Last week, Viet Nam News asked its readers how vitamins, minerals, Western herbs and other dietary supplements are regulated in their countries. In Viet Nam, this once small health niche is rapidly enlarging, but without any quality assurance mechanisms. Here are some of the comments we have received. Ryu Hashimoto, Japanese, Binh Duong Next week More than 2 million travellers visited Viet Nam in the first five months of this year - 32.2 per cent more than in the same period last year. The Viet Nam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT)'s travel department, however reports that only about 50-60 tour operators out of about 800 firms registered to organise tours abroad are providing quality services at international standards. In February, 22 clients of the Viet Horizon tour company suffered an accident while travelling in Thailand in which one person died. Upon inspection, the travel department found that this company did not have a permit to organise overseas tours. The … [Read more...] about Consumers express fears about dietary supplements
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Stocks in Asia were mixed on Tuesday amid gloom over European debt after Wall Street failed to provide any inspiration despite an initial bounce on news that Osama bin Laden was dead. Tokyo was closed for the first day of a three-day holiday. "Osama bin Laden's death was overshadowed by renewed concern about European sovereign debt, particularly in relation to Greece," said RBS Morgans investment adviser Chris MacDonald in Sydney. Hong Kong had spent much of the day in positive territory before dropping in the last hour of trading to close at 23,633.25, down 87.56 points. Seoul, where the KOSPI lost 28.23 points to stand at 2,200.73, was hit by profit-taking. Chinese shares reversed early losses as concerns over further tightening measures eased with data showing manufacturing growth slowed in April, dealers said. The Shanghai Composite Index, which covers both A and B shares, ended 20.68 points higher at 2,932.19 on turnover of 102.7 billion yuan ($15.8 billion). … [Read more...] about Asian stocks mostly lower after Wall St falters
I still remember a long time ago, every time there was a cry of the bean curd lady coming to the alley, we kids in the neighborhood would rush outside with our bowls. We would hustle to have them filled with the hot silky tofu, topped with ginger syrup and coconut milk (commonly called Tàu hủ). Hot as the bean curd was, and also the weather, we would eat the tofu and sip the syrup as fast as possible, as if someone could come and take it away from us. Then our parents would come out and pay for our dessert, for as low as VND2,000 (US 10 cents). Bean curd is one of a few products made from soya or soy beans, as well as soy milk, soy sauce and soy paste, which is what you dip fresh sprint rolls into. The health benefits of soy beans are undeniable. High in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals, soy beans promote weight loss and prevent prostate cancer and osteoporosis. Although proven to be more beneficial to women than men, soy-based products remain a healthy choice in every … [Read more...] about So ya think ya know soya?
WASHINGTON – The first-ever daily pill to help prevent HIV infection was approved by US regulators for use by healthy adults who are at risk for getting the virus that causes AIDS. Truvada, made by Gilead Sciences in California, has been on the market since 2004 and was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for a new use as a tool to help ward off HIV, in combination with safe sex and regular testing. The pill as pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) has been hailed by some AIDS experts as a potent new tool against human immunodeficiency virus, while other health care providers are concerned it could encourage risky sex behaviour. In addition, the regimen is estimated to cost around US$14,000 per year, making it out of reach of many. "Truvada alone should not be used to prevent HIV infection," said Debra Birnkrant, director of the division of antiviral products at the FDA. "Truvada as PrEP represents another effective, evidence-based approach that can be added to other … [Read more...] about US approves first-ever pill for HIV prevention
Cambodia aids VN's flood victims Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen on Wednesday sent his condolences to Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung over the loss of life and property caused by recent floods. The Cambodian Government also aided the flood victims with US$50,000. Yunnan radio station, VOV step up cooperation A delegation from China's radio station of Yunnan province has visited the headquarters of Radio the Voice of Vietnam (VOV) to boost bilateral cooperation between the two agencies. Photo: VOV The delegation, headed by Lu Yunfang, was received by VOV Deputy Director General Dao Duy Hua at the National Radio Centre in Hanoi. During the meeting, Mr Hua introduced his Chinese colleagues to the functions and duties of VOV as well as its four media platforms (radio, TV, print and online). Mr Hua also recalled traditional cooperation between VOV and the Yunnan Radio Station, which began during Vietnam's resistance war against the US. In 1971 and 1972, part of VOV … [Read more...] about SOCIETY IN BRIEF 21/10