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The physically- and mentally-challenged are hopeful that they will be given time to fine-tune the proposed Persons with Disabilities Act before it is tabled in Parliament to ensure a fair representation of their diverse needs, writes PANG HIN YUE.

Thai survey finds link between crime and low IQ

B>BANGKOK:/BPeople convicted of violent crimes tend to have lower intelligence quotients (IQs), hindering their decision-making ability, a survey by the Mental Health Department has found.

D-G: Patient died of illness

The Health Ministry has refuted the claim by Teh Eng Heng's family that his death at the Alor Star Hospital on Dec 22 was due to lack of oxygen in the ward.

Destroy mosquito-breeding grounds

Writes B>S.M. MOHAMED IDRIS, President, Consumers Association of Penang/B>.

Selangor registers highest number of dengue cases

Abandoned housing and commercial projects as well as dirty construction sites, factory premises, offices and unkempt recreational parks - these were among the factors that had recently caused a surge in dengue incidents, I>Berita Harian/Ireported.

Identify dengue-prone areas, officials told

Health Ministry and Local Government officials should move fast to identify dengue-prone areas to control the spread of the disease, Deputy Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk M. Kayveas said.

Help in the nick of time

WHETHER it is a road accident, a fire, a landslide or any other calamity, these men will be there in the thick of action, driven by a common goal: to rescue the wounded. In an emergency, every second counts and it is often a race against time as they battle overwhelming odds to save precious lives.

Trail blazers graduate

EMERGENCY medicine is the 23rd recognised medical speciality and was seen as a separate skill in the United States in 1979.

Crucial treatment

THERE is warfare on the roads with thousands of on-the-spot deaths a year. If they#8217;re lucky, 1% of the critical cases survives upon reaching the hospital.

Tabs on traditional drug ads

The Information Ministry will monitor misleading advertisements on traditional drugs for slimming and specific ailments in the media, particularly those over TV and radio.