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.
(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. […]
The World Health Organization says, the spread of polio around the world has become so serious it is now an international public health emergency. Marie Francisco reports from The Netherlands.
(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 […]
(Reuters) – The spread of deadly superbugs that evade even the most powerful antibiotics is no longer a prediction but is happening right now across the world, United Nations officials said on Wednesday. Antibiotic resistance has the potential to affect anyone, of any age, in any country, the U.N.’s World Health Organisation (WHO) said in a report. It is now a major threat to public health and “the implications will be devastating”. “We have a big problem […]
(Reuters Health) – Using cold water, ice baths or ice vests before or during a workout in the heat helps athletes perform better, according to a new review. One way to think about it, said study author Dr. Thijs M H Eijsvogels, would be that cooling techniques may reduce the amount of energy the body needs to use to stay cool, leaving more energy for the exercise itself. “More blood will be available for oxygen […]
(Reuters Health) – The ultraviolet lamps used in some nail salons to dry and cure nail polish deliver the same hazardous rays as tanning beds, but it would take many manicures to actually cause damage, suggests a new study. After testing 17 different lamps in nail salons, researchers calculated that it would take between eight and 208 visits – depending on the machine – to damage skin cells in a way that raises cancer risk. […]
(Reuters) – The French pharmaceutical company is working with Evercore Partners Inc and has contacted potential buyers in the past few months, the people said on Tuesday, asking not to be named because the matter is private. The drugs for sale include treatments for high blood pressure and cardio-metabolic diseases and have roughly $3.7 billion in combined annual revenue, one of the people said. The portfolio could fetch up to two times that amount, […]
Could there soon be a possible antidote to battle the dreaded Mers-CoV? Doctors and scientists worldwide are hopeful after research teams from China and the United States have reportedly stumbled upon anti bodies that can possibly be the initial step toward creating a remedy to battle the disease. This according to the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy (CIDRAP), which reported the findings presented by Harvard’s Dana-Fabrer Cancer Institue and the University of North […]
Prevention is the best cure and the World Health Organization is encouraging people to get immunized against deadly diseases, saying vaccines is responsible for saving millions of lives each year.
(Reuters) – The U.S. proposed rules on Thursday that would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to anyone under 18, but would not restrict flavored products, online sales or advertising, which public health advocates say attract children. The long-awaited proposal, which would subject the $2 billion industry to federal regulation for the first time, is not as restrictive as some companies had feared and will likely take years to become fully effective. Bonnie Herzog, an analyst […]
(Reuters) – The purchase of Novartis’ animal-health business will strengthen Eli Lilly’s hand in emerging markets, tapping into growing demand there for protein-rich diets and household treatments for pets, top executives of the U.S. company said. As part of a multibillion-dollar revamp announced earlier on Tuesday, Swiss drugmaker Novartis said it would sell its animal-health arm to Indianapolis-based Lilly for about $5.4 billion, while also swapping assets with GlaxoSmithKline. Lilly said the deal would […]