Health

Rohingya children in Myanmar camps going hungry

OHN TAW GYI CAMP, Myanmar — Born just over a year ago, Dosmeda Bibi has spent her entire short life confined to a camp for one of the world’s most persecuted religious minorities. And like a growing number of other Muslim Rohingya children who are going hungry, she’s showing the first signs of severe malnutrition. …

WHO: Ebola outbreak is a public health emergency

LONDON — The World Health Organization on Friday declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread. It is the largest and longest outbreak ever recorded of Ebola, which has a death rate of about 50 percent and has so far …

Still no Filipino affected in Ebola-stricken states — DFA

MANILA -– The Department of Foreign Affairs on Friday said there has been no reported case of a Filipino infected with the deadly Ebola virus that has swept through West Africa. Ebola has stricken four countries, namely Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and most recently Nigeria. Roughly 10,741 Filipinos are living and working in these areas …

Another faulty gene can raise breast cancer risk nearly as much as BRCA genes do, study finds

It’s long been known that faulty BRCA genes greatly raise the risk for breast cancer. Now scientists say a more recently identified, less common gene can do the same. Mutations in the gene can make breast cancer up to nine times more likely to develop, an international team of researchers reports in this week’s New …

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 …