Health and Lifestyle

Medical groups back longer maternity leave

Medical groups back longer maternity leave

February 26, 2018, 5:59 pm

MANILA -- Various groups of doctors and medical health professionals on Monday expressed support to a pending legislation that seeks to expand maternity leave benefits for women. “The push to increase the number of maternity leave days is rooted not only in social justice and equality, it has… Read More

Brazil to vaccinate entire population vs. yellow fever

Brazil to vaccinate entire population vs. yellow fever

February 23, 2018, 12:39 pm

BRASILIA -- Brazilian minister of health, Ricardo Barros, on Thursday proposed to vaccinate the entire country against yellow fever, after the disease emerged in new areas.   The recommendation will now be discussed with international organizations, such as the World Health Organization (WHO)… Read More

WHO urges to expand access to testing, treatment for TB prevention

WHO urges to expand access to testing, treatment for TB prevention

February 23, 2018, 11:56 am

GENEVA -- The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday called for scaling up access to testing and treatment for TB infection, especially among groups that are particularly at risk, such as children and people living with HIV. The WHO has updated the guidelines for programmatic management of… Read More

DOH says it is bent on suing Sanofi

DOH says it is bent on suing Sanofi

February 23, 2018, 7:59 am

MANILA -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Thursday vowed that his department would never stop running after Sanofi Pasteur, saying they are hastening the filing of cases against the pharmaceutical giant over the Dengvaxia controversy. “I have forwarded the letter to the legal department… Read More

Health workers in Mimaropa to visit Dengvaxia recipients

Health workers in Mimaropa to visit Dengvaxia recipients

February 21, 2018, 10:04 pm

MANILA -- The dengue task force of the Department of Health’s (DOH) office in Mimaropa plans to visit each of the 76 people in the region who had received the dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia. "Dahil importante na nakikita nila na concerned tayo; second, marami silang hindi alam na kailangan ipabatid… Read More

2 FDA officials relieved of posts over Dengvaxia

2 FDA officials relieved of posts over Dengvaxia

February 21, 2018, 8:09 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday ordered the relief and re-assignment of two officials of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) linked to the issuance of the Certificate of Product Registration (CPR) to Sanofi Pasteur for its dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia. In a Department… Read More

Global mortality rates remain 'alarmingly high': UNICEF

Global mortality rates remain 'alarmingly high': UNICEF

February 21, 2018, 12:04 pm

UNITED NATIONS -- Newborns are dying at "alarmingly high" rates in less-developed countries, especially in countries that are conflict-ridden or with weak institutions, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said Tuesday in a new report. The report revealed that babies born in these places… Read More

Duque tells DOH officials to reveal conflict of interest

Duque tells DOH officials to reveal conflict of interest

February 21, 2018, 8:49 am

MANILA -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III has issued a memo directing all officials of his department to disclose any conflict of interest in relation to the use of pharmaceutical products and medical devices. "It is the duty of the Department of Health (DOH) to uphold the integrity of its… Read More

WHO experts to arrive mid-March to ‘boost DOH’s capacity’

WHO experts to arrive mid-March to ‘boost DOH’s capacity’

February 20, 2018, 5:43 pm

MANILA -- Experts of the World Health Organization (WHO) will arrive here next month to boost the Department of Health’s (DOH) capacity to address the problems created by the anti-dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, a health official said Tuesday. “The schedule of WHO for this mission to happen would… Read More

LGUs get portable ultrasound machines from DOH-Mimaropa

LGUs get portable ultrasound machines from DOH-Mimaropa

February 20, 2018, 2:30 pm

SAVING MOTHER AND BABY. Head of Mimaropa’s health office, Dr. Eduardo C. Janairo (far right), with representatives of local government units in the region who received portable ultrasound machines from the office during a ceremony held in Quezon City on Monday (Feb. 19, 2018). The regional… Read More

Sanofi declines 2nd request for Dengvaxia refund, DOH to sue

Sanofi declines 2nd request for Dengvaxia refund, DOH to sue

February 19, 2018, 10:22 pm

MANILA -- A Department of Health (DOH) official said Monday they have no recourse but to file a civil suit against Sanofi Pasteur following its refusal to refund the estimated PHP2 billion spent by the department to procure the controversial Dengvaxia vaccine for its dengue immunization program.… Read More

DOH stands pat on full refund by Sanofi Pasteur

DOH stands pat on full refund by Sanofi Pasteur

February 18, 2018, 8:08 am

MANILA -- The Department of Health (DOH) remains firm in its desire to have a full refund of the money paid for the "used" Dengvaxia vaccine by invoking certain provisions of the Civil Code of the Philippines. According to DOH Secretary Francisco Duque III, such intention for full refund was… Read More

Duque denies VACC obstruction of justice claim

Duque denies VACC obstruction of justice claim

February 17, 2018, 10:32 am

MANILA -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III on Friday refuted allegations by the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) that he is obstructing justice by refusing to cooperate in the ongoing probe into the Dengvaxia issue. “I deny any accusation that I am obstructing justice. I am not… Read More

FDA on ‘contaminated’ canned food from Thailand: Fake news

FDA on ‘contaminated’ canned food from Thailand: Fake news

February 16, 2018, 8:05 pm

MANILA -- The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has called on the public not to be misled by false information circulating in social media that canned food products from Thailand had allegedly been contaminated with HIV. "In the interest of truthfulness and consumer rights protection, the… Read More

DOH-Mimaropa monitors, assures aid for 74 Dengvaxia recipients

DOH-Mimaropa monitors, assures aid for 74 Dengvaxia recipients

February 16, 2018, 4:12 pm

MANILA -- The Department of Health’s (DOH) office in Mimaropa has identified 74 people in the region who had received the anti-dengue vaccine, Dengvaxia, and two of them required medical assistance. "One of the two Dengvaxia recipients complained of abdominal pain and headache after suffering… Read More

Cutting off cervical cancer's fuel supply stymies tumors

Cutting off cervical cancer's fuel supply stymies tumors

February 16, 2018, 2:13 pm

CHICAGO -- Researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis found that cervical tumors that don't respond to radiation may be vulnerable to therapies that also attack the cancer's fuel supply. The study has been newly published online in the journal Cancer Research. Studying… Read More

Kids injected with Dengvaxia monitored in Zambo

Kids injected with Dengvaxia monitored in Zambo

February 15, 2018, 7:04 pm

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- The City Health Office is closely monitoring the condition of children who were injected with Dengvaxia vaccine in this city. Dr. Dulce Amor Dagalea-Miravite, OIC-city health officer, told the Philippine News Agency that there were 136 children injected with Dengvaxia vaccine by… Read More

DOH hopes to use funds from Dengvaxia return to monitor kids’ health

DOH hopes to use funds from Dengvaxia return to monitor kids’ health

February 15, 2018, 12:42 pm

MANILA -- Health Secretary Francisco Duque III said they are exploring the possibility of using part of the funds returned by Sanofi Pasteur for the unused Dengvaxia to address the concerns raised by parents of recipients of the controversial vaccine. "Patungkol dito, kami ay susulat sa Kongreso… Read More

Scientists in Sweden find new tool to fight cancer

Scientists in Sweden find new tool to fight cancer

February 15, 2018, 12:19 pm

WASHINGTON -- Small molecules that specifically restrain a selenium-containing enzyme in the human body may be a tool to fight cancer, a study published in a U.S. medical journal on Wednesday said. The study published in Science Translational Medicine said researchers at Karolinska Institute in… Read More

Measles outbreak declared in Zamboanga City

Measles outbreak declared in Zamboanga City

February 14, 2018, 6:39 pm

ZAMBOANGA CITY -- Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar issued Executive Order No. BC-333-2018, declaring a measles outbreak in this city. Salazar’s order came after the City Health Office recorded 101 cases of measles from January to February 1, this year. Dr. Dulce Amor Dagalea-Miravite said… Read More