Leading Ebola researcher discusses lab success of experimental drug ZMapp

(Reuters/CCTV) A leading Ebola researcher said on Tuesday that the experimental Ebola drug ZMapp has a good chance of curing people who are infected in the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa. ZMapp, co-developed by U.S. researchers and the Public Health Agency of Canada, is a cocktail of three monoclonal antibodies – extracted from tobacco plants – that is designed to bind to the protein of the Ebola virus, neutralizing the virus so it can’t cause further damage. According to a […]

U.N. says $600 million needed to tackle Ebola as deaths top 1,900

(Reuters) – The United Nations said $600 million in supplies would be needed to fight West Africa’s Ebola outbreak, as the death toll from the worst ever epidemic of the virus topped 1,900 and Guinea warned it had penetrated a new part of the country. The pace of the infection has accelerated, and there were close to 400 deaths in the past week, officials said on Wednesday. It was first detected deep in the forests […]

Ebola threatens food security in West Africa

(Reuters) — The world’s worst Ebola epidemic has put harvests at risk and sent food prices soaring in West Africa, the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) said on Tuesday (September 2), warning the problem would intensify in the coming months. The FAO issued a special alert for Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea, the three countries most affected by the outbreak, which has killed at least 1,550 people since the virus was detected in the remote jungles of southeastern Guinea in March. […]

Where To Spend The Weekend For Grandparents’ Day

Grandparents’ Day has a threefold purpose — this is to honor grandparents; give opportunity for them to show their love for their grandchildren; and lastly, to help children become aware of the strength, information and guidance older people can offer.  It is widely celebrated annually every first Sunday of September and here we’ll be telling you the top spots in the metro where to spend the weekend with your folks.   Legaspi Active Park Located […]

Weight of the world: 2.1 billion people obese or overweight

(Reuters) – Obesity is imposing an increasingly heavy burden on the world’s population in rich and poor nations alike, with almost 30 percent of people globally now either obese or overweight – a staggering 2.1 billion in all, researchers have said. The researchers conducted what they called the most comprehensive assessment to date of one of the pressing public health dilemmas of our time, using data covering 188 nations from 1980 to 2013. Nations in […]

Knowing Obesity and Preventing It

  In a new study this year, researchers have found out that at the early age of nine to 11, children who have been obese are most likely to remain in that state until they mature.  Still, there is no reason to be complacent for children in the same age with normal weight.  Because studies also reveal that  the ratio of children aged nine to 11 with normal weight are also proven to develop obesity […]

Aquino launches anti-measles and polio vaccination campaign nationwide

President Aquino has launched the nationwide anti-measles and anti-polio campaign at the Department of Health building in Manila. President Benigno S. Aquino III on Monday led the launch of the Ligtas sa Tigdas at Polio mass immunization campaign at the San Lazaro Compound in Manila, encouraging the public to participate in the program.Some 11 million to 13 million people in the country are at risk from measles, polio and rubella (German measles), he said, asking […]

Ebola hits 5th African country, experimental drug heals all monkeys in study

DAKAR, Aug. 30 (PNA/Xinhua) — With the first case of Ebola confirmed on Friday by Senegalese health authorities, the epidemic has spread to a fifth West African country and claimed over 1,500 lives in the region since earlier this year. Health Minister Awa Marie Coll Seck said a Guinean university student infected with Ebola has carried the deadly virus to Senegal after he slipped into the country trying to evade health surveillance for weeks. As […]

California passes plastic bag ban, would be first such law in U.S

(Reuters) – The California state legislature enacted a ban on plastic grocery bags on Friday near the end of its two-year session, a measure that if signed into law would become the first of its kind in America. A number of cities and counties in California and other U.S. states, including Hawaii’s Maui County, have made it illegal for grocery stores to pack purchases in plastic. But at the state level, opposition from plastic bag […]