5 November 2009 – Pongsawat Rattanasang, Phuket Provincial Chief Medical Officer warns Phuket people to be aware of the return of Swine Flu A/H1N1 this winter.

Doctor said the new wave of A/H1N1 influenza in Thailand outbreak this October has already infected 57 people nationwide.

Thailand’s confirmed swine flu tally since April climbs to 414,945. The death toll is 4,999. However, there is no report of A/H1N1 case in Phuket yet.

“Take good care of your health. Wash your hands properly and often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Stay away from people who may be sick or large gatherings. Cover your coughs and sneezes. Don’t share belonging. Keep yourself healthy, get enough sleep, eat healthy food and exercise.” said Doctor.

“If you get sick, wear a surgical mask, stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them. Do not share items such as eating utensils and drink bottles with others. Sick people with congenital disease should immediately see a doctor. Keeping up to date on the latest recommendations and news from Ministry of Public Health.” added Doctor.

Also, Doctor Pongsawat warns people of other 6 diseases that may come with winter i.e. pneumonia, seasonal flu, measles, German measles, chicken pox and diarrhea. He suggested people to keep yourself healthy with nutritious food and enough water and plenty of sleep. Avoid contact with those who sick. Keep yourself warm in cold weather. Avoid smoking, alcohol and drug.

“Parents who have children age lower than 6 should take good care of their body temperature. Keep them warm since they have low immunity to easily get cold and pneumonia. Pregnant women should stay away from a person with German measles during the first 3 month of pregnancy to avoid the birth of disabled children.” said Doctor Pongsawat.

(Phuket, Thailand). Despite the worldwide economic downturn in 2008, more people continued to seek treatment for hair loss, according to statistics released from a recent member survey conducted by the International Society of Hair Restoration Surgery (ISHRS) – the world’s leading medical authority on hair loss and hair restoration. The extrapolated worldwide number of hair restoration patients treated in 2008 was approximately 811,363 (236,468 surgical patients and 574,894 non-surgical patients) – up 26 percent from 2006.

This significant increase in hair restoration patients coincides with a 12 percent jump in the total number of surgical hair restoration procedures worldwide – from 225,779 procedures in 2006 to 252,002 procedures in 2008.

“Continual refinements in surgical techniques and more natural-looking results are driving the increased demand in hair restoration,” says Dr. Kongkiat Laorwong of Absolute Hair Clinic, Phuket, Thailand. “Today, more people are looking for an edge in the workplace and greater satisfaction in their personal lives, so they are willing to invest in restoring their hair for the inherent benefits of looking younger and feeling more self-confident.”

Although the majority of hair restoration patients are men, the percentage of women seeking help for hair loss appears to be on the rise. Since the Practice Census was first conducted in 2005, the percent of hair restoration surgical patients who were female increased from 11.4 percent in 2004 to 13.8 percent in 2006 and 15.1 percent in 2008. Similarly, the percent of female non-surgical hair restoration patients has also increased – from 28.3 percent to 31.8 percent over the four-year period.

The survey also found that people of all different ages were seeking hair restoration surgery in 2008. For example, ISHRS members reported that the average age of their patients who underwent hair restoration surgery for the first time in 2008 was 38 years old. More than half of male and female patients fell between the ages of 30 to 49 years old (59.6 percent and 54.9 percent, respectively), and, on average, male patients tended to be slightly younger than female patients.

“Over the years, we have noticed a similar trend in our practice of younger patients and more women seeking treatment for hair loss,” says Dr. Kongkiat Laorwong. “The key is to seek help early to prevent future hair loss, and this survey shows that people are heeding our advice and not willing to delay treatment until they are older or their hair loss becomes more noticeable.”

Source: Absolute hair clinic

When you are too tried to drive, it is very risk of getting into an accident. Most of you like to stop on the side of the road when you are too sluggish to continue driving – get some rest at the nearest hotel or be sure to stop in a well-it area.

the U.S. National Safety Council suggests these tips to avoid drowsy driving:

  • Get plenty of sleep before your trip. Stick to a regular sleep schedule.
  • Try not to drive between midnight and 6 a.m.
  • Try to take long trips with someone else, and switch drivers regularly.
  • Get on the road early in the day, and keep the car nice and cool to help you stay awake.
  • Make frequent stops — about every 100 miles or two hours. Walk around, get a little exercise or have a snack.
  • Practice good driving posture — head up, shoulders back and knees bent at about a 45-degree angle — to help you stay awake.

Source: yahoo

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