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PH tax on sweet drinks could save lives – WHO

The World Health Organization (WHO) has commended the Philippines’ new tax provisions for sugar-sweetened beverages (SSB) in the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) Act, saying this move could save people from diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

World Health Organization (WHO)’s fact sheet says that globally every year close to 800, 000 people take their own life and there are many more people who attempt suicide. Suicide is the second leading cause of death among 15 -29- year-olds.

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Gordon vows impartial probe on Dengvaxia

Sen. Richard J. Gordon yesterday vowed to ensure that the Senate investigation on the previous administration’s alleged anomalous procurement of P3.5 billion in anti-dengue vaccines would be non-partisan.

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THE World Health Organization (WHO) is now investigating the case of the anti-dengue vaccine Dengvaxia in the wake of findings that of 730,000 Filipino school children injected with the vaccine in 2016, “adverse effects” were reported in 997, 30 of which needed hospitalization, and four have died. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Philippines has ordered a stop to the purchase of the vaccine and suspended the Department of Health’s anti-dengue inoculation program.

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Senate Committee on Health and Demography chairperson Sen. Joseph Victor G. Ejercito has sought the creation of a task force that would conduct a thorough and extensive research and investigation on the effects of the Dengvaxia vaccine.

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO), India has four of the 10 cities in the world with the worst air pollution. But while WHO experts acknowledge India faces a “huge challenge”, many countries are so bad that they have no monitoring system and cannot be included in its ranking.

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