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Country Feature - THAILAND

Each month we will provide you with information on a particular country or region. This month we focus on Thailand.

"A country known for its beautiful temples, captivating landscapes, bustling cities and delicious cuisine, it's no wonder that many expats find themselves making a move to Thailand . . ."

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Expatriate Healthcare update the news everyday on their website. Here's a round up of the top stories from last month.


Monthly round-up:

During the last month, there have been a number of stories relating to new diagnostic tests medical providers can deliver. Scientists identified genetic systems linked to autism, a new ultra-sensitive biosensor was created and CT scans were shown to result in more benefits than dangers to patients who use them.

However, people were warned against trying to diagnose themselves on the internet, with one expert warning this can make them unduly worried, while another pointed out there is a lot of incorrect information online.

Expatriates were told to try and socialise with the expatriate population in their new home country, while researching their ideal nation and overseas property prices was also advised by specialists.

While the Balearics, Australia and Brazil were promoted to expats, people were warned that homes in the United Arab Emirates have high levels of airborne carcinogens, while scientists produced drugs that could treat tropical illnesses - including malaria and the Entamoeba hisotolica parasite - in the near future.

The Mediterranean diet was identified as increasing the life expectancy of people who live in this region, while specialists warned obese individuals and those who take calcium supplements they could be raising the likelihood of themselves facing a heart attack.

Read on to catch up on other health news from around the world . . .


Study finds genetic systems disrupted in autistic people

Expatriates could soon be able to discover whether or not their child is likely to develop autism, following a study at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem that identified the genetic systems that tend to be involved in the disorder. Previous investigations have found that a variety of genes are responsible for the neurodevelopmental syndrome among different people with the condition, which has made it difficult to ascertain the common DNA shared by individuals with autism.

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'Research overseas property' before making a purchase

Expatriates that are considering relocating abroad and buying a new house should visit the building beforehand. This is according to real estate investor and founder of Your Property Club Brett Alegre-Wood, who said conducting research is his "biggest tip" for those buying a home overseas. People must not be reliant on exhibitions, he stated, pointing out this is a "closed system specifically designed to close you emotionally on a property that may not actually be as nice as the glossy brochure".

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Mediterranean diet 'improves wellbeing'

Expatriates who are relocating abroad to the Mediterranean could see their physical and mental health improve as a result of the dietary habits in the region, cutting their chance of having to use international travel insurance policies to pay for healthcare. A study, which was headed by the University of Navarra and the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and published in the European Journal of Clinical Nutrition, found the eating patterns traditionally seen in this part of the world result in better personal wellbeing among inhabitants

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Scientists make malaria vaccine breakthrough

Expatriates relocating abroad to countries in sub-Saharan Africa might not have to worry about malaria in the future, following a breakthrough in the search for a vaccine against the illness. Scientists at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) have managed to engineer algae so it produces malaria proteins that encourage mice to develop antibodies against Plasmodium falciparum - the parasite that causes one of the most severe forms of the condition.

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Antidepressants 'lowers suicide risk for schizophrenics'

People with schizophrenia may have a lower suicide rate if they take antidepressants, a new study has found. International healthcare providers might alter the prescriptions they write out for mentally-ill expatriates following the research, which involved the analysis of 2,558 Finnish people who had a recent diagnosis of schizophrenia. Scientists analysed the participants for an average of four years from their initial admission into a hospital and determined what their leading causes of death were.

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UAE homes 'have indoor air pollutants'

International health insurance could be essential for expatriates relocating abroad to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as research has revealed inhabitants of the nation are exposed to indoor air quality hazards. The investigation, which was performed by scientists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, revealed these health risks could lead to respiratory illnesses.

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Healthy diet and exercise 'improves health of older women'

Women in their 70s can prolong their life expectancy by eating large amounts of vegetables and fruits, as well as exercising regularly. This is according to an investigation published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, which was undertaken by international healthcare experts and scientists at John Hopkins University and the University of Michigan. Researchers analysed 713 females between the ages of 70 and 79 who had participated in the Women's Health and Aging Studies at the institution.

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COPD 'linked to high-risk comorbidities'

Expatriates with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have an increased risk of suffering from comorbidities, some of which are linked to a higher mortality risk, a new study has indicated. The research, which was published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, was led by Dr Miguel Divo, Brigham and Women's Hospital's pulmonary and critical division physician and Harvard Medical School's instructor in medicine.

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Bulgaria 'is good value for money'

People considering relocating abroad but unsure of the nation they wish to live in may wish to think about moving to Bulgaria. Director at thebulgarianpropertyfinder.co.uk Paul Watchorn said the country is typically "excellent value" for money when considering how far cash goes and the quality of the nation. While international health insurance should be considered an important purchase for all expatriates, the representative noted the healthcare in Bulgaria is particularly good when compared to similar countries and the region provides nationalised medical assistance.

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Scientists developing prosthetic retina

International healthcare firms are partnering to develop a prosthetic retina, which could restore vision to a large number of blind people. Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is one of the most common causes of sight loss in the world, with one in 500 people aged between 55 and 64 suffering from the condition. Among people aged over 85, this proportion rises to one in eight.

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