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Thailand had Fewer AIDS-Related Deaths, New HIV Cases In 2005

Thailand's Ministry of Public Health has announced that the number of AIDS-related deaths in the country declined from 5,020 in 2004 to 1,640 in 2005, reports Thailand's The Nation//. ..The health ministry's Disease Control Department (DCD) also said there was a 10 per cent decline in the number of new HIV cases in to about 18,000 in 2005. ..The number of people in Thailand who developed AIDS...

Thai Doctors Removed 421 Kidney Stones From A Single Person

A medical record was created by Thai doctors by removing about 421 kidney stones form a 60-year-old woman who had been complaining// of stomach cramps for years. ..Thai doctors removed 421 kidney stones, believed to be a medical record, from a 60-year-old woman who had been complaining of stomach cramps for years, media reports said Friday. ..Dr Wattana Parisri, director of the Somdej Phrauphara...

Botulism Scare in Thailand Shakes US

In Thailand’s Northern Province of Nan Clostridium botulism disease outbreak has created a lot of confusion among the U.S. disease investigators//. US weapon specialists are put on full alert. ..This is because botulism, a rare yet lethal bacterial disease could potentially be used as a biological weapon. Almost 150 people in the province have been stricken by the disease. Health authorities hav...

Thailand To Procure Botulism Antitoxin Internationally

BANGKOK - Thailand has received emergency shipments of botulism antitoxin from Canada, England and the United States after an outbreak of the disease// in which more than 100 villagers in Thailand's northern Nan province contacted botulism after they consumed contaminated bamboo shoots prepared in a traditional manner. ..Thawat Suntrajarn, the head of Thailand's Disease Control Department, said...

Thailand To Test Efficacy Of Stem Cell Technology

Thailand is planning out to carry out tests to determine the efficacy of stem cell therapy in curing heart disease, local media reported on Sunday. The program designed to study 40 heart patients will be a //joint effort by the Department of Medical Sciences, Mahidol University and the Cardiac Institute of Thailand. .. Pongpan Vongmanee, deputy chief of the Medical Sciences Department, said Thai...

Thailand to Explore Stem Cell Technology for Treatment of Heart Disease

Thailand is poised to take the promising field of stem cell technology further. Thailand will be the champions of a pioneering study //that intends to verify the virtue, success and safety of stem cell technology in providing a cure for heart disease. ....Experiments will be conducted on humans, and will target 40 heart patients. This study will be a fusion of efforts from the Department of Med...

People In Thailand Not Bothered About Bird Flu

Thai medical officials have reported that inhabitants of Phet where hundreds of poultry died last week are not bothered about bird flu// since they had a feast on these birds. ....Public health officials in the lower northern province of Phichit are trying to create awareness of bird flu after hundreds of chicken died mysteriously here. Dr. Prachak Wattanakun, a provincial health official announ...

Thai King to Undergo Spine Surgery

Buddhist monks and laymen gathered at temples throughout Thailand Thursday to pray for Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, 78, //who was admitted earlier in the day to a Bangkok hospital to undergo an operation on his spine. ..Thousands of Buddhist temples nationwide staged hour-long prayers for the revered king, who was scheduled for back surgery Thursday night. ..More than 1,000 well-wishers had gat...

Thailand Tops in Rare Type of Cancer

Three villages in Thailand's north-eastern province of Khon Kaen has the world's highest incidence of cholangiocarcinoma - a rare cancer of the bile ducts//, media reports said on Monday. ....According to a recent Khon Kaen University study, the rate of cholangiocarcinoma in the three villages of Phai, Mancha Khiri and Channaburi - situated in the Shi River basin of Khon Kaen, 380 km north-east...

Bird Flu in Thailand Suspected to be H5N1 Strain

Chickens in Thailand have been found to be infected with a strain of bird flu that may prove to be the deadly H5N1 virus according to senior Agriculture Ministry official// Yukol Limlaemthong on Monday. ..Yukol said, "There is a high possibility it is the N1 strain given that the area has had outbreaks before." ..Officials have said the H5 virus had been detected on a farm that was in the nort...

Thai Anti-Aids Initiatives Applauded

Singapore – The accomplishments of Thailand and Cambodia in the Aids prevention initiatives have been applauded, which has been achieved primarily through the extensive use of condoms.// ....Professor K. Satkunantham, the director of medical service at Singapore's Ministry of Health, said "The 100 per cent condom use programmes in Thailand and Cambodia are two prominent examples of successful pre...

Unraveling the Secrets of the Seabed of Andaman off the Thai coasts

Bangkok – The devastation of Tsunami 2004 is still fresh in the memory. There are a whole lot of lessons to be learnt, of which ‘preparedness in adequate measure’ is considered extremely crucial.// It is better to be safe than sorry, and Thailand has extended this sentiment in evolving suitable strategies against a potential Tsunami onslaught. .. ..In the following week, Thai and German scientist...

Forty-Six Suspected Bird Flu Cases In Thailand

Public Health Minister, Pinij Jarusombat, said on Sunday that a total of 46 Thai patients suspected of contracting the deadly avian influenza are under close medical// supervision. ....The minister visited two patients suspected of having the disease at a government-run hospital on Sunday afternoon. A total of 46 patients in 16 provinces nationwide suspected of having the disease have been kept...

Screening of bird flu patients by pharmacies in Thailand

The Thai news agency reported that Thailand’s Public Health Ministry will encourage pharmacies and drug stores across the country to help screen patients in an attempt// to prevent the spread of bird flu. ..Caretaker Public Health Minister Pinij Charusombat said, the blue-collar workers used to buying drugs at pharmacies instead of visiting doctors, may be left out from the ministry's bird flu s...

Thailand May Seek Help Of Pharmacies For Screening Bird Flu

The Thai News Agency reported that the Health Ministry would seek help from pharmacies in order to screen patients with suspected bird flu. Caretaker Public Health Minister// Pinij Charusombat said that the current scheme in which the ministry's hospitals and health workers screen patients might not cover workers who buy drugs at pharmacies. ...."Pharmacists at the drugstores must ask for detail...

Greenpeace takes legal action against Thailand over GM crop

The suspected prevalent contamination of Thai farms with genetically modified papaya has led to suing of the Thailand government by an international //environmental group called Greenpeace. ....Greenpeace is to take legal action against those Thai Agriculture officials who permitted the supply of genetically engineered papaya seeds to farmers throughout the country. ..Patwajee Srisuwan, who is...

Poultry farms in Thailand to be Sanitized.

The Thailand government has issued a directive to the provincial livestock authorities to ensure all poultry farms are sanitized, as a strategy //to prevent potential bird flu that had left an indelible loss to the poultry industry. .. ..Yukol Limlamthong, the person at the helm at the Department of Livestock Development confirmed that this move has been taken up following the recent deluge in...

Thailand’s Decision to Manufacture Generic AIDS Drug Wins Acclai

In the wake of escalating costs of second-line HIV-AIDS drugs, Thailand has allowed, for the first time, the manufacture of the cost effective version of the// drug ‘Efavirenz’, which has been a boon to many sufferers. ....Merck & Co Inc, the patent holder of the drug has opposed the decision of the government to issue a five year license, allowing the manufacture and import of the drug, also te...

Thai’s Health Ministry Stocked To Deal With Any Possible Bird-flu Outbrea

Fresh bird flu outbreaks reported from Vietnam and South Korea has put Thailand on alert. //Thailand's Public Health Ministry is fully stocked and ready to deal with the situation, if H5N1 virus stages a come back. ....The Ministry has a stock of 2.5 million capsules of oseltamivir, the anti-viral medicine to treat birds and 475,000 doses of influenza vaccines to be given to risk groups such as...

Number of TB Cases Continuing Challenge for Thai Government

The increasing number of tuberculosis cases detected annually in Thailand is an ongoing challenge for the government, the Nation reports.// ....According to Somchai Pinyopornpaitch, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, TB cases have increased for several years despite health officials' efforts. TB incidence in Thailand is currently 50 per 100,000 people, with 90,000 new...

Thailand Confirms Bird Flu Outbreak

Thailand- The lethal H5N1 virus has struck in Northern Thailand; health officials have confirmed the outbreak, which has led to the death of more than 100 ducks in Phitsanulok province.// ....Nirand Uaebumrungsut, a veterinarian with the Agriculture Ministry's Department of Livestock Development said, "We have found the H5N1 virus in the ducks and we have ordered around 2,100 ducks in the area...

Tuberculosis : Growing Number of TB Cases Continuing Challenge for Thai Government

The increasing number of tuberculosis cases detected annually in Thailand is an ongoing challenge for the government, the Nation reports. //According to Somchai Pinyopornpaitch, deputy director-general of the Department of Disease Control, TB cases have increased for several years despite health officials' efforts. ....TB incidence in Thailand is currently 50 per 100,000 people, with 90,000 new c...

Thailand Goes Ahead With Licenses for Generic Drugs

Thailand has okayed the issue of compulsory licenses for inexpensive versions of heart disease and AIDS drugs,// a move, not likely to sit well with pharmaceutical bigwigs. Health Minister, Mongkol Songkhla, confirmed that the laws are in place and are effective. ....According to the Health Minister, the drugs are meant for treating HIV-AIDS and heart disease. He did not elaborate on whether the...

US, Indian Doctors Bag Thai Medical Awards

Four doctors from the US and India received the Prince Mahidol Award 2006 from Thailand's King Bhumibol Aulyadej here for their contribution// to medical and public health services. ....They received the award Wednesday for their achievements in the discovery, introduction and widespread use of oral re-hydration solution (ORS) or oral re-hydration therapy (ORT)... ..Stanley G. Schultz from the...

Thailand Backs Off Threat to Break Drug Patents

Thailand has delayed breaking the patent of an AIDS drug and a heart medicine, and entered into negotiations with drug firms// to lower the price so that more people can be treated. ..The negotiation panel of the Public Health Ministry yesterday (7 February) held its first talks with US firm Abbott to discuss a price reduction for the AIDS drug Kaletra. ..Thawat Suntrajarn, head of the departme...

Thailand Government Officials Asked To Be Health Conscious

Diet and exercise have been prescribed for the officials of Thailand government. The country’s health minister Mongkol Na Songkhla directed// his staff to be health conscious to inspire the rest of the nation. ..In a conference promoting health, he said that obesity in Thailand is on the rise at an alarming rate which leads to diabetes and heart diseases. One out of every twenty one Thai is said...

Drug Companies Hit Out at Thai Generic Drug Scheme

Thailand's government is at loggerheads with the pharmaceutical industry over its decision to issue compulsory licences for generic medicines. // ....While Thailand argues it will make cheap generic drugs more widely available to its citizens, drug companies maintain that the plan undermines patent law and discourages foreign investment. ...."We were disappointed by the announcement," Bangkok CE...

Sword Removed from Thai Teenager's Face

Doctors at the Chulalongkorn Hospital here removed a 60-cm-long sword that had been thrust through the nose cavity of a teenage boy and exited// near his left ear, news reports said Wednesday. ....Ronnachai Tiemsanguan, 16, was said to be in a stable condition after the sword's removal from his face in an operation that took five hours and 10 minutes Tuesday, reported the Thai Rath newspaper. ....

Sanofi-Aventis Allows Thais To Make Plavix

The generic version of Plavix, the heart disease medicine of Sanofi-Aventis will be made indigenously in Thailand. This was announced by the pharma company on Tuesday.// ..As per the offer made by Sanofa-Aventis, the health ministry has approved plans to buy or make imitated version of the drug. The statement released by the drug firm states that indigenous making of the heart drug will benefit...

Thailand Claims World’s First Successful Heart Separation in Siamese Twin

Bangkok's Siriraj Hospital Thursday claimed to have carried out the world's first successful heart surgery to separate Siamese twins//. ....Doctor Mongkol Laohapensaeng said the 12-hour operation was performed at Siriraj Hospital on February 20 by a team of 61 Thai doctors and nurses and more than 50 days later the separated twins were still in stable condition. ....'This was the first time in t...

Thailand Approves Strategic Plan To Reduce HIV Prevalence Among Youth

Thailand's National AIDS Prevention and Control Committee recently approved a three-year strategic plan to reduce increasing //HIV cases among young people in the country. ....The plan will focus on educating youth about HIV prevention and promoting social values, as well as encouraging youth to participate in HIV prevention activities. ....In addition, the plan will call for local organizatio...

Thailand Directs Pharma Companies to Declare Production Cost of Drugs

Pharmaceutical companies will be required to declare the production cost of new medicines, including antiretroviral drugs, they are planning to introduce// into the Thai market, Siriwat Thiptaradol, secretary-general of Thailand's Food and Drug Administration, said recently, the Bangkok Post reports. ....According to Siriwat, the requirement to disclose production costs of drugs is included in...

Abbott Offers Aluvia to Thailand in Return for Compulsory Licensing Halt

Abbott Laboratories said this week that it is willing to proceed with the registration of a heat stable version of lopinavir/ritonavir called Aluvia in Thailand if the Thai// government will halt its plans for a compulsory license to allow imports of a generic version from India, and will sell it to the Thai government for $1000 a year. ....Abbott has been in dispute with the Thai government si...

Thailand Unfazed As US Worries Over Copyright Violations

The Thailand Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, has defended his government's move to allow the introduction of generic versions of three patented// drugs-in spite of US worries over intellectual property rights in the kingdom. .."We still defend what we have done, and we can explain our action to other countries as well the world community," Surayud was quoted. .. This Tuesday, Health Minister...

Thai 'Condom King's' NGO Wins Gates Award for Anti-AIDS Work

Thailand's "Condom King" will receive a one-million-dollar award from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Thursday on behalf of the group he founded to promote family planning and AIDS prevention. ......Mechai Viravaidya, the founder and chairman of the Population and Community Development Association (PDA), will be presented with the 2007 Gates Award for Global Health at a health conference...

Thailand Will Not Issue Compulsory Licenses for Patented Drugs

Thai Health Minister Mongkol Na Songkhla on Tuesday said that Thailand will not issue compulsory licenses to produce reduced-cost versions of patented drugs if pharmaceutical companies offer prices lower than those charged by generic drug makers, Reuters AlertNet reports. Mongkol's comments came one day after Abbott Laboratories and Thailand failed to reach an agreement on the price of Abbott's...

Thailand Unfazed As US Worries Over Copyright Violations

The Thailand Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont, has defended his government's move to allow the introduction of generic versions of three patented drugs-in spite of US worries over intellectual property rights in the kingdom. ..."We still defend what we have done, and we can explain our action to other countries as well the world community," Surayud was quoted. ... This Tuesday, Health Ministe...

HIV Prevention to Thai Prisoners

HIV is more common among prisoners than among the general population of Thailandone study, for example, in Klong Prem Central Prison, Bangkok, found that 25% of prisoners who agreed to be tested were HIV positive compared with a general prevalence of 1.5% in the national population. ...But Thailands prisons, say Ford and colleagues, suffer from a lack of health staff and severe budgetary constr...

Thai Separatists Burn School, Kill Four

Suspected separatists burned down a government school in southern Thailand and then ambushed and killed four officials who came to investigate the arson Tuesday, police said. ......Insurgents burned down the school in Maikaen district of Pattani province late Monday, the same day that more than 100 public schools reopened their doors after being closed all last week in response to the brutal sl...

Eco-architecture Takes Root in Thailand, but Growth is Slow

Soontorn Boonyatikarn is a man of the times, throwing around terms like "eco-design" as he enthuses about the charcoal water recycling system at the Bangkok home he designed for his family two years ago. ......His Bio-Solar House -- designed not only to be energy efficient but to produce energy -- was inspired by the humble mango tree, echoing the ideas of some of the brightest international na...
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