Health

CDC Study: Toddler food often has too much salt, sugar

CHICAGO — Many packaged meals and snacks for toddlers contain worrisome amounts of salt and sugar, potentially creating an early taste for foods that may contribute to obesity and other health risks, according to a new government study. About seven in 10 toddler dinners studied contained too much salt, and most cereal bars, breakfast pastries …

Type 2 diabetes surpasses Type 1 in youth, especially South Asians: B.C. study

VANCOUVER—A British Columbia study suggests Type 2 diabetes has drastically increased among young people, with the highest number of new cases diagnosed for South Asians—twice the rate of Caucasians and triple that of Chinese youth. The study led by Providence Health Care found that the majority of young people under 30 with diabetes have Type 2 …

DA heightens alert on contaminated apples

MANILA — The Department of Agriculture (DA) has heightened its measures to prevent the entry of apples from the US that are contaminated with Listerosis bacteria after a shipment originating from an American company was recalled. According to the DA’s Bureau of Plant Industry (BPI), all ports of entry in the country have already been …

Laguna gov wants a ‘100% smoke-free environment’

SANTA CRUZ, Laguna — Governor Ramil Hernandez has ordered the strict elimination of smoking and tobacco smoke in all provincial offices and hospitals under the auspices of the Provincial Government of Laguna (PGL) to create a “100-percent smoke-free environment” in these places. Hernandez said this is an “effective measure to provide protection from exposure to …

DOH discourages use of slimming teas or products that promise weight loss

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) in the MIMAROPA Region said on Monday it does not recommend the use of slimming teas or products that are supposed to promote weight loss. MIMAROPA Region comprises the provinces of Mindoro Occidental/Oriental, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan. According to DOH-MIMAROPA Regional Director Eduardo Janairo, using slimming teas and …

DOH official tells those aiming to lose weight: Establish your goals

MANILA — For an effective way to lose weight, it is vital to create a clear goal and also understand the probable reasons why one may fail to achieve it with flying colors, according to a Department of Health (DOH) official. “The path to success is to know how you will fail,” DOH National Epidemiology …

Medical pot only OK for sick kids failed by other drugs: MDs

CHICAGO — With virtually no hard proof that medical marijuana benefits sick children, and evidence that it may harm developing brains, the drug should only be used for severely ill kids who have no other treatment option, the nation’s most influential pediatricians group says in a new policy. Some parents insist that medical marijuana has …

Study suggests kids shouldn’t have morphine for pain after tonsillectomies

TORONTO — Children who have had their tonsils removed because they have obstructive sleep apnea should be given ibuprofen not morphine for pain after the surgery, a new study suggests. The research suggests pain can be controlled effectively with a combination of acetaminophen and ibuprofen — sold under the brand names Advil and Motrin among …

One dose, then surgery: A new way to test brain tumor drugs

Lori Simons took the bright orange pill at 3 a.m. Eight hours later, doctors sliced into her brain, looking for signs that the drug was working. She is taking part in one of the most unusual cancer experiments in the nation. With special permission from the Food and Drug Administration and multiple drug companies, an …

QC Council recommends more handwriting in schools

MANILA — The Quezon City Council, through a resolution proposed by 5th District Councilor and chairperson of education, science and technology committee Jullienne Alyson Rae V. Medalla, has urged the Department of Education (DepEd) to continue to promote the use of handwriting in all public and private schools . Councilor Medalla said that advances of …

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