Health

Violence against women is a major public health problem globally. It is a violation of women’s human rights. It has a negative effect on women’s physical, mental, sexual and reproductive health. It may also increase women’s risk of acquiring sexually-transmitted infections like HIV. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Malaysia has national action plans
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What’s the difference between men’s and women’s multivitamins? If a woman takes a formulation designated for men, will her voice lower an octave? Will a young man’s hair turn grEy if he ingests a supplement for men over 50? Maybe these dreary days of winter cause me to wonder about such things. The truth is, males
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Parents of premature babies who spent time in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) remember all too well the burdensome vital sign sensors stuck on the infants’ tiny bodies – linking them through a mess of wires to monitoring equipment. An innovation in sensor technology by a team of American engineers and doctors could make it
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Of all the nutrients our body needs, protein is probably the most important one. Protein helps to build, maintain and repair muscles, carries oxygen around the body (via the haemoglobin) and enhances sports performance. It also boosts metabolism, which helps curb hunger and leads to eating fewer calories during the day. Healthy sources of protein
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March marks National Nutrition Month in the United States, sponsored by the US Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to help both adults and children set healthy eating habits in order to achieve optimal nutrition and health. In contrast to recent years, no theme has been set for 2019, and instead, National Nutrition Month will be
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“Logic clearly dictates that the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” Some may recognise this from the works of either Jeremy Bentham or John Stuart Mill explaining the concept of “utilitarianism”, which espouses the best course of action is the one that maximises utility. They would be wrong (the people, not
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There are many diets and supplements in the market that claim to be a miracle fix for hormone imbalance. Ultimately, once the smoke clears, the most impactful and lasting approach is a basic one: improving on the things that are already in your daily life, such as diet, stress levels, sleep pattern and physical activity
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More energy. Changed taste buds. Better sleep. After a month without sugar, the (completely unscientific, yet very compelling) anecdotal evidence is in from some of the more than 3,000 folks – myself included – who tackled the Star Tribune’s 28-Day Sugar-Free Challenge (in Minneapolis, United States). Overwhelmingly, challengers said they found that going for a
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Losing someone or something we love is part of life. As adults, we are mature and experienced enough to understand this. However, grief and sorrow may be something your child has never experienced before. Losing a loved one, pet or friend may devastate your child, especially if it is the first time they have experienced
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Most of us are aware of the bullying that takes place in schools and universities. People have spoken out about it, articles have been written, experts have given their opinions and there are even organisations that tackle childhood and teenage bullying. However, it wasn’t until quite recently (and in concurrence with the spate of reports
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Technological advances increasingly mean that doctors are able to see and assess the function and structure of our organs without having to cut our bodies open or insert instruments into us. Imaging methods like X-rays and ultrasound are familiar to us all, with many of us having undergone at least a chest X-ray (as part
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The external female genitalia comprises the mons pubis, which is a mound of fatty tissue covering the pubic bone; labia majora, which are large tissue folds that enclose and protect the other external genitalia; as well as the labia minora, which are small tissue lips that lie inside the labia majora and surround the vaginal
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New American research has found that although keeping a record of your calorie and fat intake throughout the day might sound tedious, it is an effective way to lose weight, which doesn’t actually take as long as many people think. Carried out by researchers at the University of Vermont and the University of South Carolina,
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Brian Adams was born with very flat feet. But they didn’t stop him from playing a variety of sports – volleyball, baseball, basketball – in his youth. He grew to be a six-foot-three-inch (191cm) man who loved to “run, not jog”. Those flat feet served him well. Until they didn’t. In the last few years,
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