"Benefits seen regardless of calorie intake, diet composition in NIH-supported study"

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A new study published in the Sept. 6, 2018 issue of Cell Metabolism revealed that increasing time between meals made male mice healthier overall and live longer compared to mice who ate more frequently. Scientists from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health, the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, reported that health and longevity improved with increased fasting time, regardless of what the mice ate or how many calories they consumed. National Institute of Aging Director Richard J. Hodes, M.D. stated that this study showed that mice who ate one meal a day thus, had longest fasting period lived longer and had better outcomes for common age-related liver disease and metabolic disorders.

Mice with longer fasting times (green) and shorter times when food was available (red) had better health outcomes and longevity than mice who were allowed to eat around the clock. – Image credit NIA IRP.

"Increasing daily fasting times, without a reduction of calories and regardless of the type of diet consumed, resulted in overall improvements in health and survival in male mice," said Rafael de Cabo, Ph.D., the lead author and chief of the Translational Gerontology Branch of the NIA Intramural Research Program. "Perhaps this extended daily fasting period enables repair and maintenance mechanisms that would be absent in a continuous exposure to food."

The researchers say their findings are encouraging for future studies on how these types of time-restricted eating patterns might help humans to maintain healthy weight and reduce some common age-related metabolic disorders.



To promote the consortium which is to funding viable health related research proposals, Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC) conducted an Institutional Visit and Call for Proposals last September 18, 2018 at the Naval State University, Hostel Function Room.

Most of the participants who attended the activity were from NSU, spearheaded by the VP for Research along with the Deans, Program Chairpersons, and Directors for extension, GAD, Guidance, DRRM, Research chairpersons from different Colleges and University Clinic Staff. On the other hand, the participants from other agencies are from the Public Health Offices which includes the Prov. Program Coordinators, Hospital Staff, ILHZ representative, PIA, NGOs (PNA & Biliran Medical Society) and from DepEd Biliran.

“The purpose of this visit is to orient the interested researchers from NSU which is an active member of EVHRDC and other agencies which impart to health research on the funding mechanism for the research proposals to qualify for the grant”, Dr. Sherrie Ann C. Labid, Research Director of Samar State University stated.

Furthermore, she also added that this is basically to disseminate to the member institutions the profile, accomplishments and direction of the EVHRDC.

Institutional visit was already conducted to some State Universities in Region VIII, namely Samar State University (SSU) and Eastern Samar State University. This is also the first health related consortium who visited NSU.

Moreover, a special meeting was conducted by the EVHRDC Research Information Committee (RIC). The meeting was presided by the chair of the committee, Mr. Willard N. Riveral. Updates on the conduct of EVHRDC Strategic Planning 2019-2022 and Planning for the conduct of 2018 Regional Health Research Congress was raised during the special meeting of the committee.

Every second of August, the health research community celebrates the Philippine National Health Research System (PNHRS) Week.

The theme of this year's 12th PNHRS Week celebration is "Research and Innovation for Equity in Health," set last August 6-9, 2018 at the CAP John Hay Trade and Cultural Center, Baguio City.

The conference will serve as the platform for participants to discuss the current situation, challenges, and advancements related to improving health and equity through reinforced health research and innovation in the regions and local communities.

The conference is organized by the Philippine Council for Health Research and Development in collaboration with the Cordillera Regional Health Research and Development Consortium.

The EVHRDC Team headed by Engr. Edgardo M. Esperancilla, Co-Chair Person of EVHRDC and Regional Director of DOST8 showcase their excellent performance and garners three (3) awards from different contest during the weeklong celebration.


Oral Research Presentation (Professional Category)

Charlie E. Labarda, MD, MDM from University of the Philippines Manila School of Health Sciences won as the 3rd Placer for his paper entitled "Analysis of the Health Status of ST Haiyan Affected Communities in the Island of Leyte".


Consortium Poster Exhibit Contest

Eastern Visayas Health Research and Development Consortium (EVHRDC) won as the 1st Place.


Capacity Building Committee Best Practices Poster Exhibit Contest

3rd Place

Dagami South Central Principal with Regional Office and Division Office Staff

DepEd Regional Office VIII launched the Philippine Anti Cavity Campaign (PACC) last September 11, 2018 at Leyte Division, particularly at Dagami South Central School. This was started as a program with 1000 pupil recipients. The occasion was graced by the presence of the Municipal Mayor Hon. Abundio I Delusa, Dental Officer of Leyte Division Dr. Elmer Albert Cuevas and Regional Medical Officer Dr. Ma. Elsa N. Gerona. Also present were the District Supervisor, School Heads, teachers and parents of the children beneficiaries.

        Activities undertaken are the following:

  1. Oral Health Education
  2. Dental check-up (Oral Urgent Treatment)
  3. Toothbrushing Drill
  4. Topical Application of Flouride

The activity was highlighted with the distribution of toothbrush and toothpaste to the pupils. This was in cooperation of Colgate Palmolive Inc. which aims to minimize tooth carries or even zero of our learners. Other school beneficiaries of the region are the following: Abuyog BV Closa Central School, Burauen South Central School, Palo II Central School, Calubian South Central School, San Jose Central School in Tacloban City and San Policarpio Central School in Calbayog City.

Stage preparation prepared by Dagami South Central School Mayor Abundio I. Delusa distributing the toothbrush and toothpaste to the learners.

Villaba, Leyte, August 19 (PIA) – With the need to address the health needs of the majority of people in the Eastern Visayas region particularly in far-flung barangays, the Department of Health (DOH) has extended the services of the Eastern Visayas Regional Medical Center or EVRMC through the opening of the Villaba Polyclinic at Barangay Cabungahan in Villaba, Leyte.

In a groundbraking ceremony led by the DOH Director, Dr. Minerva Molon and EVRMC Chief, Dr. Salvador Evardone held August 17 at the said barangay, it was learned that the 25 million worth polyclinic which will be funded by the Department of Health, is an extended facility of the EVRMC.

DOH Director, Minerva Molon (in pink) leads the groundbreaking ceremony of the Villaba Polyclinic at Barangay Cabungahan, Villaba, Leyte.

The polyclinic will be constructed in a 1.5 hectare land donated by the Veloso family through the efforts of Congressman Vicente Veloso of the third District of Leyte.

In her message, DOH Director Molon said, “this polyclinic is a good venue to bring health services to remote barangays”. “This will likewise address the sentiments of the people who find it hard going to some other hospitals just to seek medical help”, she added.

Similarly, Dr. Evardone of EVRMC stressed, “I will see to it that once this polyclinic is done, it will be equipped with needed health facilities, and manpower will likewise be provided”. “We will surely make plans just to augment the services of the said facility”, Evardone said.

Meanwhile, Congressman Veloso emphasized, “it has been my vision and a promise to my constituents to put up a hospital in the area, so that people in the nearby barangays and municipalities would not spend much time and resources going to some places just to access immediate medical attention”. “I proposed this polyclinic with the services of a hospital, considering that hospitals are far from the area. The nearest hospital is in Tabango, Leyte which is just an infirmary, while going to EVRMC on the other hand is too far and no regular transportation is available”, he further bared. Veloso also added the polyclinic will start its operation as an out-patient hospital and it will cater to the medical needs of the people not only in the third district but also those in the second and fourth districts of Leyte, as well as those in Biliran Island.

Together with the groundbreaking ceremony which was witnessed by some health officials and representatives from government institutions and local government units, was the turn-over of the Deed of Donation of the Lot which will be the site of the health facility. (GTT/PIA Leyte)