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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...

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...

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...

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...

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