Study links new hair growth to immune cells

SAN FRANCISCO — Researchers have discovered that regulatory T cells, or Tregs, a type of immune cell generally associated with controlling inflammation, directly trigger stem cells in the skin to promote healthy hair growth. The researchers at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), found in a mice study published online this week in Cell … Read More

300 infected with HIV in Cagayan de Oro

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – About 300 persons in this trading hub of Northern Mindanao have been diagnosed with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), a health official said. Joey Retuya, an epidemiologist at the City Health Office, made the disclosure as the country observed the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day last Sunday. HIV causes the deadly … Read More

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