Busting The Myths of Paracetamol | What Is The Fact?

Dr Thravin Nathan ( Area Medical Director – South East Asia, Japan & Korea, GSK Consumer Healthcare ) addresses the rise in misconceptions regarding paracetamol in Malaysia and potential implications of this misinformation on the public and their health at Busting the myths, an educational initiative developed by GSK Consumer Healthcare.
“Although commonly used, not everyone is aware of how paracetamol actually works. Paracetamol blocks the production of prostaglandins, which are substances that are released in response to injury or inflammation. Once ingested, paracetamol gets absorbed into the bloodstream and blocks the production of prostaglandins, making the body less aware of the pain or injury. Because of this, not only can it effectively relieve pain and fever, but it also has few side effects when taken at recommended doses.” said Dr Mary Cardosa, President of the Malaysian Association for the Study of Pain.

Despite being used by millions of people worldwide, misconceptions and myths disputing the safety and efficacy of paracetamol have recently emerged online, distorting the public’s perception of our trusted pain and fever reliever. Given the speed at which information is posted, shared, hash-tagged and retweeted via social media platforms, misinformation has the potential to spread and influence our opinions and beliefs faster than ever.

One such myth is that paracetamol stays in your body for longer than 24 hours. In fact, a story recently spiralled through social media claiming that paracetamol can stay in your body for up to five years following consumption, prompting a surge of response from the online community to uncover the truth behind these claims[iii]. In fact, paracetamol is broken down extensively in the body, with a plasma half-life (the time it takes for paracetamol to be reduced by one-half in the blood’s plasma) of 1.5-2.5 hours[iv]. Whilst the rate at which paracetamol is broken down depends on age and dosage, studies have shown that, when taken as directed, paracetamol is eliminated from the body within 24 hours in healthy people[v],[vi].   

FACT - paracetamol is one of the most widely used and researched medicines in the world[i]. Clinically shown to effectively treat both fever and mild to moderate pain, for many of us, paracetamol is a household essential and has been in our cupboards for more than 60 years[ii].

Paracetamol is an analgesic (more commonly known as ‘pain killers’) and can be used as a ‘first line’ medication for mild to moderate pain. With proper use, paracetamol seldom causes adverse events, while reports of serious side effects are rare. Unfortunately, articles and stories which dispute the safety of paracetamol are becoming increasingly common. There is a growing concern amongst healthcare professionals that this sort of misinformation could have a damaging effect on the way in which members of the public perceive established medicines and consequently, how they choose to manage their health. As such, it is crucial that these myths are publicly identified and dispelled.” Dr Mary added. 

Dr Mary is one of several experts participating in the event entitled, ‘Busting the myths’, an educational initiative by GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare Malaysia (GSK), which aims to bring medical experts and members of the media to have an open discussion about paracetamol, in order to separate fact from fiction.

“For almost 60 years, GSK has been committed to providing consumer products that help people do more, feel better and live longer. As a leading consumer healthcare company in Malaysia, it is our responsibility in addition to providing pain relief solutions to ensure that our consumers are given the right information about paracetamol ‒ information that is scientifically accurate and grounded in facts ‒ to ensure that it is used appropriately and responsibly.” said Dr Thravin Nathan, Area Medical Director – South East Asia, Japan & Korea, GSK Consumer Healthcare.

Dr Khairul Hafidz ( Founder and Chairman of MedTweetMY)explores the validity of some of the most common misconceptions surrounding paracetamol atBusting the myths, an educational initiative developed by GSK Consumer Healthcare.
“We are delighted to be working alongside leading experts who are united in the goal to educate and empower individuals in the way in which they manage their pain, and to promote credible medical advice to members of the public. GSK supports the efforts by groups such as MedTweetMY and Medical Mythbusters Malaysia who have taken to the various social media platforms to educate Malaysians and debunk medical-related myths.” adds Dr Thravin.

Dr Khairul Hafidz, Founder and Chairman of MedTweetMY, an online Twitter portal run by doctors, states that his motivation to establish MedTweetMY was to provide Malaysians with a reliable source of medical information that is easily accessible through social media. “More and more, we find that individuals are turning to online sources to seek medical advice.” said Dr Khairul. “We believe therefore that it is increasingly important to provide Malaysians with a platform that contains not only scientifically accurate medical information, but one which can also debunk medical myths which circulate online.”

“We are hopeful that our efforts will play an important role in helping Malaysians stay informed and make the right decisions when it comes to medicine, as a lack of understanding or inappropriate information could result in adverse effects to their health. We also encourage Malaysians to fact check their source of information before sharing it with others, as it could easily mislead others into making the wrong decisions.” he added. Misleading can caused a very big impact to our society. Therefore, shared out the correct information and/or evidence that could beneficial to the community would be highly appreciated.

Dr Khairul Hafidz ( Founder and Chairman of MedTweetMY ), Dr Mary Cardosa, President
of the Malaysian Association for the Study of Pain and Dr Thravin Nathan ( Area Medical Director – South East Asia, Japan & Korea, GSK Consumer Healthcare ) discuss the recent emergence of myths surrounding the use of paracetamol online and on social media, and the credibility of the evidence to support them at Busting the myths, an educational initiative developed by GSK Consumer Healthcare.
“Today’s educational event is part of GSK’s broader commitment called ‘Health at Home’ which is intended to educate and empower people on how to use OTC (over the counter) medicines, like paracetamol, appropriately and responsibly, hence, we are proud to partner with leading experts to help dispel these myths. In doing so, we hope to uphold the longstanding and trusted perception of paracetamol, so that we may provide Malaysians with the understanding and confidence to manage their pain effectively and responsibly.”  Dr Thravin concluded. Mouse mommy was truely agree that the right medicine, correct dosage and follow the consume timing of medication can help in disease management. Never consume overdosage or underdosage of medication that might harm to our body. 

[i] Prescott, L. (2001). Paracetamol (acetaminophen). 2nd ed. London [u.a.]: Taylor & Francis, pp.1-3.

[ii] Prescott L. (2000). Paracetamol: Past, Present, and Future. American Journal of Therapeutics. 7.2;143-148.

[iii] Hoax or Fact. (2017). Panadol or paracetamol remains in the body for 5 years, killing humans and vultures: hoax. [Last accessed 22 May 2017]. Available from:  

[iv] Prescott, L.F. (1980). Br J Clin Pharmacol. 10(2): 291S–298S.
[v] Martindale: (The Complete Drug Reference). Paracetamol Page 37. [Last accessed 10 March 2016]. Available from:  https://www.medicinescomplete.com/mc/martindale/2009/2679-p.htm.
[vi] Brunton, Laurence. (2011). Goodman & Gilman's The Pharmacological Basis Of Therapeutics, 12th Edition.

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HUAWEI P10 Photography Masterclass Series | Make Every Single Moment Count!

All attendees pay attention to Photographer Nic Chung in class. 
In a surprise pronouncement at the final HUAWEI P10 Photography Masterclass Series, HUAWEI thanked its Malaysian customers for helping the P10 series outperform its predecessor in terms of sales – with the P10 shifting twice the volume in half the time compared to the P9 series last year.

HUAWEI P10 Photography Masterclass Series begin...
Over the past three weekends, smartphone photography fans have picked up practical and theoretical tips on making the most of the Leica camera technology packed into their HUAWEI P10 and HUAWEI P10 Plus smartphones at the HUAWEI P10 Photography Masterclass series. In up close and personal sharing sessions celebrating smartphone photography as an art, HUAWEI customers were taken through various photography workshops including Cinematic Photography (feat. Edwin Tan and Evert Cheong), Street Photography (feat. Prakash Daniel) and Visual Storytelling (feat. Calven Lim).

Learning in progress...
The final workshop in this series was headlined by wedding, portrait and fashion photographer Nic Chung with tips on every smartphone photographer’s favourite activity; candid portraiture with friends – a timely session in view of the ongoing festive season. Mouse mommy founds it is a practical workshop that able to enhance our routine phone photography as knowing the lighting source and apply rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is applied by aligning a subject with the guide lines and their intersection points, placing the horizon on the top or bottom line, or allowing linear features in the image to flow from section to section. 

Rule of Thirds learning in progress...
Photographer Nic Chung has shared with us that photo composition plays an important role to bring out the feeling and story behind the photo shooting. Mouse mommy also loves photography so much as in photo says thousand words! Mouse mommy loves to capture candid shots and happy moments photos. That is the most precious moment and mouse mommy will definitely keep it!  

“The HUAWEI P series has truly been an industry defining device; netting HUAWEI not only the pride of being our first model to surpass 10 million units shipped worldwide with the P9 but also helping the brand earn a spot on the coveted Forbes’ Most Valuable Brands of 2017 list,” said Matthew Ng, Deputy Country Director Business Group, Huawei Technologies Malaysia. With the technology of HUAWEI P10, there are many great features available such as face detection, aperture adjustment, portrait beautify and so on. 
HUAWEI P10 Leica Dual Camera
“We are further encouraged by the enthusiastic response Malaysian customers have demonstrated for the HUAWEI P10series – with the HUAWEI P10, HUAWEI P10 Plus and HUAWEI P10 Lite moving a combined total of 200,000 units; three months into its launch earlier this year,” added Ng. “This HUAWEI P10 Photography Masterclass Series is one of the many ways in which we wish to give back to our customers and we look forward to further engage with our customers on other various platforms with the HUAWEI P10 and P10 Plus as the year progresses.”

Friendly Photographer Nic Chung shared his photography tips and tricks with the attendees. 
A photography workshop that not to be missed by the HUAWEI's P10 users! Many photography tips and tricks can be learn via this interactive two-way communication workshop.
Photo credit to Photographer Prakash Daniel.
For more information on upcoming HUAWEI’s P10 Photography Masterclass Series workshops, 
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Take Care Hygiene For A Healthier Community By Antabax Sanitizing Range!

Comprising of the terrific trio of pocket-sized Antabax Antibacterial Cleansing Wipes, Instant Hand Sanitizer and Hand Sanitizer Spray, the Antabax sanitizing range is perfect for quick yet thorough clean-ups as you navigate Ramadan and Hari Raya preparations.
Antabax, the number 1 Halal antibacterial personal care range[1] has got your on-the-go hygiene needs covered with its sanitizing range that you can take with you anytime, anywhere for cleansing, even without water. Hygienic plays very important role in our daily life to avoid getting contamination and harmful germs and bacteria too. 

The Antabax sanitizing range is perfect for quick yet thorough clean-ups as you navigate Ramadan and Hari Raya preparations including the long and joyous journey back for Balik Kampung. The Antabax sanitizing range was handy and practical to used during long hours journey whether in flight or in car. 

Comprising of the terrific trio of pocket-sized Antabax Antibacterial Cleansing Wipes, Instant Hand Sanitizer and Hand Sanitizer Spray, these handy cleansing essentials will see you through any situation that requires a quick, hygienic fix. Conveniently sized, they take up minimal space in handbags, backpacks, baby bags, pouches, first aid kits and cars. Handy and convenient!

The Antabax sanitizing range provides 24-hour protection and kills up to 99.9% of harmful germs. Formulated with skin vitamins and Aloe Vera to keep skin healthy and moisturized, its Derma Protect System contains Micro Moisture Serum to leave hands soft, smooth and healthy. Dermatologically tested to be gentle on delicate skin, the range is suitable for daily use. All Antabax products are certified Halal, giving Muslims full confidence in using them.

Antabax Antibacterial Wipes are ideal for a quick clean-up when you don’t have access to soap and water, for example when you shop at a bazaar or the wet markets. Pack some for the balik kampung journey to tidy up the little ones, and yourself. Place some on the coffee table during Raya so that guests can clean their hands before they reach for cookies and cakes.

Use the Antabax Sanitizer Spray to spray shopping trolley handles, and handrails or handholds in buses or trains during your commute. It is especially useful to clean public toilet seats. Spray onto the toilet seat, wipe down with tissue and you are good to go. A good hygienic way that we should practise it!
Comprising of the terrific trio of pocket-sized Antabax Antibacterial Cleansing Wipes, Instant Hand Sanitizer and Hand Sanitizer Spray, the Antabax sanitizing range is perfect for quick yet thorough clean-ups as you navigate Ramadan and Hari Raya preparations.
The Antabax Gel Sanitizer works best when rubbed between hands and fingers as a thorough cleanse from germs, when soap and water are not available. The key factors to fully sanitized our hands is must make sure the Antabax Gel Sanitizer "fully covered" the whole hands during rubbing session. If not, only part of the hands "get sanitized" and others part was still full of germs and bacteria.  

According to Ms. Mandy Lee, the Senior Brand Manager of Household & Personal Care department at Lam Soon Edible Oils Sdn Bhd, maintaining good health is closely linked to practising good personal hygiene. Simple and quick hygiene practises can make a big difference in reducing the risk of communicable diseases, especially those that are spread by unclean hands especially during festive seasons.

“During Ramadan and Hari Raya, we are interacting with more people than usual, with family and friends coming from all over Malaysia and overseas. It is good to be vigilant and practice good hygiene as a preventive measure, and keeping clean for peace of mind,” said Ms. Lee.

The Antabax sanitizing range is available in leading pharmacies and retailers nationwide including Guardian, Watsons, AEON and many more. 

Take care of hygiene means we care about ourselves, family and community! Stop cross infection disease.  

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[1] *Nielsen MAT April ’16, Medicated Liquid segment

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Happening KL Gateway Mall | "Jom Balik Kampung In Style" With Mini!

Being in a rich cosmopolitan city, “balik kampung” is a phrase that is synonyms with all Malaysians and fast picking up amongst Matsallehs too. In conjunction with the month of Ramadan and Eid Mubarak, KL Gateway Mall is proud to unveil its “Balik Kampung In Style” Celebration, a tribute to all Malaysians who hold dear to “balik kampung” especially during the potpourri of festivities that we are proud to be associated with.

In this holy Ramadan, KL Gateway Mall, where everyday’s a celebration that bringing back the good old days by relating to “balik kampung” with a twist by incorporating style, trend and lifestyle for the urbanite fashionistas in all for all shoppers! KL Gateway Mall strategically located at Kerinchi, just opposite the Kerinchi LRT station with 100 meter link bridge. It is accessibility via Sprint Highway, Kerinchi Link and New Pantai Expressway (NPE). 

To further enrich this momentous celebration, KL Gateway Mall is giving an opportunity to all shoppers to stand a chance to win a MINI Cooper 5 Door worth more than RM190,000.  The fabulous chic MINI Cooper 5 Door "Grand Lucky Draw" starts from 9th June 2017 – 9th March 2018.  Shoppers who spend a minimum of RM500 mall wide, with a maximum of 3 accumulated receipts in the same day, will have a chance to drive home a red MINI Cooper 5 Door during “balik kampung” in style.

The draw date will be on 10th March 2018 at 3pm and shoppers will have an opportunity to participate especially the duration covers Eid Mubarak, Diwali, Christmas and Chinese New Year. Engaging a chic ambience which positively contributes to the shoppers rewarding experience and the unconventional campaign adds an extra incentive as the opportunity to win is much higher as it covers all the major Malaysian festivals.

During this Ramadan, KL Gateway Mall rewards you further by featuring cultural performances, raya booths, food trucks and shopping vouchers and gifts worth over RM200,000. For those who spend RM100 and above on an accumulation of not more than 2 receipts in the same day, will have a chance to win Samsung S8 plus handphone, hampers, mystery gift boxes and vouchers in the “Spend & Win” contest. Mark your calendars as the draw ends on  8th July 2017 and the draw date is fixed on the 9th July 2017 at 3pm. 
For its “Mall-wideRedemption”, shoppers who spend RM100 and above will also be able to walk away with mystery gifts or shopping vouchers on the spot, this is available while stocks last, of course. Quickly grab your freebies or shopping vouychers whenever you had spend RM100 and above.

During this festive season, it is only fitting that all shoppers should be rewarded with trendy and lifestyle events and merchandise. We hope these arty and stylish merchandise available in the mall will definitely enhance their “balik kampung in style” experience where family and friends come together in this celebration.

Chic bazaar booths offering an array of Raya goodies which include cookies, traditional outfits, elegant accessories and exquisite carpets, home décor and stylish lifestyle merchandise further enliven the festive spirit for shoppers.

Shoppers will also have an insight into the rich Malay cultural via its music and performance such as traditional dances and be serenaded by the musical notes from Gamelan and Cak Lempung. Mouse mommy and media friends feeling welcomed and happening with Raya musical and traditional dance.  

Food truck dining options are also made available at The Central Piazza to shoppers from 9 June 2017 to 24 June 2017 (3pm to 10pm), who want to savor local delicacies especially during “berbuka puasa”. Food trucks in shopping mall, special treats with multiple choices for the shoppers. Cool ideas! Many shoppers were "break fast" and having dinner at the Central Piazza. 

Media preview was invited to "break fast" at Bali Feel. Bali feel was nicely decorated with Bali feel environment. Mouse mommy loves the most is fish otak-otak. We are happy to have a nice dining session and gathering here. 

Last but not least, shoppers are welcome to share their pictures on KL Gateway Mall’s Instagram and FB page.  The “Snap,Tag & Win” contest runs from 9 June -  9 July 2017.  It is super easy to win awesome prizes. Remember to hashtag #balikkampunginstylewithMINI #winaMINI  #weekenddrivewithMINI  #klgatewaymall
Let's join together to win! 

Apart from the festive promotion, shoppers will also be able to avail themselves of great deals and an extensive range of merchandise offered by retail partners at KL Gateway Mall.

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Instagram : http://instagram.com/klgatewaymall/

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