Welcome to Better Health, the magazine for patients and friends of Bumrungrad International Hospital.

The brain is the body’s most important and complex organ. It is responsible for every aspect and activity of everyday living. This issue of Better Health devotes special attention on the most serious threats to brain health.

Brain disorders including dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and stroke cause tremendous loss of life and permanent disability.  Becoming aware of one’s personal risk factors, and understanding the importance of earlier diagnosis and treatment, can help prevent brain disorders and reduce their severity if they occur.

Beginning on page 4, our feature on dementia and Alzheimer’s updates readers on progress in diagnosing and treating these serious disorders,
and offers expert advice for caregivers and loved ones providing critical support to patients.

Stroke is among the world’s leading causes of death. Hemorrhagic stroke, also called cerebral aneurysm, is the type of stroke that causes bleeding in the brain. Our feature on page 8 briefs readers on what they should know to prevent them, and what to do if a stroke occurs.

On page 22, we focus on Parkinson’s disease and recent progress in treating the widespread condition, and how the right kind of care is giving a major boost to patients’ quality of life.

As always, we welcome your feedback, ideas and comments about Better Health. Please feel free to e-mail us at betterhealth@bumrungrad.com.
We look forward to hearing from you, and here’s wishing you better health.

Dr. Jitra Anuras
Medical Director

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