The worst thing in the world is to try to sleep and not to” — F. Scott Fitzgerald

With this month marking the beginning of flu season — which lasts until March — people are more susceptible to getting the flu and falling ill for up to 12 days. Getting a flu vaccination can easily prevent this. However, many people are misled by the basic facts of influenza — the FAQ below should shed some light.

When preparing for the new school year, here are some health reminders to consider:

We see people with influenza or flu all year round, but the numbers peak during autumn and throughout the winter — this is why it is referred to as ‘seasonal flu.’ Flu is different from a cold and is caused by another group of viruses. The symptoms tend to be more severe and last longer.

With the thermometer at a Hanoi high, and humidity rising, we all need to remind ourselves how to stay healthy in the summer heat. The danger for some is heat exhaustion, which is a condition whose symptoms may include weakness, headache, dizziness, muscle cramps, nausea or vomiting and rapid heart beat. All of this as a result of your body overheating.

“Antibiotic Resistance a ‘Catastrophic Threat.’” — Reuter’s headline, March 2014
“Antibiotic Apocalypse. A terrible future could be on the horizon, a future which rips one of the greatest tools of medicine out of the hands of doctors.” — BBC headline

If you’ve ever experienced a rumbling of your stomach or the need to go to the toilet after consuming dairy products, you might just be suffering from lactose intolerance. Dr. Cynthia Dacanay, paediatrician at Family Medical Practice, provides more information on the causes, tests and tips related to lactose intolerance.

Everybody knows the detrimental effects of smoking on your health. It’s common knowledge and even written on the side of every cigarette packet. We know that smoking can shorten your life expectancy, increase our risk of lung cancer (one in 11 smokers will die of lung cancer), and increase the risk of chronic lung disease or having a stroke or heart attack.

It is the beginning of a New (Lunar) Year, which means whether warranted or not we are all more aware of our health and fitness. Gyms and sports shops are the first to capitalize on this shared anxiety, but if you can (briskly) walk past the ‘10 percent off a lifetime membership’ or the pair of trainers that can tell you how far you need to run to burn off the doughnut you’ve just scoffed, there are some alternatives to improve your health.

Natural Ways to Prevent Migraines

Migraines are a pain to deal with and for those who experience them on a regular basis — life literally becomes a nightmare. Most people resort to taking medication to prevent migraine attacks or to reduce the frequency and severity of attacks. However, most preventive migraine medications have potential side effects, so only adults or children with at least one to two attacks per week should take them.

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