Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Warning: Canned dog food with high levels of Vitamin D recalled

One of the recalled products.

American pet food company Hill's Pet Nutrition has issued a recall on three batches of its canned dog food, following the discovery of elevated levels of vitamin D.

While seven of its products were affected, only three products have been released into the local market.

The three are Hill's Prescription Diet Derm Defense Canine Chicken and Vegetable Stew, Hill's Prescription Diet w/d Canine and Hill's Prescription Diet i/d Canine Chicken and Vegetable Stew.

High levels of vitamin D can lead to serious health issues in dogs, including renal dysfunction.


Philippines hit by deadly measles outbreak

A growing measles outbreak in the Philippines killed at least 25 people last month, officials said on Thursday (Feb 7), putting some of the blame on mistrust stoked by a scare over an anti-dengue fever vaccine.

Most of the dead are children and the toll is expected to rise as more cases are confirmed of the highly contagious disease, which has made a worldwide resurgence in recent years.

Figures from the Philippines' national health authorities show cases jumped from 791 in 2017 to 5,120 last year. There were 1,813 confirmed cases in January alone.

Authorities said vaccination rates in the Philippines have been declining for years, but also pointed to the recent controversy over the safety of the Dengvaxia dengue vaccine.

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My photo - dancing while cycling is not recommended

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Women's brains are four years younger than men's on average

Women may have the advantage over men when it comes to brainpower.

Their brains appear almost four years younger than men's on average, a study suggests.

The discovery may help to explain why women tend to stay mentally sharp longer than men in their later years.

Brain scans for men and women aged 20 to 82 found female brains are 3.8 years biologically younger than men's.


Yoga could help millions of arthritis patients

Yoga could help millions of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, research suggests.

A study found the ancient exercise slashes inflammation and reduces pain in the joints of sufferers after just eight weeks.

And practicing downward dog, lotus and crab poses even protected the patients' from depression - a common side effect of the chronic condition.

Yoga is thought to target the 'mind-body communications' that cause sufferers to experience mental-health problems, the researchers claim.