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Infants with bad lungs get Viagra pick-me-up

Update: November, 27/2007 - 00:00

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(28-11-2007)

Infants with bad lungs get Viagra pick-me-up

HA NOI — A drug normally used to help impotent men could also be used to treat children suffering from High Lung Pressure, head of the Infant Recuperation Department of Paediatric Hospital 1 in HCM City Cam Ngoc Phuong said.

Viagra’s active element sildenafil, which expands blood vessels, could help boost the flow of blood to the infants’ lungs, Phuong said.

The head added that the hospital, along with many others across the world, was currently putting the theory into practice.

Surgeons remove 2kg tumour from girl

HCM CITY — A 12-year-old girl is recovering in HCM City’s Paediatric Hospital 2 after surgery on Monday to remove a two-kilogram tumour from her left ovary.

According to her parents, the girl’s abdomen had been swollen for two months, but her family thought it was the effects of a parasitic worm.

After complaining of severe abdominal pain two weeks ago, she was admitted to hospital where doctors discovered the giant tumour.

She’s now in stable situation, hospital doctor Truong Anh Mau said.

Bird flu crops up in Northern province

CAO BANG — Bird flu has struck again in Hoa Thuan Commune, Cao Bang Provinces, raising the number of affected communes in the province to six, Dang Quang Binh from Cao Bang Veterinary Branch said.

The disease has killed around 3,000 birds in Trung Khanh and Phuc Hoa districts since it reappeared on October 21.

The outbreak also affected Quang Tri Province.

Cao Bang Veterinary Branch has been co-operating with the Steering Committee of Prevention Against Poultry and Livestock Epidemics to cull affected flocks and sterilise nearly 200,000 sq.m of the surrounding area.

Oil firm donates charity houses

TIEN GIANG —The international integrated oil company ConocoPhillips Viet Nam handed over seven charity houses to families most in need of safe and clean housing in My Tho City, Tien Giang Province, on Monday.

These houses, worth US$15,000, were built in accordance with Habitat for Humanity International quality standards for safety and health.

The new houses were being built in conjunction with the Fatherland Front and the Red Cross of My Tho. — VNS

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