Donald Mendiola, center, has been practicing herbal healing for 47 years now. He conducted Amot Chamorro at the PIBBA conference. Photo by Lori Lyn Lirio

Alternative medicine, popular subject among middle schoolers in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio HERBAL medicine is one of the most popular topics in the bilingual class among the middle schoolers in Saipan. This according to Hopwood Middle School (HMS) teacher and herbalist Donald Mendiola, who was among the presenter in the recently held Pacific Island Bilingual Bicultural Association conference at the HMS campus. About 20 participants, mostly women, who […]

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QC to establish comprehensive eye care program

QUEZON City Mayor Herbert Bautista said the city government shall institutionalize a comprehensive eye care program, which includes primary eye care, for city residents. In a statement, Bautista said he has approved City Ordinance 2689-2018, which was introduced by Councilors Julienne Alyson Rae Medalla and Diorella Maria Sotto, paving the way for the institution of the eye care program in […]

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DBM urged to make sure government funds are spent on green programs only

THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, urged the Department of Budget and Management to ensure that funded projects only use unleaded paints as its PhP2.5 billion “Green, Green, Green” program goes into full swing. At the same time, EcoWaste, through a letter sent recently to DBM Secretary Benjamin Diokno and Assistance to Cities Program Manager Julia Nebrija, […]

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Telehealth system soon to be available to serve far flung areas in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio TO provide clinical services with service veterans and others in need of medical services in far flung areas, the Kagman Community Health Center has started collaborating with Veterans Affairs Pacific Islands Health Care System via the telehealth system. In a phone interview, KCHC Chief Executive Officer Vince Castro said they signed a memorandum of understanding with […]

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Countries step up to tackle antimicrobial resistance

COUNTRIES are making significant steps in tackling antimicrobial resistance (AMR), but  serious gaps remain and require  urgent action, according to a report released today by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) and the World Health Organization (WHO). The report charts progress in 154 countries and reveals  wide discrepancies.  Some, including […]

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Michel Sidibe, the executive director of UNAIDS, presents a UNAIDS report during a press conference at the Paris Institute of Political Studies (Science Po), July 18, 2018, in Paris. (Photo by AFP)

UN sounding alarms about hazard of AIDS amid dwindling funding

By PressTV / AFP GREAT strides in preventing AIDS deaths and new infections risk being halted, even reversed, if funding and focus continues to dwindle, the UN warned Wednesday. Announcing the lowest annual death toll in two decades for 2017, and a record number of people on life-saving treatment, UNAIDS cautioned that a creeping “complacency” threatened these achievements. “We are […]

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Masinsing paglilinis sa Quezon City Jail ipinagutos

Ni Santiago Celario IPINAGUTOS ng pamunuan ng Bureau of Jail Management and Penology ang masinop na paglilinis ng Quezon City Jail upang hindi bahain ang loob ng detention facility dahil sa nagkalat na basura. Ang kautusan ay ipinalabas nitong Martes matapos mamatay ang isang detainee kamakailan dahil umano sa leptospirosis na kanyang nakuha matapos lumusong sa baha sa loob ng […]

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Dr. Mildred Balbin Oliveros: Sa Pagtuklas ng Gamot at Humanitarianism

MARAMI sa atin ang “nagsusunog ng kilay” para sa sariling layunin – ang kumita at ng sa gayon ay umigi ang kalagayan sa buhay. Pero, para naman kay Audrey Hepburn, isang British actress at humanitarian, ang sabi niya: “Habang tayo ay tumatanda, matutuklasan natin na ang isa sa ating dalawang kamay ay para tulungan ang ating sarili, at ang isa […]

Violators of QC Anti-junk Food and Sugary Drinks Ordinance of 2017 fined.

Violators of QC Anti-junk Food and Sugary Drinks Ordinance of 2017 fined.

THE Quezon City Health Department recently conducted a surprise inspection in selected school canteens to check their compliance with City Ordinance 2579 or the QC Anti-junk Food and Sugary Drinks Ordinance of 2017. Food categorized as junk foods and sugary drinks were found still being sold at Pasong Tamo Elementary School and Lagro High School. The school canteens were also […]

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Vegetables now a regular part of the menu in Saipan’s middle and high school canteens

By Lori Lyn Lirio SALAD bars are now available in middle and high school canteen to promote health via the consumption of veggies among teenagers in Saipan. This was learned after the Commonwealth of northern Mariana Islands Public School System-Food and Nutrition Service said it started putting up salad bars in middle and high schools in Saipan. PSS nutritionist and […]

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Manila City government asked to enforce ban on mercury contaminated beauty products

By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK AN environmentalist group on Sunday asked Manila City government to take action against retailers of mercury-laced skin whitening products due to the imminent danger or injury they pose to consumers. The EcoWaste Coalition made the plea after its members were able to two brands of imported skin lightening creams from China that the Food and […]

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Pagtataas ng kaso ng leptospirosis dahil sa basura-DENR

Ni Santiago Celario KUMBINSIDO ang Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) na ang pagtaas ng kaso ng leptospirosis sa bansa ay dahil sa mga nagkalat na basura sa kalye na nahaluan ng ihi ng daga. Ayon kay DENR National Solid Waste Management Executive Director Eli Ildefonso, ang kawalan ng disiplina sa pagtatapon ng basura, lalo na sa Metro Manila, […]

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Diabetes situation in Saipan “quite serious” – CNMI Public Health official

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE diabetes situation in the Commonwealth of northern Marianas is “quite serious.” Thus said Public Health’s Medical Director Dr. Phuong Luu during an interview where she also emphasized that managing that debilitating disease is also the patient’s responsibility. “One out of five adults in the CNMI was diagnosed with diabetes,” Dr. Luu said, citing the 2016 […]

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QC releases ‘healthy menu’ for schools

THE Quezon City Health Department has released a list of allowed and prohibited foods to be sold in public and private schools in accordance with City Ordinance 2579-2017, also known as the QC Anti-junk food and sugary drinks ordinance of 2017. The ordinance states that canteens in public and private elementary and high schools, as well as preparatory schools, and […]

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Peerlink leader project coordinator Robyn Priest discusses training and technical assistance with Community Guidance Center staff in their office at TSL Building in Garapan on Thursday. Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio

CNMI Blue Ribbon Action Team brings back recovery support to community

By Lori Lyn Lirio THE Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Island Blue Ribbon Action Team will renew its assistance to troubled people. This was learned after the CNMI, through the support of the Community Guidance Center, announced that it is bringing back recovery support to the community with clear action plans to assist people who have alcohol or drug abuse and […]

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Community members attend a social awareness meeting about maternal death, infant mortality, stillbirth and other health issues is conducted by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Bangladesh. Photo UNICEF

WHO study shows new drug could save thousands of women’s lives

A NEW formulation of a drug to prevent excessive bleeding following childbirth could save thousands of women’s lives in low- and lower-middle-income countries, according to a study led by the World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with MSD for Mothers and Ferring Pharmaceuticals. Currently WHO recommends oxytocin as the first-choice drug for preventing excessive bleeding after childbirth. Oxytocin, however, must […]

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DoCoMo Pacific donates US$50K to CHCC

By Lori Lyn Lirio DOCOMO Pacific, a telecommunications company, donated US$50,000 to the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation for developing and maintaining an Electronic Health Records system for patient care in the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands. DoCoMo Pacific-CNMI General Manager Dino Manning said last June 6 donation is the first installment of the US$250,000 total donation pledged by the company to […]

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DENR exec to face graft charge for Canadian trash mess

THE Office of the Ombudsman today it will prosecute a Department of Environment and Natural Resources official for the screw up leading to the abandonment of Canadian trash in the country. Specifically, DENR Undersecretary Juan Miguel Cuna of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources will be prosecuted for violation of Section 3(e) of Republic Act No. 3019 (Anti-Graft and […]

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Play to combat suicide and other teen problems staged in Saipan

Play to combat suicide and other teen problems staged in Saipan

By Lori Lyn Lirio “CHOICES”, an improvisation-based play, which recently took center stage at the American Memorial Park, was touching, timely and moving, according to Friends of the Art president Susan Fishman-Tudor. Fishman-Tudor went to see the play on its first night of showing last June 8. She said the characterization and the [plot] element felt very real. Directed by […]

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PCDC advisor Dr. Nia Aitaoto at the four-day collaborative-learning session in Hibiscus, Fiesta Resort on Tuesday. She is with Bishop Ryan Jimenez.  Photo © Lori Lyn Lirio

The Pacific Chronic Disease Council calls on health care specialist to focus on border line diabetics to win the war against diabetes.

By Lori Lyn Lirio “TO win the war on diabetes, focus should be given to people who are borderline diabetic.” Thus said Pacific Chronic Disease Council advisor Dr. Nia Aitaoto during an interview. She said health care partners should give equal focus on people who are on the ‘borderline’ of diabetes. In the medical field, Aitaoto said the term ‘pre-diabetes’ […]

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A testimony on health

By Abner Galino THIS definitely qualifies as a success story. Well, no one becomes incredibly rich or becomes instantly famous. But someone triumphed against his own frailty and came out a happy camper. Gary Paglinawan is 5’4 ½” tall. Some years back, he weighed 210 lbs. Today, Gary weighs 158 lbs. I wouldn’t have known this, if not for a […]

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Roman Catholic Church in Saipan to focus on health and wellness of its parishioners

By Lori Lyn Lirio ASIDE from the traditional faith formation, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Chalan Kanoa led by its Filipino-American Bishop Ryan Jimenez will focus, among others, on promoting health and wellness lifestyle among its parishioners. Bishop Jimenez said the parish priests made a preparation for the pastoral plan, identifying its priorities for the next five years. He said […]

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CNMI Governor Ralph D.L.G. Torres pleads guilty to “not taking care of his health.”

By Lori Lyn Lirio COMMONWEALTH of Northern Mariana Islands Governor Ralph D.L.G. Torres recently pleaded guilty “of not taking care of his health,” it was only learned yesterday. According to reports, Torres made his plea last as June 15 when he signed a proclamation designating June 17-23, 2018 as Men’s Health Week. His admission of guilt and proclamation signing was […]

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QC enhances Barangay Day Care program

By Nelson Flores, Ll.B., MSCK IN a bid to prepare preschoolers for school, Quezon City Mayor Herbert M. Bautista recently signed an ordinance enhancing the city’s Barangay Day Care Center program, it was learned yesterday. Bautista said City Ordinance 2683-2018 or the “Barangay Day Care Center Enhancement Program of Quezon City” ensures that children aged four and below will be […]

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QC Council pushes anti-illegal drugs education program in schools

THE Quezon City Council asked the Quezon City Anti-Drug Abuse Advisory Council and the Quezon City Council Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs to include an anti-illegal drugs education program for parents and teachers association in all public elementary and high schools in the city. In City Resolution No. 7449-2018, Quezon City Allan Butch Francisco states that instructions on drug abuse prevention […]

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