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Vietnamese Smoke $1.4b Worth of Cigarettes Yearly: Survey

A recent survey on global smoking habits revealed that Vietnam is home to approximately 15.6 million adult smokers, who consumed some US$1.39 billion worth of cigarettes last year alone.

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Mekong Delta Grapples With Severe Doctor Shortage

The Mekong Delta region is facing a serious doctor shortage which threatens to become even more severe by 2020.

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Heart Disease on the Rise Among Young Urban Vietnamese: Experts

Young Vietnamese city dwellers are increasingly at risk of heart disease, according to local health officials.

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Teenagers Account for 70% of Vietnam's 'Secret Abortions'

A new survey conducted by Vietnam’s General Statistics Office reveals that 70% of the country’s "secret abortions" involve teenagers aged 13 to 19.

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Vietnam Remains Among Countries With Most Smokers in the World

Though Vietnam has made a dent in its tobacco fixation, the country still has one of the highest rates of smoking in the world.

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Vietnam Could Have Most Cancer Cases Worldwide by 2020: Expert

Registering firmly in the realm of not-so-great news, one expert is estimating Vietnam could have the most cancer cases in the world by 2020.

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Ministry of Health Confirms First 2 Zika Cases in Vietnam

Earlier this morning, Ministry of Health officials confirmed Vietnam's first two cases of the Zika virus.

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Vietnamese Spend $2bn on Healthcare Overseas

While foreigners are coming to Vietnam for medical tourism, locals are spending US$2 billion a year on healthcare abroad.

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Instant Noodles Linked to Heart Disease, Stroke: Study

As the world's second largest consumer of instant noodles – Vietnam chows down on 5.2 billion packs of the pre-cooked blocks every year – this may be hard news to swallow, but studies show t...

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Bill Gates, British Finance Minister Pledge $4.28bn to Fight Malaria

In an effort to quash the potentially fatal illness for good, billionaire Bill Gates and British finance minister George Osborne are pledging £3 billion (US$4.28 billion) to fight malaria around the w...

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Vietnam's Abortion Dilemma

While a new draft population law could update Vietnam's regulations on family planning and population control, the country's true challenge lies in addressing the root causes of its sky-high abortion ...

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Dengue Vaccine Gets Green Light As Cases Soar in Central Vietnam

In the midst of a dangerous dengue epidemic in south-central Vietnam, medical professionals are giving the go-ahead to a preventive vaccine for the deadly virus.

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The Dangers of Saigon Street Coffee

You might want to think twice before buying your next cà phê sữa đá on the street. If you can call it that, really: “industrial chemicals” is not a phrase you want to have associated with your morning...

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Vietnam’s Air Quality Among the Worst in the World

We’ve known for a while that air quality in Vietnam is less than stellar. Based on recent readings, we know for sure that breathing in Saigon is a risky proposition, but new statistics released by Yal...

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Japan Tech Could be The Key to Scrubbing Agent Orange From Vietnam

Agent Orange contamination, along with unexploded ordnance (UXOs), have proven to be the two most harmful legacies of the American War in terms of public health. While experts say it could take an est...

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Vietnam Posts Average Ranking Among World's Healthiest Countries

Between pollution, beer consumption and cigarettes, Vietnam faces its fair share of challenges in the health department.

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Saigon's Air Quality Report Just Came Out and It's Not Good

As you may have noticed over the past month, Saigon's ambient air pollution is getting worse.

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Antibiotic Resistance Is Growing in Vietnam at a Dangerous Rate

As antibiotic resistance in Vietnam continues to rise, the country faces a growing number of powerful superbugs which experts warn could jeopardize public health.

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Health Officials May Require 'Rape Verification' For Certain Abortions

The Vietnamese Ministry of Health may require rape victims seeking an abortion for a fetus older than 12 weeks to verify that they have been sexually assaulted.

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Saigon Sees a Sharp Rise in Dengue Fever

This has been a tough year for dengue in Vietnam. While health officials have been cautioning for months now that the illness, passed by mosquitoes, is on the rise, dengue has reached peak levels in t...

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