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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...

Malaria – Malaysia once again on high alert

Malaria: Stopping the Bite Malaria, primarily found in South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, is a life-threatening disease caused by parasites. There are five known malaria parasite species, and two of them – Plasmodium falciparum and Plasmodium vivax – pose the greatest threat. These parasites are transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected female Anopheles mosquito. When bitten by an infected Anopheles mosquito, the parasites are released into the bloodstream. The parasites travel through blood to the liver, where they mature. They then re-enter into the bloodstream and begin to infect red blood cells causing the typical symptoms of malaria. Malaysia is once again on high alert for malaria due to increase in number of cases and detection of a new malaria parasite in three villages in t...

What Are Urinary Calculi or Kidney Stones?

Dr. Kulendran Sivapragasam, Consultant Urologist at Columbia Asia Hospital, Bukit Rimau, Kota Kemuning, Selangor, MALAYSIA provides an overview on stones formed in our kidney and their potential journey in our urinary system.   Calculi or stones are hard masses or crystals that form in the urinary system. They can be found anywhere in the urinary system such as the kidney, ureters, urinary bladder or even in the urethra. They are often the most common kind of urological problem that an urologist sees and treats. What causes stones? Stones can form due to various reasons. They can form due to infective causes and non-infective causes. Non-infective causes can be due to metabolic disease, hereditary causes, and abnormal anatomical structure of the urinary system or even due to certain t...

A lifelong pain

Dr. Warren Lo Hwa Loon, Consultant Urologist; Managing interstitial cystitis, also called a chronic painful bladder syndrome that is poorly understood and causes long-term pelvic pain and urination problem   For a long time, Tiffany*, a 45 year old woman from Kuala Lumpur experienced a rather mysterious problem. She suffered from persistent pain in her pelvis and had to make urgent, frequent visits to the toilet to pee. She had gone to see several doctors in town but they couldn’t seem to agree on the right treatment for her. On the surface, it might have looked as if she was suffering from a typical urinary infection or an overactive bladder. But treating her for these symptoms did not appear to make life better – her problems showed no signs of going away despite being put on various med...

Gynaecological Cancers in Malaysia

Breast cancer is the world’s most ‘famous’ cancer, receiving four times more funding than the top 2 killer cancers (lung cancer and colon cancer) despite both cumulatively killing 5 times more people. Thus, whenever the word “women” and “cancer” are in the same sentence, people inevitably think of breast cancer. However, Dr. Christina Lai of Sunway Medical Group warns of the ignorance of rarely talked about cancers that plague women, especially as early detection can save lives. Gynaecological Cancers in Malaysia What are gynaecological cancers? In short, they are cancers that affect a woman’s reproductive system. This includes ovarian, cervical, uterine, vaginal and vulval caners. What is an ovarian cancer? Tumours that form on or in the lining of the ovaries, which includes the fallopian...

Nutrition Expert Urges Malaysians to Tackle Obesity with Small Lifestyle Changes

KUALA LUMPUR, January 2017 – Herbalife Nutrition expert, Dr. Luigi Gratton, Vice President of Nutrition Education and Development and the Chairman of the Nutritional Advisory Board (NAB) for Herbalife, last week attended the Herbalife Malaysia Spectacular and encouraged Malaysians to begin 2017 with good nutritional habits that can combat obesity. Dr Luigi Gratton, Vice President of Nutrition Education and Development and the Chairman of the Nutritional Advisory Board (NAB) speaking to the audience. According to Dr. Gratton, starting the New Year with small lifestyle changes, such as giving up sugar and eating more vegetables, can make a big difference in combating obesity. These habits, if consistently practised for three weeks straight, can eventually become habit. The Malaysian Health M...

Shortage of vaccines in Malaysia for children

There has been a shortage of vaccines in Malaysia for children, as well as drugs in private hospitals in the country, says Dato’ Dr. Jacob Thomas. He said this while addressing a 770 strong crowd during the Association of Private Hospitals of Malaysia (APHM) International Healthcare Conference and Exhibition in KLCC on the 15th – 17th June 2015. Dato’ Dr. Jacob Thomas, President of APHM This is due to a global shortage in vaccines, caused primarily by a shortage in several active ingredients. The BCG vaccine, which is administered tuberculosis (TB) is also at a global shortage, due to supplier issues, and is worrying governments around the world as the number of infectious disease outbreaks increases in the Middle East, South Korea, Australia and Niger. Malaysia practices mandatory vaccina...

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