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  • Being the frugal that I am, I refused to discard a block of expensive gourmet cheese (which I consume little at a time just so that I don’t finish it too soon) despite it looking a little ‘odd’ and smelling a little ‘funny’ after few weeks. No prizes for guessing that I ended up with a good bout of food poisoning. Well, that’s what you get when you eat contaminated…

  • The World Health Organization (WHO) has recently included “gaming disorder” in its 11th edition of its International Classification of Disease (ICD-11). The recognition of “gaming disorder” as a medical condition is a result of growing concern pertaining to gaming addiction while some countries had already identified it as a public health issue.   How common is gaming disorder? Surveys have shown that gaming disorder affects 10 to 15% of young…

  • Mr. Y, a public servant from a small town in Sabah used to smoke two packs of cigarettes a day and finally decides that he wants to quit. Unfortunately, he failed the first time round, even with the help of a quit smoking program. He tried quitting again, with the help of the quit smoking program, prayers from his family and his own determination to stop, he finally succeeded! He…

  • Q1: How often should my child have a poo poo? A: In first week of life, it is common for most babies to have >4 bowel movements each day. In the first 3 months, some babies have >2 bowel movements each day. By age 2, most children have at least 1 bowel movement each day. Every child is different, the above information is just for reference. Please refer to your…

  • Recently, I had a conversation with a friend regarding the situation of pharmacists practicing in public hospitals. “Since the number of pharmacists practicing in a public hospital increased tremendously in the past few years, is the workload more manageable now?” I enquired. “Manageable? While it is true that the number of pharmacists have increase, our work efficiency has reduced because the workflow has become more complicated. So, it’s currently worse…

  • While waiting for my flight to take off, I noticed an obese gentleman painstakingly passing through the aisle and sat right next to me. As my nose is sensitive to dust and smoke, I immediately noticed a strong scent of tobacco smoke from my newfound neighbour’s clothes.   Nevertheless, I offered him a smile of courtesy and observed that he was out of breath while frantically ransacking his bag for…