New gene linked to diabetes, low blood sugar found in same family

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A new gene thought to be critical in the regulation of insulin, the key hormone in diabetes, has been found in a family with both high and low blood sugar conditions, researchers said Monday.

The research, carried out at Queen Mary University of London, University of Exeter and Vanderbilt University, and published in the U.S. journal PNAS, could lead to the development of novel treatments for diabetes.

The research team studied the unique case of a family where several individuals suffer from diabetes, while other family members had developed insulin-producing tumors in their pancreas.

These tumors, known as insulinomas, typically...

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After the holiday binge eating, try fasting, says health official

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Time to put the brakes on eating.

After gorging on hamon, queso de bola, pasta, cakes and everything else served during all those holiday dinner parties, give your bodies some sort of a break by eating healthy and exercising.

“And going on a fast,” Department of Health (DOH) Undersecretary Gerardo Bayugo said in a chance interview with the media on Wednesday.

Through fasting, one gives his/her body's digestive system some time to rest and recuperate from the massive intake of food that it experienced during the Yuletide season, Bayugo said.

Fasting once a week would be a good start, he...

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PhilHealth issues new policy on claims for 3 diseases

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The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) no longer requires the length of stay in hospital as basis for reimbursing claims for pneumonia, acute gastroenteritis, and urinary tract infection (UTI).

Circular No. 2017-0028, signed by Dr. Celestina dela Serna, PhilHealth interim officer-in-charge president and CEO, stated that such claims will instead be subjected to pre-payment medical review, or the review of claims to determine admissibility prior to payment.

It said the policy also aims to encourage health care institutions that have the resources and capability to file appropriate claims when patients are managed in critical care when complications arise.

“This policy...

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Study identifies genetic causes of asthma, hay fever, eczema

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An Australian-led international study has pinpointed more than 100 genetic risk factors that explain why some people suffer from asthma, hay fever and eczema.

The study is touted as the first of its kind "designed specifically to find genetic risk factors that are shared among the three most common allergic conditions", according to a media release on science news portal Scimex on Tuesday.

"Asthma, hay fever and eczema are allergic diseases that affect different parts of the body: the lungs, the nose and the skin," the Brisbane-based QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute's Dr. Manuel Ferreira, who led the study, was...

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