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

[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=””]Does the beginning of your workweek trigger overwhelming feelings of anxiety, sadness or stress? Do you lack motivation on Monday morning?

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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Cancer On The Rise

[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=””]It’s still not too late to end February with some love and awareness. As you know (maybe not), every year on February 4, World Cancer Day is held worldwide as an initiative by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). It is the largest and oldest international cancer organization dedicated to taking the lead in convening, capacity building and advocacy initiatives that unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden, promote greater equity and integrate cancer control into the world health and development agenda.

According to the health director-general, Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, cancer is the second-highest cause of death in Malaysia and in the world. The Malaysia National Cancer Registry Report has stated that cancer cases in the country had increased to 115,238 from 2012 to 2016, compared to 103,507 from 2007 to 2011. The 10 most common cancers for the 2012-2016 report are breast, colorectal, lung, lymphoma, nasopharynx, leukaemia, prostate, liver, cervix and ovaries.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Signs and Symptoms of Cancer” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]

With so many different types of cancers, the symptoms are varied and depend on where the disease is located. However, there are some key signs and symptoms to look out for, such as:

  • Unusual lumps or swelling – cancerous lumps are often painless and may increase in size as cancer progresses.
  • Changes in bowel habit – such as constipation and diarrhea or blood found in the stools
  • Unexpected bleeding – includes bleeding from the vagina, anal passage or blood found in stools, in urine or when coughing.
  • Unexplained weight loss – a large amount of unexplained and unintentional weight loss over a short period of time (a couple of months).
  • Fatigue – which shows itself as extreme tiredness and a severe lack of energy. If fatigue is due to cancer, individuals normally also have other symptoms.
  • Pain or ache – includes unexplained or ongoing pain or pain that comes and goes.
  • New mole or changes to a mole – look for changes in size, shape, or colour and if it becomes crusty or bleeds or oozes.
  • Complications with urinating – includes needing to urinate urgently, more frequently, or being unable to go when you need to or experiencing pain while urinating.
  • Unusual breast changes – look for changes in size, shape or feel, skin changes, and pain.
  • Appetite loss – feeling less hungry than usual for a prolonged period of time.
  • A sore or ulcer that won’t heal – including a spot, sore wound or mouth ulcer.
  • Heartburn or indigestion – persistent or painful heartburn or indigestion.
  • Heavy night sweats – be aware of very heavy, drenching night sweats.

Source: https://www.worldcancerday.org/

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  • Go for a regular medical check-up

Regular health screening is the first step to safeguarding your health because early detection and timely intervention can reduce future complications and treatment cost. It is recommended for women age 40 and above to go for yearly mammograms, while women between 21 and 65 years old should schedule a Pap smear every three years to screen for cervical cancer. Men, on the other hand, should test for colon and prostate cancer starting from age 45.

  • Find out if you are at high risk

If cancer runs in your family, genetic counseling and, often, earlier screening can make a major difference in detection and prevention.

  • Live a healthy lifestyle

We can’t control our genetics, but we can mitigate the risks of cancer by not smoking or reduce exposure to second-hand smoke, and drinking in moderation. A healthy diet and an active lifestyle are all no-brainers in maintaining general health.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]

Early detection is a very important factor. The earlier you catch it, the better the outcome, not just in the number of years you will live but the quality of life you will enjoy.

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Cure Your ConFLUsion

[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;”]Myths about the flu are everywhere. Did you know that the word “flu” is acquired from “influenza”?

The flu or influenza refers to an illness only caused by the influenza virus. Many people use the term flu to refer stomach flu or a common cold. People with influenza virus usually shows similar symptoms as people with a cold, though the symptoms are usually more severe in the former.

Let’s take a look of few myths and facts regarding the flu.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Myth #1: Getting vaccinated can give you flu.” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]

Fact: There is no way that the vaccine can make you sick. Vaccines only contain a weakened or inactivated form of the virus, which cannot infect you. People often mistake the side effect of the vaccine for the illness itself. They may feel like mild symptoms of the flu, but soreness around the injection site is typically the only symptom people experience.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Myth #2: The flu is nothing more than just a bad cold.” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]

Fact: Flu is more serious and can cause high fever,headaches and body aches, chills and severe fatigue. Meanwhile, cold has much milder symptoms such as runny nose, cough, sore throat and watery eyes. It generally lasts for 1 weeks but flu associated for up to 2 weeks or more. Flu could also lead to more serious complications and even death.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Myth #3: Antibiotics can fight the flu.” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]

Fact: Antibiotics only fight bacterial infections. Since influenza or flu is caused by virus, antibiotics have no effect. Moreover, overuse or misuse of antibiotics can result in reduced effectiveness against bacteria that they are actually intended to kill.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Myth #4: Cold weather causes the flu.” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]

Fact: The weather has become unpredictable and so we no longer truly have ‘seasonal’ flu. With more people traveling these days, diseases spread that much more easily than it did even a decade ago.

Nevertheless, everyone needs to take care of themselves intensively. Influenza could spread from person to person, often through air and can pass on the infection even before they begin feeling the symptoms. It is important for everyone to prevent it in the early state.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Doc2Us” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]

Introducing Doc2Us, your personal pocket at your fingertips. With its name synonymous to “talk to us”, Doc2Us is a mobile application that allows people to talk to a doctor or any healthcare professionals via text chat at any time and from anywhere.

Doc2Us

Doc2Us is co-founded by a medical doctor, Dr. Raymond Choy, a start-up entrepreneur, Jack Lee and a reputable app development company, Agmo Studio Sdn. Bhd. Together, they operate Doc2Us under a joint venture named Heydoc International Sdn. Bhd.[/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=””]Doc2Us App

With Doc2Us, now you can text your preferred doctor and get instant response regardless it is during the daytime or night time or whether you are at work or on your sofa. Without having to travel all the way to see a doctor saves you all the hassle but more importantly, it also means that ‘seeing’ a doctor is now more affordable and accessible.

Doc2Us

Doc2Us has also collaborated with Alpro Pharmacy Group to bring you a more convenient and safer way of prescribing and dispensing experience. Electronic prescription via the platform itself is one of the unique selling points especially for those requiring replenishment of long-term medications.

 

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Health Literacy

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Ashraf Sinclair

Heart disease is often thought to be an older person’s problem, but in fact, it can affect anyone. More and more young people are diagnosed everyday, as well as women who have risk factors. According to Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye, deaths from heart disease increase every year, with 50 people dying from the health condition daily. Hence, it is the leading cause of ‘sudden death’ in Malaysia.

However, many people seem to be not bothered with the issues and neglect their health literacy. For your information, health literacy is the ability of an individual to obtain, process and understand their basic health information and services. It helps people to make appropriate health decisions and promote good health. [/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]These are the efforts that BioMark aiming to improve the health literacy of people, both individually and at an organization level. Poor of healthcare literacy is related to poorer health outcomes and increased mortality. This is not a good sign for the development of the future.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”BioMark” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]BioMark App

BioMark is a platform that helps patients and doctors make sense of medical data to prevent and manage disease. It aims towards a more personalised, predictive and preventative healthcare. They are on a mission to reduce these problems by getting everyone biomarking.

Therefore, the BioMark App could help you to take control of your health requires knowledge. These 3 simple steps aim to empower people so that they can make better decisions about their health.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Step 1″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]BioMark App

Download the app and take a picture of your lab test. They’ll store, chart and help you make sense of your results.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Step 2″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]

BioMark App

Understand your risk of developing chronic diseases. They will help you understand what your results mean and what your health risks are.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Step 3″ alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;” margin_design_tab_text=””]

BioMark App

Take preventative action to be your healthiest self and keep tracking your progress.

 

Visit their website @ https://www.biomarking.com/index.html  and their social medias @ Facebook and Instagram.[/ultimate_heading][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]

Trip Or Threat?

[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;”]When you are on the outstation in the busy city of Kuala Lumpur, the last thing you want is to get sick on the trip. Unfortunately, we can’t always control these things, and illness can strike when we least expect it. It’s not the best condition if you are alone, laying in your hotel room and there’s nobody to take care of you, obviously.

So, what will you do?

Ever heard about Doctor House?

Whether you are at home, in a hotel or an aged care facility, wherever you are, they can treat you. Yes, you heard it. They provide 24 hours of professional medical care at your doorstep. Just grab your phones and dial +6017-3897674 for immediate response. Now, you don’t have to worry anymore for the next few days of your stay.

Doctor House

Doctor House

It’s a friendly reminder that you don’t have to make this wonderful trip turns into a threat. Hence, here are some of the things that you could do to deal with your discomfort in the meantime.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Stay Hydrated” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]No matter where we go, illness works about the same. Your body needs to stay hydrated, so keep a bottle of water near you and remember to sip on it.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Rest is Essential” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]Sleep is essential in healing your body. As difficult as it may be, clear out your itinerary to cozy up in that fluffy hotel bed. It is also recommends taking advantage of the free hot water in your hotel room. A warm shower or bath could help to clear your sinuses and turn down your body temperature.[/ultimate_heading][ultimate_heading main_heading=”Comfort Food” alignment=”left” main_heading_font_size=”desktop:24px;” sub_heading_font_size=”desktop:14px;” main_heading_style=”font-weight:bold;”]There’s no way that you will able to buy any things in those condition. It’s best to call the room services and ask them to bring some foods such as soup, porridge and fruit. You will definitely need more energy to stay healthy and warm.[/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=””]Sick while you are traveling

That’s all for now. Remember, if things getting worse, you have to seek for an immediate check-up in the hospital or ask for some advice from the doctor at Doctor House. Check out their website via https://doctorhouse.com.my/ to find out more about their services or inquiries.[/ultimate_heading][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][/vc_row]