PM aims to turn Thailand into multi-sector sustainable hubs

Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin has unveiled his vision for turning Thailand into a sustainable hub for tourism, wellness and medical services, agriculture, food, aviation, logistics, future mobility, financial services and…

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Surrogacy may include in health insurance scheme

The Health Service Support Department is in consultation with the Office of Insurance Commission and insurance companies to include surrogacy in the health insurance scheme , as the birth rate…

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‘Silent’ mental health crisis stalks Thailand amid stigma and medical shortages   

According to the World Health Organization (WHO)’s estimate, one in eight of us is currently struggling with mental health problems. But in Thailand, only a fraction of these sufferers receive…

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200,000 doses of flu vaccine to be provided to tourism service providers

The Department of Disease Control has procured 200,000 dozes of influenza vaccine, to be provided to people working in tourism and tourism-related activities, such as taxi and bus drivers, hotel…

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Health Ministry campaigns to encourage Thai couples to have children

The Ministry of Public Health has begun a program to increase the birth rate in Thailand, by encouraging Thai couples to have children, with possible financial incentives. Public Health Minister…

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Only ID cards will be needed to access free medical services next year : Cholnan

Starting on January 8, Thai nationals will be able to access free medical services, at government and selected private hospitals contracted by the government, in Phrae, Roi-et, Phetchaburi and Narathiwat…

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More Thai youth at risk of diabetes due to their eating habits

The number of Thais suffering from diabetes is forecast to increase to about 5.3 million in 2040,  from this year’s 4.8 million, with the possibility of an increasing number of…

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A Chiang Mai hospital increases chance of surviving heart attack

Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai Hospital has implemented an operational measure which increases the chance of survival in critically ill heart-attack patients. The hospital, part of Chiang Mai University’s (CMU) Faculty…

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Race against time to get donor heart through rush hours and heavy rain for transplant

“Every second counts” was probably at the forefront of Pol Sub-lt Sakchai Krasaeyan’s mind as he raced against time, despite rain and heavy traffic, to bring a donor heart from…

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Health ministry considers dentistry courses at state hospitals

Public Health Permanent Secretary Dr. Opart Karnkawinpong has proposed the use of state hospitals to produce more dentists, to address the current shortage at state hospitals. More than half of…

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Has Thailand found legal recipe to beat soaring child obesity?

Thailand is drafting a law to control the advertising of unhealthy food, in a bid to combat soaring rates of obesity in children. “The draft law will be presented to…

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Heart failure: cardiologists put out a call to action

If you experience fatigue or you notice that one or both of your legs is swollen, you will probably brush it off, blaming the tiredness on too busy days and…

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Chiang Mai launches campaign to curb dengue fever

Chiang Mai province has set up a public health emergency operations centre to contain the spread of dengue fever, after 1,805 people have been infected since January 1st and two…

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Thailand sees surge in monkey pox cases in June

48 monkey pox cases were recorded in Thailand last month, a 2.3 fold increase from May and most of the patients are men, including 22 who are also infected with…

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Health innovations advanced with ‘Early Health Technology Assessment’

Early Health Technology Assessment, or early HTA, is a tool that can help health innovations to meet the needs of the global health system. The approach was utilized by World…

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Thai children losing out on height due to too little milk

Packed with essential nutrients, milk is an integral part of children’s diets and supports their growth. It contains calcium, which is great for the teeth and the bones, and has…

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Diarrhoea outbreak spreading in Phuket, but under control

Diarrhoea is spreading in Phuket, with an average of about 150 cases being treated at state and private hospitals per day and the outbreak is expected to persist for 1-2…

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US approves 1st vaccine for RSV after decades of attempts

The U.S. approved the first vaccine for RSV on Wednesday, shots to protect older adults against a respiratory virus that’s most notorious for attacking babies but endangers their grandparents, too….

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Over 40% of working Thais are overweight and risk of developing associated diseases

42.4% of working Thai people, aged from 15 years and up, are overweight and at risk of developing non-communicable diseases, because of their lifestyle involves frequent consumption of fast food,…

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Thailand’s imports of luxury and beauty products up 40 percent in first half of this year

Thailand’s imports of luxury and beauty enhancement products, such as brand-name bags, fillers and Botox, during the first half of the 2023 fiscal year increased by 40% year on year,…

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Crackdown on weight loss supplements containing sibutramine 

Consumer protection police and Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (TFDA) officials have broken a network allegedly producing and distributing to dealers across the country the “NQS Cross” weight loss supplement,…

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Thai parents advised to watch for measles in their young children

Seventy-nine people, mostly young children, have been infected with the highly infectious measles virus since the beginning of this year, but there have been no fatalities, according to the Disease…

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Very hot in Bangkok’s Bang Na, Laem Chabang and Phuket on Friday

The Meteorological Department warned today that the heat indices in Bang Na district of Bangkok, Laem Chabang in Chon Buri province and Phuket tomorrow (Friday) will exceed 54oC, which dangerously…

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Organisers of “World Cannabis Day” reminded to comply with Thai law

Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has warned organisers of the World Cannabis Day, taking place today (Thursday), not to consume cannabis in public venues or face legal action. The…

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Heatstroke: What is it, how does it occur, and how to prevent it?

With the mercury rising as the hot season arrives in Thailand, health authorities have begun warning people to beware of heatstroke. The dangers of this condition were underlined when high-profile…

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People in Hong Kong can expect over 20 years of Ill health in retirement – Survey

Hong Kong residents, who have a longer life expectancy than the global average, anticipate experiencing poor health during their retirement years, starting as early as their mid-60s. A recent survey…

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Health Ministry says no XBB.1.16 COVID sub-variant cases in Thailand yet

The Thai Ministry of Public Health is closely monitoring the spread of the new XBB.1.16 COVID-19 sub-variant in India. It has not yet been detected in Thailand, according to Public…

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Food, soil and water in Prachin Buri uncontaminated – Health Department

More than 20 samples of fruit, vegetables, water, soil and food, collected from markets within a 5km radius of the foundry in Prachin Buri where caesium-137 radiation has been detected,…

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30 students at a school near Kabin Buri’s foundry fall ill

About 30 students at a school within three kilometres of the foundry where a metallic cylinder, containing caesium-137, is thought to have been melted down, have fallen sick, most of…

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Over 1.3 million people in Thailand suffering air pollution-related diseases

About 1.32 million people in Thailand were affected by air pollution-related diseases between the beginning of the year and March 5th. A specialist in respiratory diseases and tuberculosis is warning…

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Thai Cabinet asked to increase monthly allowance for health volunteers

The Ministry of Public Health sought approval from the Cabinet today (Tuesday), to double the allowance for about one million public health volunteers to 2,000 per month. Deputy Public Health…

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Exoskeleton for stroke rehab cleared by U.S. regulators

A self-balancing exoskeleton that enables users to move in multiple directions hands-free has been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for stroke rehabilitation. Since 2020, French developers…

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Super-resistant mosquitoes in Asia pose growing threat: study

Mosquitoes that transmit dengue and other viruses have evolved growing resistance to insecticides in parts of Asia, and novel ways to control them are desperately needed, new research warns. Health…

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Improving access to denture and implant care for Thais

Where would be without a mouth? It’s a part of the body that really matters, not least because it allows us to eat and drink as well as speak and…

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More information sought on Omicron XBB cases among passengers arriving in Hong Kong from Thailand

Thailand’s Disease Control Department is seeking more information, through International Health Regulations (IHR), about three passengers who arrived in Hong Kong from Thailand infected with a new Omicron sub-variant, known…

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Laughter really is the best medicine

Health is the best gift you can give to yourself. And Siriraj Piyamaharajkarun Hospital (SiPH) is more than happy to give the gift of health to help you live well…

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Asbestos chrysotile fibers that cause lung disease, COPD, lung cancer, mesothelioma.

Hidden danger: how asbestos can harm our health

You’ve probably heard of asbestos, a naturally occurring mineral in rock and soil which is widely used in manufacturing. On one hand, the substance is a blessing, providing us with…

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Are ‘rebound’ infections cause for concern and are antivirals to blame?

Concern over COVID-19 “rebound” infections is soaring globally after US President Joe Biden tweeted on Sunday (July 31) that he had “tested positive again” – just days after recovering. In…

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Suitable private labs to be allowed to test for monkeypox, no new case yet

Private laboratories in Thailand will be allowed to test specimens of suspected monkeypox infection, in addition to facilities at major hospitals and the Department of Medical Sciences, Deputy Public Health…

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Thai Medical Sciences Dept to test efficacy of smallpox vaccine on monkeypox virus

The Thai Department of Medical Sciences plans to test the immune response of people inoculated against smallpox to the monkeypox virus in specimens taken from the infected Nigerian, Thailand’s first…

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Nineteen people in Phuket who had contact with monkeypox infected Nigerian tested

Provincial health officials in Phuket have located 19 “high risk” people who were found to have had close contact with the monkeypox-infected Nigerian man, who was the first confirmed case…

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Thai police searching for monkeypox-infected Nigerian man

Thai police and health officials in Phuket are trying to trace the whereabouts of a Nigerian man, confirmed to be Thailand’s first monkeypox case, after he did not show up…

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Thailand’s first confirmed monkeypox case found in Phuket

Thailand has found its first confirmed case of monkeypox in a Nigerian man in Phuket, according to Disease Control Department Director-General Dr. Opart Karnkawinpong. He said that the 27-year-old Nigerian…

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Omicron’s new BA.4, BA.5 subvariants: How worried should we be?

Thai health authorities are keeping a close eye on two new Omicron subvariants – BA.4 and BA.5 – that are fast becoming dominant COVID-19strains across the world. Dr Supakit Sirilak,…

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Ten suspected monkeypox cases found to be herpes simplex, skin infection

Ten suspected monkeypox cases do not have the infectious disease, but were all found to be infected with either herpes simplex or unspecified skin infections, said Head of the Department…

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World No Tobacco Day, May 31 this year, highlights the detrimental impacts of tobacco on the environment. (photo by Freepik.com)

Tobacco is bad for the planet and the health

Smoking and second-hand smoking not only cause cancer and other respiratory diseases but tobacco use also has a negative impact on the environment, both of which place a significant burden…

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This 2003 electron microscope image shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right, obtained from a sample of human skin associated with the 2003 prairie dog outbreak. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP, File)

What risk to Thailand as monkeypox spreads across the world?

Less than a month after it lifted COVID-19 travel restrictions, Thailand is facing the threat of another virus causing outbreaks around the world. The kingdom is now raising its guard…

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Durian-mangosteen pairing benefits health, research finds

Summertime in Thailand can be torture in the heat, but it is also the best time of year to tuck into the abundance of local fruit, particularly durian, which is…

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Seven tips for a younger and healthier brain

A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease is frightening – memory loss and cognitive impairment and all that. To a sufferer’s loved ones and indeed, the sufferer him or herself, it is the…

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World NTD Day: Dengue Fever tops Thailand’s agenda

Dengue fever has become the focus for Thailand as the country joins the world in celebrating World Neglected Tropical Disease Day that falls on January 30. Neglected tropical diseases (NTD)…

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People having suicidal thoughts may talk directly or indirectly about dying or wanting to die. They may also show signs of social withdrawal and isolation. Take the warning sign very seriously. (Photo by Adrian Swancar)

Why depression can be a killer

We all have our good and bad days. Unfortunately, some of us have more bad than good and on our worst days, we can feel overwhelmed by unexplained sadness and…

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Researchers found that introducing peanut products to babies and infants, and gradually increasing exposure, led to greater tolerance for the common allergen. (Photo by Fidias Cervantes)

Adding peanuts to young children’s diet can help avoid allergy: study

Including peanuts in children’s diets early in life could help stave off allergies against the legume, which can be fatal and affect swathes of youngsters globally, according to a new…

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Private sector needs to lead economic recovery, says global financial institute executive

Emphasising how the private sector is the one that needs to lead the country into recovery, Alfonso Garcia Mora, Vice President for Asia Pacific at the International Finance Corporation, (IFC), a sister…

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A sign indicates that the University of Aukland campus is smoke-free in Auckland, New Zealand, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. New Zealand’s government believes it has come up with a unique plan to end tobacco smoking, a lifetime ban for those aged 14 and under. (AP Photo/David Rowland)

New Zealand’s plan to end smoking: A lifetime ban for youth

New Zealand’s government believes it has come up with a unique plan to end tobacco smoking — a lifetime ban for those aged 14 or younger. Under a new law…

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister Boris Johnson greet guests at a reception for the Global Investment Summit in Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain, October 19, 2021. Alastair Grant/Pool via REUTERS

A royal rest: Queen Elizabeth told by doctors to take a break

LONDON (Reuters) – Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, the world’s longest-reigning monarch, decided on Wednesday to rest for the next few days on advice from doctors and cancelled a planned visit to Northern Ireland, Buckingham Palace said. The…

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Thais tending to avoid exercise during pandemic are vulnerable to NCDs

More Thai people are tending to be less physically active during the COVID-19 pandemic, with many spending up to 14 hours a day doing nothing, not even walking, according to…

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A protester speaks in a megaphone during a protest against the mandatory sanitary pass called “green pass” in the aim to limit the spread of the Covid-19 in central Rome on October 9, 2021. Tiziana FABI / AFP

Thousands protest in Rome against Covid health pass

Thousands of protesters including members of far-right groups demonstrated in central Rome on Saturday against the extension of the Covid-19 health pass system to all workplaces.  There were scuffles with…

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Thailand to import 200,000 courses of Molnupiravir anti-viral drug from USA

The Ministry of Public Health is to seek approval from the Thai cabinet for the procurement of 200,000 courses of the Molnupiravir oral anti-viral medicine, using money from the Central…

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WHO says air pollution kills 7 mn a year, toughens guidelines

Geneva (AFP) – The World Health Organization strengthened its air quality guidelines on Wednesday, saying air pollution was now one of the biggest environmental threats to human health, causing seven million…

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WHO recommends alcohol tax hike in Europe to fight cancer

Copenhagen (AFP) – The World Health Organization on Monday recommended doubling alcohol taxes in Europe as a means to prevent nearly 5,000 cancer deaths every year. Increasing taxes on alcoholic beverages…

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The Lupin, a legume from down-under, jumps on the superfood bandwagon

Thailand meet Lupin: Lupin meet Thailand!  No, we are not talking Reus Lupin, the Defence Against Dark Arts professor in Harry Potter, but a legume in the same family as…

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Beating the summer heat

Experts offer some tips on how people can avoid the dangers associated with a sweaty summer day Summer has officially come to Thailand. The season is the best time for…

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Health benefits of fasting in Ramdan

During the fasting, the body will lack nutrition and water. How can the people survive while they are fasting and what is the purpose of fasting in Islam. Let’s hear…

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