Health and Lifestyle

PhilHealth to cover film industry workers with social health insurance

MANILA --The Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on Saturday said self-earning film industry workers such as cameramen, gaffers, actors, directors, producers, and their qualified legal dependents will be provided with social health insurance coverage.PhilHealth Head Executive Assistant to... Read More

7 more suspected bird flu cases being monitored

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) is monitoring the health of seven persons who have been exposed to infected fowls and have shown symptoms of flu.Research Institute for Tropical Medicine (RITM) director Dr. Soccoro Lupisan said Friday putting the seven under observation is part of steps... Read More

DOH allays public fears of eating poultry

MANILA – It is safe to eat chicken and eggs despite the bird flu outbreak in two provinces, health and agriculture officials said Friday.And to drive home their point, Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial led the other officials in taking a bite of fried chicken and a hard-boiled egg in front of... Read More

Still no human case of bird flu: DOH

MANILA -- The 34 people from Pampanga and Nueva Ecija who have manifested flu-like symptoms have all tested negative for avian influenza, Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial said Friday."As of Aug. 24, 2017, there has been no confirmed human case due to Influenza A (H5N6)," Ubial told reporters during... Read More

More couples practice family planning

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The City Health Office announced that more couples are now becoming conscious on the benefits of raising a well-planned family.This, as the City Health Office recorded that the number of couples who practiced family planning have increased to 52,878 in 2016 from 50,616 in 2015.The... Read More

FDA launches electronic logbook app

MANILA – The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched a mobile application that would eliminate paper logbooks and collect data and life-saving insights.According to FDA director general Nela Charade Puno, the “Electronic Logbook” app, which was donated by the health tech... Read More

Quitting smokers asked to access hotline properly

MANILA – To ensure the success of the Department of Health’s (DOH) National Quitline, a lung specialist called on smokers who want to kick the habit to access the hotline properly to prevent glitches.Member of the Council on COPD and Pulmonary Rehabilitation, Dr. Glynna Ong-Cabrera, said... Read More

Dengue vaccination program to cover 4 more cities

MANILA – The government’s dengue immunization program for children has been expanded to cover not only targeted schools in Metro Manila but also Quezon City, Caloocan, Manila and Makati.Children aged 9 to 14 years in the four additional cities could get the free vaccine in community... Read More

DOH to hospitals: Provide emergency services even without deposit

MANILA -- ADepartment of Health (DOH) official has reiterated that health services should be made available even without deposit to patients seeking emergency treatment in both public and private hospitals.“Government hospitals do not require deposits from patients. Private hospitals on the... Read More

30 new HIV cases recorded in PH every day

MANILA – Some 30 new HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infections are recorded in the country every day this year, a sharp rise from one in 2008, four in 2010, nine in 2012, 17 in 2014, and 26 last year.In its latest report, the HIV/AIDS and ART Registry of the Philippines (HARP) recorded... Read More

Stay dry during the wet season, says lung specialist

MANILA – Staying dry may well be a pulmonologist’s best advice to people who want to avoid contracting respiratory diseases during the rainy season.“A virususually thrives in a wet and cold environment. If a person is exposed to this kind of environment, he/she would be prone to... Read More

DOH to send health team to Nueva Ecija

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday began preparing a health team to be deployed to the municipalities of Jaen and San Isidro in Nueva Ecija province where chicken deaths due to bird flu have been confirmed."The DOH team in Pampanga, as a contingency measure, was already assembling a... Read More

Palawan sanitary inspectors complete ‘FIT’ program

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY, Palawan--Sanitary inspectors in this city and the province of Palawan recently joined 40 others in completing the three-day strict Food Inspector Training (FIT) spearheaded by the Department of Health (DOH)-MIMAROPA.In a press release received on Friday from the DOH-MIMAROPA,... Read More

DOH wants to be sole provider of anti-TB drugs

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) is currently drawing up an executive order that would make it the sole provider of anti-tuberculosis medicine so it could ascertain the actual number of Filipinos suffering from TB and prevent resistance to anti-TB drugs.“That is a bold step in terms of... Read More

Study calls for measures against pig-to-person flu spread

SAN FRANCISCO -- Researchers in the United States suggest that protective measures make good sense for both the animals and humans as the spread of influenza among pigs is common at fairs and other gatherings.In a study that appeared in the journal Emerging Infectious Diseases, a publication of the... Read More

Aussie treatment on peanut allergies lasts up to 4 years: study

CANBERRA -- Australian scientists have developed a treatment that provides relief from peanut allergies for up to four years, it was announced on Thursday.Mimi Tang, a researcher at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI), developed the treatment whereby children with severe peanut... Read More

FDA warns public vs buying unregistered food supplements online

MANILA -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has warned the public against buying and consuming several unregistered food supplements being sold online.The agency noted that the food supplements Kos Agaricus Blazei, Pappa Reale Alvear with Ginseng Royal Jelly, AVS Retina, Carnidyn, Clorofilla,... Read More

No human case of bird flu: DOH

MANILA -- The two poultry farm workers in San Luis, Pampanga who had manifested flu-like symptoms, have tested negative for avian influenza, Health Secretary Dr. Paulyn Ubial announced on Wednesday."The results were released last night: the two were negative," Ubial said, confirming that there is... Read More

Health teams, protective gear sent to bird flu-hit Pampanga: DOH

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) has sent additional teams and personal protective equipment (PPEs) to Pampanga province to strengthen the monitoring and management of individuals who have been exposed to the avian flu virus as the culling of infected chickens continues."Hanggang may... Read More

Zika causes up to USD18-B losses in LatAm: UNDP

BRASILIA -- The economic impact on Latin America of the Zika virus has been estimated to reach USD18 billion from 2015 to 2017, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said here Tuesday."Zika is responsible for tangible losses to gross domestic product, estimated to range from USD7 billion to... Read More