Health

CHO raises alert on ‘wild’ diseases

ILOILO CITY — The City Health Office is on alert against the reemergence of four “wild” diseases during the rainy season, two of which are considered potentially fatal. City health officer Dr. Urminico Baronda said the four wild diseases are waterborne, influenza, leptospirosis and dengue with the last two as possibly fatal and with most …

Health workers’ assembly highlights opportunities in medicinal plants

LUCENA CITY –- An estimated 7,000 Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) from various towns of this province attended the annual Barangay Health Workers’ Convention yesterday, August 6, at the Quezon Convention Center in this city. Guest speaker Dr. Jaime Galvez-Tan, former Secretary of the Department of Health, provided vital information about herbal and medicinal plants that …

Drilon predicts significant drop of Filipino cigarette smokers

MANILA — With the newly-signed Graphic Health Warning Act reinforcing the existing Sin Tax Reform Law, the number of Filipino smokers are expected to be significantly reduced, according to Senate President Franklin Drilon on Thursday. “Once the two landmark laws – the Sin Tax Reform Law and the Graphic Health Warning Act – go into …

Debate over who’s first in line for experimental Ebola drug even though little is available

WASHINGTON—The use of an experimental drug to treat two Americans diagnosed with Ebola is raising ethical questions about who gets first access to unproven new therapies for the deadly disease. But some health experts fear debate over extremely limited doses will distract from tried-and-true measures to curb the growing outbreak—things like more rapidly identifying and …

Public health agency urges Canadians to stay away from Ebola affected countries

OTTAWA—Health officials are telling Canadians to avoid travel to three African countries hit hard by an outbreak of Ebola virus. The Public Health Agency of Canada says the recommendation that Canadians avoid all non-essential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone is in line with an advisory issued by the United States. The agency had …

Thai case casts spotlight on business of surrogacy

BANGKOK — For thousands of well-off childless couples, the dream of having a baby is often realized in places like Thailand and India. Ready to help them are young women who become paid surrogates, their wombs offered up as vessels that can safely carry the babies until they are born. Most of the time, it’s …

Nigeria rushes to get isolation tents for Ebola

LAGOS, Nigeria — Nigerian authorities rushed to obtain isolation tents Wednesday in anticipation of more Ebola infections as they disclosed five more cases of the virus and a death in Africa’s most populous nation, where officials were racing to keep the gruesome disease confined to a small group of patients. The five new Nigerian cases …

US gov’t had role in Ebola drug given aid workers

Two American aid workers infected with Ebola are getting an experimental drug so novel it has never been tested for safety in humans and was only identified as a potential treatment earlier this year, thanks to a longstanding research program by the U.S. government and the military. The workers, Nancy Writebol and Dr. Kent Brantly, …

Oregon Medicaid looks at restricting access to expensive new hepatitis C drug

WILSONVILLE, Ore.—An Oregon Medicaid committee on Thursday significantly scaled back access to an effective—but expensive—new drug used to treat hepatitis C. The decision allows only a narrow set of Medicaid patients to be treated with the $1,000-per-pill drug known as Sovaldi, made by Gilead Sciences Inc. Medical experts on Oregon’s pharmaceutical review committee question whether …

US issues highest level travel warning for 3 West African countries because of Ebola outbreak

NEW YORK—U.S. health officials on Thursday warned Americans not to travel to the three West African countries hit by the worst recorded Ebola outbreak in history. The travel advisory applies to nonessential travel to Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, where the deadly disease has killed more than 700 people this year. “The bottom line is, …