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Scientists Wonder: Can We Really Survive a Zombie Outbreak?

By Sputnik News Even if a zombie apocalypse is unlikely, it pays to be prepared. Ophiocordyceps unilateralis, a type of fungus discovered in 1859, is found primarily in tropical regions. Inhabiting certain species of ants, it causes bizarre behavior in the host. Once O. unilateralis infects an ant, the host ant abandons its nest and seeks out the forest floor, where the fungus slowly begins to burst […]

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For Environment’s Sake, PH Green Groups asked Mayor Bistek to Scrap Incinerator Project

DIFFERENT pro-environment groups on Friday asked Quezon City Mayor Herbert “Bistek” Bautista to drop a planned joint venture with a Japanese company for the setting up of a “waste-to-energy “ (WtE) facility. At the same time, they urged city residents to vigorously object to the young mayor’s plan by asking their elected city councilors to oppose the creation of the […]

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PH green groups asked beauty product manufacturers to remove plastic microbeads in cosmetic products for the fishes sake

THE EcoWaste Coalition, a Philippine public health and environmental watchdog, on Thursday urged personal care and cosmetic products (PCCPs) manufacturers  to voluntarily terminate their use of plastic microbeads for the fishes’ sake. The group specifically asked manufacturers using polyethylene, polypropylene, polyethylene terephthalate  polymethyly methacrylate, nylon and other plastic materials as microbeads in PCCPs to opt for non-polluting alternatives instead. “As […]

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Increase the penalty for hospitals demanding deposit from emergency patients – Sen. Hontiveros

PASAY CITY – Akbayan Party-list Senator Risa Hontiveros wants a four to six years imprisonment for hospital administrators and officials who refuse to treat patients who cannot make any advance payment or deposit of any sort. This was learned shortly after Hontiveros, who chairs the senate’s Committee on Health, filed Senate Bill No. 216 that seeks to amend the existing […]

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DoE Urged to Put to Use US$1.37 Million worth of idle Recycling Equipment for Mercury Lamp Waste

DoE Urged to Put to Use US$1.37 Million worth of idle Recycling Equipment for Mercury Lamp Waste

A MERCURY recycling facility bought by the government in 2013 for more than US $1 million of remains unused and rotting in a warehouse in Taguig City. This was disclosed by the Philippine EcoWaste Coalition on Monday shortly after it sent a letter to the Department of Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi asking the department to put into use the wasting […]

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PH Green group wants some “cancer causing” Belo products out of the market

THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, demanded that Belo Essential Products line containing cancer causing isobutyl paraben be removed from the market shelves as these items pose health risks to the public. The coalition’s demand came in the heels of the Philippine Food and Drug Administration’s Advisory No. 2016-032 issued on April 20 reiterating its ban on […]

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EcoWaste Coalition Supports Laguna Lake Fish Testing for Toxins

THE EcoWaste Coalition on Monday asked Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez to follow-through her suggestion to have the fishes at the Laguna Lake tested for toxins like lead and mercury to determine if they are still safe for human consumption. The coalition, in a statement, said it supports Secretary Lopez’ idea “to look into the potential […]

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Green group warns public from using unregistered cosmetics

THE EcoWaste Coalition on Wednesday warns the public from using unregistered cosmetics due to their possible adverse effects on the user’s health. Specifically, the EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, asked the public to avoid health and beauty products that have no certification from the Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines. The coalition noted that most of […]

DISASTER PREPAREDNESS: Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial (left) and Dr. Gloria Balboa, DOH-Health Emergency Management Bureau director, (right) brief media on the government disaster contingencies with the onset of the rainy season.

DOH’s Ubial: gov’t aims to lessen deaths, destruction due to natural calamities

PHILIPPINE Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial said on Thursday the government has intensified its preparations to deal with any national disaster, particularly with the onset of the typhoon season. In a press conference, Ubial said to mark the annual July “National Disaster Conciousness Month,” the Department of Health (DOH) and all its hospitals and agencies have been coordinating and […]

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Two Philippine Companies Receive First Lead Safe Paint® Certifications

Two Philippine Companies Receive First Lead Safe Paint® Certifications

(SCS Global Services Issues Certificates Under New Standard) Quezon City, Philippines– Two multi-national paint companies, Pacific Paint (Boysen) Philippines, Inc. and Davies Paints Philippines, Inc., are the first in the world to earn the Lead Safe Paint® mark under a newly-established certification program. The certification program, which was established by the international non-profit IPEN organization, was created to let customers […]

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Why the USFDA is warning Americans about ibuprofen*

By DR. Michael Noonan Ibuprofen, sold as Motrin and Advil, and other anti-inflammatory drugs are in the news again, and not for a good reason. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is ramping up its warnings about the risks of these drugs for their role in causing heart attacks and strokes. Some of the other drugs include Celebrex, Aleve, Naprosyn […]

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Beware of the poisons in your homes and schools

SEEMINGLY harmless items like paracetamol, vitamins, lipsticks, colognes, perfumes and sanitizers could become poisons and cause death or serious injury if used in a wrong way. EcoWaste Coaition’s Project Protect Coordinator Thony Dizon issues the reminder following the launching of the National Poison Prevention Week on Monday. He notes that people use these seemingly harmless items everyday with no thought […]

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Green group warns men about cosmetics that adversely affect sexual and reproductive health

AS Father’s Day is celebrated, the EcoWAste Coalition urges men to avoid cosmetics with “fragrance” as an ingredient for it can disrupt disrupt hormonal functions and adversely affect their sexual and reproductive health. Citing the precautionary warnings by US based advocacy groups, the coalition said some cosmetics marketed to men and teenage boys like body spray and cologne, shaving cream, aftershave […]

Filipinos are getting overweight and obese – EcoWaste Coalition

Filipinos are getting overweight and obese – EcoWaste Coalition

THE EcoWaste Coalition,  a pro-public health and environment group, expresses alarm over the rising number of overweight and obese Filipinos and their negative implications on public health. Citing data from the 8th National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), the EcoWaste Coalition notes that the number of overweight and obese Filipinos doubled in ten years […]

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The FDA of the Philippines warns the public from using untested pesticides sold in Manila

THE Food and Drug Administration of the Philippines warns the public from using untested household and urban pesticides being sold in Divisoria and Quiapo, Manila. In an advisory, No. 2016-047, the FDA says “these products have not been evaluated by the FDA to ensure their safety and efficacy. They are “harmful, toxic and may pose imminent danger to human and […]

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Lead laden paints used in refurbishing school armchairs gravely jeopardizing the health of Filipino children

THE EcoWaste Coalition on Saturday bares that paints with dangerous levels of lead were used in refurbishing armchairs in Philippine public schools. Consequently, the pro environment and public health group asks paint companies to stop producing lead laden paint products to ensure the safety of their customers. The coalition says it discovers that the paint used in the refurbishing of […]

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Philippine green group endorses the use of environment friendly led lights in public schools

THE Philippine based EcoWaste Coalition urges the Department of Education to direct public schools to start using light emitting diode (LED) bulbs instead of the mercury laden fluorescent lamps. The green group issues the call after noting that a big number of spent fluorescent lamps were carelessly lying around the premises of public schools. The situation also prompts the EcoWaste […]

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Travelers Beware! Lack of Legroom on Flights Just Might Kill You

Usually the lack of airplane legroom brings mild-to-considerable discomfort that, let’s be honest, is forgotten fairly quickly. For Colin Savage, a six-foot, two-inch marathon runner and cyclist, a cramped international flight caused internal damage that was very nearly fatal. Two days after returning to Toronto from a hiking trip to Argentina, 64-year-old Savage went to doctors complaining of intense pain in his lower back. He was diagnosed […]

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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 […]