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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...

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...

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...

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...

Herbalife Nutrition Survey Reveals 8 In 10 Asia Pacific Consumers Strive for Healthier Breakfasts, But Majority Still Make Breakfast Decisions Based on Convenience

HONG KONG, May 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — As a company whose purpose is to make the world healthier and happier, premier global nutrition company, Herbalife Nutrition, today released findings from its Asia Pacific Healthy Breakfast Survey 2019. Conducted in March 2019 with 5,500 respondents in 11 markets – Australia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam – the survey revealed that while the majority of Asia Pacific consumers understand the benefits of a healthy breakfast, and desire to consume healthier breakfasts, seven in 10 (67%) still make breakfast decisions based on convenience, ahead of health benefits (43%) and nutritional value (33%). Herbalife Nutrition Asia Pacific Healthy Breakfast Survey 2019 The Asia P...

PRINCE COURT MEDICAL CENTRE ADOPTS AND EXHIBITS CIK KELABU IN CONJUNCTION WITH PALLIATIVE CARE AWARENESS MONTH 2019

May 9, 2019, Kuala Lumpur – In conjunction with Palliative Care Awareness Month (PCAM) 2019, Prince Court Medical Centre (PCMC) will be exhibiting Cik Kelabu, a life-sized baby elephant sculpture created by renowned naïve Art artist, Yusof Gajah at the centre’s lobby. The exhibit will be from the 22nd of April till the 30th of June 2019. Cik Kelabu is one of ten life-sized baby elephant sculptures that was created initially by Yusof Gajah for the ‘Speak Up – There’s an Elephant in the Room’ campaign initiated by Hospis Malaysia to raise awareness on palliative care. It was adopted by PCMC in support of the campaign. Alongside the sculpture are two boards. One details the story of the campaign and Cik Kelabu’s significance as well as PCMC’s Palliative Medicine Specialist, Dr Nick Chong Chun...

7 Things To Consider When You Are Choosing Nursing Home For Your Loved Ones.

Earlier, sending parents to the nursing home or elderly care home has been seen as an almost sinful act by society. But now the time has changed. It has turned a crucial need in the current society. Children working abroad or migrated abroad; the need for nursing care; children busy with work and some other societal and economic changes have contributed to the demand for elderly care or nursing homes. It is good news to children that it is no more perceived as an act of abandoning your loved one rather an act of care to seek for better care and environment for the loved one. But how sure are we giving better care at the facilities? We do visit and consider a few homes before choosing one out of our list. But most of the times, we are deceived by the exterior look of the home or friendly st...

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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