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Author: Lai Cheng

BANNED in Malaysia: 5 Cosmetic Products that Contain Scheduled Poisons

5 cosmetic products have been found to contain scheduled poison, says the Health Ministry’s National Pharmaceutical Regulatory Agency (NPRA). Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said the products are: Sweet 13 Skincare Treatment Cream, Ninaskincare Skin Puteh Moisturiser and Skin Dessert Cream, which contain mercury; Karisma Birdnest Gel, which contains hydroquinone and...
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DON’T LET THAT BREAD GO TO WASTE

Versatile and tasty, bread is yet the most wasted food in the world. But did you know that it can still make your meals delicious when it's not fresh anymore? Rather than letting good bread go to waste, learn what to do with a loaf in each stage of its freshness. (Source: European Food Information Council)  
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TOO MUCH SITTING PREDISPOSES YOU TO STROKE

Sitting too much can boost your risk of a stroke, but adding more movement – even low-effort activity such as doing household chores – may help lower that risk, according to a study in the 1 June 2022 issue of JAMA Network Open. The study involved 7,607 adults who wore a hip-mounted accelerometer (a device that records how fast you move) for a week. Their average age was 63. During a...
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CAP urges standards for lead in paints

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has recognised 23–29 October 2022, as International Lead Poisoning Prevention Week to raise awareness and promote actions to address the health impacts of lead exposure. In conjunction with this occasion, the Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) calls on the Malaysian government to expedite regulatory measures that would eliminate lead in paint. This year...
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An undeclared conflict with the elephants

Elephants in Peninsula Malaysia are running out of space as evidenced by frequent reports of human-elephant conflict (HEC) in the local media.  HEC is the result of habitat loss and habitat fragmentation which are the main threats to elephants in Peninsula Malaysia. Hemmed in from all sides, elephants meet many challenges: construction of dams and highways, intensive agricultural activities,...
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