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An old man's friend

LAI CHOON MEI looks at the clinical outcomes of saw palmetto in relieving symptoms of benign prostatic hypertrophy (enlarged prostate gland).


Seasick but still gorgeous

Almost everything a woman can hope to be, that is what Cindy Crawford is. ANN MARIE CHANDY looks for chinks in the beautiful armour, if any.


Experience the world of ginger

Already known for its various 'intelligent' and futuristic buildings, Cyberjaya now boasts one of Malaysia's unique parks - one with the largest collection of ginger species in the country.


Mixed ginseng studies

In Chinese medicine, ginseng is used as a general tonic to enhance overall health, particularly among the elderly. The most popular among several types is the Panax ginseng species, also called Chinese, Korean or Japanese ginseng. The active ingredients, called saponins, are found in the roots of the plant.


Bangi's best kept secret

Mention Bangi and you#8217;re bound to be greeted with, #8220;Where#8217;s that?#8221;, #8220;So faraway!#8221;, and #8220;What#8217;s there in Bangi?#8221; For those who rarely venture out of KL, Bangi seems light years away. In reality, this growing township is a mere 30-minute drive away from the city centre, located between the famous I>satay/Itown of Kajang and the upcoming areas of Cyberjaya and Putrajaya.


This one mostly works

A handy medical reference book which will make an essential addition to the home medical library.


The push to replace ephedra

When the wildly popular drug combo phen-fen was pulled from the market in 1997, people were forced to look elsewhere for weight-loss help. Many turned to a then-mysterious Chinese herb known as ma huang.


Krames on corporate leadership

LIKE most love affairs which end badly, this one has left a bitter taste in the mouth. Corporate leaders, once superheroes and revered bringers of wealth and happiness, have fallen out of favour with their adoring fans in America.


Scent of learning

WHAT#8217;S that smell?#8221; asked my five-year-old daughter as she walked past a bakery. Before Chinese New Year, the fragrance of kuih kapit wafted through the neighbourhood.


Customers hold key to entrepreneurs’ success

ENTREPRENEURS can still succeed in a globalised economy dominated by large corporations as long as they focus on and meet the needs of their customers, said Jeffrey A. Krames, author of I>The Jack Welch Lexicon of Leadership/I>.