The health department of the Philippines has amended its regulations concerning the disposal of the remains of dead humans. It now prohibits the open viewing of the bodies of those who died of "dangerous communicable diseases."
An administrative order was released this month that strictly enforced bodies of afflicted individuals must be contained in durable airtight containers or cadaver bags at the point of death with a biohazard tag attached.
For those who wonder what WikiLeaks is and what it is all about, here is a primer. A Swedish documentary of how it started, who are the people behind it, what its purposes are, and what the future may hold. Is WikiLeaks a villain or a hero? Watch the 57-minute video below before it is taken out.
A few days ago, I reported a 2-year-old boy who drowned himself in a water container. Shocked? Here is another story why guardians and care takers should closely watch toddlers--the reason they are called guardians and care takers.
A 2-year-old boy swallowed a concrete nail--the one that is used by carpenters.
Tanong (T): Dear Doc Gino, nabasa ko po ung column nyo, so kaya po nainganyo naman ako mag tanong sa inyo. gusto ko po kc malaman kung ano ang dapat gawin para mabuntis agad. kc po nag li-live-in na po kami ng bf ko. pareho na po namin gusto mgkababy. 1 yr na po kaming nagsasama pero hindi pa rin po kami makabuo. nagtanong naman po ako sa mga kaanak ko na kung may lahi po ba kaming baog. sabi naman nila wala daw po. at tinanong ko rin po ang asawa ko kung ganon din ba sya. hndi rin po ang sagot nya. hindi po kaya ako ang baog? Sport minded po ako. madami akong nilalaro. sanhi rin po ba kaya un ng hindi ko pagbuntis? may konting bisyo rin po ako. nagsmoke at sometimes i drink? lahat po ba un sanhi ng di ko pag buntis? ano po ba ang dapat kong gawin? ano po ba ang mga sanhi ng hindi pagbubuntis ng isang babae. sana po matulungan nyo ako sa katanungan kong ito. maraming salamat po! good luck sa inyo. and more power po!
If you want to visit Japan to see its beautiful sights and culture, plan to settle there, or study, here is a short article that may help you know what is in store for you before getting there. Published in the Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO) in 10 November 2010, this may well help students to understand the Japanese academia. Enjoy reading!
A study on the relationship between acne, acne drug isotretinoin (Accutane) and the risk of suicide, showed that severe acne alone fuels the risk of suicide attempts, and not because the drug enhances psychiatric problems.
Researchers said that people with the severe skin condition may be at an increased risk for depression and despair especially when treatments have failed leading to suicide behavior.
This morning I noticed one good thing that the Government of Makati City in my neighborhood did. The branches of trees that have encroached on power cables were trimmed down.
As shown in the YouTube video below, this is a good measure to prevent accidents that may happen during the typhoon season in the Philippines that happens from June until December, practically half of the year.
Ever wonder why humans have eyebrows? Surely, it goes beyond aesthetics. Nature did not provide it to man so he could make himself busy during idle moments.
Scientists say that eyebrow hairs help keep the moisture away from our eyes when we sweat or walk around in the rain. The hairs prevent the sweat and rain from falling to our eyes, keeping it relatively dry and the vision clear. The same reason prevents eye irritation due to the salt content of sweat.
It's the greasiest sandwich ever. Take the plunge on this super heavy jumbo sandwich filled with all the goodness of cholesterol, salt, sugar, fats and everything that's truly satisfying. Make sure to check your weight afterwards.
Here are some health tips to consider before you embark on a journey to the cemeteries to visit loved ones, according to the Department of Health's Dr. Eric Tayag, head of the National Epidemiology Center.
1. Bring food that will not spoil easily. 2. Carry an umbrella not only for sun and rain protection but also to shoo away stray dogs. 3. Carrying small children to resting places will make them vulnerable to contract diseases due to overcrowding or congestion. 4. Limit the time spent in cemeteries to ease overcrowding. 5. Make sure to have a caretaker if an elderly will visit cemeteries. 6. Do not wear slippers to avoid catching leptospirosis in case rain occurs. 7. Do not eat street foods to avoid diarrhea and food poisoning.
By Jocelyn R. Uy Philippine Daily Inquirer First Posted 20:04:00 10/31/2010 Filed Under: Public Holidays, Health
MANILA, Philippines -- Bring food that will not spoil easily. Carry an umbrella not only for protection from the sun or a sudden downpour but also from the stray dogs that roam the cemetery.
These were among the tips given by the Department of Health (DOH) to the millions of Filipinos who would be trooping to cemeteries to mark All Saints' Day and All Souls' Day.
Dr. Eric Tayag, head of the DOH National Epidemiology Center, said people should avoid taking their babies or children to the resting places of their loved ones as they would be vulnerable to diseases in hot and congested conditions.
"Bringing small children to memorial parks would also mean bringing in strollers, which could only add to the congestion in the cemetery," Tayag told reporters in a briefing on Friday.
He added that families should limit the duration of their visit to ease overcrowding, particularly in small cemeteries. "Please don't bring the whole kitchen with you as this would add to the congestion and slow down traffic flow inside the cemeteries," he said.
For elderly people with disabilities or a medical condition, Tayag offered this suggestion: Just light candles in churches instead of flocking to jam-packed cemeteries, which might worsen their condition.
But should they insist on going to cemeteries, they should at least have a companion to watch over them, he said.
Tayag warned the public against buying food from ambulant vendors as these may carry disease-causing organisms that could trigger diarrhea andfood poisoning, among other illnesses.
Tayag said that if families wanted to eat in the cemetery, they should go for hot meals to minimize the risk of eating spoiled food. They must also bring their own drinking water, he added.
"It is also advisable to bring umbrellas [for protection from the sun and rain]. It is also a handy device to shoo away stray dogs in cemeteries," Tayag said.
The health official advised people against wearing slippers as rains could spawn floods or puddles which, according to Tayag, could contain the bacteria, which may cause leptospirosis, a life-threatening disease commonly transmitted in floodwaters tainted by the urine of infected animals like rats and dogs.
Leptospirosis is contracted by the entry of contaminated water through the mouth or cuts in the skin.
Tayag, meanwhile, announced that all state-runhospitals nationwide had been placed under "code white alert" starting on Monday until Wednesday in preparation for any medical emergencies.
Medical teams were also ready for dispatch, he added.
In a statement, Health Secretary Enrique Ona explained that a white alert signified the readiness of hospital manpower like general and orthopedicsurgeons, anesthesiologists, internists, operating room nurses and ophthalmologists, among others, to respond to emergencies.
The Health Emergency Management Staff operations centers would also be on active surveillance on Monday and Tuesday to monitor any health or health-related emergencies nationwide, he added.
"The DOH is really hoping that the commemoration of All Saints and All Souls' Day will be peaceful, orderly and safe with the public following our tips and reminders," said Tayag.
Here is good news to those who suffer from migraine. The US and the UK have approved the use of anti-wrinkle drug, Botox, to prevent attacks of chronic migraine. But not all migraine sufferers will need Botox. According to the Food and Drug Administration, patients will be prescribed by doctors if they suffer from severe form of migraine on at least 15 days a month. Chronic migraine is characterized by nausea, vomiting, dizziness, intense sensitivity to light and noise, in addition to moderate to severe pain. Botox is currently approved for uncontrolled blinking, crossed eyes, neck muscle spasms, excessive underarm sweating, muscle spasticity in upper extremities, as well as cosmetic use to smoothen lines between eyebrows. Read more below. Botox Shots Approved for Migraine
Allergan says sales of Botox for chronic migraine and other medical uses will eclipse sales of the drug as a wrinkle smoother.
The agency’s decision endorses doctors’ use of Botox to treat patients who suffer from a severe form of migraineinvolving headaches on at least 15 days a month. Britain’s drug agency approved Botox for the same use this summer.
Botox is already approved by the F.D.A. to treat uncontrolled blinking; crossed eyes; certain neck muscle spasms; excessive underarm sweating; and stiffness associated with muscle spasticity in the elbows and hands. It also is approved for cosmetic purposes — to smooth lines between the eyebrows.
Botox had worldwide sales last year of about $1.3 billion, divided equally between medical and cosmetic uses.
But Allergan said sales of Botox for chronic migraine and other medical uses would soon eclipse sales of the drug as a wrinkle smoother. Allergan is also studying the drug for a variety of new medical uses, including overactive bladder, said Dr. Scott M. Whitcup, the company’s executive vice president for research and development.
“For the business, Botox has been an incredible medication. We call it our pipeline in a vial,” Dr. Whitcup said. “People still think about it as a cosmetic product, but the therapeutic indications in the next five years will far surpass its cosmetic use.”
Industry analysts have forecast worldwide sales of the drug for the severe migraine condition at $250 million to more than $1 billion annually by 2015.
Unlike the occasional headache, the chronic migraine condition is often accompanied by nausea, vomiting, dizziness, intense sensitivity to light and noise, and moderate to severe pain.
The audience for Botox headache shots could be significant because some chronic migraine patients do not improve when they take the pills that are now the standard treatment, neurologists said. Treatments include pills like Topamax, taken daily to prevent migraine, and the triptan family of drugs, taken to ease an existing migraine.
Botox is a purified form of botulinum toxin, a nerve poison produced by the bacteria that causes botulism. Injections of Botox typically act to temporarily blunt nerve signals to certain muscles or glands. Researchers are still exploring how the drug works on migraines. Dr. Whitcup said one theory was that it blocked pain signals from reaching nerve endings.
A Botox migraine treatment generally involves a total of 31 injections in seven areas — including the forehead, temples, the back of the head, the neck and shoulders. To treat the chronic condition, injections are given about every three months.
Industry analysts estimated that the migraine treatment would cost $1,000 to $2,000, depending on the amount of the drug used and the physician’s fee. Some private insurers are likely to cover the migraine treatment now that it has received F.D.A. approval, analysts said, although patients may have to cover a significant co-payment.
“The cost is prohibitive for some,” Randall Stanicky, a vice president for global research atGoldman Sachs, said in an interview earlier this year. “But given the debilitating challenges of having migraines more than 15 days a month, if Botox can cut down on that, it’s clearly going to be a big opportunity.”
Other analysts have expressed skepticism that doctors and patients would embrace the drug, arguing that Botox has a marginal effect on headaches compared with a placebo.
“The true drug effect is minimal,” Corey Davis, an analyst at Jefferies & Company, said in an interview earlier this year.
Patients in one study financed by Allergan, for example, typically experienced about five fewer headache episodes a month than they had before the study — no matter whether they had injections of Botox or a placebo.
After Allergan reviewed the results of that first study, the company changed the primary end point — the scientific goal post — on a second study so that it would focus on the drug’s effect on the number of headache days rather than the number of headache episodes that a person experienced each month. Dr. Whitcup said it was easier for patients to remember how many headache days as opposed to how many headache episodes they had every month.
The second study reported that patients who received Botox injections typically experienced about 2.3 fewer headache days than the placebo group, a statistically significant difference. But the placebo group also experienced considerable improvement — a common feature in pain studies — raising questions among some doctors about the magnitude of the Botox effect.
Dr. Whitcup said Botox had consistently beaten the placebo at different time points in the study and that patients had reported an improvement in their daily functioning and quality of life.
Although the F.D.A. approved the drug for the chronic condition, the agency said in its statement Friday that Botox had not been shown to work for the occasional headache or migraine.
Common side effects were neck pain and headaches. But neurologists point to a more welcome side effect for some — fewer wrinkles.