Life as a 340-pound man had become unmanageable for Eric O'Grey. When he wasn't traveling for work as a salesman for GE, the 51-year-old rarely left his San Jose, California, apartment. Eric O'Grey in 2010, before he lost more than 150 pounds. He took insulin for type 2 diabetes and about 15 other medications, including anti-depressants and weight-loss drugs. "My entire life was an exercise in minimizing my movement. I just felt miserable all the time," O'Grey told CNN. "It's just amazing how painful it is to be that heavy. Every part of your body hurts. My cholesterol was 400, which is the walking dead level." He tried dieting, but nothing worked. Then two things happened seven years ago that inspired him to go see a naturopathic doctor. O'Grey had an embarrassing incident on a plane when the flight crew had to wait for a seat belt extension for him before taking off. And he saw former President Bill Clinton on the news talking about his new "plant-based" diet. The … [Read more...] about How an overweight shelter dog saved Eric O’Grey’s life
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Doctors perform surgery on a patient with stomach cancer.— VNA/VNS Photo Phương Vy Viet Nam News By Thu Ngân HCM CITY — Closer collaboration among stakeholders is needed to improve access to innovative medicines to combat cancer in ASEAN member countries, experts have said. At the current dialogue session “Taking Action Together: Improving Care for Cancer Patients in ASEAN countries” at the 2018 World Cancer Congress held in Malaysia by the Union of International Cancer Control and Bayer, experts said the public and private healthcare sectors and NGOs had to collaborate closely to combat access barriers to innovative cancer medicines in Southeast Asia. The session heard that many people in the region lacked adequate access to cancer care, and the challenges faced by countries over access to medicines were multi-faceted and required contributions from all stakeholders. There was a clear need for governments to extend financial … [Read more...] about Experts call for closer collaboration to combat cancer in Southeast Asia
Festival to help Ninh Binh promote tourism potential The picturesque Trang An Complex in Ninh Binh province (Photo: vietnamtourism.gov.vn) The northern province of Ninh Binh will have opportunities to promote its tourism potential as a cultural, sport and tourism festival will be held in the locality later this month. Held by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the event is part of the programmes organised to mark 1,050th anniversary of Dai Co Viet, the first feudal state of Vietnam. A wide range of cultural activities are scheduled such as photo exhibitions, amateur cheo (traditional opera) performances, and various culture and sport activities. Local Trang An Landscape Complex, recognised by the UNESCO as a World Heritage site in 2014, together with other renowned heritages like Ha Long Bay, Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park, and gong cultural space in the Central Highlands, among others, will be nudged closer to the visitors at the festival through the “Going through … [Read more...] about BUSINESS NEWS IN BRIEF 24/10
Illustration by Trịnh LậpViet Nam News By Hoàng Hồ After an incredible fight, actress Mai Phương, who has been receiving special treatment for aggressive lung cancer, has been discharged from Military Hospital 175 into the loving arms of friends, family, fans and colleagues. Although the battle against cancer is not over, with Phương facing many more hospital visits and follow-up appointments, her journey has been remarkable and inspirational. Since the first days of her treatment, the hospital has welcomed visits from many celebrities to help and encourage Phương. With continuous updates on the media and thousands of messages from fans on Facebook around Việt Nam, everything seemed to be going well, until actor Gia Bảo – a close friend of Phương’s, spoke up and caused some ripples. “If you don’t have a close relationship with the patient, you can just … [Read more...] about How much does sympathy really cost?
Viet Nam News Thùy Giang HÀ NỘI — It’s been three months since the last time Đinh Văn Tính, 52, has had that pleasure of puffing on a traditional Vietnamese pipe that has become as familiar as an everyday meal for him over the last quarter of a century. Now he suffers from body-shaking coughs and ominous wheezing from the depths of his battered lungs. At the Department of Nuclear Medicine and Oncology Centre at Bạch Mai Hospital in Hà Nội, Tính struggled to get his words out. After surgery to remove a tumour from his lungs, he went through painful chemotherapy sessions, and it’s difficult to believe the haggard-looking man is only in his early 50s: Tính said he is scared of smoking now, but he’s still addicted. Tính’s wife has been taking care of him for months ever since he was admitted to hospital in mid-March. She is reluctant to allow anyone to meet Tính, given his almost … [Read more...] about Smoking: The late regrets