4S strategy laban sa dengue, pinaalala ng DOH

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Pinaalala ng Department of Health sa publiko ang 4S strategy upang maiwasan ang tumataas na kaso ng dengue sa bansa.

Ang mga paraan na ito ay ang mga sumusunod:

  1. Search & Destroy- Hanapin at sirain ang mga lugar na pinamumugaran ng lamok.
  2. Self-protection- Protektahan ang sarili mula sa lamok. Gumamit ng mosquitto repellant kung maaari.
  3. Seek early consultation- Agad magpatingin sa doktor sakaling makitaan ng sintomas na dengue fever gaya ng taas-babang lagnat lagnat nang higit sa dalawang araw, rashes at pagdurugo.
  4. Say ‘no’ to indiscriminate fogging- Huwag basta bastang magsagawa ng fogging at sabihan ang mga taong gumagawa nito.

Read more: http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/1000840/doh-reminds-public-of-4s-strategy-vs-dengue#ixzz5INtAmHns                                                      

 

Nipa Virus sa India, pumatay ng 10 katao

Umabot na sa 10 katao ang namatay sa pagkalat ng Nipa Virus sa bansang India. Kung saan, nadamay ang nurse na nag-aalaga sa mga pasyenteng tinamaan ng virus. Ang nurse ang ika-10 biktima ng Nipah virus sa bansa ngayong buwan ng Mayo, tinatayang dalawang katao pa ang nasa kritikal na kondisyon.

Ang Nipah virus ay kumakalat sa pamamagitan ng fruit bat, baboy at human-to-human contact.

Source: https://www.abante.com.ph/10-todas-sa-nipah-virus-sa-india-nurse-damay.htm

Money a better motivator to stop smoking than free e-cigs or quit aids

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A new study that weighs the effectiveness of a variety of workplace incentive programs revealed that the threat of taking away cash reward for giving up real cigarettes is more effective than providing free electronic cigarettes or other stop-smoking products to employees.

This research was published in The New England Journal of Medicine and it calls into question the claims by e-cigarette enthusiasts that the devices may be better than traditional quit aids at helping smokers to stop.

Read more at https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-smokingcessation-motivation-mo/money-a-better-motivator-to-stop-smoking-than-free-e-cigs-or-quit-aids-idUSKCN1IO39W

Smartphone app not good enough to track blood pressure in pregnancy

A small experiment suggests that a smartphone application may not give an accurate finding on measuring blood pressure in pregnant women.

According to the senior study author Dr. Thilo Burkard of the University Hospital Basel in Switzerland, a correct diagnosis of pregnancy related hypertension is crucial to tailor individual therapy, especially during pregnancy.

Researchers tested an experimental smartphone app that uses the phone’s camera to monitor blood flow in the index finger with each heartbeat. They compared results from the app to traditional blood pressure measurements taken on 96 occasions in 32 pregnant women.

They wanted to find out if the smartphone app could produce blood pressure readings similar to those recorded with a traditional blood pressure cuff. But the app failed to meet this goal often enough to be considered an accurate test of blood pressure.

Read more at https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-pregnancy-apps/smartphone-app-not-good-enough-to-track-blood-pressure-in-pregnancy-idUSKCN1IO3EF

Smokers have higher risk of hearing loss, Japanese study says

According to a Japanese study, smokers may be more likely to develop hearing loss than nonsmokers, and the risk increases with each additional cigarette people smoke on a typical day.

50,000 Japanese workers (ages 20-64) who didn’t have hearing loss were examined in the study. After a maximum follow-up of eight years, more than 5,100 people developed hearing loss.

People who currently smoked were 60 percent more likely to develop high-frequency hearing loss that makes it difficult to understand speech in noisy environments, compared to nonsmokers. Current smokers were also 20 percent more likely to develop low frequency hearing loss that makes it hard to detect deep voice.

See more at https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-hearing-smoking/smoking-tied-to-higher-risk-of-hearing-loss-idUSKCN1GQ2FJ