Health

Study calls for measures against pig-to-person flu spread

SAN FRANCISCO — Researchers in the United States suggest that protective measures make good sense for both the animals and humans as the spread of influenza among pigs is common at fairs and other gatherings. In a study that appeared in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, a publication of the US Centers for Disease Control and …

FDA warns public vs buying unregistered food supplements online

MANILA— The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public against buying and consuming several unregistered food supplements being sold online. The agency noted that the food supplements Kos Agaricus Blazei, Pappa Reale Alvear with Ginseng Royal Jelly, AVS Retina, Carnidyn, Clorofilla, Long Life Creatina, Micotwin Zen, Marco Viti Charcoall, Essecore Essebaby, and Sifi …

No human case of bird flu: DOH

MANILA— The two poultry farm workers in San Luis, Pampanga who had manifested flu-like symptoms, have tested negative for avian influenza, Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial announced on Wednesday. “The results were released last night: the two were negative,” Ubial said, confirming that there is still no human infection of bird flu in the country. …

Health teams, protective gear sent to bird flu-hit Pampanga: DOH

MANILA— The Department of Health (DOH) has sent additional teams and personal protective equipment (PPEs) to Pampanga province to strengthen the monitoring and management of individuals who have been exposed to the avian flu virus as the culling of infected chickens continues. “Hanggang may exposure ay ite-test po sila (So long as workers are exposed …

Caritas Manila introduces plant-based nutrition scheme

MANILA — Caritas Manila is now teaching the public program a plant-based nutrition scheme that would lessen meat consumption. The Hapag-asa Integrated Nutrition Program aims to educate families in urban poor communities in Metro Manila especially mothers and women about dietary programs and nutritional continuity and improve the health condition of malnourished children. Its goal is …

Tobacco firm says new product will reduce smoking rate, critics skeptical of motives

TORONTO — One of the world’s largest tobacco companies is rolling out a smokeless cigarette in Canada that it contends is less harmful than conventional combustible products, but some critics call the device merely a ploy to maintain — or even increase — market share in the face of dwindling smoking rates. Philip Morris International …

‘Overdiagnosis epidemic’ in thyroid cancer: University of Calgary researchers

CALGARY — A study by researchers at the University of Calgary suggests most people treated for thyroid cancer have tumours that would never pose any harm. Dawnelle Topstad and James Dickinson, with the university’s Cumming School of Medicine, pored over four decades worth of Canadian data on the disease. They found thyroid cancer incidence rates in …

Binge-watching leads to poor sleep quality: study

CHICAGO — Research conducted by the University of Michigan (UM) and the Leuven School for Mass Communication Research in Belgium found that higher binge-viewing frequency leads to poorer sleep quality, more fatigue and increased insomnia. Regular TV viewing does not have this problem, the research concluded. Researchers surveyed 423 adults between the ages of 18 and …

Sulfur use linked to breathing problems in kids living near farms

SAN FRANCISCO — A new study by the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that elemental sulfur, the most heavily used pesticide in California, may harm the respiratory health of children living near farms that use the pesticide. Published this week in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives, the study establishes associations between elemental sulfur use and reduced …

Sleep tied to type 2 diabetes risk in children: study

WASHINGTON — Children who get more sleep are at lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes, according to a new study published in a US journal Tuesday. For adults, getting too much or not enough sleep both have been linked with adiposity and type 2 diabetes. In children, more sleep has been tied to lower levels …

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