African countries on alert over DR Congo Ebola outbreak

NAIROBI — African countries, including Rwanda, Uganda, Ghana, Kenya and Nigeria, have heightened surveillance measures at borders following an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). Rwanda has kicked off new screening measures at its official border posts with DR Congo in order to detect the virus. Anyone … Read More

Eating fruit, vegetables secret to looking good

SYDNEY — Eating enough fruit and vegetables could be the secret to having attractive skin, according to a study released on Friday by researchers at the University of Newcastle in Australia. The researchers investigated how young Australians viewed faces in terms of attractiveness, by being able to adjust settings to create the most attractive version … Read More

Baguio okays expanded anti-smoking ordinance

BAGUIO CITY – Health authorities claimed the passage of Ordinance No. 34, series of 2017, which prohibits the use, sale, distribution and advertisement of cigarettes and other tobacco products in certain places in the city and imposing penalties for violations, is a public health victory. The amendatory ordinance includes e-cigarettes. Dr. Donabel Tubera, medical officer … Read More

Yemen declares health emergency in Sanaa as cholera spreads

SANAA — Yemen’s Ministry of Public Health and Population declared a public health emergency in the capital Sanaa as a result of the spreading cholera epidemic, which has killed 115 people so far since April 27, the country’s state news agency Saba reported late on Sunday. “This declaration came after the cholera epidemic spreads across … Read More

Measles outbreak alarms U.S. state of Minnesota

CHICAGO — A total of 51 cases of measles have been confirmed in the Midwest state of Minnesota as of May 10, with the majority occurring in unvaccinated children. According to Minnesota Department of Health, 47 of the patients had not been vaccinated, and 48 cases are children under 17. Doctors say measles can lead … Read More

Deep sleep found key to health of elderly people

SAN FRANCISCO — Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, have found that the unmet sleep needs of the elderly elevate their risk of memory loss and a wide range of mental and physical disorders. In an article published Wednesday in the journal Neuron, the researchers argue that unlike more cosmetic markers of aging, such … Read More

QC ‘Buntis’ Congress promotes benefits of expanded maternity leave bill

MANILA — The Quezon City Health Department, Department of Health (DOH), Office of Senator Risa Hontiveros and Barangay Commonwealth held the “Buntis” Congress Monday to inform pregnant women, their husbands and relatives how the Expanded Maternity Leave Bill could empower every Filipino family. The Congress, held at the Commonwealth Barangay Hall, offered the pregnant women … Read More