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 […]

Cancer sniffing dogs to aid British doctors

AUGUST 27 (Reuters) — They’re known as man’s best friend; but dogs could soon also be their greatest ally in the fight against prostate cancer. Britain’s National Health Service (NHS) recently approved a trial for dogs capable of sniffing out prostate cancer in the hope that it could show up inaccuracies in the current PSA (prostate specific antigen) test. It’s long been known that a dog’s remarkable sense of smell can detect minute odors known […]

Children dream up the future of cars

AUGUST 27 (Reuters) — Children from all over the world gathered at Toyota Motor Corp’s annual Dream Car Art Contest at Tokyo’s bay side on Wednesday (Aug 26) to share ideas and drawings on the future of cars. Families were invited to watch their children receive prizes for some of their unique ideas, such as cars that allow people to share ideas without language barriers, cars that could plant seeds, or cars that could unite […]

Pork, potato, eggplant prices down; supply of vegetables normal—DA

QUEZON CITY, Aug. 27 — The Department of Agriculture (DA) said on Tuesday that the prices of pork, potato and eggplant prices has dropped while the prices of fish and certain vegetables went up following the onslaught of typhoon Ineng. Assistant Secretary for Agribusiness Leandro Gazmin said that based on the price and supply monitoring conducted by the DA’s Agribusiness and Marketing Assistance Service (AMAS), pork kasim is now sold at about P10/kg, lower than […]

Chilean university student discovers new planet some 300 light years away

A 25-year-old doctorate student in Chile has discovered a new planet which orbits a red star twice the size of the Sun, located 293 light years from Earth. Maritza Soto Vasquez, an Astronomy student at the University of Chile, said that she had happened upon the planet by coincidence, whilst studying the red star, known as “HD 110014”, which she knew already had one planet in its orbit known as “HD110014 b”. It was then […]