Health

Bacolod residents reminded to practice ‘4S’ to prevent dengue

BACOLOD CITY, July 25 — The City Health Office (CHO) reminded residents of Bacolod to practice the “4S” to prevent and control dengue. Dr. Grace Tan, head of the CHO Environment Sanitation Division, issued the reminder after dengue cases in Bacolod continued to increase as of this July 15. The “4S” means Search and destroy …

Death toll of dengue victims in Sri Lanka rises to 301

COLOMBO, July 25 — The number of dengue cases has gone up to 105,000 in Sri Lanka with more than 301 deaths, the Sri Lanka Red Cross Society said Tuesday. The Red Cross said it is rapidly scaling up emergency assistance to help contain one of the country’s worst-ever outbreak of dengue in recent times. …

Spinners, Rubik’s cube and other gadgets for idle hands

MOSCOW, July 24 — As the fidget spinner craze continues to sweep across the world, it would be wise to remember that this trendy gadget is far from the first device developed by man to keep one’s idle hands busy. The fidget spinner became a worldwide fad in 2017. But as some praise its alleged …

Stanford researchers call for healthy behaviors plus healthy thoughts

SAN FRANCISCO, July 24 – Two Stanford University researchers have found that adults in the United States who believed that they were less active than their peers died younger than those who believed they were more active, even if their actual activity levels were similar. Alia Crum, an assistant professor of psychology, and Octavia Zahrt, a …

New research identifies source of cell change in Alzheimer’s disease

LOS ANGELES — Researchers have identified that the expression change of a gene in specific cells in the human brain, called Microglia, may be associated with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a study published this week in the science journal PLoS ONE. The expression of the gene, called ANK1 (ankyrin repeat domain-containing protein), was determined in …

DOH provides medicines, supplies to Leyte quake victims

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said that it has provided PHP497,428 worth of assorted medicines and supplies to local government units affected by the 6.5 magnitude earthquake in Leyte last week. DOH Spokesperson Dr. Eric Tayag said the assorted medicine consist of aquatabs (for clean water for drinking); tetanus toxoid to …

DOH plans to ban e-cigarettes in smoke-free areas

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday is interested in heeding the advisory of the World Health Organization (WHO) to ban electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in all designated indoor smoke-free areas. DOH Secretary Paulyn Ubial said that the health department would look into the recommendations of the WHO in regulating vaping. “We will be …

House assures budgetary support for DOH rehab, treatment centers

MANILA — The House of Representatives has expressed to support the budget of the Department of Health (DOH) for the treatment and rehabilitation of drug users in the country which is part of the Duterte government’s overall program to eradicate the illegal drugs problem. The assurance was made by Rep. Robert Ace Barbers (2nd District, …

High-fat diet in pregnancy may increase breast cancer risk: study

WASHINGTON, July 4 — High-fat diet in pregnancy may increase the risk of breast cancer over generations, a new mice study suggested Monday. Feeding pregnant female mice a diet high in fat derived from common corn oil resulted in genetic changes that substantially increased the susceptibility of breast cancer in three generations of female offspring, …

Nationwide ‘Quit Line’ to boost DOH anti-smoking drive

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) aims to further curb smoking prevalance in the country through the use of phone and mobile-centered support services. “Why attain something that is attainable,(when) we (can) aim (for) higher,’ said DOH Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean Ubial during the launching of the national ‘Quit Line’ at the Lung Center …