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Prolonged use of gadgets causes seizure in children – Medical Expert

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 6 July 2017 10:37 AM


MANILA, Philippines — Facebook posts of  Icon Molvizar Collamar, received 70,000 comments and more than 200,000 shares after it went viral on Monday.

Icon shared what happened to her grade 2 daughter, Mikayla, after prolonged use of gadgets.

Maricon claims to be a momtrepreneur and spends most of her time attending to her business which is crafting.

Most of the time she lets her daughter play with her gadget or just watch TV.

On June 27, she saw her daughter lying on the floor having a seizure.

The child couldn’t move her arm. Her lips were dry and she couldn’t speak. Maricon immediately sought a doctor’s help.

After conducting medical tests, the neuropedia said Mikayla suffered from focal seizure. Such condition is oftentimes caused by excessive use of gadgets, watching TV and overexposure to computers

After what happened, Maricon decided to raise awareness among her fellow parents through social media.

According to Dr. Tan Cho-Chiong , a neuro- psychiatrist, prolonged use of gadgets and exposure to television and computers can contribute much to a child developing seizure.

“I think it is true because children with epilepsy whether partial or general seizure, because gadgets have pictures, movies changes color, flashes of light and color will stimulate the brain for those patients with epilepsy and partial seizure,” Dr. Tan said.

He advised parents not to let their children, age ten years old and below to use tablet and cellphones

“Children are using a lot of cellphones with internet. Cellphones have radiation . . . the penetration of radiation into the brain may be too strong for young children,” Dr. Tan said.

“If they have these history of seizure, they should avoid these. Try to use it minimally and consult a doctor for the prescription and dosage of medicine,” he added.

Dr. Tan explained that seizure has various causes that is why it is important for parents to consult a neurologist or a neuro pedia once a child lost consciousness, have uncontrollable body movements and symptoms of epilepsy.

He also advised parents and guardians to always be open to their children.

Meanwhile, Department of Health (DOH) spokesperson Asec. Eric Tayag said, “Talk to children, they should limit the use of television. Two hours is more than enough, and if someone will experience this kind of seizure they should report it for us to further study it also.”

DOH is planning to investigate the case of Mikayla to find out more about the reasons of her focal seizure.

“We are checking on the evidence. We also believe that parents should give proper discipline to their children when it comes to using gadgets,” Tayag added. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue

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2 poultry farm workers tested negative of avian flu infection – DOH

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, 17 August 2017 10:32 AM


The two poultry farm workers who underwent laboratory tests after showing flu-like symptoms have now returned to their homes in San Luis, Pampanga.

This was after they were tested negative of the avian flu virus based on the results of their lab tests released last night by the Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM).

“It’s good news. They tested negative of bird flu test. It was given to us by the RITM. Secretary Ubial knows that. This means, they are immediately released from isolation,” Department of Health Assistant Secretary Eric Tayag said.

The two farm workers were thankful for the good news and are now both starting to feel better.

“I know I do not have the virus. I am no longer surprised because I know we have not been infected by the virus,” said Gerald Bandico, one of the workers.

Despite this, the Health Department has deployed a team in San Luis Pampanga to monitor the condition of residents living there.

The team will also administer 8,000 Oseltamivir or Tamiflu tablets to individuals living near the affected poultry farms.

The Tamiflu is a type of anti-viral medication used for treating influenza.

“The second team is for the farm, while the one from the hospital is for roaming around San Luis. The RITM has another team same as those two. They would study if the test can be done nearer,” Asec. Tayag said.

Health officials note that although there are no reported human transmission of the virus, those living within or near the affected areas should still take extra caution and to immediately seek medical treatment from health experts upon experiencing flu like symptoms. – Aiko Miguel | UNTV News & Rescue


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DOH plans to put posters on proper health services in public hospitals

by admin   |   Posted on Saturday, 10 September 2016 04:43 AM



To address problems encountered by the patients in public hospitals, the Department of Health (DOH) is planning to put posters reminding all hospital staff on how to provide proper health care services.

Recently, Health Secretary Paulyn Jean Ubial stated that she is also planning to deploy actors who will pretend as patients to check if proper accomodation is given to them.

Some of the common problems encountered in government hospitals are long ques and patients that are not able to pay their bills.

Patients also complain of not being given fair treatment by doctors and staff in some DOH-referral hospitals.

“Minsan, magtatanong ka lang, di kanila papansinin. S’yempre, ‘di ba nangangailangan ka ng tulong nila? Parang naiinis ka, di ba?” complained Teresita Griego, then patient in a public hospital.

(There are times that you will just ask question,. They will not pay attention. You are seeking help and yet they will ignore you. They are hostile.)

According to DOH Spokesperson, Asec. Dr. Eric Tayag, the department cannot oblige all of their doctors and nurses to be amiable when they are on-duty.

But he assured that proper medical assistance should be given to all patients.

“Hindi po namin masasabi at hindi po talaga namin inuutos na sila po lahat ay ngumiti. Ang importante po dito ay hindi po mahihirapan ang pasyente. Komportable na nakukuha niya ‘yung serbisyo. Kahit walang ngiti, hindi ka naman pumila ng mahabang oras. Siguro mapapatawad mo na kami,” Tayag said.

(We cannot tell them nor instruct them to always smile. What is important here is patients did not experience difficulties. They got the service comfortably. Eventhough there is no smile, they did not fall in line for a long period. Maybe they can forgive us for that.)

Those who want to report any hospital for their bad service, can call DOH hotline numbers at 711-1001 or 711-1002, and coordinate with Health Facilities and Regulatory Bureau.

While those who have complaints against doctors and nurses, can call the office of Philippine Regulatory Commission with contact numbers at 311-0026 and 310-1047. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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Extra screen time drags down teenagers’ exam grades, study finds

by admin   |   Posted on Friday, 4 September 2015 02:56 PM

Farah Baker, 16, uses her phone to tweet in her family's home in Gaza City, August 10, 2014. REUTERS/SIEGFRIED MODOLA

Farah Baker, 16, uses her phone to tweet in her family’s home in Gaza City, August 10, 2014.

Teenagers who spend an extra hour a day surfing the internet, watching TV or playing computer games risk performing two grades worse in exams than their peers who don’t, according to research by British scientists. In a study of more than 800 students aged 14 and 15, researchers from Cambridge University also found that physical activity had no effect on academic performance. Since this was a prospective study, in which the researchers followed the pupils over time to see how different behaviors affected performance, the scientists said it was reasonable to conclude that too much screen time reduced academic achievement. “We only measured this.. in Year 10, but this is likely to be a reliable snapshot of participants’ usual behavior, so we can reasonably suggest that screen time may be damaging to a teenager’s grades,” said Kirsten Corder of Cambridge’s Centre for Diet and Activity Research, who co-led the work. The study, published in the International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity, found the average amount of screen time per day was four hours. An extra hour in front of the TV or online at age 14-and-a-half was linked with 9.3 fewer exam points at age 16 — equivalent to two grades, for example from a B to a D. Two extra hours was linked to 18 fewer points. Unsurprisingly, the results also showed that pupils doing an extra hour of daily homework and reading scored better – getting on average 23.1 more points than their peers. The scientists said further research was needed to confirm the effect conclusively, but advised parents worried about their children’s grades to consider limiting screen time. In a breakdown analysis of different screen activities, the researchers found that TV came out as the most detrimental in terms of exam performance.

(Editing by xxxxx)

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