Malaysia

70 nations seek action against cervical cancer

70 nations seek action against cervical cancerKuala Lumpur, May 27 : With cervical cancer projected to kill nearly half a million women by 2030, stakeholders from more than 70 countries came together Monday to seek an urgent call for action against the disease.


Forget lasers and lotions! Eat croc meat for smooth skin

Forget lasers and lotions! Eat croc meat for smooth skin Kuala Lumpur, Feb 7 : Eating crocodile meat is the best way to fair, spotless skin, it has been suggested.

According to Kosmo!, the meat taken from a crocodile''s chest, tail and genitals is believed to have medicinal properties that could enhance a woman''s beauty., the Star Online reported.


Malay couple comes up with recipe book that can help prevent blindness

Malay couple comes up with recipe book that can help prevent blindnessKuala Lumpur, September 7 : The passion for food and desire to raise awareness on eye diseases has prompted a couple to literally create “food for the eyes”.


New surgical procedure cuts high blood pressure better than drugs

New surgical procedure cuts high blood pressure better than drugsKuala Lumpur, May 1 : A simple surgical procedure can help those with resistant hypertension to control their high blood pressure.

Recently introduced in Malaysia, Renal nerve ablation or denervation involves destroying certain nerves around the kidney that can help regulate the body's blood pressure.


Vietnam succeeds in developing effective bird flu vaccine

Vietnam succeeds in developing effective bird flu vaccineKuala Lumpur, Feb 25 : A Vietnamese company has created and successfully tested effective human vaccines against both avian influenza A/H5N1 and A/H1N1 viruses.


Malaysia bans controversial sex manual

Kuala Lumpur, Nov 4 - The Malaysian government has banned a book by a controversial group that advocates group sex and says wives should act like "high-class prostitutes" to spice up their marriage.

A group known as the "Obedient Wives' Club" will no longer be able to publish the book "Islamic Sex", which was a kind of manual intended to be read only by the club members.

Abdul Aziz, a home ministry official, told The Star newspaper that the book would be banned because its contents infringed censorship laws.


Unending tale of an HIV negative man's ordeal in Malaysia

Unending tale of an HIV negative man's ordeal in MalaysiaKuala Lumpur, March 4 : A man's life has become an unimaginable misery since being erroneously diagnosed as HIV positive a decade ago at a Malaysian hospital.

A. Nageswara's life turned a living nightmare after a botched test in 2001. He says he has been compelled by circumstances since then to live away from his wife and five children.

"Being thought of as a HIV positive was very embarrassing.


Young Malay men lured into life of vice by ''massage parlours''

Young Malay men lured into life of vice by ''massage parlours''Kuala Lumpur, Dec 27 : Young men in Malaysia are being lured into a life of vice by massage parlours that are offering them "special services" on the side.

Those frequenting these parlours include college and university students, and some of the so-called body and foot massage centres are even accepting men in their late teens and early 20s as customers.


Compound extracted from tree ‘can help fight leukemia’

 Compound extracted from tree ‘can help fight leukemia’ Kuala Lumpur, Dec 14 : A new compound is showing promise against some forms of cancer like leukemia.

The compound comes from the Aglaia foveolata tree, found in Sarawak’s highlands, and has entered pre-clinical trials.


Malaysia makes medical cover mandatory for foreign workers

Malaysia makes medical cover mandatory for foreign workers  Kuala Lumpur, Nov 29 : The Malaysian government has made medical cover compulsory for foreign workers, including Indians, and has said their work permits will not be renewed if insurance cover was not secured.

Starting Jan 1, it has fixed the annual insurance premium at RM120 ($78) per worker.


Malaysia to approach India, Pakistan for doctors

Malaysia to approach India, Pakistan for doctorsKuala Lumpur, Nov 15 : Malaysia will soon approach the governments of India, Pakistan and Egypt for medical specialists to work in the country, as previously recruited doctors were found "not very good", the health minister has said.

Malaysia is facing a lack of medical specialists and many patients are forced to go to India. Indian doctors also come to perform surgeries in Malaysia.


Nipple squeezing breast cancer advert faces flak in Singapore

Nipple squeezing breast cancer advert faces flak in SingaporeKuala Lumpur, Sep 10 : A breast cancer campaign featuring a cartoon character squeezing a nipple and another painted with breasts as its head is getting much criticism in Singapore.

The campaign with the tagline “Are you obsessed with the right things?”, was launched by the Breast Cancer Foundation in order for women not to take their health for granted.


Nipple squeezing breast cancer advert faces flak in Singapore

Nipple squeezing breast cancer advert faces flak in SingaporeKuala Lumpur, Sep 10 : A breast cancer campaign featuring a cartoon character squeezing a nipple and another painted with breasts as its head is getting much criticism in Singapore.

The campaign with the tagline “Are you obsessed with the right things?”, was launched by the Breast Cancer Foundation in order for women not to take their health for granted.


Men just get less than 3hrs of orgasm in their lifetime

Men just get less than 3hrs of orgasm in their lifetimeKuala Lumpur, Aug 30 : A man gets just an average of less than three hours of orgasm throughout his lifetime, according to China Press.

Orgasm is the physical and emotional sensation experienced at the peak of sexual excitement.


Malaysian teens popping sex stimulant pills to enhance performance

 Malaysian teens popping sex stimulant pills to enhance performanceKuala Lumpur, May 26 It has emerged that Malaysian teenagers are popping sex stimulant pills in a bid to enhance their "performance".

According to the Harian Metro, one youth, who admitted to taking the drug Nospan, said the pill helped him to forget his family problems and that it enhanced his "sexual prowess".


Shisha ''as bad as ciggies''

Kuala Lumpur, April 27 : Smoking a shisha pipe is as harmful as smoking tobacco, according to a new research.

People who smoke shisha, or herbal tobacco, can suffer from high carbon monoxide levels, the Department of Health and the Tobacco Control Collaborating Centre has found, Qatar News Agency (QNA) has reported.

High levels of carbon monoxide can cause brain damage and unconsciousness.

Shisha is a water-pipe in which fruit-scented tobacco is burnt using coal, passed through an ornate water vessel and inhaled through a hose.


Men taking vitality supplements could end up developing breasts

Kuala Lumpur, December 7 : Men could end up developing breasts if they consume vitality supplements, experts have warned.

Men’s health expert Dr Ismail Thamby pointed out that long-term use of some drugs could leave the consumer with side effects.

According to Metro Ahad, the affected men, in some cases, had to wear bras, reports the Star Online.

Thamby explained steroids and estrogenics were the main cause of gynecomastia, or the development of breasts in men.


Heart disease, diabetes, cancer more fatal than AIDS: UN official

Kuala Lumpur, Nov 30 : Heart diseases, chronic respiratory conditions, cancer and diabetes are the world’s top four killer diseases – more fatal than the much feared ailments like AIDS and influenza A (H1N1), says United Nations official.

United Nations University-Inter­national Institute for Global Health director Tan Sri Dr Mohamed Salleh Mohamed Yasin said the above finding was frightening because these diseases were “highly preventable” and were due to lifestyle choices.


Malaysia shuts down biscuit factory in melamine scare

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia ordered the immediate closure of a biscuit factory after two of its products were found to contain high levels of melamine during a laboratory test by the Hong Kong government, officials said Monday.

The Health Ministry has sealed the factory pending tests on products made by biscuit manufacturer Munchy Food Industries, said a ministry spokesperson.


Malaysia may impose quarantine after dengue fever outbreak

Dengue mosquitoKuala Lumpur - Malaysia is considering imposing a quarantine in a small northern town in the state of Perak as part of efforts to stem a dengue fever outbreak, a news report said Friday.


Malaysia bans Chinese chocolates, candies in wake of milk scare

Kuala Lumpur - Malaysia has expanded an existing ban on importing Chinese dairy products to include chocolates, biscuits, milk candies and other foods containing milk, following the baby formula contamination scandal, officials and reports said Tuesday.

The move comes after neighbouring Singapore discovered traces of melamine, an industrial chemical, in samples of a Chinese milk candy which is widely sold in Malaysia, said a health ministry spokesman.


Malaysian states record rise in dengue cases

Malaysian states record rise in dengue cases Kuala Lumpur - Eight of Malaysia's 13 states have recorded an increase in the number of dengue fever cases in the past week, health officials said Thursday.


Sikh girl Kiranjit Kaur becomes Malaysian HIV/ AIDS poster girl

Kuala Lumpur, Aug 25 : Kiranjit Kaur, a 35-year-old Sikh woman of Indian origin and an AIDS victim, has become the poster girl for people living with HIV/AIDS in Malaysia, after she became one of the first persons and one of the few with the condition to go public about it.

Her emotional and mental strength is considered amazing by many, but Kiranjit feels that despite her condition “it is not the end of the road”.


Two Malaysians die after eating puffer fish

Kuala Lumpur  - Malaysia's health department in the southern state of Johor has issued a warning against consuming puffer fish after two Malaysian women died from eating the poisonous fish, a news report said Saturday.

"We seriously caution people from eating the fish, and have circulated posters and fliers warning people about eating it," said department head Mohamad Khairi Yakub.

Mohamad Khairi said two women, aged 54 and 83, have died from eating the fish, which is widely sold in markets in the state.


Malysia urges women to carry condoms to protect against HIV/AIDS

Kuala Lumpur  - Malaysia's Health Ministry is urging women to carry condoms to protect themselves against being exploited by their partners, in view of the rising number of women contracting HIV, news report said Sunday.

"This is not to debase them but to protect them," Malaysian Deputy Health Minister Abdul Latiff Ahmad told the press conference after launching the International AIDS Memorial Day Saturday in the central state of Selangor.


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