Archive For The “Health” Category

Psychiatric Issues Plus Too Much Water Can Be Deadly In Summer Heat

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Psychiatric Issues Plus Too Much Water Can Be Deadly In Summer Heat

Health officials have warned people taking medication for psychiatric problems, particularly schizophrenia, to limit their water intake in the summer heat. The thirst resulting as a side effect of commonly prescribed medications could prompt them to drink too much water and leave them at risk of contracting potentially deadly hyponatremia. There are 2.6 million people…

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Siriraj Gives Ailing Young Man A New Life With Triple Organ Transplant

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Siriraj Gives Ailing Young Man A New Life With Triple Organ Transplant

Thailand has become the first country in Asia to successfully perform a combined heart-liver-kidney transplant. The Bangkok-based Siriraj Hospital made the announcement at a press conference . The actual operation, which has changed the life of 26-year-old Rachanon Rungsawang for the better, took place late last year. The results were good and he was discharged…

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Public Health Ministry Expects Dengue Virus Infections To Be Higher This Year

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Public Health Ministry Expects Dengue Virus Infections To Be Higher This Year

The Ministry of Public Health has instructed its local offices nationwide to urge people to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds, to prevent a dengue fever outbreak as Thailand begins easing into the rainy season. According to the Department of Disease Control, more than 7,500 people have been infected with dengue virus since the beginning of this…

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Urgent Call For Blood Donors Before Songkran Puts Strain On Supplies

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Urgent Call For Blood Donors Before Songkran Puts Strain On Supplies

The Thai Red Cross Society is calling on people to donate blood before the upcoming Songkran Festival, when supplies will be needed for life-saving medical services. As millions of people usually travel during the Songkran holidays, there is a greater risk of road accidents and large numbers of casualties. The Songkran road toll is expected…

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Officials Admit Knowing About Avian Flu Strain In Isaan

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Officials Admit Knowing About Avian Flu Strain In Isaan

Animal control departments on Monday admitted to dozens of mammals dying in Isaan for the past seven months due to a strain of avian flu – a day after a disease specialist chided them for concealing the information. The Department of Livestock Development in Surin said it knew about dozens of small carnivorous mammals infected…

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Fatal Ignorance: Survey Shows Rabies Is Misunderstood

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Fatal Ignorance:  Survey Shows Rabies Is Misunderstood

Amid a major outbreak of rabies nationwide, including three human deaths so far this year, a survey has revealed major misunderstandings among the public about the disease. Public Health Ministry spokesman Dr Opas Karnkawinpong revealed that up to 60 per cent of the 11,369 people who participated in the recent survey wrongly believed that rabies…

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Aflatoxin Found In All 27 Milk Samples Tested, But They Are Still Safe For Consumption

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Aflatoxin Found In All 27 Milk Samples Tested, But They Are Still Safe For Consumption

Twenty-seven samples of school milk and fresh milk from retail stores were all found to be contaminated with aflatoxin, a poisonous carcinogen produced by fungi, but its amount is within acceptable level, according to the Foundation for the Consumers’ Smart Buyer Magazine. Of the 27 milk samples tested, 14 of them were school milk obtained from schools…

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Somtam A Major Threat To Thais According To Cancer Centre

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Somtam A Major Threat To Thais According To Cancer Centre

Thais’ love of somtam is leading to higher cancer rates and deaths, the head of the Chonburi Cancer Hospital told medical professionals in Pattaya. Dr. Sutat Duangdeeden was the lead speaker at the centre’s 8th annual cancer seminar at the A-One Royal Cruise Hotel. Sutat said rates of deaths caused by cancer in Thailand have…

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Action Needs To Be Taken As Indiscriminate Use Of Antibiotics Is Producing Too many Superbugs

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Action Needs To Be Taken As Indiscriminate Use Of Antibiotics Is Producing Too many Superbugs

The following article is long, however please take the trouble to read it. On a TripAdvisor Bangkok forum Gary asks “Can I purchase antibiotics [in Thailand] without a prescription if I run out?” RoverEngland replies: “Yes I get my antibiotics no problem without doctors note in Bangkok. Also they are ¼ price of what I…

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Brit In Need Of Major Heart Surgery Highlights Danger Of Not Having Health Insurance

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Brit In Need Of Major Heart Surgery Highlights Danger Of Not Having Health Insurance

The plight of a British man has highlighted the risks for foreigners living in Thailand without health or medical insurance. Graham Briar, who uploads videos about life in rural Thailand to his YouTube channel Graham & Pie, urgently needs a triple heart bypass operation but with no medical insurance and not enough money to pay…

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