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Childhood vaccine controversies: the myths, the facts and the uncertainties

Childhood vaccine controversies: the myths, the facts and the uncertainties

by Dr Adli Ali Vaccine controversies and anti-vaccine movements are not something new. They began some 90 years ago in the early 20th century, even before the term “vaccination” was formally used. Let us now revisit what we may consider to be the 7 most scientifically […]

Viruses as a cure for cancer?

Viruses as a cure for cancer?

by Suet Lin Chia At a Glance: Cancer has been haunting the human population for centuries. Despite the availability of various current treatments, the number of cancer patients is on the rise. This article discusses an alternative treatment for cancer– cancer virotherapy, a concept of using […]

Vaccines: an immunological revolution

Vaccines: an immunological revolution

by Juliana Ariffin Did you know that if you went back in time, most of you would be immune to some of the most devastating diseases that have ravaged humankind in the past? We owe this invisible armour that we possess to the hard work […]

The dengue vaccine dilemma: route to prevention – are we there yet?

The dengue vaccine dilemma: route to prevention – are we there yet?

Although the Phase III clinical studies showed that Dengvaxia® was efficacious with satisfactory safety profile, we still have to continue monitoring the vaccine for long-term adverse effect by developing suitable models and active collaborations to decipher the immunological mechanisms that might be triggered by the vaccine. We also require a thorough cost-benefit analysis to determine the best option for dengue vaccination program in Malaysia. Besides, we should not neglect other approaches such as vector control and dengue hotspot identification that can benefit other mosquito-borne diseases (e.g. malaria).

Sustainable Water Resources Management using Floating Treatment Wetland

Sustainable Water Resources Management using Floating Treatment Wetland

Water is absolutely essential for the survival of every living thing on Earth including plants, animals and humans. Water is used for various activities throughout human daily life from domestic to industrial purposes. However, there are several causes of the deterioration of water quality. Natural phenomenon such as flood and soil erosion, as well as anthropogenic sources such as agriculture and industry wastes, are the main causes of water pollution. There is a high demand for clean water to satisfy the needs of rapid development and increasing human population. Therefore, water resources need to be well conserved and managed to ensure sustainable development.

Understanding the recent Sabah earthquake

Understanding the recent Sabah earthquake

The recent (June 2015) Moment Magnitude-6 earthquake that occurred 19 km north of Ranau, has caused unfortunate loss of 18 lives and significant damage to properties. It could have been avoided if earthquake hazard information was provided.

Rearing meat in a petri dish: Ethical implications of in vitro meat production

Rearing meat in a petri dish: Ethical implications of in vitro meat production

This article highlights the positive ethical implications of in vitro meat production. Some of the key points mentioned are the advantages of lab grown meat over the conventional method of meat production, cost of implementing this new technology and the acquired health benefits.

Distinguishing pseudoscience from science

Distinguishing pseudoscience from science

We are constantly bombarded by all sorts of claims presented through the mass media purported to be scientific. However, many of these claims failed to pass rigorous scientific testings and are termed “pseudoscientific claims”. While by no means definite, pseudoscientific claims can be distinguished from scientific ones based on three criteria – falsifiability, scientific plausibility and communication among experts of the field. By using these three criteria, it is hoped that we can pick out genuine scientific claims from dubious pseudoscientific ones as we are incessantly bombarded by endless number of claims in today’s modern world.