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Month: October 2023

3rd SESSION OF PLASTIC TREATY NEGOTIATIONS TO BEGIN SOON

The 3rd negotiation meeting for the UN Global Treaty to end plastic pollution (INC-3) is scheduled from 13 to 19 November in Nairobi, Kenya. The first round of negotiations started in 2022 and the second in 2023. The legally binding treaty that will be developed is meant to eliminate plastic pollution worldwide. CAP is a member of the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA). GAIA and...
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Tai chi may slow Parkinson’s symptoms for years, study finds

Tai chi may help slow down the symptoms of Parkinson's disease for several years, a Chinese study suggests. Those who practised the martial art twice a week had fewer complications and better quality of life than those who didn't, the researchers say. Parkinson's is a progressive brain disease which leads to tremors and slow movement, and there is no cure. Experts say the findings back up...
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Even a small amount of red meat can increase your diabetes risk

It’s long been known that consuming lots of red meat is harmful. But new research shows what even a modest amount can do to your body. Proud of cutting back on your red meat consumption? A new study suggests it may not be enough. Meat lovers could be boosting their risk of type 2 diabetes with as little as two servings of red meat per week, the research shows. And average Americans—as well...
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BEING HEALTHY IS A CHOICE

Many chronic diseases are caused by key risk behaviours, says the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. By making healthy choices, you can reduce your likelihood of getting a chronic disease and improve your quality of life. Don’t smoke. Eat healthy. Be active. Limit drinking. These are just 4 of many good lifestyle choices that can boost your health and stave off disease.  
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WE NEED LAWS TO ELIMINATE LEAD IN PAINT

CAP has been making calls to the Government to come out with standards for lead in paints for almost 30 years now. Till today we still find lead in our paints. Over the years we have tested and found lead to be consistently present in paints sold. (https://consumer.org.my/cap-promulgate-law-to-eliminate.../). Leaded paint is a continuing source of exposure to people – and a critical health...
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LEAD PAINT POISONS CHILDREN

There are no safe levels of lead exposure. Lead has irreversible and long-term effects on children’s brain development. Young children are particularly vulnerable to lead poisoning because they absorb 4-5 times as much ingested lead as adults from a given source. Moreover, children’s innate curiosity and their age-appropriate hand-to-mouth behaviour result in their mouthing and swallowing...
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6 WAYS TO MAKE BASKETS FROM UPCYCLED & NATURAL MATERIALS

If you enjoy creating useful things made from recycled and upcycled materials, then basket-making might be for you. There are endless ways of making cool, practical, and useful baskets out of materials that you can find in nature or have lying around the house. Baskets make great storage and can even be used as waste-free wrapping for presents. The basket itself could be a wonderful part of that...
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A GLOBAL CALL TO END CHILDHOOD LEAD POISONING

22-28 October 2023 is the International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week (ILPPW). The focus of this year’s campaign “End Childhood Lead Poisoning” reminds governments, civil society organizations, health partners, industry and others of the unacceptable risks of lead exposure and the need for action to protect children's health. Learn more & support the campaign. #ilppw2023
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Wildlife protection needs a good plan and political will

The mid-term review of the 12th Malaysia Plan that promises increased protection for endangered species in Malaysia is welcomed by the Consumer's Association of Penang (CAP). We are in favour of the proposal which would involve enlarging protected areas, getting the involvement of local communities, stepping up enforcement operations to combat wildlife crimes, expansion of marine protected areas...
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LEAD – THE INVISIBLE THREAT IN OUR MIDST

Lead and lead compounds have been used in a wide variety of products found in and around our homes, including paint, ceramics, pipes and plumbing materials, solders, gasoline, batteries, ammunition and cosmetics. Lead is particularly dangerous to children because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults do and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects...
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