The World Health Organization (WHO) defines universal health coverage (UHC) as “ensuring that everyone, everywhere can access essential quality health services without facing financial hardship.” This, basically, underpins the dogma for the Philippines’ version of universal health care coverage, now a proposed law that has passed the last stages of legislative action, and is now awaiting the signature of President Duterte. UHC is something that no sane politician will dare oppose, not just because health is foremost a human right, and safeguarding everyone’s physical and mental health is just, fair, and consistent with principles of right conduct and distributive justice, but it is also close to the heart of millions of Filipinos. Translating the UHC’s canon into practical, down-to-earth terms, however, is different for each country that subscribes to it. Because of the substantial resources needed to attain ideal health care for all, governments have to … [Read more...] about Philippine’s Universal Health Care: Political gimmick?
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Abad, Garin deny seniors’ health fund diversion MANILA, Philippines — Former budget secretary Florencio Abad denounced yesterday the allegation that he and former health secretary Janette Garin diverted P10.6 billion in funds of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) for senior citizens to the Liberal Party’s campaign expenses in the 2016 national elections, saying “it is an absolute lie” and “totally baseless.” “It is irresponsible and violates journalistic ethics,” Abad told The STAR in a text message, saying research should have been done before the story was published. The story came from a joint congressional review of PhilHealth’s finances, with oversight panel chair Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito describing the supposed fund diversion as “a heinous act three times more cruel” than the Dengvaxia vaccine scandal. “Those sweeping accusations are absolutely without any … [Read more...] about Abad, Garin deny seniors’ health fund diversion
By Gabriella Boston The Washington Post Mon., May 28, 2018 We’re here again: A few weeks from swimsuit season. And you might be looking in the mirror at any number of eyesores — beer belly, thigh rub, bra bulge, love handles, saddlebags — and asking: Can I get rid of that through exercise and diet? In other words, spot reduction. “No, it doesn’t work that way,” says Todd Miller, professor of nutrition and exercise sciences at George Washington University. “Fat in your body is like gas in your gas tank. Thinking you can reduce fat from your stomach alone is like saying you want to use gas only from the right side of your gas tank.” Fat, just like gas in your car, is stored energy. It gets recruited equally from all over your body and sent to the muscles to be burned, Miller says. Read more: Article Continued Below Counting calories is not the key to weight loss, new study finds Weight loss doesn’t mean … [Read more...] about Spot reduction no substitute for total body movements and a ‘boring diet’
By Adriana Gomez Licon The Associated Press Fri., March 16, 2018 MIAMI—Authorities said Friday that the cables suspending a pedestrian bridge were being tightened after a “stress test” when the 950-ton concrete span collapsed over traffic, killing at least six people only days after its installation was celebrated as a technological innovation. And officials expected to find more bodies in the rubble. As state and federal investigators worked to determine why the five-day-old span failed, Florida politicians pointed to the stress test and loosened cables as possible factors, and a police chief asked everyone not to jump to conclusions. Read more: Six dead after pedestrian bridge collapses at Miami-area university Article Continued Below “This is a tragedy that we don’t want to re-occur anywhere in the United States,” said Juan Perez, director of the Miami-Dade police. “We just want to find out what caused this … [Read more...] about Miami officials expect to find more bodies in rubble after bridge collapse
source Shutterstock Sugar lurks in dozens of unsuspecting foods, from yogurt and salad dressings to granola bars and sauces. Another big source of sugar in our diets is high-carbohydrate food like bagels and rice, which are quickly broken down into sugar in our bodies. Occasionally indulging in a sweet treat isn’t a problem, but continuously eating high-sugar foods has been linked with a wide range of health issues. Sugar lurks in dozens of unsuspecting foods, from yogurts and salad dressings to juices and sauces. Even when sucrose – the popular form of table sugar is not present in a food item, sugar’s cousins fructose and dextrose can likely be found somewhere on the label. To truly avoid sugar, you’d also have to cut out simple carbohydrates, including the ones found in bagels and white rice, since they break down quickly into sugar in the body. Thankfully, the … [Read more...] about Too much sugar can be devastating for your health — but cutting out obvious culprits like cookies might not help enough