IF YOU have
a steady income, and you already own a car, then buying a house is the next
important milestone. To some people buying a house may signify financial
success, it also allows you to exercise your independence as an individual, or
as the head of a family.
some people, it may seem like a complicated process. If you are new at buying a
property, here are some ideas how to make a good decision.
1. Save for
the down payment. Buying a house implies making one of the biggest financial
investments of your life.
having a stable job in hand and a good credit history, you need to have saved
up enough money to pay the down payment for the house.
It is also
advisable to start reading about how exactly mortgages work. To choose the most
suitable loan, you must first know the structure, laws, terms and conditions,
associated with each of the available options.
A DIETITIAN is
an individual who has completed a four-year degree programme and a minimum 800-
to 900-hour attachment with a local hospital during training. He/she would have
studied food nutrition, biochemistry and other related subjects.
In short, a qualified
dietitian is a health professional, and food and nutrition expert.
Dietitian is a professional trained in translating the science of food,
nutrition and medical nutrition therapy.
responsible and accountable for patient care, and are equipped with the
knowledge and skills to conduct nutritional assessment, diagnosis and prescribe
medical nutrition therapy, provide dietary consultation for the treatment of
diseases in both acute and chronic care.
work in hospitals but they also work in universities, governmental agencies,
health departments, health clinics, pharmaceutical companies, food companies,
schools, weight management clinics, media and in private practice.
where they work, they are involved in the formulation of policies, protocols,
clinical practice guidelines, planning and implementation of programmes to
support healthcare needs of the population.
existed almost as long as civilisation. The first libraries in the world were
archives, consisting of published public records - commercial transactions and
inventories. Societies soon started keeping standardised practice texts for
scribes, copies of religious teachings, records of discoveries in science,
lists of words, and bilingual vocabularies.
A modern library
contains books of history, literature, science, philosophy and everything in
between, including fiction. A good one will contain public records, sound and
video archives, and electronic documents. A great one will run reading and
learning programmes for the public, helping to guide its members on their quest
MALAYSIANS love socialising over
food. When we have guests over, they'll usually be offered a ubiquitous platter
of delicacies and served drinks.
While our stomachs have adapted
to the endless varieties of food available, can we say the same about our teeth?
The extreme sweet and savoury sensations that we so favour can do damage to our
oral and overall health, especially if not enjoyed in moderation.
Treats like cendol, ais kacang,
air bandung, kuih and other delicacies are high in sugar and can contribute
to cavities and deterioration of the enamel, the hard mineral layer on the
Food contributes to the loss of
whiteness in teeth. Basically, any food that can stain a white T-shirt will
stain your teeth. Coffee, tea, balsamic vinegar, soya sauce and smoking will
Inevitably, as the mineral
structure of your teeth changes over time, the enamel becomes less porous. The
deterioration of the enamel also means we're more susceptible to stains or
yellowing of the teeth. Yes, not a great confidence booster!
IT'S been a long
and tiring day. There's only enough energy for a shower before plunking
yourself on the bed. But what happens when sleep is the last thing that comes
to you? AUDREY VIJAINDREN learns that an unhealthy lifestyle may be the reason
sleep disorders are creeping into Malaysian bedrooms.
Reading and hot
showers may help some people wind down before getting that much-needed sleep.
But for many
others, it's impossible to get some shuteye, no matter how much hot milk they
drink. For these night owls, sleep is a luxury they rarely enjoy.
disorders are so common these days, it's a big problem in many houses. Our
lifestyle is mainly to blame," says Hospital Universiti Sains Malaysia
Sleep Laboratory coordinator, Dr Baharudin Abdullah.
more Malaysians are bogged down with work and family problems. It's impossible
to have restful sleep.
is another reason this ailment is on the rise. People may think sleep problems
are not as bad as other sicknesses, but that's not the case."
He says an
average working adult must have eight hours of sleep but many people are only
getting half of that. And children are also sleeping less because of electronic
gadgets and gizmos in their bedroom.
WHEN a child
does not talk at that normal age and seems to be in his or her own zone, speech
therapy may hold the key to communication.
Keane, like any ordinary boy, loves potato chips but he isn't able to tell you
that. Instead he lets you know this by pointing to the chips.
autistic and, like most autistic children, uses hand gestures to communicate
wants and needs, as opposed to vocalising them.
speech therapy for several years, he has made significant improvements and can
now put his request in simple words, as opposed to just gesturing, says his
mother Gene Ng, 36.
doesn't socialise much and is an introvert. He only communicates if he wants
something and only answers if you ask questions. He used to gesture when he
wanted something but now he can make a request in words. For example, if he
wants to eat a potato chip, he will say "I want eat".
Keane has three
other siblings. His younger brother, Ethan, 3, (Ng's third child) is also
having speech difficulties like Keane, Ethan has a milder form of autism and is
more outgoing. He also interacts well with his other siblings, says Ng.
He has also
benefited from speech therapy which has helped him to identify and label things
(associate words with things) as opposed to using only hand gestures to
when they are throwing what you think is a tantrum, they are actually trying to
communicate with you. Speech therapy teaches them to speak up and also makes it
easier to communicate with them," she says.
Chai's autistic daughter has also benefited from speech therapy.
turned 4 last year, she had yet to learn to talk. But within a year (of seeing
the therapist), we could see a difference," says Chai.
It took half a
year to get results, with a lot of extra effort from her and her husband to
work on exercises with their child.
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