Health

Trump to GOP: Pass health care bill or seal your fate

WASHINGTON –Time for talk running out, President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned wavering House Republicans that their jobs were on the line in next year’s elections if they failed to back a GOP bill that would upend Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. The countdown quickened toward an expected vote Thursday on legislation undoing much of …

Health Canada seizes infertility, breast cancer drugs sold online

RICHMOND, B.C. –Health Canada is warning that it seized a number of unauthorized health products from a business in Richmond, B.C. The agency says it has seized 10 products from EPCA Shipping Inc., which it says is the Canadian distributor for Extreme Peptides, a company that sells health products online. Health Canada says in a …

Trump going outside Washington for support on health bill

WASHINGTON –President Donald Trump is deploying an outside and inside strategy to fulfil his campaign promise to repeal and replace “Obamacare,” seeking support beyond Washington before making an in-person pitch on Capitol Hill. Trump rallied supporters Monday night in Louisville, Kentucky, alongside Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., after meetings and phone calls in Washington …

DOH: 1.1-M Filipinos quit smoking from 2009 to 2015

MANILA–The number of smokers in the country has decreased by 1.1 million from 17 million in 2009 to 15.9 million in 2015, the Department of Health reported Monday, citing survey results. According to the 2015 Philippines’ Global Adult Survey (GATS), the prevalence of tobacco use among Filipinos 15 years and above has dropped from 29.7 …

No opioids, please: Clearing the way to refuse prescriptions

HARTFORD, Conn. –A growing number of states are working to help patients make it clear to medical professionals they don’t want to be prescribed powerful opioids. Connecticut and Alaska are two of the latest considering legislation this year that would create a non-opioid directive that patients can put in their medical files. It formally notifies …

Doctors say unproven stem cell treatment blinded 3

NEW YORK — Three women were left nearly or totally blind by a vision treatment at a stem cell clinic, in what doctors call a dramatic illustration of how risky such clinics can be. The clinic’s method hasn’t been proven effective or tested for safety in people, said ophthalmologist Dr. Thomas Albini of the University …

Various King’s Family brand dumplings recalled due to undeclared egg

OTTAWA –Various King’s Family Inc. brand dumplings are being recalled because they contain egg, which is not declared on the label. People with an allergy to egg should not consume the recalled products as they may cause a serious or life-threatening reaction, says the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. The CFIA, which triggered the recall, says …

Alberta introduces legislation to ban donating blood, plasma for profit

EDMONTON –Alberta is taking steps to prevent donors from selling their blood and plasma for a profit. The changes are included in the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, introduced Monday in the legislature by Health Minister Sarah Hoffman. “Donating blood should not be viewed as a business venture, but as a public resource that saves lives …

Non-lifting of TRO on contraceptives a setback to family planning –DOH

MANILA–If licenses on distribution and sale of many artificial contraceptives expire by 2020 and Supreme Court (SC) maintains its temporary restraining order (TRO) on re-certification of these licenses, condoms can be the last product that can be used for family planning in the country. Given that scenario, Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Gerard Bayugo, said …

Republicans dismiss upcoming budget analysis of health plan

WASHINGTON –Republicans on Sunday dismissed an upcoming Congressional Budget Office analysis widely expected to conclude that more Americans will be uninsured under a proposal to dismantle Barack Obama’s health law, despite President Donald Trump’s promise of universal coverage. Meanwhile, GOP opponents from the right and centre hardened their positions against the Trump-backed legislation. House conservatives …