Joy Paranthanam met up with Ashleey Sa, who shares her journey from depression to schizophrenia and to bipolar and how no one  including her own family, would believe her. This is Ashleey’s story.   When I finally hit rock bottom Ashleey relates, “I was at my worst while working in New York.  it was a spiral all the way down and I had to return back to Malaysia; a place where I had wanted to run away from – a place that brings much pain and sadness especially during my childhood”. The most important thing in life is about the … Continued

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  Nippon Paint Malaysia Group launched its  CHILD WELLNESS PROGRAMME to educate parents on uplifting environments for children’s health and wellness The educational campaign was launched in collaboration with various children related national partners. A panel of key experts included Dr Amir Hamzah Dato’ Abd Latiff, President of the Malaysian Society of Allergy and Immunology (MSAI),  Ms Norsheila Abdullah, President of the Persatuan Pengasuh Berdaftar Malaysia(PPBM) as well as Ms Eveleen Ling, President of the Persatuan Tadika Malaysia (PTM). Professor Datuk Dr Mohd Sham Kasim, the past President of Malaysian Paediatric Association (MPA) and former Secretary General of Asia Pacific … Continued

Do supplements really work?

Long term dietary supplement use may lower your risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases. The  landmark dietary supplement study was conducted by the University of Berkeley, and  involved 1,056 participants across three sample groups – long term non-dietary supplement users, single supplement users and multiple supplement users. The study was designed to observe dietary supplement usage patterns, health and nutritional status among dietary supplement users, with 50% of the multiple supplement users on average consuming supplements such as multivitamin, vitamin B-complex, vitamin C, carotenoids, calcium with Vitamin D, omega-3 fatty acids, flavonoids, glucosamine, probiotic supplement (for … Continued


Meet, Yeshe Dolma Wong Tsui Ling, a spunky woman from Ipoh, Perak. She is confident and has a passion for life. However in April 2014, Dolma’s life changed. She was diagnosed with breast cancer and the news devastated her!   Dolma discovered a lump on her left breast. She had a nagging feeling that she should have it checked. Dolma consulted a medical expert, Dr. Sumithra Sivasuntharam, a Specialist in General Surgery at Pantai Hospital Ipoh. The results came back positive for breast cancer, Stage 2. This was a big blow for Dolma.   Believe in Yourself Although she was … Continued

Zika Benefit for all pregnant Allianz employees through Allianz Shield

Kuala Lumpur, 11 October 2016 –   Allianz Malaysia is providing all 27 pregnant females currently employed at the Company nationwide with Zika Benefit through Allianz Shield. The Zika Benefit, which is now included in Allianz Shield, offers a lump sum of RM 5,000 compensation to the person insured should she give birth to a baby or babies with birth defects caused by the Zika Virus as certified by a medical practitioner. “Allianz advocates providing simply the best value for customers. And in ensuring that our customers have the coverage they need, when they need it the most, we are extending … Continued

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Breast milk is The Best Milk for Our Baby

  We all know breast milk is the best milk for our babies, but how do you breastfeed a baby with disability?   For new mothers of babies with disabilities, breastfeeding can turn into a frustrating experience especially when baby has poor muscle tone or swallowing difficulty. CHALLENGES asked  sister Ang Chooi Tee, Nurse Manager at a private hospital for some guidelines to help new mothers breastfeed their babies with special needs.   (Q) Breast milk is equally good for infants with disabilities. Infants with disabilities need the benefits of human milk even more than other babies. The perfect nutrition … Continued

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Nobody Smiles Like I Do – Breastfeeding

This is a personal account by Dee Cole from Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada about her breastfeeding experience with her down syndrome baby and the importance of having peer support from other mothers. I had a beautiful pregnancy and did not work for the last five months of my pregnancy. I had never felt so healthy in my life and even registered for prenatal and exercise classes and read many books on pregnancy and childbirth. The only thing I didn’t do was attend La Leche League meetings—I did not know they existed. If I had known I would have attended all I … Continued

If it worked for Popeye, it’s good for us too.

If it worked for Popeye, it’s good for us too.

Spinach has yet to receive its due when it comes to health food. A study now shows that spinach plays a vital role in caring for our eyes. Maybe it’s wise for us to take a cue from Popeye. WITH the help of a new eye instrument,  a study has been launched to determine whether spinach, the vegetable that had bestowed Popeye with super-human strength was also the reason for the 77-year-old sailor having a very good eyesight. Spinach and other vegetables like sweetcorn, kale and broccoli are rich in a chemical called lutein and together with another carotenoid, zeaxanthin … Continued

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Improving asthma control to reduce hospitalisations

Global Initiative for Asthma (GINA) launched five-year campaign on World Asthma Day   May 4 is World Asthma Day. Dozens of events are planned worldwide in schools, hospitals, small village squares, and bustling city shopping malls, all with the positive theme “You Can Control Your Asthma.” Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in the world, affecting more than 300 million people worldwide.  It is characterised by recurrent breathing problems and symptoms such as breathlessness, wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing. Asthma cannot be cured, but with proper treatment most patients can achieve good control of their disease. “A major … Continued

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A father shares chis relentless efforts to build a future for his special child. Walter Lee wrote to CHALLENGES sharing his family’s commitment to make life better for little Zy. I have been living in Thailand since 1989 and am the chief executive officer of Venturetec Marketing Company Limited (Thailand). My wife Nok and I have been blessed with three great kids, V, Mij and Zy. Of the three, it is little Zy, who will turn two soon and is the family’s ball of fun. My little “professor” as I fondly call him is special, literally, as Zy was born … Continued