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Not enough health benefits in vitamin supplements, study says

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

A new studyshows that taking regular vitamins and dietary supplements are not enough to keep you healthy.

Consumed nutrients from vitamins and supplements may not be as effective in improving one’s health compared with eating the right food for the needed nutrients, according to the study. Meanwhile, getting the right nutrients by eating the right amount of food is associated with longer life.

The study also showed that some supplements pose a risk to one’s health. This includes calcium from supplements. Too much intake of calcium from supplements is associated with an increased risk of cancer death.

People with no Vitamin D deficiency but are taking too much Vitamin D supplements also risk having negative effects on their health.

According to the study’s co-author Fang Fang Zhang, it is better to not rely on supplements in order to keep a healthy lifestyle.

“For the general population, there’s no need to take dietary supplements. More and more evidence suggests no benefits. So we should go with what the dietary recommendations suggest to achieve adequate nutrition from food, rather than relying on supplements,” he said.

For the study, around 30,899 adults in the United States aged 20 years or older were evaluated based on their dietary supplement use.—Aileen Cerrudo

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DOH records 44,000 dengue cases, 167 deaths this year

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2019

QUEZON CITY, Philippines —The Department of Health (DOH)-Epidemiology Bureau has recorded 44,566 dengue cases from January 1 to March 9 this year, with 167 deaths.

This is almost half a percent higher compared to the 26,408 dengue cases reported during the same period last year.

The report adds, Central Visayas region has the most number of dengue cases with 4,956. The region also recorded 32 deaths which is also the highest number among the regions.

READ: Dengue cases in Zamboanga Peninsula up by 81%

Meanwhile, the National Capital Region (NCR) has 4,604 cases, followed by Calabarzon with 4,559; and Caraga with 4,350.

The health department reiterates the use of 4-S campaign to prevent dengue.—Aileen Cerrudo

4S Kontra Dengue by DOH Philippines#AntiDungue #4S #DOH

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Dengue cases hit 36,000; death toll reaches 140

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Saturday, March 9th, 2019

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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

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Animal welfare organizations urge gov’t to push for pet birth control

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Saturday, February 23rd, 2019

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QUEZON CITY, Philippines — With high rabies cases in the country, several animal welfare organizations like Bantay Animal Welfare are calling on the government to push for pet birth control in barangays.

Based on the report of the National Rabies Information System of the Department of Health (DOH) 300 to 600 Filipinos die of rabies every year.

In 2000, the Philippines ranked third in having the highest number of rabies cases.

Bantay Animal Welfare, in coordination with Philippine Pet Birth Control Center conducted free castration on pet dogs and cats to avoid the increase of population of animals in the streets which causes the increase of rabies cases in the country.

Pet owner, Jerry Ruiz took his two pet dogs to be neutered.

“Parang pamilya na rin namin iyong aso namin, hindi na iba turing namin,” he said (We treat our dogs as family),” he said.

The program also aims to resolve the issue on animal abuse and negligence.

Bantay Animal Welfare administrator, Rhodora Lao said stray animals are often the cause of several diseases like rabies.

“Isa po iyan sa pinagmumulan ng sakit, sama ng loob at kaguluhan po kapag marami pong stray animals. So panawagan po namin sana po magkaroon tayo ng maraming programang katulad nito na manggagaling mismo sa ating pamahalaan at sa ating mga mambabatas at sa mga LGU’s
(Too many stray animales are one of the source of diseases and trouble. So we call on the government, lawmakers and LGU’s to have a similar program) ,” Lao said. — Aileen Cerrudo with reports from Rosalie Coz

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