• Top of the Morning: FDA PH Issues Public Health Warning Against Unregistered Multivitamin Brand

    Plus, gadget to help kids with autism be more social, a mental health app for students and Scarlet Snow exercising?
    by Rachel Perez .
  • 1. FDA Philippines advises against buying unregistered multivitamins


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    The Food and Drug Administration Philippines issued a pharmaceutical advisory against unregistered mutivitamins and released a public health warning on Centrum Silver Adults Tablet, Centrum Adults Tablet, and Centrum Silver Men Tablets, which are unregistered products. "These pose potential danger or injury to the consuming public and the importation, selling or offering for sale of such is in direct violation of Republic Act No. 9711 or the Food and Drug Administration Act of 2009," read the warning. Consumers are advised to buy only medications from FDA-licensed establishments since products here have undergone tests to ensure the quality, safety, and efficacy. Always read the labels and look for FDA Registration number. (fda.gov.ph)


    2. UP sudents create mental health app

    To spread awareness on mental health, two University of the Philippines Diliman students created a mobile application for their thesis that complements the Psychosocial Wellness Program (PWP) of the University of the Philippines Manila. Students from the College of Engineering Chad Errol Booc and Chara Mae San Diego were inspired to do the app to provide accessible help to those who suffer from mental health. They designed the PsychUP app to work like a peer counseling program that the school administrators can monitor. With the app, students can seek help anonymously to give them freedom to express themselves and not be subjected to the stigma. Although the app has not been deployed to Android or iOS stores, they are discussing the deployment and test run with the Information Management Service of UP Manila. (rappler.com

    3. Scarlet Snow Belo lifting weights now?  

    Today's news on Scarlet Snow: "ninja workouts." Her Instagram account shows short videos of her lifting weights, much like how she sees her dad Hayden Kho does it, says mom Vicki Belo, who also posted the video on her own Instagram account. The caption reads: "I'm getting stronger every day!" The second video, a "cardio workout" has this caption: "when your enemy is winning then...RUN!"  

    4. Emily Blunt welcomes baby number two

    Hollywood actors Emily Blunt and John Krasinski commemorated the Independence Day of the United States by announcing they have welcomed baby number 2, a daughter whom they named Violet. "What better way to celebrate the 4th... than to announce our 4th family member!!! 2 weeks ago we met our beautiful daughter Violet," read John's tweet. Emily had revealed before that she often forgot she was on her second pregnancy because she was busy "hoisting a 2-year-old (daughter Hazel) around." When John announced Hazel's arrival via Twitter in 2014, it came with a photo, but it looks like we'd have to wait a little more to see Violet's first photo. Congratulations! (huffingtonpost.com


    5. Google Glass helps kids with autism "see" emotions

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    A facial recognition software developed at Stanford University and runs on Google Glass, a computerized headset with a front-facing camera and a tiny display just above the right eye, could be a key to helping autism kids socialize. A child with autism wears it the device each day for three 2-minute sessions as he interacts with family members. When the device detects an emotion, the child will "read" the emotion as happy or sad or see an appropriate emoji. "The autism glass program is meant to teach children with autism how to understand what a face is telling them. And we believe that when that happens they will become more socially engaged," said Dennis Wall, whose lab is running the study. Stanford student Catalin Voss and researcher Nick Haber developed the technology, which Voss describes as a behavioral aide and was inspired by her cousin who has autism. (nbcnews.com)

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