Health

  • Tourist numbers up, positive Covid-19 tests down

    Positive Covid-19 tests, hospitalisations and deaths dropped substantially in the third week of January. The much-needed return of tourists to the kingdom in substantial numbers has not produced the much-feared spike in Covid cases or deaths. All the metrics were down in the third week of January, with only a handful of foreigners testing positive. The Department of Disease Control…

  • Eat your vegetables! Or don’t, with this new sauce

    Science has come up with a solution for all the vegetable haters out there – “Sauce Son Phak” (vegetables hidden in sauce). This new product, developed by Innobic (Asia), the life science branch of oil and gas titan PTT, in collaboration with researchers at Mahidol University, is for all the people who would rather eat dirt than vegetables. According to…

  • Know your mouse – facial recognition technology coming for Mickey and Mighty

    The world’s biggest pest-control group, Rentokil, is planning to kill rats through the use of facial recognition software, with trials now taking place in people’s homes, according to Sky News. The software – which Rentokil began developing 18 months ago in partnership with Vodafone – tracks the beasties’ habits to help decide how to kill rats. Rentokil has been developing…

  • Trouble breathing? Try singing!

    If your doctor told you to sing your health problems away, you’d probably think they are a quack. But a group of people in Singapore are singing their way to better breathing and lung health under a programme called Tune UP. The weekly singing sessions, which are facilitated by Yishun Health, are free and open to anyone who suffers from…

  • Taiwan to ration paracetamol after bulk-buying for China

    Authorities are debating whether Taiwan will ration paracetamol, as the Covid situation across the strait deteriorates and concern grows following Taiwan’s reopening for travel. Taiwan may impose buying limits on all kinds of painkillers as people buy up local supplies to ship them to China where the pandemic has put a strain on supplies. Hsueh Jui-yuan, Taiwan’s minister of health…

  • Air pollution at unsafe levels in Bangkok

    Bangkok residents should pay close attention to the air-quality in their vicinity and protect themselves, according to Bangkok Environment Department. The capital’s air quality is invariably appalling at this time of year, due to still air and is expected to remain unsafe over the weekend. The deteriorating air quality is attributed to a cold front from China and only weak breezes.…

  • White rice blamed for Asia’s diabetes epidemic

    More than 60% of people living with diabetes are in Asia. High-yield white rice has been vital to combatting global hunger, but its value is coming into question. Nutritional deficiencies and its links to type 2 diabetes have led to a search for new breeds of mineral-rich rice. In the countryside of Sri Lanka ,Dr Sirimal Premakumara has discovered many varieties…

  • Lean, mean, biting machines – Are you top of the mosquito menu?

    A new study by US researchers has found that some of us really are “mosquito magnets” and it probably has to do with the way we smell. Mosquitoes are attracted to people who produce a lot of chemicals on their skin that are tied to smell. Leslie Vosshall, a neurobiologist at Rockefeller University in New York explained… “If you have…

  • Thailand joins the International Vaccine Institute

    During the two-day World Bio Summit 2022 in South Korea, Thailand officially joined the International Vaccine Institute (IVI). The induction as a member will allow the kingdom better information and access regarding developing and producing vaccines. The World Health Organisation and International Vaccine Institute hosted the summit and attended by Minister of Public Health Anutin Charnvirakul representing Thailand. He signed…

  • Abortions up to 20 weeks will be legal from Thursday

    Women in Thailand now will be able to get a legal abortion up to 20 weeks into their pregnancy. Last year Thailand legalised abortion up to 12 weeks. The new guidelines will go into effect on Thursday and abortions will be performed at 110 hospitals and clinics throughout the nation. This follows the decision by the Ministry of Public Health…

  • England set to defeat HIV virus

    England hopes to become first region in the world to defeat the HIV virus, with plans for new medicines to be available across the country. Doctors believe they can prevent all new cases of HIV by 2030. People with HIV will have access to injectable forms of cabotegravir and rilpivirine, and those with drug-resistant infections will be able to receive…

  • UN Ambassador Princess Sirindhorn advocates food and equality

    Acting as a United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation’s Special Goodwill Ambassador, Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn called for a focus on food and equality in the Asia-Pacific region. She made remarks to commemorate World Food Day yesterday in a speech. She delivered the address via video as covered by the Bangkok Post and urged the Asia-Pacific region to…

  • British man loses his eye to an infection from Pattaya

    People complain that travel to Thailand these days costs an arm and leg, but for one British man, it cost an eye too. A dream trip to the kingdom was ruined for Raymond Kay by a fungal infection that required removing his eye. The 68 year old man was on holiday in Pattaya when he felt pain that became excruciating.…

  • Ebola outbreak locks down 2 districts in Uganda

    An Ebola outbreak in Uganda has forced a three-week lockdown for two districts. The outbreak has recorded 58 infections with 19 deaths already, though authorities suspect that there are many more unseen infections and fatalities. Mubende is the epicentre of the outbreak and that district, along with the Kassandra district next to it, has been locked down. Yesterday Ugandan President…

  • Construction work is Bangkok’s most dangerous job

    For years, fishing was considered the most dangerous job in Thailand. It’s common for fishing boats to have children working long hours on board. The climate, physical effort and bad diet are responsible for many fishermen, including a lot of children, dying or putting their lives in danger. The good, or bad, news, depending on your position, is that there…

  • Fizz buzz – Will kratom drinks ever hit the spot?

    It’s been a year since kratom became legal in Thailand, giving rise to a wide range of new narcotic products, including drinks and candies. Preparing kratom at home usually gives rise to a bitter, murky potion that is quite hard to enjoy, even loaded up with lemon and honey. To describe its taste as “medicinal” would be generous. Beverage entrepreneurs,…

  • From regulation to cannabis delivery, here’s what you need to know about cannabis in Thailand

    Sponsored A cannabis frenzy swept over Thailand after the government removed the plant from the banned narcotics list on June 6. You’ve probably noticed that the plant is sprouting up everywhere around the country. Today, you can find more cannabis-friendly offerings than ever before, from desserts and Thai food to spa treatments. You can even have it delivered straight to…