[Medical Corner] Newborn screening identifies babies’ illnesses

By Dr. Agnes R. Viay – Pediatrics It is said that “an ounce of prevention is worth than a pound of cure.” In the case of newborn screening, early identification leads to better outcome for the child. Newborn screening has been around since the 1960s in Western countries. Due to technological advances throughout the years, the screening […]

[Medical Corner] Pregnancy in advanced maternal age

By Dr. Tena Kovacevic – Obstetrics and Gynecology Pregnancy at the age 35 or above is generally considered to be an advanced maternal age (AMA) pregnancy. Number of women with AMA pregnancy is rising every year, particularly in resource-rich countries. There are numerous reasons behind delayed childbearing. Later marriage, second marriage, better contraceptive options, availability of assisted […]

Clogged Milk Ducts – What To Do?

A clogged milk duct is a common and painful problem occurring during breastfeeding and can lead to breast infection (mastitis). SYMPTOMS You may experience a sore breast or notice a small red lump on your breast that is irritated and painful when you touch it. TREATMENT – Gently massage the affected area towards the nipple […]

What To Do When Your Baby Is Choking?

Choking happens when your baby’s airway is blocked, making him/her turn blue or unable to breath or talk. Not getting enough air can lead to permanent brain damage in 4 minutes and threaten your baby’s life. CAUSES of choking are curdled milk, vomit, food, parts of toy, small objects (coins, buttons, marbles, etc.) or certain […]

Nosebleed Treatment: Dos And Don’ts

Nosebleeds are common and rarely a true medical problem. But frequent nosebleeds can be a sign of a more serious problem. ? DO: – Remain calm, sit upright and lean forward. Spit out if there is blood in your mouth, DO NOT swallow it. – Use your thumb and index finger to pinch your nose […]

[Medical Corner] The Dangerous Illusion Of “Natural”

By Dr. Jonathan Halevy – Pediatrician There is a new “Trend” in Vietnam. Mothers want to be “Natural”. They want to raise their children in a “Natural” way. They intend to give birth at home, they won’t give the baby a proper care after delivery like getting his vitamin K shot and they won’t vaccinate their children, believing they will survive horrible infections “Naturally”. I would like to talk about this dangerous illusion of “Natural”: Nothing in our world today is natural! Since the first caveman learned how to make tools and start a fire – he has changed “nature” forever. And that’s not always a bad thing. […]

What Vaccinations Do You Need Before Going Abroad? (P2)

Following our first part on TRAVEL VACCINATIONS, here are some more recommended vaccinations for travelers. JAPANESE ENCEPHALITIS Japanese encephalitis is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Vaccinations are recommended for all travelers who spend more than a month in the country or who plan to visit rural areas. If your trip is shorter […]

What Vaccinations Do You Need Before Going Abroad? (P1)

About to go abroad? Are you concerned about all the necessary travel vaccinations? Do you know which vaccines do you need before traveling to another country? Here are some recommended series of vaccines for travelers: ROUTINE VACCINES Be sure to have your routine vaccines updated regularly before your trip. Routine vaccines include: measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, […]

The Best Time Of Day To Take Vitamins And Supplements

? Water soluble vitamins Water soluble vitamins absorb best on an empty stomach so B vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B6, B12,…) and vitamin C should be taken in the morning, 30 minutes prior to eating, or two hours after a meal. These vitamins are used for energy boosts and stress reduction so take them too […]