Multivitamins, anti-bacterial soaps are a waste of money – studies

Here’s a great way to save money: stop buying multivitamins and anti-bacterial soaps.

These two top selling products used by everyone and advertised extensively worldwide, have just been dumped as total waste of money by scientists and the American government.

JUST LIKE OTHER SOAPS – A few weeks ago, the U.S. government announced that it found no evidence that ordinary anti-bacterial soaps prevent the spread of germs.

Studies indicate that triclosan, found in soaps and sanitizers, can interfere with hormone levels in laboratory animals and encourage the growth of drug-resistant bacteria.

The Associate Press reported that under a proposed rule released Monday, the USFDA will require manufacturers to prove that anti-bacterial soaps are safe and more effective than plain soap and water. Products that are not shown to be safe and effective by late 2016 would have to be reformulated, relabeled or removed from the market.

Two new endemic foci of schistosomiasis infections found in PH

Filipino and international researchers confirmed two new endemic foci of schistosomiasis infections which were reported in the northernmost and central parts of the country. The center of the parasitic disease, schistosomiasis, were found prevalent in Gonzaga, Cagayan and Calatrava, Negros Occidental.

The reported new foci of schistosomiasis infections cause a serious problem because the endemic areas are already burdened with other infectious diseases like tuberculosis and it would require specific resources to control the disease, according to researchers from University of the Philippines Manila and Dokkyo Medical University Japan.   

Schistosomiasis is considered as one of the Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) with about 12 million Filipinos affected and about 2.5 million which are directly exposed. It affects 28 provinces in the Philippines where there is continuous rainfall throughout the year. The known endemic areas in the Philippines are the provinces of Mindoro Oriental and Sorsogon, North, East, and Western Samar, Leyte, and Bohol, and most provinces in Mindanao with the exception of Misamis Oriental, Davao Oriental, and Maguindanao.


The Central Visayas Consortium for Health Research and Development (CVCHRD) recently welcomed University of Cebu, Cebu Normal University and Holy Name University as its new members to the regional health research consortium.
The CVCHRD Executive Committee created a three-member team to look into the application of both institutions for membership to the consortium. The team consisted of Dr. Danilo Largo, Chair, Executive Committee, Dr. Josefino Ronquillo of CHED 7 and Ms. Ruth Cruz of NEDA 7.  The institutional visit was conducted on April 10, 2013 for University of Cebu, September 10, 2013 for Cebu Normal University and on October 7, 2013 for Holy Name University.
Central Visayas Consortium for Health Research and Development is fortunate to have these institutions to contribute to the strengthening of the system of health research collaboration in the region.

Korean firm to train Pinoys to make medical equipment

A KOREAN firm will put up a hospital bed manufacturing plant in Cebu that will train and employ Filipinos.

Taedong Prime Co. Ltd. of South Korea will put up the pilot facility in Cebu under an agreement with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Central Visayas and the Medical Support Research Development (MSRD).

Taedong Prime will introduce Korean technology in the manufacture of high quality hospital beds and medical equipment.

Jesus Zamora Jr., DOST 7 officer-in-charge for the technical services division, said the program aims to manufacture less costly hospital beds that will carry the Philippine brand.

DOST taps Korean firm for making hospital beds

CEBU, Philippines - A technology that will make the country capable of producing quality hospital beds, eyed for eventual exportation.

This is the aim of the latest project of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-Central Visayas, through the Philippine Medical Support Research Development (PMSRD), that tapped the Korean hospital bed production technology of Taedong Prime.

“The intention is to transfer technology to develop hospital bed production. The goal is to come up with 100 percent localization of raw materials. This way, we can have quality hospital bed at a much lower price,” DOST-7 OIC regional director Edilberto Paradela said.


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