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Diabetes drug reduces risk of heart attacks, strokes from air pollution - study

A common, safe and inexpensive drug for Type 2 diabetes, metformin, decreases the risk of heart attacks and strokes caused by air pollution by reducing inflammation in the lungs that triggers clotting, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study.

Need to provide better mental health care in schools - Lee Lam Thye

PETALING JAYA, Oct 10 (Bernama) -- Schools in the country need more counsellors with psychological skills along with good mental health development programmes to help the increasing numbers of youngsters experiencing stress-related symptoms such as anxiety and depression.


Health Ministry to continue promoting mental health

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 (Bernama) -- Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the ministry will continue to promote awareness of mental health with non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and local community leaders.
 


Sabah will prioritise training of medical, health officials - Wong

BELURAN, Oct 10 (Bernama) -- Sabah will ensure that the training of medical and health officials is prioritised to make sure the quality of health services in the state is constantly improved.


Penangites urged not to panic over food poisoning cases

GEORGE TOWN, Oct 10 (Bernama) -- The Penang government has advised the people in the state not to panic over the recently reported cases of food poisoning with two deaths in Perak following the eating of ‘laksa’ (spicy noodle soup) bought at a stall in Kupang, Baling.


Malaysians Developing Heart Disease at Younger Age

By Erda Khursyiah Basir

 

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Malaysians are developing heart disease at a younger age compared with their peers in other countries.

Citing Health Ministry statistics, National Heart Institute (IJN) consultant cardiologist Datuk Dr Ahmad Khairuddin Mohamed Yusof said in 2017, Malaysians developed heart disease at the age of 58 years, compared to populations in Thailand (65 years), mainland China (63 years), western countries (66 years) and Canada (68 years).

According to the World Health Organisation, in 2014 the Malaysian proportional mortality rate of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) stood at 36 percent. Worldwide, an estimated 17.7 million people died from CVDs in 2015, representing 31 percent of all global deaths.

Dr Ahmad Khairuddin said high levels of cholesterol in the blood may lead to CVDs, which include heart attacks and strokes.

According to the 2015 National Health and Morbidity Survey, an estimated 47.7 percent of Malaysians aged 18 and above have high blood cholesterol, which is also known as hypercholesterolemia. This figure is a relative increase compared to 32.6 percent in 2011.


Free rabies vaccination campaign in Miri City this weekend

Priority will be given to dogs while for those who intend to get the vaccine for their cats can go straight to the Veterinary Department, free of charge during office hours.

42 new food poisoning cases reported in Baling, Kedah

The new cases were recorded in Kedah (14 cases), Perak (seven) and Selangor (21), where all were reported to have suffered similar symptoms. The findings showed that symptomatic patients had consumed the laksa sold at the premises in Kupang.

Govt committed to enhance primary healthcare - Dr Dzulkefly

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 (Bernama) – The government is committed to promote better public-private partnerships and focus to enhance primary healthcare in the country, said Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.


MOH warns public of poisonous skincare products

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 9 (Bernama) – Health Director-General, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, issued a statement today warning the public to steer clear of 14 skincare products that contain hydroquinone, tretinoin, diphenhydramine and/or mercury.



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EXCLUSIVE

Understanding Dementia Better

By Siti Radziah Hamzah

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Imagine how you would feel if you wake up one morning in the house you have lived with your family for about 30 years and you are not able to recognise your surroundings. You look at the mirror and ask yourself, “Who am I, where am I?”

This is one of many symptoms indicating that you may have dementia, a debilitating disease that takes away the ability to retain memory, think clearly, behave normally and perform everyday activities.

Dementia is an increasingly common disease affecting ageing populations in especially low- and middle-income countries where access to social protection, services, support and care is limited. 

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