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Many women with early-stage breast cancer can skip chemotherapy: study

by UNTV   |   Posted on Monday, June 4th, 2018

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Portugal parliament rejects legal euthanasia in divisive vote

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 30th, 2018

Parliamentary members attend a voting on legalizing euthanasia at the parliament in Lisbon, Portugal May 29, 2018. REUTERS/Rafael Marchante

Portugal’s parliament rejected on Tuesday (May 29) a bill that would have legalized voluntary euthanasia for terminal patients in the Catholic-majority country by a narrow margin, but it secured enough support to ensure continued debate on the issue.

The bill, drafted by the ruling Socialists garnered 110 votes in the 230-seat parliament but was outvoted by 115 opponents, with 4 abstentions, after a heated debate and a vote that required each lawmaker to declare his or her stance.

Earlier, a few hundred people of all ages – mostly from religious groups and Catholic schools – had protested in front of the parliament building, chanting slogans and carrying placards against euthanasia.

The socialist bill envisaged legalization for medically-assisted death based on an informed request by patients suffering profoundly from a serious, incurable illness with no expected improvement in sight, in a terminal state or suffering from the widely incapacitating lesion. — Reuters

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WHO calls emergency meeting to address Ebola outbreak in Congo

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, May 18th, 2018


The World Health Organization (WHO) will convene an emergency meeting today to consider the international risk of the Ebola outbreak in Congo.

WHO official Peter Salama says the UN body would decide whether to declare a public health emergency of international concern. Salama explains doing so would trigger more international involvement, mobilizing sources and resource.

The UN body made the decision to call for an emergency meeting after an Ebola virus case was confirmed in Mbandaka, which has a population of one million.

There have already been 44 suspected, probable or confirmed cases of Ebola in Congo, and 23 people have died. — Reuters

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Private doctors promote asthma awareness in poor far-flung areas

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, April 30th, 2018

Health advocates uniting under #MASTHMARUNONG, the advocacy of providing asthma education

MANILA, Philippines — World Asthma Day is celebrated every year on the first of May.

In line with this, experts seek to help curb the ballooning cases of asthma-related deaths in the country.

Thus, groups of private doctors are set to visit the depressed areas in the country to provide adequate information to the public about asthma and its medication.

These include the Philippine Society of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (PSAAI), Philippine College of Chest Physicians, Philippine Academy of Pediatric Pulmonologists and Philippine Academy of Family Physicians.

The asthma education program will pilot in Northern Samar and Aklan areas.

“We want to reach communities not being served by any physician. We are now planning for a one-year program that would capacitate health professionals because doctors are not usually present in the rural areas,” said Leilanie Apostol-Nicodemus national board member of Philippine Academy of Family Physicians.

Based on studies, more than 10 million Filipinos are suffering from asthma and most of them only learn about it after consulting with a physician.

The doctors stressed it is important to know the reason or what triggers asthma for an individual.

“Eighty percent of patients with asthma have rhinitis. So if you know that your patients have rhinitis, you have to be aggressive,” said asthma committee head Dr. Rozaida Villon.

Asthma is usually triggered by dust mites, molds, animal furs pollens from plants and even cigarette smoke when unaware of how to treat or control asthma attack this might lead to death.

The Philippines ranks ninth globally in areas with the most number of asthma-related deaths based on the studies of clinical asthma.

However, there is no exact number yet at present on how many Filipinos die every day due to uncontrolled asthma.

The experts are appealing for joint efforts in curbing and providing education against asthma. — Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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