A medical worker in the northern province of Điện Biên prepares a dose of buprenorphine to treat a heroin addict. VNA/VNS Photo Phan Tuấn Anh Why has Việt Nam decided to use buprenorphine to treat heroin addicts? Buprenorphine (BUP) is used recreationally instead of opium, morphine or heroin in many countries. In France, about 20 per cent of all physicians are using BUP to treat about half of the estimated 150,000 heroin users. In Việt Nam, a pilot project using BUP has recently been launched in the northernmost province of Điện Biên. Việt Nam hopes that BUP will help drug addicts to reduce their cravings. In addition, BUP also helps to relieve withdrawal symptoms like muscle and joint paint, sweating, anxiety or restlessness, yawning, runny noses. BUP also helps to prevent transmitted diseases through blood transfusions, such as Hepatitis B and C, … [Read more...] about Buprenorphine trialled to treat heroin addicts
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Viet Nam News BEIRA — Disease is threatening to aggravate the already dire conditions facing millions of survivors following the powerful tropical cyclone which ravaged southern Africa 10 days ago, officials warned on Sunday. Cyclone Idai smashed into Mozambique’s coast unleashing hurricane-force wind and rain that flooded swathes of the poor country before battering eastern Zimbabwe - killing 705 people across the two nations. Amid the ongoing crisis, Zimbabwean television ZBC on Sunday reported that a young woman had given birth while sheltering from the floods in a tree. Speaking at a briefing in Beira, 1,000km northeast of the Mozambique capital Maputo, Lands Minister Celso Correia said it was now "inevitable that cases of cholera and malaria will arise". The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs’ deputy head Sebastian Rhodes Stampa, also at the briefing, warned that disease outbreaks in inaccessible areas could be "really problematic". The … [Read more...] about Disease fears mount for Africa cyclone survivors
Nguyen Song Chi Trung from the Centre for Technology Transfer in HIV and Addiction Treatment under the Ho Chi Minh City Medical University speaks at the conference (Photo: soha.vn) Ho Chi Minh City (VNA) – About 3 million young Vietnamese are affected by mental and psychological problems but only 20 percent of them receive medical treatment, while the rest resort to alcohol, tobacco, and drug, said a doctor in Ho Chi Minh City. Nguyen Song Chi Trung from the Centre for Technology Transfer in HIV and Addiction Treatment under the Ho Chi Minh City Medical University shared the information at a recent conference on mental health and drug use among youths. According to Trung, there are many reasons leading to drug use among young people, such as the pressure of self-assertion, peer pressure, being a victim of abuse, divorced parent, and poverty. They often come to drug as a new experiment, however, some turn into addicts. Trung said the family plays a key role in keeping young … [Read more...] about Three million Vietnamese youths suffer from mental health problems
When Apple announced two major new healthcare features this week, it billed them both as terrific innovations that may well keep us alive. Later this year, its Watch will be able to automatically call emergency services if it detects you have suffered a fall and are no longer moving. And it will also let you know if you have heart problems and should perhaps visit your doctor as soon as possible. Other devices have offered similar functions in the past, albeit in less elegantly presented gadgets. But with an estimated 50 million Apple Watches out there already, there are concerns about the pressures it may bring to already-strained healthcare systems. The result may be even more calls to emergency services and, according to one of Britain’s leading surgeons, a new wave of technology-driven hypochondria. "Medical professionals will also need to be vigilant to the risk of misdiagnosis and overtreatment that this proliferation of personalised health information could bring,” … [Read more...] about Can health services handle the Apple Watch?
New skills: Mentally-ill patients are taught to make brooms at the Centre for Mental Illness and National Devotees in Hải Dương Province. VNA/VNS Photo Hiền Anh Viet Nam News by Mạnh Minh and Lương Hương During the day, the Centre for Mental Illness and National Devotees in the northern province of Hải Dương looks like a busy workshop. In one of the rooms, some people are busy making brooms while in others, people are assembling electric fans, making incense sticks or weaving bamboo mats. Seeing these people so focused on their work, few would reckon that they are mentally ill patients undergoing treatment at the centre and are learning a new trade as part of their therapy. Từ Văn Tài, a patient from Kinh Môn District, has been admitted to the centre for three years. After using the new therapy technique, his condition has improved. “I used to feel bored, tired and homesick during my … [Read more...] about Vocational training part of therapy for mentally ill