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

New drugs put cancer cells into ‘permanent sleep’

SYDNEY — Australian scientists said they have discovered a new type of drug that targets specific proteins to arrest the growth and spread of cancer, without the harmful side effects of conventional therapies. The drug, which put cancer cells into a “permanent sleep” without damaging DNA, have “already shown great promise in halting cancer progression in … Read More

Promoting yoga among Pinoys

MANILA — Young athletes and hundreds of police officers stretched and bent their bodies during the 4th International Day of Yoga organized by the India Embassy on Sunday in Muntinlupa City. Yoga, which originated in India, is more than just stretching the body and sweating the toxins. It also helps calm the mind, and improves posture … Read More