Lagundi trial gets green light, virgin coconut oil seen to reduce risk of coronavirus

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 29) — The Food and Drug Administration approved clinical trials for herbal medicine ‘lagundi’ as a supplement coronavirus treatment, Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato dela Peña announced Saturday.

De la Peña said in a briefing that participants will be around 200 COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms and admitted at the Quezon Institute quarantine center, Sta. Ana Hospital, and Philippine National Police-National Capital Region community quarantine center.

Experts from the Philippine General Hospital will lead the medical research.

“Ang hangad natin ay ma-address ang symptoms gaya ng ubo, lagnat at mga sore throat,” De la Peña said.

[Translation: We hope that lagundi could address symptoms such as cough, fever and sore throat.]

He added that the research will also try to find out if ‘lagundi’ may reduce severity of symptoms.

Other clinical trials

The FDA has yet to approve the studies which aim to look into

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Peacemaking needs interdisciplinary skill in light of Gospel, pope says

ROME — With so much conflict, violence and war, the world needs people who are specially prepared to bring Gospel values to social, political and economic situations, Pope Francis said.

Multidisciplinary research and study for building up a body of knowledge on peace would be the basis for “forming truly valuable peace workers, ready to get involved” in the many different facets of today’s society, he said in a preface to a new book published by the Vatican publishing house.

The book, published in Italian, is titled For Knowledge of Peace. Edited by Msgr. Gilfredo Marengo, vice president of Rome’s Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences, it is a compilation of reflections written by Archbishop Paul Gallagher, Vatican foreign minister, Cardinal Renato Martino, the retired president of the former Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and others.

According to Vatican News, which published

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Unilever invests in blue light exposure consumer education and formulates protective beauty products

According to Unilever, 60% of people now spend more than six hours a day in front of a digital device which, when spread across five working days, equated to the same impact on the skin as spending 25 minutes in midday sun without protection. And a consumer study conducted in August by the beauty and personal care major found 65% of consumers were unaware of the effect blue light could have on their skin.

Unilever said it was therefore on a mission to help people ‘beat the screen blues’ by raising awareness of the negative impact blue light has on skin.

More brand education will build awareness on blue light exposure risks

“Blue light is one of many external aggressors which can have a negative impact on the health of our skin,”​ said Samantha Tucker-Samaras, global vice president of science & technology for beauty and personal care at

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