Wellness

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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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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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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My mother’s chicken delivery man grimaced in pain as he got down from his bike last week. Clutching a plastic bag full of goodies in one hand, the other supported his lower back. Normally cheery, anguish was written all over his face and he complained, “Aiyo, belakang banyak sakit. Apa mau buat? (My back is
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Our nation is ageing rapidly. Thanks to medical advances, improvements in hygiene and food supply, Malaysians are living longer. But our infrastructure and services haven’t moved in tandem to keep up with the needs of the elderly. The concern is not only about the size of the ageing population, but also their health, welfare, care
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Combined with a healthy diet, taking steps to ensure that your body has sufficient amounts of these hormones can help take stubborn weight off and keep it off. In general, public discussions about weight loss tend to focus mainly on exercise and diet. When someone thinks, “I need to lose weight!”, they immediately think up
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New research has found that smoking more than 20 cigarettes a day could damage your vision and colour perception. Carried out by researchers at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care in the United States, and the Perception, Neuroscience and Behaviour Laboratory in Brazil, the new small-scale study looked at 71 participants who had smoked less than
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More than one billion young people risk damaging their hearing through excessive use of smartphones and other audio devices, the United Nations (UN) warned on Feb 19, 2019, proposing new safety standards for safe volume levels. In a bid to safeguard hearing, the World Health Organization (WHO) and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) issued a non-binding
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Social media, email and the general 24/7 noise of life – particularly in urban areas – scatter our attention, leaving us more stressed. Disconnecting from technology and reconnecting with nature gives our brain a much-needed recharge. As our world becomes more urbanised, several studies indicate there are real benefits to getting outdoors with friends to hike
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Childhood obesity is becoming a major problem in Malaysia. A sedentary lifestyle is a major factor leading to obesity, so encourage your child to have a physically active lifestyle. If this seems troublesome or unsafe, always ask yourself: is physical activity important for my child’s health now and later as they grow up? Making physical activity
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Eczema is a condition in which patches of skin become red, cracked, itchy and inflamed. In medical terminology, it is called atopic dermatitis. The rash can easily get infected, but is not contagious. It can occur at any age, but is commonly seen in children between the ages of six months and five years. Signs and
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New Australian research has found that whether smokers opt for traditional tobacco cigarettes, e-cigarettes or new heat-not-burn devices, they still risk damaging their lungs. Carried out by researchers at the University of Tasmania and the University of Sydney, along with India’s National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, the new study looked at the effects
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Sex sells … in advertising. In reality, however, many, especially married millennials, lack knowledge in this area and need guidance. They don’t know how to “satisfy” their spouse. Humans, similar to numerous other terrestrial life forms, are subject to instinctive sexual desires, triggered by certain criteria. Although the need for sex is mostly physical, the
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When she was 14 years old, Diana Chao began having migraines. She often felt dizzy as she walked. Sunlight seemed to pierce her skull. “It felt like shards digging into my eyes,” said Chao, now 20 and a sophomore at Princeton University, United States. After a week of constant pain, her parents took her to
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Thanks to the wealth of information on the Internet, we have seen a greater general awareness of health-related issues, including what to be alert for in avoiding sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). The flip side of this advantage is that it also leads to a lot of misinformation, and existing myths are spread even further. Let’s
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Around the world, 4.2 million people die every year within 30 days after surgery – with half of these deaths occurring in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs), a new study reveals. There is also a significant unmet need for surgery in LMICs and researchers believe that if operations were provided for all patients who need
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“The most important meal of the day” may not be helping people control their weight. There is no good evidence to support the idea that eating breakfast promotes weight loss or that skipping breakfast leads to weight gain, finds a review published in The BMJ on Jan 30, 2019. In fact, the findings show that daily
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People are more likely to recover from shoulder pain if they have the confidence to carry on doing most things despite their pain, according to new research from the University of East Anglia (UEA) and University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. Researchers studied more than 1,000 people undergoing physiotherapy for shoulder pain. They found
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One-third of all cancer deaths are preventable and can be attributed to lifestyle choices that we all make every day. Poor diet, lack of physical activity, and consuming alcohol and tobacco are all associated with an increased risk of cancer. Simply changing what and how much we eat can significantly reduce the risk. It is
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Come Feb 5, 2019, the Chinese calendar will be starting a new year, and based on the 12-animal Chinese zodiac, it will be the Year of the Earth Pig. Those born in the year of the pig are said to be good-tempered, kind-hearted and loyal, although a tad gullible. However, the animal itself has a less
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