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Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences ; 18:111-119, 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-2146720


Medical education encompasses vast topics related to teaching-learning, among medical students. Bibliometric analysis is a scientific method to review properties of academic publications using quantitative statistical techniques. Aim of this study is to provide a bibliometric analysis of scholarly publications specifically on medical education related topics during the COVID-19 pandemic. The relevant documents on medical education were obtained from the Scopus database. Database search performed on 20th March 2022 and analysed using Microsoft Excel 365, VOSviewer and Harzing's Publish or Perish. A total of 1436 documents were retrieved from Scopus database, left with 782 documents after filtering. For the past 2 years, the total citations received are 4974, while 44% of the documents were never cited. The most productive journal is BMC Medical Education. Most cited article is entitled: Medical Student Education in the Time of COVID-19 published in 2020. Most frequently used author keyword is covid-19. Visualisation on citation analysis among countries reveal the strongest link by United States of America with other countries. The current study provides a bibliometric perspective on the available medical education related publications in addressing issues related to covid-19 that is useful to guide them in considering possible future studies. © 2022 UPM Press. All rights reserved.

Human and Ecological Risk Assessment ; 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1972865


Endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) are a growing global concern due to their widespread use and potential harm to human and animal health. Several EDCs have been linked to cancer, obesity, and diabetes in children and adults. EDCs come from manufacturers or everyday products like cookware, textile, cosmetic, furniture, and plastic. Some EDCs are volatile and may be inhaled by the inhabitants where indoor exposure to EDCs is considered worse than outdoor exposure due to the limited and confined area allowing dermal contact and ingestion of EDCs. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020–2021, all Malaysians were confined to their homes, prompting the goal of this study to investigate EDCs in household dust collected from Klang Valley homes. A total of 57 dust samples were collected, filtered, and extracted using methanol. EDCs including perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), bisphenol and parabens were identified and quantified in dust samples by liquid chromatography mass tandem spectrometry (LCMS/MS). The presence of perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), perfluorooctane sulfonic acid (PFOS), butylparaben (BuP), methylparaben (MeP), ethylparaben (EtP), and propylparaben (PrP) was detected in 50–100% of dust samples, with range of concentration of 0.31–3693.96 ng/g, indicating that these compounds are common in indoor dust. Methylparaben was the most prevalent EDC in collected dust samples with mean concentration at 148. 18 ng/g, accounting for 54% of the concentration distribution, followed by BuP and PFOA. There were regional differences in EDC profiles, with higher PFAS and paraben levels in urban areas such as Putrajaya, Kuala Lumpur, and Petaling. The estimated daily intake (EDI) of EDCs from indoor dust ingestion varied by age, with infants having a significantly higher EDI (p <.01) than children and adults. Despite safe for consumption (Hazard Quotient, HQ < 1), these findings provide a baseline for assessing PFAS, bisphenol, and paraben in indoor dust from Malaysian homes. © 2022 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.

Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Sciences ; 18(3):179-181, 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1939830
IIUM Medical Journal Malaysia ; 21(3):176-179, 2022.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1934965


A novel coronavirus, COVID-19 is responsible for the current outbreak of pneumonia. As of 16 September 2021, a total of 2,049,750 COVID-19 cases were recorded in Malaysia. In this study, we aimed to describe a cluster of COVID-19 cases among non-clinical staff in a teaching hospital in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia. We obtained epidemiological and clinical data from patients with confirmed COVID-19, via phone interviews and patient medical records. We performed chronological mapping of the cases to identify the possible period, mode of transmission, and cluster pattern. Three laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 cases were identified from the teaching hospital cluster. These three cases were linked epidemiologically to the religious gathering cluster in Malaysia. Seventy-four close contacts consisting of teaching hospital staff were quarantined. The median incubation period was four days (IQR 1-7). The need for intensified surveillance and a high level of alertness is vital to minimise the risk of widespread transmission in Malaysia. © 2022. IIUM Medical Journal Malaysia. All Rights Reserved.

Sains Malaysiana ; 50(4):1165-1173, 2021.
Article in English | Scopus | ID: covidwho-1259794


The World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019-20 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak a pandemic on 11th of March 2020. The Ministry of Health, Malaysia has made preparations for the involvement of all government hospitals, including some teaching hospitals. This report elaborates and discusses the early establishment of the Hospital Canselor Tuanku Muhriz Crisis Preparedness and Response Centre (HCTM CPRC), highlighting how teaching hospitals function in handling the clinical and epidemiological management of COVID-19 among hospital staff. The setting comprises of four critical functions of the HCTM CPRC, namely case investigation, close contact tracing, surveillance for data reporting and risk communication. This report highlighted that a CPRC in teaching hospitals benefits not only the patients and the hospital administration but also all hospital staff, especially in managing COVID-19 pandemic emergency crisis. © 2021 Penerbit Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. All rights reserved.