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Category: Health EN

Exercise against cancer

Cancer is often referred to as a single condition, in actual fact it consists of more than 100 different diseases. (In fact, there are 210 types of diseases classified under the umbrella name of cancer.) These diseases are characterised by uncontrolled growth and spread of abnormal cells. Facts & Figures:  Cancer strikes 11 million adults and children every year throughout the world and 6...
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Are foreign heart patients more important than local ones?

CAP is appalled at the Health Ministry's Malaysian Healthcare Travel Council (MHTC)'s manipulation of the public healthcare dedicated Institut Jantung Negara (IJN)'s goals and ideals. The MHTC has reportedly facilitated the involvement of 8 American companies which include 3 insurance companies with the intention of subverting IJN's original objectives at the 2nd World Medical Tourism and Global...
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Do you know how our hospital wastes are disposed?

CAP is disturbed at the findings in the Auditor General’s Report 2007 on the appalling methods used to dispose of clinical waste at hospitals and clinics. Clinical waste can be described as any waste which consists wholly or partly of human or animal tissue, blood or other bodily fluids and excretions. It can also include drugs or other pharmaceutical products, swabs or dressings, and...
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What is an alcohol company doing in our schools?

CAP is disturbed to learn that the Guinness Anchor Bhd (GAB) Foundation is providing 6 schools in Ijok and Kuala Selangor with new reading corners under its Supporting Malaysian Indian Learning Education and Sports (SMILES) programme. This is said to be the second project the GAB Foundation is undertaking with 5 of these 6 schools, whereby in 2008, GAB had already contributed school-going...
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Don’t make alcohol so conveniently available

CAP views with concern the comments by the executive director, Ng Su Onn, that consumers wishing to buy liquor at 7-Eleven outlets may be required to show their identity cards. We do not expect any real enforcement of this ruling when none has been apparent before. The staff manning the counters at these convenience stores are themselves usually quite young and we do not see them implementing...
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Risk Assessment of GM mosquito planned release is incomplete and lacks transparency, says GeneWatch UK

The Risk Assessment (RA) report of the Malaysian Genetic Modification Advisory Committee (GMAC) on the planned release of GM Aedes mosquitoes in Malaysia is incomplete and the RA process needs to be more transparent. These comments were made in a 13-page report by GeneWatch UK, a scientific organisation involved in genetic engineering and biosafety issues. GeneWatch UK states that ‘We are...
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10 things you should know about GM mosquitoes

The National Biosafety Board (NBB) has recently approved an application from the Institute for Medical Research (IMR) to release genetically modified (GM) male Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. IMR wants to conduct field experiments in Bentong and Alor Gajah to see how far the males fly and how long they live for. The aim of this GM technology is for the GM male mosquitoes to mate with wild female...
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Nuclear in Malaysia: Shortsightedness in a greening global economy

By Ken Yeong Every Malaysian must decide if nuclear power is the right choice for our nation. The keyword here is choice because there is now an increasing number of truly clean and renewable energy in solar, wind, tidal, wave, etc. For some, however, the threat of climate change and peak oil has forced a false dilemma of either nuclear or unabated global warming. The recent UK Sustainable...
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Toxic BPA leaches from “safe” plastics

If you frequently eat from a plastic food container or drink from a plastic bottle, chances are you are ingesting Bisphenol A (BPA), a toxic chemical compound with proven links with a wide range of health disorders, from infertility and breast and prostate cancers, to thyroid malfunction, attention deficit syndrome and recurrent miscarriage. BPA is a key ingredient in plastic food storage...
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PVC plastic products outgas poisons

It's one of the most hazardous consumer products ever created.  It’s dangerous to human health and the environment at every stage of its lifecycle: from production, to use, to disposal, yet it’s the most widely used material on earth. Beware of PVC, the Poison Plastic. Did you know: Most plastics are made from petroleum (oil or natural gas) and plastics can contain a whole host of chemical...
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