December 13, 2010

Charity auction of Bumrungrad doctors' paintings helps children's heart surgery campaign

The Bumrungrad Hospital Foundation and Bumrungrad International, in conjunction with the Cardiac Children Foundation of Thailand and Thailand's National Health Security Office (NHSO), held a charity exhibition and silent auction – Phap Silp... Jak Jai Mor... Soo Jai Dek ("Paintings... from doctors' hearts... to children's hearts") – at the hospital.
December 13, 2010
The year 1980 had more than its fair share of historic events and milestones. In the U.S., Ronald Reagan was elected President. A new 24-hour news channel named CNN was launched. In Thailand, General Prem Tinsulanonda was elected Prime Minister.

And on Sukhumvit Road in the heart of Bangkok, a small private hospital named Bumrungrad – with four doctors and a handful of enthusiastic support staff – opened its doors for the first time and began providing high quality care to about 30 patients a day.
December 13, 2010
Despite 30 years of chronic diabetes and recent heart bypass surgery, there’s been no stopping Mr. Kajornkiat Kongwanichkitjaruen from living a full and fulfilling life, for seven decades and counting.

The pillars of good health have become common knowledge for most people – eat a healthy diet, exercise regularly, visit your doctor routinely and have regular check-ups, as well as routine follow-up tests. But knowledge doesn’t equal good health; good health comes from a proactive approach. We choose to be responsible for our individual health and use that knowledge to make better decisions at every stage of life.
December 13, 2010
Successfully managing and treating a chronic condition such as hypertension, diabetes or chronic kidney disease requires a great deal of knowledge and understanding. For this edition of Q&A, Dr. Napisvadee Wongchavanich, a board-certified specialist in internal medicine and nephrology (kidney), answers reader questions about these serious chronic diseases.
December 13, 2010
A recent review of more than 20 clinical health studies uncovered an interesting link between cholesterol and cancer: People with higher levels of HDL cholesterol – the so-called ‘good’ cholesterol – had a lower risk of developing cancer.
December 13, 2010
In this issue, we’re devoting special attention to chronic health conditions, beginning on page 4, with an in-depth look at diabetes and high blood pressure (hypertension). These two diseases share many similarities; both are experiencing painfully high growth rates in Thailand and around the world, and both share risk factors including obesity, unhealthy lifestyle choices, and family history. Finally, both can be kept under control through a combination of proper medical care, healthy lifestyle changes, and a patient’s sense of commitment and discipline to “live with” rather than “suffer from” these life-long health threats.
January 21, 2011

Medicinal effective mushrooms are known as some of the most potent immune boosters and disease fighters. They act by increasing immune activity and immune cell numbers in the defense of viral infection and cancer.  They have also shown    cardiovascular protective effects, helping heart patients to avoid a recurrence or worsening of their disease.  With their content of vitamins and minerals, they have additional effects on diabetes type II, and show anti inflammatory properties.

January 21, 2011

In recent years, resveratrol, an ingredient in fermented wine grapes, has become a hot topic. From its cancer fighting properties, being a strong antioxidant, helping reduce weight and lowering Diabetes type II risk as well as cardiovascular health risks to extending lifespan power, this tiny molecule seems to be a miracle.

Numerous studies have been conducted regarding various purported resveratrol benefits. Studies have primarily been conducted on laboratory animals, while human research is also very promising.

January 21, 2011
How you look on the outside is often a reflection of your overall health.  This is a reason why the mantra, “You are what you eat,” continues to be such a famous quote. 

It is true that you can improve fitness and stay firm by choosing a balanced and healthy diet, drinking lots of water, getting adequate sleep and exercising regularly. It is also true that eating natural and unprocessed foods, and making sure that your diet contains adequate healthy fats are essential in achieving youthful skin. But are they enough to keep you   looking your best if you routinely experience an overbooked calendar, stress at work, bad traffic, pollution, and little time to eat properly?

January 21, 2011

Exercising has become an integral life activity, especially for
people living in cosmopolitan areas where both being and looking fit are much sought after.

However, we now know that a 30-minute generic workout three days a week and reducing fat and carbohydrate intake,  which was the standard recommended for decades, may not be enough to achieve the results desired. 

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