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Tan Shiow Chin

starhealth@thestar.com.my

Recent and archived articles by Tan Shiow Chin

16 May 2018 | 7:00 AM

Keeping old muscles gold

Muscle loss affects the mobility and independence of the elderly, however it’s not often that doctors screen for it.

No longer that active: Elderly residents resting on a bench. A simple test to check for walking balance involves standing up from a chair, walking three metres, turning around and sitting back down. — Filepic
12 Feb 2018 | 7:00 AM

Hard to stomach

PETALING JAYA: Most diseases tend not to differentiate between colour and creed when it comes to their victims, but stomach cancer is a bit of an exception to the rule, being rather racist in its selection of victims.

8 Sep 2017 | 7:00 AM

Right posture can prevent text neck

PETALING JAYA: Simple adjustments to body posture will help prevent neck pain and soreness caused by prolonged mobile phone or tablet usage, also known as “text neck”.

7 Jul 2017 | 7:00 AM

Couple rave about advantages of cycling with other enthusiasts

PUTRAJAYA: The saying that “cycling is the new golf” seems to be quite true in Malaysia, according to veteran amateur cyclist Clement Chong.

A love for cycling: Shirliza (left) and Chong training together in Putrajaya.
8 Apr 2017 | 7:00 AM

One year after bone marrow transplant, toddler is thriving

KUALA LUMPUR: A year ago, Muhammad Yusuff Iskandar Mohd Hambali was at death’s door, his one-year-old body devastated by a severe lung infection he had been battling for five months.

All better now: (From left) Aduratun and Mohd Hambali with Muhammad Yusuff and his younger sister Dheakhawla Nuwaibah at the first anniversary celebration of Muhammad Yusuff’s haploidentical bone marrow transplant in UMMC.
7 Apr 2017 | 7:00 AM

Dengue vaccine approved, conditionally

PETALING JAYA: The Health Ministry has given conditional registration for the world’s first dengue vaccine to be used in Malaysia.

14 Jan 2017 | 7:00 AM

Better cervical cancer vaccine

PETALING JAYA: A new vaccine just introduced in Malaysia protects against the human papilloma virus (HPV) types that together cause around 90% of cervical cancer, says a consultant gynaecological oncologist.

13 Jan 2017 | 10:31 AM

New HPV vaccine prevents 90% of cervical cancer cases

PETALING JAYA: A new human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccine that protects against the HPV types that together cause around 90% of cervical cancer cases is now available in Malaysia.

Dr Woo says cervical cancer is the second most common cancer among women in Malaysia
7 Aug 2016 | 7:00 AM

Malaysians get heart attacks at younger age than others

PETALING JAYA: Malaysians are getting heart attacks at a younger age than people in other countries, according to a study.

22 Jan 2016 | 7:00 AM

Weakened currency will have bigger impact on drug prices

PETALING JAYA: Drug prices are more likely to increase from the weak ringgit than the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA), according to the Malaysian Organisation of Pharmaceutical Industries (Mopi).

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