Archive For The “Health” Category

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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PTT To Enter Medicine By Building A Cancer Drug Production Plant

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PTT To Enter Medicine By Building A Cancer Drug Production Plant

PTT,Thailand’s state-owned oil and gas giant, is entering into pharmaceuticals with plans to set up the country’s first-ever cancer drug production plant. The company signed an agreement with the Government Pharmaceutical Organization, a state-owned drug producer and supplier under the public health ministry, on Tuesday to jointly build the plant. Thailand is trying to reduce drug imports…

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One Million Thai Teenagers Are Suffering From Depression

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One Million Thai Teenagers Are Suffering From Depression

Thailand may be known as the “Land of Smiles” but an estimated 1 million teenagers suffer clinical depression, many of whom are going untreated, said the nation’s chief mental health official Boonruang Trairuangworawat on Friday. Boonruang, director general of the Mental Health Department, said there’s a need to address problems among Thai teens aged 10…

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Disease Control Department Insist E-Cigarettes Are Dangerous

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Disease Control Department Insist E-Cigarettes Are Dangerous

The Public Health Ministry’s Disease Control Department has insisted that electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are hazardous to health and should not be used as a means to quit smoking, said Dr Assadang Ruay-archin, deputy director-general of the department. Dr Assadang, also the department spokesman, also dismissed as untrue a report that the Public Health Ministry…

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