NEWS LIST

MMC to penetrate Vietnam medical tourism market

MELAKA, June 27 (Bernama) -- Mahkota Medical Centre (MMC) is confident of penetrating Vietnam's medical tourism market by offering quality services in terms of expertise, facilities and world-class medical technology at reasonable prices.


Awareness on negative effects of plastic bags still low among Malaysians

By S.Chandravathani


PUTRAJAYA, June 27 (Bernama) -- Awareness against the usage of plastic bags is still very low among Malaysians, says environmentalist Andrew Sebastian.

Worms causing anisakiasis disease found in canned sardines from China

PUTRAJAYA, June 26 (Bernama) -- The Malaysian Quarantine and Inspection Services (MAQIS) has revealed that it found worms that can cause the anisakiasis disease in humans in samples of a brand of sardines from China brought in through the North Butterworth Container Terminal (NBCT) in Penang on May 14.


Regulate third party administrators beforehand, says MMA

KUALA LUMPUR, June 26 (Bernama) -- As the proportion of patients enjoying employer paid or subsidised healthcare goes up and the proportion of self paying patients go down, it will be difficult for clinics to survive on cash paying patients alone, especially in urban areas, says the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA).

25 food outlets ordered to close two weeks until June 17

SEREMBAN, June 26 (Bernama) -- From January until June 17 this year, the Negeri Sembilan Health Department has ordered 25 food outlets in the state, found to be dirty, to close for two weeks under Section 11 of the Food Act 1983.

Malaysia's pharmaceutical companies participate in preservation of antibiotics workshop

KUALA LUMPUR, June 26 (Bernama) -- Fifty leading pharmaceutical companies in Malaysia attended a Sustainability Through Excellence in Manufacturing (STEM) workshop on advanced, clean, sustainable manufacturing and quality techniques on preservation of antibiotics.

Health Ministry mulls pooled procurement for medicines

SHAH ALAM, June 25 (Bernama) -- The Health Ministry is looking into the possibility of implementing a pooled procurement mechanism for essential medicines to address the issue of monopoly that could increase the cost of drugs supplied to government hospitals nationwide.


Helping Diabetics To Avoid Blindness

By Ainul Huda Mohamed Saaid

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Diabetes is the most common cause of blindness among adults in Malaysia.

According to the 2006 National Health and Morbidity Survey, about 15,000 to 39,000 people lost their sight because of diabetes.

This condition is referred to as diabetic retinopathy, where diabetes causes damage to the blood vessels of the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye, namely the retina.

One in three diabetic patients is affected by this condition.

"Screening for diabetic retinopathy is vital because the longer you have diabetes and the less controlled your blood sugar is, the more likely you are to develop this condition, Consultant Endocrinologist and Head of the Endocrine Unit at Hospital Putrajaya, " Dr Zanariah Hussein, said in a statement recently.

Introduce Mental Health Assessment

KUALA LUMPUR, June 23 (Bernama) -- The government needs to introduce a mental health assessment system which can determine the extent of mental disorders that can lead to crime occurrences or criminal acts, said social activist Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye.


Guatemala volcano victims face long-term health effects - WHO

GUATEMALA CITY, June 22 (BERNAMA-NNN-TELESUR) -- Following a nine-day study, an expert from the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that the recent eruptions of Guatemala's Fuego ('Fire') Volcano will have short-, medium- and long-term health effects on its victims, the Ministry of Public Health said Thursday.



DOCTORS SAY


EXCLUSIVE

Fatty Liver: Are Prescribed Medications The Culprit?

(Last of a Two-Part Interview)

By Salbiah Said

PETALING JAYA, Oct 15 (Bernama) -- There are currently no medications approved specifically for the treatment of fatty liver, doctors say.

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