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World’s first cancer diagnostic kit using urine to hit PH market late 2019

A CANCER diagnosis kit using urine called “Purine Metabolite Assay Kit” by Cubebio Inc. Korea, having obtained sales certificate from Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines in December 2018, is expected to be on sale by Wk Int’l Merchandising Trading in the Philippine market in late 2019. This was disclosed yesterday by Wk Int’l […]

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Thailand becomes first in Asia to introduce tobacco plain packaging; WHO commends efforts

THE World Health Organization has recently commended the stronger tobacco control measures being adopted by Thailand which has become the first in Asia and the first low and middle-income country to adopt plain packaging for tobacco products. “Thailand’s bold steps against tobacco – the single most important cause of preventable deaths worldwide – is commendable […]

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QC Bans Mercury-Laden Skin Whiteners Ahead of 2020 Global Phase-Out Deadline

TO protect the public from mercury exposure, the Quezon City local government recently took a bold action by cracking down on dangerous mercury laden skin whitening cosmetics. This was learned shortly after an environment and public health watchdog, EcoWaste Coalition, lauded the city government for its action after it passed Ordinance No. 2767 into law. […]

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Infographic: Why is fentanyl dangerous?

By CGTN / Guo Meiping, Yu Yiwei FENTANYL, a strong narcotic analgesic, has raised attention around the world. Fentanyl is an important ingredient in “laboratory drugs.” It is easy to derive different variants called “fentanyl analogs.” Just 0.02 grams of a “fentanyl analog” is enough to kill an adult. As such, fentanyl has been targeted by […]

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Mayon nagaalburoto

Ni Santiago Celario NAGTALA ng siyam na “volcanic earthquakes” ang bulkang Mayon nitong Lunes, palatandaan na muli itong nagaalburoto. Ayon sa ulat ng Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS), bukod sa pagyanig ay may namataan na pagbubuga ng puting usok sa bunganga ng bulkan. Sinabi pa ng Phivolcs na nasa “Alert Level 2” ngayon […]

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CHCC acquires state-of-the-art medical equipment

By Lori Lyn Lirio COMMONWEALTH Healthcare Corp. Chief Executive Officer Esther Muña has recently announced the procurement of a US$1.8 million worth state-of-the-art medical equipment for the CHCC run medical facilities. According to Muña, the medical equipment were earlier presented to Saipan Gov. Ralph DLG Torres and Representatives Janet Maratita, Vinnie Sablan and Larry Deleon […]

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Measles cases spike globally due to gaps in vaccination coverage

REPORTED measles cases spiked in 2017, as multiple countries experienced severe and protracted outbreaks of the disease. This is according to a new report published today by leading health organizations. Because of gaps in vaccination coverage, measles outbreaks occurred in all regions, while there were an estimated 110 000 deaths related to the disease. Using updated […]

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Saipan launched Project M fitness class vs non-communicable diseases

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE Physical Activity Council, established under the Non Communicable Disease of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp and Division of Public Health, has launched Project M – a community-based project committed to eliminate the risk of non-communicable diseases through exercise. The council’s chairwoman Samantha Birmingham-Babauta said Project M activities has started on three […]

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South Korea vowed to take back its toxic waste — EcoWaste Coalition

THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, commended the South Korean government for giving assurances that it will take back the tons of garbage that was shipped from Pyeongtaek City. In a press release dated Nov. 21, the South Korean government said “…it would take measures to have the wastes in question be […]

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WHO and partners launch new country-led response to put stalled malaria control efforts back on track

REDUCTIONS in malaria cases have stalled after several years of decline globally, according to the new World malaria report 2018. To get the reduction in malaria deaths and disease back on track, WHO and partners are joining a new country-led response, launched today, to scale up prevention and treatment, and increased investment, to protect vulnerable […]

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QC Council supports healthcare for all

THE Quezon City Council approved a resolution expressing support to Senate Bill No. 1458 or the Universal Healthcare for all Filipinos Act. City Resolution SP 7605-2018, introduced by Councilor Marivic Co-Pilar, states that the proposed measure makes it possible for every Filipino to enjoy the benefits of a universal health care where preventive, curative, and […]

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Breast cancer, leading cancer incidence in the CNMI – Commonwealth Cancer Association

By Lori Lyn Lirio BREAST cancer is the leading cancer incidence in the CNMI, according to Commonwealth Cancer Association Board President Bo Palacios. Nationally, Palacios said, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer of death in women and the chance of invasive breast cancer in a woman’s life is about one in eight. […]

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Taguig hospital upgrades equipment

By Benjamin Lim Vergara TAGUIG City residents need not to go to private hospitals to avail high-quality healthcare service. This after city residents were assured that the “probinsyudad” is not left behind when it comes to high-quality innovations and modern upgrades in healthcare following the recent installation by the city-run Taguig Pateros District Hospital (TPDH) […]

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New global commitment to primary health care for all at Astana conference

New global commitment to primary health care for all at Astana conference COUNTRIES around the world today agreed to the Declaration of Astana, vowing to strengthen their primary health care systems as an essential step toward achieving universal health coverage. The Declaration of Astana reaffirms the historic 1978 Declaration of Alma-Ata, the first time world leaders committed […]

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Visiting US expert cites dangers of toxic compound in paint removing products

CITING increased risk of cancers and central nervous system damage, as well as accidental exposure deaths, a visiting expert on clean production has urged manufacturers of paint removing products containing methylene chloride to consider switching to safer substitutes. Speaking in a recent seminar on “Safer and Effective Alternatives for Methylene Chloride in Paint Stripping Products” […]

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CDC: CNMI improves in combating TB cases

By Lori Lyn Lirio SAIPAN has remarkable improvements in combating tuberculosis cases, according to Centers for Disease and Control Prevention or CDC Medical Officer for the Pacific Region Dr. Richard Brostrom. Back in 1990s, Brostrom noted that Saipan had been seeing about 180 tuberculosis cases per year with the contract workers. “It slowly improved every […]

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QC to use only lead-safe paints

THE Quezon City government on Monday said it will only use lead free paints in all its projects as it continues to promote a healthy and safe environment. This after its mayor, Herbert Bautista, signed an ordinance requiring the only use of lead safe paints in the construction, maintenance and renovation of the city’s projects […]