Consumers Association of Penang

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CAP: Treat antibiotics with respect and care

The World Health Organization (WHO) has chosen “Antibiotics: Handle With Care” as its theme for this year’s World Antibiotic Awareness Week.  Held annually from 14 – 20 November, Antibiotic Awareness Week is a reminder to all - health care providers, patients and users of antibiotics – that antibiotics are life saving and preserving and deserve utmost care in handling, use, preservation and conservation.

“We must treat antibiotics with respect and care as they are a precious public good,” states CAP President, Mr Mohamed Idris.  

How caffeine affects children

caffeineMost of your parents wouldn't dream of giving you a cup of coffee, but they may readily give you soft drinks containing caffeine.  Though soft drinks may be tasty and sweet, it's a good idea to keep caffeine consumption to a minimum, especially if you are young.

Basic occupational health and safety procedures ignored by state government

worker-pranginThe Consumer’s Association of Penang (CAP) lauds the Penang state government for its ‘Cleaner, Greener Penang' initiative. The initiative although long overdue in view of Penang’s deteriorating environment, is a positive step forward to restore Penang’s lost charm.

However, as depicted in The Star (24 May), the state government seems to have sacrificed its basic human values in its endeavour to create a better environment for its citizens.

WHO list reveals flu advisors with financial ties to pharma, vaccine manufacturers

who_logoAfter months of stalling, the World Health Organization (WHO) has finally revealed the names of key pandemic advisors who influenced its decision to declare a phase six pandemic last year -- a decision that resulted in a financial windfall for vaccine manufacturers. As you'll see here, that list includes at least five expert advisors received money from vaccine companies.

Here's who received money from Big Pharma and then influenced the WHO decision to declare a pandemic:

Gratitude is good for the body, mind and soul

gratitude-drawing-colourGratitude, or thankfulness, seems to be a lost art today.  

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others,” wrote Roman philosopher Cicero. “Nothing is more honourable than a grateful heart,” Roman senator Seneca was quoted as saying.

Most religions encourage gratitude. In Buddhism for example, gratitude is said to be a hallmark of humanity.