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Health Advice for Travellers to the 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in the Republic of Korea

Joint advice from WHO and the Republic of Korea THE XXIII Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games will take place in PyeongChang, Republic of Korea from 9 to 25 February 2018 and from 9 to 18 March 2018, respectively. Nearby Gangneung will also host events such as curling, hockey and ice skating. The following recommendations are intended to advise national health […]

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Paragis: A ‘Miracle’ plant?*

THESE days, people are talking about the new “miracle” plant, Paragis, because of its alleged benefits and power to cure various ailments, including cancer. Paragis used to be almost everywhere but not since its medical potential and benefits to those who suffer from minor to severe illnesses were discovered. Paragis is known by many names which include goose grass, wild […]

by Janet Rebusio-Ducayag· · 0 comments · Health
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No cure yet for HPV*

WE often hear about HPV, the most common sexually transmitted disease, but most of us don’t really know its meaning or origin. One thing is sure though, it’s different from the widely known and much deadlier Human Immunodeficiency Virus that causes the dreaded acquired immunodeficiency syndrome or AIDS. HPV or the human papilloma virus belongs to a group of over […]

by Janet Rebusio-Ducayag· · 1 comment · Health
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Thumbs up for the PH FDA – EcoWaste Coalition

THE Philippine based environment and public health watchdog EcoWaste Coalition gave the country’s Food and Drug Administration a thumbs up for its decisive move against toxic school supplies that are not only harmful to health but to the environment. In a statement, the coalition cited the series of FDA public advisories against the purchase and use of art materials laden […]

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High levels of antibiotic resistance found worldwide, new data shows – WHO

BANGKOK – The World Health Organization’s first release of surveillance data on antibiotic resistance reveals high levels of resistance to a number of serious bacterial infections in both high- and low-income countries. In a press release emailed to Beyond Deadlines, the WHO’s new Global Antimicrobial Surveillance System (GLASS) reveals widespread occurrence of antibiotic resistance among 500 000 people with suspected bacterial […]

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Let us talk about sex – World Health Organization

MOST of us are alive as a consequence of two people having sex. Sex is not only to have babies but to express our love and affection; to feel pleasure and intimacy. Living within us however, are microbes that can be sexually transmitted and which cause disease. It is currently estimated that there are around 357 million infections acquired every […]

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More than 1,000 students in the Marianas need to update their vaccinations

MORE than 1,000 students in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands are not up to date with their immunization as of November. This according to CNMI Public Health Immunization Program manager Jeremy Sasamoto who said some 1,038 students need to have their immunization shots. “These students will be given two-week notices to get up to date with required immunizations or […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 0 comments · Health, News
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In the US? Take precaution for it is now flu season

MURRIETA, California – The 2018 flu season is shaping up to be bad and potentially more severe than the one that affected America in 2014-2015, which, according to the United States Center for Disease Control in its latest flu outbreak update, was already “the most severe season in recent years.” The US. is mostly being affected by the A(H3N2) strain of […]

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Trash-stained expression of faith noted

THE Philippine based environment and public health watchdog EcoWaste Coalition on Tuesday lamented the lack of environmental concern of a huge number of the black Nazarene devotees citing the huge of volume of trash, mostly non-biodegradable plastic, in Rizal Park, the night vigil area where the procession began, and the route of procession. “We are deeply saddened by the sight […]

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Is humanity eating itself into an early grave?*

By RT / Tomasz Pierscionek DESPITE advancements in science and medicine working to prolong our lives, our lifestyles offset their effects. In the past infectious diseases caused millions of premature deaths, now an obesity pandemic threatens to do the same. The significant increase in life expectancy seen around the globe during the past century is primarily attributed to a reduction in […]

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Protect the “Aspins” and “Puspins” from firecrackers and fireworks

PHILIPPINE based environmentalists and animal rights defenders remind the public of the traumatizing effects of firecrackers and fireworks on pets, especially cats and dogs. The EcoWaste Coalition and the Philippine Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) jointly issued the reminder during a modest Christmas program last Friday at the PAWS Animal Rehabilitation Center in Quezon City where the plight of hundreds, if […]


US Life Expectancy Drops for Second Year in a Row as Drug Deaths Spike

By Sputnik News HEALTH researchers are ringing the alarm as life expectancy in the US dropped for the second year in a row, a trend that has ended the steady rise of longevity that started in 1963. The cause? The opioid epidemic, among other things. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, a baby born in the United States in 2016 can expect […]

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Manila, Philippines, Sept. 22, 2005 -- Electronic waste at the Smokey Mountain garbage dump in Manila. Greenpeace today warned of a looming e-waste problem in the Philippines which can pose health and environmental risks. Electronic waste is the fastest growing component in the global waste stream amounting to 20 to 50 million tons worldwide with Asia contributing about 12 million tons a year. 
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E-Waste causing environment damage and public health dangers

A PHILIPPINE based environmentalist group warned the Filipino consumers from wantonly throwing discarded appliances and electronic gadgets due to the damage they cause to the environment and the dangers they bring to public health. The EcoWaste Coalition issued the warning over the weekend as it noted that because of the holiday season, old appliances and electronics gadgets are replaced with […]

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Calamities and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

MURRIETA, California – The last 100 days in my journey called life included preparations for a Category 4 Hurricane, failure to prepare for two Earthquakes and a hurried readiness for a wildfire, of which the last two events occurred within 48 hours of each other. Traumatized? I watched in disbelief this week as firefighting planes fly over and fire engines […]

by Daniella Flanagan· · 1 comment · Feature Story, Health
Death vaccine?

Death vaccine?

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Are People Becoming Dumber? Reasons Behind Low Human IQ

By Sputnik News A NEW documentary broadcast by Arte TV Channel has revealed that the average human IQ is gradually decreasing. The authors explain this trend by the hazardous impact of the chemicals in our environment. Anthropologist Edward Dutton, however, is confident that the negative trend has been triggered by much more unwelcome factors. The phenomenon of a lowering human IQ can be […]

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PH environmentalists lauded senate’s move to probe stinking Canadian trash

PHILIPPINE based civil society groups, including environmentalists, public health advocates and members of labor groups, welcomed the Senate’s move to probe the already rotting Canadian garbage dumping issue, weeks after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said “it is now theoretically possible to get the illegal garbage shipments back (to Canada).” The Ang Nars Party-list, EcoWaste Coalition, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives […]

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PH health department implemented dengue vaccination program sans WHO preliminary advice

THE World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday clarified that it did not it recommended to the Philippines and other countries to use Dengvaxia, the world’s first dengue vaccine, for their immunization programs. The WHO issued the clarification after the French manufacturer of Dengvaxia, Sanofi Pasteur, revealed its findings on Friday that the vaccine’s use on individuals who have not been […]

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Dengue Prevention Program in Philippines Could Actually Worsen Disease

By Sputnik News HUNDREDS of thousands of children in the Philippines have been administered a dengue fever vaccine that may exacerbate the disease, officials warned on Monday. The vaccine, Dengvaxia, has already been given to more than 730,000 public school children age nine or older in three regions of the Philippines in an effort to prevent the potentially deadly mosquito-borne virus. Dengue can cause severe flu-like […]

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Stop buying firecrackers and instead donate for the rehabilitation of war ravaged Marawi City

A PHILIPPINE based environmental group called on the Filipino people to stop buying firecrackers for the yuletide season and instead donate the money to the people of Marawi City to help them rise from the tragedy that struck their community. In a statement, the EcoWaste Coalition, a public health and environment watchdog; said government offices, private companies, households and ordinary […]

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Metropolitan Manila Development Authority urges MM local governments to be WHO-compliant in their Smoke-Free Ordinances

METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority Chairman Danilo Lim on Friday called for a sustained campaign against smoking as he urges all local government units in the National Capital Region to pass ordinances compliant with the World Health Organization-Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. In a message to the participants of a smoke-free forum at the MMDA auditorium in Makati City, Lim, at […]

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Mga dating drug dependents nag-zumba sa Quezon Memorial Circle

AABOT sa 1,000 tao na sumuko sa ilalim ng “Oplan Tokhang” ng Philippine National Police dahil umano sa paggamit ng bawal na gamot at kanilang mga kapamilya ang nag-zumba nitong Biyernes sa loob ng Quezon City Memorial Circle bilang bahagi ng kanilang community based drug rehabilitation program. Ayon sa Quezon City government, ang grupong ito ay ang ikalawang batch na […]

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Stop the transfer of toxic wastes from developed to less developed countries!!!

FILIPINO environmentalists called on all world leaders to ratify the Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and Their Disposal, also known as the Basil Ban Amendment, to end the practice by  developed countries of transferring their toxic wastes to developing countries like the Philippines. Led by Franciscan Friar Robert Reyes, Ang Nars Partylist Rep. Leah […]

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PH Drug Enforcement Agency burns PhP6 billion worth of dangerous drugs

THE Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency on Friday burned some PhP6 billion worth of dangerous drugs to prevent it from being recycled in the streets. In a statement, the PDEA said a total of 952.69 kilograms of assorted pieces of drug evidence – methamphetamine hydro-chloride (shabu), cocaine, ketamine, marijuana, benzphetamine HCl, N-benzylpiperazine, zolpidem, ephedrine, propanolol, sodium carbonate, valium, nitrazepam, nalbuphine, clonazepam, […]

by Nelson Flores, LL.B., MSCK· · 1 comment · Health, News
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Eat Healthy, Eat organic

EATING healthy could be a luxury these days! With so many constraints, like the high cost of healthy foods or the time needed for preparation or to buy good food for the family, many people just resort to instant meals like noodles which is affectionately called comfort food, apparently to hide the fact that noodles are just “laman tiyan” to satisfy […]

by Nida Mendoza-Abu· · 1 comment · Environment, Health, News