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Summer is the best time to fight dengue mosquitoes, DOST study shows PDF Print E-mail
Written by S&T Media Service   
Tuesday, 13 May 2014 00:35

To shoo away dengue-causing mosquitoes especially when the rains come falling, destroy the breeding sites now while the sun is at its hottest.

This is according to Dr. Frances Edillo of the University of San Carlos, based on a 2012 study showing that the month of April registered the highest minimum infection rate of Aedes aegypti, the more common carrier of the dengue virus in the country.

This came after a major finding that mother Aedes mosquitoes transmit the dengue virus to their offsprings. Thus if the larvae and pupae infected with dengue virus survive summer and become mosquitoes in the following rainy season, these mosquitoes could set off an epidemic among humans, Edillo explained.

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DOST’s info campaign brings together gov’t offices for safer communities PDF Print E-mail
Written by Rodolfo de Guzman, S&T Media Service, DOST-STII   
Monday, 12 May 2014 02:02

Worsening weather disturbances and the wrath of Typhoon Yolanda prompted the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) to lay down the blueprint for a responsive disaster management initiative. Said blueprint is now freely shared through the conduct of an campaign dubbed “Iba na ang Panahon: Science for Safer Communities.”

Said campaign is participated in by key people who  make decisions during emergencies, namely local chief executives and disaster risk reduction officers.

The DOST launched its campaign since March 3 this year following the directive of President Benigno S. Aquino III to implement an effective disaster management program. The first leg of the campaign took off in Central Luzon at the Oxford Hotel in Clark Field, Angeles City, Pampanga. It was attended by governors, mayors, vice mayors, councilors and local disaster managers from the provinces of Pampanga, Bulacan, Tarlac, Bataan, Zambales, Aurora and Nueva Ecija.

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DOST-FNRI, Mc Donald’s, Adarna House launch nutrition book for kids PDF Print E-mail
Written by Charina A. Javier, S&T Media Service, DOST-FNRI   
Monday, 21 April 2014 04:25

The Food and Nutrition Research Institute of the Department of Science and Technology (FNRI-DOST), Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) and Adarna House, Inc. launched the nutrition big book, “Go!” on March 5, 2014 at McDonald's Greenbelt, Makati City.

“Go!” is the 34th book in the Bright Minds Read (BMR) kit of RMHC. The BMR Program is RMHC's partnership with the Department of Education (DepEd) in support of the “Every-Child-a-Reader” Program.

The big book teaches children about the importance of good nutrition with focus on developing good eating habits. This includes eating the right kind and amount of food at the right time. As children develop skills in reading, creative and critical thinking, they will learn from the book the many sources of good quality energy-giving foods such as potatoes. They will also learn the importance of being physically active by engaging in sports.

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DOST-supported genomics research hub to rise in UP Diliman PDF Print E-mail
Written by Maria Luisa S. Lumioan, S&T Media Service, DOST-STII   
Monday, 21 April 2014 04:21

The groundbreaking ceremony for the Philippine Genome Center building last April 10 signaled the advancement  of genomics research and development in the country.

Established in 2009, the PGC is an ambitious joint project of the University of the Philippines (UP) and Department of Science and Technology (DOST) that aims to tap genomics—the study of an organism's complete set of DNA—to improve crops, conserve biodiversity, improve disease diagnostics, and aid in forensics, among others.

Dr. Carmencita Padilla, PGC’s executive director, said that this day is a significant beginning for her and all the people behind the PGC.  She recounted that back in 2009 only four people were involved in PGC.   “Now we have more than 60 research assistants and 20 project leaders,” she said.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 April 2014 04:24
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