Chloramphenicol is used to treat animals with animal feed but is not safe for human consumption, AVA better look into this

GEORGE TOWN, MALAYSIA – The Health Ministry has ordered all Ayamas products in the same batch that was found to contain a banned antibiotic be taken off the market.
Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said yesterday his ministry had ordered the withdrawal of the products pending tests.
“I am now waiting for the results of the tests done on the samples. We view this seriously and that is why we decide to withdraw the batch from the market.”
However, he said Ayamas products that were not from the same batch could continue to be sold. Liow was commenting on the Sarawak Veterinary Authority’s immediate ban on all Ayamas products following a random test where traces of Chloramphenicol were found.
Chloramphenicol is used to treat animals but is not safe for human consumption and, therefore, cannot be used in food processing.
On Saturday, Sarawak Assistant Agriculture Minister Mong Dagang said he believed the problem could lie in the source of the chickens and not during the processing part.
Chloramphenicol is banned in most Western countries although it is available in Southeast Asia. The drug is known to cause blood disorders such as aplastic and hypoplastic anaemia.
Any interactions between Chloramphenicol and diabetic medicines, or even vitamin B12 supplements, may cause allergic reactions, including stomach upset, diarrhoea, headache, nausea and vomiting.
Earlier, Liow said the ministry had approved two mega projects for Penang Hospital next year. A new women and children’s block will be constructed to ease congestion.
“The present hospital ward is 130 years old and in a dilapidated condition. Sometimes, the ceiling will fall off and this is not good,” he said, adding that the old structure would be demolished in stages to make way for the new RM125 million (S$50 million) building.
Liow said the wards in the new building would have a 300-bed capacity.
Speaking after a dialogue with the state Visitors’ Board members, Liow said a new multi-storey hospital would also be built in mainland Seberang Jaya.

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This is a worldwide problem, and it affects all nuclear plants

“If you notice the problems of the Japan Fukushima nuclear reactor meltdown, it is also related to parts that cannot meet up to QC.”- Contributed by Oogle.

Posted: 05 November 2012 1143 hrs 
SEOUL: South Korea has been forced to shut down two nuclear reactors to replace components provided with fake quality certificates, a minister said on Monday, warning of “unprecedented” power shortages.
Knowledge Economy Minister Hong Suk-Woo stressed that the “non-core” components posed no safety threat and were unrelated to a string of systems malfunctions at reactors this year that triggered calls for a safety review.
The two affected reactors at the Yeonggwang nuclear complex in the southwest may have to remain offline until early January, as engineers replace more than 5,000 fuses, cooling fans and other parts provided by eight suppliers.
“Comprehensive safety check-ups are necessary at these two reactors where the uncertified parts were used extensively,” Hong said.
“It’s inevitable that we will experience unprecedented power shortage during the coming winter with the two reactors shut,” he added.
South Korea operates 23 nuclear power reactors which meet more than 35 per cent of the country’s electricity needs. It plans to build an additional 16 reactors by 2030.
Last month, authorities temporarily shut down two 1,000-megawatt reactors at separate nuclear plants after system malfunctions which were also blamed for another reactor at Yeonggwang being tripped into automatic shutdown in July.
The South Korean government has vowed to stick to its nuclear power programme despite public concerns arising from last year’s nuclear disaster in Japan.
If the two Yeonggwang reactors are not brought back online as scheduled, Hong warned of a “dramatic” drop in national power reserves to 300,000 kilowatts in January, compared to the government target of 4.5 million kilowatts.
“Energy authorities are preparing a super-intense power supply emergency plan, which will be carried out in mid-November,” he said, without elaborating.
All parts supplied for use in South Korea’s nuclear plants require quality and safety warranties from one of 12 international organisations designated by Seoul.
The eight suppliers cited by Hong faked 60 warranties covering nearly 7,700 items that had been provided at a cost of 820 million won (US$750,000), Hong said.
Of the total, more than 5,200 parts have been used in five reactors — 99 per cent of them in the two Yeonggwang units closed on Monday.
Hong said prosecutors would investigate the suppliers as well as possible collusion by officials of the state-run Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power.
Doubts over nuclear safety standards were fuelled in May when five senior engineers were charged with trying to cover up a potentially dangerous power failure at South Korea’s oldest nuclear plant.
The five, including a 55-year-old chief engineer at the Gori-1 reactor, were accused of violating a law on nuclear safety.
The reactor, built in 1978 near the southern city of Busan, briefly lost mains power on February 9 and the emergency generator failed to kick in. The power cut caused cooling water to stop circulating.
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When you compare the lists of suppliers to Japan and South Korea for nuclear reactor parts, you will suddenly realised that they are the same suppliers worldwide, and so many parts does not pass QC to save costs, so that is why you have a meltdown in Japan Fukushima incident.
That is the reason there will be an international outrage, nobody will trust nuclear fusion reactors and will gradually phase it out, kicking in other renewable energy.
– Contributed by Oogle.

Why the costs of Healthcare in Singapore cannot drop

The Problem : Healthcare costs in Singapore is ever rising and cannot drop

The Present : Doctors prescribe medications and get a commission from drug companies so there is no incentive to improve or recommend new technology unless it increases his bottom line. What is the difference between Tampines Polyclinic and NUH? The prices of healthcare is cheaper at Tampines Polyclinic but the expertise of the doctor and the medical equipments cannot be compared to NUH. If I see a doctor at NUH and I want to buy the same medication at Tampines Polyclinic, can it be done? No, the government gives a subsidy based on where you go and they will not just sell you the medication, and that is why the high profits are already fixed like a cartel/monopoly by the government. This is not healthy as the savings are not passed on back to the consumer. Small clinics will face the most pressure as they need to stock up on medication which narrows their capital and cannot get economies of scale.

The Solution : Separate the business of healthcare by hospitals and clinics between giving advice and dispensing of medication. Common drugs will drop in price as more supply is introduced and drug companies can make more money from introducing the latest drugs to combat diseases, this in turn will also force doctors to upgrade themselves so they will get even higher income than those who do not. Even drug companies need economies of scale and those who can match demand and supply will enjoy the greatest profits. Existing hospitals with dispensaries can outsource to private with the requirements that they must provide the best medication with the lowest possible price, where the consumer can have the option to chose, this will drive old medication drugs down and economies of scale will also force common drugs to drop in price.  

PS : I am not going to buy my diabetes medication from NUH because it is too expensive, but since Tampines Polyclinic do not want to sell to me, I am going without medication forever and use excessive water and a strict diet to control my sugar level, I know the effects is not serious in the short term, but can be very serious in the long term, and I am going to play with both. People with diabetes can now visit general practitioners in private clinics, and even optical shops, to get tested for diabetic eye problems. Such eye tests typically cost $6.50 at polyclinics and $70 or more at specialist eye centres. Wah lau, so expensive at hospital, I am going to get it done at the polyclinic.
– Contributed by Oogle.

Baby’s Stroke is caused by MND

Sunday, Nov 04, 2012
The New Paper

KUALA LUMPUR – The birthday cake was ready.
So was the present – a pretty skirt for baby girl Siew Jing Yew, known affectionately as Yew Yew, who turned one on Oct 16.
But what was supposed to be a day of celebration turned into a nightmare for Yew Yew’s parents.

The baby was warded in a Kuala Lumpur hospital on Oct 14 after coming down with a cough and fever.
Initially, 28-year-old housewife Chin Yu Fung thought her daughter would recover in time to celebrate her first birthday at home.
Sadly, it was not meant to be.
On the day that Yew Yew turned one, doctors broke the bad news that she had suffered a stroke, her parents said.
Her father, Siew Chee Leong, told Malaysian paper Guangming Daily that they had noticed that she was coughing on Oct 14.
When they took her to hospital, doctors told them that everything seemed fine, the 34-year-old furniture sales supervisor said.
But the next day, at around 6pm, he noticed Yew Yew clenching her left hand and shivering. It turned out she had cramps. She was placed under observation.
On her birthday, doctors said she had a stroke. More bad news followed last Thursday.
A virus infection had caused bleeding in Yew Yew’s right brain.
Mr Siew told Guangming: “I’m heartbroken. The news about her condition just keeps getting worse every day. At first, we accepted it when she had a stroke.
“But then doctors said she had internal bleeding. The last few days have been really trying.”
The couple said a large portion of Yew Yew’s brain cells have died from a lack of oxygen, which could affect her learning abilities in future.
Looking at her daughter hooked to various tubes, an upset Madam Chin said: “Every time I play with Yew Yew, she would smile so happily. We love her so much.”

Yew Yew underwent two operations and was placed in intensive care.
The couple need more than RM50,000 (S$20,000) to pay the medical bill.
To help raise the money, Mr Siew’s friend has set up a Facebook page called “Need Help! 1-year-old Baby got Stroke”.
As of 7pm on Friday, the page had received more than 1,500 likes and over 3,500 people had talked about it.
The Facebook page provides updates of Yew Yew’s condition, including a post on Wednesday that said the baby was awake and able to recognise Madam Chin.
“(The) doctor mentioned that she may not be able to do that (recognise her mother) but she did! This is a huge progress.”
A post later that day thanked donors, saying the family had “achieved our targeted amount”.
As Yew Yew’s road to recovery begins, her parents remain hopeful that she will be able to play with them once more, wearing the birthday skirt.
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Respiratory tract infection: cold, flu, pneumonia, bronchitis, sinusitis. Some medications, such as ACE inhibitors taken to lower blood pressure, can cause chronic coughs in some people. A virus infection can lead to stroke and affect the brain cells when the motor neurons are affected, it is possible to cure but research work is still ongoing.
http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/motor_neuron_diseases/detail_motor_neuron_diseases.htm
– Contributed by Oogle.

Do you know the Timeline for Renewable Energy?

Orders for offshore wind turbines have come to an abrupt halt in the UK, in what some industry figures say is the first clear sign of a long-feared slowdown in renewable energy investment.

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It will take up to 50 years before Nuclear Fission is commercially viable with widespread use, in the meantime, Wind farms, Solar, CNG, Menthane will be immensely popular to bridge the gaps, even the creation from water to synthetic oil will see great results, everybody will slowly phase out nuclear energy because it is not dependable in the long term.
– Contributed by Oogle.

Are you prepared for the Aging Population?

Are you prepared for the Aging Population?

If I am not wrong, we are coming to the time where close to 30% of the entire world population will be above the age of 50 years, as such, the potential of an untapped market if you could expand along this line.

I have read the news of a malaysian who has radically redesigned the entire wheel chair to be light weigh and very portable, it seems he has sold his designs to america who now manufactures it, if his designs are adopted, the specs could radically replace the requirements of new building codes to accomodate the disabled.
Businesses especially restuarants and shopping centre which has facilities to be disabled friendly and changing rooms for young babies/feeding will enjoy enormously huge business and many will adapt to these changing needs. I am providing you an advance peek into the future where the demand is.
– Contributed by Oogle. 
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Friday June 8, 2012 By EDWARD R. HENRY edward@thestar.com.my

WALK paths with tact tiles and ramps built around certain parts of Petaling Jaya aimed at creating a barrier-free environment, has been shortlisted as a semi-finalist for the Commonwealth Associa-tion for Public Administration and Management (Capam) Inter-national Innovation Awards.
Out of the 120 submissions for the award, PJ has been shortlisted as one of the semi-finalists. PJ’s people friendly project — A Barrier Free PJ: Lifting the Urban Disability Stigma — has captured the hearts of Capam judges. Forty countries are taking part in the awards.
PJ mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman said the council felt privileged to be selected as a semi-finalist and the entry was slotted under the Innovation in Citizen Engagement and Dialogue award category.
Capam president Paul Zahra from Malta will present the award in New Delhi, India, in September.
“We find physical barriers still preventing the disabled from participating and enjoying the benefits of living in the city.
“Our efforts are being seen as various parts of the city have been redesigned to make it accessible,” said Roslan.
Capam is an International Innovations Awards that celebrates the spirit of innovation in the public service by recognising organisations that have made significant contributions to improving governance and services in the public sector.
The award inspires and encourages innovators to improve public service governance, and the quality of life of residents and communities.
“PJ’s barrier-free environment project is the only entry from Malaysia and it competes with entries from established countries and organisations. PJ has made parks and public areas accessible to the physically-challenged and we feel that warrants our entry to be shortlisted,” said Roslan.
He added that PJ’s ongoing effort to create a barrier-free city “is the right thing to do.”
Meanwhile, PJ city councillor and distinguished fellow of the United States of America Hawaii University Anthony Thanasayan said he felt privileged and honoured by Capam’s submission.
“Being a wheelchair-bound person as a teenager living in PJ, the neighbourhood was my greatest foe at one time. I was a virtual prisoner in my home because of the lack of thought given by the municipal council then to me as a resident with special needs.
“I could not get into Taman Jaya park which is a few hundred metres from my home because of a locked gate and cobbled pavements,” he said.
Thanasayan added that now it was a different story.
“We have a special entrance for wheelchairs initiated by me that allow all handicapped people through. We have the country’s first universal design pavement that is also being made in poorer areas of PJ.
“I think, it is an incredible success story that any local government can offer and continue to help the disabled community.
“But now with the leadership of Roslan all that is changing,” he said.

Do you think 3D printing can create anything? You can only use it to design anything, so what is the design market like? The next big thing is….

Dylan Love | Oct. 8, 2012, 1:58 PM
The similarities between the early era of personal computing and the current state of 3D printing are huge.
When personal computing was in its salad days in the late 1970s, it was a fringe interest for weirdos with beards. While it had its share of true believers who envisioned a world with a computer in every home and school, there were just as many skeptics asking the question, “What is this and who is it for?”
Now 3D printing seems to be going through the same thing.
A 3D printer is a machine that builds physical objects bit by bit, layer by layer—similar to how inkjet printers lay down colors on a piece of paper, but in three dimensions. Commercial versions of such a device can cost tens (or even hundreds) of thousands of dollars, but devoted hobbyist groups have continuously tinkered and optimized the device, reducing the cost to less than $2,000 (and in one case, just a mere $400).
So we have a very expensive and exclusive device normally reserved for large businesses starting to pop up in people’s homes. No one’s quite sure what it’s good for, but a few believers see the potential for a general-purpose creative device.
See the similarities?
The man leading the charge seems to be Bre Pettis of MakerBot. His company introduced the MakerBot Cupcake in March 2009. Now, three and a half years later, MakerBot is selling its fourth generation of printer. Pettis is on the cover of Wired.
Smaller companies such as Printrbot have sprung up in MakerBot’s wake—in fact, the New York Maker Faire included a designated area called the 3D Printer Village for these companies to showcase their products.
The market for 3D printers in the home is still pretty niche. Tinkerers use them to create custom parts for other homebrewed creations. A site called Thingiverse, also maintained by Pettis’s MakerBot, serves as a popular community for users to exchange 3D object files.
That exchange may be crucial for 3D printing to go mainstream.
In 1979, spreadsheet software VisiCalc legitimized personal computers as a serious business tool. The mainstreaming of 3D printers will occur when people realize they can print doorstops and shower curtain rings, when they realize that owning a 3D printer means no longer having to drive to the store to buy something manufactured in China, put on a boat, loaded into a truck, and dropped on a shelf.
A small group of tinkerers launched personal computing. But people who didn’t want to write their own code are the ones who turned it into a mass market. As Steve Jobs put it, “the computer for the rest of us.”
When 3D printer makers create a make-anything machine for the rest of us, it’s just a matter of time before there’s one in every home and school.