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Minister to push for ‘reasonable’ fee hike for GPs

More than 800 doctors gathered in a hall in Putrajaya on June 11, 2019 to air their frustrations over consultation fees which they say have not been revised for 27 years. Read More: https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2019/06/11/minister-to-push-for-reasonable-fee-hike-for-gps/ Source: freemalaysiatoday.com

Debunking Common Lung Cancer Myths and Stopping the Stigma

Did you know that every day,approximately 10 Malaysians die of lung cancer[1]? According to the World Health Organisation, lung cancer is also responsible for the highestnumber of deaths in 2018, specifically 1.8 million deaths which is equivalent to 18.4% of the total[2]. Unfortunately, due to the stigma attached to this disease,patients have reportedly delayed their diagnosis and treatment[3]. This has also caused the lack in support and public empathy for lung cancer when compared to many other diseases. In an effort to stop such stigma, it’s crucial to first fix common misconceptions about the disease and educate the public regarding potential life-saving truths. Myth #1: Only smokers are succumbed to getting lung cancer While a majority of people who have lung cancer are smokers (or w...

Travel healthy, travel happy

Picture this: you’ve booked your plane ticket, and you’ve filled your itinerary with exciting places to explore, but after arriving at your dream destination you fall sick—you’ve been caught off guard by the climate, or perhaps you’ve caught a disease or bug. Confined to your hotel room (or worse, a hospital ward)you realise, too late, thatyour travel plans should have included a visit to your doctor for travel medicine and vaccination counselling before leaving home. Relatively unknown among Malaysians, travel medicine is a rapidly-growing interdisciplinary specialty in medicine. Travel medicine counselling provides personalized medical advice and treatment according to a traveller’s medical history, health status, destination country, purpose of travel and so forth. According to Dr Sasik...

Stents Technologies in Coronary Artery Disease

Author – Dr. Alan Koay Choon Chern, Consultant Cardiologist, Columbia Asia Hospital – Taiping An overview of coronary stents evolution, its current status and future directions The heart has a network of coronary arteries which circulates blood within the organ. From the aorta,  vessels branch off to form the right and the left coronary arteries for coronary circulation. Coronary artery disease is the obstruction of any of these vessels, resulting in heart attacks or acute coronary syndrome. Coronary artery disease (CAD), either narrowing (stenosis) or blockage (occlusion), arises from plaque deposition in the arterial wall, also known as atherosclerosis. This results in restriction of  blood flow and hence oxygen to the heart muscle, which is called ischemia. Atherosclerosis is beyo...

Opioids Crisis Has Spread Beyond United States – OECD

Opioids Crisis Seeking Membership in the Wealthy OECD Countries!!! Medscape – May 16, 2019. PARIS (Reuters): Opioid use has reached crisis proportions not only in the United States but also in Canada and some European countries, as prescription opioid painkillers have become much more common, the OECD club of wealthy nations said on Thursday. So far the opioid epidemic has focused largely on the United States, where the OECD said nearly 400,000 people died of overdoses between 1999 and 2017, resulting in the lowering of overall life expectancy for the first in more than 60 years. “The United States is by no means alone in facing this crisis,” the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said in a report. The Paris-based policy forum said deaths linked to opio...

Population Ageing and Dementia – The 21st century’s biggest healthcare challenge

AUTHOR: Dr. Merilynn Gayathri, General Physician, MSc Gerontology & Ageing Studies, Brighton Healthcare, Cyberjaya We are living in unprecedented times of population ageing, where the world  currently has the largest proportion of older persons in the history of humankind. Population ageing has garnered much attention in recent years, as globally the number of older adults aged over 65 reached 901 million in 20151. In Malaysia, the older person’s population is currently at 5 percent, projected to increase to 14.5 percent in the year 2040. This effectively triples the number of older people in an immensely compressed period, making Malaysia an aged nation in the very near future. Despite the positive perception of longevity, genetic risk factors coupled with biological insults over time...

EITN Roundtable: Healthcare tech

Enterprise IT News (EITN) organised a HealthTech Roundtable discussed how IT can facilitate better access for the public to healthcare. The event was well-represented by key people from the Health Ministry, Sancy Berhad, Hospital USM and TM One; highlighting the state of Malaysia’s healthcare system and key issues, challenges and opportunities for better IT support.

Half the world lacks access to essential health services – World bank and WHO

At least half of the world’s population cannot obtain essential health services, according to a new report from the World Bank and WHO. And each year, large numbers of households are being pushed into poverty because they must pay for health care out of their own pockets. Currently, 800 million people spend at least 10 percent of their household budgets on health expenses for themselves, a sick child or other family member. For almost 100 million people these expenses are high enough to push them into extreme poverty, forcing them to survive on just $1.90 or less a day. The findings, released today in Tracking Universal Health Coverage: 2017 Global Monitoring Report, have been simultaneously published in Lancet Global Health. “It is completely unacceptable that half the world still lacks c...

SIZING UP THE ISSUE

I was born with a right undescended testicle and was operated on as a 2-year old. I noticed that that this right testis is very small even though it does not cause me any problems. Should I be concerned at all? I am in love with this wonderful woman and plan to get married soon. However, I was born with two tiny testicles.They are the size of peas and I am too embarrassed to tell her. I am also worried about my fertility. I desperately need your advice. Recently my spouse noticed that my left testicle seems to be bigger than my right testicle. It also feels harder but is somehow painless. Is there These are the questions I hear from time to time at my clinic from patients who worry about the size of their testicles. It’s not unusual to have these concerns if you suspect there are irregular...

Brain Aneurysm

Many are unaware as to what a brain (cerebral) aneurysm is and further, many don’t realise that if managed early, multiple lives could be saved through early intervention. So, what exactly is a brain aneurysm? I often tell patients that a brain aneurysm can be described as a ticking time bomb that lays silently in the brain and could at any point explode due to a myriad of factors or in certain instances, without any apparent reason at all. WebMD (a common site used by patients to seek medical knowledge) describes an aneurysm as a bulging weak area in the wall of a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain. Essentially, this means that the blood supply of our brain is made up of a complex network of vessels that are intrinsically connected to ensure that every part of the brain receive...

Hemorrhoids (Piles)

WHAT ARE HEMORRHOIDS? Hemorrhoids are abnormal swelling of blood vessels lining the lowest part of the rectum and anus. They developed when the veins in the anal canal get swollen and congested, just like the varicose veins in the leg, due to the weakness of the vessel wall and increased localized pressure in the vessels. With increasing age, the connective tissue degeneration leads to prolapsed blood vessels in the anus. HOW ARE HEMORRHOIDS DIAGNOSED? Patients will get bleeding during defecation, lump at the anus, pain, or even itchiness. Your doctor might perform examinations and tests to confirm the diagnosis, such as proctoscopy (a device to visualize the anal canal) and colonoscopy (endoscopy of the large bowel and rectum, to rule out other causes of bleeding such as cancer or polyps....

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