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Health D-G: Umrah pilgrim tests positive for MERS-CoV infection

PUTRAJAYA: A 55-year-old man tested positive for Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection after returning home from umrah, Health director-general Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah (pic) said. He said the man, who hails from Selangor, had symptoms of fever, cough, lethargy and aching feet as soon as he arrived home on Dec 23. The man received treatment for flu at a nearby clinic a day after arriving home and

Six surprising health risks in your home

Our home is our safe haven, a place infused with markers of our tastes, interests, and personalities. We share our homes with people, creatures, and things we love, and they provide comfort and joy. Yet, our homes can sometimes also pose risks to our health. For instance, gas heaters and stoves, in the absence of proper ventilation, can release enough carbon monoxide to poison us. Another health hazard lies in

Education Ministry bans 'pass-out game', warns action

KUALA LUMPUR: The Education Ministry has banned the “pass-out game” that is gaining traction in schools with immediate effect, warning that students face action if they get themselves involved. Minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said the ministry would not hesitate to act against these students, after videos emerged online showing several students playing the game, which involves one person pressing another person’s chest until he or she is rendered unconscious.

3 Factors That Could Raise Your Risk of Bloodstream Infection

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 11, 2017 (HealthDay News) — Serious bloodstream infections are more common among smokers who are both obese and inactive, a new Norwegian study reveals. The bloodstream infection is known as sepsis. People who develop sepsis have an over 20 percent risk of death from the infection, the researchers noted. Each year, sepsis claims the lives of 6 million people worldwide. To see what might boost the risk of

Spicy foods could lead to weight loss: Study

LOS ANGELES: A new study from US Arizona State University (ASU) led by two Chinese scientists showed the first promising link between capsaicinoids, the active ingredient in chilli peppers, and one’s energy-burning ability, China’s Xinhua news agency reported. Spicy foods will “not reduce one’s appetite, it is to increase the metabolism, which is an intrinsic property of people,” Yue Deng, a female researcher at the Biodesign Institute at ASU, who

New antibody attacks 99% of HIV strains

Scientists have engineered an antibody that attacks 99% of HIV strains and can prevent infection in primates. It is built to attack three critical parts of the virus – making it harder for HIV to resist its effects. The work is a collaboration between the US National Institutes of Health and the pharmaceutical company Sanofi. The International Aids Society said it was an “exciting breakthrough”. Human trials will start in