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Lifestyle 29 May 2004 | 12:00 AM

Too fast, too bad!

The West is wising up the healthy eating habits and is drawing up legislation to insist that processed foods come with labels that reveal their nutritional content. What about us?

Letters 13 May 2004 | 12:00 AM

Many patients should benefit from caring gesture

By V.K. Chin

Lifestyle 11 May 2004 | 12:00 AM

Cuban cures

Scientific and marketing alliances are being forged between Cuban researchers and their Malaysian counterparts to come up with vaccines, reports MICHELE LIAN.

Health 02 May 2004 | 12:00 AM

Foods that do more

Gone are the days when we ate just to fill our stomachs. Now, not only do we choose our foods based on whether they provide energy and nutrients, we also look for new components like phytoestrogens, probiotics and flavonoids. THE SHIAO EEK dives into the world of functional foods.

Health 02 May 2004 | 12:00 AM

Dietary guidelines around the world

Most people nowadays are aware that they need to eat a variety of foods, moderate their fat intake and exercise more. Messages on healthy lifestyles have found their way into school programmes, newspapers, magazines and even the workplace.

Health 18 Apr 2004 | 12:00 AM

Functional foods and dietary supplements

Evidence of the health benefits of some foods and supplements is now well established but consumers should be well-informed, and exercise caution and moderation when using such products.

Health 04 Apr 2004 | 12:00 AM

Palm oil: the fatty facts

THESE days, when people hear the words 'saturated fat', they jump in horror. 'Oh no, it makes my cholesterol go up!' they exclaim. The truth is, not all saturated fats have the same effect on cholesterol levels as they are made up of different types of fatty acids.

Health 21 Mar 2004 | 12:00 AM

Diet and genes

Just as genetic differences between individuals determine susceptibility to disease, genes may also determine how our bodies react to different nutrients or anti-nutrients in our food. The pioneering field of studying how nutrition and genes interact and the implications for dietary modification is called 'nutrigenomics'.

Nation 05 Mar 2004 | 12:00 AM

Merged funds make aid more accessible

From the Malay Press: The Health Ministry's Special Chronic Diseases Fund has been merged with the National Health Welfare Fund to make it easier for the low-income group to get medical aid, I>Utusan Malaysia/Ireported.

Nation 26 Feb 2004 | 12:00 AM

Chua disputes claims of red tape in aid distribution untrue’

I>UTUSAN Malaysia/Iand Health Minister Datuk Chua Jui Meng have been engaged in a battle of words in the past few days over the distribution of financial aid to chronic patients.