Health and Lifestyle

FDA bans sale, use of 12 Korean cosmetic products containing antimony

FDA bans sale, use of 12 Korean cosmetic products containing antimony

April 9, 2018, 8:08 pm

MANILA -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday warned the public against the sale and use of 12 cosmetic products from South Korea that were found to be containing dangerous level of antimony. In its FDA Advisory No. ‎2018-119, FDA reminded the public that the South Korean cosmetic… Read More

WHO helps DOH identify anti-rabies vaccine suppliers

WHO helps DOH identify anti-rabies vaccine suppliers

April 6, 2018, 9:33 pm

MANILA --The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday said that it is coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) in identifying possible suppliers of human anti-rabies vaccine to fill in the foreseen shortage of the vaccine in the country. "So, we're working with DOH to identify suppliers… Read More

WHO supports PH's passage of measures on Universal Health Care

WHO supports PH's passage of measures on Universal Health Care

April 6, 2018, 8:08 pm

MANILA --The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday said that it is strongly supporting the passage of legislative measures that will enhance the current universal healthcare coverage system in the country. In a press briefing held at WHO office in Manila, Dr. Gundo Weiler, WHO Country… Read More

PH registers 871 new HIV cases in February

PH registers 871 new HIV cases in February

April 6, 2018, 8:06 pm

MANILA --The Department of Health (DOH) on Friday reported more than 800 new cases of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) last February. According to the February 2018 HIV/AIDS Registry of the Philippines (HARP) from the DOH’s Epidemiology Bureau, a total of 871 new HIV cases were recorded… Read More

Rabies mainly transmitted via animal bites, scratches: DOH

Rabies mainly transmitted via animal bites, scratches: DOH

April 5, 2018, 8:41 pm

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Thursday reiterated that rabies virus is mainly transmitted to humans through direct animal bites and scratches. "Remember that transmission of rabies (from animals to human) is predominantly through animal bites and scratches, and usually via the… Read More

Duque orders FDA to find new suppliers of human anti-rabies vaccine

Duque orders FDA to find new suppliers of human anti-rabies vaccine

April 5, 2018, 6:50 pm

MANILA – Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Thursday he has directed the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to look for new suppliers of human anti-rabies vaccine to address the shortage the country may face as global demand rise. “We are looking for another supplier that will have to… Read More

Duque calls on PAO to unite vs. Sanofi Pasteur

Duque calls on PAO to unite vs. Sanofi Pasteur

April 4, 2018, 8:15 pm

MANILA -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has appealed to the Public Attorney's Office (PAO) to stop treating the Department of Health (DOH) as the "enemy", enjoining it to unite with the agency in building a strong case against the pharmaceutical firm, Sanofi Pasteur, for the Dengvaxia… Read More

DOH forms task force vs. measles outbreak

DOH forms task force vs. measles outbreak

April 4, 2018, 7:56 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday announced that it has created a task force that will implement immunization strategies to address the measles outbreak. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said the task force will oversee the immunization strategies that will be conducted in… Read More

Health dept. steps up anti-rabies vaccination on dogs

Health dept. steps up anti-rabies vaccination on dogs

April 3, 2018, 8:19 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) will intensify its campaign to reduce and eventually eliminate rabies infection among people by providing anti-rabies shots to dogs. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Tuesday the strategy is in response to the reported worldwide shortage of human… Read More

DOH boosts measles immunization program

DOH boosts measles immunization program

April 2, 2018, 6:37 pm

MANILA --The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday said that it is enhancing its measles immunization by conducting a two-track immunization program targetting areas where there have been recent measles outbreaks. “We will have two programs for measles immunization catch up plan - national and… Read More

FDA reiterates warning vs. fake drugs

FDA reiterates warning vs. fake drugs

April 1, 2018, 7:50 pm

MANILA -- Amid the unequivocal support of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) drive against fake drugs, the FDA on Sunday reiterated its warning on the potential danger posed by counterfeit drugs to the health of Filipinos. “These may be contaminated, contain… Read More

DOH to penitents: Make sure nails, whips are sterilized

DOH to penitents: Make sure nails, whips are sterilized

March 29, 2018, 5:01 pm

MANILA--The Department of Health (DOH) has reminded penitents who would be doing self-flagellation or have themselves nailed on the cross for their yearly devotion to ensure that nails and other sharp objects that will be used during the acts are well sterilized to avoid contracting tetanus… Read More

DOH gives safety travel tips for Holy Week travelers

DOH gives safety travel tips for Holy Week travelers

March 28, 2018, 3:14 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reminded anew the public to stay safe as they make an exodus to the provinces for the Holy Week break. In its Road Safety advisory, DOH has advised motorists and travellers alike to do the following: Avoid using cell phones while driving; same… Read More

Practice abstinence, stop smoking this Holy Week: group

Practice abstinence, stop smoking this Holy Week: group

March 27, 2018, 10:35 pm

MANILA -- An official of an anti-smoking advocacy group on Tuesday called on smokers to do a Lenten Season sacrifice by not picking up any cigarette stick or electronic cigarette (e-cig) during the Holy Week. "Denying ourselves cigarette sticks we usually cannot live without is one good way to… Read More

DOH opens data sharing with UST

DOH opens data sharing with UST

March 23, 2018, 9:31 pm

MANILA --The Department of Health (DOH) is opening its doors of research data to the University of Santo Tomas College of Medicine in Manila. "We are sharing our data with them (UST College of Medicine) on their research agenda which is valuable to major activities in their newly launched Master's… Read More

Int'l research team finds new anti-cancer protein

Int'l research team finds new anti-cancer protein

March 23, 2018, 7:28 pm

GENEVA -- An international team of researchers has discovered a new anti-cancer protein that not only prevents the uncontrolled proliferation of cancer cells in the liver, but also serves as a biomarker for the diagnosis and prognosis of liver cancer, according to a press release by the… Read More

DOH intensifies drive to reduce tuberculosis cases

DOH intensifies drive to reduce tuberculosis cases

March 22, 2018, 9:43 pm

MANILA --The Department of Health (DOH) is calling on different sectors to collaborate in boosting efforts toward reducing and eventually wiping out the number of tuberculosis cases among Filipinos by 2022 via the Philippine Strategic TB Elimination Plan (PhilSTEP). Health Secretary Francisco… Read More

DOH cautions public vs. consuming street food

DOH cautions public vs. consuming street food

March 22, 2018, 2:02 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) has reiterated its warning to the public to be extra careful when eating street food, especially this summer when food prepared by the roadside is prone to contamination. “You know, we should really avoid street food because flies swarm on these," DOH… Read More

PhilHealth urges accredited hospitals, clinics to use e-Claims

PhilHealth urges accredited hospitals, clinics to use e-Claims

March 22, 2018, 1:24 pm

MANILA -- The Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) on Thursday called on its accredited health care institutions (HCIs) to shift to electronic claims (e-Claims) to facilitate claims processing and improve data integrity. PhilHealth Circular ‎2017-0030 published last January 9,… Read More

Duque to visit hospitals that ‘rejected’ Dengvaxia vaccinee

Duque to visit hospitals that ‘rejected’ Dengvaxia vaccinee

March 21, 2018, 6:25 pm

MANILA -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said Wednesday he would file a case against four hospitals in Cavite if he is not satisfied with their reasons for reportedly refusing to admit a patient who had received the anti-dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia. "I will personally warn them of their… Read More