Health

Health Canada to allow more access to prescription heroin to curb opioid crisis

VANCOUVER –Health Canada’s proposal to loosen regulations on importing prescription-grade heroin to treat opioid addiction is being hailed as a crucial step to reducing fentanyl-fuelled deaths across the country. Drug policy campaigner Caitlin Shane, who is with the advocacy group Pivot Legal Society, said 931 overdose deaths last year in British Columbia alone point to …

Baby boomers not included in task force guidelines for hepatitis C screening

TORONTO –The average Canadian adult does not need to be screened for infection with hepatitis C, a blood-borne virus that can in time cause cirrhosis or cancer of the liver, says a task force that develops practice guidelines for primary-care providers. In its first hepatitis C screening guidelines released Monday, the Canadian Task Force on …

Omega 3 fatty acid found to stop liver damage from getting worse

SAN FRANCISCO –A new study done with laboratory animals suggests that one type of omega 3 fatty acid offers people, who are obese or have a poor diet, a chance to avoid serious liver damage. The findings, published Wednesday by researchers from Oregon State University (OSU) in PLOS ONE, offer something that no available drug …

Prince William, Lady Gaga promote mental health awareness

LOS ANGELES—Pop diva Lady Gaga and Prince William teamed up to promote mental health awareness. The clip of the duo FaceTiming was live streamed on the Royal Family’s Facebook page. In the video Gaga sports a floral top and sips tea while dialing into Prince William to talk about his Heads Together initiative and her …

Health experts: Prepare for flu, get vaccinated

MANILA–Flu is in the air and people, especially those vulnerable to the disease, better get themselves vaccinated, several health experts said Wednesday. Flu vaccination should prioritize the elderly, pregnant women, and patients with chronic medical conditions, such as diabetes, heart, liver, kidney and lung diseases, president of the Philippine Foundation for Vaccinations (PFV), Dr. Cecilia …

DSWD serves 2,137 indigents under “Libreng Gamot Para sa Masa”

  MANILA–A total of 2,137 individuals have already benefited from the “Libreng Gamot Para sa Masa” (Lingap) Program, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said in a news release issued on Wednesday. The program, a project of President Rodrigo Duterte, has a PHP1 billion fund for medicine assistance for indigent patients who need …

Angara to colleagues: Support free dialysis for kidney patients in provinces

MANILA–An increase in the number of Filipino kidney patients undergoing dialysis has prompted Sen. Juan Edgardo Angara to renew his call to provide free dialysis treatments to indigent patients in provinces. Angara on Wednesday pushed anew for the passage of Senate Bill 1329, which seeks free dialysis treatment to indigent patients in all hospitals in …

2 new H7N9 cases reported in central China

ZHENGZHOU–Two new cases of H7N9 infection were reported from April 8 to 14 in central China’s Henan Province, local health authorities reported Sunday. The two patients, a 45-year-old female surnamed Li from Nanyang City, and a 54-year-old male surnamed Deng from Pingdingshan City, are both critically ill in hospital, officials with the province’s health department …

DOH on swimming: Avoid alcohol, watch over children

MANILA–The Department of Health (DOH) once more reminded vacationers to stay safe while swimming. “Drowning is one of the biggest causes of death among children. Our advice is for parents and guardians to watch over them when they swim,” said Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial. Adults should likewise be cautious, especially when venturing into the …

Teens’ thoughts on pot unchanged after legalization news, they say

TORONTO –Some teens say their likelihood of using weed hasn’t changed since the Liberal government announced details of its legalization plan – though they say it’s made them more aware of information on both sides of the debate. Government officials announced Thursday that cannabis would be made legal for recreational use by July 2018, and …

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