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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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September 22, 2018
Hands, Foot and Mouth Disease (HFMD)
What is HFMD? HFMD is a viral disease commonly contracted by young children under the age of 5, especially between 1-2 years of age. However, it can also infect older children and adults alike. HFMD is mainly caused by enteroviruses, usually coxsackievirus A16 or enterovirus 71, although other viral strains may also act as causative agents of the disease. HFMD…
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August 22, 2018
Vaccine refusal in Malaysia
Vaccine refusal appeared as early as the 18th century, following the introduction of the smallpox vaccine. The movement gained strong influence in the late 1990s due to a (since-retracted) 1998 report on the alleged link between the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine and autism in children. The said paper by Wakefield et al. caused widespread concern on vaccine safety, which led to…
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