Public warned vs. buying vaccines from unauthorized online sellers

MANILA — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Thursday warned the public against purchasing Japanese encephalitis vaccine and other vaccines that are sold by unauthorized distributors or retailers online. In its Advisory No. 2017-265, the FDA said it has received reports that these vaccines, which may be non-compliant with FDA standards, are available in social … Read More

Rise in HIV cases noted in Ormoc City

ORMOC CITY — The City Epidemiology and Surveillance Unit (CESU) here has recorded an increase in the number of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) cases, prompting the local government to intensify the monitoring of infected persons. Elsie Jaca, Disease Surveillance Officer, noted that the local trend follows that of the national average of 30 cases per day … Read More

3 dead due to dengue in Iloilo City

ILOILO CITY — The Iloilo City Health Office (CHO) is urging the public not to take for granted possible signs of dengue and always immediately seek medical attention. This, as the CHO recorded three deaths due to dengue in August. CHO head Dr. Bernard Caspe, in an interview Wednesday, said the three deaths are among the … Read More

Barangay scholars heroes behind DOH nutrition program

BAGUIO CITY— Barangay nutrition scholars (BNS) travel kilometers by foot to reach children in far-flung communities. They never complain — despite the measly incentives they get. They are motivated by their desire to help solve the country’s malnutrition problem. And they are considered heroes behind the success of the Philippine Plan of Action for Nutrition (PPAN) … Read More

Air ambulance resumes flight in Palawan: DOH

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan — The Department of Health (DOH)-MIMAROPA announced Monday morning the resumption of regular flights in Palawan by its air ambulance to serve patients who need emergency services in remote barangays and island areas. DOH-MIMAROPA Regional Director Eduardo Janairo said regular flights of the air ambulance officially resumed on August 15. “The Civil Aviation … Read More

All suspected human cases of bird flu tested negative: Ubial

MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) confirmed Tuesday that 39 patients, who have been exposed to chickens in areas with a bird flu outbreak and have shown flu-like symptoms, have tested negative of avian influenza. “Sa ngayon, ang na-establish natin is lahat ng sakit ay confined sa manok or sa fowls. Wala pong na-transmit sa tao (As of now, we have established that bird flu has been … Read More

FDA warns public vs buying unregistered food supplements online

MANILA — The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public against buying and consuming several unregistered food supplements being sold online. The agency noted that the food supplements Kos Agaricus Blazei, Pappa Reale Alvear with Ginseng Royal Jelly, AVS Retina, Carnidyn, Clorofilla, Long Life Creatina, Micotwin Zen, Marco Viti Charcoall, Essecore Essebaby, and Sifi … Read More

Aussie research finds artificial sweeteners may increase hunger

SYDNEY — Artificial sweeteners commonly used in diet soft drinks aren’t so sweet after all, new Australian research revealed on Wednesday. The University of Sydney’s findings showed intake of the product actually increases hunger and consumption. Using fruit flies as subjects, researchers gave the flies either low carbohydrate food or low carbohydrate food with the … Read More