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Love Your Children? Protect Them With MMR

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ACCORDING to the World Health Organization (WHO), millions of children, especially in developing countries, die each year because of infectious diseases. If not treated properly, the illnesses could spread and lead to a higher mortality rate, said medical nurse, Noor Dzameera Dhohir. Therefore, parents are advised to provide their children with complete immunization so that…

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The Healthy Fats You Actually Need To Keep A Perfect Health & Shape

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If you want to lose weight, what’s on your plate is often more important than the minutes you spend in the gym. And if you want to see the most change, a 2015 study from Harvard says you should be cutting carbs, not fat. For the study, published in PLoS One, researchers from Harvard and…

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Tweet Your Vomit, Britain’s Food Standards Agency Tells Britons

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LONDON: If you are vomiting and suffering from diarrhoea, tweet about it. Britain’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) is asking Britons to do so as a means of charting the spread of norovirus, the BBC reported on Tuesday (Dec 13). Since 2013, the FSA has been sieving Twitter data to identify norovirus outbreaks. Norovirus, also known…

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Emplyers Can Pay Fomema Fees Online

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KUALA LUMPUR: Employers of foreign workers can pay their workers’ health examination fees online via the Foreign Workers Medical Examination Monitoring Agency (Fomema) employers’ portal from today. Its chief executive officer Datuk Mohd Hatar Ismail said the facility was introduced to enable employers to conduct their businesses faster and more efficiently via the portal at…

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5 Health And Beauty Benefits Of Turmeric

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Turmeric is having a major moment. Thanks to its potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, the golden yellow powder—which has been used in Ayurvedic treatments for centuries—has entered the mainstream. Here are five reasons why you should stock up on the spice. 1. It’ll Give Your Skin A Glow Turmeric helps regulates the immune system and…

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8 Ways To Tell If You Are Vitamin D Deficient

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Vitamin D is an extremely important vitamin that has powerful effects on several systems throughout the body (1). Unlike most vitamins, vitamin D actually functions like a hormone and every single cell in your body has a receptor for it. Your body makes it from cholesterol when your skin is exposed to sunlight. It’s also…

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Don’t Shave Before Surgery To Avoid Deadly Superbug, Says WHO

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Patients going for surgery should bathe or shower beforehand but their surgical site should not be shaved, and antibiotics should be used to prevent infections before and during surgery, but not afterwards, the World Health Organization said on Thursday (Nov 3). In new guidelines aimed at halting the spread of potentially deadly superbug infections in…

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You Should Never Give Your Children This Cough Medicine

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There are health risks for children who are given codeine for coughs or pain. “Last year, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) convened an advisory panel to consider the use of codeine specifically for suppression of cough and found little evidence of benefit,” says Dr Randall Flick, director of Mayo Clinic Children’s Center. The…

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Should We Pay Tax For Eating Sugar? UN Agency Says Yes

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Governments should tax sugary drinks to fight the global epidemics of obesity and diabetes, the World Health Organization said, recommendations industry swiftly branded “discriminatory” and “unproven”. A 20% price increase could reduce consumption of sweet drinks by the same proportion, the WHO said in “Fiscal Policies for Diet and Prevention of Noncommunicable Diseases”, a report…

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Malaysia Refutes Harvard Study That Haze Killed 6,500

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has refuted a Harvard and Columbia University study claiming that the 2015 South-East Asian haze caused 6,500 deaths in the country. The study, which is expected to be published in the Environmental Research Letters (ERL) journal, also claimed that there were 100,300 premature deaths in the region due to the haze; 91,600…

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Kedah MB Not Admitted To Hospital

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ALOR SETAR: Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah was only doing a follow-up check at the Sultanah Bahiyah Hospital here and was not admitted, said his press secretary Nahar Tajri. “What happened was that the Mentri Besar went to the hospital by himself to check on his current health status, that’s all,”…

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It’s Not Fat That Makes You Obese

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), obesity worldwide has more than doubled since 1980. In 2014, over 1.9 billion adults (18 years and older) were overweight, of which 600 million were obese. That means 39% of adults aged 18 years and over were overweight in 2014, and 13% were obese. Furthermore, 42 million children…

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Hole In The Heart Toddler Prescribed Viagra

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A 10-month-old baby, who suffers a hole in the heart and lung problems, has been prescribed Viagra in order to sustain her life. Nur Aafiyah Amanda Norhisham is being kept alive with daily doses of Viagra, which her mother purchased at the pharmacy and diluted in her milk. The pill, which is usually consumed by…

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Common Home Products That Can Harm Your Child’s Brain

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A new report published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives is calling for more attention to be paid to the growing evidence that exposure to many everyday common chemicals are causing harm to children’s brain development. Dozens of scientists, health practitioners and children’s health advocates have expressed their concern in the paper that these chemicals…

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Good News! Butter Does Not Lead To Higher Risk Of Heart Disease

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Despite decades on the list of “bad” fats that harm the heart, butter, on its own, is not linked to increased risk of heart disease after all, according to a recent analysis of existing research. Eating more butter was even weakly tied to a lower risk of diabetes, the authors found. Some people hold that…

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5 Ways To Beat Bad Breath During Ramadhan

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It is important to first realize that the smell that comes from a Muslim’s mouth during Ramadan is one that Allah is pleased with as noted in an Hadith “the smell from the fasting person’s mouth is better in the sight of Allah than the fragrance of musk”. However, this does not mean we should…

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10 Surprising Benefits Of Dragon Fruit You Never Knew

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Also known as pitaya, these fun-looking fruits contain around 60 calories each and are rich in vitamin C, B1, B2 and B3, and minerals such as iron, calcium, and phosphorus. And that’s not all. This is definitely one of the best “super fruits” out there. 1. Better Than Cheerios Dragon fruit has an extremely low…

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Cardiac ‘Bruising’ Predicts Worse Heart Attack

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UK researchers say they have found a new way to tell if a heart attack is more severe and might cause lasting harm – by looking for bruising or bleeding in the heart muscle. Patients with this sign on scans more often develop serious problems like heart failure, says the Glasgow team. It’s hoped the…

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7 Japanese Green Teas You Should Be Drinking Right Now

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Lucky for us, there are few people in the world more qualified to explain what makes these teas so different and compelling than Miyako Watanabe, tea master, matriarch and vice president of Kyoto’s 300-year-old, family-owned Ippodo Tea Co. She stopped by Food & Wine to host a tea ceremony and explain how the leaves of…

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Why You Should Be Drinking Lemon Water More

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Lemon water is claimed to have powerful health and weight loss benefits. In fact, many celebrities swear by it and there are even diets based entirely on lemons. But does it live up to the hype? This article uses scientific evidence to explore the benefits and myths of lemon water. What is Lemon Water? Lemon…

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Make Healthy Eating Habits A Family Tradition, Says Dietician

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KUALA LUMPUR: It is the responsibility of parents to watch what their children eat and ensure that their diets are balanced, according to a dietician. Children’s immunity levels would be affected if their diets were unbalanced, said Mohd Khairul Azuan, who is attached to a medical centre in the Klang Valley. For their children to…

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Khazanah, Mitsui To Take Stake In US DaVita Kidney Care Services JV

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KUALA LUMPUR: Khazanah Nasional Bhd and Mitsui & Co. will take up a combined 40% stake in joint venture led by NYSE-listed DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc to expand kidney care services in Asia Pacific. DaVita said in a press statement issued out of Denver on Wednesday that the three parties signed a definite agreement to…

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Head Of Korean Firm Slapped As He Apologises For Selling Disinfectants Linked To Deaths

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SEOUL: The head of a South Korean subsidiary of a British consumer goods company was slapped and shouted down as he apologised for his firm’s role in selling a humidifier disinfectant blamed for more than 100 deaths in South Korea. Shouting “too late” and “cannot forgive” in English, a handful of the victims’ relatives rushed…

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Johor Health Department, Agencies Spent RM54.93 Million On Patients In 2015

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ISKANDAR PUTERI: The Johor Health Department and state government agencies spent RM54.93 million last year on patients undergoing dialysis and heart treatment and the purchase of support equipment. State Health and Environment Committee Chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said of the amount, Johor Health Department spent RM2.28 million on 416 individuals via the Medical Assistance Fund…

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Do Not Consume Traditional Medicines Dong Mai Tan And Seven Leave Ginsengs – Health DG

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PUTRAJAYA: The public are advised not to purchase or consume unregistered Chinese traditional medicines known as Dong Mai Tan and Seven Leave Ginsengs as they have been found to contain dexamethasone, a corticosteroid medicine controlled under the Poisons Act 1952. Director-general of Health Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said this was revealed through tests conducted…

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Early Closure Of Eateries Will Not Reduce Diabetes Cases, Say Academics

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  KUALA LUMPUR: Ordering all food outlets to close by midnight is not the solution to tackling the growing incidence of diabetes in this country, according to academics. Universiti Sains Malaysia professor of medicine and director of its Health Campus in Kubang Kerian, Kelantan, Datuk Dr Mafauzy Mohamed said diabetes could only be controlled if…

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More Affordable Hepatitis C Treatment To Be Available Soon

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PETALING JAYA: Affordable Hepatitis C treatment will soon be available for patients once trials on generic drugs are completed. The non-profit Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi), of which the Malaysian Health Ministry is a founding member, and Egyptian drug manufacturer Pharco Pharmaceuticals on Wednesday signed agreements covering clinical testing and scale-up of a Hepatitis…

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Take Only Health Products Backed By Scientific Research, Says Academic

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By Nur Aimidiyana Zuher KUALA LUMPUR: More people are now resorting to alternative therapy to improve their health but it is questionable whether or not they know exactly what they are ingesting in the form of herbal products or supplements. Since it is not easy to verify the authenticity of a product’s so-called all-natural ingredients,…

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Take Care Of Oral Health For A Healthy Body

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KUALA LUMPUR: If you think that brushing your teeth is good enough for dental health, you are wrong. Brushing alone cannot stop bacteria in the mouth from entering the blood stream, which can result in chronic diseases. According to research conducted by doctors and scientists, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and low birth weight babies are caused…

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Health Ministry Studying Proposed Additional Incentives For Specialists

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SUNGAI PETANI: There are only about 5,000 specialist doctors serving in the government hospitals nationwide and on top of that, hundreds quit to join the private hospitals which offer lucrative salaries. In addressing this issue, the Health Ministry is studying a number of proposals including giving additional incentives to its specialists so that they will…

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