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In Memoriam - Prof Dr Hajjah Fatimah binti Harun

Prof Dr Hajjah Fatimah binti Harun MBBS, MRCP, FRCP (01.07.1951 - 22.08.2015)
And no person can ever die except by Allah’s leave and at appointed term (Al-Imran; verse 145)
And when their term comes, neither can they delay nor can they advance it for a moment (An-Nahl; verse 61)
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Para: A man for all seasons

Dato' Dr N. Paramaesvaran (“Para”), a former President of the Malaysian Paediatric Association, passed away peacefully in Sydney, Australia, aged 78 years old on August 18th 2015. He was suffering from a lung complication arising from a chronic illness and spent the last week of his life in Sacred Heart Hospice in Darlinghurst.
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In remembrance of dedicated paediatricians

TO many, the past week was just another week. To the relatively small paediatric fraternity of about 700 nationwide, divided among the Health Ministry, universities and private sector, it was a sad week when two of our prominent colleagues passed away.
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Dengue: Then and Now

The first report of Dengue Fever (DF) was documented in Malaysia in 1902 and Dengue Haemorrhagic Fever (DHF) in1962. In 1973, a major dengue epidemic was recorded and DF has since become endemic in Malaysia with major outbreaks every 3–4 years.
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Measles Guideline Highlights

  • The measles rash usually begins after the classic symptoms of cough, coryza, conjunctivitis, and fever, and it usually spreads from the face downward.
  • Encephalitis complicates approximately 1 in every 1000 cases of measles. The modern risk for death from measles is approximately 0.1%. Children younger than 5 years and immunocompromised children are at higher risks for complications and death from measles.
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  • Prolonged Breast-feeding Linked to Higher Adult IQ

    Prolonged breast-feeding is associated with higher intelligence in adulthood, longer schooling, and higher adult income, according to a study published March 17 in the Lancet Global Health.
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    Influenza Vaccine May Protect Against Guillain-Barré Syndrome

    Influenza vaccination reduces the risk for Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), a new simulation study suggests.
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    Bad Bugs Behaving Badly

    Robert Welliver, MD, an infectious disease physician at the University of Oklahoma, chose the World Health Organization(WHO) 2014 summary of its antimicrobial resistance global report on surveillance[1] as the most important paper of the year...
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