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Two hours of TV-watching boosts heart risk

In Uncategorized on January 12, 2011 at 7:09 am

People who spend more than two hours per day of leisure time watching television or sitting in front of a screen face double the risk of heart disease and higher risk of dying, a new study said.

Researchers said the effect was seen regardless of how much people exercised, indicating that how we choose to spend our free time away from work has a huge impact on our overall health.

“It is all a matter of habit. Many of us have learned to go back home, turn the TV set on and sit down for several hours — it’s convenient and easy to do,” said Emmanuel Stamatakis, expert in epidemiology and public health at University College London.

“But doing so is bad for the heart and our health in general,” said Stamatakis, who along with the other study authors is advocating public health guidelines to warn of the risks of being inactive during non-work hours.

A family watching TV. People who spend more than two hours per day of leisure time watching television or sitting in front of a screen face double the risk of heart disease and higher risk of dying, a new study has shown

Such warnings are urgent, “especially as a majority of working age adults spend long periods being inactive while commuting or being slouched over a desk or computer,” said the study in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.

Researchers studied data from 4,512 adults who took part in the Scottish Health Survey of households.

The information on screen time came from self-reported data about TV or DVD watching, leisure time computer use and playing video games.

When scientists compared people who reported spending less than two hours a day in front of screen-based entertainment to those who spent four or more hours per day, they found a 48 percent higher risk of death from any cause.

In those spending just two or more hours per day in front of screen after work, they also found a 125 percent higher risk of cardiovascular events such as heart attack.

“These associations were independent of traditional risk factors such as smoking, hypertension, BMI (body mass index), social class, as well as exercise,” the study noted.

However researchers were able to make associations between the levels of inflammation and cholesterol in sedentary people.

“One fourth of the association between screen time and cardiovascular events was explained collectively by C-reactive protein (CRP), body mass index, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol,” said the study.

CRP, an indicator of low-grade inflammation, was about twice as high in people who spent more than four hours of free time daily in front of a screen compared to people who spent less than two hours a day.

Stamatakis said he intends to continue to study how prolonged sitting impacts human health and how lifestyle changes could be advocated to reduce the amount of time people spend inactive.

Source: SGGP

3,000th open heart patient receives free operation

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 10:00 am

The city’s Association for Poor Patients, which assists free surgery to heart patients, has provided free operation for the 3,000th cardiac.

Mr. Tran Thanh Long, SSPP’s president and Mr. Le Thanh An, the US Consul General in HCMC, visit Thanh Van and give her a gift at Tam Duc Hospital in the city on Dec. 8 2010. (Photo: SGGP)

A three-year-old child, Tran Nguyen Ngoc Thanh Van, who comes from a low-income family in HCMC’s suburban district Nha Be, was the 3,000th heart patient. She was suffering a congenital heart disease.

However, because of her economic circumstances, she received no medical treatment for her condition.

Through sponsorship and financial support from the U.S. Consulate General in HCMC, the toddler underwent a free open-heart surgery on December 6. The operation was performed at the Heart Hospital ‘Tam Duc’ in district 7.

The operation was a success and now her health condition is stable and has been discharged from hospital.

During her time in hospital, Mr. Tran Thanh Long, SSPP’s president and Mr. Le Thanh An, the US Consul General in HCMC, visited the sick child and gave her gifts.

SSPP and their benefactors have sponsored over 3,000 children with heart disease in Vietnam for the last four years. The total expenditure for these operations have been over VND150 billion (US$75,000).

Source: SGGP

Each number is a heart

In Uncategorized on October 20, 2010 at 3:03 pm

Each number is a heart

QĐND – Wednesday, October 20, 2010, 20:57 (GMT+7)

PANO – Recently, Vu Quang District in Ha Tinh Province has struggled against two historic floods. The water level raised suddenly and quickly, submerging all properties of the people who reside there.

However, Vu Quang District Party Secretary and the local authority determined not to let the people remain in a hungry and thirsty situation. As a result, they made efforts to reach homes in the hardest-hit areas to provide them with relief aid.

Nguyen Thanh Son, Vu Quang District Party Secretary, said that the second flood came quickly but they had provided the people with food and drinks right after the first one so that local people could live on them.

Moreover, the district had paid VND 350 million for its communes to buy instant noodle and drinking water for use in the event of natural disaster. These foods and drinks had been used efficiently during the floods, ensuring that local people would not run out.

“In the recent two days, we mobilised all the boats we had to carry 2,500 boxes of instant noodle and 1,000 boxes of drinking water to the people in isolated areas of Duc Giang, Duc Bong, Duc Linh, An Phu, Huong Tho, Duc Lien etc.,” said Mr. Son.

Fortunately, Vu Quang has been supported by people throughout the country. According to the district’s Fatherland Front Committee, Mr Tran Binh Lam, by October 18th, 40 groups had transferred relief aids to the district.

The committee has received more than 6,000 boxes of instant noodle, VND 837 million, 500 blankets, 670 kilograms of rice, 600 mineral water tanks and other necessary appliances.

This relief aid was said to be sent directly to the people as soon as possible.

Each amount relating to relief aid to the Vu Quang people will help them bear their difficulties.

Translated by Ngoc Hung

Source: QDND

Doctors save child stabbed in heart, lung

In Uncategorized on August 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm

The Ho Chi Minh City Children Hospital No.1 August 16 announced a success in saving a child who was stabbed in the heart and lung.

The kid in intensive room in the Children Hospital No.1 after the surgery (Photo: SGGP)

The 11 year old child Le Cong Truc in the Mekong delta province of Long An’s district Tan Thanh was taken to the emergency room of the district hospital with an iron stick through his body. Doctors soon cut a wooden part of the  stick and transferred him to the city Children Hospital No.1.

The 20cm iron stick with the outside part moved after the beat of his heart. It has stabbed through right pleura of the lung and right ventricle. When doctors in the  hospital carried out a cardiac surgery, removing the iron stick, the kid’s heart sometimes stopped beating because he lost so much blood.

The child patient had recovered after five days in intensive care. The boy was stabbed when he and other children in the neighborhood hunted mouse in fields, his friends thrust him by chance.

Source: SGGP

Ancient rural life in heart of Hanoi

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 9:00 am

Ancient rural life in heart of Hanoi

QĐND – Saturday, July 10, 2010, 21:36 (GMT+7)

Right in the heart of Hanoi, tourists can see and touch the simple life of the Vietnamese countryside several centuries ago while visiting the Museum of Farming Tools and Daily Life Essentials of Northern Farmers.

The museum, covering 100 sq. m. on Van Ho street, was founded in 2004 by a retired publishing house employee, Tran Phu Son, who has spent more than 20 years collecting over 200 objects to display at the museum.

Flour mills, earthenware and copper basins dating back hundreds of years and rice-grinding mills available only in the 19 th century are among the objects which are no longer in use today.

A bamboo bucket to water crop fields or a palm coat which was used to help farmers struggle against three different severe weather conditions–the heat, the cold and the rain–provide a glimpse into ancient life in the countryside.

The museum owner said he rummaged everywhere in the northern countryside to collect objects essential to ancient rural life, to help young generations better understand their ancestors.

“All the exhibits here are evidence of my devotion to keeping the past alive for the future. Anyone interested in studying the life of northern farmers will be welcome here,” said Son, who devoted over 40 years to the publishing industry.

Besides the museum on northern rural life, which is among the first three private museums in Vietnam, Son plans to establish another museum in Ho Chi Minh City, dealing with pottery from all parts of the country.

Source: VNA

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Vietnam’s first heart transplantation succeeds

In Uncategorized on June 22, 2010 at 4:33 am

The Vietnam Military Medical University said its doctors have successfully performed the first heart transplantation in Vietnam.

The operation, lasting nearly two hours, gave Bui Van Nam, 48, from the northern province of Thai Binh, who has suffered from final-stage heart failure, a working heart taken from a brain dead donor.

After the transplantation, which was conducted on June 17 with support from experts from Cheng Hsin hospital, Taiwan ( China ), Nam is now in sound recovery.

The Military Medical University, which also performed the country’s first kidney and liver transplantations, has performed experimental heart transplants since August 2005.

Heart transplantation was first conducted successfully in the world in 1967 and it is regarded an effective procedure to help patients with end-stage heart failure and severe coronary artery disease live longer.

Source: SGGP

Poor children to receive free heart surgery

In Uncategorized on June 3, 2010 at 6:08 pm

Poor children to receive free heart surgery

QĐND – Thursday, June 03, 2010, 21:9 (GMT+7)

Hanoi’s 102 poor children suffering from congenital heart diseases will be provided with free surgeries from June 15 to August 31, Dao Van Binh, deputy chairman of the municipal People’s Committee announced on June 2.

Under the programme, Hanoi Cardiology Hospital, National Hospital of Pediatrics and E Hospital will carry out this project which is funded by the Hanoi Children Protection Fund.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND

Golf charity benefits child heart patients

In Uncategorized on May 27, 2010 at 5:15 pm

Ballet dancers to light up Uncle Ho’s sun in every heart

In Uncategorized on May 13, 2010 at 4:52 am

In the heat of the celebration of the late President Ho Chi Minh’s 120th birthday, the HCMC Ballet Symphony Orchestra and Opera (HBSO) will present a special ballet suite: “Sun in my heart” featuring the brave story of Uncle Ho’s journey to bring peace and sovereignty to his country. The performance will take place on Ho Chi Minh’s birthday, May 19.

A flier for the May 19 ballet suite at the HCMC Opera House (Photo: HBSO)The play begins with the historical background of early 20th century Vietnam, when his people suffered political oppression and economic poverty under French rule. The tremendous pain of his compatriots truly touched the heart of the burgeoning revolutionary, Nguyen Tat Thanh. The suffering caused by the exploitation of his people motivated the young man leave his homeland in order to study abroad, with the aim of finding ways to release his people from the shackles of colonialism and bring peace to Vietnam.

Next, the program dramatically portrays how Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnamese Army triumphed over their French enemies.  Millions of Vietnamese proudly gathered to hear the Vietnam Declaration of Independence proclaimed by President Ho Chi Minh. It was in this moment that Democratic Republic of Vietnam was born.

However, the celebratory feeling ends quickly as tear-jerking scenes ensue, as the play chronicles the horrible wars that occurred after 1945. Dark skies and cold-blooded barbed wire fences capture the brutality of this period. Audiences will witness the stage fill with exploding bombs that ravage Vietnamese towns and villages.  These scenes of war depicting the murder of civilians are likely to leave audiences spellbound. 

The suite ends with the joyful sounds that accompanied the day when Vietnam won back her independence.  The play finishes with images of the Vietnamese people embracing victory and each other: heart to heart, hand in hand, north and south, everybody united by their love and admiration for the late President Ho Chi Minh.

The script, written by Meritorious Artist To Nguyet Nga, won first prize at the composing competition “Study and follow Uncle Ho’s example” and later was staged by People’s Artist Vu Viet Cuong. The trio: Vu Viet Cuong, Tran Kim Quy and Nguyen Tan Loc are the production’s choreographers, their sequences are performed by the HBSO Ballet. 

Composer Vo Dang Tin and HBSO’s Chief Conductor Tran Vuong Thach prepared the show’s musical score.

The performance will start at 8pm at the HCMC District 1’s Opera House.

Tickets are available at the House’s ticket office and cost from VND100,000 (US$5) to VND200,000 ($10). Free delivery is offered to any booking via the hotline: (848-08)3823 7419.

Source: SGGP

RoK supports paediatric heart disease surgery

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 3:47 pm

RoK supports paediatric heart disease surgery

QĐND – Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 20:43 (GMT+7)

Four disadvantaged Vietnamese children born with heart disease on April 20 flew to the Republic of Korea for free heart surgeries with assistance from the RoK’s Sunny Korea.

They are this year’s first humanitarian surgeries worth 48,000 USD funded by Sunny Korea, the Vietnam Children’s Fund said.

Sunny Korea is scheduled to provide heart surgery for eight more Vietnamese children in August and November of this year.

The non-governmental organisation operating in health and education has provided surgery at a total cost of about 1.1 million USD for 110 Vietnamese children born with heart disease since 2002 through the Vietnam Children’s Fund.

Source: VNA

Source: QDND