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More funds to fight cancer in Marianas raised

ACTIVE community participation led to the success of this year’s 15th Marianas March Against Cancer fund raising project. According to Carolyn Hosono, MMAC chair, this year’s fund raising march raised $207,072 in cash and in-kind donations, surpassing last year’s $177,000. She added that the 12-hour event that took place at Hopwood Middle School on May 5- 6 and it drew […]

by Lori Lyn Lirio· · 1 comment · Health, News
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Los Angeles County declares May 2nd as “Day for Understanding Mental Health”

THE Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has proclaimed May 2nd as the “Day to Change Direction” towards understanding mental health issues and caring for people with mental illness. The board directed Jonathan Sherin, M.D. Ph.D., director of the LA County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH), to “oversee a countywide discussion to advance a culture of awareness, understanding and dialogue […]

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Green group asks PH to implement international convention against mercury

THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, over the weekend asked the Philippine government to immediately implement the 2013 Minamata Convention on Mercury after it found out that mercury laden beauty products are still being cheaply sold in flea markets and Chinese drug stores in Manila’s Divisoria. At the same time, Thony Dizon, EcoWaste Coalition’s Project Protect coordinator; […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · Health, News
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Millions suffering from depression in PH – DoH, WHO

MORE than 3.29 million people in the Philippines are living with depression and an almost equal number of individuals are suffering from anxiety. This was learned Friday as the Department of Health (DOH) and the World Health Organization–Philippines (WHO-PH) calls on everyone – the public, private, and civil society sectors – to engage in a “serious national chat” using multi-media […]

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World Health Organization calls for international unity to defeat TB

IN marking the World Tuberculosis Day on March 24, the World Health Organization (WHO) said one person with untreated infectious TB can infect up to 15 people in one year in close quarters. Tuberculosis is the leading infectious disease killer worldwide today and carries with it “profound economic and social consequences,”  and “often creates a spiral of poverty,” the WHO, […]

by Ibarra C. Mateo· · 1 comment · Health, News
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More than 1M Filipinos quit smoking from 2009 to 2015 – PH health department

THE Philippine Department of Health on Monday said more than 1.1 million Filipinos quit smoking from 2009 to 2015 due to the taxes hike on tobacco products and other tobacco control interventions. This was disclosed by DOH officials in a press conference Monday. They said the package of tobacco control interventions like the Tobacco Tax Reform of 2012 (the anti-cancer tax), […]

by Ibarra C. Mateo· · 0 comments · Health, News
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EcoWaste Coalition Pushes Ban on Use of Arsenic for Wood Treatment and Preservation 

A PHILIPPINE based environment and public health watchdog urged the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environmental Management Bureau to totally ban of the use of arsenic as wood treatment due to its known carcinogenic effects on humans. The EcoWaste Coalition, in a statement, said the ban will strengthen the proposed regulation on toxic inorganic arsenic. It added that as the lead […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · Health, News
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Paraan laban sa AIDS tinutulan

MARIING tinutulan ng Rotary Club ng Kamuning, Quezon City ang plano ng administrasyong Dutterte na mamahagi ng condom sa mga kabataan upang maiwasan ang pagkalat ng sakit na Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) na hatid ng Human Immuno Virus o HIV. Ito ay sa kabila ng resulta ng mga pag-aaral ng mga sayantipiko na nakatutulong ang paggamit ng condom sa […]

by Santiago Celario· · 1 comment · Health, News
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Toxic lips

BEWARE of the lips you are kissing this Valentine’s Day, it might be toxic. Thus warned the Philippine based EcoWasate Coaliton, an environment and public health watchdog, as it called the attention of women who love to prettify themselves with cheap but lead laden lipsticks. The coalition issued the reminder after it discovered the proliferation of lead laden imitation lipsticks […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · Health, News
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WTO Amends Intellectual Property Rules to Boost Poor Countries’ Medicine Access

By Sputnik News WORLD Trade Organization members have agreed to amend the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement. WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — World Trade Organization (WTO) members have agreed to amend the Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) agreement to increase access to generic medicines in developing countries, WTO Director-General Roberto Azevedo said in a press release on Monday. “This is an extremely important […]

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PH green groups asked Ms. Universe candidates to help protect aquatic life

THE Philippine based EcoWaste Coalition on Thursday asked the candidates for the 65th Miss Universe beauty pageant to help protect aquatic life by not using or endorsing personal care and cosmetic products containing plastic microbeads, a known ocean pollutant that kills aquatic life. Instead, the beauty pageant candidates should lend their voice to amplify the mounting global demand to stop […]

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PH green groups call for the ban of Chinese candles with lead cored wicks

THE EcoWAste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, urged retailers of Chinese candles to stop selling those with lead-cored wicks. This was learned after coalition members went to Binondo’s Chinatown district in Manila where they visited 11 stores selling Chinese candles. The move is part of the coalition’s ongoing work to prevent children’s exposure to lead, a potent neurotoxin. The group […]

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Firecrackers ban in PH sought by green groups

THE huge number of children injured during the yuletide season by firecrackers, especially new year’s celebration, and the health damaging volume of pollution it caused should prompt the government to fast track its banning. The call was made by EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, shortly after the health department released the number of people injured by firecrackers […]

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PH green group calls for firecracker free New Year’s celeb

ECOWASTE Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, early this week urged young students to spurn firecrackers and opt instead for alternative noise makers to herald the coming year in a bid to have zero casualty during the New Year’s revelry. In a well attended awareness drive at the Jacinto Zamora Elementary School in Pandacan District of Manila, coalition members […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · Health, News
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US Deaths from Drugs, Alcohol and Mental Disorders Nearly Tripled Since 1980

By Sputnik News Over 2000 counties across the United States have seen 200 percent or greater increases since 1980 in deaths related to either substance abuse or mental disorders, according to a new study from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME). The study, performed by the University of Washington in Seattle (UW) and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association on December […]

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PH green groups call on DENR Secretary Gina Lopez to act

DIFFERENT Philippine environmental organizations on Monday call on Department of Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Gina Lopez to act decisively on the mounting proposals of specific interests to flood the country with thermal or burn “waste-to-energy” (WtE) technology, which will undermine the country’s effort to curb environmental degradation and pursue a low-carbon development path. To press the urgency of their […]

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STOP using firecrackers for health and environment’s sake – PH EcoWaste Coalition

IN a bid to make the New Year’s celebration health and environment friendly, the EcoWaste Coalition urged the public to heed the government’s call to avoid using firecrackers during New Year’s eve. “To stop the tragic injuries and deaths, the destructive fires, hazardous pollution and, not to be forgotten, the acoustic torture against animals, we strongly urge the general public […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · Health, News
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The male nurse: Does he appeal to you?

HAGATNA, Guam  — When you think of a nurse, you automatically summon the image of a woman in white uniform and a cute little cap— not somebody who watches football, loves sports cars and sports facial hair. The male nurse remains a bit of a novelty. While it may seem role and gender stereotypes and traditionally associated with women, more men […]

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Junk Bataan nuke plant’s planned activation – PH green coalition

THE EcoWaste Coalition, an environmental and public health watchdog, on Monday urged the Duterte administration to junk the plan to activate the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant in Morong, Bataan which was mothballed during the Marcos regime due to the danger it poses on the people and environment. “We urge our policy makers not to wake up the sleeping ‘monster of Morong’ […]

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Beauty products with alleged fake FDA Seal of Approval being sold in PH

THE EcoWaste Coalition, a public health and environment watchdog, on Saturday urged Philippine Food and Drug Administration to crack down on importers and stores selling cosmetics with fake FDA seal of of approval. This developed after EcoWaste over the week discovered thrift shops in Divisoria, Manila selling three types of face powder makeups with fake FDA Seal of Approval on […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 1 comment · Health, News
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PH Health Department announces opening in Nueva Ecija of the first Chinese funded Drug Rehab Center

THE Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday has announced the “soft opening” of the government-run 10,000 bed drug rehabilitation center in Fort Magsaysay in Laur, Nueva Ecija. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial, in a press conference at the Malacanang Palace, said “the facility has been partially finished by October 17…and our personnel, who were hired for that facility, about 1,000 of […]

by Rodolfo Andal· · 0 comments · Health, News
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Harmful baby wipes in PH markets

BABY cleansing wipes with restricted preservatives that could cause thyroid problems are cheaply being sold nationwide. This was disclosed Tuesday by EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health watchdog, after it found out that at least 30 brands of baby cleansing wipes which contain iodopropynyl butylcarbamate (IPBC), a chemical prohibited for use on children under three years old, are being sold […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · Health, News
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Beware of poisonous mugs !!!

A PUBLIC health watchdog warns the public from using damaged mugs saying hazardous chemicals used in its production could leach and put into risk human health and the environment. EcoWaste Coalition, an environment and public health advocate, made the appeal as it calls on mugs manufacturers and importers to stop using or importing mugs with toxic chemicals like lead and […]

by Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK· · 0 comments · Health, News
Ratify the Minamata Convention now !!!

Ratify the Minamata Convention now !!!

“FOR the sake of the people’s health and the environment, Asian governments should immediately ratify the Minamata Convention to prevent, if not reduce, mercury pollution.” This was the urgent plea of the EcoWaste Coalition, the Collaboration Center for Minamata Disease Victims and IPEN (a global NGO network for a toxics-free future) to all Asian governments as health and environmental officials from […]

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Don’t block the DOH budget, but do delay new anti-dengue vaccination

PLEASE don’t block the passage of the proposed 2017 Department of Health (DOH) budget, but do delay the introduction of new doses of a controversial anti-dengue vaccine until independent studies were done by credible experts to clear clouds of doubts on its safety and efficacy. These were the urgent messages bared on Monday (Oct. 3) by a broad health coalition, […]

by Ibarra C. Mateo· · 0 comments · Health, News