Vietnam’s wildlife is as diverse as it is beautiful. In fact, Vietnam alone boasts more than 11,000 species of animals. As beautiful as these are, it is important to recognize the dangers that wildlife can bring and be prepared for any eventuality.

We all know small amounts of bacteria in food won’t affect us; our immune systems can fight off minor infections. But this isn’t the only reason for concern. Vegetables and fruits on the shelves in the supermarket and produce labelled ‘organic’ are showing high levels of pesticides and pollutants. Are we helping ourselves by removing the skins or washing?

Fresh thinking on Diabetes

Diabetes is one of the oldest known human diseases; but due to our current lifestyles, food portions and increased sugar in our diet, diabetes will become the biggest killer over the next few years. Its full name (diabetes mellitus) comes from the Greek words for syphon and sugar, and describes the most obvious symptom of uncontrolled diabetes: the passing of large amounts of urine that is sweet because it contains sugar (glucose).

There is a significant increase in children under the age of two having check-ups or receiving daily treatment as we move into autumn.

Do you recognise any of these?

Third Culture Kids

Third Culture Kids (TCKs) have both a unique set of experiences and an equally unique perspective on life. Born or raised in cultures outside of their parents’ place of origin, they live elsewhere because of their parents’ occupations or interests.

World Hepatitis Day is on Jul. 28. Hepatitis B is a concern in Vietnam, with a least 5 percent of the population infected. Most people have heard of Hepatitis A and B, but not everyone knows that there is also Hepatitis C, D and E. While A and B can be prevented by vaccination, the other three cannot.

Summertime is always a favourite for children: warm weather, school holidays and many different activities. While the summertime is usually a fun and wonderful time for them, us adults have to worry about increased risks of injury and illness from swimming and other outdoor adventures.

Apr. 7 is World Health Day and the focus this year is on food safety. Living in Vietnam, this is a particular topic of interest as many of us are either eating street food or going to the supermarkets to buy the food that we consume every day.

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