Health

Mining firms support anti-TB awareness campaign in Palawan

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — The Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) and the Coral Bay Nickel Corporation (CBNC) recently a community-based tuberculosis (TB) awareness advocacy activity in the southern town of Bataraza. Hilaria Venus, Tuberculosis Program Coordinator, said Thursday that the awareness advocacy campaign was done in Barangay Igang-Igang, Bataraza in partnership with the …

Palawan town under ‘state of emergency’ due to diarrhea outbreak

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — The municipality of Quezon in southern Palawan is now under a “state of emergency” due to the diarrhea outbreak brought about by contaminated drinking water sources. Dr. Allan Paciones, of the Quezon Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), confirmed to the Philippine News Agency on Friday the death …

Suspected diarrhea outbreak in Palawan probed

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — Key health officials gathered Thursday in the southern Palawan town of Quezon to investigate a suspected outbreak of diarrhea that affected 727 residents since July and allegedly caused the death of four people. Dr. Allan Paciones of the Municipal Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) of Quezon confirmed that representatives of …

DOH sees 37% rise in leptospirosis cases

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded 1,194 cases of leptospirosis from Jan. 1 to Sept. 2 this year, 37.7 percent higher than the 867 reported in the same period last year. In its latest report, made available Thursday, the DOH Epidemiology Bureau also recorded 119 deaths over the period, compared to only 98 …

Antibody cocktail better in preventing HIV infection: studies

WASHINGTON — A cocktail of two or three antibodies could be more effective than a single one in preventing Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) transmission, according to results released Wednesday from two separate monkey studies. In a study published in the US journal Science, researchers combined three broadly neutralizing antibodies (bNAbs) — VRC01, PGDM1400, and 10E8v4 …

Mayors asked to help fast-track DOH’s HIV efforts

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) has enlisted the commitment of mayors to help avert the spread of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) in the country. Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial and Metro Manila mayors and representatives recently signed a city HIV resolution on the latter’s commitment to fast-track …

Metro Manila hospitals on red alert for Day of Protest

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) has put all public hospitals in Metro Manila on Code Red Alert on Thursday, Sept. 21, in anticipation of demonstrations during the National Day of Protest. “All hospitals of DOH in Metro Manila are on red alert tomorrow,” Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial said in a text message to …

Bolder global gov’t action urged vs. NCDs

GENEVA — The World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday urged governments worldwide to address non-communicable diseases (NCDs) with “bolder political actions” to save millions of people from premature deaths. The NCDs, primarily cardiovascular and chronic respiratory diseases, cancers and diabetes, are the world’s biggest killers that claim the lives of 15 million people aged 30 …

Smokers with HIV more likely to die of lung cancer

WASHINGTON — People living with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), who adhere to antiretroviral therapy but smoke cigarettes, are about 10 times, more likely to die of lung cancer than from the AIDS virus itself, a new study said Monday. “Smoking and HIV are a particularly bad combination when it comes to lung cancer,” said Krishna …

Blame dietary habits, not genes, for toothache: study

WASHINGTON — Your mother was right. The condition of your teeth depends on your dietary and oral hygiene habits, not your genes, according to a new study out Wednesday that looked at the role that genes and the oral microbiome play in the formation of cavities. “Limiting sugar consumption and acid buildup in the mouth have …

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