Severe birth complications more common with older mothers

Women who are at least 35 years old when they give birth are much more likely than younger mothers to experience a variety of major pregnancy complications, a recent study confirms.

While previous research has linked what’s known as advanced maternal age to problems like high blood pressure and diabetes during pregnancy and a higher risk of death and severe complications for babies, the current study offers fresh insight into the severe health issues faced by older mothers, said lead study author Dr. Sarka Lisonkova.

“This is important for counseling women who contemplate delaying childbirth to their forties,” Lisonkova, of the University of British Columbia Children’s and Women’s Health Center in Vancouver, said by email. “While a delay of childbirth by a few years does not make a large difference in the early thirties, a few years delay in the late forties increases the risks significantly.

For the study, researchers examined data on all singleton births to 828,269 women in Washington State from 2003 to 2013.

After adjusting for other factors that can influence pregnancy outcomes like whether it’s a first-time pregnancy or if women are obese or used assistive reproductive technology, researchers compared age-specific rates of maternal death and severe complications like obstetric shock or amniotic fluid entering the mother’s bloodstream.

Compared with mothers aged 25 to 29, women aged 35 to 39 were 20 percent more likely to have severe complications, and the odds were more than quintupled for women 50 and older, researchers report in PLoS Medicine.

Women 35 and older were also eight times more likely to have amniotic fluid enter their bloodstream, a complication that can cause a life-threatening allergic reaction, the study found.

Mothers 40 and older were almost 16 times more likely to have kidney failure and almost three times more likely to have obstetric shock, when organs don’t get enough blood and oxygen, the study found. These women were also almost five times more likely to either have complications from interventions done to help deliver the baby or be admitted to intensive care units.

The study wasn’t a controlled experiment designed to prove how maternal age directly influences the odds of complications. Researchers also didn’t have enough cases to determine how age directly influences maternal deaths.

Even so, the findings add to evidence linking advanced maternal age to a higher risk of problems for mothers and babies, said Dr. Nanette Santoro, a researcher at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Aurora who wasn’t involved in the study.

While many of these problems can be managed surgically, the study highlights some rare complications that are harder to treat and can be fatal like renal failure and amniotic fluid entering the bloodstream, Santoro said by email.

“Based on this study and others, the ideal age to get pregnant is between 25 and 29 years,” Santoro said. “Since we’ve just entered the first era in human history where the U.S. birth rate is higher for women aged 30 to 35 than for women aged 25 to 29, we will be seeing more aged-related risks to women who conceive at later ages.”

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VN’s exports improve, driven by FDI sector

Viet Nam exports touched US$79.29 billion in the first five months of this year, representing a rise of 17.4 per cent over the same period last year.

According to latest updates of the General Statistics Office (GSO), foreign direct investment (FDI) firms contributed more than 72 per cent to the country’s export revenue in the period and witnessed a rise of 19 per cent.

The FDI sector helped narrow the trade deficit run by the domestic sector, GSO said.

While the domestic sector ran a trade deficit of $10.36 billion, the FDI sector posed a surplus of $7.65 billion.

Overall, Viet Nam ran a trade deficit of more than $2.7 billion, unchanged from the January-April period.

The United States remained the largest importer of Vietnamese goods with export revenue of $19 billion, up by 9.9 per cent. The European Union came the second with export value of $14.6 billion, up by 9.5 per cent.

China was the third largest importer of Vietnamese products with a whopping rise of 40.3 per cent in the five-month period.

Viet Nam was heavily reliant on imports from China. In the first five months of this year, Viet Nam imported goods worth $22 billion from China, up 15.6 per cent, and ran a trade deficit of $11.5 billion with the country.

Viet Nam ran the largest trade deficit with South Korea, at $12.9 billion, in the first five months, a 61.3 per cent increase over the same period last year.

According to GSO, major export products of Viet Nam in the period were mobile phones and parts with revenue of $16 billion (up 12 per cent), garments and textiles $9.4 per cent (up 9 per cent), electronics and components $9.4 billion (up 46.2 per cent) and footwear products $5.6 billion (up 10.5 per cent).

Pepper and cassava, however, witnessed a decline in export value of 16 per cent and 12.8 per cent, respectively, due to a slump in prices.

Viet Nam mainly imported machinery and equipment, electronics, computer and parts, steel, plastics and chemicals.

Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said trade deficit was not very worrisome because the country mainly imported materials for production.

Dung said to reduce trade deficit, Viet Nam would focus on boosting exports rather than reducing imports, especially to key markets such as the United States. – VNS



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Flying Eye Hospital begins training program in central Vietnam


The Orbis Flying Eye Hospital has arrived in the south-central Vietnamese province of Binh Dinh to begin an ophthalmology training program for local doctors and nurses.


On Tuesday morning the third iteration of the Orbis hospital landed in Quy Nhon City, Binh Dinh, to begin training medical practitioners from the province’s eye and general hospitals between May 29 and June 9.


According to Dr. Jonathan Lord, Global Medical Director at Orbis, a survey by the organization showed that cataract is still one of the main causes of blindness in Vietnam.


About 75,000 children have eye diseases and some 400,000 more suffer refractive errors in the south-central region, including in Binh Dinh.


Nguyen Tuan Thanh, vice-chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said that the training program was within the framework of the cooperation between Orbis and Binh Dinh in developing better eye care and treatment.



Doctors work in the operating room inside the flying eye hospital. Photo: Tuoi Tre


During the two-week stay, the organization will provide basic to advanced courses on eye surgery that are known to treat cataract, vitrectomy, retina, and other ocular diseases, Thanh explained.


The training program will also include specialized lessons on the latest theories and surgeries, knowledge on how to correctly diagnose as well as consultations for local doctors, nurses, and medical technicians.


Orbis has previously provided professional training for doctors in the Mekong Delta city of Can Tho and performed surgeries on local patients with severe eye diseases.


Established in 1982, Orbis is a non-governmental, non-profit organization that has so far offered about 200 training programs in 89 countries around the world.


Orbis runs the world’s only ‘flying eye’ hospital that operates out of an MD-10 aircraft.


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External information awards contribute to improving service’s efficiency

VietnamPlus wins two second prizes at the National External Information Service Awards 2016 (Photo: VNA)


Hanoi (VNA) –
Sixty nine press works were honoured under the National External Information
Service Awards 2016 at a ceremony in Hanoi on May 31.

The awards included six
first prizes, 15 second prizes, 18 third prizes, and 30 consolation prizes.

This is the third time
the awards have been organized by the Party Central Committee’s Information and
Education Commission and the Central Steering Committee for External
Information Services.

The 2016 contest received
893 entries in 17 languages, up 21 percent in number of entries and six
languages more compared to the event in 2015.

President Tran Dai Quang
and head of the Party Central Committee’s Information and Education Commission
Vo Van Thuong presented awards to the first prize winners.

The prize winning works
focused on such themes as Vietnam’s political and diplomatic activities, sea
and island, culture, environment and climate change. 

The State-run Vietnam
News Agency (VNA) won one first prize, four second prizes, two third prizes,
and five consolation prizes.

The first-prize photo work
“Early election in Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago” by Tran Le Lam from the
VNA’s Press Photography Department was evaluated to have produced good impact
with excellent photographic techniques.

The VNA’s e-newspaper
VietnamPlus won the second prize with a series of stories in the “mega-story”
style, featuring the Monsoon Music Festival in Hanoi. 

Speaking at the event, Thuong
said external information is an important part in the communication and
external work of the Party and State, which will help people around the world
understand better Vietnam’s policies and the country’s stance on regional and
international issues.

The work also promotes
the country’s land, people, history and culture as well as achievements in the
“doi moi” (renewal) process, he added.

At the same time, the external
information service keeps the domestic public updated on the latest
developments in the region and the world, connects Vietnam with the
international community and Vietnamese abroad, and garners support and
cooperation from international friends along with consensus and contributions
of expatriates to the cause of national building and defense, the official
said.

The service also provides
accurate information to fight against wrong viewpoints and distorted
allegations about Vietnam of hostile forces, he noted.

The head of the Party
Central Committee’s Information and Education Commission urged external
information agencies to continue with efforts to improve their performance and
reach wider audiences.

The National External
Information Service Awards was launched in 2014.-VN



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Five ideal places to take photos in Hanoi

VietNamNet – Here are five places in Hanoi which serve as perfect backgrounds for photographers.

Hoan Kiem Lake


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Apart from being a renowned attraction in Hanoi with Turtle Tower serenely surrounded by bluish water and deep blue sky, Hoan Kiem Lake is also a favorite spot for photographers. 

With 1.7 kilometers of pavements bordered by green trees running along its circumference, the place is  vividly colorful background to take photographs. 

And when the sun goes down, sparkling lights on the trees will sparkle just for photographers to catch such precious moments on the verge of the sky turning twilight.

Long Bien Bridge


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Long Bien Bridge is not only famous for being a living historical relic but also for its great architecture designed by French architects from Daydé& Pillé. 

Therefore, photographers come here regularly to bring history into their photographs with the typically ancient brown of the past on rusty screws from the remaining spans. 

In the dry season, the alluvial patch below the bridge becomes an exceptionally photogenic spot with breathtaking natural scene filled with rows of green banana tress and yellow maize.

West Lake


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The best time to visit West Lake, which is another wonderful spot for taking photographs, is during the summer when the brilliant lotuses paint a corner of the sky with bright pink and fresh green. 

Heading straight on West Lake’s lakeside road, you will eventually catch sights of pretty girls wearing all kinds of clothes from miniskirts to the traditional “Ao dai”, making the lotus pond look lively. 

There is a service leasing equipmentsuch as small boats, lotus bouquets and “Yem” (a unique ancient Vietnamese bodice) for photo shoots with reasonable prices.

Daisy field


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The vast daisy field has recently become a popular spot for amateur photographers along with teenagers since it was discovered a few years ago. 

They come to the field drenched in the vibrant yellowness of thousands of daisy flowers: pretty girls eagerly pose in their finest clothes while young photographers capture stunning moments. 

The only  trouble is its location being a bit far from the city center: head straight through Chuong Duong Bridge on Nguyen Van Cu Street, turn left at the gas station opposite the factory, turn left again at Y Lan Road then turn right again at the cemetery. You will have to ask the locals for the remaining road leading to the field.

Bach Thao Park


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Hardly a beautiful day passes by at Bach Thao Park without couples coming here to take their memorial wedding photo shoots. 

With its extremely large and clean yard filled with hundred-year-old trees, the place attracts photographers who want to embrace the essence of cool fresh air in their pictures in which vivid colors blend together. 

The most popular spot here is the beautiful white bridge on a small pond right in its heart. Bach Thao Park is another easily accessible photo spot in Hanoi center at the beginning of Hoang Hoa Tham Street.

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Japanese musicians to play Hennessy Concert

Japan’s Miura Fumiaki, one of the most talented violinists of his generation, will perform at the Hanoi Opera House with renowned pianist Akira Eguchi on June 4.


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Japaniese violinist Miura Fumiaki 

The artists will play Antonin Dvorak’s Romance, Mozart’s Sonata for Violin and Piano, Igor Stravinsky’s Divertimento for Violin and Piano from the composer’s ballet The Fairy’s Kiss and Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No 10.

This will be the two artists’ first performance in Vietnam.

Since 1996, the Hennessy Concert Series has been held in Vietnam in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Performing Arts Department. Each year the series has produced sophisticated and diverse programmes showcasing the world’s most respected classical musicians.

Born in 1993 in Japan, violinist Fumiaka comes from a musical family. His father is a conductor and his sister is a pianist. He began to play the violin at the age of three. In 2008 he was admitted to the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo as one of the most promising talents. Since the beginning of the 2009-10 winter semester, he continued his studies at the Vienna Conservatory.

He was not only the 2009 First Prize Winner of the International Joseph Joachim Violin Competition in Hannover, Germany, but also won the Music Critics’ Prize and the Audience Prize. He is therefore not only the youngest winner in the history of the competition, but also the most decorated winner.

Fumiaka has performed with several of the world’s leading orchestra, including the NDR Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, and Swiss Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne.

Notable recent highlights include debut performances with Warsaw Philharmonic, a tour of Japan with the Prague Philharmonia, and a performance of Polish Krzysztof Penderecki’s Double Concerto with Julian Rachlin, conducted by the composer himself in his 80th anniversary concert, where Fumiaka played the viola. He made Paris recital debuts at the Louvre and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. He will make his recital debut at London’s Wigmore Hall in June.

Pianist Fumiaka performs the violin on the J.B. Guadagnini (1748) on loan from Yellow Angel Foundation and the viola on the Storioni school “ex-Julian Rachlin” (1780) on loan from Nippon Violin.

Born in 1963, pianist Eguchi received a master of music in piano performance from Juilliard. Since making his highly acclaimed New York recital debut at Alice Tully Hall in 1992, Eguchi has performed in the foremost music centres in the US, Europe and the Far East.

He is also known as a collaborative pianist for renowned violinists such as Gil Shaham, Anne Akiko Mayers among the others. Currently he has recorded 45 disks including 11 solo albums most of which have been selected as the best newly released album of the month from Recording Arts magazines.

VNA



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Price of Thai rice reaches 425 USD per tonne on global market

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Ha Noi has nearly 10,000 new enterprises until May

A worker is making tires in factory. In May, Ha Noi’s production and business environment remained stable. — Photo ndh.vn

Up to 9,725 new enterprises have been established in Ha Noi during the first five months of this year, with total registered capital of VND73.4 trillion (US$3.23 billion), year-on-year increases of 13 per cent and 5 per cent, respectively.

The figures were revealed during a meeting between chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung and leaders of municipal departments on Monday, where they discussed the city’s socio-economic performance in May and the first five months of 2017.

In May, the city’s production and business environment remained stable. Total budget collection reached VND81.24 trillion, up 13.2 per cent year-on-year. Ha Noi launched 123 public-private partnership (PPP) projects with total investment of VND307.8 trillion. Meanwhile, $718.9 million in foreign direct investment was poured into the city, making up 23.9 per cent of the city’s annual target.

Addressing the meeting, Chung pointed to some targets that the city has failed to reach and urged for drastic measures for the rest of the year to achieve these goals. He stressed the responsibility of municipal departments’ leaders for failing to complete the targets.

Regarding administrative reform, he asked departments to be ready to send a working group with their representatives to the one-stop section in the city People’s Committee headquarters to deal with administrative procedures from June 1.

The city’s leader also requested agencies to exert more efforts to tackle illegal occupation of pavements and littering, and ensure power supply and design drainage plans for the summer. Municipal authorities should also finalise preparations for high school graduation and university entrance exams slated for early July, he added. — VNS



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Dong Nai willing to support Taiwanese businesses

Motorcycle assembly at Viet Nam Manufacturing and Export Processing Company Limited, SYM. — Photo baodongnai.com.vn

The southern province of Dong Nai will try its best to create optimal conditions for Taiwanese businesses, Tran Van Vinh, vice chairman of the provincial People’s Committee, said.

The official made the commitment at a dialogue with Taiwanese enterprises on Tuesday to address their concerns on operating in the province. At the event, many Taiwanese firms raised queries regarding work permit exemption and energy labelling, along with issues on local transport and health insurance.

Vinh praised Taiwanese businesses for creating jobs, helping spur the local economy in a sustainable manner.

Zhang Cuifen, deputy head of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in HCM City, said Taiwanese investors began operations in Viet Nam in 1988, with Dong Nai being their first destination. In 2016, Dong Nai took the lead nationwide in attracting Taiwanese investors, she said, noting that Taiwanese investment projects have been expanding beyond production to healthcare.

Taiwanese enterprises have also closely coordinated with local authorities in education, culture and tourism, she added. They have till date invested in 286 projects, valued at over US$5.15 billion, focusing on garments and textiles, footwear, electronics, steel and timber products.

In the first four months of this year, Taiwanese businesses’ export-import turnover exceeded $1.9 billion, making up 19 per cent of Dong Nai’s total export-import revenue. They also contributed VND902 billion ($39.7 million) to the State budget, accounting for 20 per cent of the amount collected by the local Department of Customs during the period. — VNS



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Vietnam establishes new department for labour relations

The Department of Labour Relations and Wage was launched in Hanoi on Tuesday by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs. 


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Delegations at the launching ceremony of the Department of Labour Relations and Wage (under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs) on Tuesday in Hanoi. 

The department was founded as a result of the restructuring of the Department of Labour and Wage and the Centre for Industrial Relations Development (CIRD).

Tong Thi Minh, former director-general of the Department of Labour and Wage, was appointed director of the department at its launching ceremony.

Tong Van Lai and Le Xuan Thanh, former deputy director-generals of the Department of Labour and Wage, were appointed deputy directors of the department.

The Department of Labour Relations and Wage is responsible for researching and developing legal projects, ordinances and legal documents on labour, labour relations and wage, as well as planning operating agenda for organisations that represent labourers.

It is also responsible for managing labour contracts, labour subleasing, labour disciplines, labour policies, and preferential labour policies for women labourers, as well as maintaining communication with labourers at the workplace, and nurturing good relationships with labourers.

The department will also be held accountable for determining and managing the minimum wage, as well as developing scales for wage, payroll and allowance.

Activities of organisations representing labourers must be registered with and supervised by the department. This is a new responsibility of the labour ministry that has been regulated in the Labour Code.  

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RoK exports to ASEAN increase thanks to FTA

 Seoul (VNA) – Export
turnover of the Republic of Korea (RoK) to the ten member countries of the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) hit 74.52 billion USD
in 2016, compared to 32.1 billion USD in 2006, according to data released by the country’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and
Energy on May 31.

The result was attributed to increasing
commerce and investment since a free trade deal between both sides took effect
in 2007, Yonhap news agency reported.

The country’s exports to ASEAN countries have grown an
average 7.5 percent annually during the last decade while its overall exports increased
only 3.3 percent per year in the period.

RoK imports from ASEAN countries also increased 3.3 percent per year
over the last ten years to reach 44.32 billion USD in 2016.

Total trade between the RoK and ASEAN rose 5.7 percent every year to
118.84 billion USD last year.

Investment by RoK firms in Southeast Asian countries amounted to 6.4
billion USD in 2016, up from 3.7 billion USD in 2006, while ASEAN members poured
2.5 billion USD into the RoK last year, surging from 703 million USD in 2006.

The Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy said ASEAN became the RoK’s
second largest trade partner in the last ten years, adding that both sides are
making efforts to expand market openness and tariff cuts.-VNA



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Japanese musicians to play Hennessy Concert

 Hanoi,  (VNA) – Japan’s Miura Fumiaki, one of the most talented violinists of
his generation, will perform at the Hanoi Opera House with renowned pianist
Akira Eguchi on June 4.

The
artists will play Antonin Dvorak’s Romance, Mozart’s Sonata for Violin and
Piano, Igor Stravinsky’s Divertimento for Violin and Piano from the composer’s
ballet The Fairy’s Kiss and Beethoven’s Violin Sonata No 10.

This
will be the two artists’ first performance in Vietnam.

Since
1996, the Hennessy Concert Series has been held in Vietnam in collaboration
with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism’s Performing Arts Department.
Each year the series has produced sophisticated and diverse programmes
showcasing the world’s most respected classical musicians.

Born
in 1993 in Japan, violinist Fumiaka comes from a musical family. His father is
a conductor and his sister is a pianist. He began to play the violin at the age
of three. In 2008 he was admitted to the Toho Gakuen School of Music in Tokyo
as one of the most promising talents. Since the beginning of the 2009-10 winter
semester, he continued his studies at the Vienna Conservatory.

He
was not only the 2009 First Prize Winner of the International Joseph Joachim
Violin Competition in Hannover, Germany, but also won the Music Critics’ Prize
and the Audience Prize. He is therefore not only the youngest winner in the
history of the competition, but also the most decorated winner.

Fumiaka
has performed with several of the world’s leading orchestra, including the NDR
Sinfonieorchester Hamburg, NDR Radiophilharmonie Hannover, and Swiss Orchestre
de Chambre de Lausanne.

Notable
recent highlights include debut performances with Warsaw Philharmonic, a tour
of Japan with the Prague Philharmonia, and a performance of Polish Krzysztof
Penderecki’s Double Concerto with Julian Rachlin, conducted by the composer
himself in his 80th anniversary concert, where Fumiaka played the viola. He
made Paris recital debuts at the Louvre and the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. He
will make his recital debut at London’s Wigmore Hall in June.

Pianist
Fumiaka performs the violin on the J.B. Guadagnini (1748) on loan from Yellow
Angel Foundation and the viola on the Storioni school “ex-Julian
Rachlin” (1780) on loan from Nippon Violin.

Born
in 1963, pianist Eguchi received a master of music in piano performance from
Juilliard. Since making his highly acclaimed New York recital debut at Alice
Tully Hall in 1992, Eguchi has performed in the foremost music centres in the
US, Europe and the Far East.

He
is also known as a collaborative pianist for renowned violinists such as Gil
Shaham, Anne Akiko Mayers among the others. Currently he has recorded 45 disks
including 11 solo albums most of which have been selected as the best newly
released album of the month from Recording Arts magazines.-VNA



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