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October 15, 2021
Walking for better health - Small steps to improve overall health
Physical activity during COVID-19 The COVID-19 pandemic has called for lockdowns in most countries. As such, physical activity has been significantly impacted during this time. The closure of gyms and prohibition of recreational activities have led to changes in overall physical activity for better or worse. Walking to improve health Walking is a moderate physical activity that effectively lowers blood…
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August 16, 2021
Malnutrition in the elderly population
Malnutrition in the elderly is associated with a decline in functional status, and can adversely impair one’s health and well-being. Unfortunately, the condition is rather common in the elderly, and it is often underdiagnosed. Elderly people are particularly vulnerable to malnutrition. This may be attributed to changes in physiology with increasing age, or due to living/home environment. The issues faced…
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November 4, 2019
Childhood obesity, early nutrition and long-term health
Childhood obesity around the world Childhood obesity is a significant phenomenon occuring worldwide. The number of overweight or obese infants and young children between 0-5 years old increased from 32 million in 1990 to 41 million in 2016. Childhood obesity is associated with serious health complications and premature onset of illnesses. The rising numbers of overweight/obese population is related to the escalating…
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September 2, 2019
Lung Cancer—what you need to know
What is lung cancer? Lung cancer is a type of cancer which starts in the lungs, but may spread to other areas of the body. It is one of the most common cancers in Malaysia. Lung cancer patients in Malaysia are often only diagnosed at late stages of the disease; it is resposible for nearly a quarter of all cancer deaths…
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July 7, 2019
Sleep deprivation – not to be taken lightly
Sleep deprivation occurs when one does not get enough sleep, or has a disturbed sleep-wake cycle (such as when travelling to different time zones or working shift hours). This may lead to physical and mental health problems as well as loss of productivity. In addition, research has shown that sleep deprivation increases craving for high-calorie foods and plays a role in the…
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May 10, 2019
Healthcare for Women in Malaysia
Women in Malaysia In the recent few decades, the government of Malaysia has implemented multiple programmes to raise and safeguard the social standing of women in Malaysia. These programmes were introduced to promote gender equality in healthcare and education, as well as to increase women’s participation in decision-making and the work force. They are also aimed towards prohibiting gender discriminatory practices…
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April 2, 2019
World Autism Awareness Day
World Autism Awareness Day April 2nd is internationally recognised as the World Autism Awareness Day (WAAD). The theme for this year’s WAAD is “Assistive Technologies, Active Participation”. During this month, autism-friendly events and educational activities will be held to educate the public on the challenges that autistic individuals (and the people around them) face every day.  What is autism? Autism spectrum disorder (ASD)…
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February 4, 2019
World Cancer Day
Cancer is the second leading cause of death worldwide, killing approximately 9.6 million people each year. In view of the immense scale of this disease, World Cancer Day was established as an initiative towards creating awareness and unity in the fight against cancer. World Cancer Day takes place on February 4th each year. In Malaysia, the most common cancer among males…
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November 14, 2018
World Diabetes Day
World Diabetes Day is observed on November 14 every year in commemoration of Sir Frederick Banting, one of the co-discoverers of insulin, whose birthday falls on the same date. The theme for World Diabetes Day 2018-19 campaign is “The Family and Diabetes”. Its aims are to raise awareness on the impact of diabetes on the family, and to promote the…
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October 24, 2018
World Stroke Day
World Stroke Day is observed on October 29th every year to create awareness on the impact, prevention and treatment of stroke, as well as to address the urgent need for stroke education and improved support for stroke survivors. In 2010, World Stroke Organization (WSO) declared stroke as a public health emergency. The “One in Six” campaign was launched to highlight…
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