Health and Lifestyle

Study calls for measures against pig-to-person flu spread

SAN FRANCISCO -- Researchers in the United States suggest that protective measures make good sense for both the animals and humans as the spread of influenza among pigs is common at fairs and other gatherings.In a study that appeared in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, a publication of the... Read More

Aussie treatment on peanut allergies lasts up to 4 years: study

CANBERRA -- Australian scientists have developed a treatment that provides relief from peanut allergies for up to four years, it was announced on Thursday.Mimi Tang, a researcher at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), developed the treatment whereby children with severe peanut... Read More

FDA warns public vs buying unregistered food supplements online

MANILA -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public against buying and consuming several unregistered food supplements being sold online.The agency noted that the food supplements Kos Agaricus Blazei, Pappa Reale Alvear with Ginseng Royal Jelly, AVS Retina, Carnidyn, Clorofilla,... Read More

No human case of bird flu: DOH

MANILA -- The two poultry farm workers in San Luis, Pampanga who had manifested flu-like symptoms, have tested negative for avian influenza, Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial announced on Wednesday."The results were released last night: the two were negative," Ubial said, confirming that there is... Read More

Health teams, protective gear sent to bird flu-hit Pampanga: DOH

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) has sent additional teams and personal protective equipment (PPEs) to Pampanga province to strengthen the monitoring and management of individuals who have been exposed to the avian flu virus as the culling of infected chickens continues."Hanggang may... Read More

Zika causes up to USD18-B losses in LatAm: UNDP

BRASILIA -- The economic impact on Latin America of the Zika virus has been estimated to reach USD18 billion from 2015 to 2017, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said here Tuesday."Zika is responsible for tangible losses to gross domestic product, estimated to range from USD7 billion to... Read More

Binge-watching leads to poor sleep quality: study

CHICAGO -- Research conducted by the University of Michigan (UM) and the Leuven School for Mass Communication Research in Belgium found that higher binge-viewing frequency leads to poorer sleep quality, more fatigue and increased insomnia.Regular TV viewing does not have this problem, the research... Read More

Sleep tied to type 2 diabetes risk in children: study

WASHINGTON -- Children who get more sleep are at lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in a US journal Tuesday.For adults, getting too much or not enough sleep both have been linked with adiposity and type 2 diabetes. In children, more sleep has been tied to... Read More

Sulfur use linked to breathing problems in kids living near farms

SAN FRANCISCO -- A new study by the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that elemental sulfur, the most heavily used pesticide in California, may harm the respiratory health of children living near farms that use the pesticide.Published this week in the journal Environmental Health... Read More

PH boxers to get free medical check-ups

MANILA -- The country’s professional boxers will soon enjoy free medical check-ups in certain government hospitals, Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial said Tuesday.“The Department of Health wants all Filipinos to have annual check-ups. So whether you are a boxer, or other professionals,... Read More

DOH monitors 2 persons suspected of having bird flu

MANILA – The health of two persons suspected of contracting avian flu are being monitored, Department of Health(DOH) spokesperson, Dr. Eric Tayag, said Tuesday.The two, who are from a town in Pampanga where a bird flu outbreak among chickens has been declared, have been showing flu-like... Read More

NVAP backs bills requiring car seats for kids

MANILA -- The New Vois Association of the Philippines (NVAP) is pushing for the immediate passage of the legislative measures that require parents to install child car seats in their vehicles.The measures are a perfect complement to the Anti-Distracted Driving Act, NVAP member and survivor of a road... Read More

DOH tips to avoid bird flu transmission to humans

MANILA --The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday advised the public to refrain from eating half-cooked chicken and eggs to ensure non-transmission of the bird flu virus from animals to humans.DOH Spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag said that eating chicken and its egg cannot likely result to getting the... Read More

FCAP: Casinos rampant violators of smoking ban

MANILA, Aug 13 -- An anti-tobacco watchdog on Sunday said casinos are rampant violators of the Executive Order No. 26 or the nationwide smoking ban.The EO refers to the "Establishment of Smoke-Free Environments in Public and Enclosed Places" which took effect on July 23.Framework Convention on... Read More

Gov't to the poor: Join, reap programs that inspire change

MANILA, Aug. 12--Government officials under the human development cluster on Saturday encouraged people's participation on programs and services in education, health and social protection that will bring about positive changes and upliftment of lives especially among the poor.“Ang pagbabago ay... Read More

DOH cautions public vs bird flu

MANILA, Aug. 11 -- Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial on Friday urged the public to take the necessary precautions against bird flu following news reports of an avian flu outbreak among chickens, ducks and quails in several poultry farms in Pampanga province, which the Department of Agriculture (DA)... Read More

Heart association backs proposed excise tax on sugary drinks

MANILA, Aug. 11 -- The Philippine Heart Association (PHA) has expressed full support for the proposed excise tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB)."The PHA believes that taxing sugar-sweetened drinks would require manufacturers to reduce the sugar content of their products. This is about saving... Read More

Poor children at greater risk for heart disease later in life

SYDNEY, Aug. 11 -- Australian researchers released a study on Friday showing that children who grow up in lower socioeconomic backgrounds have a higher propensity to be afflicted with heart disease later in life.The study conducted by the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute assessed nearly 1,500... Read More

Contaminated eggs scandal need EU food safety, taste coordination

BRUSSELS, Aug. 11 -- Several European countries are affected by fipronil-contaminated eggs, causing millions of eggs to be removed from shelves in Belgium, Germany and the Netherlands.So far, contaminated eggs from the Netherlands have been found in Belgium, Germany, France and Britain.France's... Read More

SinTax Coalition calls for pro-poor programs to be funded by SSB tax

MANILA, Aug. 10 -- The Sin Tax Coalition, which supported the passage of the Sin Tax Reform Act or Republic Act 10351, is calling for pro-poor programs that would be funded by the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) included in the proposed Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act... Read More