Health and Lifestyle

Handwashing best way to beat hand, foot, mouth disease: health expert

Handwashing best way to beat hand, foot, mouth disease: health expert

July 19, 2024, 5:41 pm

MANILA – Frequent and proper handwashing with soap and water prevent the transmission of hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), a health expert said Friday. "We teach children to wash their hands after using the toilet, especially before eating. In fact, in a study in China, nakita nila na (they… Read More

DOH warns Bicolanos vs. leptospirosis risk amid bad weather

DOH warns Bicolanos vs. leptospirosis risk amid bad weather

July 18, 2024, 5:53 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health - Center for Health Development (DOH CHD) 5 (Bicol) on Thursday cautioned the public against leptospirosis, as heavy rains caused by a low-pressure area (LPA) could lead to flooding in various areas of the region. In a public advisory, DOH-5 explained that… Read More

P300-M facility to boost women, child health care in Albay

P300-M facility to boost women, child health care in Albay

July 16, 2024, 6:55 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – To provide better medical access to women and children, a PHP300 million facility will soon rise inside the compound of the Bicol Regional Hospital and Medical Center (BRHMC) in Daraga, Albay. During a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, Ako Bicol (AKB) Party-list Representative… Read More

Dabawenyos warned vs. leptospirosis this rainy season

Dabawenyos warned vs. leptospirosis this rainy season

July 8, 2024, 8:49 pm

DAVAO CITY – The City Health Office (CHO) here released a bulletin on Monday warning about the danger of leptospirosis during the rainy season. Leptospirosis is a disease caused by bacteria that affects people and animals and is spread in infected animals' urine. The health office noted that… Read More

Cebu residents receive free medical, dental service

Cebu residents receive free medical, dental service

July 8, 2024, 12:49 pm

CEBU CITY – Over 1,000 indigent residents in four villages of Cordova town, Cebu province received free medical checkups, medicines and other non-medical services during a civic action mission conducted by the Philippine Army reservists and volunteer doctors during the weekend. Maj. Thadeo… Read More

Manila launches mobile game to raise awareness vs. dengue

Manila launches mobile game to raise awareness vs. dengue

July 5, 2024, 4:30 pm

MANILA – The Manila City government has introduced an innovative way to raise awareness on measures against dengue fever among its residents. In a statement Friday, Mayor Honey Lacuna urged the residents to play the "Kapitan Ligtas: Dengue Fighter", a mobile game that can be downloaded via… Read More

Malnutrition in Iloilo City steadily declines

Malnutrition in Iloilo City steadily declines

July 5, 2024, 1:02 pm

ILOILO CITY – The prevalence of stunting, wasting, overweight and obesity among preschool children 0 to 59 months in Iloilo City has been on a declining trend since 2021, the 2024 Operation Timbang Plus (OPT) results showed. The OPT covers 80 percent of the targeted 45,081 population, equivalent… Read More

Swiss study discusses why schizophrenia, apathy go hand in hand 

Swiss study discusses why schizophrenia, apathy go hand in hand 

July 3, 2024, 1:02 pm

GENEVA – A University of Geneva study carried out in hospitals in the Swiss city suggests why schizophrenia and apathy go hand in hand. The study, published in the journal Brain, suggests several potential treatments, including brain stimulation and targeted psychotherapy. Schizophrenia, a… Read More

DOH-Bicol logs 92% treatment success for TB cases

DOH-Bicol logs 92% treatment success for TB cases

July 2, 2024, 8:57 pm

LEGAZPI CITY – The Department of Health-Center for Health Development in Bicol (DOH CHD-5) reported a high treatment success rate for tuberculosis (TB) cases for the first quarter of 2024. During Tuesday’s "Kapihan sa Bagong Pilipinas" briefing held at Bicol Medical Center in Naga City,… Read More

‘Biggest loser’ challenge up in Ilocos Norte

‘Biggest loser’ challenge up in Ilocos Norte

July 2, 2024, 6:40 pm

LAOAG CITY – The Ilocos Norte Provincial Nutrition Action Office (PNAO) is holding its first “biggest loser” challenge from July to November to prevent lifestyle diseases, particularly among overweight and obese children and adults. Provincial nutrition action officer Elma Irapta told the… Read More

DOH-4A logs fewer infant, mom deaths, more dengue, TB recoveries

DOH-4A logs fewer infant, mom deaths, more dengue, TB recoveries

July 2, 2024, 5:19 pm

CALAMBA CITY, Laguna – The Department of Health (DOH) in Region 4A (Calabarzon) reported that the government’s various interventions have resulted in much lower infant mortalities and higher survival rates for dengue and tuberculosis (TB) patients. During Tuesday’s "Kapihan sa Bagong… Read More

DOH-E. Visayas cites challenges in securing anti-venom vaccines

DOH-E. Visayas cites challenges in securing anti-venom vaccines

July 2, 2024, 3:45 pm

TACLOBAN CITY – The Department of Health (DOH) regional office said providing anti-venom vaccines in provinces remains a big challenge due to limited stocks amid rising snake bite cases, an official said on Tuesday. DOH Eastern Visayas Regional Director Exuperia Sabalberino said the DOH-Research… Read More

Tondo Medical Center awarded Gold Trailblazer anew

Tondo Medical Center awarded Gold Trailblazer anew

July 2, 2024, 12:58 pm

MANILA – The Tondo Medical Center (TMC) was the recipient of the Gold Trailblazer Award for the second time, recognized by the Institute for Solidarity in Asia for its commitment to excellent healthcare delivery. Dr. Jeffrey Castillo, chair of TMC’s Office for Strategy Management, said the… Read More

Patients praise PhilHealth for increasing dialysis benefit

Patients praise PhilHealth for increasing dialysis benefit

June 30, 2024, 3:50 pm

MANILA – Patients lauded the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation’s (PhilHealth) decision to increase dialysis benefit from PHP2,600 to PHP4,000 in line with the pro-poor policy of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. PhilHealth president and chief executive officer Emmanuel Ledesma Jr. and… Read More

Eastern Samar students develop sickle cell detection for remote areas

Eastern Samar students develop sickle cell detection for remote areas

June 27, 2024, 4:42 pm

TACLOBAN CITY – Students from Eastern Samar State University (ESSU) developed a ‘Sickle Cell Detection Device’ that will allow access to residents in remote areas of this blood disease detection service. Student exhibitors Aubrey Balanay and Christian Casaba, both junior information… Read More

RSV increases health risks among senior citizens – expert

RSV increases health risks among senior citizens – expert

June 22, 2024, 7:15 am

MANILA – Respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) increases health risks among senior citizens as they already have weakened immune systems, an infectious disease expert said on Friday. RSV is a common and contagious virus that causes infection with mild symptoms, such as cough, colds, congestion,… Read More

Maintaining proper posture helps prevent scoliosis: health exec

Maintaining proper posture helps prevent scoliosis: health exec

June 21, 2024, 8:22 pm

MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – A Department of Health-llocos Region (DOH-Ilocos) executive on Friday said maintaining proper posture may help prevent scoliosis, which is affecting about 3 million Filipinos. DOH-Ilocos medical officer Dr. Myrielle Marie Madayag, in a forum hosted by the Philippine… Read More

New drug clinical trial proves promising vs. juvenile blood cancer

New drug clinical trial proves promising vs. juvenile blood cancer

June 20, 2024, 4:09 pm

WASHINGTON – A new study published in Cancer Discovery, a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal released by the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), has shown promising results from the phase 2 clinical trial of the drug, Trametinib, in treating relapsed or refractory (R/R) juvenile… Read More

Health starts at home, not hospital - WHO chief

Health starts at home, not hospital - WHO chief

June 20, 2024, 2:22 pm

GENEVA – Health is not created primarily in hospitals or clinics but in homes, streets, markets, workplaces, and the environment, World Health Organization (WHO) chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said Wednesday. "It's said that health is made at home, and hospitals are for repair," Tedros said in… Read More

High levels of bad cholesterol up to 80% genetic: PHA

High levels of bad cholesterol up to 80% genetic: PHA

June 19, 2024, 4:12 pm

MANILA – High levels of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) or bad cholesterol could be genetic in origin, the Philippine Heart Association (PHA) said Wednesday. PHA president Rodney Jimenez said the presence of high LDL levels in both parents may cause the same in their offsprings even at a young… Read More