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FMP Hanoi's Blood Donation Day

FMP Hanoi's Blood Donation Day
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. It’s not the pure numbers that are so dramatic; it’s the speed at which this is growing. Going from poor to wealthy in Europe and America was a smooth transition that took 30 to 50 years, allowing the development of a health system to match gradually unfolding needs. But in Vietnam, it’s happened within just 10 years. That’s why the rise in number of patients with these problems is making a big impact on the health system. In the West, if you’re considered obese, the risk for many diseases sharply increases. But in Asia, we see diseases such as diabetes in people who are nowhere near as chubby as Westerners can be, which indicates that the number of those affected here may grow even higher. In the case of diabetes, it’s expected that more than 10 percent of the Vietnamese population will be affected.
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.
Acne Agony

Acne Agony

Is ACNE a natural condition that should be accepted, or a trivial cosmetic issue? Our specialist DR. RUBEN completely disagrees, saying that there's a difference between wanting a smaller nose and wanting the skin to appear healthy. In fact, there are MANY TREATMENTS for this condition. Older treatments took a very long time and had many side effects, whereas the best medications available on the market TODAY are used earlier, when the disease is not so advanced. The new trend is to use ORAL RETINOIDS early on, which are the best treatment for acne, interacting with all four causes of the disease (inflammation, infection, occlusion, and sebaceous production). Today, what we have learned is that you can help people feel less anxious about acne, and even prevent the scars and the pigmentation.
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.
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.