Dengue cases hit 36,000; death toll reaches 140

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 9, 2019   •   2550

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The Department of Health (DOH) reported an increase in the number of dengue cases in the country which has reached 36,664 from January 1 to February 23, with 140 deaths.

Based on the data of DOH Epidemiology Bureau, the reported dengue cases this year is 14,703 higher compared to the 21,961 cases recorded during the same period in 2018.

Meanwhile, dengue cases in Central Visayas have increased to 4,089 cases with 29 deaths. The region recorded the highest number of cases.

The National Capital Region (NCR) has recorded 3,821 dengue cases while the Caraga region has 3,878.

Aside from dengue cases, the health department continues to record an increase in measles cases in the country as well as rabies cases.—Aileen Cerrudo

READ: Rabies vaccine in short supply—DOH

FDA warns public vs several unregistered food products

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 13, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public against the purchase and consumption of several unregistered food products.

According to the FDA, they have verified through post-marketing surveillance that the products are not authorized and have not been issued with Certificates of Product Registration (CPR).

Because of this, the FDA said they cannot guarantee the safety and quality of the following products:

  1. JC PILI CENTER CLASSIC TURMERIC LEMONGRASS POWDERED TEA
  2. JC PILI CENTER CLASSIC TURMERIC MALUNGGAY POWDERED TEA
  3. JC PILI CENTER CLASSIC TURMERIC PANDAN
  4. CULINARY EXCHANGE PREMIUM ORO 100% PURE COFFEE
  5. CRUNCH TIME Flavorites, Fiery Glaze
  6. CRUNCH TIME Flavorites, Hot & Spicy
  7. CRUNCH TIME Flavorites, Soy Garlic
  8. CRUNCH TIME Flavorites, Creamy Cheese
  9. TSARAP’ TO! Cheesedog (250g)
  10. TSARAP’ TO! Tocino 230g (8.11oz.)
  11. TSARAP’ TO! Cheesedog 1kg (35.27 oz.)
  12. TSARAP’ TO! Cheesedog 500g (17.63 oz.)
  13. MIXMATE GINGERALE
  14. OK ® MINI PILLOW WAFER CHEESE FLAVOR SNACK
  15. MONIEGOLD GUMMY TAMARIND & PLUM
  16. BARRIO FIESTA JUMBO ROASTED PEANUTS SPICY
  17. PREMIO BRILLO CAFFE ARABICA MEDIUM DARK ROAST
  18. CARL’S SPECIAL FISH CRACKERS (TENDER & CRUNCHY)
  19. CARL’S SPECIAL FISH CRACKERS (TENDER & CRUNCHY) Hot & Spicy
  20. MAGIC VINEGAR
  21. ENG SENG FOOD PRODUCTS SPECIAL TOWER PASTILLAS
  22. AURO CHOCOLATE RESERVE 2016, 70% DARK CHOCOLATE
  23. CRACKLE SNACKS SALTED EGG
  24. Y. FARM DRIED DRAGON FRUIT
  25. DIZON’S FARMS FRESH HABIT COMLD PRESSED JUICE – JUST BEAT IT
  26. LEMON GRASS ICED TEA

The FDA has warned establishments against selling these products.

“All concerned establishments are warned not to distribute violative food products until they have been issued the appropriate authorization, a License to Operate (LTO) for the establishment, and a CPR for the food products,” according to the FDA.

They also advised the public to always check if a food product or food supplement is registered with the FDA through their website (www.fda.gov.ph).—AAC

 

London-based Filipino radiographer creates open MRI out of Lego blocks

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 12, 2019

London-based Filipino radiographer has created an open magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner replica out of Lego blocks for patients experiencing ‘scanxiety’.

Apollo Exconde, who works as a radiographer at Croydon University Hospital, said that ‘scanxiety’ is a kind of anxiety experienced when undergoing a medical scanner.

“I came up with the idea because most of our patients here are claustrophobic and plus-size of all ages. They don’t only come from kids but some of our patients are elderly who are suffering from claustrophobia,” he said.

The MRI Lego replica is designed with a wide unobstructed view to better explain patients the MRI process. Patients will also be able to see what they will look like when they undergo an MRI scan.

Apollo hopes this replica can provide assurance to patients who are having “scanxiety”.

“A solution to help my patients conquer it one Lego brick at a time,” he said.

The said replica has gone viral on social media. It has also been featured in different radiology websites across Europe.

Apollo’s Lego idea already has 3,681 supporters. He would need 10,000 supporters for the Lego company to adopt and reproduce the open MRI.

“Hello mga kababayan! I’m Apollo. Please support my Lego Open MRI idea by typing in any search engine “Lego Open MRI”, register, and click support. Thank you!” announced Apollo.—AAC (with reports from Jovic Bermas)

FDA orders DOH-controlled hospitals to report vape-related injuries

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 11, 2019

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ordered Department of Health (DOH)-controlled hospitals to report cases that are related to using vape.

This was after health officials in the United Stated confirmed on Tuesday (September 10) that a 50-year-old man died of lung disease linked to vape use.

According to Dr. Anton Javier, project manager of Product Research and Standards Development Division Center for Cosmetics in the FDA, they might not monitor any illnesses related to using vape just yet because of the latency period.

“Because of the latency period nga po baka po wala pa tayo makita just yet. Pwede po kasing nagve-vape ka ngayon pero iyong mga magiging sakit niyo down the line pa, (Because of the latency period, we might not see [incidence] just yet. You can actually use vape now but your illness might appear down the line)” he said.

However, an expert said the confirmed case in the United States should not be a cause of alarm.

“It’s been well proven by laboratories in the US that deaths in Kansas whatever it is, has got nothing to do with e-cigarettes its what these people has put in e cigarettes that contains adulterated contaminants of cannabis,” according to Harm Reduction Expert Dr. Tikki Pang.

The FDA had previously released a regulation on using vape or e-cigarettes. Manufacturers or retailers were given until October 25 to register their products to the FDA.

The FDA has also warned against the dangers of the chemicals found in vape products. This include cynemaldehide which causes blockage in the lungs which can lead to difficulty in breathing.

Another dangerous chemical, according to the FDA, is diacetyl which causes bronchylitis or inflammation of the lungs.—AAC (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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