Dr. Nguyễn Hữu Linh. Photo courtesy of Family Medical Practice By Dr. Nguyễn Hữu Linh* Microscopic pathogens are all around us—they’re impossible to avoid. Whenever we’re exposed, our immune system fights back by analyzing the threat, designing antibodies, and then producing enough of them to disable the infection. It will also remember that design, allowing it to easily produce more antibodies later if a similar threat comes along. At birth, children’s immunity is like a blank sheet of paper. They’ve had no exposure to pathogens, so they carry no memory of how to fight them. Usually, a child’s first exposure to bacteria is in the birth canal. This exposure triggers the initial development of the immune system. Children delivered by C-section do not have the same exposure as those naturally-born, which can impair normal development. All babies have weak immunity during the first weeks of life. At this time, … [Read more...] about Immunity in children
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Viet Nam News By Dr. Cynthia Dacanay* Have you ever wondered why your seemingly robust child suddenly gets frequently ill upon starting school? This is because the classroom is a perfect breeding ground for infective organism to flourish. Children, who tend to cough or sneeze without covering their mouths and noses or doesn’t know how to wash their hands properly after going to the toilet or playing with toys or animals, unknowingly spread these organism around and infect themselves or their classmates. Some of the common illnesses that may easily be passed on inside the classroom are the following: Hand Foot and Mouth Disease is caused by Enteroviruses that causes skin rash, oral sores and fever. It can spread via direct contact or by contact with contaminated objects or surfaces. The virus can be found in the saliva, nasal secretions, fluid from the skin blister and the feces. There is no specific therapy needed but supportive care can be provided such as analgesics to … [Read more...] about Beat the back-to-school illness
Viet Nam is set to play a pivotal role in Southeast Asia’s future economic landscape and emerge as one of the region’s most important countries. Its explosive annual growth of nearly 8 per cent in the noughties has retrenched only to around 6.5 per cent on average since 2010. Strong growth should continue, not least due to a young, dynamic and well-educated labour force, which is nonetheless very competitively priced. The country also represents a highly attractive domestic market of 90 million citizens with middle-class aspirations – hence all the trade envoys visiting this beautiful place. Viet Nam also enjoys a crucial – and hard-won - place in the world’s supply chains, in large part due to the authorities’ very proactive approach to global trade. Investment into the country has been encouraged across a number of sectors, from electronics to farming. Meanwhile, a flurry of some 16 free trade agreements have helped Vietnamese exports explode, … [Read more...] about How will Trump’s trade tariffs affect Asian growth?