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Cognitive Ability & Your Genes

Introduction When we think about what makes a person intelligent, we usually think about academic success or logical thinking. However, there are many ways someone can be intelligent. This is explained by cognition, i.e., the ability to understand and use knowledge. In a world where anything can be looked up on Google, being able to […]

Effects of MCO On Kids With Autism

In its 4-week run, the second Movement Control Order (MCO 2.0) has affected every Malaysian of all backgrounds. With schools shut down for most of 2020, the shift to online classes has been set in stone for most students. Having all classes online with no certain date of returning to face-to-face classes has brought up […]

How Our Genes Affect Our Creativity

If you’ve ever had to find answers to complex problems, chances are you’ve also experienced a “Eureka!” or “Aha!” moment while you’re solving. This feeling is actually a creative cognitive thought process called insight problem solving (IPS).  As an ‘all-at-once’ process rather than trial-and-error, IPS is important in our everyday activities and socialisations, such as […]

A Guide To The COVID-19 Vaccines

Since the emergence of SARS-Cov-2 in November 2019, there have been at least 60.3 million cases of infection and 1.42 million deaths by COVID-19 that were reported all over the world. Hence, the need for a vaccine is urgent. READ ALSO: How Genes Make Us More Susceptible To Coronaviruses The Immune System To understand how […]

How Genes Make Us More Susceptible To Coronaviruses

Did you know that our genes can actually influence us to be more susceptible to coronaviruses? But how? The common belief is that everyone has an equal chance of getting infected from coronaviruses upon exposure. However, studies have suggested that genetic variations in immune function-related genes (E.g. human leukocyte antigens) are emerging as a critical […]

Project CoviDNA: Identify Your Coronavirus Infection Risk & Severity

Malaysian health tech startup, Advanx Health, has released a DNA report that identifies your genetic predisposition in infection risk and severity upon exposure to coronaviruses. The coronavirus DNA report, titled Project CoviDNA, is Advanx Health’s first internal research initiative. The coronavirus report will be made available to all Advanx Health customers for free. Petaling Jaya, […]

Is Sugar Really Bad For You?

What do you think of when the word “sugar” comes across your mind? Is sugar really the chief culprit of diabetes, coronary artery disease (CAD) and other chronic illnesses?  READ: Challenges of COVID-19 For People With Diabetes We often hear such words: “Stop drinking carbonated drinks!” or “Stop eating sugary snacks!”. The reason is that […]

Challenges of COVID-19 For People With Diabetes

On 11th March 2020, COVID-19 was announced as a global pandemic. It has struck and affected many people, especially the older people and those with chronic medical conditions such as diabetes, cancers and heart diseases[4]. In fact, it was reported that diabetes is ranked as the second most prevalent comorbidities (more than one disease/condition in […]

Beginning Intermittent Fasting

Intermittent fasting – what is it? Intermittent fasting emerged for a long time and received much positive feedback because of its potential health benefits. It was one of the most searched terms for weight loss in 2019. In fact, intermittent fasting has earned its reputations and turned into one of the popular trends in the […]

Why Is Malaysia Adding Iodine To Salt?

On 25th September 2020, the Health director-general of Malaysia, Tan Sri Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah, announced the implementation of iodised salt throughout Malaysia, further stating that they will be banning all salt without iodine. But why? According to the nationwide study on iodine deficiency disorder (IDD), it has been found that 48.2% of school-going children […]