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Malaysia Entering Third Wave of COVID-19 Pandemic



KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 8  — Malaysia is currently entering the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, said Health director-general Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah.

In this regard, Dr Noor Hisham reminded the people to once again join forces to break the chain of the infection.

“We have now entered the third wave of #COVID19. Once again we must work together to break the chain of infection. #KitaJagaKita,” he said in a post on his Facebook account here tonight.



(Video) 5 Recommended Moisturizers To Get From Your Nearest Drugstore



Moisturizer is a crucial step in your skincare routine. It is to keep your skin hydrated and away from blemishes, dullness, dryness, and more. A good moisturizer will lock in moisture on your skin and moisturizing your skin regularly, it will make your skin looks brighter and younger.

A girl posted a video of recommended moisturizers for oily or combination and acne-prone skin that can be bought from the drugstore and it was really helpful because skincare products from the drugstore are mostly affordable and the products mentioned are the ones with good reviews and high ratings.

@skincarethreadmyMoisturizer recommendation drugstore version! ✨ #pendidikankulit #skincare #skincaretips #buwatjetiktok #fyp #fypdongggggggg #tiktokmalaysia

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These are five moisturizers that you can get from your nearest drugstore:

1) Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel

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Rating: 4.3/5

Price: RM66.90

It is formulated with Patented Superior Technology with 5% Prebiotic Kiwi yeast extract that will hydrates skin up to 72 hours. This moisturizer will also stimulate the skin to produce its own hyaluronic acid.

2) Aiken Prebiotic Hydra Plus Moisturizer

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Rating: 4.9/5

Price: RM29.90

It is infused with Prebiotic from France and Rice Water from Korea that will soothe skin by 96.9% and keep your skin moisturized for up to 24 hours.

3) Hada Labo Hydrating Snow Dew

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Rating: 4.9/5

Price: RM73.20

It contains ceramide that can strengthen the skin barrier and four types of hyaluronic acid for perfectly moisturized skin.

4) Bio Essence Water Gel

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Rating: 4/5

Price: RM57.90

This moisturizer helps skin to repair, replenish and renew itself. It also enhances the intake of oxygen to let the skin breathe making it active and energized.

5) Safi Acne Solutions Soothing Gel Moisturizer

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Rating: 4.9/5

Price: RM26.00

It has a non-oily formula that is lightweight and water-based. It is also pH balanced and absorbs quickly which is suitable for oily skin types. The main ingredients are AHA, BHA, and Neem.

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Only Pfizer-BioNTech Vaccine Suitable For Pregnant Women



PUTRAJAYA, May 17 — Only the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is suitable to be given to women who are in their 14th to 33rd week of pregnancy, said Coordinating Minister for the National COVID-19 Immunisation Programme Khairy Jamaluddin.

He told a press conference on the development of the National COVID-19 National Immunisation Program, which was held virtually with Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr Adham Baba, that the other two vaccines, Sinovac and AstraZeneca, are not recommended for pregnant women.

He said the COVID-19 Immunisation Task Force (CITF) would coordinate with the relevant agencies, such as the Health Ministry, for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine to be given to pregnant women.

Khairy, who is Science, Technology and Innovation Minister, said the pregnant women could also wait to get the vaccination after the birth of their child.

The Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is also suitable for nursing mothers, he said, adding that for the Sinovac and AstraZeneca vaccines, the safety data is limited and recommendations will be made after consultation.

He said these were the clinical guidelines issued in response to public inquiries on vaccines for pregnant and nursing mothers.

However, they are advised to seek doctors’ advice if they have any doubts, he added.

According to Khairy, 10.18 million individuals have registered to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.

He said a total of 1.202 million people have received the first dose of the vaccine, with 733,237 of them having completed both doses.

So far, a total of 1,935,632 doses of the vaccine had been administered, he added.

On the industrial Vaccination Center (PPV), Khairy said the CITF had approved an application by Pharmaniaga to open it as a pilot project.

“CITF approved Pharmaniaga’s application because it is the factory that is involved in the bottling of the Sinovac vaccine. Pharmaniaga buys its own vaccine to be given to its factory workers, ”he said.


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Spotting A Silent Killer, Cholangiocarcinoma



PUTRAJAYA, May 17 — In November 2020, Raj (not his real name) started feeling the symptoms of bile duct cancer or cholangiocarcinoma – light-headedness, heartburn and a sudden weight loss of almost 30kg – which forced him to quit his job as an electrical technician.

Receiving the cancer diagnosis after a health screening and computerised tomography (CT) scan felt like a bad dream for the 37-year-old father of two.

He was given urgent chemotherapy, but after two treatments, developed ascites and had to have a pigtail drain inserted to remove the fluid accumulated in his abdomen.

Following this, he received a platelet transfusion because he was critically low on platelets and   chemotherapy was discontinued.

A nurse and his wife are now providing him with palliative care because the cancer is inoperable.

According to Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia (HUSM) Kubang Kerian hepatopancreaticobiliary specialist, Dr Ikhwan Sani Mohamad, the cancer can form in the bile duct within the liver (intrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma), at the base of the liver (hilar/proximal cholangiocarcinoma) or near the end part (distal cholangiocarcinoma).

He said it is a rare cancer that develops mainly in people aged 50 – 70, and men.

There is a 2 per cent incidence of bile duct cancer worldwide, or 1 case per 100,000 population, with hilar cholangiocarcinoma being the most common at almost 50 per cent.

“Patients are not usually diagnosed with bile duct cancer because the symptoms are nonspecific in the first two months of experiencing pain.

“The common complaint is stomach pain or a twisting pain which is often mistaken for gastritis.

“After two to three months, once the cancer has invaded the body, it can cause an obstruction in the bile duct. Usually jaundice develops, urine turns a teh O pekat (dark brown) colour and there’s body itching,” he told Bernama.

Dr Ikhwan, who is also a lecturer and surgical consultant, said the main symptom to watch out for is jaundice (yellow disease) in adults, which would be abnormal because it normally occurs in newborns.

He said only 20 – 30 per cent of patients with bile duct cancer recover after a delayed diagnosis, or put another way, two to three patients in 10 get treatment at the right time based on international data.

He said the risk factors include a congenital disorder like swelling of the bile duct, parasitic infection, hepatitis, cirrhosis, tobacco smoking and obesity.

He said only surgery can help a patient recover, but there are risks because it is a complex, five- to nine-hour procedure as the bile ducts are close to important organs like the liver, pancreas and duodenum.

“Patients judged as inoperable will have to accept palliative care or treatment to help ease symptoms – like jaundice or intolerable pain – for a better quality of life.

He said bile duct cancer patients should keep away from fatty and greasy food, as well as red meat and organ meat, to prevent overburdening the liver.

Conceding that cholangiocarcinoma awareness is lacking, Dr Ikhwan advises to seek treatment as soon as possible if suffering from constant stomach pain over two weeks or more, jaundice or see a change in urine colour.

“Patients and their family members should continue staying positive and benefiting from social support. Strengthen your faith and consider joining a cancer support group,” he urged as well.

Sources: BERNAMA

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