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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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[Video] Saigon Slaughterhouse Caught Dyeing Chickens With Chemicals

You might want to hold off on the phở gà for a while. Apparently, in order to give its produce that tasty, chicken-fat-yellow hue, one local slaughterhouse has been dipping its freshly-killed chickens...

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Street Food Vendors May Be Required to Comply With New Food Safety Regulation

Street food could soon get a thorough cleaning, as new regulations proposed by the Ministry of Industry and Trade seek to bring food safety standards to Saigon's roadside dining.

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Female Viagra May Be Coming To A Pharmacy Near You

Last week, the Vietnamese Department of Health announced that it would consider circulating a newly-approved drug call Addyi, which treats low sexual desire in women.

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How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Gluten

So you’ve been told that gluten is the antithesis of healthy living. Google searches involving the words “gluten” and “bad” yield thousands of articles branding this highly misunderstood substance as ...

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Up To 54% Of Ice In Saigon Found To Be Contaminated

From trà đá and cafe sữa đá to bia hơi, ice is an important element of beverage culture in Saigon. But according to a new study by the city’s Department of Food Hygiene and Safety, more than half of i...

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Beer Prices In Saigon Among The Cheapest On Earth: Index

According to the 2015 Beer Price Index, Saigon has some of the cheapest been in the world.

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[Video] What Happens When Vietnamese Try to Use a Condom for the First Time

You know sex education in Vietnam is lacking when a group of 20-somethings struggle mightily to unfurl a condom.

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Fake Rice Made With Plastic Has Allegedly Made Its Way To Vietnam

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about when it comes to local food safety, reports have surfaced that fake, plastic-based rice may have found its way into our food supply.

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Vietnam Moves to Ban Smoking at Weddings and Funerals

In a move to combat climbing smoking rates in Vietnam, heath officials have proposed banning the act at weddings and funerals.