FDA, PNP tie up vs misbranded food, drugs

DAVAO CITY—The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Mindanao will be proactive against counterfeit, unregistered, adulterated and misbranded drugs, food, cosmetics and health products this holiday season. Police Regional Offices and other PNP units in Mindanao are currently undergoing a five-day training on FDA law enforcement, said Chief Inspector … Read More

Low calorie diet may help reverse type 2 diabetes

WASHINGTON — A US study released Thursday revealed how a very low-calorie diet can rapidly reverse type 2 diabetes in rats. If confirmed in people, the insight provides potential new drug targets for treating this common chronic disease, said the researchers, according to the study published in the journal Cell Metabolism. In the study, a team … Read More

FDA warns vs. fake Safeguard soaps

MANILA — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public against purchasing and using counterfeit Safeguard Family Germ Protection Pure White 60-g. soap bars that are proliferating in the local market. In its Advisory No. 2017-291, the FDA said the fake Safeguard soaps could be identified through Batch/Lot number 50282043841 170618. The agency said … Read More

Breast cancer may return even years after treatment: study

WASHINGTON — Women with a type of breast cancer fueled by estrogen still face a substantial risk of cancer returning or spreading, even 15 years after they finished standard treatment for the disease, a new study said Wednesday. Researchers from an international collaboration known as the Early Breast Cancer Trialists’ Collaborative Group analyzed data from 88 … Read More

Aussie scientists develop drug to reduce obesity

SYDNEY — Australian researchers have uncovered a drug that has the potential to reverse the negative effects of maternal obesity. The drug, known as NMN, increases energy metabolism and could provide the same benefits as exercise in the fight against obesity in children born to overweight mothers. Scientists at the University of New South Wales in … Read More

Cancer-killing molecules found

CHICAGO — Specific molecules called suicide RNA molecules can trigger a mechanism where it not only prevents cancer cells from becoming resistant to them, but also eliminates multiple genes that cancer cells need to survive, researchers at the US Northwestern University (NU) have discovered. NU researchers used a specific class of small RNAs to suppress … Read More

UN warns of rising newborn mortality in the future

GENEVA — A latest report by UN agencies on Thursday warned that at current trends of child mortality, nearly 60 million children could die before their fifth birthday between 2017 and 2030, half being newborns. The report, Levels and Trends in Child Mortality 2017, was jointly released by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Health … Read More

Ilocos Norte eyes home for the aged

LAOAG CITY — A home care facility for the aged is being considered to be established in Ilocos Norte courtesy of the provincial government. Dr. Josephine Ruedas, Officer-in-Charge of the Provincial Health Office, said it is about time for a home for the aged to be established in the province and all throughout the country. … Read More

World running out of antibiotics: WHO

GENEVA — The world is in a serious lack of new antibiotics under development to combat the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, a World Health Organization (WHO) report warned on Wednesday, calling on governments and industries to urgently focus on R&D of new antibiotics. The report revealed that most of the drugs currently in the clinical … Read More

Suspected diarrhea outbreak in Palawan probed

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — Key health officials gathered Thursday in the southern Palawan town of Quezon to investigate a suspected outbreak of diarrhea that affected 727 residents since July and allegedly caused the death of four people. Dr. Allan Paciones of the Municipal Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO) of Quezon confirmed that representatives of … Read More