Stunning Beauty Queens

Stunning Beauty Queens

Vietnamese beauty queen Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien stunningly won the 2021 Miss Grand International pageant to the thunderous applause of those in attendance. The 23-year-old Ms. Nguyen was duly crowned, receiving the coveted title on December 5th, 2021, in Bangkok, Thailand. The 23-year-old beauty clearly stood out, shining above 60 other title candidates who participated in the Miss Grand International pageant. The earstwhile reigning beauty queen, Abena Akuaba Appiah from the US, happily crowned her successor with the glittering golden crown.

Another beauty girl, Andrea Aguilera, received the first runner-up accolades, while Lorena Rodrigues from Brazil received the second-runner-up recognition. The third runner-up position was taken by Vivianne Diaz-Arroyo from Puerto Rico, with Jeanne Van Dam from South Africa completing the beauty honours list. Interestingly, Ms. Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien and Aguillera were required to answer a single tie-breaker question on just why any of them should be crowned the Miss Grand International; the question was posed to them before the coronation event. In a determined fighting spirit, the Vietnamese beauty queen spoke in fluent Thai, adding in English: "I'm ready to be in Thailand for a year; I'm ready to win." Many agreed that Ms. Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien truly had the makings expected of a modern beauty queen.

Further, Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien is actually no visitor in the International pageant world; no wonder, with her inquisitive eyes and generally impressive mien, Ms. Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien's proven experience finally paid off- she received the crown. What other points made the Vietnamese stand out? In the initial question and answer session, Ms. Nguyen caught the judges' attention after she intimated that she wanted to speak to the AstraZeneca Covid-19's creator, Prof. Sarah Gilbert. Ms. Nguyen said this: " If I'm given a chance to choose which person I really want to speak to, I'd- without hesitation- like to say a big thank you to the eminent lady who invented the AstraZeneca vaccine, Sarah Gilbert. I know she doesn't-at all- need the money that would pour in from the invention licence. I want to thank her and everyone I know and tell her that we all feel grateful; yes, in this world, you sometimes do some really good things, but no one gives you credit for it." Ms. Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien was assigned to the top five position during the 2018 Miss Vietnam pageant. She later proceeded to represent Vietnam at the Miss International 2018 event. She also participated in the 2017 Miss Southern Vietnam pageant, becoming the first runner-up. Eventually, Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien finally attained her dreams when she was named the Miss Grand Vietnam in 2021.

Interestingly, Nguyen Thuc Thuy Tien had to endure a difficult childhood with many challenges. Her parents were- sadly- divorced when she was only four. Even at that early age, Ms. Nguyen demonstrated a determination to move forward and overcome her problems. She moved over to live with her biological aunt, and the arrangement continued until she attained 18 years of age. Nguyen eventually moved out of her aunt's wings and decided to live independently thereafter. She took up different jobs that enabled her to receive enough money to pay her tuition fees; she worked as a hotel receptionist, an English teaching assistant, and a model, among others. Whenever she could, Ms. Nguyen used every platform to try and make a difference in others' lives. For example, during the recent pandemic, Ms. Nguyen used several opportunities to try and empower her fellow Vietnamese people to overcome the challenges they faced. In August 2020, Ms. Nguyen gracefully donated a ventilator to the Binh Thanh Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City.

Thus says the Vietnamese beauty who loves Thailand passionately: "The most beautiful side of me, I guess, isn't really when I wear a fanciful dress; it isn't when I have those glowing makeup on. Instead, it's actually when I wear my protective clothing, feeling the heat of it all; that's when I really understand the challenges endured by the heroes out there- those who fought against Covid-19 daily; on our behalf."

Ms. Nguyen strikingly revealed she received the accolades and the donations in order to fulfill her birthday wish. "I really hope it'll save many patients out there suffering from the effects of the pandemic. With this, half of my birthday wish is over; in the following week, I'll work to ensure five tons of rice is delivered to people who need it; yes, let's all keep up the fight."

QminC launches two new Herbal-based Drinks

QminC launches two new Herbal-based Drinks

QminC from Tera Food & Beverage Co., Ltd., Thailand's leader in health beverages with revolutionary nano-liposome technology and zero preservatives, has unveiled 2 legendary herbal-based health and functional drink flavours 'QminC Ginger with Honey' and 'QminC Finger Root with Honey' - with the apt concept 'Stop it before it can't' be stopped.'

Mr. Thanthit Yuenyongtechahiran, President of Tera Food & Beverage Co., Ltd., said, "The launch of concentrated ginger extract drink with honey under QminC brand is creating a phenomenon for the health and functional drink industry. It is the first time that a concentrated ginger drink is made available in a ready-to-drink bottle in Thailand. We are responding to the high demand of the health-conscious in the global market and to the trend of natural functional drinks, which is likely to have remarkable and rapid growth every year".

QminC also plans to make a strong overseas presence in CLMV as well as the United States, China, Singapore, South Korea, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates and is ready to go fully online to give consumers extra convenience in response to the current trend of people boosting immunity and reducing inflammation while keeping a social distance.

The first flavour QminC Ginger with Honey contains 1,000 mg. of USDA-approved ginger extract imported from the United States. It also has 100 mg. of beta-glucan which provides immunity for the body and prevents infection from microbes making it widely recognised for being anti-inflammatory as well as vitamins C, D, E, and Zinc with the spicy flavour of ginger and natural sweetness of honey to give a perfectly great taste.

QminC Finger Root with Honey has 1,000 mg. of finger root extract, the famous herb in Thailand with pinostrobin, which has been recognised in studies by many institutions for its anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties. It also contains beta-glucan, vitamins C, D, A, and Zinc. With QminC's manufacturing innovation (nano-liposome technology), it tastes great with an aroma and leaves no bitter taste or odour typical of finger-root beverages.

"QminC aims to be the brand of herbal health drinks consumers think of first and we want people to look at herb in a new perspective. Herb is not just a seasoning or raw material in the kitchen. Consuming herbs can help you boost your immunity. It is important to have some prevention and to get your body prepared with good health before it is too late. That's how we came up with the concept 'Stop it before it can't be stopped.'," added Mr. Thanthit.

The two latest QminC's drinks are now available in Thailand in a 150-ml bottle and retail for 25 Baht (0.7 USD). The drinks offer a low energy density of only 15 kilocalories.

First Proton Therapy Treatment Delivered in Southeast Asia

First Proton Therapy Treatment Delivered in Southeast Asia

Varian, a Siemens Healthineers company, today announced that Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn Proton Center has begun treating patients with its new Varian ProBeamĀ® proton therapy system, the first of its kind in Thailand and Southeast Asia. Clinicians used the new system to target a complicated abdominal cancer using carefully shaped high-definition pencil beam scanning.

The Varian ProBeam uses sophisticated imaging to see, adapt, and deliver treatment to the designated site, using a powerful particle accelerator called the Superconducting Cyclotron. Protons are accelerated to about two-thirds the speed of light, or more than 160,000 km per second, to destroy cancer cells.

The beam transport system shapes and guides the small beam size necessary for intensity modulated proton therapy (IMPT). This enables clinicians to target very small areas and minimize exposure to nearby healthy tissues, which is advantageous for treating tumors where vital structures are closer together.

This is the first time a patient has been treated on the Varian ProBeam Compact proton therapy system in Southeast Asia. The compact single-room system is equipped with a 360-degree rotating gantry, providing the freedom to image and treat the patient from any angle without repositioning.

The Proton Center resides in the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital (KCMH), providing curative and palliative treatment to a wide range of different patients with complicated conditions, including pediatric. Proton therapy is effective against lung, colorectal and cervical cancers, which are the top three most prevalent types of cancer in Thailand. By 2030, there will be an estimated 55,000 new cancer cases in Thailand each year.

KCMH serves several million people in the region, reducing the need to travel large distances to receive similar treatment. It has an in-patient capacity of 1,435 patients, one of the largest hospitals in Thailand, and is one of Thailand's leading medical school affiliates.

Professor Chawalit Lertbutsayanukul, Head of Division Radiation Oncology for KCMH said, "We're excited to be able to offer this new advanced cancer care treatment to patients. The ProBeam system allows us to treat complex tumors safely and precisely. We look forward to offering more patients in Thailand access to one of the most advanced radiation treatments currently available anywhere in the world."

Kenneth Tan, President of Asia Pacific, Japan & India at Varian said, "We are delighted to work with King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital on achieving this important milestone. The new Proton Center will have a positive impact on the lives of patients in Thailand and the region, expanding the availability of this advanced cancer treatment technology to achieve a world without the fear of cancer."

King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital is a public, general, and tertiary referral hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. It is operated by the Thai Red Cross Society and serves as the teaching hospital for the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University and Srisavarindhira Thai Red Cross Institute of Nursing. With an in-patient capacity of 1,435 beds, it is one of the largest hospitals in Thailand, and as one of Thailand's leading medical school affiliates, is widely considered one of the best public hospitals in the country.

At Varian, a Siemens Healthineers company, we envision a world without fear of cancer. For more than 70 years, we have developed, built and delivered innovative cancer care technologies and solutions for our clinical partners around the globe to help them treat millions of patients each year. With an Intelligent Cancer Care approach, we are harnessing advanced technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning and data analytics to enhance cancer treatment and expand access to care. Our 11,000 employees across 70 locations keep the patient and our clinical partners at the center of our thinking as we power new victories in cancer care. Because, for cancer patients everywhere, their fight is our fight.

Benefits of Exercising While Pregnant

Benefits of Exercising While Pregnant

Experts advise that having regular exercise during pregnancy comes with many benefits. It can improve a woman's health; it can reduce the risk of excessive weight gain; it can make delivery easier. Hence, regular exercise can have a positive impact on a pregnant woman's physical, mental and emotional health. Indeed, it may help the newborn have a healthy start in life. Interestingly, despite this, only 40% of pregnant women reportedly exercise. Many doctors recommend a minimum of 150 minutes a week of moderate exercise for pregnant women. Actually, experts advise that a pregnant woman should have what they call "moderate-intensity aerobic activity" during and after pregnancy.

A pregnant woman does not need to exercise for a long time. For example, they can exercise 5 times each week for 30 minutes. Alternatively, they can exercise 10 times a week for fifteen minutes. Were you already engaged in some form of rigorous activity (like running) before getting pregnant? You're advised to continue with this healthy regimen. Take some caution, though- do check with your doctor to give the green light. Pregnant women can do several forms of exercise to stay fit.

Certainly, those who exercise while pregnant can reduce the risk of having complications during childbirth. Some suitable activities that such women can adopt include swimming, prenatal yoga, brisk walking, and indoor cycling. Others engage in low-impact aerobics; they, however, do this under the capable guidance of a certified instructor. Many also do special exercises in preparation for labour and delivery. Happily, many of these activities carry minimal risk of injury. They also benefit the body. Further, they're safe to do well until a woman delivers.

Brisk walking: Those who had low levels of exercise before becoming pregnant are advised to try and take a quick stroll around the neighbourhood. This is a perfect way to start everything off. And there are several advantages to doing this. First, taking a brisk walk around the home provides a woman with a healthy cardiovascular workout. Such activity has relatively little impact on one's knees and ankles. It's pretty alright to start the exercise at home; after all, it's free. Indeed, it's often possible to walk anywhere at any time during pregnancy. You may even invite willing family members and friends to join you and make everything much more fun. You can always stay safe by wearing supportive footwear during such exercises; this prevents falls. Choose smooth surfaces, avoid rocks, potholes, and similar obstacles that can cause accidents.

Swimming: Many pregnant women have a healthy exercise regimen that involves swimming or walking in water. Some engage in aqua aerobics- this allows for motion without putting undue pressure on your joints. As the pregnancy progresses, many find that buoyancy offers relief from the ravages of extra body weight. It's crucial for those exercising to select a stroke that feels fairly comfortable; it shouldn't hurt your neck, back muscles, or shoulders. One great choice for this is breaststroke. Use a kickboard- it can help bolster the leg and buttock muscles.

Here are some safety tips: When entering the water, use the railing for balance- it helps avoid slipping. Also, avoid diving or jumping- this could affect the abdomen. Keep off warm pools, hot tubs, steam rooms, and saunas. This minimizes the risk of overheating.

Stationary cycling: Some cycle on a stationary bike (this is also known as spinning). It's ideal for most women in pregnancy- including those exercising for the first time. Some advantages of this include the following: Experts advise that cycling helps raise the woman's heart rate; it also minimizes undue stress on the woman's joints and pelvis. Further, this type of bike helps support your weight. Since it's stationary, there's little risk of falling. As the pregnancy progresses, however, you might find that a higher handlebar is much more comfortable.

Yoga: Studies show that prenatal yoga classes help many women to maintain flexibility and keep their joints limber. Yoga has also been found to help with stress management and pain. Here are other known benefits of yoga: It strengthens muscles, increases flexibility, enhances relaxation, stimulates blood circulation, and maintains healthy blood pressure. Yoga also teaches women techniques to stay calm during labour and delivery.

Some safety tips: With the pregnancy's progress, skip the following: poses that involve lying on the abdomen, lying flat on the back, or that can cause overbalancing.