Health

50 health facilities in Mimaropa implement iClinicSys

MANILA–Some 50 of 80 health care facilities in the Mimaropa region are already implementing the Integrated Clinic Information System (iClinicSys), a systematic way of managing patient records. “These health facilities are now compliant and implementing the system in their respective areas for the purpose of enlisting, profiling and submitting electronic medical records, or EMR, to …

DOH records 968 new HIV cases in March, highest since 1984

MANILA–The Department of Health (DOH) has recorded 968 new HIV-positive cases last March, the highest monthly figure since the virus was first detected in the country in 1984. According to the DOH report, 942 of the newly diagnosed cases contracted the virus through sexual contact, while 22 were injecting drug users (IDU) and four were …

Nova Scotia party leaders debate health care on the campaign trail

HALIFAX—As Nova Scotia’s party leaders fanned out across the province Sunday, health care emerged as the top campaign issue. A rally on the downsizing of medical services in Cape Breton ignited debate among the leaders, with Premier Stephen McNeil defending the Liberal government’s track record. In an open letter to the Cape Breton Medical Staff …

I struggled with borderline dementia –Charlie Sheen

  NEW YORK–Actor Charlie Sheen says he suffered from borderline dementia when he used a combination of drugs to manage the effects of HIV. The 51-year-old, who revealed in 2015 that he is HIV- positive, struggled with a number of serious side effects after prescribing to the medicines, reported PageSix. “(The drugs) kept me suppressed …

No new dengue vaccination program yet –DOH

MANILA–The Department of Health (DOH) said that as of now it has no plan yet to expand its dengue immunization program by targeting another set of recipients. According to DOH Secretary Dr. Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial, while its dengue immunization program among the nine years old or grade 4 students is about to finish by …

Contaminated meat products recalled in several US states

CHICAGO–The state of Illinois among several other US states are recalling meat products distributed by a Pennsylvania-based company for E. coli contamination. About 5,620 pounds of boneless veal, ground veal, beef and pork products produced by a farm could have been contaminated with E. coli, and the Pennsylvania-based Souderton has distributed these products to retail …

Yemen confirms 69 new cholera cases in capital

SANAA– A total of 69 new cases of cholera were registered to a state-run hospital in Yemen’s capital of Sanaa over the past week, a hospital official has said. Two of the laboratory confirmed cases have died, Nasr al-Kadasi, director of al-Jomuhory hospital, told Xinhua on Friday. The new cholera cases were received by the …

Study says transgender youth in Saskatchewan, Manitoba face suicide, bullying

WINNIPEG—A new study is shedding light on some troubling realities for transgender youth on the Prairies, including suicide and bullying. The study looked at the experiences of 67 trans youth from Manitoba and Saskatchewan between the ages of 14 to 25. They participated in a larger, nation-wide study called the Canadian Trans Youth Health Survey. …

1-M babies born in U.S. using IVF or other assisted reproductive technologies: report

WASHINGTON–At least one million babies have been born in the United States using in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other assisted reproductive technologies, a new report has found. The latest report was released this week by the U.S. Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART), which started to collect data on assisted reproductive technologies (ART) in 1985. For …

UNICEF reaches almost half of world’s children with life-saving vaccines

UNITED NATIONS–The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said Wednesday that it procured 2.5 billion doses of vaccines to children in nearly 100 countries in 2016, reaching almost half of the world’s children under the age of five. These figures, released during World Immunization Week, make UNICEF the largest buyer of vaccines for children in the world, …