Health

Of late, you would’ve noticed the word mindfulness appearing frequently in reading materials. It is the latest trendy term in the world of self-improvement. A quick online check of the word reveals more than 300 million articles have been written on the subject. The opposite of meditation, which requires you to empty your mind, mindfulness
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Almost everyone knows a healthy diet is high in fruit and vegetables, and low in sugar and deep-fried food. What’s less well known is how often you should eat, and how fast. “The body’s metabolism can be compared to a fireplace,” says Heiko Griguhn, a nutritionist and alternative medicine practitioner. “It must be regularly replenished to
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Don’t shy away from the topic of condoms, as this unglamorous contraceptive is one of the most effective methods of preventing sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs) and unplanned pregnancies. There tends to be an unfair stigma against discussing condoms, let alone using them. Once, while attending a talk on sexual health, a condom was passed around for
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Humidifiers can ease problems caused by dry indoor air, like dry sinuses, bloody noses and cracked lips. They can also help ease symptoms of a cold or other respiratory conditions. Humidifiers are devices that emit water vapour or steam to increase moisture levels in the air (humidity). There are several types: • Central humidifiers are built
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There is no compelling evidence to indicate important health benefits of non-sugar sweeteners, and potential harms cannot be ruled out, suggests a review of published studies in The BMJ on Jan 2, 2019. Growing concerns about health and quality of life have encouraged many people to adopt healthier lifestyles and avoid foods rich in sugars,
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Antimicrobials are medicines that inhibit the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites, and cause their death. Over the years, due to overuse/misuse of antimicrobials, these microorganisms have mutated into “superbugs” that have the ability to resist antimicrobial treatment. As a result, infections continue to persist, resulting in prolonged illness and the
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A study indicates that REM sleep behaviour disorder (RBD), which often leads sufferers to kick and yell while asleep, may be linked to various forms of mental illness. During normal REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, the brain sends signals to the body’s muscles to prevent them from moving. However, in people with RBD, these signals are
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Parental involvement with your child’s school is more than just attending PIBG (Persatuan Ibu Bapa dan Guru, or Parent-Teacher Association) meetings. Parents who are actively engaged with their child’s school and schoolwork can make a crucial difference to their child’s success academically, socially and in life. Best of all, you will also feel a sense
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Why does our tummy growl when we think of food or have ‘butterflies’ when we are nervous, whereas an upset tummy causes anxiousness or a bloated tummy brings your mood down? There is a link between the gut and the brain, known as the gut-brain axis. This intimate bi-directional link is the result of the
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In a new study in the Journal of Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience, researchers from the University of Surrey (Surrey) in the United Kingdom have discovered a link between meditation and how individuals respond to feedback. Participants in the study – a mixture of experienced, novice and non-meditators – were trained to select images associated
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The change in the Government in May 2018 has led to expectations of improvements in healthcare delivery. The significant announcements in Budget 2019 were the establishment of the B40 Health Protection Fund and a nationwide health screening programme, Skim Perlindungan Kesihatan (Peka); introduction of a soda tax; and about RM29bil in allocation for the Health
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Some people appear to be considerably younger or older than their chronological age. Genetic signatures that may help explain this have been discovered by scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in San Diego, United States. The age-associated genetic patterns were found by analysing skin cells from people of various ages, according to a
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Confused about your asthma medications? Here’s what you need to know to sort out the main classes and numerous subtypes of asthma drugs. The types and doses of asthma medications you need depend on your age, your symptoms, the severity of your asthma and medication side effects. Because your asthma can change over time, work
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Milk is the first food we consume when we are born into this world, mostly in the form of our mother’s super-nutritious and protective breastmilk. As kids, we are often told to drink up our milk – usually cow’s milk from the carton – in order to have strong and healthy bones. But as we
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Researchers have discovered that “fully detailed” memories are stored in the brain, but people access this information at different speeds and levels of detail, with people accessing memories “forward”, i.e. recalling older information first. They quickly skip episodic blocks of information when recalling events in summary – for example, telling a friend about the plot
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Probiotics, or good bacteria, are live microorganisms that replenish “good” bacteria found in our guts and provide positive health benefits when taken in adequate amounts. Probiotics play various roles in our bodies by helping to digest food that cannot break down efficiently, increasing the body’s metabolism by extracting more energy from food nutrients, producing B
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If you feel you’re getting stuck in a rut, changing up your workout routine can be a great way to boost both performance and motivation. And with many popular workouts getting fresh updates for 2019, with at-home fitness getting some high-tech accessories, and new trends in yoga emerging, next year is an opportunity to get
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The statistics make for grim reading: Approximately two-thirds of Malaysians have at least one of three lifestyle (non-communicable) diseases (NCDs) – diabetes, high blood pressure (hypertension) or hypercholesterolaemia. This is according to the 2015 National Health and Morbidity Survey (NHMS). In fact, 7.2% of Malaysians have all three NCDS, while 26.3% have two. Hypercholesterolaemia The
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The World Health Organisation (WHO) defines the environment in relation to health as “all the physical, chemical, and biological factors external to a person, and all the related behaviours”. There’s no avoiding interaction with the environment as we go about our daily business of living. And as the world changes and gets more polluted, these
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Infants and toddlers in low-income communities may be even more at risk from second- and third-hand smoke exposure than has been believed, according to new research. In testing that included more than 1,200 children, researchers found that up to 15% of them had levels of cotinine, a byproduct of the body’s breakdown of nicotine, comparable
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