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The Department of Health (DOH) is planning to introduce a new package of anti-tuberculosis (TB) medicines specifically formulated for children, possibly as soon as January 2017, the agency said. The new medicines will hopefully improve treatment for young TB sufferers, who often are given the wrong dosage or no medicine at all, which can lead to the development of drug-resistant strains of the debilitating lung infection. DOH PHOTO

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THE Department of Health (DOH) is planning to introduce a new package of anti-tuberculosis (TB) medicines that are for the first time specifically for-mulated for children, possibly as soon as January 2017, the agency announced. Several countries in the Asia-Pacific region and Africa are pursuing the initiative, with the Philippines…

MEDICAL MIRACLE Green tea, which is considered a possible remedy for a large number of conditions, now can add “protects against aneurysms” to its list of benefits, as Japanese researchers have found it effective in tests with rats. AFP PHOTO

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DRINKING green tea may help prevent aneurysms, Japanese researchers revealed in a study published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery. The researchers were investigating abdominal aortic aneurysms, a condition in which the aorta, the body’s main artery, develops a weak spot that becomes stretched and swollen. Aneurysms are particularly dangerous…

Image of monkey retinas showing the difference between geneticallymatched (lower pictures) and unmatched eye stem cells. Researchers have found that eye stem cells can be transplanted between different individuals, which could help treatment of age-related macular degeneration and other eye conditions in humans. RIKEN LAB PHOTO

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IN research that may have positive implications for treating age-related eye diseases in humans, researchers in Japan have successfully transplanted retinal pigment cells derived from the stem cells of one monkey into the eyes of other monkeys without rejection, and without the need for anti-rejection drugs, according to a study…

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A drug made from a kind of synthetic oil may help to delay the destruction of motor neurons in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease), a disease brought into the spotlight by last year’s popular ice bucket challenge, researchers in Australia said. In a study published in the…

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PHARMACEUTICAL researchers looking for alternatives for the medicine artemisinin commonly used to treat malaria have turned to crowdsourcing to discovery new compounds that might be effective, Australia’s University of Sydney reported in a press release. Artemisinin, which was developed in China in the 1970s, is considered the “gold standard” for…

THE ZIKA FIGHT RAGES ON New research from a British-Canadian team has named the Philippines as one of the countries most vulnerable to the spread of the dreaded Zika virus. Meanwhile, Japanese pharmaceutical company Takeda is spending nearly $20 million to develop a vaccine for the disease, which can cause serious birth defects. SHUTTERSTOCK PHOTO

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THE Philippines is among the top five countries at greatest risk of spread of the dreaded Zika virus, a study conducted by Canadian and British researchers and published in the medical journal Lancet Infectious Diseases concluded. The study, which was carried out by scientists from the London School of Hygiene…

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THE United States government will provide up to $19.8 million in funding to Japanese pharmaceutical company Takeda to develop a Zika vaccine, the company reported in a statement last week. Takeda was selected from among several pharmaceutical firms applying for the grant from the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development…

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THE Department of Health (DOH) marked National Suicide Prevention Awareness Day last Tuesday with the Manila launch of its Hopeline, a phone-based counseling service for any individual suffering from crisis and depression. The DOH, in partnership with the Natasha Goulborn Foundation (NGF), World Health Organization (WHO) and Globe Communications officially…

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Kalamazoo, Michigan: Stryker Corporation has announced that two of its intravenous clot-retrieval devices have been approved for general use on stroke patients by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The Trevo ProVue retriever is a catheter device which is inserted intravenously and guided by fluoroscopic imaging; using a grappling…

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Jakarta: HaloDoc, Indonesia’s first online health application, has secured $13 million in Series A funding for further development of its program, the company announced. The company, which was formed in Jakarta in April, provides a platform that links doctors, patients and participating pharmacies online through smartphones. The system currently has…

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