Doctor Catherine Gonzalez. — Photo Courtesy of Family Medical Practice Hanoi. Viet Nam News By Dr. Catherine Gonzalez October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month As modern-day women, it’s all too easy to use the “I’m too busy” excuse, so you may be tempted to let your annual breast screening or a lipid profile test slip. Don’t let that happen. As busy as you are as a modern women, there is no reason why you cannot have a healthy life. Here are five of the most important medical tests that all women should take: Pelvic Examination and Pap smear With cervical cancer said to be the second leading cause of death for women, uterine and pelvic health should be given prime importance. It is always advisable that you visit your gynecologist periodically and have a complete pelvic examination and a Pap smear test. Do not get scared as most do on hearing about these tests. A pelvic exam checks for abnormalities such as growths while Pap smear is a … [Read more...] about Medical tests every woman must have
Harassed woman killed
A child believed to be suffering from acute brain fever, which has been linked to lychee fruit, is taken to hospital in India's Bihar state. (Photo: AFP/STR) Sixty children, mostly under the age of 10 and malnourished, are undergoing treatment after an outbreak of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) in Muzaffarpur district of the eastern state. Bihar health department official Ashok Kumar Singh told AFP that ten children died on Tuesday, taking the overall death count in June to 113. "Six children were discharged after being treated for AES," Singh said. He warned that the toll may rise with fresh cases trickling-in, as dozens undergo treatment in packed hospital wards. Television images showed several children to a bed. On Tuesday, dozens of people gathered outside the main hospital in Muzaffarpur to accuse local authorities of acting too slowly and of not caring. The state's health minister came in for particular flak after asking reporters about the score in India's cricket match … [Read more...] about Anger in India as lychee-linked brain fever kills 113 children
A Vietnamese taxi driver accused an American woman of Vietnamese descendant of sexually harassing him on May 4 but oddly the latter had reported to local police that she was raped by another cabbie just a couple of days earlier. The accuser-turned-accused Pham Thi Thanh Ngoc, 40, is also the one who had lodged complaints to local police against a Vietnamese tabloid for what she called ostensible made-up stories last year that she raped many taxi drivers, one of whom was said to be forced to have sex with her over 30 times in two days. However, all of her accusations have been disproved by Vietnamese authorities eventually. Ngoc: I’m a rape victim The American woman told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on May 1 that she returned to Vietnam to meet a 31-year-old young man named N.Đ.T. living in the southern city of Vung Tau who proclaimed himself as a “poor kept man.” Ngoc said after having a vacation in Hanoi, she and the man in question flew to Ho Chi Minh City … [Read more...] about Vietnamese American’s rape accusation: Raping? Being raped? Or lies?
A male passenger has been fined VND8.5m (USD367) for sexually harassing a female passenger on a Vietjet flight from Hanoi to HCM City. illustrative image The 34-year-old man touched the thigh of the woman sitting next to him during a flight on August 31. His action was witnessed by a third passenger in the row. The woman quickly reported the incident to the crew. The flight attendant filed a report and transferred the case to the Southern Airports Authority after landing at Tan Son Nhat Airport. According to the Southern Airport Authority, the male passenger's action was harassment of the female passenger. However, it was not serious enough to be a criminal offence. The male passenger was fined VND8.5m. In late July, a male passenger named Vu Anh Cuong was also caught sexually harassing a woman and a flight attendant in a Vietnam Airlines flight from Hanoi to HCM City. The captain then refused to transport Cuong. The crew member and the ground staff filed a report and asked Cuong … [Read more...] about Passenger fined VND8.5m for sexual harrassment
Japan launches human trial of new Ebola vaccine (AFP/File / PAMELA TULIZO) The vaccine, which has previously been tested in monkeys, uses an inactivated form of the virus that can only effectively replicate in artificial cells. Scientists hope that will make it safer than other treatments, the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Tokyo said in a press release. "We think there's high hope for a new, safe vaccine which can be produced effectively," Yoshihiro Kawaoka, a professor of infectious diseases at the university who helped developed the vaccine, said in the release. The university will begin the clinical study later in December, injecting 30 healthy adult men with two doses of the vaccine, four weeks apart. They will be monitored for side effects and whether they have developed immunity to Ebola. The Ebola virus is passed on by contact with the blood, body fluids, secretions or organs of an infected or recently deceased person. The death rate is typically high, … [Read more...] about Japan launches human trial of new Ebola vaccine