New York, Nagdeklara na ng Health Emergency kaugnay ng Flu Outbreak sa Amerika

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Estados Unidos — Nagdeklara na ang New York ng health emergency kaugnay ng kumakalat na sakit na influenza.

Ang pagkalat ng flu ay itinuturing nang epidemya dahil sa patuloy na pagdami ng bilang ng mga nagkakasakit nito sa buong Estados Unidos.

Ayon kay Governor Andrew Cuomo, tinatayang nasa 20-libo na ang tinamaan ng flu epidemic kung saan mahigit apat na beses ang itinaas nito kumpara sa naitalang kaso noong nakaarang panahon ng taglamig sa kanilang lugar.

Sa ngayon, puspusan ang panawagan ng New York health department sa mga mamamayan na magpa-bakuna kontra influenza. (UNTV News)

I have papel, I have pineapple! ‘Pinyapel’ wins int’l award in New York

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 31, 2019

Philippine-made ‘Pinyapel’ is among the winners of the D&AD Future Impact Awards for Environment and Sustainability in New York City.

The ‘Pinyapel’, which came from the Filipino words pinya (pineapple) and papel (paper), is made from discarded pineapple leaves from pineapple plantations of Bukidnon.

According to the statement of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the product was coined and developed by the DTI – Design Center of the Philippines (DCP), with the collaborative efforts of the DCP, Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper, Nature’s Fresh and Ideatechs Packaging Corporation.

“Rather than leaving pineapple leaves to rot, the DTI-DCP partnered with Cagayan de Oro Handmade Paper to launch a sustainable innovation to transform waste into new and useful material, a forward-thinking approach to combat the growing problem on non-biodegradable plastic,” according to the DTI.

The award will be given on November 6 in New York City.—AAC

New York governor proposes ban on flavored e-cigarettes

Robie de Guzman   •   September 10, 2019

A man smokes an electronic cigarette vaporizer, also known as an e-cigarette, in Toronto, August 7, 2015. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo proposed legislation on Monday (September 9) to ban flavored e-cigarettes statewide in an effort to protect young people from the unknown consequences of vaping.

“Common sense says if you don’t know what you’re smoking, don’t smoke it,” Cuomo told reporters at a news conference. “And right now, we don’t know what you’re smoking in a lot of these vaping substances,” he said.

The governor’s announcement comes after a nationwide surge in mysterious, serious lung illnesses possibly related to vaping, which has also been linked to five deaths in the United States.

The decision is of a piece with how vaping is currently being viewed by many on the street in New York.

“You don’t know what the hell you’re smoking,” Brian, a construction worker, told Reuters. “You don’t know what they’re putting in that oil.”

U.S. public health officials on Friday announced that they are investigating about 450 cases of the illness across 33 states and one U.S. territory, including 41 cases in the state of New York. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said they have not linked the illnesses to any specific e-cigarette product or ingredient.

If the proposed legislation were to become law, New York would become the second state to ban flavored e-cigarettes, following Michigan, which passed a ban on Wednesday.

While e-cigarettes are promoted as a product to help smokers cut down or quit, health officials have expressed concerns that many e-cigarette flavors are designed to get a new generation hooked on nicotine.

Many of the reported illnesses involved vaping products, including cannabis products, containing vitamin E acetate, an oil derived from vitamin E that is potentially dangerous if inhaled,

Cuomo, sitting beside New York Commissioner of Health, Dr. Howard Zucker, also announced that the state’s Department of Health was issuing subpoenas to three e-cigarette companies, Honey Cut Labs LLC, Floraplex Terpenes and Mass Terpenes LLC. The Department of Health obtained samples from the three companies and found high levels of vitamin E acetate in their products.

Cuomo said stores that sell e-cigarettes will be required to disclose potential health consequences.

“It’s quite simple: Don’t do it,” Cuomo said. “Don’t do it because we don’t know if it’s safe.” (Reuters)

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DOH: Vaccinate ahead of flu season

Marje Pelayo   •   July 2, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Vaccination (Ina Fassbender / Reuters)

MANILA, Philippines – Influenza is among the rainy-day diseases that highly threatens people’s health around the world, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Unlike the common cough and colds, influenza or ‘flu’ is most of the time accompanied by muscle pains and fever that lasts for several days.

According to the Department of Health (DOH), a new strain of flu virus develops every year that’s why it is important to also develop an appropriate vaccine.

Likewise, a yearly vaccination against flu is highly necessary to prevent it.

“Iyong advice natin sa ating mga kababayan, iyong mga kailangan mabakunahan, pabakunahan pa habang maaga para protektado sila lalo na kapag time na madami nang flu, (We advise the public to vaccinate especially those who need the vaccine to keep protected during flu season,)” explained Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo.

The DOH noted that flu season usually begins from September and lasts until February.

The agency emphasized, however, that it prioritizes children and senior citizens in its vaccination programs.

Domingo said a new strain of flu virus has been discovered this year in the country though it is weaker as compared to a strong flu virus recorded in 2017.

In fact, the mortality rate and complication rate brought about by the current flu virus remains low.

Still, the DOH advised the public to undergo a regular health checkup because flu infection might lead to complications that can become fatal.

Parents are advised to complete their children’s flu vaccination shots and avail them for free in hospitals and barangay health stations.

“Ang number 1 pa rin natin kasi kung magkakaroon ng complication sa flu iyong mayroong mahihina ang katawan, meaning iyong mga batang- bata at tiyak iyong matatanda, (Our number one concern is the complications of flu in patients with weak immune system, meaning the children and the elderly),” Domingo said.

The health official also recommends a healthy diet to boost the immune system and have a regular take of vitamin C, orange juice, and six to eight glasses of water every day.

If possible, sleep for up to eight hours and exercise regularly.

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables.

It will also help to wear face masks especially when going in crowded places or when travelling so as not to contract the flu virus. – with details from Aiko Miguel

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