Health

Women in 30s now having more babies than younger moms in US

NEW YORK—For the first time, women in their early 30s are having more babies than younger moms in the United States. Health experts say the shift is due to more women waiting longer to have children and the ongoing drop in the teen birth rate. For more than three decades, women in their late 20s …

Almost 2 million Ontarians given opioids, despite calls to rein in prescribing: report

TORONTO – Almost two million Ontarians – or 14 per cent of the province’s population – filled prescriptions for opioids in fiscal year 2015-2016, says a new report, suggesting that patients continued to be given the potent narcotics despite efforts to curtail what’s been called a national epidemic of overuse. The report by Health Quality …

Russia’s health minister points to significant slowdown in HIV cases in 2016

MOSCOW–The number of new HIV cases in Russia noticeably slowed down in 2016, Russian Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova said on Monday. “The number of new cases reduced dramatically in 2016, to 86,600,” she said, adding that a year before the number of new HIV cases had exceeded 100,000. Apart from that, she said HIV testing …

Provinces overwhelmed with practicalities of ending pot prohibition

OTTAWA – Provinces have been protesting the large volume of work and heavy costs they say the Trudeau government has piled on them in its rush to legalize recreational cannabis across Canada by next year. So far, however, the small province of New Brunswick has been taking the high road. Unlike other members of the …

DOH targets higher immunization rate among babies

MANILA–The Department of Health (DOH) plans to increase the rate of immunization among babies in their first year of life up to 95 percent not only for this year but also in the coming years. According to DOH spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag, this target is highlighted with intensified campaign on awareness about the presence of …

Three deaths linked to new Ebola outbreak in Congo

MOSCOW –A new ebola outbreak has been declared in the Democratic Republic of Congo, after three deaths were linked to the virus. The DRC went through a three-month long outbreak of the virus in 2014, which killed 49 people. A death last month has been confirmed to have been caused by ebola, and the World …

Brazil confirms 259 deaths from yellow fever in 2017

RIO DE JANEIRO–At least 259 people have died of yellow fever in Brazil this year, especially in the southeastern part of the country, the government announced Friday. In a statement, the Ministry of Health said that 259 deaths have been confirmed, another 47 are being investigated, and 115 have been ruled out as being due …

Family dog found helping boost physical activity for kids with disabilities

SEATTLE–A new study from Oregon State University (OSU) indicates that the family dog could serve as a partner in efforts to help children with disabilities incorporate more physical activity into their daily lives. Researchers found in a case study published in the journal, “Animals”, of one 10-year-old boy with cerebral palsy and his family’s dog …

New study offers hope for treating painful, swollen limbs

WASHINGTON—U.S. researchers said Wednesday they have uncovered for the first time the molecular mechanism responsible for triggering lymphedema, a painful swelling of the arms and legs that often comes as an unintended consequence of cancer treatment. In a study published in the U.S. journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers also described how a drug in clinical …

50 health facilities in Mimaropa implement iClinicSys

MANILA–Some 50 of 80 health care facilities in the Mimaropa region are already implementing the Integrated Clinic Information System (iClinicSys), a systematic way of managing patient records. “These health facilities are now compliant and implementing the system in their respective areas for the purpose of enlisting, profiling and submitting electronic medical records, or EMR, to …