Health

PhilHealth now covers 82% of the population –DOH

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) said Wednesday that 82 percent of the Filipino population now enjoy PhilHealth (Philippine Health Insurance Corp.) coverage.According to DOH Acting Secretary Janette L. Garin, the figure includes the 14.7 million poor and near poor families identified by the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s “Listahanan” and other members …

Study: Many herbal supplements aren’t what the label says

ALBANY, N.Y.  — Bottles of Walmart-brand echinacea, an herb said to ward off colds, were found to contain no echinacea at all. GNC-brand bottles of St. John’s wort, touted as a cure for depression, held rice, garlic and a tropical houseplant, but not a trace of the herb. In fact, DNA testing on hundreds of …

NDP says mental health care in Alberta among the worst; Health spokesman says no

EDMONTON — Alberta New Democrats say the province’s mental health care system is one of the worst in the country. Leader Rachel Notley released a briefing note drafted by the Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services that outlines hospitals’ challenges specifically to mental health. She says a 2009 study shows the number of mental health …

UK to decide if it’s OK to make babies from DNA of 3 people

LONDON — British lawmakers will vote Tuesday on whether to let scientists use controversial techniques to create babies from the DNA of three people – a move that could prevent children from inheriting potentially fatal diseases yet would make Britain the first country in the world to allow embryos to be genetically modified. The techniques …

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 …

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