Sinusitis leads to abscess in eye socket on 16 month old neonate

Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper reporters have disguised themselves as patients in order to reveal their scams. On March 20, one journalist presented himself as a patient suffering from hemorrhoids at the The Gioi (World) Polyclinic on Vo Van Kiet Street, District 5, and was introduced to a Taiwanese doctor. The ‘patient’ was directed to an endoscopy procedure room, in which there was one bed and a simple endoscope. The Taiwanese doctor quickly diagnosed the patient with internal hemorrhoids, while his assistant showed the undercover reporter images from the supposed endoscopy procedure. The Tuoi Tre reporter then questioned their authenticity, and asked for additional images in support of the doctor’s diagnosis. Under pressure, the assistant said that she had lost the files and immediately offered another endoscopy in an attempt to regain the patient’s trust. On quoting prices to resolve the problem, the reporter was told that the internal hemorrhoids could be removed with a specialized machine at a cost of VND8.8 million (US$395), or with a piece of electronic equipment for VND6.8 million (US$305). Noting the reaction of the fake patient, the Taiwanese doctor said that the disease is typically difficult to treat, adding that the machine used was cutting-edge technology from Germany, and utilized exclusively at that clinic. The clinician and his assistant then showed the correspondent several more graphic images of internal hemorrhoids, warning of the horrifying complications that could develop if not promptly treated. The doctor then rejected the patient’s request for prescribed medications, repeating that the…... [read more]

Two patients died soon after doctors administered anesthesia prior to surgery. Hanoi health authorities have suspended the four doctors and six technicians after a pair of patients died prior to surgery on Sunday morning. The city’s health department has suspended all surgeries at Tri Duc General Hospital while police carry out their investigation. One patient was a 37-year-old woman scheduled to have tumors removed from her thyroid gland. The other patient, a man of 34, was to receive an endoscopic surgery to treat his sinusitis and tonsillitis. Doctors administered the anesthesia (both as a gas and injection) at around 8:30AM. Two doctors and three technicians oversaw the procedure. Thirty seconds after the drugs took hold, both patients went into shock. Doctors administered urgent care before transferring them to a larger hospital, where they died soon after begin admitted. Doctors familiar with the process of administering anesthesia believed the deaths most likely had to do with the drugs or the techniques used to administer them, rather than the patients themselves. Related news: > My left foot: Surgeons at major Vietnam hospital operate on patient’s wrong leg > Vietnam hospital punishes staff after baby nearly buried alive... [read more]

Viet Nam News Dr Trương Hoàng Quý * Acute Respiratory Tract Infection (ARTI) is the most common disease among the general population, especially among children younger than five. According to the US Centres for Disease Control (CDC), each child has six to eight episodes of respiratory infection annually, on average. In Việt Nam, ARTI rates in cities are higher than in rural areas, likely the result of pollution. Although ARTI may occur any time of year, in Việt Nam the peak is in the fall or winter seasons. RTIs are the leading cause of missed days of school or work. Furthermore, RTIs can also result in illness and mortality in children under five. Data from the World Health Organisation (WHO) shows that about 2 million children under five die of pneumonia every year, most in developing countries. Most common in Việt Nam Respiratory infections affect both the upper and lower respiratory tract. In Việt Nam, the most common upper respiratory tract infections are rhinitis (common cold), sinusitis, ear infections, acute pharyngitis or tonsillopharyngitis and epiglottitis. The most common lower respiratory infections are pneumonia and bronchiolitis Main causes In term of the etiology, the majority of upper respiratory infections are viral. The rhinoviruses account for 25-30 per cent, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSVs), parainfluenza and influenza, human metapneumo virus and adenovirus for 35 per cent. The causes of lower respiratory infections are viruses such as RSV and influenza, but they are also caused by bacteria, such as Streptococus pneumoniae, Haemophilus influenzae…... [read more]

Waste water from households and forest product facilities are destroying the Ma River in Thanh Hoa Province and threatening the livelihoods of local people. There are dozens of forest product facilities along the Ma River but only one or two facilities are legally-recognised companies. According to the locals, despite the fact that small facilities don't have licenses, they have operated and discharged waste into the river for years. Even bigger, licensed facilities are also discharging waste water into the river. The Duyet Cuong Company was recently fined VND414.2m because its waste water didn't meet the standards. The discharge pipeline under Highway 15C, belong to Bao Yen Construction Services Tourism Company, dumps waste water directly into Ma Ham Stream. The polluted water then flows into Ma River. A local said many old people had died because of cancer while children were suffering from sinusitis, gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases. They don't dare to start any fish farms on the river. In August, tens of tonnes of farmed fish from Ba Thuoc District to Vinh Loc District died. Cam Thuy District saw 41.5 tonnes of dead fish and Vinh Loc District had 13 tonnes. Trinh Duc Du, head of Quan Hoa District Department of Natural Resources and Environment, said Bao Yen did discharge waste water into the stream. "This company has been fined many times. However, we also have difficulties as their land use right was issued by Hoa Binh Province while the business license was issued by Thanh Hoa Province," he said.…... [read more]

Viet Nam News A MOULDY ISSUE By Dr.Yaron Atzmon* Now that the rainy season has started and winter is fast approaching, homeowners will have to continually deal with the presence of mould and mildew in the house. These microscopic fungal organisms thrive specifically in areas with temperatures between 10-32 degrees Celsius and high humidity (>60%), like that of Hà Nội. Certain species of mould, like Aspergillus or Penicillium, are greatly beneficial to mankind. They are industrially used for the production of cheese and antibiotics. But these moulds produce mycotoxins, or poisonous substances which causes health problems. Stachybotrys, or 'black mould', is usually found in water-damaged houses due to flooding or roof leaks. They thrive in material with high cellulose content, like wood, paper, tiles, and carpets. Their toxins can cause fever, headaches, fatigue, allergic symptoms, and irritation of the respiratory tract. Penicillium spp. are widespread and found in air, decaying vegetation, and soil. The production of which commonly occurs in cereal grains and cold climates. Infection is called penicillosis, affecting the respiratory and urinary tracts. Aspergillus causes aspergillosis in individuals with weakened immune systems. It can also cause skin lesions and ulcers. This mould usually contaminates starchy foods such as bread and potatoes. It produces aflatoxin, which is found in nuts. Here are some tips to minimise mould growth in the home: Use dehumidifiers to keep humidity below 60% Seal all air leaks on the exterior of the building/house Use exhaust fans in the shower and in the kitchen Thoroughly…... [read more]

Viet Nam News By Dr Jonathan Halevy* When you walk into a pharmacy in any country in the world, you will notice that the majority of medications on the walls and shelves are cough medications. Cough medicine is a multi-billion dollar industry. There are so many different types of medications for cough, with different purposes. It can be quite confusing to choose the "right one" for you. My mentor used to say that when you have so many medications to treat one symptom, it means none of them really works.... As a doctor, when I prescribe a medication for my little patients, I always have to consider the benefits of the medication versus its possible side effects. If the potential harm is greater than its benefits then the medication should not be given. Here is a summary of the different groups of cough medications, their benefits (if any), and potential side effects: Expectorants These medications increase the volume of water in mucus (phlegm) and make the mucus loose and easy to cough out. The most common expectorants are: Guaifenasin (from the Guaiac tree) - Studies done on Guaifenasin did not show any proven effect. Potential side effects of Guaifenasin are urinary retention (difficulty peeing) and kidney stones. Mucolytics - These medications break chemical connections between proteins within mucus. They turn the mucus thinner, less "sticky", and easier to expel. The most commonly used are "Bisolvon" (Bromhexine), Acetylcysteine (Mucomyst; Azimuc), and Ambroxol (Halixol). Mucolytics have been shown to have some benefit…... [read more]

Vinashin launches first FSO By Song Nguyen - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Nam Trieu Shipbuilding Industry Corporation, a subsidiary of the country's shipbuilding giant Vinashin, launched a 150,000-DWT Floating Storage and Offloading (FSO) unit in the northern port city of Haiphong on Wednesday. Nam Trieu started work on the FSO in May 2007. FSO-5, a seagoing vessel used to store and export oil, could be delivered to PTSC in the second quarter of this year for use at Bach Ho and Rong oilfields off the country's southern coast, said sources from Vinashin. The US$110 million vessel was designed by the UK's Monobuoy and Poland's Sinus Ltd. while ABS of the U.S. and Vietnam Register were supervision consultants for the project. The ship, which is 258 meters long, 46 meters wide, and 24 meters high, will be equipped with three engines with a total capacity of 800-1,200 KW. FSOs are usually used in oilfields where it is impossible to lay pipes linking the drilling platform with onshore facilities. The drilling platform transfers oil to the FSOs where it is stored until a tanker arrives. In the deal between Vinashin and PTSC, FSO-5 has a loading capacity of 150,000 tons and handles 15,000 tons of oil a day. Ngo Tung Lam, technical general director of Vinashin, said FSO was a new, modern and complicated project for Vinashin, so the new project was considered an opportunity for Vinashin to step into this field and promote its image as a constructor of…... [read more]

District ignores polluted Hy Vong Canal By Van Nam - The Saigon Times Daily HCMC - Thousands of families near the intersection of Hy Vong (Hope) Canal and Phan Huy Ich Street in Ward 15 of HCMC's Tan Binh District are suffering from increasing water pollution and foul smell and complaining that the situation has lasted too long without local government intervention. Ngo Thi Phi, a local resident, said the five kilometer canal is becoming more and more polluted and the smell is causing sinus problems for hundreds of people. "We have been suffering for nearly ten years while we wait for the authorities to do something," she said. She added that the situation here is also due to the discharge of household waste. To cope, people in the ward once a year dredge the canal and they are asking that the surface be covered with a concrete lid in order to reduce the smell. This petition has not been acknowledged. Thai Thi Du, Binh Tan District's chairwoman, said that the district's two most polluted canals are Hy Vong and 19-5 Canal. "The district is asking the city's Transport Department to cover these canals but we are still waiting," Du said. According to the HCMC Environmental Protection Agency, Hy Vong Canal is one of nearly 400 canals flowing through residential areas around the city. All inner city canals are heavily polluted and hazardous to the health of those living nearby.... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - The air quality in Hanoi has declined, especially in the inner city and near major transport routes and construction sites, the Hanoi Department of Natural Resources and the Environment said in a report which noted the rapid increase in Benzene. “After I read the news about dust pollution in Hanoi, I bought dozens of nano-technology protective masks for my family members to wear when going out,” said Ho Phuong Anh at No 81 Tran Cung street. Pham Van Dong Road in Bac Tu Liem district is one of the roads most seriously attacked by the dust. The 5-kilometer long road is always engulfed in thick dust kicked up by the large number of vehicles, including trucks laden with construction materials. Tam Trinh and Linh Nam Roads in Hoang Mai district is the ‘nightmare’ for the people who use the roads to go to work. Nguyen Thi Ai, a local resident, said that four out of five members in her family have suffered from sinusitis. According to Hoang Duong Tung, deputy general director of the General Directorate of Environment, the biggest ‘culprits’ that kick dust are motorbikes, construction sites and garbage incinerators.There are 5 million motorbikes and 500,000 cars of different kinds in circulation every day. Meanwhile, 70 percent of motorbikes can’t meet standards on emissions “There are 5 million motorbikes and 500,000 cars of different kinds in circulation every day. Meanwhile, 70 percent of motorbikes can’t meet standards on emissions,” he said. Director of the department Nguyen…... [read more]

A Vietnamese mother suffering postpartum depression has been prescribed over 400 pills of 17 types of medicine. A Vietnamese mother suffering postpartum depression has been prescribed over 400 pills of 17 types of medicine. N.T.T.L., 33, residing in Ho Chi Minh City, had no other choice but to follow a prescription worth VND3.9 million (US$174.5), an unusually high value in the Vietnamese context, despite her concern and confusion. L. gave birth to her daughter via in vitro fertilization in 2011 before beginning to suffer depression, evidenced by the fear of her own child and her occasional intention to murder the kid. While her mental state was alleviated by the help of her family members, in 2013 L.’s daughter went through a serious illness, resulting in the mother’s intention to end her life as well as her daughter’s. The woman then sought treatment at the Hoa Hao polyclinic in District 10 and a private clinic near her home, but the doctors there all failed to prevent her mental problems from recurring. L. was diagnosed with sinus infection after receiving a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan at Cho Ray, the largest general hospital in the southern metropolis, in December last year, and later a depression by doctors at a private infirmary. Prescriptions from both facilities did not help L. recover from her health issue, leading to the woman being introduced to the private establishment of N.H.H. last month, who was a doctor at the Hoa Hao polyclinic. After listening to L.’s story…... [read more]




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