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MALE Hair Loss

MALE Hair Loss by Dr Chester Lan, DTAP Clinic (Dr. Tan & Partners) Look around you in a busy place. Do you see a middle aged or older gentleman who is balding? Chances are you probably will. Hair loss is something that affects a significant proportion of men as they age. Statistics vary from country to country, but the American Hair Loss Association states that, by the age of 35, two-thirds of men will experience some degree of appreciable hair loss, and by the age of 50 approximately 85% of men have significantly thinning hair. But hair loss does not just affect males. It can affect females as well. Each person on average has about 100,000 hair follicles on their heads. If everything is intact, you will have a nice crop of hair. Hair follicles go through 3 main phases of growth –...

Talking To Cancer Patients Is Not Rocket Science! Here’s How To!

Cancer is a devastating disease and has claimed a lot of lives especially in this decade. The news that you or a close relative has cancer is heartbreaking. If you talked to cancer patients, they would openly tell you how horrific it is to live with the disease. Death can come knocking anytime without a warning. This is the reason why cancer patients need the best care and affection to help them live a happy life free from worries and grief. There are several ways to show love and affection to these loved ones. Here is a lift of a few ways to write to cancer patients. Here’s how to talk or write to someone who has been diagnosed with cancer 1. Say something If a friend of yours or even a family member is diagnosed with this disease, you might find yourself tongue-tied and completely unable...

23rd World Congress on Pediatrics, Neonatology & Primary Care

Conference Information here : ME Conferences is delighted to announce the next event “23rd World Congress on Pediatrics, Neonatology & Primary Care” to be held on November 21-22, 2019 in Dubai, UAE. For more information: https://neonatalcare.pediatricsconferences.com/ PEDIATRICS NEONATAL CARE 2019 typically incorporate lectures, paper and poster sessions, and panel discussions with prominent international experts and scholars.  We also feature product exhibitions, workshops, and student research competitions that generate networking opportunities for all attendees. The 2019 Conference is bringing together 50+ professionals from 23+ countries for the education, innovation and collaboration – all at one time, all in one place. Choose from 20+ education sessions, 10+ exhibitor...

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...

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