Today is World Suicide Prevention Day, and the Malaysian Health Coalition urges the government to decriminalise suicide in Malaysia. This is an important step toward destigmatising mental health and improving the health of the Rakyat. This decision will bring Malaysia in line with international norms.
Did you know that planarian flatworms can regenerate missing tissues after an injury? How do they know which type of tissue to regenerate? Interestingly, scientists have discovered that the genes that planarians use to regenerate are also found in humans. Research Insider this week gets up close with Jia Zheng Woo, a research assistant in Whitehead Institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, U.S. to find out more about planarian flatworms and to unlock the "secrets" of regeneration.
Every cell in our bodies contains a "railway network", a system of "train tracks" called microtubules that run between important destinations inside the cell and allow cargo to be carried from one place to another by motor proteins. Research Insider this week gets up close with Shu Yao Leong who is in her first year pursuing a PhD in Cellular Nanoscience at the University of Tübingen to find out more about her research in microtubule and intracellular dynamics at the nanocellular level.
Intermittent fasting or IF is very much the latest and the most popular health trend worldwide including Malaysia. IF is low calorie period lasting less than 24 hours followed by a normal feeding period, and IF may achieve a more consistent weight loss probably because of better adherence than intense caloric restriction. However, what is the impact of IF to our fatty liver?
The latest Sivagangga cluster from Kedah was suspected of being caused by a super spreader strain of the COVID-19 virus that originated from Egypt and Pakistan. Health authorities believed there is a high probability that the cluster is a super spreader because of its higher transmission rate compared to previous COVID-19 clusters. We spoke to Associate Prof. Dr Chan Yoke Fun, Virologist & Senior Lecturer at the Department of Medical Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya to learn more.
Ammonium nitrate (AN) has become the prime focus recently as it has been alleged to be the cause of the deadly explosion in Beirut, Lebanon. AN has also been reported to be engendering explosion in numerous cases such as in Oppau (1921), Texas (1947, 2013) and Tianjin (2015). But was AN the only culprit here?
A ground-breaking genetic study in Asian women led by Malaysian scientists in collaboration with Singapore and the University of Cambridge revealed that a genetics tool developed to help European women assess breast cancer risk also works in Asian women.
Science Media Centre Malaysia spoke to Atteleth Don, the winner of FameLab Malaysia National Final 2020 Championship recently on his win and what it takes to communicate science effectively. Don beat 11 other science communicators from across the country with his winning talk ‘Save our Homes by Saving our Mangroves.’
Viral hepatitis is a communicable disease that can cause serious liver damage and liver cancer. Deaths from viral hepatitis, the majority (96%) are due to hepatitis B and C, are rising worldwide compared to the downward trend for the other three most common causes of communicable diseases. However, hepatitis is preventable, treatable, and for Hepatitis C, curable with timely treatment.
As the world grapples with COVID-19, healthcare professionals are working round the clock to keep COVID-19 patients alive, medical scientists are racing to develop treatments and vaccines, epidemiologists are modelling infection rates to predict how the virus will continue to spread, and science journalists are disseminating news while battling the spread of misinformation.