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Smoking kills a lot

Smoking kills a lot

SOME 87,600 Filipinos die every year due to smoking or about 10 smokers every hour. Thus claim the Health Justice Philippines and Southeast Asia Tobacco Control Alliance as both organizations on World No Tobacco Day last Tuesday call for the passage of laws seeking the use of plain packaging for tobacco products. The World No Tobacco Day celebration this year […]

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Green group calls for an earth and people friendly way in cleaning Philippine public schools

Green group calls for an earth and people friendly way in cleaning Philippine public schools

THE EcoWaste Coalition calls on all Philippine public school principals, teachers and Brigada Eskwela volunteers to use earth and people friendly methods in cleaning public school campuses nationwide so as not to jeopardize the environment and public’s health. As schools gear up for the annual sprucing up, the EcoWaste Coalition reminded those concerned to ensure that wastes collected from the […]

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Hang up? Major US study finds link between cancer and cellphone radiation

WITH the majority of humans having access to a mobile phone the debate whether their use can cause cancer has been a heated one. Now a US government study has found a link between cellphone radiation and cancer in rats. The unsettling findings are the result of a US$25 million study by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) – a division […]

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The exposure of Filipinos to lead contaminated products is costing the Philippine government P700 billion annually

THE ill effects of lead exposure among Filipinos is costing the Philippine government about P700 billion (about US$15 billion) annually, the EcoWaste Coalition, a pro-public health and environment group, said. According to the Philippine based coalition, this was learned after United Nations Environment Assembly meeting in Nairobi, Kenya released a New York University School of Medicine (NYU) interactive map dubbed […]

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Philippine green group warns public about lead on school supplies

AS this year’s school opening fast approaches, the Philippine EcoWaste Coalition warns the public, especially the parents and guardians of grade schoolers, from buying school supplies tainted with lead, a cancer causing and brain damaging chemical. Thony Dizon, EcoWaste Coalition Project Protect coordinator, said nearly half of the school supplies they screened tested positive for lead. He added their finding […]

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Pfizer to No Longer Permit Use of Its Drugs for Lethal Injections

Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer said Friday it has taken measures to control the use of its products and assure that they are not purchased to carry out the executions of death row prisoners. After more than 20 drug manufacturers around the globe took action to closely monitor the distribution of their products, Pfizer had been the last remaining legal source of chemicals used for lethal injection in the […]

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Three open dumpsites in the Philippine provinces of Samar and Leyte closed

Three open dumpsites in the Philippine provinces of Samar and Leyte closed

THE Ombudsman closed three open dumpsites in Samar and Leyte for violation of laws on solid waste management. The closure order was given by the Ombudsman Environmental Team of Investigators and Prosecutors following a public hearing at the Leyte Normal University in Tacloban City last week in celebration of Earth Day. Closed for violation of Republic Act No. 9003 (the […]

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $55 million in talc-powder trial

Johnson & Johnson ordered to pay $55 million in talc-powder trial

By Jessica Dye NEW YORK (Reuters) – Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) was ordered by a U.S. jury on Monday to pay $55 million (37 million pounds) to a woman who said that using the company’s talc-powder products for feminine hygiene caused her to develop ovarian cancer. The verdict, which J&J plans to appeal, was the second straight trial loss for […]

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France’s Hollande Wants International Regulation of Medication Prices

According to a source close to the French president, Francois Hollande will seek to encourage the G7 introduce global pricing regulations for medicines. Earlier in March President Francois Hollande stated that, in order to make medicine affordable to all, he would seek to persuade G7 partners to introduce global pricing regulation for pharmaceutical products during his upcoming May 26-27 meeting with group leaders. The G7 countries house most of the […]

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Leaked Papers: White House Resorts to Blackmail in TTIP Trade Negotiations

Leaked Papers: White House Resorts to Blackmail in TTIP Trade Negotiations

The Obama administration has threatened to block all European car exports if they do not accept America’s genetically-modified and hormone-enhanced produce. On Sunday, German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung claimed that 240 pages of text from the secret transatlantic trade deal (TTIP) obtained by Greenpeace show the US to be blackmailing the EU to force through the trade deal, despite European objections. Specifically, the United States threatened to block European […]

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Chinese Pupils Poisoned at ‘Toxic School’ Built on Polluted Site

Chinese Pupils Poisoned at ‘Toxic School’ Built on Polluted Site

Some 500 students in eastern China have fallen ill with several diseases, including various cancers, as a result of their attendance at a school built in the vicinity of a razed chemical plant. Beijing vowed to launch an inquiry into the case, as the school site was previously said to meet with state environmental standards, according to a report on the state China Central Television (CCTV) on Saturday. […]

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Key Cancer Discovery Sets Sights on Cutting Off Blood Supply to Tumors

A NEW study is the first to show that tumors use a process called “vessel co-option” to become resistant to drugs, raising hopes that doctors can design new therapies which combat the process. The formation of new blood vessels, a process called angionesis, is a normal part of growth and healing but also plays a role in several diseases, including cancer. Several anti-angiogenic drugs have been developed […]

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Gout: Forget the Purines; Skip the Sugar?

Gout: Forget the Purines; Skip the Sugar?

If gout runs in your family, you’ve probably heard the advice to pass on all the animal protein, which would make Paleo difficult at best. But actually, there’s more to the story: instead of blaming meat, we might want to take a hard look at sugar instead. What Is Gout? Gout is a very painful type of inflammatory arthritis. The […]

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Are chocolates sold in the Philippines safe from toxic cadmium and lead?

“Are chocolates sold in the Philippines safe from toxic cadmium and lead?” The Philippine based EcoWaste Coalition raises this concern after As You Sow, a US consumer health watchdog, last week reported finding higher than normal levels of cadmium and lead in 35 of 50 chocolate products tested, including Easter chocolate bunnies and eggs. “We ask this question not to […]

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Shocking Discovery: Lipsticks May Contain Cancer Causing Toxins

Shocking Discovery: Lipsticks May Contain Cancer Causing Toxins

A RECENT German study revealed that many lipsticks and lip care products contain substances considered carcinogenic, German newspaper Berliner Kurier reported. Lipstick for a party or sun protection for the holiday: care and cosmetic products for lips are used daily by many women. According to previous studies, women even eat around three kilos of lipstick over the course of their life. Generally, cosmetics based on mineral oils are supposed to be […]

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Thousands of urban poor in the Philippines in danger from cancer causing coal dust

THE inhabitants of poor communities around an alleged coal storage facility in Tondo, Manila is in danger of contracting respiratory related cancer due to prolonged exposure from coal dust. This alarming health condition was discovered by EcoWaste Coalition and other cause oriented groups after they conducted a medical mission this week in communities near the 10 hectare multi-purpose Harbour Centre […]

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Science: Tattoos Are Actually Good for Your Health
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Science: Tattoos Are Actually Good for Your Health

A NEW study has found that having multiple tattoos may actually be good for your immune system and your health. The study, conducted at the University of Alabama, recruited 24 women and five men between the ages of 18-47 who were intending to be tattooed. Researchers measured participant’s immune function, using secretory antibody immunoglobulin A (SIgA), and stress hormone cortisol (sCORT), collecting saliva samples before and […]

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Thousands of Filipinos in danger of contracting cancer due to cadmium laden campaign materials

Thousands of Filipinos in danger of contracting cancer due to cadmium laden campaign materials

THE Ecowaste Coalition, a Philippine based environmental group, warned that thousands of Filipinos working for politicians are in danger of being exposed to toxic levels of cancer causing cadmium after it was found in abundance in plastic tarpaulins used as campaign materials. Aileen Lucero, Ecowaste coordinator, said polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic used in tarpaulins contains cadmium, which is among the […]

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Heart related illness on the rise in Manila

Heart related illness on the rise in Manila

MANILA health officials expressed alarm over the rising cases of heart-related illness among individuals in their 30’s Dr. Leonora Pascual, Ospital ng Sampaloc officer-in-charge, said there is a noticeable increases in cases of heart problems even among those who are young. “On the average, about three to five heart patients come to us every week, some of them on emergency […]

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Not all lucky charms do good things.

Not all lucky charms do good things.

THE Ecowaste Coalition, an environmental group, warned that some monkey figurines sold in Quiapo, Manila as “lucky charms” were found to have high levels of lead, a highly toxic chemical , making it unsafe especially for children. The group came up with the conclusion after subjecting to chemicals screening, using a portable X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) device, five monkey figurines it […]

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