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Category: Health EN

CAP and SAM join NGOs from 40 countries urging Dentsply to Stop Toxic Trade in Dental Amalgam

With a treaty on mercury to be signed next month, concern is growing that toxic mercury fillings will be dumped into developing nations.  In a letter to U.S. manufacturer Dentsply, 62 health, social justice, and environmental groups from 40 nations and six continents ask its president, Bret Wise, to cease selling dental amalgam to developing nations. The letter, found at is organized by the...
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Promote Cycling as a Public Health Policy: Make Cycling Safe and Convenient to Create Healthy Malaysians

Cycling and walking should be introduced as a central feature in our public health policy. The benefits can be enormous for the better health of Malaysians and these activities can save the country billions of ringgit in health and productivity costs. Yes, cycling is becoming popular among Malaysians for recreational purposes. It is time for the Government to tap on this popularity and make...
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Protecting our children from unhealthy food advertising: Needs more than a pledge

Reality bites – Malaysia is the fattest country in Southeast Asia and ranked number six in the whole of Asia. The Consumers’ Association of Penang will support good measures proposed by the Government to curb the obesity epidemic. But good measures should be legally binding and enforceable, not based on pledges or promises which can be broken with no punitive measures. Through the...
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Feet dragging over radioactive pendants

The Ministry of Health has finally and very belatedly come out with an announcement that the Quantum Pendant (Fusionexcel) and SE Pendant (Cosway) are highly radioactive and must be banned by the Atomic Energy Licensing Board (AELB). This announcement was made by the Minister of Health who said the matter had been discussed in the Cabinet last Friday. But the AELB is not in favour of banning...
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Control the sale of steroids

CAP urges the government to take measures to control the easy availability and widespread use of steroids by consumers without prescription from a doctor. Based on a media report, almost 18,000 youths may be exposed to health problems as the result of taking steroids which may lead to deaths. Consumers have easy access to steroids as they are offered and sold in gymnasiums, pharmacies, clinics...
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Addiction to E-cigarettes among youth: Health Ministry must impose total ban

CAP is appalled with the finding that the use of e-cigarettes is becoming popular among the youths in Malaysia. It is even more appalling that e-cigarettes are widely used by students.  This was revealed by a teacher from a secondary school in Penang who caught his students smoking e-cigarette.  The teacher handed over the e-cigarette to CAP and informed that approximately 60 students in his...
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Massive anti-sodium campaign needed to fight hypertension epidemic

Today is World Hypertension Day (WHD). It is a day designated by The World Hypertension League (WHL), which is made up of 85 national hypertension societies. Since 2006, the WHL has been dedicating May 17 of every year as WHD. It was initiated to increase awareness on hypertension which is the biggest single risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVDs). CVDs are the number one cause of death...
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Malaysia needs to implement plain cigarette packaging before year end

Since December 2012, Australia became the first country in the world since the last quarter of 2012 to require all tobacco products to be sold in plain packages without any form of branding such as colours, images, corporate logos and trademarks. Though it was first proposed in New Zealand in 1989 and later in several countries, there was a serious hesitation towards plain cigarette packaging...
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13 health benefits from cycling

Cycling is good for health. For one, it reduces death risks. In Denmark, a 15-year study associates cycling with a 40% reduction in mortality for both sexes over all ages (Archives of Internal Medicine, 2000). Basically, a person who cycles as a commuter consistently can expect, according to a report released in a 1986 issue of the American Journal of Public Health, to live longer than those who...
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Reviving the bicycle for health

The humble bicycle could be a key to our long-term survival — in terms of health, environment and economics. CAP’s research shows that reviving bicycle use here would benefit both the nation and the people. Here’s the evidence for health. A recent Malaysian Shape of the Nation survey showed that Malaysia has the most number of fat people in the Asean region. In fact, the number of fat...
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