building some muscles. The only catch is that hiking can be a challenging activity. See those steep cliffs up there; yes, it screams for energy and that means you have to get in shape before you can go on a hike! The prep So, how to best prep yourself for a

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Great Snacks for Working Off Post-Workout Blues

Home Great Snacks for Working Off Post-Workout Blues May 2, 2022   Return That piece of cake looks tempting isn’t it? And, how about that plate of fries? You can hear those delicious foods calling out for you, can’t you? The urge to indulge in anything and everything grows stronger when you are hungry, especially after an intense workout.  So, why not replenish all that lost energy with some healthy snacks?   Go, go, granola! If you’re looking for vitamins, minerals, and fibre in a yummy snack, very few can beat the granola bar. . It is filling, convenient, and delicious! Plus,

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Bold & Beautiful

Home Bold & Beautiful May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next Jim Valvano was only 47 years old when he passed away after a year-long battle against metastatic adenocarcinoma, a cancer so virulent that it had ravaged his hips, legs and back. The former North Carolina State University basketball coach may not have lived for very long but what he lacked in time, he definitely made up for it in impact. Twenty two years have passed since his death but still many remember and continue to be inspired by his courage, perseverance and ever-positive outlook on life. Many people the world over

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How to Love Your In-Laws

Home How to Love Your In-Laws May 1, 2022   Return “Behind every successful man is a proud wife and a surprised mother-in-law.” – Hubert H. Humphrey When the parenting website Netmums polled 2,000 women, they found that one-in-four had a troubled relationship with her mother-in-law. Some put it bluntly, “I despise her!” Common complaints included the mother-in-law openly undermining her in front of the husband and children, often making her feel inadequate in the process. Some even reported that the stress of dealing with in-laws caused a strain in their marriages. Of course, mothers-in-law are not the only source of frustration

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Acclaim About the Eggshell Membrane

Home Acclaim About the Eggshell Membrane May 2, 2022   Return As we age, our bones and joints can progressively weaken due to wear and tear. In time, we may experience increasingly restricted movement which cripples our quality of life and greatly limits our ability to find fulfilment and joy in our golden years. Our knees are the most vulnerable to weakness, pain and damage, as they not only support our weight but also bear the pressure that arises from every movement we make. Fortunately, there is a product in town that, when taken once a day, can provide relief from knee

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Clean Air for a Healthy Home

Home Clean Air for a Healthy Home May 1, 2022   Return Air pollution has long been known to be a risk factor that can worsen the health of people with allergy, asthma and lung conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Children are also at risk – research has shown that air pollution is linked to a child’s smaller lung volume and breathing difficulties. In January this year, a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine found that reduction in air pollution all year around – not just during the haze period! – can actually increase one’s life

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The Goss on Floss

Home The Goss on Floss May 2, 2022   Return Imagine flashing your beautiful smile to that someone you like, only to “dazzle” him with the brownish stains of plaque and food bits in between your teeth. Talk about a put off; clearly, it is time to floss! Aside from keeping your smile beautiful as well as bad breath-free, flossing helps prevent gum diseases by removing trapped bits of food or plaque formed between your teeth. Formed from layers of bacteria growing over the teeth surface, plaque can be problematic as it can irritate and inflame the gums. The Fine Art of

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Sweet Slumber Awaits You

Home Sweet Slumber Awaits You May 2, 2022   Return There’s nothing like a good night’s sleep. You wake up all reenergized, feeling like you are capable of taking on the world. You are in the cheeriest of moods as if nothing can bring you down. Ah, the power of sweet slumber. Sadly, not everyone is privy to that. Many of us are experience sleep deprivation in one or another. In fact, a study found that as many as one in three Malaysian adults suffer from insomnia! Don’t think you have insomnia? Let’s see, do you find it difficult to drift off

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“No, I Won’t Wear Them!”

Home “No, I Won’t Wear Them!” May 2, 2022   Return As many caregivers know, incontinence is a common condition among older adults. Most of them become easily embarrassed by their lack of bladder control, and choose to withdraw from the outside world – which can leave them prone to mood swings and even, depression. Adult-absorbent products, such as adult diapers or pants, are a convenient solution to an incontinent person’s dilemma. After all, they are comfortable to wear and offer protection against leaks, wet spots and unfortunate odours that can arise. They also allow an older adult to have the confidence

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Check, Please!

Home Check, Please! May 2, 2022   Return Previous Next Falling sick can be very expensive these days. With the current economic slowdown coupled with rising healthcare costs, falling ill is the last thing you want to happen to you. Who is going to take care of your loved ones when you are too sick to work or run your business? Imagine spending so much of your hard-earned money on getting well!  Ladies, how are you? Dear ladies, when was the last time you went for a health check? It is important for you to go for health screenings regularly. You need

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Laugh Out Loud!

Home Laugh Out Loud! May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next Lee-Jean Fung   Certified Laughter Yoga Teacher, Laughter Yoga Malaysia Lee-Jean Fung loves to laugh, which is obvious from the moment one sets eyes on her. Her wide, infectious smile can easily turn into laughter. Not surprisingly, she is a certified laughter yoga teacher with a mission to make the world a better place through the joys and benefits of laughter! “Laughter yoga is a concept through which anyone can laugh even in the absence of stimuli such as jokes, humour or comedy,” explains Lee-Jean. “The concept brings together laughter exercises and yoga breathing,

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Constipation: Facts vs Myths

Home Constipation: Facts vs Myths May 2, 2022   Return Myth Lack of fibre in my daily diet is causing constipation. So, I’m going to eat more foods which are rich in fibre. Fact Eating a lot of fibre-rich foods can prevent constipation in most people. But be careful if you have severe constipation, as fibre-rich foods can worsen your condition. Myth Drinking more water helps get rid of constipation. Fact Drinking more water may not be helpful in treating constipation in most people. But, it can offer some relief for those suffering from severe dehydration due to constipation. Myth I can

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Hola, Canola!

Home Bitter’s Good! May 2, 2022   Return Rapeseed (Brassica napus, also referred to as oilseed rape or canola), is a plant that grows to about 5 feet tall, bearing bright yellow flowers with four petals. The plant is grown worldwide and cultivated mainly for its black seeds that are rich in oil. This oil, known as rapeseed oil or canola oil, is the third largest source of vegetable oil in the world. Fun Fact Rapeseed was mainly used as a source of oil for fuel as early as in the 14th century. It gained popularity in the Americas during World War

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Say Goodbye to Trans Fat?

Home Say Goodbye to Trans Fat? May 2, 2022   Return Chemically modified fats are common in processed foods. A process called hydrogenation is often used to convert liquid oils into solids, and partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are commonly used to help extend the shelf life of food products and stabilize their flavours. PHOs are now recognized to be bad for health, as they contain trans fats, which can increase our cholesterol levels. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a statement proclaiming PHOs, the primary source of added trans fatty acids (TFAs) in processed foods, as being not ‘generally

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Bitter’s Good!

Home Bitter’s Good! May 1, 2022   Return Professor Gerard Bodeker   Chairman, Global Initiative for Traditional Systems of Health, Oxford Project Southeast Asia, University of Oxford Malaysians may know it as peria, foo kwa or pakarkai, but no matter what we call the bitter gourd, it features prominently in many of our beloved dishes. The bitter gourd (Momordica charantia), sometimes called bitter melon, has long been said to have medicinal benefits as well. Thanks to research, we now know that the bitter gourd may be beneficial for people with diabetes. Bitter yet nutritious Prof Gerard Bodeker points out that there are over 200 studies published

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Cool It With Food

Home Cool It With Food May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next The hot days are here, people! So, what do you do to feel comfy and healthy in this sweltering heat? Eat!!! Yes, cool yourself with food by sticking to fresh juicy fruits and vegetables. On hot days, the best way to keep cool is to minimize cooking using your stove and oven, instead, turn to your blender and food processor. Not forgetting your salad bowl, of course! Chilling with Smoothies A healthy and refreshing way to kick off your day is with a smoothie. Smoothies are easy and quick to

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A Man of Good Nutrition

Home A Man of Good Nutrition May 1, 2022   Return Tee, President of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia, at the official opening of the 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Clinical Nutrition in January 2015. In addition to being a newly minted author, Dr Tee has a distinguished track record in championing better nutrition for Malaysians of all ages. Naturally, we took advantage of our conversation  to find out more about him. HT: Dr Tee, please share with us a little about yourself. How did you become involved in the field of nutrition? What were your main areas of work? TES: I

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Friendship Across the Miles

Home Friendship Across the Miles May 1, 2022   Return “Distance makes the heart grow fonder” and it truly does. Sometimes you really wish the people closest to you, the ones you trust the most, were right next to you. Friends can move away, due to work needs, education and other reasons, but this does not necessarily mean that the friendship must end. Long-distance friendships can be a challenge to maintain, as, just like flowers in a garden, it can wilt if neglected. Here are some tips to help you nurture a friendship even if there is a long distance separating you

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Life, Love & the Single Woman

Home Life, Love & the Single Woman May 1, 2022   Return Charis Wong   Marriage & Family Therapist, Kin & Kids Marriage, Family & Child Therapy Centre You may have a well-paying job, in a position that demonstrates how capable you are in carrying out your responsibilities. Your clients love you, your boss adores you, and you pride yourself on your financial independence. And then, when you catch up with your family, the first thing they ask you is why you are still single. Under pressure? “There is always going to be pressure on women to get married,” says Charis Wong, “especially in Asian

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Positively Complementary

Home Positively Complementary May 1, 2022   Return Dr Lesley Braun PhD   Director, Blackmores Institute, Adjunct Associate Professor, National Institute of Complementary Medicine (University of Western Sydney) When Dr Lesley Braun’s grandfather was in his mid-80s, the man had to undergo surgery often due to his diabetes and heart condition. Seeing his health struggles, Dr Lesley recommended him some gingko pills. “The result was amazing,” she recalls with a smile. “Within 1 month, he could walk 3km without cramping, and his memory improved.” However, she found that there was considerable scepticism about the benefits of complementary medicine in the medical community. This, and the

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For Healthy Heart & Bones

Home For Healthy Heart & Bones May 1, 2022   Return Mr Greg Mapp   Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Pharmacy, Griffith University, Australia Complementary medicine today is no longer the home-made brews concocted by our grandparents based on beliefs and assumptions passed down from their own parents. These days, complementary medicine is increasingly science-based, and they are used more frequently to address common health conditions. Let us take a look at some examples. For a healthy heart Certain complementary medicines can support and boost heart health, when taken alongside prescribed medications. Of course, it is still very important to practise healthy eating and

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On Ginseng and Gingko

Home On Ginseng and Gingko May 1, 2022   Return Sarah Culverhouse   Naturopath, Blackmores Institute Health Educator & Trainer The ginseng from Korea Korean ginseng (Panax ginseng) is one of the most commonly used medicinal herbs in the world, for a variety of purported health benefits. Key clinical uses What does science say? Mental performance and cognition Some research shows positive results, but no conclusive evidence can be obtained. More research needed. Sexual function, fertility (male) and satisfaction Positive results for both males and females; enhances sexual arousal in menopausal women. Hypertension Too early to tell; studies are still at preliminary stage.  

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The Funny Bone

Home The Funny Bone May 1, 2022   Return We’ve all been through it – the point where you accidentally hit your elbow against something and bang! You get this funny, tingly or prickly kind of numbness and sometimes, even a dull pain..   The part of the elbow that causes this funny feeling is called, appropriately enough, the funny bone. What is the funny bone, exactly? The funny thing about funny bone (try saying that quickly) is that it is not actually a bone. Surprise, it is actually a nerve called the ulnar nerve. The ulnar nerve innervates several muscles in the

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Fats – Do we need them?

Home Fats – Do we need them? May 1, 2022   Return Most of us recognize that we should be cutting down on fats. However, do we realize that it is even more crucial to try substituting the saturated fat we consume with unsaturated fat? We need some fat in our daily diet as fat assists the body to absorb some vitamins. In addition, it is a good source of energy and the essential fatty acids that our body cannot produce on its own. However, consuming a lot of fat may lead to a higher energy intake than is required, making us

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The Wisdom Tooth Dilemma

Home The Wisdom Tooth Dilemma May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next Dr Nurul Aida Ngah   Senior Lecturer, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Mention “oral surgery” and most people would cringe. However, most of the common fears associated with oral surgery are exaggerated, even unfounded. Basically, oral surgery is a branch of dentistry that addresses the diagnosis and treatment of various diseases, injuries and defects in the region involving the face, mouth, lips and jaw (the orofacial region). Common types of oral surgery include the general tooth extraction, dentoalveolar surgery (removal of impacted or buried teeth, etc), pre-prosthetic surgery, treatment of cysts and tumours in

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Welcome to the “Ivy” League

Home Welcome to the “Ivy” League May 1, 2022   Return Have you heard of Hedera helix? That’s the scientific name for the plant which you may know as the common ivy, English ivy or European ivy. Ivy is a flowering plant found in the Araliaceae family that can be seen clinging on house walls and tree trunks around Europe and Western Asia. It is widely known that ivy leaf causes itch when we touch it. However, dried ivy leaf extract is safe and tolerated well among children and adults. Father Knows Best The medicinal properties of ivy were supposedly made famous

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A Tête-à-tête with Dr Tee

Home A Tête-à-tête with Dr Tee May 1, 2022   Return Dr Tee E Siong may not be a household name in Malaysia, but to those on the local nutrition scene, he is well-known for his passionate advocacy of better eating habits. He was a founding member of the Nutrition Society of Malaysia (NSM) and has served as its President for the last 19 years. He was also involved in several key initiatives of the Ministry of Health Malaysia to improve the nutritional status of Malaysians. Furthermore, several newspapers seek his views on various current nutrition issues in the country. He is

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A Heavy Concern

Home A Heavy Concern May 1, 2022   Return Overly thin individuals may be the envy of those who struggle to shed extra pounds. While being underweight seems more desirable than being overweight, being underweight has its risks. Hefty consequences Those overly thin individuals are at risk of infection (due to easily compromised and weak immune system), hair loss, low muscle mass and unstable hormonal regulation. In addition, underweight individuals are also prone to osteoporosis and anaemia due to the disrupt intake or absorption of important nutrients. Furthermore, underweight women are at risk of amenorrhea (the absence of menstruation) and probable pregnancy

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The Best Shots In Life: Give Yourself the Best Shot

Home The Best Shots In Life: Give Yourself the Best Shot May 1, 2022   Return Dr Haji Hazlee Bin Abdul Hadi   Occupational Health Specialist & Medical Advisor, Prince Court Medical Centre Life can be stressful at times, don’t you agree? High cost of living (the GST doesn’t make things any better), workplace blues, relationship woes… all of these can create a great deal of stress in our lives, and stress is closely linked to our physical and emotional health. If we are healthy, both physically and emotionally, we are in a better position to manage our stress and to take steps in getting

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The Best Shots in Life : Health and Happiness Begin with You

Home The Best Shots in Life : Health and Happiness Begin with You May 1, 2022   Return The key to personal happiness is health. Family, wealth, career success – they mean nothing if we are too ill to appreciate them. Therefore, there are some healthy habits we can practise to keep ourselves in good health. Eat balanced meals every day. This means eating a variety of food from every food group, in the right amount or portion. Move more every day. Ideally, we should be physically active for at least 30 minutes daily. However, even the most health-conscious of us sometimes

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The Best Shots in Life: In Sickness and In Health

Home The Best Shots in Life: Making Work “Work” May 1, 2022   Return Your work is piling and the deadline looms dangerously close. And then it happens – your colleague, Mariam starts sniffling and coughing, Raju follows suit, and the next thing you know, you too are down with a horrible flu. A flu attack is awful enough, with fever, sore throat, cough, body aches and tiredness being common symptoms. It can also affect our work performance. Too many sick leaves can increase our stress level as work piles up, and it may also be counted against us during the annual performance

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The Best Shots in Life So, ready for a shot?

Home The Best Shots in Life So, ready for a shot? May 1, 2022   Return We hope this Mini Report have shown you that vaccinations are a vital component of your efforts to stay healthy. They are not merely for children – even as adults, certain vaccines can help protect us from infectious diseases that threaten our efforts to find fulfilment and joy with our loved ones. Here is a summary of recommended vaccines for adults from the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Please consult your doctor for more information. Vaccine Recommendation Influenza 1 dose every year Tetanus,

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A Dangerous Kind of Sleep

Home A Dangerous Kind of Sleep May 1, 2022   Return Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh   Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon Sleep is essential for our health and wellbeing. If we think of our body as a machine that works all day long, sleep is the time when most of the important and more intensive processes wind down, giving the body a chance to perform any fine-tuning, repair and even rest. This is why we are refreshed and ready to go after a good night’s sleep, while the lack of sleep makes us feel increasingly lethargic and unable to focus. While many of

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Good Night, OSA

Home Good Night, OSA May 1, 2022   Return Datuk Dr Kuljit Singh   Consultant Ear, Nose and Throat Surgeon Getting OSA under control Dr Kuljit explains that, in order to diagnose an OSA, the patient would undergo a sleep test called polysomnography. This test takes place in a sleep laboratory. The patient would be hooked up to equipment that measures the activities of the heart, brain and lungs while he or she is asleep. The results would then be analysed. Should the patient be diagnosed with OSA, Dr Kuljit says that the next step is to devise treatment according to the patient’s condition

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Here’s to Family & Briyani

Home Here’s to Family & Briyani May 1, 2022   Return For Dr Yong Junina Fadzil, Hari Raya Aidilfitri is all about family. Celebration is low-key, involving her relatives coming over the morning of the first day of Raya. She would then visit her in-laws with her husband and children after lunch. “We don’t see one another often because not all of us live in Klang Valley; some of us are in Penang,” she tells us. These days, we have Facebook and various mobile chat apps to close the distance, but Dr Yong points out that nothing beats personal interaction. Furthermore, the

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Have Yourself a Yummy Raya!

Home Have Yourself a Yummy Raya! May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next Any and every Malaysian knows just how synonymous food is with the festivities – Hari Raya being no exception. Beef rendang, chicken satay, lemang, ketupat and kuih raya are just a few examples of the gastronomical delights to which one can look forward during the Raya celebrations. Ah, the thought of digging into these fares is enough to send many a person’s brain (mine, especially) into overdrive. But as easy as it is to gush about these delicacies and their sumptuousness, whipping them up is another story. Let’s face

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Healthy Mouth, Healthy Me

Home Healthy Mouth, Healthy Me May 1, 2022   Return Dr Budi Aslinie Bt Md Sabri   Senior Lecturer, Centre of Population Oral Health & Clinical Prevention Studies, Faculty of Dentistry Oral health is essential to general health.  While most of us are aware that good oral health allows us to eat properly, adds to the attractiveness of our smile and contributes to our self-esteem and general well-being, many of us may not know that problems in our mouth can affect the rest of our body. Having a “dirty mouth” or “bad-mouth” may not only be detrimental to your social health, but also to your physical

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Go Ginkgo

Home Go Ginkgo May 1, 2022   Return The origins of Ginkgo Ginkgo biloba, also known as the Maidenhair tree, Kew tree or Japanese Silver Apricot tree, is one of the oldest surviving species of tree. The tree is considered to be a “living fossil”, as it survived through major extinction events. Ginkgo trees have very unique properties; they are capable of growing more than 130 feet and can live for over 1000 years. Ginkgo owes its name to a traveller named Kaempfer who proposed it in 1712. This name was adopted by Linnaeus, the founder of the binomial nomenclature system. He

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Garlic-ky Goodness

Home Garlic-ky Goodness May 1, 2022   Return Let’s play a little game. The item is a herb that is commonly used in cooking. It is white,bulb-like in shape and produces a strong distinctive flavour once peeled or cooked. While some may find its smell fragrant, others may find it repulsive.  Still can’t guess what it is? It is GARLIC! Garlic (Allium sativum) has beenknown for its medicinal and culinary uses ever since ancient times. It is available in its original form, in powder or as supplements. But, what makes garlic great for us? Let’s discover why.   #1: Garlic is packed

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Be a Natural Beauty

Home Be a Natural Beauty May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next Young girls even before they reach puberty are pampered with beauty routines consisting of hair care, massage and a purifying bath. The traditional way Mashed noni fruit (Morinda citrifolia) is applied to their hair followed by a scalp massage using coconut oil, keremak leaves (Alternanthera sessilis L.), buah keras (Aleurites moluccana) and pandan leaves (Pandanus odorus). This hair routine is believed to strengthen hair roots and promote the growth of thick, glossy hair besides making it fragrant. A mixture of thick coconut milk and a pinch of salt is applied

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Bonded In Pink

Home Bonded In Pink May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next Lena Abdullah was 48 when she found a hard growth on her upper thigh. It grew rapidly, but as she experienced no pain, Lena assumed that everything would be fine when she underwent medical care to have her growth removed. Yet, when her biopsy result returned five days later, the doctor informed her that she needed further treatment. “What treatment?” she asked. “Chemotherapy.” With that one word, Lena’s life changed irrevocably. Finding strength As a wife and mother of 4 grown-up children, Lena was used to being the bedrock for her

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Healing from Grief

Home Healing from Grief May 1, 2022   Return Vanitha Chandrasegaram   Dance Therapist & Counselor,Integrative Creative Moments “Grief does not change you, Hazel. It reveals you.” – Peter Van Houten to Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars, a book by John Green. When we lose someone or something precious to us, we go through the process of grief. Besides death and terminal illness, which comes under the category of physical loss, we may also experience social loss (such as a divorce or the break-up of a relationship) and occupational loss (such as losing a job). It is almost difficult to predict how

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From Infertility to Parenthood

Home From Infertility to Parenthood May 1, 2022   Return Dr Wong Pak Seng   Fertility Specialist For many newly married couples, the joy of starting their own family and nurturing a child in a house full of warmth and love is definitely an experience to look forward to. It can be very discouraging, therefore, when the pregnancy test comes back negative despite repeated attempts to conceive. But infertility is not something that you should feel ashamed of. It is not a sign of personal failure, as the causes of infertility, which you will see later, are many and varied, some of them outside

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Inconceivable?

Home Inconceivable? May 1, 2022   Return Knowing the possible causes of infertility would help you gain a better understanding of fertility treatments, which in turn would give you a boost of confidence to keep on trying even when you encounter some stumbling blocks along the way. So, let’s take a look at some of these causes. It’s not always better late than never Dr Wong Pak Seng points out that people today are having children at a later age, for reasons such as focusing on their careers or wishing to achieve financial stability first. However, the fertility of a woman decreases

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New Hope, New Beginning

Home New Hope, New Beginning May 1, 2022   Return According to Dr Wong Pak Seng, the best time to visit a fertility specialist is within the first two weeks of your period. This is the time when tests and examinations would offer the most accurate insight into your ability to have children. Is it fine to call the fertility specialist centre directly, or do you need to be referred by your doctor? Dr Wong claims that either approach is fine. “In other countries, such as the UK, you need to be referred in order to receive treatment at fertility centres. In

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Sowing the Seeds of Hope

Home Sowing the Seeds of Hope May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next While there are other forms of treatment, in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) is the primary means of helping a childless couple conceive a child. IVF involves stimulating and harvesting multiple mature eggs from the wife and fertilising them with her husband’s sperm in a dish in the laboratory. A successfully fertilised egg would then be implanted in the wife. Dr Wong Pak Seng explains that the success rate of IVF is about 50%, and becomes lower after the age of 35. Therefore, a couple may have to repeat IVF for several

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Fasting During the Blessed Month

Home Fasting During the Blessed Month May 1, 2022   Return Ramadan is truly a blessed month for Muslims, as it is a time for fasting, reflection, and religious devotion. Fasting allows Muslims to experience the hunger and thirst faced by those less fortunate, which in turn would encourage them to become more charitable to those in need. Unfortunately, Malaysia is a country with high prevalence of diabetes. An estimated 1.2 million Malaysians have high blood sugar, and many of them would require additional attention and care should they decide to fast during Ramadan. In light of this, the Ministry of Health

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When Fasting Hurts

Home When Fasting Hurts May 1, 2022   Return As millions of Muslims all over the world observe fasting this Ramadan, some of us may need to pay extra care to our stomach. While a degree of discomfort may be experienced now and then, people with pre-existing gastritis or peptic ulcer disease (PUD) have to be careful, or else fasting can be a painful experience for them. The acid in our tummy Normally, the acid in our stomach has an important role: it creates the appropriate environment for digestion to take place. This is because enzymes such as proteases (which digest the

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5 Ways to Up Your Office Game

Home 5 Ways to Up Your Office Game May 1, 2022   Return The phrase “rat race” is used to define our current lifestyle of constantly working and striving to make a living. Has it ever occurred to you that the rats may be happier off in their own race these days, compared to us? Unsurprisingly, many employers are taking measures to improve their employees’ physical and mental well-being. However, some of our bosses may be a little bit slow in changing the workplace for the better. Here are some small things we can do to make the workplace a brighter, healthier

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Lost for choice

Home Lost for choice May 1, 2022   Return There are so many cough mixtures out there that it can be hard to choose the right one. Well, there are literally tens if not hundreds of different brands of cough mixtures with varied functions! And, it is confusing as you are not sure which works effectively, on you at least. It is especially important when it comes to relieving yourself of the annoying coughs, just so that you can get on with your daily routine peacefully. So, how to choose? About cough Why do we cough in the first place? A cough

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Yikes! It’s cellulite!

Home Yikes! It’s cellulite! May 1, 2022   Return Zits and now, cellulite? That’s preposterous! Yes, cellulite is the slight bulge you see on your thighs, hips, buttocks and abdomen. Some called it the “orange-peel”; it commonly affects adolescent and adult women. And, it is downright unsightly! I mean, how are you going to boast of your slim body if cellulite is in sight? What is cellulite? Cellulite is not harmful.  It is simply unattractive dimpled-fat-lump that most women wish to be rid of. Cellulite is commonly found in body parts with fat reserves such as thighs, hips, and buttocks. What happens

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No teeth? No problem!

Home No teeth? No problem! May 1, 2022   Return It is said that a simple smile is one of the easiest yet most comforting gifts we can give. Yet, the smiles of Malaysians may not be as bright as they once were According to the 2010 National Oral Health Survey of Adults, conducted by the Oral Health Division of the Ministry of Health Malaysia, 52.4% of all Malaysians surveyed believed that they had good oral health, but in truth, 98.3% of the Malaysians surveyed were in need of some form of oral healthcare! Of these numbers: 94.0% suffered from gum problems,

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The Dish on Dentures

Home The Dish on Dentures May 1, 2022   Return Dentures have been used for centuries by people with missing teeth. George Washington, one of the most famous presidents of USA, was a well-known wearer of dentures made from bone, hippopotamus ivory, human teeth, brass screws, and even gold metal wire! Unfortunately, thanks to cartoons and movies, dentures have been the target of ridicule for so long that they have a rather… embarrassing reputation, let’s just say. Mention “dentures” and one imagines some poor old woman’s dentures flying across the room to hit some unfortunate soul’s head after a hard sneeze. Or,

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How to Lose Weight (Without Gaining It Back)

Home How to Lose Weight (Without Gaining It Back) May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next Prof Dr Winnie Chee   Dietitian & Professor, Division of Nutrition & Dietetics, International Medical University Madam G is a busy 40-something career woman, wife and mother. Over the past 3 years, she gained 30kg and became obese.  When the doctor informed Madam G that she might not live to see her children get married if she didn’t do something about her weight, she embarked on a crash diet – replacing her daily meals with protein shakes. To her delight, she lost 35kg in 1 month. This new weight

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Zoodle Mania!

Home Zoodle Mania! April 29, 2022   Return Most of us these days are either trying to maintain a healthy weight or to lose some weight. Unless you are one of the few lucky ones, chances are, it is not easy to keep those unwanted kilos away. One big reason for this is our diet. Aside from rice, we also love our noodles. Noodles such as bihun seem like a “lighter” fare than rice, but they are actually packed with carbohydrates in the form of starch. Most noodles are made from white flour and may contain gluten. While we are not saying

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Sweat it out

Home Sweat it out April 29, 2022   Return If you have wished for a sauna in your home but cringe at the thought of the expenses and renovation work needed to make that a reality, here are some good news: far infrared sauna (FIR) may just be what you are looking for, By using the FIR sauna just once every day for 30-40 minutes, it will soothe you with its warm gentle energy, while making you sweat a lot.  Together with a healthy diet and regular exercise, you can burn up to 600 calories in 30 minutes! There are reports of

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A Plant that is Simply Di-Vine

Home A Plant that is Simply Di-Vine May 1, 2022   Return The ivy Hedera helix Linn, also known as English Ivy or European Ivy, is a fast-growing, climbing vine plant that mainly grows and spreads in two stages. The first stage or the juvenile stage sees the plant producing 3 to 5 thick, lobed dark green leaves. In its adult stage, the plant produces round umbel-like clusters of greenish-white flowers followed by blue-black berries. Native to Europe, the plant was brought to various parts of the world by settlers during the colonial regime. Its leaves are widely used to treat respiratory

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Healthy, Burpy & Smelly

Home Healthy, Burpy & Smelly May 1, 2022   Return Garlic Called the ‘stinking rose’ for a good reason, garlic promises a slew of health benefits but there is one downside: the smell. In addition to having ‘garlic breath’, you may also develop a distinctive body odour if you eat fresh garlic over a long period of time. Try garlic supplements. Depending on the formulation, some may offer reduced garlic breath or body odour side effects. The odour-free ones are usually made from aged garlic extract, which contains lesser amounts of allicin – the active substance that makes garlic beneficial as well

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Hold On, are you jabbed up?

Home Hold On, are you jabbed up? May 1, 2022   Return Ahoy there,travelers! Think you are ready for your next destination? Think again! Being in a foreign land means you are exposing yourself to the unknown and, this includes any potential infectious diseases. So, do you know what that really means? It means you need to be protected! But, fret not; we’ve got you covered with some of the vaccinations you may need before the escapade. Flu shots: Be injected yearly for those above 6 months old. Do a research on the current flu outbreaks present at your destination. Ensure that

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Bracing Yourself for the Braces

Home Bracing Yourself for the Braces May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next Dr Aida Nur Ashikin bt Abd Rahman   Orthodontist & Senior Orthodontic Lecturer, Faculty of Dentistry, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)                                                         Orthodontic treatment is about straightening your teeth; it is about improving the harmony of your mouth and jaws using a prescribed appliance called braces. Braces help to improve the appearance of your teeth as well as your facial structure, boosting your confidence to flash that beautiful smile

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Going Dry

Home Going Dry May 1, 2022   Return Dr Amer Siddiq Amer Nordin   Associate Professor & Consultant Psychiatrist, University Malaya Medical Centre & UM Specialist Centre Dr Amer Siddiq Amer Nordin can usually be found at the Department of Psychological Medicine in the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC). This department has an outpatient clinic which runs on Mondays to Fridays, 9 to 11 am where Friday is a day dedicated to addiction related problems which includes alcohol addiction. “Many patients with an alcohol addiction are referred by other medical specialists who are dealing with health reasons related to their addiction. Very few come in

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The Elderly & the Family

Home The Elderly & the Family May 1, 2022   Return Assoc Prof Dr Tan Maw Pin   Consultant Geriatrician, Department of Medicine, University of Malaya Associate Professor Dr Tan Maw Pin is not your everyday specialist. One of 23 geriatricians in Malaysia, Dr Tan specialises in the care and treatment of the elderly. In addition to prescribing treatment for the different related health conditions and diseases, she also offers consultations and advice on the overall lifestyle modifications in order to improve the quality of life of the elderly. Therefore, Dr Tan is no stranger to the issues related to the care of the elderly. “Our

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Stay Sharp!

Home Stay Sharp! May 1, 2022   Return Much has been said about the importance of regular exercise, and rightfully so, as we are becoming a “heavier” nation, with many severe repercussions on our health in tow. However, we should also pay attention to our brain. An unfortunate fact of life is that our brain shows a decline as we age. Our cognitive functions – which include our ability to reason, evaluate, make decisions, learn new things, remember details and more – become affected as our brain shows some wear and tear in time. Some studies suggest that the decline slowly begins

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Deliciously Healthy

Home Deliciously Healthy May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next When was the last time you had a healthy lunch? If you find yourself thinking too hard for an answer (yet unable to come up with one), you aren’t the only one – that’s for sure. After all, Malaysians aren’t exactly known for our nutritious meal choices, are we? With such a vast array of ahem, unhealthy, ahem but oh-so-delicious culinary selections (roti telur, kari laksa, cendol – just to name a few) at our disposal, it’s almost inevitable to fall into the cycle of eating unhealthily. To top it off, it’s

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Just a Call Away

Home Just a Call Away May 1, 2022   Return “Things may seem very painful now but don’t give up on life. Once you get through this, you will see the strength in you. So, always have hope,” says Ardy Ayadali. The cynic in us may snort at the aforementioned line, thinking it to be a monologue straight out of some cheesy soap opera; mere clichéd drivel. But it isn’t. Ardy, for one knows exactly what he is talking about. After all, he is the Publicity Director of Befrienders Kuala Lumpur – a non-government organisation which offers help and emotional support to

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Of Sugar and Substitutes

Home Of Sugar and Substitutes May 1, 2022   Return Sugar is an inseparable ingredient in the food we consume. However, too much sugar is not ideal for our health and teeth. Hence, sugar substitutes continue to entice consumers. Generally, any sweeteners other than the regular table sugar are considered as sugar substitutes. Table 1 shows several types of sugar substitutes available currently. Table 1: Types of sugar substitutes Sugar substitutes Examples Definition Uses Concerns Artificial sweeteners    Acesulfame potassium (Sweet One, Sunett) Aspartame (Equal, Nutrasweet) Neotame Saccharin (Sweet’NLow, SugarTwin) Sucralose (Splenda) Synthetic sugar substitutes, but may also be derived from natural

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Breathe Easy

Home Breathe Easy May 1, 2022   Return If you’ve just been told that you suffer from sinusitis, fret not. This intimidating term simply means an infection or inflammation of the sinuses. It is a common condition, and symptoms include a green or yellow discharge from the nose, a blocked nose or difficulty breathing through your nose, pain or swelling around the nose, eyes, cheeks or forehead, and a reduced sense of smell. There are generally two types of sinusitis: acute and chronic. They share similar signs and symptoms, but differ in the duration of infection. Acute sinusitis lasts up to four

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Beauty sleep – it works!

Home Beauty sleep – it works! May 1, 2022   Return Words by Hannah May-Lee Wong Beauty sleep is real. Investing your time in quality sleep is never in vain and can even pay off more than an expensive skin care routine. In a study conducted in Sweden that observed the facial features of women after normal sleep versus 31 hours of sleep deprivation, the sleep deprived individuals had more noticeable eyebags, drooping eyelids, redder eyes, darker under-eye circles, paler skin, more wrinkles and sagging corners around the mouth. Your nightly snooze is the time when the body repairs, rejuvenates and recalls. Other

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Haunted Sleep

Home Haunted Sleep May 1, 2022   Return Words Lim Teck Choon  Werewolf at night Not everyone with OSA snores, but snoring is nonetheless a common symptom among people with this condition. At night, you may snore, gasp and snort like a werewolf. You may not hear these sounds, but your partner will. Many partners of people with OSA report of how scared they are when the sleeping person with OSA frequently stops breathing for a period of time, before resuming their werewolf-like sleep throes. Zombie by day Even if you sleep for 10 hours a day, OSA will prevent you from reaching

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When a Nosebleed May be Dangerous

Home When a Nosebleed May be Dangerous May 1, 2022   Return Previous Next Words Lim Teck Choon Dato’ Paduka Dr Balwant Singh GendehConsultant Ear, Nose & Throat Surgeon  Attila the Hun, the much-feared fifth century king, managed to carve an empire from the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, and his name sent jolts of fear down the spines of even the most daring generals of the Roman Empire. Alas, the mighty leader eventually died… of a nosebleed. Okay, many historians still debate to this very day over the actual cause of that man’s death, but we do wonder: can a nosebleed really

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Shall we Tango?

Home Shall we Tango? May 1, 2022   Return Words Hannah May-Lee Wong It was a starry starry night when my fiancé, Vincent, and I, made our way to Shall We Dance studio in Petaling Jaya. This was our first time being taught dance (excluding a short stint in ballet when I was five years old). I have, however, heard many good things about dancing by doctors and colleagues alike, so I was excited to try it out for myself. The studio was buzzing with life as the rooms were brightly lit and concurrent dance classes were going on. Our dance instructor and

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Your Mom is Right. Eat Your Broccoli!

Home Your Mom is Right. Eat Your Broccoli! May 1, 2022   Return Words Lim Teck Choon   Edna Loh Accredited Practising Dietitian (Aus)Unicare Pharmacy (Petaling Jaya) Broccoli, cauliflower, and brussels sprouts are just some of the vegetables that fall under the Cruciferae family. Hence, the greens in this family are often referred to as cruciferous vegetables. Aside from those already mentioned, other cruciferous greens that often grace our dinner table include kai lan, bok choy, broccoli sprouts, cabbage, choy sum and wasabi (the plant, not the sauce).   Edna Loh, an accredited practising dietitian, explains that these plants are rich in sulforaphane, a substance that is increasingly found to be more

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Going Green, Baby! (Part 2)

Home Going Green, Baby! (Part 2) April 29, 2022   Return Previous Next Words Lim Teck Choon Edna Loh Accredited Practising Dietitian (Aus) Unicare Pharmacy (Petaling Jaya)   In Part 1, dietitian Edna Loh shared some nutritional considerations for vegetarians and vegans, focusing on protein, iron and vitamin B12. This time, she continues the discussion by shining the spotlight on vitamin D, calcium, iodine and zinc. Whether you are considering or already practising the vegetarian or vegan diet, read on to find out how you can meet your daily nutritional needs while staying true to yourself.   Vitamin D Vitamin D has been demonstrated through

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Stones, Stones, Stones, Stones

Home Stones, Stones, Stones, Stones April 29, 2022   Return Previous Next Words Hannah May-Lee Wong Dr Hemanth Kumar Ramasamy Consultant Urological Surgeon   Having stones in any part of your body may sound frightening, and that’s because it is. A large stone in the urinary tract can cause an obstruction, severe infection and, if not properly treated, can lead to the complete loss of a kidney. Urologist Dr Hemanth Kumar Ramasamy keeps a collection of stones of different shapes and sizes in clear glass jars in his office. He has seen and treated many cases is his practice. This, he explains, is

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Doctor on the Run

Home Doctor on the Run April 29, 2022   Return Previous Next Written by Tee I-Wei Interview by Mok Shi-Lynn Dr Au Yong Pui San Sports Medicine Physician Triathlete, Powerlifter   Marathons, duathlons and triathlons are just a few of the many ‘tons’ in 36-year-old Dr Au Yong Pui San’s life. The other tons come from the incredible weights she handles when powerlifting. It comes as no surprise then, that she is a sports medicine physician. Her work encompasses sporting injuries, post operative rehabilitation, return-to-sports rehabilitation, exercise prescription as well as fitness assessment. As we chatted with her over her profession and her passion for

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Replace your Missing Teeth with Dental Implants

Home Replace your Missing Teeth with Dental Implants May 1, 2022   Return Words Mok Shi-Lynn Dr G.K. AnandaConsultant Oral Maxillofacial Surgeon   If you lose a tooth, what can you do? Generally, there are three options: a denture, bridge or implant. Dental implants are replacement tooth roots that are built into your jawbone to hold artificial teeth. A relatively new procedure, implants became more popular just a few decades ago and have become an effective way to replace missing teeth. The implant, which can be in the form of a screw (usually made of titanium), is placed in the jawbone. After the

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Meet the Sporty Surgeons

Home Meet the Sporty Surgeons April 29, 2022   Return Previous Next Words Hannah May-Lee Wong Doctors may talk the talk, but how many of them walk the walk (or run the run, for that matter)? When we first encountered Dr Lau Choon Ping for an article on scoliosis, admittedly, we noticed that he is super fit! Scrolling through his Facebook, we saw an array of action shots taken from the various marathons he participated in. When we said we wanted to interview him about his sporting activities, the orthopaedic surgeon immediately told us (and with great enthusiasm) that he exercises with a

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Is Organic Really Better?

Home Is Organic Really Better? May 1, 2022   Return More people are turning to organic food as a healthier option. But is it really better for us? Our contributing dietitian and chef shines the spotlight on organic foods, answering all the commonly asked questions and providing tips on how to start going organic.   Georgen Thye BSc. (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics, IMU Dietitian, Holmusk Council Member, Malaysian Dietitians’ Association (MDA) Founder of Georgen Cooking www.facebook.com/georgencooking georgen_thye@live.com    Walking down a supermarket aisle these days, you are likely to see more shelves dedicated to organic food and beverages. The price of these

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Don’t Sweat It

Home Don’t Sweat It May 1, 2022   Return                   Do you sweat so much and so frequently that it makes you uncomfortable or embarrassed? Excessive sweating is actually a medical condition; it’s called hyperhidrosis. The good news is that there are effective methods to alleviate this condition.   Dr Ch’ng Chin Chwen Consultant Dermatologist   Words Hannah May-Lee Wong When we’re stressed or worried, people may tell us, “Don’t sweat it.” But for some people, this is not an option. Excessive sweating that is not normal is called hyperhidrosis. Affected individuals can sweat so

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“Sure or Not?!!!”

Home “Sure or Not?!!!” May 1, 2022   Return “Sure or Not?!!!”  December 13, 2018   Return Professor Dr Ng Chirk Jenn Senior Consultant in Family Medicine Department of Primary Care Medicine, University of Malaya Medical Centre   Words Lim Teck Choon   It is about time you bring your baby to be vaccinated, but your mother-in-law tells you that she has heard that overloading a little child’s body with too many vaccines can be dangerous for his health. “Wait, surely there is more about this online,” you think as you fire up the browser on your phone. Let’s see… you type “vaccine”, “safety” and

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Skip The Sugar

Home Skip The Sugar May 1, 2022   Return Georgen ThyeBSc. (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics, IMU Dietitian, HolmuskCouncil Member, Malaysian Dietitians’ Association (MDA) Founder of Georgen Cooking www.facebook.com/georgencooking georgen_thye@live.com   On November 2, our government announced, for the first time, that a tax will be imposed on sugary drinks from April 2019. Sweetened beverages containing sugar exceeding 5 grams per 100ml and juices with sugar content of more than 12 grams per 100ml will be taxed 40 sen per litre. To get a better perspective, this means one can of regular soda (325ml) and a big bottle of 1.5L soda will be 13

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Caring For Your Contact Lenses

Home Caring For Your Contact Lenses May 1, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG Woon Pak Seong Optometrist President of the Association of Malaysian Optometrists   The eyes are the windows to your soul; which is why it is of utmost importance that you take extra good care of them. Things get a little more complicated when you decide to wear contact lenses instead of spectacles -it requires more caution and hygiene. HealthToday talks to optometrist Woon Pak Seong to get some tips on contact lens upkeep and more. ARE CONTACT LENSES SUITABLE FOR EVERYONE? Most people can wear contact lenses to correct their

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Why Does Everything Seem A Little Blur

Home Why Does Everything Seem A Little Blur May 1, 2022   Return WORDS PANK JIT SIN Dr. Azhar Zainuddin Consultant Ophthalmologist Cataract and Refractive Surgeon   We often associate decline in visual acuity to a natural progression as we grow older. While this may be true for the most part, modern medicine and knowledge is here to help us grow old more optimally and gradually. One of the more common problems causing vision loss in those aged 40 and above is cataract. Cataract is the clouding of the eye’s natural lens due to ageing. However, some other factors can contribute to cataract,

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5 Foods Your Cardiologist Wants You To Stop Eating

Home 5 Foods Your Cardiologist Wants You To Stop Eating May 1, 2022   Return WORDS DR RAMASAMI NANDAKUMAR Consultant Interventional Cardiologist   Did you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the US? In 2016, 35% of all deaths in Malaysia were due to heart disease or stroke. We all read about what’s healthy and what’s not, but sometimes marketing gimmicks, labels and pre-existing notions make us eat food that may actually be harming our bodies. Senior Cardiologist Dr Ramasami Nandakumar highlights the top unhealthy foods for your heart and what to eat instead. FOODS HIGH IN SALT

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How’s Your Sex Sense?

Home How’s Your Sex Sense? May 1, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON “Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along.” ~ Rumi True romance and great sex co-exist in the same universe, and no, it’s not on the big screen or on the pages of a romance novel. How is it possible to find this perfect chemistry of love and sex? Well, behind every honeyed word and sensual touch is some science and psychology. This month, let’s discover how we can hone our sex sense by making some small simple changes in our daily lives. No overpriced hotel

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An Ageing Eye Condition

Home An Ageing Eye Condition April 29, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG If you are over 40, have problems focusing up-close and need to read your newspaper or tablet from a stretched distance, it’s likely you have presbyopia — a common eye condition you develop as you age. WHAT IS PRESBYOPIA? Did you know, the word “presbyopia” means “old eye” in Greek? Also known as long-sightedness, presbyopia is when a person gradually loses the ability to see objects clearly when the objects are up-close. Don’t worry, it is not a disease but a normal process that comes with ageing. It usually

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Get Smart: 5 Gadgets For A Healthy Heart

Home Get Smart: 5 Gadgets For A Healthy Heart April 29, 2022   Return Dr Ramasami Nandakumar Consultant Interventional Cardiologist   We love technology as much as you do – especially when it helps get your heart healthy! A cardiologist gives us an insight into using gadgets to promote cardiovascular health. From the coolest gizmos to the hottest wearables, learn how these tech devices can help make your heart healthy and happy. FITNESS TRACKERS You’ve seen them everywhere and probably even own a few, but what is it about fitness trackers that can help keep your cardio health in check? Simply wearing a fitness

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The Many Evidence-Based Uses of Ginseng

Home The Many Evidence-Based Uses of Ginseng April 29, 2022   Return WORDS PANK JIT SIN Dr Chang Yuan-Shiun Professor of Pharmacognosy China Medical University of Taiwan   Dr Chang recently came to Kuala Lumpur to speak about ginseng. Dr Chang spent his life researching ginseng and its curative properties and is considered the foremost authority on the herb. The famed traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) herb known as ginseng is the dried root of plants belonging to the Panax ginseng, which is a testament to its potency and versatility in TCM. Panax is derived from the Greek word pana which means all and axos which means cure. Ginseng is thought

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When NSAIDs cause pain

Home When NSAIDs cause pain April 29, 2022   Return Words Lim Teck Choon  Dr Chieng Jin Yu Consultant Physician, Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist Pantai Hospital Ampang   Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are a group of medications that can help reduce inflammation, pain and fever. As a result, they are commonly used as painkillers. However, NSAIDs can, somewhat ironically, also bring pain and discomfort as they can cause ulcers to form in the stomach and small intestines as a side effect. This month, gastroenterologist and hepatologist Dr Chieng Jin Yu will give us a closer look at these NSAID-induced ulcers, and what we can do

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Warm versus Cold

Home Warm versus Cold April 29, 2022   Return WORDS DR AU YONG PUI SAN Sport Medicine Physician   Are you confused with the conficting information that you have read online or shared by your friends – why does one injury need ice while another needs a warm compress? Perhaps you are puzzled why a cold and/or warm compress were applied at certain times during physiotherapy sessions. For the fourth article in our series on sports injuries, a sports medicine physician explains when you should apply warm and cold therapy for sports-related injuries. Warm therapy comprises warm compress, warm towels, heat-producing electrotherapeutic modalities

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Ankle Sprain

Home Ankle Sprain April 29, 2022   Return WORDS DR AU YONG PUI SAN Ankle sprain is a very common injury in both the sporting and non-sporting population. It is one third of all sports injuries. Ankle sprain can take a long time to heal and up to 60% of sufferers have long-term disability. The ankle joint is held in place by ligaments and tendons which maintain its stability. Ligaments are attached from bone to bone while tendons are attached from muscle to bone. When you sprain your ankle, you will experience pain and swelling over the outer side of the ankle. It

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The Truth about Bunions

Home The Truth about Bunions April 29, 2022   Return WORDS HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG Lim Yuanshuang Podiatrist Having bunions on their feet is a common problem amongst women, and it’s a particularly frustrating foot condition to have too—just think of all those beautiful high- heeled shoes that feet with bunion can’t fit into. Some of us may turn to bunion correctors, toe separators or opt to wear slippers all the time in attempt to reverse the bunion, but do these things really help? We talk to a podiatrist to find out. WHAT IS A BUNION? The medical term for bunions is hallux valgus.

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1-2-3-4 Steps to Blood Pressure Control

Home 1-2-3-4 Steps to Blood Pressure Control April 29, 2022   Return Dr Ramasami Nandakumar Consultant Interventional Cardiologist   High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is widely known as ‘the silent killer’ because people with the condition usually have no signs or symptoms. According to the National Health and Morbidity Survey in 2015, 30.3% of people aged above 18 have high blood pressure. That’s 1-in-3 people in Malaysia walking around with hypertension! Consultant Interventional Cardiologist Dr Ramasami Nandakumar highlights 4 steps you can take to control your blood pressure. HERE ARE 4 STEPS YOU CAN TAKE TO CONTROL YOUR BLOOD PRESSURE: CHECK YOUR

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Let Yoga Heal Your Body And Mind

Home Let Yoga Heal Your Body And Mind April 29, 2022   Return WORDS PANK JIT SIN This may not be the most well-known fact, but June 21 is International Day of Yoga. The worldwide celebrative day is still fairly new as it was incepted in 2015 by the United Nations General Assembly. However, yoga is anything but young. It is believed to have originated in India around 3000 B.C. with stone carvings of persons in yoga poses being found in the Indus Valley, which is one of the main civilizations during the Bronze Age. The word ‘yoga’ is derived from Sanskrit and

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Can Coffee Be A Medicine?

Home Can Coffee Be A Medicine? April 29, 2022   Return WORDS PANK JIT SIN We love coffee for so many reasons, the chief of which is its ability to keep us awake on long haul drives and boring meetings. However, coffee aficionados like yours truly will be pleased to know that it can save lives as well! A recent case study involving a rare, untreatable disease and coffee was recently making its rounds in the medical scene. It involves a child with a condition known as dyskinesia, a disease where the person has impaired or involuntary movements. Back to the case, an 11-year

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It’s Stinky. It’s Spiny. It’s Like Manna From Heaven … For Some Of Us

Home It’s Stinky. It’s Spiny. It’s Like Manna From Heaven … For Some Of Us April 29, 2022   Return WORDS PANK JIT SIN Hello, folks! It’s your friendly neighbour- hood durian fanatic. You may recall from the Note from the Team in the August issue that there was a picture of yours truly in a truck filled with durian. I recall in my (much) younger days, when my father used to bring back a car boot full of durians every week when the fruit was in season. We’d have durian for breakfast, dinner and lunch. It is always a good time for

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Are You Sweet Enough?

Home Are You Sweet Enough? April 29, 2022   Return Georgen Thye BSc. (Hons) Nutrition and Dietetics, IMU Dietitian, Holmusk Council Member, Malaysian Dietitians’ Association (MDA) Founder of Georgen Cooking www.youtube.com/channel/UCrEVuCcW4qHliA3c6dJo1cA georgen_thye@live.com   November is World Diabetes Awareness Month. This year, the theme set by the International Diabetes Federation is Family and Diabetes, which aims to acknowledge the important role of the family in the management, care, prevention, and education of diabetes. For the patient, diabetes is a lonely disease, and it is there with them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and it doesn’t go away. A typical patient spends

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LIVING IT UP AT HOME

Home LIVING IT UP AT HOME April 29, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON AND HANNAH MAY-LEE WONG Being stuck at home can get lonely and perhaps a little boring; but social distancing is an important step in curbing the spread of COVID-19. Everyone must do their part to stay home as much as possible for this exercise to work, so it’s time for you to get comfortable in your own den. If you’re stumped on ideas of things to do at home, here are a few  suggestions to get you going: Do some cleaning With all that extra free time, try the KonMari

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KITCHEN TIME WITH THE TODDLER

Home KITCHEN TIME WITH THE TODDLER April 29, 2022   Return WORDS LIM TECK CHOON There are a few good reasons to share your kitchen time with a toddler. One, seeing their parent prepare the foods will increase the toddler’s interest in their foods come mealtime. Two, it’s another opportunity to bond with the little one. Finally, three—by aiming for the long run and cultivating your toddler’s interest in foods and food preparation, you are raising a child who would one day be able to cook for themselves, their own families… and you! Get a high chairPlace your toddler in a high chair

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Diabetes Care – Part 1

Home Diabetes Care – Part 1 April 29, 2022   Return Professor Winnie Chee   President, Malaysian Dietitians’ Association Being diagnosed with diabetes does not prevent anyone from living a fulfilling life! Although there is no cure for diabetes, it can be treated and controlled, and some people may go into remission. Diabetes management is about lessening or reducing complications which typically come with the condition, so that you may live your life as normally as possible. For starters, you have to get your head around the issue. Be mentally prepared, and get hold of the support you need in view of the lifestyle changes

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TLC for Your Tonsils

Home TLC for Your Tonsils April 29, 2022   Return Tonsils are the soft tissues you can see at the back of your throat, on the left and right sides. They help the body fight infection by filtering and trapping virus and bacteria. When children grow up, their immune system becomes stronger. As a result, their tonsils will usually become smaller. In most adults, their immune system takes over the function of their tonsils.  Viruses such as the cold or flu virus as well as bacteria such as group A streptococcus can infect the tonsils, causing tonsillitis. As a result, the tonsils

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Cataract Unclouded

Home Cataract Unclouded April 29, 2022   Return Most people know that the big ‘C’ refers to cancer in the oncology world but not many may realize what the big ‘C’ stands for in the ophthalmology field. It is none other than cataract. According to consultant ophthalmologist Dr Shin Hoy Choong, “The 2014 National Eye Survey reported that more than 43,000 Malaysians are blind from cataract, and it’s estimated that over 670,000 cataract surgeries have to be performed within the next four to five years in Malaysia.” Things aren’t looking too good on a global scale as well. Worldwide, roughly 24 million

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Quenching Dry Hair

Home Quenching Dry Hair April 29, 2022   Return We’ve all experienced a bad hair day at some point in our lives – we’re only human, after all. However, there are some people who are plagued with it all too often. If that includes you, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. You wake up every morning, hoping that today will finally be the day when your hair will no longer be dry and brittle. But, as always, it never actually happens. Your hair still gets tangled up in knots, which are becoming increasingly difficult to brush out. Adding to your concern,

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“You want to stick a tube up my … where?”

Home “You want to stick a tube up my … where?” April 29, 2022   Return Dr Shanthi Palaniappan   Consultant Gastroenterologist Just mention ‘colonoscopy’ and many people will immediately think of a tube being inserted up one’s rectum – or ‘the back door’. “Well, I won’t disagree with that definition,” Dr Shanthi tells us with a laugh. She explains that the tube is actually a flexible and thin device called a colonoscope. From the rectum, it can travel up the entire length of the colon. Modern advances have produced increasingly thinner and more flexible tubes, allowing for less discomfort and pain to the

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Get Well Soon

Home Get Well Soon April 29, 2022   Return Having the flu is probably one of those times when we all feel our worst. So, why not cheer up your flu-stricken loved ones with a lovely gift basket? To come up with a gift basket that will perk up your loved one’s spirits, come up with a list of items that will appeal to his or her the most. If you are not sure what these items are, it’s time for a quick analysis – time to call other family members and friends for tips! Here are some items you can include

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Flu is Here? #HopeIDontGetSickAgain

Home Flu is Here? #HopeIDontGetSickAgain April 29, 2022   Return Know your enemy Have you ever wondered why it is so easy for us to keep getting the flu? And why it can be hard to get rid of? This is because the flu virus keeps changing. First, let’s take a look at how your body fights diseases. Germs, viruses and other disease-causing organisms usually have structures on their cells called antigens. These antigens are recognized by the cells of your immune system, marking the disease-causing organisms as enemies that need to be eliminated quickly. However, your immune system usually needs to

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Good for the Brain

Home Good for the Brain April 29, 2022   Return Yuen Kah Hay   Professor, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia   Our brain is a complex organ, and we still have much to learn about how it works. What we do know, however, is that our brain undergoes changes as we age, changes that can affect its ability to function normally. While some of these changes are due to the natural consequences of ageing, we may develop conditions that can also affect our brain. According to Prof Yuen Kah Hay, our brain consumes more energy than any other organ in the body, roughly 20% of

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Give Your Nose a Break

Home Give Your Nose a Break April 29, 2022   Return The poor nose is often taken for granted, and many of us only realise just how much TLC our noses need when we begin to wheeze, sneeze and experience discomfort (even pain) with every breath we take. Here are some tips to help you get some relief when your nose acts up. There is nothing like a simple piece of tissue paper. There are various wet wipes and scented tissues available in the market, often containing scents and chemicals that can make a sensitive or tender nose feel worse. Stick to

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Cold, Strep Throat or Tonsillitis?

Home Cold, Strep Throat or Tonsillitis? April 29, 2022   Return A sore throat is often the first sign of a respiratory illness. Usually, you come down with a cold or the flu. But, did you know less common conditions such as strep throat and tonsillitis also cause a sore throat? In the case of a cold or the flu, a sore throat usually disappears or improves after 1-2 days. Then, you begin experiencing a runny nose, watery eyes and other symptoms. Strep throat? You know for sure that your sore throat is caused by a cold or the flu when you

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Antibiotics: The Lost Miracle?

Home Antibiotics: The Lost Miracle? April 29, 2022   Return Dr Syamhanin Adnan   Senior Clinical Pharmacist (Acute Medication Service), Hospital Sungai Buloh Dr Benedict Sim Lim Heng   Senior Consultant (Infectious Diseases), Hospital Sungai Buloh You are surrounded by bacteria; they are attacking in large numbers. You have to defend yourself. You need to protect yourself from their attacks and you cry for help. Someone hands you a weapon. You hold it tightly. It does not only shield you but acts as a weapon to kill the bacteria. You are safe … for now. Then they attack again, a second time. You reach for the weapon again.

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Blowing Up Colours

Home Blowing Up Colours April 29, 2022   Return Mucus is like the oil in your car engine. We need mucus to survive and live healthily. But what exactly is normal mucus? Normal mucus Mucus – a gelatinous, sticky and colourless substance – is produced by tissues in your mouth, nose, sinuses, throat, lungs and gut. Mucus covers all these parts and keeps them moist. Without mucus, these delicate tissues become dry and cracked. In your airways, mucus is there to trap things like dust and germs you inhale with each breath. By doing this, mucus protects your lungs. Mucus also offers

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Arthritis & Massage

Home Arthritis & Massage April 29, 2022   Return Arthritis does not recognise age or origins; it causes disability and morbidity in millions across the world. Statistics show that more women are at risk of this disorder, and there are also more women who suffer from arthritis compared to men. There are many  types of arthritis  with varying causes and symptoms, but the one thing that they all have in common is pain. Arthritis has been and is being extensively researched for a better understanding of its root causes and elimination strategies. While there is no absolute cure for arthritic conditions, some

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Life Hacks for a Healthier Heart

Home Life Hacks for a Healthier Heart April 29, 2022   Return Being fit alone is not an accurate indicator as to whether we are at risk of heart diseases. Young and fit people can be felled by a stroke just as easily as older or less active people. Therefore, let’s not take our heart health for granted. Here are some simple life hacks that we can apply to our lives, Give your heart a workout We can help increase our heart rate by spending 30 minutes a day on cardio activities. Walk at least 10,000 steps a day (you can use

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Just Guy Things

Home Just Guy Things April 28, 2022   Return Ask people what defines a man and, chances are, the first thing that crosses the mind are those body parts down below. There are at least 174 ways to describe the penis using the English language, and at least 100 for the testicles. We said ‘at least’, because there is no doubt that more slangs and creative euphemisms are created for those body parts with each passing year. We may talk and think quite a lot about those body parts, but just how well do you really know the male reproductive system? Our

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Grief to the Prostate

Home Grief to the Prostate April 28, 2022   Return Dr Sulaiman Tamanang   Consultant Radiologist and Nuclear Medicine Physician, The National Cancer Society of Malaysia Prostate cancer may not be the most common cancer among men in Malaysia – that would be lung cancer – but it is nonetheless common in men over 50, according to Dr Sulaiman Tamanang, a consultant radiologist and nuclear medicine physician. To date, we have not identified the actual cause(s) of prostate cancer. No early symptoms When it comes to prostate cancer, there are usually no specific symptoms during its early stages.  Symptoms usually show during advanced stages Symptoms

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A Tumour in the Testicle

Home A Tumour in the Testicle April 28, 2022   Return Assoc Prof Dr Christopher Ho Chee Kong   Consultant Urologist and Sexual Medicine Consultant, Beacon International Specialist Centre Testicular cancer is not very common, but when it does occur, it commonly occurs among men between their 20s and 40s. It can occur at a later age, but that is even rarer. Usually only one testicle is affected, but the cancer may spread to the other testicle and other parts of the body if left untreated. Risk factors Consultant urologist and sexual medicine consultant Assoc Prof Dr Christopher Ho points out that we have yet

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The Amazing Tocotrienol

Home The Amazing Tocotrienol April 29, 2022   Return Yuen Kah Hay   Professor, School of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Universiti Sains Malaysia   Q: Tocotrienols are a form of Vitamin E .A: TRUE. “Vitamin E consists of eight isoforms, with each form having the same molecular composition but differ in saturation of a side chain,” explains Prof Yuen. Four such isomers are known as tocopherols, while the other four are tocotrienols. The side chain of the tocopherols is fully saturated while that of the tocotrienols have 3 double bonds. Q: Tocotrienols have unique benefits not seen in tocopherols. A: TRUE. As a form of vitamin E, tocotrienols are

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Keeping it Clean Down There

Home Keeping it Clean Down There April 28, 2022   Return It should go without saying that good vaginal hygiene practices are an integral part of womanhood. Yet, many grown women are too embarrassed to openly discuss about and learn the proper ways to keep their intimate area clean and healthy. It is important to understand that the vagina has its own natural self-cleaning process. For a start, the vagina produces clear white secretions from the cervix that keeps itself clean. There are also a lot of good bacteria inside the vagina that maintains its pH balance, produce natural antibiotics, and fight

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Zooming on Zika

Home Zooming on Zika April 29, 2022   Return In Brazil, the country hit hardest by the Zika, distraught mothers queued outside infant wards, the line spilling even onto the streets, as they waited to see their infants, born with abnormally small heads. Neighbouring countries began warning couples to postpone having children until the outbreak is contained, while researchers are working overnight to uncover more about the link between the Zika outbreak and the birth of babies with abnormally small heads (microcephaly). To date, up to 1.5 million people in Brazil are believed to have been infected, and the Zika virus had

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Berry Promising!

Home Berry Promising! April 28, 2022   Return The cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) may be small in size, but it can pack quite the big punch when it comes to taste. Described by most people as sour, the cranberry may be an acquired taste – cranberry dishes and beverages are often sweetened to lessen the impact of that distinctive taste. Of course, there are people who enjoy cranberries for that sour taste – no added sweeteners or sugars necessary for them! A native plant of North America, the cranberry fruit is also well-known for its high antioxidant content. Antioxidants can help reduce the

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Much Ado about the E-cigarette

Home Much Ado about the E-cigarette April 28, 2022   Return In November 2015, the Sultan of Johor called for a ban of the sales of e-cigarettes and its associated products from January this year, a call accepted and respected by the Ministry of Health. More states such as Terengganu followed suit or were considering a ban. Meanwhile, we read accounts of young children getting hooked on the vape habit, and on 16 December 2015, newspapers reported of a man in Kelantan being charged at the Kota Bharu Magistrate’s Court with unlawful possession of nicotine under the Poisons Act 1952 (he was

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Malaysians Are Vaping It Up!

Home Malaysians Are Vaping It Up! April 28, 2022   Return Previous Next Malaysia has its shares of crowning achievements, but it is also the fattest nation in South-east Asia. Now, we have another dubious achievement to add to our record books: we may very well have the second largest vape industry in the world, after the United States of America. This was an estimate given by Ibrahim Mohamed, the co-organiser of the Vaporizer Convention Kuala Lumpur 2015 back in June 2015. Our country boasts an industry that is worth half a billion Ringgit, and our local entrepreneurs are also exporting their

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Who Says a Liquid Diet Has to Be Boring?

Home Who Says a Liquid Diet Has to Be Boring? April 28, 2022   Return For the elderly, liquid diets – which consist of pureed and blended foods as well as soups – are easy to swallow and digest, especially when they lose their teeth and their grip on eating utensils become weaker. Meal replacements often find their way into the liquid diet. These are usually powders or beverages, formulated with a designated amount of calories and nutrients to replace a meal while still meeting the person’s daily energy and nutritional requirements. Good for diabetes For the elderly with diabetes, meal replacements

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Bone-ing Pains

Home Bone-ing Pains April 28, 2022   Return People with chronic bone and joint problems, such as osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, often experience pain and aches especially when they try to move the affected joints. Here are two natural ingredients that may provide some much-needed relief. Stronger cartilage with collagen peptides Collagen peptides is a modified form of collagen, a naturally occurring protein found in many parts of our body, including the tissues connecting the bones at the joint. Potential benefits Some research suggests that collagen peptides, when consumed, would be converted to collagen by our body and accumulate in the cartilage.

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Living with NSCLC

Home Living with NSCLC April 28, 2022   Return Previous Next ou’re still breathing  “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have.” – Cayla Mills Being diagnosed with cancer is always a shock. Take your time to grief, and to make peace with the diagnosis. When you are ready to move ahead and face treatment, please take comfort in the fact that we know more about NSCLC today than we did a few decades ago, and this knowledge allows patients to live longer than before, to embrace life as fully and richly as they

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Setting The Record Straight

Home Setting The Record Straight April 29, 2022   Return Myth 1. My sleeping habits don’t affect my chances of coming down with the flu. Contrary to what most night owls might say, there is a significant link between sleep and our immune system. Researchers found that getting adequate restorative sleep is crucial in helping our bodies combat the flu bug. Sleep may vary from person to person but most grown-ups normally require 7-8 hours of rest every night. Meanwhile, children and teenagers need 10-12 and 9-10 hours of sleep, respectively. Myth 2. Lozenges can’t help much with sore throats. Both medicated

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Ugh, My Nose Is Blocked Up!

Home Ugh, My Nose Is Blocked Up! April 29, 2022   Return What do Eva Langoria and Kate Winslet have in common? Well, apart from looking gorgeous and having a great acting career, they are said to suffer from a common problem that affects millions of people worldwide every year: blocked nose. Blocked or stuffy nose – also called ‘nasal congestion’ – occurs when the nose encounters irritants that cause the tissues of the nose and surrounding areas, as well as the nasal blood vessels, to become inflamed. The affected tissues begin producing mucus to flush out the irritants, and as a

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Food for Your Throat!

Home Food for Your Throat! April 29, 2022   Return Don’t you wish you had a way to scratch that itch in your throat? A sore throat is an annoying and sometimes painful condition that arises when the throat becomes inflamed and irritated. Whether it is due to a cold, an infection, overuse of voice, or is a result of some medical condition that weakens the immune system, a sore throat can affect anyone of any age and at any time.  Since food passes through your throat on the way down, it makes sense to watch out for the types of food

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Take Nothing for Granted

Home Take Nothing for Granted April 29, 2022   Return It is a frightening thought that you can lose full control of your mobility overnight, remain immobile for months – even years – later on, having to relearn how to stand on your own feet. For Sherrie Razak Dali, such fear became a reality during her childhood when she became paralysed from Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS) during her childhood.   “I remember it was around the Hari Raya of 1994, and we just came home from visiting some relatives. I woke up from a nap and my legs felt heavy. I thought I was

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Natural Immunity Boost

Home Natural Immunity Boost April 29, 2022   Return Ammu K Radhakrishnan   Professor of Pathology (Immunology), International Medical University Malaysia Vitamin E has long been known as an antioxidant, capable of destroying potentially harmful free radicals in our body. There are two main types of vitamin E: tocopherols and tocotrienols. To date, tocopherols have been extensively researched, and nearly all the vitamin E supplements available today are derived from tocopherols. Tocotrienols, compared to tocopherols, are only starting to receive more attention from researchers, but even at this early stage, research is uncovering a considerable amount of promising potential benefits. HealthToday sits down with Professor

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Not so sweet after all

Home Not so sweet after all April 29, 2022   Return Alan was 76 when he noticed a weakness in his legs whenever he squatted. “I initially attributed it to my age. But the weakness soon worsened, so I avoided squatting unless it was really necessary,” he recalls. Convinced that his problem was ‘muscle weakness’ which could be treated with ‘something called gamma globulin injections’, he asked his doctor if he could have the shot.His doctor proceeded to run some tests – and Alan couldn’t be more surprised when he was diagnosed with diabetic peripheral neuropathy instead. ‘Diabetic peripheral what?’ Excess sugar

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Quit Like a Champ

Home Quit Like a Champ April 29, 2022   Return Smoking is bad for the health, and you have taken the first step to quit. If you are like many people, just simply quitting may seem easy in theory, but actually doing it can be tough. A big reason for this is the craving – the strong, intense desire to light up again. Here, we share with you some tried-and-tested tips to beat these cravings. Go for nicotine replacement therapy (NRT). If you have not done so, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about NRT. NRT involves the use of nicotine patches

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Our Children’s Kidneys

Home Our Children’s Kidneys April 29, 2022   Return Previous Next Dr Wan Jazilah Wan Ismail   Head of Paediatric Department, Hospital Selayang World Kidney Day is celebrated on the second Thursday of March every year. This year’s theme is particularly close to consultant paediatric nephrologist Dr Wan Jazilah Wan Ismail’s heart, because for the first time since World Kidney Day was conceptualised, the focus is on children. When a child has kidney disease For most parents, discovering that their child has kidney disease can be a terrifying notion. Dr Wan Jazilah reassures these parents that, today, there are available treatments to help allow these

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Surviving Anxiety

Home Surviving Anxiety April 29, 2022   Return Previous Next Vanitha Chandrasegaram   Dramatherapist/Trainer, Integrative Creative Movements Several years ago, as a trainee dramatherapist doing my practical training at a mental hospital in London, I had the chance to work with an elderly man who used to be a pilot with the RMAF and who was based in India. He had anxiety disorder. It was interesting to think how courageous he must have been when performing his duties, and yet, decades later, was diagnosed with this condition. He was afraid to even step out of his own home to take the bus to the hospital

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Ana, Mia & Me

Home Ana, Mia & Me April 29, 2022   Return How frequently do we look in the mirror and say “If I could just lose 10 kg, then I would be happy”? Extreme body image disturbances may be part of body dysmorphic disorder, also known as “imagined ugliness”. Individuals with this disorder may have a totally distorted view of what they actually look like. They usually spend hours assessing, attempting to conceal, or obsessing over their perceived flaws. These extreme body image disturbances may lead to eating disorders. Anorexia nervosa: This disorder is indicated by an extreme fear of increasing weight and

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‘Safe Than Sorry’

Home ‘Safe Than Sorry’ April 29, 2022   Return Last August, we were suddenly bombarded with news reports of a typhoid fever outbreak in Malaysia. Later that October, a second batch of cases cropped up with areas such as Kuala Lumpur and Selangor seeing the highest number of cases. Thankfully, none of the cases resulted in deaths. However, the Ministry of Health still cautioned the public to practise vigilance due to a global health alert that a lethal strain of multidrug resistant typhoid was spreading across Africa and Asia. The tea on typhoid Induced by Salmonella typhi (related to the very bacteria which causes

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The Anti-Cancer Factor

Home The Anti-Cancer Factor April 29, 2022   Return Professor Dr Ammu K Radhakrishnan   Professor of Pathology (Immunology), International Medical University “My friends always tell me, ‘Oh, there you go again, about tocotrienols!’ They feel that I am always talking about tocotrienols,” says Prof Dr Ammu K Radhakrishnan with a laugh. “But even if I talk a lot about them, many people are still unaware of their benefits!” Prof Ammu is one of the many researchers who are studying the potential benefits of tocotrienols, a group of vitamin E compounds, in the fight against cancer. In Malaysia, there is significant research activity, because one

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The Power of Smell

Home The Power of Smell April 29, 2022   Return “5% of our DNA is devoted to the sense of smell (olfaction), a fact that emphasises how important it is” –Noam Sobel, scientist. Dr Azida Zainal Anuar     Consultant ENT & Head and Neck Surgeon Our nose is responsible for the all-important function of smell, without which it’ll be a dull world. “Smell is one of the most complex human senses,” says Dr Azida Zainal Anuar, a consultant ENT as well as a head and neck surgeon. When we’re able to smell what we eat and, our mealtimes become a more pleasurable experience.

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The Revenge of Shingles

Home The Revenge of Shingles April 29, 2022   Return For those of you who have had chickenpox, you must have breathed a huge sigh of relief while thinking to yourself that as terrible your experience with chickenpox was, the days spent trying to hold yourself back from scratching at those itchy rashes littered all over your body are finally behind you (I know I did). But for some, it doesn’t stop there; the rashes may return in another but equally excruciating form: shingles. While the pain from shingles normally disappears within several weeks along with the rashes, there are some who

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Goodbye, Acne Scars!

Home Goodbye, Acne Scars! April 28, 2022   Return Dr Lim Ing Kien   Aesthetic & Skin Doctor Acne, jerawat, cheng chun tao, blemish, pimples – many cultures have their own name for one common problem. Acne can be treated but what happens after acne disappears? Sometimes, scars are left behind, much to one’s dismay Aesthetic and Skin Doctor Dr Lim Ing Kien says that 2 things happen after acne: redness (probably due to inflammation) and scarring. Redness usually disappears after about 48 weeks but scars will remain. “Post acne scar prevalence is 59%, which means more than half of those with acne

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What’s in a lozenge?

Home What’s in a lozenge? April 28, 2022   Return Got a sore throat? Have a throat lozenge! The action of popping in a lozenge comes easy to most of us. We just want to quickly get rid of the nasty pain in our throat. But really, what’s in a lozenge that works to soothe the pain? Lozenges, uncovered Lozenges are available in various colours and taste, and contain different ingredients to soothe sore throats. When you pop a lozenge into your mouth, it dissolves in your mouth slowly and releases its active ingredients. The ingredients stimulate your salivary glands, causing extra

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There’s Fungus Growing in My Mouth!

Home There’s Fungus Growing in My Mouth! April 28, 2022   Return A sore throat without the usual runny nose and fever tends to make us wonder about the cause. If you have such a sore throat, look at the inside of your mouth closely. What do you see? If you see creamy white patches in your mouth, you have oral thrush. Oral thrush is caused by a fungus called Candida albicans. Candida can be usually found in our mouths even when we’re healthy. If so, how do some people end up with oral thrush? Well, it can happen when the Candida

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The Butterfly Children

Home The Butterfly Children April 29, 2022   Return Previous Next Children who have epidermolysis bullosa (EB for short) go by names such as ‘cotton wool babies’ and ‘crystal skin children’. Closer to home, we have opted for the term ‘butterfly children’. While these names sound like something straight out of a children’s storybook, their ‘cutesy-ness’ belie the dangerous nature of this skin disorder. Those of you who do not have any inkling of what EB is may be thinking, ‘Why haven’t I heard about this if it’s such a serious condition?’ Consultant Paediatrician Dr Leong Kin Fon clarifies, “EB is extremely

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A Bloody Problem

Home A Bloody Problem April 28, 2022   Return Giddiness, cold extremities, palpitations, brittle nails, pale skin, unexplained exhaustion – if you’ve been experiencing some of these symptoms for a while now, don’t be so quick to brush them off as consequences of stress or inadequate sleep; they could be hinting that you have anaemia. What’s that? Like its name implies, anaemia results from insufficient iron in the body. Without adequate iron, the body becomes incapable of producing enough healthy red blood cells (RBCs) which are vital for storing and carrying oxygen. Fewer RBCs means your organs aren’t receiving as much oxygen

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Something Doesn’t Smell Right?

Home Something Doesn’t Smell Right? April 28, 2022   Return Is it normal to have some kind of odour down there? Yes. A healthy vagina has a slight odour, which may become more noticeable when we sweat, during our period, or after we’ve had sex. Our vaginal odour may also be affected by the food we eat or even the types of lubricants or condoms used during sex. Such odours are usually temporary and will go away in time. But, can’t we do something to make it less obvious? If we wish to minimize the odour, try the following: Wash ourselves down

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I mQUITting… How about You?

Home I mQUITting… How about You? April 29, 2022   Return Previous Next Assoc Prof Dr Amer Siddiq Amer Nordin   Consultant Psychiatrist, University of Malaya “Smoking cessation is something every doctor should know,” Assoc Prof Dr Amer Siddiq says as he sits down to share with HealthToday a little bit more about mQuit, a smoking cessation programme recently launched by the Ministry of Health in co-operation with University of Malaya, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Akademi Farmasi Malaysia, and Johnson and Johnson Sdn Bhd. He sees parallels between his journey from medical student to smoking cessation specialist and the current mQuit programme. “My mentor was Professor

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Are You Doing It Right?

Home Are You Doing It Right? April 29, 2022   Return Previous Next Dr Manimaran Subramaniam   Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon It is not enough to do the right thing in life; we need to do the right thing the right way. Ah, words of wisdom. Before you start questioning my sanity for waxing philosophical in an article that is about bone and joint health, rest assured – I was actually referring to playing sports and exercising. Now, why do I say this? What does the mantra ‘doing the right thing the right way’ have with working out and sports? “A lot, actually,” says Consultant

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TLC for Your Tonsils

Home TLC for Your Tonsils April 28, 2022   Return Tonsils are the soft tissues you can see at the back of your throat, on the left and right sides. They help the body fight infection by filtering and trapping virus and bacteria. When children grow up, their immune system becomes stronger. As a result, their tonsils will usually become smaller. In most adults, their immune system takes over the function of their tonsils. Viruses such as the cold or flu virus as well as bacteria such as group A streptococcus can infect the tonsils, causing tonsillitis. As a result, the tonsils

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Soaring Despite Psoriasis

Home Soaring Despite Psoriasis April 28, 2022   Return Psoriasis is commonly assumed by many to be a skin disease, as patients experience red, crusty, with flaky and silvery scale-like patches on the skin and sometimes even on their nails. Its true nature is actually a little more complicated. Psoriasis is caused by the immune system of the patient attacking healthy skin cells under the assumption that these skin cells are dangerous enemies. Physical and mental scarring While the condition is rarely life-threatening, patients with psoriasis often experience a lower quality of life. The itch or pain can make it hard to

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The Sweetest Sorrows: Diabetes Defined

Home The Sweetest Sorrows: Diabetes Defined April 29, 2022   Return Previous Next Understanding your condition is the first step in gaining the confidence to do the right things to keep your diabetes in check. Therefore, let’s take some time to review this disease.   Glucose, the cause of the problem Like many Malaysians, you probably love sweetened foods. Ice creams, cakes, chocolates – these are desserts that can brighten up any meal. Don’t you just love teh tarik and kopi ping with condensed milk and sugar? Of course, rice is a must-have during most main meals. These are just some of the

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The Sweetest Sorrows: The Story of Cholesterols & Triglycerides

Home The Sweetest Sorrows: The Story of Cholesterols & Triglycerides April 29, 2022   Return Previous Next Dr Zanariah Hussein   Consultant Endocrinologist, Department of Medicine, Hospital Putrajaya When it comes to the amount of cholesterol in your blood (or blood cholesterol, as it is sometimes known as), what we are talking about is actually a group of lipid substances, comprising the following: Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol. This is known as the ‘bad cholesterol’. LDL cholesterol can become attached to the inner walls of your arteries, along with other substances to form a plaque. A plaque can cause the narrowing and even blockage of the arteries,

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The Sweetest Sorrows: To Keep the Light in Your Eyes

Home The Sweetest Sorrows: To Keep the Light in Your Eyes April 29, 2022   Return Previous Next Dr Nor Fariza binti Ngah   Head of Department, Department of Ophthalmology, Hospital Shah Alam In addition to the heart, type 2 diabetes can also affect the eyes. “For many people with diabetes, it is not a matter of if, but rather, when they develop diabetic eye disease,” says Dr Hjh Nor Fariza binti Ngah, an ophthalmologist who is also the Head of the Department of Ophthalmology in Hospital Shah Alam. But before we look at these diseases, let’s first take a look at how diabetes affects

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The Sweetest Sorrows: Inspired & Staying Motivated

Home The Sweetest Sorrows: Inspired & Staying Motivated April 29, 2022   Return Previous Next Like every person with diabetes, surely you want to stay healthy. However, it can be challenging to change your lifestyle. To manage type 2 diabetes, you will need to unlearn habits that contributed to this condition, adopt new habits and continue to apply these changes to your life every day. This can be easier said and done, but it is possible. Think positive The right attitude keeps you motivated during challenging times. View your diagnosis as an opportunity to step up your healthy lifestyle and get rid

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Natural Anti-Inflammatory Agent?

Home Natural Anti-Inflammatory Agent? April 28, 2022   Return Professor Dr Ammu K Radhakrishnan   Professor of Pathology (Immunology), International Medical University Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a lifelong condition that can cause increasing degrees of pain and inflammation to the joints, making it increasingly difficult for the RA patients to move. It is said to be an autoimmune disease, because the body’s immune system attacking healthy tissues of the joints, having mistaken these cells to be ‘enemies’. This condition affects about 1-1.5% of people worldwide.[1] In a past issue, we have learned that tocotrienols, a member of the vitamin E family, may have beneficial properties

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A Race Against Time

Home A Race Against Time April 29, 2022   Return Previous Next Datuk Dr Rosli Mohd Ali   Chief Clinical Officer & Senior Consultant Cardiologist, National Heart Institute of Malaysia Benjamin Franklin once said, “Lost time is never found again.” While the founding father of the United States might not have had heart attack on his mind when he uttered these famous words, they couldn’t be more apt when describing said medical condition. Consultant cardiologist Datuk Dr Rosli Mohd Ali couldn’t agree more. ‘Time is muscle’ “Many people may say ‘time is money’ but for us cardiologists, ‘time is muscle’,” quips Datuk Dr Rosli. Elaborating

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An Itch of a Problem

Home An Itch of a Problem April 28, 2022   Return Our vagina is not empty – it is, in fact, home to millions of bacteria. Don’t feel grossed out, these bacteria – such as the Lactobacilli – actually play a role in maintaining our vaginal health. By merely being present in our vagina, they prevent invading, potentially harmful germs from coming in and settling down. Some produces helpful substances that either kill those harmful germs or maintain an acidic environment that prevents those germs from thriving. Furthermore, a healthy vagina will regularly secrete a discharge that will help clean itself. Therefore,

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Between a Rock & a Hard Place

Home Between a Rock & a Hard Place April 28, 2022   Return Previous Next Things were going well for young mother Alana. With a doting husband, an adorable two-year-old son and a baby on the way, she couldn’t be any happier. But unbeknownst to her, a storm was brewing on the horizon. Recalling the day when her life took a 180° turn, she says, “I was in midst of reading a story to my son when I noticed a lump in my breast. I hoped that it was one of those things which normally occur during pregnancy but I had a

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Vaccines under Fire

Home Vaccines under Fire April 28, 2022   Return Datuk Dr Zulkifli Ismail   Consultant Paediatrician & Paediatric Cardiologist One of Datuk Dr Zulkifli’s closest childhood friends, Johanuddin, contracted polio when he was a child. He was not vaccinated against the wasting disease. Dr Zul, as he is popularly known as, recalls how, when they were children, he would help carry Johanuddin’s school bag for him. Johanuddin spent his early adult days using calipers on his legs, then needing a walking stick and later a crutch, before eventually having to use a wheelchair. As a close friend of that man, Dr Zul knows firsthand how

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New Hope for People with Psoriasis

Home New Hope for People with Psoriasis April 28, 2022   Return Dr Peter Ch’ng Wee Beng   Consultant Dermatologist, Peter Skin Specialist, Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur People with psoriasis know that this condition is no mere skin disease. Their skin forms red patches with thick, silvery scales, and these plaques are accompanied by itch, irritation and even joint pain. The joint pain may prevent the person from working or going to school, and the negative reaction of others to their appearance can hurt their self-esteem. Psoriasis is actually an auto-immune disease, caused by the  immune system attacking healthy skin cells under the assumption that these skin cells

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Cancer Ain’t The End

Home Cancer Ain’t The End April 28, 2022   Return Previous Next For many people, there is nothing worse than being diagnosed with a chronic illness such as cancer. They see it as the beginning of a terrible end, the moment when their lives begin to unravel along with all their hopes and dreams for the future. However, Susanna Wong strongly disagrees. The 53-year-old retiree says, “Yes, I was shocked when my doctor informed me that I had cancer. Yes, living with cancer is no easy feat. But cancer is not a death sentence.” A sudden blow “I was diagnosed with metastatic

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Can’t Conceive the Usual Way?

Home Can’t Conceive the Usual Way? April 29, 2022   Return Sometimes, married couples are still not blessed with a child despite repeated efforts to conceive. In the past, this means that such couples would either have to adopt or to resign themselves to being childless. Fortunately, fertility treatments have advanced to such a degree that such couples can seek the advice and services of fertility specialists to help them have a child of their own. Seeking fertility treatment If you are one such couple, you may be pleased to know that there are many fertility specialists available in this country. Currently,

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The Brain Matters

Home The Brain Matters April 28, 2022   Return Nothing can be more heart-aching than having to witness a loved one gradually lose themselves, forgetting things they supposedly know by heart and not being able to recall happy memories you both share. You dread the day when they forget your name, but that is often the case with people who have Alzheimer’s disease. After all, it is a disease which robs a person’s brain of its normal functioning. Even more terrifying is the likelihood that it could potentially happen to you in the future. Award-winning journalist and bestselling author, Maria Shriver had

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Hope for the Skin & Joints : At War with the Skin

Home Hope for the Skin & Joints : At War with the Skin April 29, 2022   Return Dr Peter Ch’ng Wee Beng  Consultant Dermatologist, Peter Skin Specialist, Gleneagles Kuala Lumpur Five things about psoriasis Psoriasis is not simply a skin disease. It is an auto-immune disease, which arises when something goes wrong with the immune system. People with this condition have raised red, scaly patches (or plaques) on their skin. About 1-3% of Malaysians are affected, and psoriasis can affect both adults and children of both sexes.1 About 30% of people with psoriasis will develop psoriatic arthritis, a condition that can cause joint pain,

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Hope for the Skin & Joints : At War with the Joints

Home Hope for the Skin & Joints : At War with the Joints April 29, 2022   Return Dr Raveendran Ramachandran   Consultant Rheumatologist, Subang Jaya Medical Centre, Five facts about psoriatic arthritis Psoriatic arthritis, just like rheumatoid arthritis, can cause the joints to swell and become stiff. The tendons may also become inflamed. The affected areas are usually the spine, lower back, wrists, ankles, knees as well as the small joints of the hands and feet. As a result, movement becomes difficult and even painful. Unique to psoriatic arthritis is the swelling of the entire fingers and toes (dactilytis), which can cause great pain. This

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Treat Your Injuries Quickly

Home Treat Your Injuries Quickly April 28, 2022   Return The first thing to do when you spot an injury – whether on yourself or your loved ones – is to stay calm. Being calm helps you think clearly and quickly as to the best way in treating the injury. It also helps if you keep a first aid kit within easy reach especially in places where injuries are common like the kitchen. Treating a cut If it’s a cut and it’s bleeding, first wash your hands with soap and water or use a hand sanitizer to clean your hands. Cover the

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Don’t Be Spineless!

Home Don’t Be Spineless! April 28, 2022   Return We often refer to the most important component of something as the ‘backbone’ – the key element that holds everything together. When the human body is concerned, the expression takes on a literal meaning, since the spinal column is the most crucial series of bones that holds the entire musculoskeletal structure in place. Yet, many of us tend to take our spinal health for granted.   Understanding Our Anatomy According to the World Health Organization (WHO), spinal and bone problems are one of the greatest threats to our well-being, right after cardiovascular disease,

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Hope for the Skin & Joints

Home Hope for the Skin & Joints April 28, 2022   Return Michaela Dinboeck recently participated in a small experiment. The General Manager and President of Novartis Corporation Malaysia had a make-up artist apply on her neck area patches that resembled the reddish scaly skin of a person with psoriasis. Her colleagues and friends were not notified of this experiment, so they were taken aback when they saw her. Wearing the patch was not a pleasant experience. “By the time afternoon rolled in, I wanted to just tear the patch off,” she recalls. Perhaps just as hard to swallow was the reaction

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Dengue & You: In Dengue’s Shadow

Home Dengue & You: In Dengue’s Shadow April 29, 2022   Return Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin   Consultant Paediatrician & Neonatologist, Clinical Professor of Paediatrics According to Dato’ Dr Musa Mohd Nordin, historical reports suggest that dengue fever was first reported in Peninsular Malaya in 1902. However, it was in 1962 when a colleague of Dr Musa, the late Datuk Dr N Paramaesvaran encountered and later reported the first few cases of dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) in children in Malaysia. Dr Param was a registrar in the children’s ward at Penang General Hospital during that year. Children began coming in with high fever, red

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Dengue & You: A Threat to All

Home Dengue & You: A Threat to All April 28, 2022   Return Assoc Prof Dr Zetti Zainol Rashid   Senior Lecturer & Clinical Microbiologist, Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre (UKMMC) Much has changed since the first dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) outbreak in Malaysia in 1962. In just over 50 years, the incidence of dengue has increased 30-fold, to become the fastest progressing vector-borne disease in the world!A more alarming development is that dengue, once a disease that occurs in outbreaks at certain periods of the year, has become an endemic disease – a persistent threat that remains all year

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Dengue & You: It’s Time to Take Action!

Home Dengue & You: It’s Time to Take Action! April 28, 2022   Return Previous Next Professor Datin Dr Chia Yook Chin   Professor and Senior Consultant, Department of Primary Care Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya Sarah Lian, TV personality and actress, is one of those adults who experienced firsthand the misery and pain caused by dengue. Like most Malaysians, she knows about dengue, but she never seriously gave it a thought until she had dengue in 2014. “I was not sure how I contracted the disease,” she recalls, “but there was a construction site near my apartment – that could have been the cause.”

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Cancer in the Lungs

Home Cancer in the Lungs April 28, 2022   Return We read and hear often about lung cancer, but surprisingly, it is one of the more misunderstood types of cancer. Many people assume that only smokers will get lung cancer, for example. In this Special Report, we present the facts and address the myths of lung cancer, so that you will be in a better position to understand this unfortunately common medical condition. Clearing the Air on Our Lungs  Our lungs are vital. Just how vital? Let’s find out. Our lungs are comparable to a power plant for our body. With each

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When a Diabetic Is Wounded

Home When a Diabetic Is Wounded April 28, 2022   Return A little cut, a small blister, a little bleeding… all these may seem like a trivial issue to most of us. For a diabetic person, however, simple, small wounds may turn into dangerous complications if he or she is not careful. Wounds that go deep The Journal of American Medical Association reports that: One-in-four diabetic persons will develop a wound that will turn into an ulcer. More than half of such ulcers will in turn become infected. One-fifth of such infected ulcers may lead to complications that require amputation. How Diabetes

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A Crick in the Neck

Home A Crick in the Neck April 28, 2022   Return Previous Next Dr Eugene Wong   Consultant Orthopaedic & Spine Surgeon Neck pain is something that most of us have experienced before. It is that that feeling of pain and stiffness that can be either localized in the neck area or it may radiate down the arm and fingers. 10% of people have an episode of neck pain every year. Neck pain occurs more frequently in women than in men, and can be associated with stiffness, numbness or tingling, clicking sounds, dizziness, headaches, blackouts and muscle spasms. 1. What are the possible causes

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Caffeine for the Hair, Sir?

Home Caffeine for the Hair, Sir? April 28, 2022   Return Hair loss has long been the bane of many men’s existence. Millions of men worldwide are affected by male pattern hair loss, a condition caused by an inherent sensitivity to dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a substance produced in the body from the male sex hormone testosterone. Male pattern hair loss can be passed from father and son – bad news indeed for men whose fathers exhibit this condition. As much as men may not like to admit it, hair loss can leave a serious dent on one’s self esteem. Various inventive combing techniques

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Too Fast, Too Furious

Home Too Fast, Too Furious April 28, 2022   Return Previous Next Assoc Prof Dr Christopher Ho Chee Kong   Consultant Urologist & Sexual Medicine Physician, Department of Surgery, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Specialist Centre How to Make Love All Night: and Drive a Woman Wild! The Way of the Superior Man! Make Her SCREAM: Last Longer, Come Harder and Be the Best She’s Ever Had! These are just some of the actual book titles found on Amazon should you search for ‘premature ejaculation.’ Regardless of the content between the covers, these titles alone give the impression that a ‘real man’ (or to quote one of the

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It Starts with a Bite

Home It Starts with a Bite April 28, 2022   Return Dato’ Dr Amar-Singh HSS  Senior Consultant Paediatrician (Community), Head Paediatric Department, Hospital RPB Ipoh, Perak. Head Clinical Research Centre Perak Dengue at a Glance Dengue is caused by the dengue virus (DENV). DENV can be transmitted from an infected person by the Aedes aegypti mosquito. It cannot be directly transmitted from one person to another through skin-to-skin contact or fluids. It can affect people of all ages (from infants to the elderly), with signs and symptoms usually showing 4-10 days after being bitten by the infected mosquito. There is no specific treatment. Dr

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Do You Really Know Dengue?

Home Do You Really Know Dengue? April 28, 2022   Return In 2014, the global market research company Ipsos conducted a research on 500 adults across Malaysia on how aware they are about dengue. Here are some of the opinions they received from the people they surveyed. Do you agree with these opinions? #1 Malaysians believe that they are very knowledgeable about dengue. PARTIALLY TRUE. With more and more people having access to information, especially with the widespread use of mobile devices, more Malaysians are knowledgeable about dengue than before. However, there are some misconceptions that still persist, and some of these

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Keep Dengue Away from Your Loved Ones

Home Keep Dengue Away from Your Loved Ones April 28, 2022   Return Previous Next The Aedes aegypti mosquito lays its eggs in clear, fresh water. Any area of standing water is a potential breeding ground. Just 10 minutes! Every weekend, spend 10 minutes checking your house for potential mosquito breeding spots and eliminating them. Use our checklist below as a guide. This is a small step, but you’d be amazed at how much difference it can make for you and your loved ones! Getting started Cover the gully trap of your sinks or install an anti-mosquito valve in each one. If

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Deciphering the Code…

Home Intimacy & Breast Cancer April 28, 2022   Return Ah, lady parts. Seeing how all of us women folk are born with them, surely we would know all there is to know about our female genitalia, right? Well, not necessarily. For starters, if we did, there would not be as many misconceptions about our reproductive organs floating about as there are now. So, how well do we actually know ourselves ‘down south’? Pregnancy cures endometriosis You may have come across women (especially those who have kids) vouching for this. However, experts say that endometriosis does not always go away with pregnancy.

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Beware the Blood Suckers!

Home Beware the Blood Suckers! April 28, 2022   Return What is Japanese Encephalitis? Japanese Encephalitis (JE) is an infectious disease, which is caused by a type of virus called flavivirus. Flavivirus belongs to the same virus sub-family or genus as the dengue virus. Mosquitoes can spread JE virus to people and are called vectors. When people are infected with JE virus, they usually have mild symptoms including fever and headache. But some, approximately one in 250, may develop severe symptoms as the infection spreads to the brain, with rapid onset of high fever, headache, neck stiffness and disorientation. They will most

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Your Liver is What You Eat

Home Your Liver is What You Eat April 28, 2022   Return We often hear people talking about medical conditions such as heart failure, lung disease and breast cancer. And rightly so, considering these ailments are a few of the world’s leading killers. But there is another ‘killer’ on the prowl – and it is none other than liver disease. So, when was the last time we paid attention to our liver? Most of us might say that it was a long time ago while for some, it might have been “never”. If this is you, it’s time to buck up and

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The Bare Bones of Arthritis

Home The Bare Bones of Arthritis April 28, 2022   Return Previous Next Dr Eugene Wong   Consultant Orthopaedic & Spine Surgeon Make no bones about it – arthritis is a prevalent condition that needs to be taken seriously. Over 60% of people over 65 have some form of arthritis, the most common being osteoarthritis (OA). As much as 90% of adults are affected by the age of 40. Osteoarthritis (OA) occurs when the protective layer at the ends of the bone, called the cartilage, wears out over time. Without a strong layer of cartilage to cushion any friction and pressure that can occur

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Does Your Child Have a Lazy Eye?

Home Does Your Child Have a Lazy Eye? April 28, 2022   Return Previous Next Karen Mcmain  Orthoptist, Dalhousie University, Canada Recently, orthoptist Karen McMain from Dalhousie University, Canada, visited Tun Hussein Onn National Eye Hospital (THONEH) to train and share her experiences with local eye care specialists. Despite her busy schedule, Ms McMain managed to find some time to share with us some insight on lazy eye. HT: In the old days, lazy eye was considered by superstitious people to be a “curse” or the result of sinister supernatural forces. What is lazy eye, actually? KM: Lazy eye, also known as amblyopia, is

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Intimacy & Breast Cancer

Home Intimacy & Breast Cancer April 28, 2022   Return Previous Next Dr Azura Rozila Ahmad   Consultant Medical Oncologist If you were to ask then 35-year-old Linda Dackman what her biggest fears were, it is likely she would have answered “intimacy.” To the uninitiated observer, her reply did not hold water. Here was this young successful Californian museum public relations director who seemed like she had it all together. Surely, she was joking. But as she recounts in her book Up Front: Sex & the Post-Mastectomy Woman, her struggles with intimacy could not be any more real. A year before she turned 35,

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Great News from the Man’s Cave!

Home Great News from the Man’s Cave! April 28, 2022   Return Mention “erectile dysfunction” (ED) and most men would blanch at the thought of it affecting them even for a second. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) may not be as familiar a term as ED, but this condition – in which a man’s prostate glands become enlarged – can cause complications, such as the frequent need to urinate – that can wreak havoc in a man’s efforts to be intimate with his partner. Yet, many men will not admit that they have these problems if they can help it, several prominent and

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Helping Children with Dyslexia: I Have Dyslexia

Home Helping Children with Dyslexia: I Have Dyslexia April 28, 2022   Return A dyslexic student’s diagnosis of her condition is both empowering and reassuring. Blair Kenney was in her second year of Yale University when she was diagnosed with dyslexia. She had always read more slowly than her peers. Her parents would dismiss her concerns by telling her that she worried too much and she should not compare herself to other people. Blair would also spend so much time checking and re-checking her written answers that she would always be the last person to finish her tests. Yet, her teachers did

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Pregnancy, Motherhood & The Iron Truth

Home Pregnancy, Motherhood & The Iron Truth April 28, 2022   Return You are wrong if you think you cannot be lacking in iron. Iron deficiency – the medical term for lack of iron in your body – is common, especially in premature babies, school children and pregnant women in Malaysia. So, preventing or correcting iron deficiency early on is important in improving your health. Myth: You can get enough iron from your diet. Fact: Yes, you can if you eat iron-rich foods. But, a lot of our foods are lacking in iron. There are two forms of iron in foods: heme

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The Unexpected Flu Car-rier

Home The Unexpected Flu Car-rier April 28, 2022   Return Anyone who has had the flu will agree just how awful it is. Nursing a sore throat, runny nose, fever and a pounding headache all at once is no laughing – or should I say, sneezing (pardon the pun) – matter. But jokes aside, influenza is one illness which must not be taken lightly. While many recover from it in one to two weeks’ time, some people from high-risk groups like the elderly end up developing life-threatening complications including asthma and pneumonia. The United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports

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When the Throat St(r)eps Out

Home When the Throat St(r)eps Out April 28, 2022   Return Dr Andrean Husin   Senior Lecturer & Neurosurgeon, Faculty of Dentistry, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM) Strep throat is a common condition that affects both old and young. According to scientific literature, its many causes include excessive and prolonged use of the voice, common cold and many other causes. What is it, actually? Strep throat is actually a type of inflammation of the throat caused by a type of bacteria, the Group A streptococcal. Streptococcal is a type of bacteria that appears round (coccus) when viewed under the microscope in high magnification, usually seen in pairs

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The Dreaded Double “C”

Home The Dreaded Double “C” April 28, 2022   Return Alan had always considered himself to be healthy. Well, he wasn’t the definition of “fit” but he took pride in the fact that he barely called in sick to work. To him, that was “healthy” enough. So, when he began noticing mucous – and sometimes, blood – in his stools, he brushed it off as a symptom of haemorrhoids. Later, alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhoea set in. Once again, Alan didn’t think they were important enough to warrant a visit to the doctor. When he finally gave in and got himself

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So, How’s the Head?

Home So, How’s the Head? April 28, 2022   Return Do you know that our brain is incapable of feeling pain? This is because there are no pain-detecting structures (called pain receptors) within the brain. These pain receptors can only be found from the coverings around the brain and bones as well as the scalp. Hence, how and where do headaches come from? And are they any different to migraines? Experts seem to think that the surrounding tissues, brain chemicals, blood vessels and nerves are producing signals which result in a headache. Environmental factors such as loud noises may also be triggers. 

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Say Goodbye to Trans Fat?

Home Say Goodbye to Trans Fat? April 28, 2022   Return Chemically modified fats are common in processed foods. A process called hydrogenation is often used to convert liquid oils into solids, and partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) are commonly used to help extend the shelf life of food products and stabilize their flavours. PHOs are now recognized to be bad for health, as they contain trans fats, which can increase our cholesterol levels. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently released a statement proclaiming PHOs, the primary source of added trans fatty acids (TFAs) in processed foods, as being not ‘generally

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Are Your Kidneys Okay?

Home Are Your Kidneys Okay? April 28, 2022   Return Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a condition that causes your kidney function to deteriorate over time. At its late stages, you may be forced to undergo dialysis or even kidney transplant. Fortunately, you can get screened for CKD if you suspect that you are at risk. Who should get screened? If you have a family history of kidney problems, diabetes and/or high blood pressure, you are at an increased risk – please consider getting screened as soon as possible. The screening process is relatively simple and painless, as it involves checking your

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Let’s Do Something Amazing: Why You Should Quit

Home Let’s Do Something Amazing: Why You Should Quit April 28, 2022   Return Previous Next Associate Professor Dr Amer Siddiq Amer Nordin   Consultant Psychiatrist and Smoking Cessation Specialist, UM Medical Centre, UM Specialist Centre & University Malaya Centre of Addiction Sciences Dr Rashidi Mohamed   Family Medicine Specialist, Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz, UKM Medical Centre Quitting smoking may not come easy to many smokers. Perhaps you are a smoker who have tried to quit many times but failed, or you may be a smoker who is thinking of quitting but is not sure of how to start? Or do you have a loved one who smokes,

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Let’s Do Something Amazing: With Will & Power, Comes Determination

Home Let’s Do Something Amazing: With Will & Power, Comes Determination April 28, 2022   Return Despite his age, Mr Ithnin looks strong and able. You can still see his youth shine through as he speaks passionately about his bikes and riding experiences. Mr Ithnin, an ex-smoker, has kicked his smoking habit and remained smoke-free since 2013. This is a story of someone who quit for his daughter’s sake, only to become healthier and embrace life to the fullest. I was 16 when I took my first puff. Smoking at that time felt grand; I felt like I was a ‘somebody’ whenever

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Let’s Do Something Amazing: Determined & Unswayed

Home Let’s Do Something Amazing: Determined & Unswayed April 28, 2022   Return The moment Mun walked into the Café, all pretty in a black floral print dress, and ordered a cup of green tea latte, you know she has confidently made her choice – to be smoke-free and to live healthily. Mun, an ex-smoker, has successfully abstained from smoking for 7 months and counting. Here’s the story about her endeavour. Why did I start smoking? I was curious. My cousin and I would go to a petrol station to buy a pack, and we’d share the cigarettes between us. We would

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Let’s Do Something Amazing: The Ups & Downs of Quitting

Home Let’s Do Something Amazing: The Ups & Downs of Quitting April 28, 2022   Return Nicotine in cigarettes (and other forms of tobacco) is addictive, and most regular smokers are addicted to that substance. Over time, the body and brain become so used to the constant presence of nicotine in the body, they have to adjust when the smoker decides to quit and nicotine is no longer present in its usual amount in the body. These “adjustments” can result in what we call withdrawal symptoms. Some smokers may not experience them, but others do, and there is a possibility that you

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Let’s Do Something Amazing: 5 Ways to Manage Your Craving

Home Let’s Do Something Amazing: 5 Ways to Manage Your Craving April 28, 2022   Return So, what’s your goal? Whether you are quitting on your own or with the help of healthcare professionals, it is important that you have a set of clear goals to keep your eye on. To demonstrate what we mean, imagine that we hand you a ball and ask you to kick it. You will probably kick it without caring where it goes. Now, suppose we tell you to kick that ball into that goal over there. Your eyes will zoom in on the goal, and your

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A Face/ Off with Meningococcal Disease

Home A Face/ Off with Meningococcal Disease April 28, 2022   Return Meningococcal disease strikes an estimated 1.2 million people each year – and out of these cases, a staggering number of 135,000 deaths are reported. In the United States alone, as many as 2,500 Americans are struck with the disease with roughly 10-15% of cases taking a fatal end. For some of us, these figures might just be nothing more than statistics – mere numbers on a piece of paper. But for others, these figures represent real lives and real loss. They represent teenagers with bright futures awaiting them, small children

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What’s That Itch Down There?

Home What’s That Itch Down There? April 28, 2022   Return Dr. Kim Wong  Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist An Infection Down South HT: What is vaginitis? KW: Vaginitis generally means discomfort and the soreness that an infection can bring to the vagina. It is a condition where the vaginal lining wall becomes inflamed which then, results in discharge, itchiness, and pain. The types of infection that can cause vaginitis are: Bacterial Fungal Parasitic Viral And, these infections can arise from: Constant exposure to contaminated water Wearing unhygienic undergarments Sexual intercourse Vaginitis can happen to women of any age. HT: What happens when one has vaginitis? KW: For

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When Kidney Disease and Anaemia Collide

Home When Kidney Disease and Anaemia Collide April 28, 2022   Return Our kidneys deserve real love. Some of their functions include: removing waste products and drugs from our body (which may be dangerous if present in large amounts), ensuring that our body fluids are balanced, regulate the amount of red blood cells in our blood and releasing hormones that control our blood pressure. Unfortunately, they are vulnerable to diseases. One particular condition of concern is known as chronic kidney disease (CKD). In CKD, the kidneys slowly become less capable of performing their normal functions, causing all kinds of health problems as

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Goodbye, Chronic Hepatitis B!

Home Goodbye, Chronic Hepatitis B! April 28, 2022   Return Hepatitis B is a virus that can infect a person through the transmission of bodily fluids from an infected person, such as during sexual intercourse or the use of syringes and needles contaminated by the blood of an infected person. It can also be passed on from mother to baby during birth. Acute hepatitis B is short-term in nature, affecting someone within the first 6 months of infection. However, hepatitis B may sometimes remain in the body even after medication, and the person is then categorised as having chronic or long-term hepatitis

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How Much Do You Know About PCOS?

Home How Much Do You Know About PCOS? April 28, 2022   Return Dr Kim Wong   Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist They say to understand a woman, you have to go to the root of the problem to know what is really troubling her. And, this is very true of PCOS. The number of women diagnosed with PCOS is on the rise globally. According to Dr. Kim, the prevalence of polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS is about 1 in 10- 20 women, which makes up about 5-10% of women of the reproductive age group. It seems that urbanization and stress may play a role

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One Ring to Rue Them All

Home One Ring to Rue Them All April 28, 2022   Return Previous Next Assoc Prof Dr Christopher Ho Chee Kong   Consultant Urologist & Sexual Medicine Physician, Department of Surgery, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Specialist Centre Let us spare a thought for the man who made news in May when he landed in the hospital after having his scrotum stuck in a ring. While everyone probably had a chuckle over it, there was no doubt that his pain was intense and his condition could have taken a turn for the worse if not tended to. Consultant urologist and sexual medicine physician, Assoc Prof Dr Christopher Ho is

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From Throat to Ear

Home From Throat to Ear April 28, 2022   Return Our head and throat are comparable to a close-knit neighbourhood. The throat and the ears share the same kind of lining layers, composed of similar cells, and therefore, they can be infected by the same type of germs. It is possible, hence, for us to have a sore throat, followed shortly by an ear infection. If we are really unlucky, we may suffer from both at the same time! Ear, hear! While a sore throat may seem like a simple problem – just take some lozenges – ear infections are a different

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Un-clotting a Stroke

Home Un-clotting a Stroke April 28, 2022   Return Dr Ramesh Sahathevan    Consultant Neurologist, UKM Medical Centre What is a stroke? Dr Ramesh Sahathevan says that while most people have heard of the word, many only have a vague idea of what it is. “Basically, a stroke can be considered a ‘brain attack’, just like how we have heart attacks,” explains Dr Ramesh. “A stroke happens when the blood supply to a part of the brain is cut off, causing the cells of that area to be deprived of the oxygen and nutrients carried in the blood. As a result, those cells would

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Be Wary of Rashes

Home Be Wary of Rashes April 28, 2022   Return Atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, is one of the most common, long-term skin problems that causes rashes. It is usually due to using harsh soaps and detergents among other substances that irritate the skin. Parts of the face, neck, trunk or limbs become itchy and inflamed in persons with eczema. Usually, the same spots will flare up for some time and then become normal. This happens over and over again over a long period of time. Avoiding substances that cause the flare-ups while using creams or lotions can improve the symptoms.

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Start By Doing Something Amazing

Home Start By Doing Something Amazing April 28, 2022   Return From L-R: Dr Annathurai Ranganathan (Head of Corporate Social Responsibility Unit, Asian Football Confederation), Assoc. Prof Dr Amer Siddiq Amer Nordin (Nicotine Addiction Specialist, University of Malaya), YB Dato’ Seri Dr Hilmi Bin Haji Yahaya (Deputy Minister, Ministry of Health Malaysia), Assoc. Prof Dr Helmy Haja Mydin (Respiratory Physician, University of Malaya), Stuart Crabb (Country Director, Retail Group, Johnson & Johnson), and Mr S. Sivanasvaran (Head of Sports Science, Football Association Malaysia) at the official launch of “Do Something Amazing” campaign. Let’s “Do Something Amazing”! The campaign, an initiative from Johnson

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Your Gut’s Best Friend

Home Your Gut’s Best Friend April 28, 2022   Return Many of us pay our gut very little attention until we eat something that does not agree with us. Maybe it is time to change that, as a healthy gut can make a difference to our health. While the colon is part of the digestive system, it plays no role in digesting our food. By the time the food reaches the colon, it has already been digested. So, the colon absorbs water from what is left and then, processes the leftovers into the material that normally goes out the back door when

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Is Your Heart Failing?

Home Is Your Heart Failing? April 28, 2022   Return Professor John McMurray   British Heart Foundation Cardiovascular Research Centre, University of Glasgow, UK How do you end up with heart failure? When your heart fails, it fails because something happened in the past that damaged your heart muscles. Heart attack is the main cause of heart muscle damage. The coronary arteries – arteries that bring blood to the heart muscle – become narrowed or blocked leading to a heart attack. Basically, as the blood supply to that part of the heart muscle is cut off, it causes heart muscle damage. Signs of heart failure

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Men, Matrimony & Masculinity

Home Men, Matrimony & Masculinity April 28, 2022   Return Patrick Cheng   Licensed & Registered Counsellor & Life Coach, KIN & KiDS Marriage, Family & Child Therapy Centre Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, the 19th century German writer and statesman, was recorded as having said, “One cannot always be a hero, but one can always be a man.” But what does being a man mean? If we subscribe to the stereotypical notions of masculinity, it often translates into oozing confidence, competency, and success. Whether we are talking about a rugged cowboy or a dashing gentleman, the man is master of all he surveys. Any sign

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A Conceivable Dream

Home A Conceivable Dream April 28, 2022   Return   Dr Wong Pak Seng    Fertility Specialist Mr Aaron Chen Jang Jih     Pre-implantation Genetic Testing Scientist Jill Smokler said it best when she said, “Being a parent is dirty, scary, beautiful, hard, miraculous, exhausting, thankless, joyful and frustrating all at once. It’s everything.” The journey of parenthood is undoubtedly no easy feat. I believe any parent can attest to that. I have even overheard some parents saying how simple it was to conceive their child; the tough bit was actually caring for them after they had made their entrance into this world. However,

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The Design of Our Genes

Home The Design of Our Genes April 28, 2022   Return Our body is divided into several main systems – circulatory, digestive, endocrine, immune and more – and in each system, there are so many functions taking place, often at the same time. The marvels of our body can fill up volumes of medical textbooks. Through it all, what controls our beautifully complex body functions? If you think that it is your brain, well, that is not always true. Some instinctive or reflex actions (such as breathing) are controlled by the nerves in our spinal cord, without involving the brain. So what

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It’s (Not) All in the Genes…

Home It’s (Not) All in the Genes… April 28, 2022   Return “It’s all in the genes!” You may have heard your parents proudly say when you were complimented as a child on your physical attributes or on your academic achievements. But when it comes to heredity, it isn’t just about the genes. Chromosomes play a significant role too according to Pre-implantation Genetic Testing Scientist Mr Aaron Chen. Genes vs chromosomes Delving into the subject of genes and chromosomes, Aaron says, “Genes are basically the instructions for building and maintaining our bodies whereas chromosomes are chains which are formed from these genes

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What are Your Screening Options?

Home What are Your Screening Options? April 28, 2022   Return Raising a child that suffers from an inheritable disorder (either a genetic or chromosomal disorder) can exert a severe emotional and financial toll on any couple, so some parents will appreciate knowing in advance the risk of their child inheriting such a disorder. This is why genetic screening is offered by fertility centres – it allows parents wishing to conceive a child to be aware of the risks and to prepare themselves to do what is best for themselves and their child.  What kinds of genetic screening are there? While technological

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Screening for Hope

Home Screening for Hope April 28, 2022   Return In Fertility Specialist Dr Wong Pak Seng’s line of work, he is always up to date on the constantly evolving genetic screening technology. These days, there are machines that can help detect any number of mutated or abnormal genes present in one’s DNA, even the very rare ones. Dr Wong believes that pre-conception genetic screening should be recommended for people with a family history of inheritable. “These are the high-risk groups, so they should go for screening,” he says. For other couples hoping to conceive and have no family history of such conditions,

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The ‘Holy Grail’ of IVF

Home The ‘Holy Grail’ of IVF April 28, 2022   Return Previous Next Aaron and Lisa Christy was a happily married couple with a young son and another on the way. But unlike their firstborn who was born healthy, their second son, Ben was diagnosed with Wilms’ tumour (a rare inherited form of kidney cancer) when he was merely 18 months old. “When Aaron was a child, the doctors had diagnosed him with the very same kind of tumour. Thankfully, chemotherapy and surgery saved his life. But we never expected our child to have this cancer as we were told that it

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Pregnancy & Genetic Screening

Home Pregnancy & Genetic Screening April 28, 2022   Return Previous Next After the anxious and often stressful weeks of undergoing fertility tests and in-vitro fertilization (IVF), it must surely be a joyous moment when the fertilized egg is successfully implanted and both husband and wife are now proud parents-to-be. However, for couples who are considered to be of high risk when it comes to passing down genetic disorders to their children, it may be worth considering one more round of genetic screening to make sure that their baby is fine. Dr Wong Pak Seng, a fertility specialist with years of experience

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Are We Only Our Genes?

Home Are We Only Our Genes? April 28, 2022   Return We have shared with you a close look into how genetic screening can be used to detect inheritable disorders that can be passed down to our children, and how these procedures can be incorporated in various stages of fertility treatments. Technology and science have allowed us to conceive even when the odds seem impossible, and in the process, helped us detect and predict the possibilities of our children having disorders that can affect them for the rest of their lives. These developments give rise to concerns and even objections from certain

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Why is My Period Late?

Home Why is My Period Late? April 28, 2022   Return Although a woman’s average menstrual cycle is 28 days, it is normal to have a cycle that is between 21 and 35 days. A cycle can also change due to hormonal changes caused by age, certain medical conditions and lifestyle factors. This does not necessarily mean there is an underlying serious problem. Even so, changes and irregularities in a woman’s menstrual cycle needs to be observed, especially when her period suddenly stops. Maybe baby? The most common cause for missing periods is pregnancy. Sexually active women who experience delays in their

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Our Brains are at Risk!

Home Our Brains are at Risk! April 28, 2022   Return What exactly is Japanese encephalitis? Encephalitis is a condition, in which the brain becomes inflamed due to an allergy reaction or infection. Japanese encephalitis (JE) is caused by a viral infection. This disease got its name from the fact that it was first documented in Japan in 1871. Who is at risk of JE? According to the World Health Organization (WHO), there are nearly 68,000 clinical cases of JE every year. It is said that more than 3 billion people in the 24 countries in the WHO South-East Asia and Western

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Keeping JE Out of Our Lives

Home Keeping JE Out of Our Lives April 28, 2022   Return Keep Mosquitoes Out! When there is a reported outbreak of Japanese encephalitis (JE) in your neighbourhood, minimising your chances of being bitten by mosquitoes is one way to protect yourselves from the disease. Air conditioning can help reduce the chances of being bitten by mosquitoes. If you do not have air-conditioning, cover windows and gauze with close-fitting gauze screens to keep mosquitoes out. Use aerosol insecticide, electric mats or mosquito coil in the bedroom for added protection. If you are travelling outdoors (especially from dusk to dawn, when the Culex

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A Shot against Japanese Encephalitis

Home A Shot against Japanese Encephalitis April 28, 2022   Return What is this vaccine? There are several types of JE vaccines, and just like most vaccines, they are developed either from live but weakened versions of JE virus (which will not cause the disease when injected into the body) or an inactive version of the virus grown and cultivated in a laboratory. How does the vaccine work? Like all vaccines, the JE vaccine triggers the body’s immune system to produce antibodies without actually causing the disease. Therefore, the next time the actual JE virus finds its way into the body, the

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On Oral Mucositis

Home On Oral Mucositis April 28, 2022   Return Dr Nik M Mazuan NM Rosdy   Deputy Dean (Clinical), Faculty of Dentistry, Universiti Teknologi MARA Sg Buloh Cancer therapies can often cause side effects, and some of these side effects can involve the tissue lining the oral cavity. Therapies involving the head and neck, especially, can affect the oral cavity, possibly giving rise to complications such as oral mucositis, dry mouth, dental caries, ulcers, fungal infections, difficulty in opening the mouth, difficulty in swallowing (dysphagia), and altered taste (dysgeusia). When oral mucositis occurs Oral mucositis (OM) is the inflammation of the tissue lining the inside of

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Erectile Dysfunction Treatment for All

Home Erectile Dysfunction Treatment for All April 28, 2022   Return While erectile dysfunction (ED) is still considered a taboo topic in Malaysia, it is a condition that affects about 1.68 million men above the age of 40 years. Speaking at a media session in August, Datuk Nancy Ho who is the President of the Malaysian Pharmaceutical Society pointed out that ED has a variety of possible causes, ranging from physical illnesses (heart problems, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, etc) to risk factors (obesity, tobacco use, alcohol, substance abuse, etc). It can also be caused by stress, anxiety, depression, relationship problems and other mental

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A New Landmark Treatment for Hepatitis C

Home A New Landmark Treatment for Hepatitis C April 28, 2022   Return November 3, 2015 – A new milestone in the treatment of hepatitis C is unveiled today. AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, announces that the Malaysian Ministry of Health’s Drug Control Authority has approved VIEKIRAX™ (ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir tablets) and EXVIERA™ (dasabuvir tablets) with or without ribavirin for patients with genotype 1 chronic hepatitis C virus infection. People suitable to receive this treatment include those with compensated liver cirrhosis, HIV-1 co-infection, patients on opioid substitution therapy and liver transplant recipients. In Phase 3 clinical trials, VIEKIRAX™ + EXVIERA™ cured 95-100% of genotype

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Women in Action for Better Health Coverage

Home Women in Action for Better Health Coverage April 28, 2022   Return Kuala Lumpur, November 5 – The Women’s Health Summit has always been one of the highlights of the year ever since its conception in 2013. Organised by Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur, the summit brings together over 300 participants from diverse backgrounds, and enjoys the participation and support from the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (LPPKN), Ministry of Health, NGOs, various medical associations and civil societies. The high point of the day is the Consensus Roundtable, which sees various key opinion leaders, experts and advocates coming together to

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Quality Of Life, Uninterrupted!

Home Quality Of Life, Uninterrupted! April 28, 2022   Return Assoc Prof Dr Ong Teng Aik      Consultant Urologist Since 1998, the first-line therapy for ED consists of pills containing the phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE5i). PDE5i improves blood flow to the penis. When a man anticipates or fantasizes about having sex, his brain is stimulated to send signals to his penis. With the aid of PDE5i, there is improved blood flow into the penis, allowing an erection to be achieved and maintained. After ejaculation, the penis will become soft again. There are four main PDE5i medications, including sildenafil, vardenafil, tadalafil and udenafil. The

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T2DM & You

Home T2DM & You April 28, 2022   Return Dr Hew Fen Lee Consultant Endocrinologist You have surely heard of diabetes in the past, but after being diagnosed with the condition, diabetes is no longer an issue that affects other people. It is now affects you. Before you can take control of your health and life, you should know the facts about diabetes, such as why it is happening to you and what it can do to you. Such information may be harsh or frightening, but the more you know about diabetes, the more you will understand why you need to commit