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Sleep Deprivation Malaysia | Sleepless in Malaysia

( - NINE out of 10 Malaysians are sleep deprived.

Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur consultant ENT head and neck surgeon Dr Kong Min Han made this revelation when he spoke at Balai Berita on “Sleep Deprivation: Causes & Effects” on Dec 6. Am Life International Sdn Bhd’s Sleep Survey 2018, Malaysia’s first, confirms this. And the signs are out there for all to see.

Drowsy riders negotiating their way through congestion chaos at the Causeway in the wee hours and the dead of night. Tens of thousands nodding heads in omnibus and trains.

There is yet another sign that people often miss: the growing number of sleep consultants in the country. And yet another: there is even a Sleep Disorder Society in Malaysia.

Blame it on the hectic lifestyle and electronic devices that are crowding out sleep.

Internet, the 20th century invention that is supposed to connect humanity, is actually disrupting mankind.

A Ernst & Young survey conducted in May 2016 revealed that Malaysians spent 14 hours …

Insomnia Statistics in Malaysia: Sleep Disorders Affect 9 in 10 Malaysians

( - Malaysians are a sleep-deprived lot. Nine out of 10 Malaysians suffer from one or more sleep disorders in their lifetimes, says Pantai Hospital Kuala Lumpur consultant ENT head and neck surgeon Dr Kong Min Han.

He said the country had enough experts to deal with sleep problems linked to ENT causes such as obstructive sleep apnoea, but it lacked experts in chronic sleep disorders linked to stress and mental health.

”Many more Malaysians are waking up in the middle of the night, finding difficulty in sleeping because of anxiety,” said Kong, who spoke on Sleep Deprivation Causes & Effects at Balai Berita today.

“They feel tired and unrested in the morning and fall asleep during the day. “This can affect their mental and social health, including their thinking and memory, and may lead to difficulty in learning, irritability and mood swings.

“Increasing anxiety can also effect the immune system and cause weight gain.” Kong said the average person needed at least seven hours …

Stem Cell Therapy for Knees: The Blind Leading the Blind

( - We have a big problem looming in regenerative medicine. There is a serious lack of knowledge in academia about the science, and more importantly a lack of clinical experience. This means that much of the published research studies in this area often have rookie mistakes that negatively impact the field. I’ll give a few examples this morning and a few suggestions on how this gets fixed.

Some Concrete Examples: The Mayo Clinic Knee Arthritis Trial Debacle

We have two randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on the use of bone marrow concentrate (a same-day stem cell injection procedure) to treat knee osteoarthritis, one published by a Mayo clinic author and one published by our group. The first one didn’t find that it worked better than saline and ours showed that our same day stem cell procedure was superior to the control group. However, if you look at the two trials, they are completely different and the Mayo Clinic research suffered from a fatal flaw.

Why is the Mayo Clinic…

Stem Cell Therapy for Knees: Reviews, Evidence, Effectiveness and Cost (2019)

Globally, stem cell therapy is being touted as a miracle cure for everything from wrinkles to spinal repair. However, there is also a lot of misinformation out there. Even among medical groups, the recommendations are conflicting, lacking in depth and out-dated.

We have decided to develop an updated consumer's guide on stem cell therapy for knee osteoarthritis, in order to reduce the confusion.

Though very few of these have any scientific backing, stem cell therapy for knees has been the subject of quite a few promising studies.
Now, in numerous cases, stem cell therapy for knees is reducing pain and repairing cartilage. As a result, many people have been able to improve their quality of life and avoid surgery.

As studies continue, the forms and combinations of stem cell preparations are improving, and outcomes are expected to improve as well.

Stem Cell Therapy for Knee Osteoarthritis Reviews

There are more than 200 studies related to the use of stem cells in treati…

Major Medical Associations Feud Over Diabetes Guidelines

( - A major medical association today suggested that doctors who treat people with Type 2 diabetes can set less aggressive blood sugar targets. But medical groups that specialize in diabetes sharply disagree.

Half a dozen medical groups have looked carefully at the best treatment guidelines for the 29 million Americans who have Type 2 diabetes and have come up with somewhat differing guidelines.

The American College of Physicians has reviewed those guidelines to provide its own recommendations, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. It has decided that less stringent goals are appropriate for the key blood sugar test, called the A1C.

"There are harms associated with overzealous treatment or inappropriate treatment focused on A1C targets," says Dr. Jack Ende, president of the ACP. "And for that reason, this is not the kind of situation where the college could just sit back and ignore things."

The ACP, which represents internists, recommends that doctors a…

Hydrogen Water for Diabetes Treatment in Malaysia 2019

Diabetes is a major health problem among Malaysians. The standard recommendations for the treatment of diabetes involved diet and exercise (lifestyle modifications); and medication (oral or injectables). However, according to the National Diabetes Registry, only 23.8% of patients in primary care and 12.7% in tertiary institutions were able to achieve their specified glycaemic targets i.e. there is a lot of room for improvement in terms of the management of diabetes.

Evidence Based Studies on Hydrogen Water

Although the research is early, the more than 1000 scientific papers suggest that H2 has therapeutic potential in 170 different human and animal disease models, and in essentially every organ of the human body.

Potential Benefits of Hydrogen Water for Diabetes

“Oxidative stress is widely recognized as being associated with a number of diseases, including type 2 diabetes. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study on patients with either type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose t…


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