Health officials warn of whooping cough “epidemic” in California

  Health officials in California are warning of a whooping cough epidemic ANITA GORE, SPOKESPERSON, CA STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT:“In the last 2 weeks, there have been more than 800 cases reported to us.”  They’ve seen over 3,400 cases reported so far this year. ANITA GORE, SPOKESPERSON, CA STATE HEALTH DEPARTMENT: “That’s more than all of last year.” Sacramento County, for example, had only 74 cases last year. This year, there’s already been 177 cases reported. Health […]

FDA discovers source of dialysis “chills”

The Food and Drug Administration have found out the source of the “chills” experienced by dialysis patients at the National Kidney and Transplant Institute, with findings pointing out that it is the result of the drugs used in the dialysis process.

IRRI’s iron-rich “miracle rice” ready by year 2029: Can the country’s poor wait?

By Rommel B. David It was 11:30am. Passengers were rushing to and from the port area of Allen in Northern Samar in Eastern Visayas. We were among the people at the port entrance. The sweltering temperature coming from the sea doubled the scorching heat of the sun. The humid air dampened our skin while the rays of the sun blinded our eyes. The heat made it difficult to use the improvised ladder to disembark from […]

Hypertension Awareness and Cervical Cancer Consciousness Month 2014 – Infographic

May is Hypertension Awareness Month and Cervical Cancer Consciousness Month   May of every year has been declared Hypertension Awareness Month and Cervical Cancer Consciousness Month, by virtue of Proclamation No. 1761, s. 2009, and Proclamation No. 368, s. 2003, respectively. Through these proclamations, both government and non-government organizations are encouraged to make campaigns and activities that will increase public awareness of these two diseases.  Hypertension is one of the major factors in the development of a stroke. The most […]

POEA encourages OFWs to take polio vaccines

The Philippine Overseas Employment Administration encourages overseas Filipino workers to take polio vaccines due to an outbreak in ten countries according to the World Health Organization. The POEA further added that recruitment agencies and foreign employers should shoulder the cost of the vaccination.

Saudi Arabia warns of MERS risk from camels as cases rise

(Reuters) – Health experts say camels are the most likely animal source of infection for the disease, which the Saudi Health Ministry said on Sunday three more people had caught and four had died from. First reported two years ago in Saudi Arabia, MERS is a coronavirus like SARS, which originated in animals and killed around 800 people worldwide after first appearing in China in 2002. There is no vaccine or anti-viral treatment against it. […]

Environment as important as genes in autism, study finds

(Reuters) – Environmental factors are more important than previously thought in leading to autism, as big a factor as genes, according to the largest analysis to date to look at how the brain disorder runs in families. Sven Sandin, who worked on the study at King’s College London and Sweden’s Karolinska institute, said it was prompted “by a very basic question which parents often ask: ‘If I have a child with autism, what is the […]