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Nothing like a little lift

Published September 18, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Nothing like a little lift

Sep 18. 2019
Dr. Sabrina Guillen Fabi, a double board-certified Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon from San Diego, California.

Dr. Sabrina Guillen Fabi, a double board-certified Dermatologist and Cosmetic Surgeon from San Diego, California.
By The Nation

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Chicago-born international speaker, trainer, author and medical correspondent for Fox5 News San Diego, Dr Sabrina Guillen Fabi is an internationally recognised leader in cosmetic dermatology.

The double board-certified dermatologist and dermatologic cosmetic surgeon, assistant clinical professor at University of California, San Diego and associate research director at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology, she is actively involved in multiple injectable, laser, and sclerotherapy clinical studies, including Phase III FDA clinical trials and a leading authority on the Ultherapy, a rejuvenating treatment that has gained popularity in Thailand in recent years. She recently came to Thailand to talk about Ultherapy and how it fits Asian people.

Ultherapy takes two ultrasound waves to precisely heat tissue at three depths – 1.5mm, 3.0mm and 4.5mm. It tricks the body to create collagen production and the only nonsurgical treatment approved by the USFDA for lifting and tightening the skin on the neck, chin, and brow and improving lines and wrinkles on the chest area.

“There are many devices but Ultherapy is the only FDA-approved treatment. There are similar devices claiming more or less similar technology as Ultherapy but Ultherapy is the one and only treatment with visualization, showing and ensuring the right skin layer to treat for a best effective outcome,” Fabi says. Ultherapy is different from other cosmetic procedures, she adds, in that it’s micro-focused and uses depth, temperature, precision, and imaging to provide effective and lasting results.

“It’s good for Asian people who usually have rounder faces. Ultherapy lifts the fat they already have up,” she says.

Ultherapy uses ultrasound waves which create points of heat by using magnifying glass. Cross beams of ultrasound energy then precisely heat tissue at the meeting point of these beams to the optimal temperature to denature collagen. Normally when you create a precise injury, the body starts delivering collagen to heal. The ultrasound energy stimulates collagen and elastic tissue, which should result in firmer skin, less sagging, and fewer wrinkles while increasing the skin’s ability to create collagen.

“Collagen is a natural protein that gives skin its youthfulness by keeping it firm and toned. As we age, collagen breaks down, and the result is a loss of skin strength and elasticity,” she explains, adding that the lasting results from Ultherapy varies according to the individual but is usually a minimum of a year and often 2 years.

For Asian people, she recommends the treatment is done once a year for the whole face including the upper neck. Since the procedure stimulates a person’s own collagen production, how long the results last depend on the individual. The treatment produces new collagen on the inside, but the individual’s natural ageing process will dictate how long that translates into visible results on the outside.

Dr Fabi adds that in the US, Ultherapy is being used for butt lifts, as well as to firm up knees, thighs, butt, the abdomen and inner arms.

She also cautions that Ultherapy should only be administered by qualified doctors using a certified Ultherapy machine. A check list is available at https://realmattersasia.com/.

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Dementia and Alzheimer

Published September 13, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Dementia and Alzheimer

Sep 12. 2019
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Tips for Alzheimer’s prevention and care

With Thailand’s population ageing rapidly, what are the best ways to tackle the certain rise that’s coming in dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?

 

Dr Thanatip, what is the medical definition of Alzheimer’s disease?

Generally speaking, dementia is the broad term for people suffering from declining cognitive ability. Alzheimer’s is one of the more specific ailments, accounting for 60-70 per cent of all patients with dementia.

Alzheimer’s is not a new disease –it’s been around for a long time. Symptoms include forgetfulness because it involves loss of short-term memory in the first stage. They might forget they already ate breakfast even though they just did. Or they might leave the house to buy something at a store around the corner and forget halfway there where they’re going. Or they might forget to take along an umbrella when it’s raining.

 

What is the average age at which Alzheimer’s appears in Thailand?

We’ve seen patients from age 60 onwards, with more cases among those in their 70s, 80s and 90s. Not many people were afflicted 30 years ago, when the life expectancy was 60 and death would occur before Alzheimer’s could take hold. Today the average lifespan is 75, so we’ve seen a growing number of people age 75-85 suffering from this illness.

Worldwide, Alzheimer’s suffers over 90 represent about 7 per cent of the senior population, meaning one in every 15. At 75, the ratio is 2-3 per cent. For the general population in Thailand, the ratio is 0.15 per 100.

 

What advice do you give people with a parent suffering from this illness?

First of all, daughters and sons and caregivers must understand that Alzheimer’s is not treatable, but we can mitigate the risks and increase the quality of life for patients.

Once diagnosed, patients on average live another 3-10 years while their cognitive ability gradually declines, to a point where they cannot be fed properly. In the first stage, they might become forgetful and lose short-term memory. In the middle stage, they will also lose long-term memory, perhaps forgetting the names of their own children or life-partner. Emotional disorders, apathy and aggressiveness are also common.

In the final stage, the muscles stop working properly due to cognitive impairment. They will find it difficult to eat or swallow. Even when fed by someone else, they can’t swallow the food.

Family members should help maintain the patient’s quality of life in the initial years, such as taking them on a long holiday while it’s still practical. Outdoor activities also help stimulate cognitive functions and slow memory loss.

In the middle stage, patients might need professional caregivers, since they should not be left alone due to the increasing impairment.

Patients might also need personal tracking devices to avoid getting lost or facing other danger due to their declining brain function.

The economic costs of Alzheimer’s are huge. Figures from the US show that as much as $100 billion is spent on patients annually.

 

Thailand’s baby-boom generation is now 50-70 years old. How do they fit in the picture?

According to research, 30 per cent of the factors involved in Alzheimer’s are known and manageable, such as education level – better-educated people tend to suffer less from cognitive impairment. Someone with hearing impairment might contract Alzheimer’s sooner than average due to the linkage nerves between the brain and auditory organs.

If a parent has a hearing problem, get them immediate treatment and a hearing aid to slow the progress of Alzheimer’s. Obesity, diabetes, alcohol consumption and smoking are other contributing factors, accounting for a combined 10 per cent of the known causes.

 

What’s your advice regarding diet?

According to Japanese research, two magic foods help prevent or slow the progress of Alzheimer’s. Kaeng kari, a yellow curry with turmeric and other herbs, is reported to have this quality, and citrus fruit such as oranges and lemons are beneficial.

The Mediterranean diet with lots of fresh vegetables, olive oil, fish and a small amount of carbohydrates is also good for Alzheimer’s patients.

Other Japanese research shows that the so-called “cogni-cise” – cognitive exercise – is helpful for senior citizens too as a means to prevent or slow the onset of Alzheimer’s.

Physical exercise such as walking is good, while playing board games with friends is another choice. You can see seniors’ groups walking or jogging in Bangkok’s Lumpini Park early each morning. Afterwards they enjoy playing chess or mah-jong or other board games. This is a good example of cognitive exercise, because the seniors are also benefiting from using their brain in calculations while interacting with friends.

Physical and cognitive exercises, plus regular human interaction, are crucial to maintaining good health in old age. Many in their 70s or 80s or even 90s can still enjoy a good quality of life when they maintain a favourable lifestyle. What we see at Lumpini in the early morning is consistent with the research findings from Japan. Such a lifestyle is an effective way to prevent or delay cognitive impairment.

If you’re near or over 50, you should start to take care of yourself and maintain brain function. If you have parents or other older close relatives, make sure they have a hearing check-up. Then manage the risks that might result from initial memory loss, which could lead to accidents and other untoward incidents. They may need caregivers. In more serious cases, they’ll have to stay in a specialist healthcare centre.

It’s a chronic disease needing long-term care, and relatives often worry about the patient’s wellbeing.

Children of parents with Alzheimer’s will find it most stressful as they enter the early stage since they quickly lose the ability to do common things.

Thailand’s life expectancy has risen to 75 on average, with females at 77 and males at 73. Based on current forecasts, my generation, now in their 50s, will live until 90. This Gen X population has a 7 per cent chance of contracting Alzheimer’s. The Gen Y population now 40 or younger may live until 100, but the probability of Alzheimer’s developing is not yet known for them.

They will pass through multiple stages. During their 50 and 60s, they might suffer from heart disease, which is quite manageable today. After 60, they might have some form of cancer, most of which are also more manageable today. Afterwards, they will probably face the final hurdle – cognitive impairment due to old age – which is not yet treatable. We have to live with it and improve the quality of life as much as possible.

Perfectly planned for quality living

Published September 11, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Perfectly planned for quality living

Sep 10. 2019
The scenery at Izumi Park Town, the Tapio Shopping Centre (left) and The Sendai Royal Park  where is next to the Sendai Izumi Premium outlets.

The scenery at Izumi Park Town, the Tapio Shopping Centre (left) and The Sendai Royal Park where is next to the Sendai Izumi Premium outlets.
By Parinyaporn Pajee
The Nation

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In this second part of the two-part series, the writer travels to Sendai in Northeast Japan to see how nature is being interwoven with urban development.

Leaving behind the forests and parks nestled in and around Tokyo’s business district, we head to Izumi Park Town – a 10 kilometres away from Sendai.

The Izumi Park Town is the sustainable residential area in Migayi Prefecture on which Mitsubishi started work some 50 years ago. The development was launched in 1969 when Mitsubishi snapped up some 10.74 square kilometres (6,712.5 rai) of forest land on the mountainside. The first stage of Izumi Park Town started in 1974 and Mitsubishi has been developing the area ever since, adding an industrial area and recreation zone to the housing areas.

Built from scratch, Izumi Park is now regarded as an ideal town with infrastructure and urban planning systematically designed to enhance people’s interactions and connections. The management of the town is carried out under mutual community rules while the development programme is designed to encompass almost every aspect of urban living ranging from living space to schools, industrial and business districts, as well as recreational areas and even hospitals, all designed to accommodate people of any age and gender. The most recent developments include the new shopping mall Izumi Park Town Tapio and Sendai Izumi Premium outlets.

This peaceful coexistence takes place under a set of rules developed to enable the town to operate with the benefits and interests of the community in mind while showing respect for each other. Community members are made aware of their role and responsibility to respect the rules, allowing this quality society to maintain its high living standards.

With a current population of approximately 25,000, the town has been systematically developed and is rich in green spaces. Houses are beautifully designed, surrounded by trees, public parks and golf courses as well as such facilities as shopping malls, supermarkets and outlets that accommodate the ever-increasing number of tourists. Visitors are mesmerized by the impeccably organised urban spaces, appropriately divided into four different zones from living, urbanisation, recreation and working.

Intersections are replaced by T-sections to avoid traffic incidents.

Intersections are replaced by T-sections to avoid traffic incidents.

In the Living area, the emphasis is placed on the design of roadways to enable the most effective functionality, which includes different types of roads with carefully calculated geometric designs that have minimal curves and take account of the disruption caused by private driveways. Intersections are replaced by T-sections to avoid traffic incidents and here, as elsewhere, priority is given to the inhabitants’ safety and well-being.

In addition, each residential project is required to have at least 30 per cent green space of the total spatial programme and provide a communal area to encourage public activities and interactions between community members.

A site visit of AP (Thailand) team including four students from AP's Open House and the press at Izumi Park Town.

A site visit of AP (Thailand) team including four students from AP’s Open House and the press at Izumi Park Town.

The design also takes care to ensure no sensibilities are offended by ensuring that the roofs are in cool tones and there are no fences, In the meantime, the town encourages the use of the community bus provided by Mitsubishi Estate that offers residents comprehensive services at a cheaper cost. Responsibility for the public and private space is shared between the Sendai City, the landowner, MEC (Mitsubishi Estate Group) and the Plant Committee to make sure every tree in the town gets the care it needs to thrive.

The highly urbanized town centre is home to the schools, public activities and shopping malls and surrounded by the recreation and activity areas that include the golf course, tennis courts and horse tracks.

The working zone is home to the business area, with the light industry and office zones systematically managed and properly separated from the heavy industry zone.

The housing area is designed to situate behind the trees area that help to reduce the noise from vehicles.

The housing area is designed to situate behind the trees area that help to reduce the noise from vehicles.

Vittakarn Chandavimol, chief of AP (Thailand) ’s Corporate Strategy and Creation, is well pleased with the visits to Tokyo and Sendai, telling us that they inspire AP to adapt what they see in Japan into their upcoming projects.

“There are obviously a lot of differences between our two countries so there are things we just can’t do, like creating the concept of Izumi Park Town in Thailand. But there are also many things we can try, such as adopting the green environment design in housing projects both vertically (condominium) and horizontally (housing estate), the traffic design and also how to raise the community awareness,” he says.

“And we cannot adopt the same business model as Mitsubishi Estate has used for Izumi Park Town. Here Mitsubishi has developed phase after phase over a 50-year period and continues to do so. We, on the other hand, work from project to project.

“We don’t have a huge plot of land like Izumi Park Town, but what we can apply is how to develop different projects simultaneously in the same area serving different target groups and then try to turn these into a community,” he continues.

Vittakarn Chandavimol, chief of AP (Thailand) ’s Corporate Strategy and Creation at the Izumi Park Town, Sendai, Japan.

Vittakarn Chandavimol, chief of AP (Thailand) ’s Corporate Strategy and Creation at the Izumi Park Town, Sendai, Japan.

Vittakarn is also certain that the field trip is equally as beneficial to his students and the press.

“We bring our product development team to Japan too. While we can’t pick up and do in Thailand what we have observed from the field trips we’ve organised over the past few years, we carry the concepts inside our heads. When the Japanese start doing something, they do it

thoroughly and deeply. It can takes years to be successful and so forus it’s like a shortcut to learning.”

In the meantime, AP is also focusing on greening the environment. It is now working with the Big Trees Project in removing and relocating the big trees before clearing and construction begins whereas before it would simply have cut them down. The Big Trees Project’s arborist

and tree surgeon gives the guidelines on how to trim, cut or remove the tree properly. It is even sharing these ideas with its clients, bringing the project’s experts to teach people how to plant trees and take care of them.

See also thethe first of a two-part series on Mitsubishi Estate’s projects in Japan at  https://www.nationthailand.com/lifestyle/30376024

Living in the arms of Mother Nature

Published September 11, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Living in the arms of Mother Nature

Sep 10. 2019
By Parinyaporn Pajee
The Nation

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With a prime location between the Imperial Palace and Tokyo Station, it’s easy to understand why Marunouchi is one of Japan’s most prestigious and popular business districts.

Leading property developer AP (Thailand) loves the area too, recently leading the Thai media and four of its top Open House students to the heart of the Japanese capital to explore new ideas in land development through its Japanese partner Mitsubishi Estate, which owns and manages one third of Marunouchi, an area that’s home to more than 4,000 companies housed in 100 buildings and which draws some 230,000 workers every day.

This year, AP is focusing its attention on sustainability and looking at ways to bring a green ambience to the spaces in which we live and work. And ever since Mitsubishi Estate invested in AP Thai six years ago, the property developer has been organising field trips to Japan and adapting the ideas it gains from these visits to its developments in Thailand. Two key places are the Marunouchi business area in Tokyo and the Izumi Park Town, a town in Sendai which was built by Mitsubishi Estate and which is still being developed even though the first house was built 50 years ago.

The Cafe by Aman

The Cafe by Aman

Our first stop on the Tokyo leg of the visit is Mitsubishi Estate’s headquarters in Otemachi next door to Marunouchi where Takanori Murakami, deputy general manager of the company’s Urban Development Promotion Department, is on hand to explain in detail how a green environment including a man-made forest has been incorporated within the concrete skyscrapers in the Otemachi, Marunouchi and Yurakucho areas. He tells us about the short-term initiatives the company wants to accomplish in 2020 and its long-term plans it aims to complete by 2050 before we are heading to a site visit around the area where the small forest surrounding the Cafe by Aman. This is a popular spot among salaryman, a place to eat their lunch and take a break from the concrete jungle.

Takanori Murakami, deputy general manager of the company’s Urban Development Promotion Department, is on hand to explain in detail how a green environment including a man-made forest has been incorporated within the concrete skyscrapers in the Otemachi, Marunouchi and Yurakucho areas

Takanori Murakami, deputy general manager of the company’s Urban Development Promotion Department, is on hand to explain in detail how a green environment including a man-made forest has been incorporated within the concrete skyscrapers in the Otemachi, Marunouchi and Yurakucho areas

 

Over the last decade, Marunouchi has been undergoing a major facelift led by Mitsubishi Estate. Older office buildings have been replaced by new skyscrapers with offices on their upper floors and a variety of shops and restaurants on their lower floors. These newly opened

shopping and dining complexes have revitalised the formerly unexciting business district and are drawing an increasing number of non-business visitors too. This mecca of business is brought closer to nature through plants and trees that fill every vacant space including the

pillars of the buildings and the walkways.

During the Edo period, Marunouchi (literally “within the enclosure”) was located within the outer moats of Edo Castle and contained the residences of some of Japan’s most powerful feudal lords. During the Meiji Restoration, an old castle became the Imperial Palace and the

Meiji government decided to sell the land that had once been home to the residential quarters of those feudal lords to the private sector to encourage urbanization. Only Mitsubishi understood the government’s intentions and purchased all the land. Their conviction that a modern state required an international business centre opened the doors to the future of Marunouchi.  Ichigokan, which literally means the first building, was the first edifice to be constructed in this area by Mitsubishi Estate back in 1894.

The Ichigokan - the first building of Marunouchi area.

The Ichigokan – the first building of Marunouchi area.

 

The red brick townscape was designed by British architects and earned it the nickname ‘London block’. Tokyo Station opened later in 1914.

The Ichigokan was reconstructed and reopened in 2010 as a museum focusing on 19th-century Western art. The area has now grown to become the lungs of the city, bringing people and nature together into a seamless coexistence.

One of the best examples of green living is Ichigokan Plaza, which is home to countless species of plants that take turns to bloom depending on the season. A sizeable green space is provided for visitors to rest, relax and be immersed in the natural surroundings while the

space design and lifestyle aspects reflect the coexistence between urbanites, building construction, and large trees. One of the examples is The Cafe by Aman that stands out thanks to the minimal aesthetics of its design and decoration with massive transparent floor-to ceiling glass that look out to 3,600 sqm of urban forest.

Mitsubishi Estate’s residential arm brings nature to residential development through the Bio Net Initiative, which carefully chooses planting inside the project to harmonize with the surrounding area.

Launched in February 2015, the Bio Net Initiative has now been developed into 150 projects under the condominium brand The Parkhouse. The initiative was chosen as the winner of Good Design Award of 2015 and Excellence Prize of the Biodiversity Action Grand Prize 2015 for its environmentally friendly design with outstanding considerations of flora and fauna such as birds, butterflies, flowers and grasses. The Parkhouse exists as a part of natural ecosystem and the design takes into account the appropriate number of plants, and quantity of earth water, and wind required to match the holistic space of the project to ensure total harmony. Eighteen of the 150 projects have received the ABINC biodiversity certification from the Association for Business Innovation in Harmony with Nature and Community.

At the Ichigokan Plaza, the green landscape has been added and the area.

At the Ichigokan Plaza, the green landscape has been added and the area.

 

The site visit and details provided by Mitsubishi Estate, says Vittakarn Chandavimol, chief of AP’s Corporate Strategy and Creation, shows the AP team, Open House students as well as Thai media how everyone can create a better place. For AP, he adds that the trip will inspire his team to adapt these concepts into their development projects.

“Since the real estate business needs to grow hand in hand with city development, we attach importance to improving and elevating living quality under our AP World vision. We seek to draw a blueprint of good quality of life for today and the future. Thus we have come up with

the ‘Grow’ philosophy which offers a master plan for sustainable development. Along with developing AP Group’s residential projects, we take into consideration functionality and convenience of residents in our space design and also aim to understand how urban people can live with nature, especially developing residences with green areas inside. We hope to offer another piece of the jigsaw for a perfect ecosystem that allows for the coexistence of urbanites, buildings, large trees and various ecosystems and makes life safe and sound physically and mentally from the inside out. We believe it will ensure quality living

for big-city residents,” he says.

Vittakarn Chandavimol, chief of AP (Thailand) ’s Corporate Strategy and Creation

Vittakarn Chandavimol, chief of AP (Thailand) ’s Corporate Strategy and Creation

 

The concept has already been put into practice in AP’s new condominium project Life Sathorn Sierra, which is located just a few minutes walk from Talat Phlu BTS station. Designed as a prototype of sustainable, balanced vertical living, the project stands out for its Forest Park

in the City concept and is now available for sale.

This is the first of a two-part series on Mitsubishi Estate’s projects in Japan. The next feature will take readers to the Izumi Park Town in Sendai, Miyagi Prefecture, here https://www.nationthailand.com/news/30376030

Now everybody can have that ‘glass skin’

Published September 3, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Now everybody can have that ‘glass skin’

Sep 02. 2019
Jung Saem Mool was lived demonstration on stage. // Nationphoto: Anant Chantarasoot

Jung Saem Mool was lived demonstration on stage. // Nationphoto: Anant Chantarasoot
By Kupluthai Pungkanon
The Nation

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Famous South Korean makeup artist Jung Seam Mool, whose name is synonymous with the translucent, fresh, dewy looks of K-stars, has made her tricks for a flawless complexion available everybody at Siam Centre, ground floor.

Jung Saem Mool is known for launching new trends, such as the mysterious pink Jeon Ji Hyun wore on her lips in “My Sassy Girl”, Lee Seung Yeon’s nude makeup in the film “Love in Your Arms”, figure skater Kim Yuna’s smoky eyes, lux styles for the band members of Kara, BoA and Girl Generation to name a few.

The makeup artist’s signature is the flawless, translucent, “glass skin” look, and last week, she showed just how we can achieve it by mixing concealer and foundation and applying it in a particular manner so it highlights the bone structure and also gives you that dewy look. For the non-professionals among us, her new product line is easy to use and promises to give us all a natural glow.

Jung said her make-up brand was created with more than 30 years of know-how and her commitment to the concept: “Beauty starts from you. Just believe.”

She said this concept gave rise to three main ideas that have been applied to all her products – natural, trendy and professional.

“The most important thing is to create a flawlessly beautiful skin texture, which has made the ‘glass skin’ theory famous worldwide. The glass skin concept is a naturally light and smooth makeup style that makes the skin look hydrated and luminous. Our products carry ingredients that help moisturise the skin and are also light. This should help everybody create their everyday look like it’s been done by a professional makeup artist.”

Jung Saem Mool uses seven key techniques in her art. The first is “thin and thick”, in which she contours the face with a three-dimensional effect, making thick parts of the face look closer and thin parts farther; the “warm and cool” technique to create a youthful look; “wet and dry” technique that keeps the make up on the face for longer; “lost and found” which makes the eyes and lips look bigger; “focal point” that focuses on the highlight of the face; and her “simple and complex” and “old and new” techniques in which she uses the latest colours to match each individual’s personal style.

The brand’s light-textured products that help conceal imperfections and give your skin her signature luminosity come in four groups: base makeup, makeup, skincare and makeup tools.

Visit Jungsaemmoolthailand on Facebook and JSMbeauty_th on Instagram for more information.

Bumrungrad Hospital introduces innovative ophthalmic surgical technology

Published September 3, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Bumrungrad Hospital introduces innovative ophthalmic surgical technology

Sep 02. 2019
ReLEx SMILE, which uses a femtosecond laser to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism.

ReLEx SMILE, which uses a femtosecond laser to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism.
By The Nation

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According to a national survey conducted in 2013, blindness affected 0.6 per cent of the population (360,000 people).

In its “WHO Vision 2020 Right to Sight” initiative, the World Health Organisation set as a goal to reduce the incidence of blindness to 0.5 per cent of population and to ultimately eliminate avoidable blindness.

Thailand is now an ageing society and more older people are having eye problems. Old-age is one of the main factors contributing to eye problems like cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). These three conditions are the most common causes of blindness or blurred vision. In fact, eye problems can happen to anyone.

In children, the onset of nearsightedness may start early and worsen every year. The Ministry of Public Health reports that 30 per cent of children below 15 years of age are nearsighted. A major cause is spending a lot of time on a computer or a mobile screen. People over the age of 40 and people who have eye problems should have their eyes checked regularly so that ophthalmologists can give prompt treatment.

“Bumrungrad is well aware that the incidence of eye problems increases every year. We have upgraded our Eye Centre to provide comprehensive care for all eye health problems. The centre uses innovative diagnostic and treatment technology, conducts research into novel eye treatments to give better treatments and services and both organises and participates in academic conferences to share and exchange knowledge and experience,” says Associate Professor Dr Sudarat Yaisawang, ophthalmologist, and head of the Eye Centre.

“Each year Bumrungrad acquires new innovative equipment for minimally invasive surgery. We also use laser technology to treat our patients, reducing pain and recovery time. Laser technology is more accurate, quicker to perform, and causes fewer complications. Since patients are treated on an outpatient basis, their costs are reduced too,” she adds.

The centre is staffed by 49 ophthalmologists who work together to treat eye problems such as cataracts, glaucoma, retina, uveitis, cornea and refractive surgery, oculoplastics and reconstructive surgery, paediatric eye problems, and neuro-ophthalmology disorders.

“Cataracts cannot be cured by medicine alone – surgery is required. There have been improvements in surgical technology, as more than 40 years ago, when Intracapsular Cataract Extraction (ICCE) was introduced to treat cataracts, the whole lens including the lens capsule was removed, leaving the patient without a lens. The surgery was performed at the upper edge of the iris—cutting open 12-15 millimetres of eye tissue and forcing patients to wear lenticular lenses post-operation, distorting their peripheral vision,” explains Dr Sombat Srisuwanporn. Extracapsular Lens Extraction (ECCE) is another type of cataract surgery in which the lens is removed, but the lens capsule is left partially attached to allow the implantation of an intraocular lens (IOL). The surgery requires only 5-7 stitches. Today, neither ICCE nor ECCE are common practice.”

 Dr Sombat Srisuwanporn, Ophthalmologist of Bumrungrad Hospital.

Dr Sombat Srisuwanporn, Ophthalmologist of Bumrungrad Hospital.

The latest technology for cataract treatment is Phacoemulsification, commonly referred to as ‘phacoe’. The part of the lens that is damaged is emulsified and aspirated from the eye. It requires an incision of 2-4 millimeters, so it is minimally invasive. An intraocular lens implant (IOL), is placed into the remaining lens capsule. The IOL will last as long as the patient’s lifetime, so there is no need for additional surgery to replace it. Soon after the operation, the patient is able to see better. “We also use Femtosecond laser technology (‘femto’ for short). It is more precise and safer outcome because Optical Coherence Tomography is used to generate high-resolution 3D images of the eye. Femto is laser-based and minimally invasive because it allows ophthalmic surgeons to minimize the size of capsulorhexis. The femtosecond laser then is used to break cataracts into small pieces. Lastly, ultrasound is used to remove the lens. A precise and well-centered capsulorhexis enables the accurate positioning of the IOL, thus increasing its efficacy,” he adds.

“Cataract surgery nowadays is becoming cataract refractive surgery. We target enhanced vision outcomes by improving precision in surgery and intraocular lens selections.” Current technology for cataract surgery employs Femtosecond laser and laser Wavefront Aberrometer to enhance the outcome of cataract with a computer-controlled and digital guidance system. Optical Coherence Tomography uses a 2-micron wavelength to scan the eye, generating a high-resolution 3D image. These are used to develop a detailed surgical treatment plan, resulting in a safer and more precise outcome,” Associate Professor Dr Prin Rojanapongpun, an ophthalmologist specializing in cataract treatment of Bumrungard Hospital explains.

Associate Professor Dr Prin Rojanapongpun, an ophthalmologist specializing in cataract treatment.

Associate Professor Dr Prin Rojanapongpun, an ophthalmologist specializing in cataract treatment.

The present treatment does not only aim at removing cataracts but ophthalmologists are also able to customize the lens to suit each patient’s lifestyle. For example, they consider both the distant, intermediate, and near vision to suit the patient’s needs. They discuss the amount of time per day (or night) each patient spends driving or other tasks like working in front of a screen. Some patients want to play particular sports as well. Therefore, ophthalmologists design and customise IOLs for each patient’s individual needs. Sometimes, the left and the right eyes may even have different requirements.

Bumrungrad recently has put the ORA system into place, allowing ophthalmologists to provide the most accuracy and precision possible for cataract patients. This uses laser wavefront aberrometry to assist intraocular lens measurement and selection. The technology also guides and verifies the best possible Toric lens placement to correct patients’ astigmatism. The ORA system measures the sphere and cylinder for an eye in real-time. It reduces the error implicit in standard measurement procedures, which significantly benefits patients who have had LASIK or corneal refractive surgeries before. The ORA system is accurate and suitable for all patients.

Before cataract surgery, ophthalmologists measure and customize lens implants for each patient. The ORA system is attached to the operating microscope. When an ophthalmologist removes the crystalline lens, the ORA system directs a beam of low-intensity laser light into the eye during the surgical procedure to determine cylindrical & spherical shape of the eye, the position of the lens implant, the arc of contact, and the size of the lens implant. When the lens implant is inserted, the ORA system analyzes if the lens is the most suitable so that the surgeon can customize the lens implant during the operation.

Dr Tharinee Kulkamthorn, an expert in lasik and refractive surgery.

Dr Tharinee Kulkamthorn, an expert in lasik and refractive surgery.

Dr Tharinee Kulkamthorn, an expert in lasik and refractive surgery of Bumrungrad Hospital, reveals, “Information technology is key these days. People spend more time on the computer screen, smartphones or tablets. Staring at a screen for a long time or looking at a dimly lit screen can cause eye problems, like pain, blurred vision, dry eyes, tired eyes, nearsightedness (in children), and other pediatric eye disorders. A suggestion for those spending a lot of time on a computer screen is the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes of looking at something near such as looking at a computer or mobile screen, or reading books, you should let your eyes rest by looking at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This way your eye muscles can rest and you can work upclose more efficiently.

Other treatment offered by the centre is ReLEx SMILE, which uses a femtosecond laser to correct nearsightedness and astigmatism. It is accurate and the corneal incision is only 2-4 millimeters long. Therefore, it affects the nerve cells in the cornea minimally. This incision technique also allows for faster healing time, while reducing dry eye and irritation. Post-surgery, the patient will have better vision, shorter recovery, and be able to quickly resume their normal active lifestyle.

During the ReLEx SMILE operation, a gentle femtosecond laser is directed onto the cornea, while the patient is relaxed and comfortable. After the operation, there are fewer complications because the incision is very small. The ReLEx SMILE operation is for patients who do not want to wear glasses or contact lenses. It also works well with the people who are -10.00 D myopic and -5.00 D astigmatic. The ophthalmologists work with patients to diagnose and discuss if the ReLEx SMILE is appropriate for them. There are many factors to consider, like the thickness of the cornea, and the presence of other eye conditions (such as dry eyes). Moreover, suitable candidates should be 20 years old or older, and have had stable eyesight for at least a year. Also, they must not have diabetes or have problems controlling their blood sugar levels. They must not be pregnant or lactating.

Micobiomes lead the way to youthful skin

Published August 30, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Micobiomes lead the way to youthful skin

Aug 30. 2019
Sririta “Rita” Jensen

Sririta “Rita” Jensen
By The Nation

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Microbiome technology is designed to activate the skin’s beauty and help strengthen its barrier function by giving it access to all the vital resources it needs.

Now leading French brand Lancome is adding to that breakthrough by introducing its new formula Advanced Genifique serum.

Speaking at the launch event held in a futuristic dome at Parc Paragon, Songsamorn Hattet, general manager of L’Oreal Luxe Thailand, said: “In 2009, Lancome created Advanced Genifique Serum, the first serum inspired by the field of gene science. It was widely praised and sold really well around the world. This year, Lancome is re-introducing the serum that thanks to 15 years of microbiome research, delivers more results. The New Advanced Genifique not only nourishes the skin but also provides a vital source of nutrients for microbiome bacteria, while the probiotics give overall skin health benefits.

Suquan Bulakul

Suquan Bulakul

“Over time, our microbiomes decrease due to our lifestyle, age and the environment we live in. Lancome is currently the only brand to offer a 100-per-cent solution for permanently youthful skin,” she adds.

Also taking part at the launch were Lancome brand ambassador Suquan Bulakul, actress Sririta “Rita” Jensen, top make-up artist Vinij Boonchaisri and hair stylist Kong Krit Jirakiatwattana. VIP guests included Jarospan Svasti Na Ayudhya, Haruethai Jayant Na Ayudhaya, Kerika Chotivichit, Rinrata Inthamara, Nathasedh Poonsapmanee, Pailin Olsen, Vantita Lewchalermwongse, Melanie Yoovidhya, Ascha Charoenrasameekiat and Patsamon Piriyametha.

.Songsamorn Hattet

.Songsamorn Hattet

Angels of mercy

Published August 26, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Angels of mercy

Aug 26. 2019
 Myanmar interpreter at Bumrungrad HospitalKyawt Andra Swe (standing, right) is talking with two Myanmar women at the hospital.

Myanmar interpreter at Bumrungrad HospitalKyawt Andra Swe (standing, right) is talking with two Myanmar women at the hospital.
By Parinyaporn Pajee
The Nation

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Long a popular choice among those seeking medical treatment, Thailand currently sees more than a million foreign patients every year, a number that is likely to increase.

Many of these medical tourists speak little or no English or Thai and so many leading private hospitals provide interpreters to ensure that doctors, nurses and patients can communicate and thus avoid linguistic misunderstandings.

Referred to variously as cultural liaison officers or service centre staff, the interpreters provide invaluable services to patients and medical practitioners alike. An ability for patients and healthcare professionals to communicate is fundamentally important to the safety and comfort of the patient during care, so interpreters are on hand to assist patients at each step from admission, examination, consultation, treatment procedures, and more.

Top-ranked private hospitals like Bumrungrad, Bangkok Hospital and Samitivej, all of which are popular with foreign patients, provide interpreters in several languages including Arabic, Bengali, Myanmar, Khmer and Japanese. Their duties vary according to hospital policy and the management system but all are able to ensure direct communication between the provider and patient by interpreting each expressed concept thoroughly and accurately in the language of the listener.

Kyawt Andra Swe has been working as Myanmar interpreter at Bumrungrad Hospital since 2008. Now manager of Myanmar Patient Liaison, Andra says that 28 Myanmar interpreters are on hand to deal with an average of 380 cases per day. The high and ever-increasing demand for Myanmar interpreters is being met, in part, by the rise in Myanmar natives coming to study at Thai universities, especially those near the border like Mae Fah Luang University in Chiang Rai.

Bumrungrad currently provides interpreters in 17 languages, with Myanmar coming in second place after Arabic.

Andra, 41, enjoys the work but admits that the going can be tough, especially when it involves medical terms. She moved to Thailand with her family at the age of five so has no problem understanding the doctors but says it took a while to get up to speed with the medical terms used in the Myanmar language.

“It was arduous at first because I grew up in Thailand but I worked hard to widen my knowledge of the Myanmar tongue. Today, it’s fine and I love working here and am very happy to be able to help patients through their tough time in hospital,” says Andra, adding that she learned a lot from the workshops and courses for interpreters organised by the hospital for the staff.

“But we still don’t have enough people on our team. We deal on average with about 380 Myanmar patients and are forced to use the tele-translator to ease the burden. Even when we are off duty, we remain on call and are ready to receive calls from consultants and help them online too,” says Andra.

“We provide our service from the moment the patient walks into the hospital. Aside from accompanying them when they meet with the doctors, we also help them when they need to find a hotel to stay or when they go outside. The hospital provides an agency to accommodate them when they are in need,” says Andra.

At Bangkok Hospital, patients from Cambodia are also increasing even though the medical facility now has a hospital in Phnom Penh. Many Cambodian say they choose to come to Bangkok because they want to see the doctors whose names have become famous in their country.

 

Thai-Cambodian interpreter Nichdarintr Gaysorn works as Khmer interpreter at Bangkok Hospital.

Thai-Cambodian interpreter Nichdarintr Gaysorn works as Khmer interpreter at Bangkok Hospital.

started working as a translator at Bangkok Hospital in 2011 and says that while Cambodian patients are fewer in number than those from other countries, the doctors still see some 30 to 40 cases every day. There are now has eight interpreters on standby, though as some patients speak English, they don’t need a translator. “When we are on call, we assist them by providing interpretation,” says Nichadarintr. The hospital also provides an immigration counter and an interpreter to help them deal with embassies and hotels.Samitivej Hosptial Sukhumvit, meanwhile, is the main hospital for the Japanese. Located in an area that’s home to a large Japanese community and with long-time dealings with Japanese firms, the hospital introduced its Japanese language service in 1997 and recently opened a fully-fledged Japanese Hospital as part of its complex. This is now seeing some 200 babies born to Japanese parents every year and Samitivej is recognised as the biggest Japanese Hospital in Asia (outside Japan). It currently employs 30 full-time Japanese interpreters and 24 part-time staff. Thanks to its partnerships with hospitals in Japan, the hospital has also a small staff of Japanese doctors and nurses and currently handles between 300 and 400 cases per day.

The two assistant department managers of the Japanese Service Centre  at Samitvej Hospital Sukhumvit Siriporn Singhajindawong, right, and Piyawadee Artnonla.

The two assistant department managers of the Japanese Service Centre at Samitvej Hospital Sukhumvit Siriporn Singhajindawong, right, and Piyawadee Artnonla.

Siriporn Singhajindawong the assistant department manager of the Japanese Service Centre and her colleague Piyawadee Artnonla have been working with Japanese patients for years. Siriporn was a nurse at a public hospital before landing a one-year scholarship to study in Japan, where she perfected not just her language skills but also her understanding of the culture. “Interpreters also help provide a better understanding of a patient’s cultural background and how it may influence essential healthcare decisions. In Japanese culture, sometimes they don’t speak straightforwardly and thus sometimes Thai medical staff don’t understand what they are saying. We are careful not to interpret their intentions but focus on translating accurately and do not add our interpretation. We also tell the doctors that the (Japanese) patients want doctors to listen to them,” Siriporn explains.

In some situations such as when they have to wait, Japanese patients are disciplined and punctual, she continues. They want to know how long they have to wait and will respond by waiting quietly. They do however become upset if they are kept waiting for too long and nobody explains to them what is happened. Myanmar and Cambodian nationals on the other hand, simply sit and wait.

In all cases though, overseas patients become upset at communication misunderstandings, both verbal and non-verbal. Getting it right on all these occasions is important.

All the interpreters find the medical terms tough at first but say they learn and improve over time. The other difficult situation they face is dealing with grieving patients after a loss. Rotation between departments and units helps enhance their understanding and knowledge and also relieves stress.

“The work is tough and the explanations given by doctors to patients and their families are unique to each case. We try to keep our staff fresh by not keeping them on each department for longer than two days,” Andra says.

Even the health problems tend to vary by country. Most Myanmar patients at Bumrungrad come to consult for liver problems including hepatitis B or C and cancers while Cambodians mainly come for a check-up. For the Japanese people, it’s gastrointestinal disease.

Friendships are formed too. Andra became close to a Myanmar couple who had been trying to have a baby. The wife finally became pregnant and the three now return regularly to see their doctor at Bumrungrad. “The child is now seven years old and they are like family now,” she says.

Piyawadee too formed a relationship with an elderly Japan couple living in Thailand who came to Samitivej after the husband suffered a fall. “He was conscious for a few hours then slipped into death,” she recalls. Piyawadee helped the wife deal with the paperwork both at the hospital and the embassy and stayed beside her the whole time to provide support.

“She came back later with some baked goods she had made herself,” she says with a fond smile.

Bang & Olufsen soars after chairman says he’s ready to sell

Published August 25, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Bang & Olufsen soars after chairman says he’s ready to sell

Aug 24. 2019
By The Jakarta Post

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Bang & Olufsen was on track for its best trading day since the beginning of the year after its chairman signaled that the beleaguered maker of luxury TVs and stereos is up for sale.

It’s not clear that B&O, which is based in western Denmark, has any potential suitors, but the comments by Chairman Ole Andersen to the Borsen newspaper were initially embraced by investors, who drove the stock up as much as 15 percent after the market opened in Copenhagen on Friday. As investors took a bit more time to think, B&O’s gains petered out, and the shares were about 2 percent higher after roughly an hour of trading.

“If we were to get an approach, then we’ll listen, but it would naturally also need to be discussed with the shareholders. We’re obligated to do that,” Andersen told Borsen. Asked whether such a scenario is now more relevant, given the latest developments at the company, Andersen said yes.

The comments come after a disastrous year for B&O, which even after Friday’s share-price gains is down more than 50 percent in 2019. B&O issued its most recent profit warning in June, when it said that sales were falling even faster than anticipated.

“We’re in a situation where we need a contingency plan, and we of course have one,” Andersen said.

Per Hansen, an investment economist at Nordnet in Copenhagen, said in a note to clients that “B&O’s challenge lies first and foremost in the fact that it can’t react fast enough and that it still has a high cost base.”

Andersen himself noted earlier in the week at the company’s annual general meeting that B&O had fallen behind in product launches. He also acknowledged that management had faced “considerable challenges” in pushing through the necessary changes to the sales and distribution network.

Hansen notes that the company “probably hasn’t had a recent offer made to it and it probably doesn’t have a long list of potential suitors that it can call.” Ultimately, discussing a possible sale is a scenario that he says “ought to have been explored earlier.”

“The last 12 month haven’t created any justified expectations of an imminent sale at a very high price,” Hansen said. “For investors it looks like the current best card to play is that the share price is historically low.”

Sparkle Roll

Investors may now be asking themselves why B&O’s board was so determined to fend off a 2016 takeover attempt. Back then, Sparkle Roll — a company controlled by Chinese billionaire Qi Jianhong — indicated it was interested in buying B&O as it built up a major stake. But Andersen rebuffed its overtures, referring to the uncertainty surrounding a potential bid. That was three years ago, when a B&O share cost considerably more than now.

Andersen has more time to focus on B&O these days, after being ousted from the head of the board of Danske Bank late last year in connection with a $230 billion money laundering scandal. His departure was forced through by A.P. Moller, the biggest shareholder in Danske. Andersen has also agreed to step down as chairman of food-ingredient maker Chr.

Natural perfection from Provence

Published August 24, 2019 by SoClaimon

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Natural perfection from Provence

Aug 23. 2019
By The Nation

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French skincare-homecare brand Compagnie de Provence has made its debut in Thailand at EmQuartier’s Another Story and Another Man Store.

The firm was founded in 1990 by two friends from Marseille who were keen on decoration and design and turned their talents to the city’s famous natural soap, sold in cubes. The soap is made exclusively from vegetable oil and contains no artificial colouring or additives.

Compagnie de Provence began offering a liquid version of the soap made the traditional way in a cauldron using olive oil, sweet almond oil and grapeseed oil from local producers.

The scents are created in Grasse, which bills itself as “the fragrance capital of the world”.

The brand uses as many natural ingredients as possible and 90 per cent of its products contain 95 per cent ingredients of natural origin, contained in simple, 500ml lacquered-glass pump bottles that preserve quality and are reusable and recyclable.

Compagnie de Provence products include dermatologist-tested hand cream, body cream, scented candles and aroma diffusers.

Another Story carries three collections.

The Extra Pur Collection has travel-size Hand Cream with vegetable oils and honey oil, Liquid Marseille Soap, and lightly scented Body Cream in five scents – Sweet Almond, Wild Rose, Fresh Verbena, Cotton Flower and Olive Wood.

The Terra Collection of liquid soaps and hand creams come in seven fragrances emblematic of Provence – Green Olive, Lavender Field, Fig Leaf, Lemon Verbena, Linden Flower, Candied Orange and Rosewood. The hand cream is formulated with olive oil and free of paraben. And Linen Water can be sprayed directly over household linen or used on garments to make ironing easier, including delicate fabrics.

The Black and White Collection features an infusion of fragrant tea in soft and light Hand Cream with shea butter, olive oil and Vitamin E that’s non-greasy and quickly absorbed.

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