Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay US$417m in cancer lawsuit

The event was organised by the Youth (Tuoi Tre) newspaper, Hanoi’s Youth Union and a group of young volunteers. It commemorates the day when a young patient named Le Thanh Thuy in Ho Chi Minh City died of cancer. The day is also known by another name “Thuy’s Dream”, and has been celebrated successfully three times before. At the event, thousands of participants stuck 10,000 small sunflower images, sold for VND10,000 each, to a large board to create a field of sunflowers, which will be combined with 15,000 sunflower images gathered in HCM City. All proceeds from the sale of the sunflowers will be donated to a fund for children with cancer. Sixty pictures drawn by young cancer patients were also displayed and sold for VND300,000 each to raise more funds. There was another exhibition of stories and photos about children with cancer and 200 copies of Le Thanh Thuy’s diary, and 100 CDs by Vo Hoang Ngan, a young patient, and 14 volunteers were introduced and sold. Ambassador for the event, Miss Asia Huong Giang, visited and presented gifts to young patients in the Children Hospital and Hospital K-National Cancer Institute. There were also arts performances and exchanges between doctors and patients, parents, sponsors, volunteers, and Miss Huong Giang.... [read more]

He has met and worked with Pho Xinh CEO Duong Quoc Nam on a new plan for bilateral cooperation. The two companies recently signed in the US a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on joint investment cooperation worth US$10 million last July. Accordingly, a distribution centre for Ashley products will open in 2014 with a chain of home stores and galleries put up in Pho Xinh supermarkets across Vietnam. Waneck has visited Binh Duong where his company will build a new factory as part of its plan to withdraw its labourers in China and raise its employment in Vietnam from 4,000 at present to 10,000 by 2015. Established in 1945, Ashley Furniture Industries are co-owned by the father and son of Ron and Todd Waneck who were once listed in the Forbes top 400 richest people in the US with total assets of US$1.5 billion. Last year Ashley ranked 115th among the biggest private companies in the US with its total revenue reaching US$3.5 billion. Todd Waneck joined the company in 1979 and has been in charge of its external activities for two decades. The Waneck family is also known as financial supporter for the US Furniture Political Action Committee (FurnPAC) and politicians. In 2006, Todd Waneck was awarded by the City of Hope National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center for his sponsorship programme.... [read more]

Smoking costs the global economy more than $1 trillion a year, and will kill one third more people by 2030 than it does now, according to a study by the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute published on Tuesday. That cost far outweighs global revenues from tobacco taxes, which the WHO estimated at about $269 billion in 2013-2014. "The number of tobacco-related deaths is projected to increase from about 6 million deaths annually to about 8 million annually by 2030, with more than 80 percent of these occurring in LMICs (low- and middle-income countries)," the study said. Around 80 percent of smokers live in such countries, and although smoking prevalence was falling among the global population, the total number of smokers worldwide is rising, it said. Health experts say tobacco use is the single biggest preventable cause of death globally. "It is responsible for... likely over $1 trillion in health care costs and lost productivity each year," said the study, peer-reviewed by more than 70 scientific experts. The economic costs are expected to continue to rise, and although governments have the tools to reduce tobacco use and associated deaths, most have fallen far short of using those tools effectively, said the 688-page report. "Government fears that tobacco control will have an adverse economic impact are not justified by the evidence. The science is clear; the time for action is now." HOW TO QUIT Cheap and effective policies included hiking tobacco taxes and prices, comprehensive smoke-free policies, complete…... [read more]

Smoking costs the global economy more than $1 trillion a year, and will kill one third more people by 2030 than it does now, according to a study by the World Health Organization and the U.S. National Cancer Institute published on Tuesday. That cost far outweighs global revenues from tobacco taxes, which the WHO estimated at about $269 billion in 2013-2014. "The number of tobacco-related deaths is projected to increase from about 6 million deaths annually to about 8 million annually by 2030, with more than 80 percent of these occurring in LMICs (low- and middle-income countries)," the study said. Around 80 percent of smokers live in such countries, and although smoking prevalence was falling among the global population, the total number of smokers worldwide is rising, it said. Health experts say tobacco use is the single biggest preventable cause of death globally. "It is responsible for... likely over $1 trillion in health care costs and lost productivity each year," said the study, peer-reviewed by more than 70 scientific experts. The economic costs are expected to continue to rise, and although governments have the tools to reduce tobacco use and associated deaths, most have fallen far short of using those tools effectively, said the 688-page report. "Government fears that tobacco control will have an adverse economic impact are not justified by the evidence. The science is clear; the time for action is now." Health experts say tobacco use is the single biggest preventable cause of death globally. How to quit…... [read more]

Viet Nam News Cancer claims the lives of more than eight million patients and affects millions of families worldwide every year, according to the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute of the USA. Approximately 14 million new cases are diagnosed annually around the globe. Việt Nam is among the countries with the highest rates of cancer and cancer mortality in the world. More than 150,000 new cancer cases are detected yearly in Việt Nam, as reported by the World Health Organisation, the Việt Nam Ministry of Health, and the National Cancer Hospital in 2015. Dr Phan Minh Liêm, 33, from Nha Trang City, is a cancer researcher from MD Anderson Cancer Center and a founder of Orchid Magic Inc, (a startup focusing on cancer prevention solutions). Liêm has carried out multiple research projects at the US's leading cancer centre for 11 years. He has authored 25 research works on cancer with his colleagues and was named one of the ten exemplary young Vietnamese in 2014. He has received some of his field's most prestigious awards, including: the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Pre-doctoral Traineeship Award for 2009-2013; 1st Prize Scientific Poster Award - Clinical Sciences: Medicine, Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology and Public Health presented by the US Congress - Vietnam Education Foundation in 2014; Rosalie B. Hite Fellowship; T.C. Hsu Scholarship; Andrew-Huggins Scholarship; and the US Congress - Vietnam Education Foundation Fellowship. He was also named the Sylvan Rodriguez/Cancer Answers Award Scholar in 2010, thanks to his outstanding academic achievements…... [read more]

Da Nang takes legal actions against boat capsize case Da Nang city's Investigation Police Office has decided to take proceedings against those involved in the boat capsize on the Han river in Da Nang on the night of June 4, which left three dead. Earlier, the Thao Van 2 boat, numbered DNa 0016, carrying 56 people (three crew members and 53 passengers, including four Malaysians) suddenly capsized in the river section between the Han Bridge and Thuan Phuoc Bridge just five minutes after leaving the pier. Fifty-three people were rescued and three died, the bodies of whom were found on the afternoon of June 5. They were Pham Tan Cuong, 46, from Binh Dinh, two siblings Trinh Kim Phuong, 7, and Trinh Tien Huy, 4, both from Bac Kan province. Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc arrived at the scene to lead the rescue efforts. The PM asked to mobilise forces and facilities to work at top speed to search for missing people and minimise the loss of life. He also visited victims at the Da Nang General Hospital and called for legal action to severely punish relevant organisations and individuals. The Thao Van 2 boat was captained by Le Cong Chi, residing in An Hai Bac ward, Son Tra District, and is owned by Vo Quoc Hung. The boat's register certificate was issued on May 19, 2016 and will expire on November 20, 2016. The boat, which has a maximum load of 28 people, had not been licenced to carry…... [read more]

Hanoi People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung and Japanese experts at the meeting. (Photo: VOV) Hanoi (VNA) - Hanoi People’s Committee Chairman Nguyen Duc Chung met with a Japanese delegation of cancer experts and representatives from health facilities, who want to build a centre for cancer patients in the capital city, on June 6. Leading the delegation, Kensi Hotta, head of a Japanese non-profit organisation for international cancer patients, said he and his co-workers are looking forward to establishing a cancer treatment centre in Hanoi, which will have advanced technology from Japan. The centre will be located inside Hospital K – the National Cancer Institute on 43 Quan Su Street, Hoan Kiem district. Japan will send experts to Vienam support local doctors and is willing to assist Vietnamese medical personnel to study in Japan, Kesi Hotta stated. Chung said local authorities will clear all hurdles for the centre to begin operations soon. He hoped the Japanese experts would support the transfer of early detection technologies for gastrointestinal cancer for Saint Paul Hospital. The rate of gastrointestinal and lung cancer in Vietnam remains high, with hospital K often overloaded with patients.-VNA... [read more]

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said on Monday the "moonshot" initiative he leads aimed at finding cures for cancer was "the only bipartisan thing left in America" and called for more collaboration among researchers, doctors and government agencies to advance the cause. Biden was speaking at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago in conjunction with the launch of a new system to facilitate sharing of genomic and clinical data among cancer researchers to help promote advances in personalized treatment for the many forms of the disease. The project, known as Genomic Data Commons (GDC), with an operation center at the University of Chicago and funded by the U.S. National Cancer Institute, is a key component of President Obama's national cancer moonshot and Precision Medicine Initiative. "It is our hope that Genomic Data Commons will prove pivotal in advancing precision medicine," Biden told a hall packed with oncologists and researchers. Funding for GDC will come from $70 million allocated to NCI for cancer genomics projects under the precision medicine initiative, which involves using advanced genetic information to match individual patients with treatments most likely to help their particular type of cancer. More and more medicines are being developed that address specific genetic mutations associated with a variety of cancers and tumor types. "More than any other specialty oncologists have to explore the unknown with their patients. No single oncologist or cancer researcher can find the answers on their own," Biden said. "It requires open data, open collaboration, and…... [read more]

A new wave of experimental cancer drugs that directly recruit the immune system's powerful T cells could begin reaching patients next year, according to companies presenting new data at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. In interviews with Reuters, Kite Pharma Inc and Juno Therapeutics Inc both said they could receive initial regulatory approvals next year for a type of immunotherapy treatment known as chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapies. CAR-T therapies involve a complicated process of extracting immune system T cells from an individual patient, altering their DNA to sharpen their ability to spot and kill cancer cells, and infusing them back into the same patient. The technique is being tested against a range of different cancer types, but first in blood cancers. Kite aims to file this year for U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval of its therapy, KTE-C19, for patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), according to Chief Medical Officer David Chang. Juno Chief Executive Officer Hans Bishop said adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) are now being enrolled in a mid-stage trial of the company's most advanced product, JCAR015, that "we believe will support accelerated approval." He said JCAR015 "could be approved as soon as 2017." Data presented on Saturday showed that 77 percent of patients with advanced ALL achieved a "complete response," meaning cancer remission, when treated with chemotherapy followed by Juno's cell therapy. For the trial patients with minimal disease, 90 percent achieved remission, researchers said. Twenty-seven percent…... [read more]

A young Vietnamese doctorate holder who trained in the U.S. has been working on cancer cures and putting an end to patients’ suffering. Dr. Phan Minh Liem, 33, is currently working at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, after doing his studies and research at the U.S.’s leading institute for 12 years. He boasts 24 research works on cancer under his belt and was named among ten exemplary Vietnamese youths in 2014. The doctor sat down for an interview with Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper during his recent visit to Vietnam. Liem was born in Nha Trang, a resort town in the south-central province of Khanh Hoa. The boy nurtured a passion for reading and science by carrying out simple scientific experiments from an early age. In ninth grade, Liem nabbed the second prize in a national high school French contest and landed a scholarship to study in France for one year. During the brief course, the teenager made the crucial career decision to major in biology technology. In 2001, Liem took the entrance exam for the Faculty of Biotechnology at the University of Science under the Vietnam National University-Ho Chi Minh City. As a junior, Liem was awarded a research-based doctoral fellowship by Vietnam Education Foundation, an independent U.S. Federal Government agency created by the U.S. Congress to incubate Vietnamese budding academics. "When I was young, my paternal grandmother and aunt suffered liver cancer," Liem recalled. "During my university years, I delved into the debilitating disease, which has…... [read more]




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