DOH, PSH launch program to curb hypertension prevalence

TAGAYTAY CITY, Cavite – The Department of Health (DOH) has partnered with the Philippine Society of Hypertension (PSH) for a joint project initiative aimed at addressing the increasing prevalence of hypertension and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) in Cavite province. The program, Cardiovascular Risk Assessment and Management Initiative, which is anchored on DOH’s Package of Non-Communicable Disease … Read More

Green leafy vegetables can reduce fat in liver

WASHINGTON — Eating more green leafy vegetables may reduce the risks of developing fatty liver, according to a study published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Sweden showed that a large intake of inorganic nitrate, an ingredient naturally occurring in many vegetables, could reduce fat accumulation in … Read More

A single workout can burn energy in two days: study

WASHINGTON — Chinese and American scientists found that a single workout could activate neurons in mice that influence metabolism for up to two days and those effects last longer with more training. The study, published on Tuesday in the journal Molecular Metabolism, offered new insight into the brain’s potential role in fitness and perhaps a new … Read More

Even non-smokers at risk of lung cancer

MANILA — Senior citizen Hilda Pua was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer when she was 56 years old. The diagnosis surprised her because she never smoked a single cigarette all her life. Later on, her surprise turned to fear as thoughts of bedridden cancer patients crossed her mind. “Natakot ako kasi cancer, natakot din ang … Read More

Singing reduces stress, improves motor function

WASHINGTON — A preliminary study revealed that singing might reduce stress and improve motor function for people with Parkinson’s disease. The study presented on Wednesday at the on-going Society for Neuroscience 2018 conference showed that those improvements among singing participants are like the benefits of taking medications. “Some of the symptoms that are improving, such as … Read More

Mediterranean diet key to delaying Alzheimer’s disease: study

SYDNEY — Eating a Mediterranean diet could delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease by years, according to latest Australian research. People who followed the diet showed significantly slower rates of the amino acid-related amyloid beta (A) peptides accumulation in their brains, Edith Cowan University said in a statement about its researchers’ findings late Tuesday. The buildup … Read More

DOH eyes to register vapes as drugs

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) plans to regulate the use of vapes or e-cigarettes by registering them as drugs, an official said Monday. “We want it [the vape liquid] to be registered as a drug, because it’s definitely not food. It is potentially harmful. It is not a recreational substance that will not provide … Read More

Lung cancer is curable: expert

MANILA — Lung cancer is treatable, and chemotherapy is not the only way to cure it, a health expert said Tuesday. “People can still be treated from lung cancer, but the treatment goals and management may depend on the stage, performance status, histology and molecular characteristic of the cancer. So those diagnosed with lung cancer should … Read More

Bamboo shoot fiber helps prevent obesity

KUNMING — The insoluble dietary fiber isolated from bamboo shoots is effective in preventing obesity and improving insulin sensitivity, according to a recent Chinese study. Scientists from Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden under the Chinese Academy of Sciences tested two representative bamboo shoot fibers by feeding them to high-fat diet-fed mice. The fibers helped suppress body weight … Read More