Excessive consumption of saturated fat could raise health risks

LONDON, Sept.4 (PNA/Xinhua) — High levels of saturated fat in the blood could make an individual more prone to inflammation and tissue damage, according to a new study published Thursday by the Imperial College London (ICL). Researchers from ICL studied mice that have an unusually high level of saturated fat circulating in their blood. They find that the presence of saturated fats resulted in monocytes — a type of white blood cell — migrating into […]

Crazy and practical ideas on how to quit smoking

QUEZON City, Philippines (September 3) – Want to quit smoking? The Internet  gives us several out-of-the-box ideas that may sound crazy but are also strangely effective: Scare yourself by having a heart attack! Yes, nothing is more effective than almost dying because of heart attack, especially if its smoking-induced. Only the bravest or the most foolish will continue after this episode. Having your teeth professionally cleaned is expensive, it can be considered an investment. Will you […]

Taho! Taho!

QUEZON City, Philippines (September 3) – The history of taho is not yet fully understood, but early records suggest that the delicacy is from China, adapted by Filipinos from tow hway or Douhua prior to Spanish Occupation. The Chinese were one of the most active traders with Filipinos during that era. Traditionally, taho vendors are only seen in the morning but nowadays, they are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week considering you know where your local taho vendor […]

Titanic’s last luncheon menu expected to fetch up to $70,000 (USD) at auction

SEPT. 1 (Reuters) — More than a century after first-class passengers aboard the ill-fated Titanic ate grilled mutton chops and custard pudding in an elaborate dining room, the ship’s last luncheon menu is expected to fetch up to $70,000 in an online auction. The luxury cruise liner sank in the Atlantic Ocean on April 15, 1912 after striking an iceberg during its maiden voyage from Southampton, England, to New York “What makes these relics so […]

El Niño seen strengthening, maybe one of biggest since 1950 – WMO

The current El Niño weather phenomenon is expected to peak between October and January and could turn into one of the strongest on record, experts from the World Meteorological Organization said on Tuesday (September 1). Climate models and experts suggest surface waters in the east-central Pacific Ocean are likely to be more than 2 degrees hotter than average, potentially making this El Niño one of the strongest ever. “A mature and strong El Niño event […]

Breastfeeding: Facts and figures and why is it the best for your baby

QUEZON City, Philippines (September 2) – According to the Natural Resources Defense Council (NDRC) Nowadays, Breast milk is best for your baby, and the benefits of breastfeeding extend well beyond basic nutrition. In addition to containing all the vitamins and nutrients your baby needs in the first six months of life, breast milk is packed with disease-fighting substances that protect your baby from illness. Various researchers have found a connection between breastfeeding and cognitive development. […]

German scientists’ high hopes for ‘budget’ moon rover

SEPT. 1 (Reuters) — German scientists want to prove that space travel needn’t cost the earth — as they prepare to send a home-made rover to the moon. The challenge is to place the robot on the moon’s surface and explore at least 500 meters while transmitting high-definition video and images back to Earth, and all of that at a limited cost of 30 million dollars — a snip compared to the cheapest NASA mission […]

Short sleepers more likely to catch cold

WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 (PNA/Xinhua) — People who sleep six hours a night or less are more likely to catch a cold, U.S. researchers said Monday. The findings, published in the U.S. journal Sleep, added to growing evidence of the importance of sleep for our health. “It goes beyond feeling groggy or irritable,” lead author Aric Prather, assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, said in a statement. “Not getting enough sleep […]

Southern Taiwan city reports worst dengue fever outbreak

AUGUST 29 (CCTV) — Tainan City in southern Taiwan has seen 2,574 cases of dengue fever this summer, the highest concentration of dengue cases in Taiwan. The first confirmed case was on May 16. Four people, who were all over 70, have died, according to the city government. Tainan has seen 80 percent of the island’s cases of dengue, while Taipei had the highest number of people with dengue who had caught it elsewhere, authorities […]

Surfers in Australia reach for electronic devices to keep sharks at bay

A spate of shark attacks in Australia has left those riding the waves at some of world’s top surfing beaches reaching for technology to try to keep the Great Whites at bay. Christmas in the Southern Hemisphere typically draws tens of thousands of surfers and other beach lovers to the warm Pacific waters of eastern Australia’s New South Wales state. But there have been 12 shark attacks in the state this year, compared with only […]

DOH issues tips to prevent sore eyes

ILOILO CITY (PIA6) —  Wash your hands frequently, minimize hand-to-eye contact, and use your own towels, make-up, eye-drops, and sunglasses. These are some of the reminders issued by the Department of Health (DOH)-6 to the public on how to avoid sore eyes. In the DOH advisory, sore eyes, also known as conjunctivitis, is manifested in redness and inflammation of the membranes (conjunctiva) covering the whites of the eyes and the membranes in the inner part […]

New Delhi reports highest number of dengue fever cases in five years

AUGUST 28 (CCTV) — The Indian capital of New Delhi reported 477 cases of dengue fever in August, the highest number since 2010, bringing the total number of cases this year to more than 530, according to local health authorities. The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC) have planned to start serological tests to identify prevalent strains of the virus this year. According to reports, New […]