In Conversation with UMSC Doctors

UMSC doctors share their professional insights to educate the community on quality healthcare and cutting-edge clinical services

Stop the Stigma

by Assoc Prof Dr. Ng Chong Guan – Consultant Psychiatrist 1.Mental health is often a taboo topic and is expected to increase by 2020. Can you elaborate on the types of mental health and the causes? Mental illness has the capacity to affect an individual’s mood, thoughts, behaviours and even their work and family life. […]

Teenage hearing loss on the rise

by Dr. Jeyanthi Kulasegarah-Consultant Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery Interest in Otology and Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology 1.What are the factors or habits that are affecting the hearing of young adults?  Teenage hearing loss is on the rise, with recent studies indicating 1 in 5 teenagers demonstrating at least a slight hearing loss. This increase since the […]

Alzheimer’s Disease : The progressive disease causes brain cells to degenerate

by Dr Khor Hui Min, Consultant Geriatrics 1.Do you have any statistics to share about Alzheimer’s Disease in Malaysia? The latest National Health and Morbidity Survey 2018 of Malaysia showed that the prevalence of dementia was 8.5% amongst those aged 60 years and above. The prevalence of dementia was higher in those living in rural […]

Eye Diseases

by Assoc Prof Dr Tajunisah Iqbal, Consultant Ophthalmologist 1. What are some common eye diseases in adults? Eye problems in adults can be of two types; firstly the ones that usually does not cause vision loss and secondly, the more sinister vision threatening eye diseases. Under the first category, these conditions are problems such as […]

“Mummy, My Tummy Hurts!”

by Professor Dato’ Dr Christopher Boey Chiong Meng,Consultant Paediatric Gastroenterologist & Hepatologist What is recurrent abdominal pain? Pain in the stomach or intestinal area is called abdominal pain. Your child has recurrent abdominal pain if he or she experiences at least 3 episodes of abdominal pain that are severe enough to affect his or her […]

High Calcium Level, To Ignore Or To Seek Help

by Dr Chooi Kheng Chiew,Consultant Endocrinologist, Physician and Senior Lecturer You go for a routine health screen at your local clinic, and your doctor tells you that your calcium level is higher than the normal range for healthy adults. You are bewildered, as you are unsure why this could be. There have been no new or […]

A cough that wouldn’t go away

by Associate Prof Dr Ernest Poh Mau Ern,Consultant Respiratory Physician. Cough, just like pain, is a protective mechanism to prevent aspiration. It is designed to keep foreign particles out of our airways. As such, it is not necessarily a bad thing because it is there to protect us. We cough when something gets into our […]

Intermittent Fasting vs Keto Diet for weight loss

by Ms Rozanna M. Rosly, Clinical Dietitian and Dietetic Manager UMSC Co-writers : Lim Xin Le, Nurul Farihah binti Mohd Yaakob, Chin Hui Voon   Intermittent Fasting Vs Keto Diet for Weight loss – is it sustainable & effective? Discovering the effectiveness of the latest trends for weight loss, intermittent fasting and keto diet. Do you […]

Keyhole Heart Surgery

by Professor Dr Shahrul Amry Hashim, Consultant Cardiothoracic Surgeon Introduction Traditional heart surgery is performed by making a cut made down the sternum, through bone and muscle. This process is called median sternotomy approach to gain access to the heart. The sternotomy incision put a lot of stress and demand to the human body to heal […]

Your Gum Bleeds!

by Dato’ Emeritus Professor Dr. Hashim Yaacob,Consultant Oral and Dental Surgeon,FASc, DDSc (Hon), FRCPath (UK), FDSRCS (Eng) Ad Eundem, FDSRCPS (Glasg),FFOPRCPA (Aust), MSc (Lon), BDS (Otago), Dip Islam Stud(UIAM) We are going to have fun looking at our gum in sickness and in health This is a sight of a super healthy gum and teeth. It […]

Danger of button batteries & Children

by Dr Jeyanthi Kulasegarah ,Consultant Otorhinolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery,Interest in Otology and Paediatric Otorhinolaryngology   What is button batteries ingestion? Young children especially between 2 and 4 years old have a tendency to put things that are lying around the house into their mouths. Button batteries are the small, shiny, flat, batteries that are […]

Raging Hormones : Not just a saying

by Associate Professor Dr. Jeyakantha Ratnasingam, Consultant Endocrinologist The pituitary normal gland (highlighted red) Raging Hormones: Body’s Natural Response or Medical Condition? People with very volatile mood are often said to have raging hormones. Hormones are chemicals produced by glands, that send messages to different parts of your body. The hormone system mimics a postal […]

Love Your Bones

by Assoc Prof Dr. Fariz Yahya – Consultant Rheumatologist 1.What are the symptoms of one suffering from Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a condition characterized by a decrease in bone mass in which bone strength is compromised and results in an increased susceptibility of having a fracture. People who have osteoporosis may not have any symptoms. Until […]

Hepatitis – The silent disease

by Dr. Ruveena Bhavani Rajaram – Consultant Gastroenterologist What is hepatitis? Hepatitis simply means inflammation of the liver. Inflammation happens as a result of injury to the liver. This may occur as an insult directly/primarily targeting the liver or indirectly, thus injuring the liver as part of a systemic/multi-organ illness. In the setting of direct […]

Coping mentally when unemployed

by Dr Amarpreet Kaur -Consultant Psychiatrist and Clinical Hypnotherapist Many experts are predicting a significant rise in mental health problems worldwide due to Covid-19 and its effects on life and work. Do you believe Malaysia will face the same? Malaysia has not been spared in this pandemic, in any way, shape or form. We are […]