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Thailand Battling Drug-Resistant Malaria

  – TRAT – Once a smuggling stop for Cambodia’s Khmer Rouge guerrillas, Thailand’s border town of Bo Rai finds itself on the frontline of a new battle against drug-resistant strains of malaria that could frustrate global attempts to stamp out the disease. Malaria killed about 445,000 people last year, more than 90 percent of […]

December 15th, 2017 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Thailand’s Transport Department to Beef Up Drivers Written Tests, Medical Checks, Eye Exams But “NOT” Road Exams

– BANGKOK – Thailand’s Department of Land Transport is set to adopt a more stringent standards for driving tests to improve road safety on Thailand’s dangerous roads. Among the new procedures expected to be implemented next year is a full electronic testing system, said Kamol Buranaphong, the department’s deputy director-general. The system could help reduce […]

December 13th, 2017 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Thailand’s ‘War on Sugar’ Aims to Reduce Obesity and Fatten it’s Coffers

– BANGKOK – Faced with rising obesity rates, as well as health care costs that are ballooning nearly as fast as people’s waistlines, the Thai government has introduced an excise tax aimed at nudging beverage makers into making less sugary drinks. Pricier soda and sweet tea is causing grumbles, and it is not just soda […]

December 11th, 2017 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Pfizer to Launch Cheaper Generic Version of Viagra

– TRENTON, N.J. – The little blue pill that’s helped millions of men in the bedroom is turning white. Drugmaker Pfizer is launching its own cheaper generic version of Viagra rather than lose most sales when the impotence pill gets its first generic competition next week. Pfizer Inc. will begin selling the white pill at […]

December 7th, 2017 | Posted in Health | Read More »

New Study Finds Weight Loss Really Can Reverse Diabetes

– LONDON – Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects 422 million people worldwide. For decades, doctors have treated it with medications designed to keep blood sugar levels down. But in a paper published in the Lancet, researchers in the UK describe a landmark study in which people with diabetes went into remission—just […]

December 5th, 2017 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Study Finds High Pesticide Levels in Local Fruit and Vegetables

– Recent research from the Ecological Alert and Recovery – Thailand (EARTH) and Thailand Pesticide Alert Network (Thai-PAN) has disclosed that serious contamination from persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and herbicides in food and the environment poses health threats to the Thai public. The level of contaminants known as polybrominated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans (PBDD/Fs) were 33 […]

December 3rd, 2017 | Posted in Health | Read More »

Thailand Pesticide Alert Network Finds Weed Killer Residues on Popular Fruits and Vegetables

– BANGKOK – According to testing by Thailand Pesticide Alert Network (Thai-PAN), a non-governmental organization working on food safety, more than 60% of five “popular vegetables” sold in local markets contain excessive level of harmful chemical residues. The finding was from recent testing on 150 samples of nine vegetables and six types of fruits collected […]

November 26th, 2017 | Posted in Health | Read More »

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