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President Duterte is in good health — Malacañang

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, January 10th, 2019

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte greets members of Japan’s House of Councillors during their courtesy call together with Japan House of Councillors President Chuichi Date, at the Malacañan Palace on January 8, 2019. RENE LUMAWAG/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Malacañang assured anew that the public has nothing to worry about President Rodrigo Duterte’s health.

The statement was issued after the result of a Social Weather Station survey showed that 66 percent of Filipinos are worried over Duterte’s health.

Based on the December 2018 Social Weather report, the number of Filipinos who are worried over the chief executive’s health has increased by 11 percent from the last survey in September 2018. Meanwhile, 34 percent are not worried about the Chief Executive’s health.

The report also shows that 49 percent of Filipinos believe that the president has health problems, 24 percent do not believe the president has health problems while 27 percent remain undecided.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo is optimistic about the report as it shows, he said, that many Filipinos are concerned about the president and are praying for his health. — UNTV News & Rescue

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80% of lightning survivors sustain long-term damage

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Monday, June 24th, 2019

Gustavo Maisde40km, Courtesy : Unsplash

Specialists say that 80% of lightning survivors sustain long-term damage.

Based on scientific data, around 24,000 individuals died after getting struck by lightning while around 240,000 survived the strike.

However, experts say that surviving a lightning strike can still lead to severe long-term damage.

According to aesthetic dermatologist Dr. Catherine Dela Rosa-Porciuncula some of the long-term damages include nerve and muscle injuries, hearing loss, and cardiac problems.

“Kapag tinamaan ng kidlat ang ating puso ay very prone ito sa cardiac arrest, to arrhythmia at iba pa pong saikit sa puso kasi tumatakbo ang ating puso sa mga tinatawag nating electrical conduction (If we get struck by lightning, it is very prone to cardiac arrest, to arrhythmia and other heart diseases because our heart runs in what we call an electrical conduction),” she said.

She also advise to take the victim straight to the hospital.

“Kapag lightning hindi mo aantayin, idi-diretso mo siya sa hospital, sa ER. usually kapag nagiging unconscious sila or nag-develop ng seizures, ine-electric shock (You have to take him straight to the hospital, usually if they become unconscious or develop seizures they experience electric shock),” she adds.

Experts advise to remain inside the house and stay away from electric posts or any metal during lightning. They also said to avoid having any gadgets near the body.—AAC (with reports from Aiko Miguel)

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WHO warns against the spread of antimicrobial resistance

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Thursday, June 20th, 2019

A person holds pharmaceutical tablets and capsules in this picture illustration taken in Ljubljana September 18, 2013. REUTERS/SRDJAN ZIVULOVIC.

The World Health Organization (WHO) warns against the spread of antimicrobial resistance around the world.

A recent UN report showed that 700,000 people die each year due to drug-resistant diseases. Among the 700,000 there are around 230,000 people who die from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

“Drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050 and damage to the economy as catastrophic as the 2008-2009 global financial crisis,” the report reads.

On June 18, the WHO launched a campaign which aims to reduce the spread of antimicrobial resistance, adverse events and costs. 

The AWaRe tool or Access, Watch, Reserve tool aims to make antibiotic use safer and more effective. The tool specifies which antibiotics to use for the most common and serious infections.

Dr. Hanan Balkhy, WHO Assistant-Director General for antimicrobial resistance said tackling antimicrobial resistance requires a careful balance between access and preservation

“The AWaRe tool can guide policy to ensure patients keep being treated, while also limiting use of the antibiotics most at risk of resistance,” she said.—AAC

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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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