Advocating Safe Medication Practices

By Sakini Mohd Said

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) -- Khairul Anuar and his wife had just returned home from work and he was on his way to the bathroom when he suddenly caught his two-year-old daughter putting some vitamin tablets into her mouth. She had taken the pills out of a bottle that was kept inside her mother's handbag.

Khairul, 47, a civil servant, panicked when he realised his daughter had chewed and swallowed some the brightly-coloured tablets that a doctor had prescribed to his wife who was then pregnant.

He and his wife Noraini Mazlan, 42, rushed their daughter to the nearest clinic even though the little girl did not suffer any adverse reaction.

Dr Dzulkefly: I want ideas that matter

A communication channel has been opened for Ministry of Health (MOH) employees (but not those in the JUSA category or above) to share Ideas That Matter, a programme announced today by its minister, Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

Two cosmetics products found to contain scheduled poison diphenhydramine - Health Ministry

KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 (Bernama) -- The public should avoid buying and using two cosmetics products - the Bao Fu Ling Snow Lotus and the Bao Fu Ling Skincare creams which have been found to contain the scheduled poison  diphenhydramine.

Orang Asli infected with skin diseases told to seek treatment 

BATU GAJAH, March 31 (Bernama) -- Orang Asli in Kampung Kuala Koh, Gua Musang, Kelantan who have skin disease should seek treatment immediately to avoid spreading the sickness and infecting others.

Lynas a threat to health of Gebeng folks - Fuziah

KUALA LUMPUR, March 31 (Bernama) -- Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh  today lashed out at the  Lynas project in Gebeng, Kuantan, Pahang , saying it could affect the village folks living nearby.

NCD, main cause of stagnating Malaysian lifespan - Dr Dzulkefly 

KUALA SELANGOR, March 31 (Bernama) - Non-communicable diseases (NCD) has been found to be the main cause of the plateauing lifespan of Malaysians at around 75 years, says Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad.

Stand-alone Tobacco Control Act to designate all public places as no-smoking areas - Dzulkefly

MELAKA, March 31 (Bernama) -- The Health Ministry is committed to enacting a stand-alone Tobacco Control Act in the near future that will designate all public places as no-smoking areas, with a limited list of places where smokers can light up their cigarettes.

Return high-blood pressure medicines to suppliers - Dr Lee

IPOH, March 30 (Bernama) -- Patients who still have stock of the high blood pressure medicines containing the active ingredient losartan, are advised not to panic and to return them to the suppliers, said Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye.

Diabetes During Pregnancy

By Emeritus Professor Datuk Dr Mustaffa Embong Consultant Diabetologist, National Diabetes Institute (NADI)

KUALA LUMPUR (Bernama) --  Rahmah, 30, went for a check-up after missing her period. She was confirmed pregnant. However, blood tests also showed that she had diabetes.

This is Rahmah’s third pregnancy. Her first resulted in a miscarriage at six weeks while her second led to her delivering her baby by caesarean at 36 weeks. The baby weighed 4.3 kilogrammes at birth and developed breathing difficulty soon after delivery and had to be placed in an incubator for two weeks.

Rahmah has been overweight since young. Her present body mass index (BMI) is 32.4 kg/m2 and there are velvety dark patches around her neck and abdomen. Her mother and sister have diabetes.

Malaysia needs more family medicine specialists - Dr Dzulkefly

KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 (Bernama) -- Malaysia needs more family medicine specialists to enhance the capability of public health and primary care in the society, Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said today.



VATS & SBRT: The Future Of Lung Cancer Treatment In UMSC

By Jenny Imanina Lanong Abdullah and Murni Nasri

This is the second of a two-part article on lung cancer treatment.        

KUALA LUMPUR, (Bernama) -- Traditionally, surgery for lung cancer is done via a thoracotomy, which requires the cutting of muscles and spreading of the ribs before entering the chest to remove the cancer.



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