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The Liquid Paramour

The Liquid Paramour

It’s a Friday morning in Ho Chi Minh City and the meeting room at Family Medical Practice’s District 2 medical center is filling with people who have come to listen to psychiatrist Dr Miguel de Seixas’ free seminar on what he sees as the city’s worrying relationship with alcohol. Present are an even-mix of male and female attendees of various ages — some are Vietnamese, but most are foreign.
Take My Breath Away

Take My Breath Away

Air pollution causes serious health problems, especially for children, however, there are steps to minimize the risks.
That Nagging Cough

That Nagging Cough

When you walk into a pharmacy, you’ll notice that the majority of medications on the shelves are for cough. There are so many different types of cough medications that it can be quite confusing to choose the "right one" for you. As my mentor used to say: when you have so many medications to treat one symptom, it usually means that none of them really works.
Hunting for Walkers

Hunting for Walkers

In Vietnam, certain blood groups are very rare. As all rhesus negative (Rh-) blood types are far less common in Asian populations than they are in Caucasians, blood banks in Ho Chi Minh City and all over Vietnam stock a very limited supply of them.
Peripheral Artery Disease

Peripheral Artery Disease

In the 21st century, Vietnam has entered an age of relative prosperity. One of the immediate benefits of this is that life expectancy has soared, at least for the time being. But with the good comes the bad; there’s more smoking, less walking, and more fatty fast foods. The number of cars and bikes is growing almost every day, and people are happy to have more Western comforts. How many people have cheered that we finally have McDonald’s in Saigon? But with all this, the incidence of diabetes, high blood pressure and cholesterol is escalating at an alarming rate.
Influenza A

Influenza A

Influenza A is a serious and highly transmissible strain of the flu virus, which is more severe than the common cold. We advise any patient suffering from the symptoms of a respiratory illness to remain at home to avoid transmitting this virus to other people.
The Rise of Diabetes

The Rise of Diabetes

30 years ago Vietnam suffered from widespread malnutrition. Now its type 2 diabetes that is affecting people’s health.

Chickenpox (Varicella) outbreak in Ho Chi Minh City has continued since the end of 2013

A chickenpox outbreak in Ho Chi Minh has continued since December 2013. The number of children getting the disease are still on the increase after Tet Chinese new year, especially among schools. Parents are advised to get their children vaccinated at an early age to prevent the disease

Asthma

Asthma belongs to the chronic allergic diseases (such as Hay fever; Atopic dermatitis). Unlike a classic allergy, which appears only when a person is exposed to a specific allergen, Asthma may worsen by many triggers. The most common of them are “Cold” (Viral infections of the upper airways) pollution, dust, cigarette smoke, air conditioners, mold and even cockroaches. Some children with Asthma may cough after running, swimming or even laughing or crying