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Knee surgery is best for ailing knees, regardless of age

March 25, 2019

Total knee replacement (TKR) surgery is an operation for the treatment of degenerative knee conditions– increasing TKRs are performed annually, after which most patients are relieved of their chronic pain and enjoy an improved quality of life. A Malaysian consultant orthopaedic surgeon, Dr. Gandhi Nathan Solayar, does not believe age should be adeterrent. Dr. Solayar […]

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Singapore ‘Wheelchair Brigade’ ropes in seniors

March 20, 2019

Wheelchairs are a key mobility device for frail seniors, who regularly need some help with their wheelchairs – sometimes dirt and hair is trapped in the wheel with regular use, or the tyres deflate, or the nuts and bolts loosen, or the wheelchair just doesn’t move well. Hence, a pilot programme that enables active seniors […]

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School children suffer in toxic waste dumping case in Malaysia

March 15, 2019

An easy discharge of chemical waste believed to contain heavy metals into a river has escalated into a respiratory hazard for residents along the Straits of Johor, Malaysia. There have been three consecutive waves of air pollution as the chemicals got washed along Sungai Kim Kim, where at least seven schools are located. A local […]

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New technologies for low-cost treatment

March 1, 2019

Communicable illnesses thrive in tropical conditions, where people who live in poverty, without adequate sanitation and in close contact with infectious vectors are most affected. Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) are reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) to affect over a billion people and is very costly to developing economies. But new medical technologies have […]

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Vaccinate children vs measles and diphtheria, Malaysian doctors urge

February 27, 2019

Reports of recent diphtheria cases in the Malaysia, and the spate of measles cases in its neighbouring  country,  the Philippines,  and has prompted Malaysian doctors to call for urgent vaccination against these two diseases for all Malaysian children. The Health Ministry has reported that previous misinformation about vaccination led to a sharp increase in the […]

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Pregnant women should be cautious of massages

February 19, 2019

Pregnancy is a momentous episode for mothers to be, yet,  the body changes can bring discomfort to most women. Massages offer relaxation, but pregnant women may better avoid them, warned a specialist at the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine. Dr Khwanchai Visithanon has advised women who are less than three months pregnant to […]

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Singapore’s beaches harbour dangerous bacteria in its plastic wastes

February 14, 2019

There are millions of tonnes of plastic wastes in the ocean, and smaller plastics or microplastics are frequently mistaken as food by various marine organisms and add up in the food chain – potentially lethal to human and marine life. Marine scientists from the National University of Singapore (NUS) have recently found more than 400 […]

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Empty calories in workplace foods, survey finds

February 13, 2019

A majority of foods eaten in US workplaces – whether purchased or free – are usually high in salt, fat and sugar. The easy but unhealthy options include pizza, soft drinks, cookies, brownies, cakes, pies or candy. A recent survey of about 5,000 working adults found that one in four obtained free food at work […]

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Highly contagious measles outbreak in the Philippines

February 7, 2019

There has been a recent surge of measles cases and deaths in Manila, Philippines, prompting authorities to declare an emergency outbreak. Compiled data marks a steep increase of cases in January 2019 as compared to the previous year, with more confirmed cases reported at the beginning of February. Children are especially vulnerable, but people have […]

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UK and Japan join forces for degenerative diseases treatment

January 28, 2019

Patients with degenerative diseases require lengthy care. Thanks to new technologies and treatment modalities, patients are provided some degree of independence and relief. Medical researchers from the UK and Japan are working together on advancing research primarily aimed at developing treatments for chronic degenerative and incurable diseases.The researchers will focus on useful insights into critical […]

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