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Many women are terrified at the diagnosis of breast cancer, for reasons beyond the cancer itself. A lot of the fears revolve around the notion of breast cancer surgery and what that will entail. We explore whether a lumpectomy is better than a mastectomy when it comes to surgery for treating breast cancer. Image Source: Shutterstock
An Australian study has found that the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive for 28 days on mobile phone screens and on banknotes, under certain conditions. How does this translate into the risk of us contracting the virus through contact with high-touch surfaces in our homes or workplaces? We ask Dr Chang Li Yen, virologist from University of Malaya, to put this study into perspective, as well as to explain how we can prevent the transmission of other common infectious diseases through surface contact. Image Source: Shutterstock 
Dr George Lee returns to discuss the latest medical news. Expect deep insights delivered with generous humour. Several states in Malaysia are dealing with sudden spikes in COVID-19 cases, due to outbreaks in certain clusters. Not all states have the resources and capacity that Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley enjoy. We speak to two members of Universiti Sains Malaysia’s COVID-19 Task Force: Dr Salbiah Mohd Isa, chemical pathologist, and Dr Kumitaa Theva Das, from the Infectomics Cluster, Advanced Medical and Dental Institute, to find out how diagnostic services in the northern region are coping with the increased demand in testing. Image Source: Shutterstock
During this COVID-19 pandemic, an entire generation of digital natives have had to shift to online learning and education. While this may be a seamless transition for some children, for others, there may be challenges keeping up with learning on a virtual platform. In conjunction with Dyslexia Awareness Month, we look at how parents and educators can support children with dyslexia to ensure they are not forgotten in the midst of a global crisis. Image Source: Shutterstock
There are many conditions that can affect your ability to communicate verbally. However, this impairment should not be a barrier to daily communication with your loved ones, or to continue learning and working. We speak to Deborah Yong, Speech-Language Therapist, Assistive Technology Professional, and Alternative & Augmentative Communication (AAC) Specialist, to find out how AAC can help those with communication challenges to express themselves. Image Source: Shutterstock 
As human beings, we communicate in many ways and languages is a medium that allows us to communicate clearly and specifically. The human brain is finely tuned to process and produce language, whether it’s spoken or written, but it is a skill that needs to be developed. To find out more about the neuroscience of language, we’re speaking to neurogeneticist, Dr Azlina Ahmad Annuar, and Dr Leela Koran, senior lecturer in the Department of English Language, Faculty of Languages & Linguistics, University of Malaya. Image Source: Shutterstock 
Nearly one in five Malaysian adults, or 18.3%, has diabetes – which, in turn, is the leading cause of end-stage kidney disease. You can see where these statistics are pointing to: a potentially catastrophic burden of chronic kidney disease and kidney failure in the coming decade. The Ministry of Health has already warned that by the year 2040, there could be more than 100,000 Malaysians on dialysis. This will place an enormous strain on individuals, their families and on the health system. We speak to consultant nephrologist Dr Chow Yok Wai to find out how chronic kidney disease can be detected and treated earlier, to delay the need for dialysis.
Dr George Lee returns to discuss the latest medical news. Expect deep insights delivered with generous humour. COVID-19 poses major risks to healthcare workers in neurocritical care. While efforts are made to limit the number of medical personnel attending patients in neurosurgical wards, there is also a need to find a sustainable solution. Could virtual medicine be the answer? Prof Dr Vicknes Waran Mathaneswaran, from the Division of Neurosurgery, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya shares the findings of a study that tested the use of smart glasses in ward rounds during this pandemic. Image Source: Shutterstock
When it comes to breast cancer, early detection is key to successful treatment. However, many women are still diagnosed with breast cancer in the late stages. So what does treatment look like for these women? We speak to consultant clinical oncologist, Dr Jennifer Leong, from Sunway Medical Centre to discuss the latest advances in treatment for metastatic breast cancer and how it improves quality of life for these women. Image Source: Shutterstock
The recent spike in Malaysia’s COVID-19 cases is a stark reminder that the pandemic is not going away anytime soon. Amid recent developments on the vaccine front, we look at what are Malaysia’s options for procuring a COVID-19 vaccine, and what the COVAX facility means for Malaysia. Image Source: Shutterstock
Any sort of trauma that causes disfigurement to the face can lead to significant problems. It doesn’t only affect your appearance, but also the basic functions of the facial structures, like how you breathe, eat, speak or see. Dr Somasundaran Sathappan, consultant plastic and reconstructive surgeon from Subang Jaya Medical Centre, joins us to discuss reconstructive surgery for facial trauma.
We are all familiar with the stereotype of the “forgetful older person”. Memory issues among the elderly are often blamed on ageing, and are not given much attention. But is forgetfulness normal, and when could it be a sign of other medical conditions? Dr Wan Izwin Wan Hassan, Consultant Geriatric Psychiatrist from Ara Damansara & ParkCity Medical Centre, joins us to explain more about memory problems.
This year’s World Mental Health Day is taking place while we’re still battling COVID-19, as well as its impact on society, especially on our mental health. Right now, it’s more important than ever for us to invest in mental health to cope with a possible mental health crisis when the pandemic has caused and exacerbated many mental health issues among the population. Joining consultant urologist Dr George Lee are consultant psychiatrist Assoc Prof Dr Amer Siddiq bin Amer Nordin from University Malaya Medical Centre, and Ellisha Othman, managing director of SOLS Health to discuss how we can improve investment in mental health and the role of the different stakeholders involved. Image Source: Shutterstock
We spend almost half our lives working. It’s no wonder that our work demands and environment affect our mental well-being. How do workplaces help employees manage stress, anxiety and emotional issues? At the same time, how do we create a workplace that accepts and supports people with mental health conditions? In conjunction with the upcoming World Mental Health Day on 10th October, we speak to Shazmi Ali, Country HR Director, and Dr Edwin Ho, Occupational Health Physician & Country Health Manager, from Shell Malaysia, to find out more about staying mentally well at the workplace.
The 2019 National Health and Morbidity Survey did not have much good news, in terms of the health of the Malaysian population. However, one statistic stood out above the rest, alarming in its significant increase: the overall prevalence of diabetes was 18.3%, up from 13.4% in 2015. What does this increased prevalence mean, and what can we do to reduce the burden of diabetes on the population? Image Source: Shutterstock
More and more young people are being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation (AF). With the increased risk of stroke and sudden death associated with AF, what kind of treatment can improve quality of life for young adults? In the second part of our World Heart Day special, Datuk Dr Razali Omar, Consultant Electrophysiologist & Cardiologist from Cardiac Vascular Sentral KL, joins us to discuss the pros and cons of ablation as a treatment option. Listen to Part 1 of the World Heart Day 2020 special. Image Source: Shutterstock
How did we arrive at our modern understanding of the human body – the structures and organs in our body, how they are connected to each other, and the functions they serve? Our knowledge of anatomy and physiology can be traced back to different cultures and civilisations in ancient history. We take a brief look at the history of anatomical documentation, and explore what anatomy literature from different parts of the world tell us about their culture and practices. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons (Wellcome Images)
Dr George Lee returns to discuss the latest medical news. Expect deep insights delivered with generous humour. When it comes to treating and managing COVID-19, anaesthetists are at the frontline, due to the nature of their work in managing patients in acute and critical care. What is their risk of being infected with COVID-19? And is their mental and emotional state being given due consideration? We find out from Professor Ina Ismiarti Sharifuddin, Head of Department of Anaesthesia, Faculty of Medicine, University Malaya; and Dr Anand Kamalanathan, Consultant Anaesthesiologist, Hospital Sungai Buloh. 
We are back with our monthly open clinic segment. This month, joining us is consultant ophthalmologist and vitreoretinal surgeon Dr Kenneth Fong, to address any concerns regarding your eyes and vision.
Every patient is different in terms of their genes, lifestyle, and diet. Each would react differently to the same therapy or carry different risks for the same disease. Making use of these individual variations allows for faster and more effective healthcare. That is the premise of precision medicine, or personalised medicine. Some countries in Southeast Asia have joined the global precision medicine movement by integrating genomics into public healthcare systems, though progress varies. And many hurdles await: a lack of Asian genomic data, weak political will, funding strained by the COVID-19 pandemic, and a lack of legislation to protect genetic information against discrimination. In this show, regional experts describe the state of precision medicine in Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia, and their efforts to realise the goal of administering the right treatment for the right person at the right time. This show was produced by freelance journalist Law Yao Hua, with support from the SantePerso Initiative, a Switzerland-based platform that promotes public debate of precision medicine. Image Source: Pixabay
What does an irregular heartbeat have to do with stroke, where blood flow to the brain is blocked? As it turns out, atrial fibrillation can increase the risk of getting a stroke, and this risk increases as you get older. On the first part of our World Heart Day special, Consultant Electrophysiologist & Cardiologist, Datuk Dr Razali Omar, from Cardiac Vascular Sentral KL, shares how to prevent stroke if you have atrial fibrillation.
One of the things that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us is how we can all come together to help each other when the going gets tough. But that’s at the community level. At the global level, we have seen some countries lending others a helping hand by providing resources such as the expertise of doctors or even supplies of PPEs. But is this enough to ensure global health security to tackle the current pandemic and others to come? Joining us to unpack this is public policy specialist Dr Khor Swee Kheng for the final part of this mini series, Healthcare in a Pandemic. Image Source: Shutterstock
Whether it’s to tackle the rising incidence of non-communicable diseases or curbing the spread of COVID-19, it’s important that we equip ourselves with the knowledge to make decisions about our health. But how many of us are able to do that? On today’s show, consultant urologist Dr George Lee is joined by Komathi Perialathan, a health education officer from the Institute for Health Behavioural Research, at the Ministry of Health to dive deeper into the issue of health literacy. Image Source: Shutterstock
If you’re a parent, you will be familiar with the struggle of getting your children to understand the value of money, or teaching them about managing finances. This COVID-19 pandemic, being a health as well as a financial crisis, has resurfaced the challenges of talking to kids about money and even unemployment. Consultant Developmental Paediatrician Dr Rajini Sarvananthan shares how she works with parents of typically and non-typically developing children, to have these conversations. Image Source: Shutterstock
Most elite athletes begin training at a young age, and over the years, there have been no shortage of athletes that have made a mark in their careers even before they reach adulthood. Think of athletes like Nur Dhabitah Sabri, Aaliyah Yoong, Lee Chong Wei and many more from Malaysia as well as overseas. But what are the pressures that come with training as an elite athlete from a young age? And how does all the training affect their growth? We speak to consultant orthopaedic surgeon Dr Harjeet Singh and trainer & coach Sheldon Xavier to find out more. Image Source: Pixabay
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BFM Media
Podcast Status
Dec 11th, 2017
Latest Episode
Oct 27th, 2020
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