Care For The Others

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][ultimate_heading alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]If you’re like me, you’re probably self-quarantining – perhaps with your family or by yourself in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. It’s a weird new normal. And as informed by the prime minister, lock-down period has been extended for 2 more weeks until 14 April 2020.

Nevertheless, it’s an anxious time for most of us. But as we worry about the health – physical and financial – of our friends and family, most of us want to know: How can we help?

Well, it cannot be denied that blood donation throughout the country is affected following the Covid-19 and the enforcement of MCO (Movement Control Order). National Blood Centre (PDN) director, Dr Noryati Abu Amin stated that various efforts were carried out including stepping up promotions via social media as well as extending the operation hours at collection centres.

Although the supply of blood in the country is still sufficient, PDN and other blood centres are still in need of blood donors to continue replenishing blood stock at an optimum level all the time.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Why it is Important?” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]

 

Dr Noryati also urged the people to continue donating blood regularly to ensure the supply of blood is always at a safe level. We should remember that it is very important to have enough supply to treat non Covid-19 patients. For example, emergency victims, expecting mothers who may experience bleeding complications during delivery, cancer and thalassemia patients as well as patients undergoing major surgeries.

However, PDN takes serious safety measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19. They will provide initial health screening such as checking body temperature and inquiring the travel history of the donor. The centres also advise the donors to keep their social distancing by limiting the number of donors at a location at any one time. Hand sanitizers are also provided to all the people who come in or out at PDN Centres.

 

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Members of the public can donate blood at three locations in the Klang Valley namely PDN in Jalan Tun Razak, PDN Donation Suite in Midvalley Megamall and Puspanita Blood Donation Suite in Putrajaya. Public can refers the operation time on their website to update current operates time during Covid-19.

A small deed could help others people in need. Therefore, make sure to still follow the MCO and do your part.

 

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Hero in Two Wheels

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][ultimate_heading alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]Yes, congestion could kill life. That’s not an overstatement, it’s a fact. Out of many cities across the world, heavy traffic, construction, ignorance road users and poorly maintained roads keep first responders from getting patients in time. These are the challenges faced by emergency care of the health system. According to local news, Malaysia has the third highest fatality rate from road accidents in Asia and Asean, behind Thailand and Vietnam.

When it comes to first responders in the emergency medical services, getting somewhere and reaching somewhere quickly define two factors. It can be the difference between life and death, or between severe pain and relief for a patient. That’s when an ambucycle comes in time.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”What is Ambucycle?” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]

An ambucycle is a motorcycle, equipped with a broad range of emergency medical equipment and supplies. It is used as a first response vehicle in some countries like Israel and Britain due to its ability to weave through heavy traffic. An ambucycle and its medic rider can reach the scene of an accident in an average of 90 seconds. That’s light speed compared to the 20-30 minutes for a traditional ambulance to reach the same destination while dealing with traffic congestion and road closures.

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The Ambucycle is the innovation of Eli Beer, the founder of United Hatzalah. At age 15, he took his first EMT course and began volunteering with an ambulance service in Israel. However, he quickly realized that every minute passed between leaving the station to arriving at a patient’s door was a lifetime. So at the age of 17, he assembled a group of EMTs and a handful of emergency radio receivers to rush medical attention to those in need – sometimes on foot.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]

Today, 25 years later, Beer’s team of the first responder has evolved into United Hatzalah. It involves a 2,000-volunteer army of medical technicians that can deploy on a moment’s notice. In just the last year, the organization helped 207,000 patients, over 40,000 of which were treated for life-threatening emergencies. United Hatzalah has trained volunteer medics throughout Israel who complete 180 hours of classroom instruction and 100 hours of field training before being certified. They always keep a bright orange vest and backpack with medical equipment close at hand because they never know when they’ll be called on to save a life.

United Hatzlah's Eli beer[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”A faster alternative” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]The ambucycles obviously can’t carry a person, but they can stabilize a patient long enough for an ambulance to arrive, thanks to an onboard trauma kit, oxygen canister, defibrillator and many more. The medics each have a smartphone equipped with GPS, allowing volunteers to be notified of an emergency and respond within minutes. Each year, the bikes serve almost 500 calls, one-quarter of which are life-threatening. And they do it all for free.

Ambucycle

The use of ambucycles for the first response has proven to be a critical link in the emergency chain of survival. With the rapid growing of transport and logistics in various fields, it is possible for Malaysia to step up its game and allowing healthcare delivery to a greater change in the healthcare system.

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Cut The Blues

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If you’re nodding affirmatively, you might have a case of the Monday Blues.

Monday Blues

There are often a serious warning sign that something is not right at work. If you were happy, you’d be excited and energized on Mondays, not tired and depressed. These days, it can sometimes seem as if stress is a synonym for life. Whether it’s your harried morning commute or a boss piling on just one more deadline, it’s all too easy to shift from chilled out to stress out.

But, stress is not always a bad thing. Indeed, the body and brain’s normal reaction to everyday stress is what allows us to handle daily challenges in our life. There are a few different types of stress that we experienced, but essentially they fall in two different categories – eustress (term for positive stress) and distress (term for negative stress).[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Examples of Eustress and Distress” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]

As we manage stress differently, it is hard to categorise it objectively because different people will have different reactions to particular situations. However, these are a list of stressors that typically experienced positively or negatively by people most of the time.

Eustress

Positive personal stressors:

  • Starting a new job
  • Moving into a new home
  • Having a child
  • Retiring
  • Learning something new
  • Taking a vacation

 

Negative personal stressors:

  • Death of a significant person
  • Financial challenges
  • Being abused or neglected
  • Injury or illness
  • Conflict in interpersonal relationships
  • Unemployment
  • Legal problems

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Beyond the harm you might do by engaging in unhealthy behaviours, over the long term, stress can have more insidious effects on the body. People who are chronically stressed tend to have an increased level of the stress hormone cortisol, which causes inflammation. While there is not a lot of data directly linking stress to disease, we do know that inflammation is associated with a host of serious illnesses, including heart disease, diabetes, and autoimmune disorders like multiple sclerosis.

[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]Thankfully, there are many things you can do to prevent stress from pushing you over the limit of yourself. It’s important to focus on the basics of good health such as getting 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night, sticking to a healthy diet (fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein), and getting about 150 minutes of cardiovascular exercise every week. It could help to reboot the immune system and prevents depression, irritability, and exhaustion to the body.

 

A healthy diet for stress

When we’re feeling stressed out, it’s natural to want to withdraw from life, but a more beneficial way of dealing with it is to focus on the coping skills and tools that work for you such as problem-solving or deep breathing. Once you have these skills under your belt, you’ll be able to pull through the next stressful situation more easily.

 

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Happy Women’s Day!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][ultimate_heading main_heading=”#EachforEqual” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]Calling all ladies and girls, it’s time to celebrate! Along with its honorific as Women’s History Month, 8 March is also when International Women’s Day falls every year. As the saying goes, “a woman is like a teabag – you never know how strong she is until she gets in hot water.” This special day recognizes all the mothers, grandmothers, friends and other strong women who make a difference in our lives every day.

Women's power

Going through the journey of life, you don’t always see tears and laughter comes together. An empowered woman endures these emotions stronger than you know. Laughter is a key component of their happy life and it has powerful physical and mental benefits. No matter what you’re facing, you can learn to laugh and benefit from its healing ways.

Funny movies, sitcoms, cute toddlers, and a good friend’s jokes can all offer one of the most powerful, natural stress relievers out there: laughter.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Health Boosts from a Good Laugh” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]women mental health

According to a recent research in 2019, the number of mental health for women in Malaysia is increasing worriedly and that’s not a good sign for society. The benefits of a good laugh are wide-ranging and can help to prevent emotional issues like depression and improving the health of your heart. Here’s what experts know about the health benefits of laughter:

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Although you probably can’t laugh off depression, one of the many benefits of laughter and a sense of humour is that they buffer you against the negatives of life that could lead to depression. People who use humor to fight stress also feel less lonely and more positive about themselves.

[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”A greater fit” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]Although we can’t yet say that a certain number of laughs every day will keep the doctor away, studies show that people who say they laugh a lot also tend to be in good health and generally feel well. Laughter is also one of the most commonly used for complementary therapies among cancer patients, who find that one of the benefits of laughter is an improved quality of life.

Laughter could be healthy for your heart, too. When you laugh, there is an increase in oxygen-rich blood flow in your body, possibly due to the release of endorphins, which create a chemical rush that counters negative feelings and stress. Activities that increase endorphins include a good workout and listening to the music that you love.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]International Women's Day 2020

Laughter indeed deserves its place on the list with these other stress busters. Sometimes you have to make a conscious effort to laugh. If you’re facing tough times such as a tight budget, work stress, or an illness like cancer, it may help to learn techniques to bring the benefits of laughter into your life. You could grab some funny books or movies, chit-chatting with your girl gang or even just remembering the good times that bring you cheer and laugh in the past.

With this year’s theme for International Women’s Day: EachforEqual, it’s all about appreciating and empowering women around the world, not creating a war between gender roles.

International Women's Day

“Every man needs a woman when his life is a mess, because just like the game of chess, the queen protects the king.” Spread positivity and have a fantastic women’s day to all!

 

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Yes, You Can!

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][ultimate_heading alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]When someone says to “think positive” or “be optimistic” during a time such as cancer, it can be much easier said than done. We know that cancer isn’t all rainbow and butterflies and once you enter a dark mindset, it can be hard to get out of it.

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, your focus may be on getting through treatment and letting things like fitness aside. But a growing body of evidence suggests that exercise is not only good for you now, it may also set you on the path to healthier survivorship, staving off bone loss, improving heart health, and even helping to prevent a recurrence of your cancer.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]Breast cancer

In conjunction of International Women’s Day, it’s not wrong to promote a healthier awareness for all women who are going through breast cancer. They say, “A vulnerable person is the strongest fighter.” Many doctors recommend low-impact and non-strenuous exercise when going through breast cancer treatment.

Luckily, there are different kinds of fun and moderate exercises you can do, such as:

  • walking
  • yoga
  • Pilates
  • tai chi
  • dancing

And trust me, exercise and movement were vital for recovery during the treatment. Here’s some exercising tips as you go through treatment. And don’t forget to communicate with your doctor to ensure you’re exercising at the appropriate exertion level for your condition.

Breast Cancer Awareness

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Start gradually and build upon each day. On days when you are feeling extra energetic, you could park farther away at the hospital parking lot and enjoy a few extra steps on your way to and from treatment. You’ll be surprised how even the smallest effort will help you both physically and emotionally.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”2. Don’t worry about what others think” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]

Ultimately, you will get bald from the chemo. Just push away the idea of what will people says when you go for a work out at the gym. Wearing a wig or scarf during the workout will be out of the question as you will realise that there are countless individuals who were inspired with your  grit and strength to fight.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”3. Practice safety” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]

Here are some things to keep in mind while exercising during treatment. Always talk to your physicians and especially a lymphedema specialist before starting on an exercise program. They may recommend for you to be fitted with a compression sleeve to help minimize the swelling in your arm.

The routine you used to do before cancer may not be appropriate during treatment. Your doctor can also help clear you on which exercises you can do on your own and which you may need help from a physical therapist.

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For breast cancer patients, “just rest” is no longer the best prescription.

Rest is important, but not to the exclusion of exercise. “If you’re not exercising — and that includes your muscles as well as your heart — you will lose function that you may never get back afterwards.”

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Your Time of The Month

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner][ultimate_heading alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]With International Women’s Day around the corner, it’s a great opportunity to enclosed one of the important women health-related topics: Menstrual cycle. It’s always known as a taboo topic and most of the girls would be ashamed to talk about it. As 2020’s theme for IWD: #EachforEqual, it’s time for a new revolution, where menstrual health is protected and end these discriminatory practices.

Keeping track of your menstruation could help you with family planning and pregnancy prevention in the future. When your doctor asks you for the first day of your last period,

‘are you someone who can tick the date off without thinking?’

or

‘are you like most women who stare blankly at the doctor’s calendar, guesstimating the date?’

If you’re in the second group, you probably aren’t tracking your menstrual cycles on a regular basis. But keeping a menstrual calendar can be helpful for most women, even those who are not thinking about pregnancy.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Keeping a Record of Your Periods” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]

Tracking your menstrual cycle simply means keeping a record of when you’re on your period. The best way to start is to begin with a regular planner or calendar by marking the first day of your period. These could help you to figure out your cycle lengths. For most women, the average menstrual cycle is 28 days, though it can range from 21 to 35 days in adult women and still considered “normal.”

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For someone who has regular cycles, this method may be helpful to try to avoid pregnancy. The idea is to avoid sex during the time when she is most fertile – generally during ovulation and for several days before and after. This can be between 80 and 87 percent effective at preventing pregnancy when done correctly.

However, it could be complicated to figure out exactly what days to avoid sexual intercourse, so there’s a high risk of failure if you don’t track your cycle correctly. This method will definitely not work for people who have irregular periods.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]But, if you’re trying to get pregnant, understanding the timing of your cycle can be critical, as well. As ovulation generally occurs 14 days before the start of your period, it’s important to know what day your period is supposed to begin.

Tracking Your Menstrual Cycle[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]Whether you like it or not, menstruation is a mainstay in most women’s lives, starting during early adolescence and appearing periodically untill their 40s or 50s. However, every woman’s period is different. What may be regular for one woman may be absolutely irregular for another, because not every woman has a perfect twenty-eight-day cycle. This is why it’s important for them to track their periods—only then can they know when something has gone amiss.

So, if you don’t already track your period, now may be a good time to start. Knowing your cycle can only help you to get a better understanding of your body and your health.

 

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