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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...

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...

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...

CANCER – Who seeks world’s attentions

Cancer is a generic term for a large group of diseases that can affect any part of the body. Other terms used are malignant tumours and neoplasms. One defining feature of cancer is the rapid creation of abnormal cells that grow beyond their usual boundaries, and which can then invade adjoining parts of the body and spread to other organs, the latter process is referred to as metastasizing. Metastases are a major cause of death from cancer KEY FACTS (WHO FACTSHEET – FEBRUARY 2018) Cancer is one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide, with approximately 14 million new cases in 2012. The number of new cases is expected to rise by about 70% over the next two Cancer is the second leading cause of death globally and was responsible for 8.8 million deaths in Globally, nearly 1...

Greater Healthcare Accessibility for Malaysians via HealthTech

On 3rd of May 2019, Enterprise IT News (EITN) organised a Healthtech round table that aimed to discuss how Technology can Enable Better Access to Healthcare. It seemed a fitting follow-up to the Ministry of Health’s (MOH) industry event the day before which wanted to invite ideas on how to deliver better health services. Moderator for the (EITN) event, Mohan Manthiry, who is also founder and CEO of InfoMed https://www.infomedonline.com/  kicked things off with a WEF acknowledgement that Industry4.0 and accompanying technology/digital tools can be leveraged to improve the quality of life. “It is necessary and timely,” he pointed out. Even long-established medical journals have created digital versions of themselves. This somewhat speaks to the importance of digital to the healthcare industr...

InfoMedOnline Interview – Tirupathi Karthik

Tirupathi Karthik - CEO of Napier Healthcare Solution / CONVERSATION AT THE KINGSLEY STRATEGIC INSTITUTE'S "MALAYSIAN HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE 2019", KUALA LUMPUR, 7th MARCH 2019

InfoMedOnline Interview – Dr. Chua Hong Teck

Dr. Chua Hong Teck - Senior Advisor, Research Triangle Institute (RTI) Malaysia / CONVERSATION AT THE KINGSLEY STRATEGIC INSTITUTE'S "MALAYSIAN HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE 2019", KUALA LUMPUR, 7th MARCH 2019

InfoMedOnline Interview – Lim Siew Pei

Lim Siew Pei - COO of Click2Health / CONVERSATION AT THE KINGSLEY STRATEGIC INSTITUTE'S "MALAYSIAN HEALTHCARE CONFERENCE 2019", KUALA LUMPUR, 7th MARCH 2019

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